"I have nothing against respecting people who lived before, but we have no responsibility toward them."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Leon Kass on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Leon Kass on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Leon Kass on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Leon Kass on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Leon Kass on Abraham Lincoln
"It's very hard to make arguments about the effects of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters."
"There is a lot of hype and fear about this much-talked-about prospect of designer babies."
"If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness."
"Biology, meaning the science of all life, is a late notion."
"There were certain questions about the foundations of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated."