"There is a lot of hype and fear about this much-talked-about prospect of designer babies."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Leon Kass on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Leon Kass on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Leon Kass on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Leon Kass on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Leon Kass on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"It's very hard to make arguments about the effects of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters."
"If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness."
"I have nothing against respecting people who lived before, but we have no responsibility toward them."
"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."