"It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own it simply erases your own experience in history."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Renata Adler on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Renata Adler on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Renata Adler on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Renata Adler on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Renata Adler on Thomas Jefferson
"Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time."