Some Favorite Quotes

A Few of My Favorite Quotes

 “They put their hand to the flinty rock, and overturn mountains by the roots. They cut out channels in the rocks, and their eyes see every precious thing. The sources of the rivers they probe; hidden things they bring to light. But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” Job 28:9-12

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things aren’t going to get better, they’re not!” From the Lorax by Dr. Suess

 “You can accomplish a lot as long as you don’t care who gets credit.” Albert Schweitzer

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

 Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King

 “Progress isn’t worth the price you have to pay.” Eddie Gillenwater

“The love of money is the root of all evil.” Paul the Apostle

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” John Kenneth Galbraith

“Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.” Wendell Berry

 “…I’ve frankly had to conclude that perhaps this state would be better off without the coal.” David Callaghan, former director of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

 “…they have the nerve to tell us that they should be able to destroy our mountains because they have created jobs. Well, the Mafia creates jobs, the Colombian drug cartel creates jobs and pimps create jobs.” Denise Giardina

 “Do the best that you can, wherever you are, and be kind.” Scott Nearing

From Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan…Theodore Roosevelt—“the Tom Sawyer of the political world of the twentieth century,” Clemens called him—had impetuously decided to abolish the motto “In God We Trust,” because coins “carried the name of God into improper places.” …It was a beautiful motto, Clemens said. “It is simple, direct, gracefully phrased; it sounds well—In God We Trust. I don’t believe it would sound any better if it were true.”….What the country trusted in was not God but “the Republican party and the dollar—mainly the dollar.” And as for the United States being a Christian country….Clemens said…“so is hell.”




About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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