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We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; we have hard work to do, and loads to lift, shun not the struggle! 'Tis God's gift! Be strong.

--Maltbie D. Babcock


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why build these cities glorious, if man unbuilded goes? In vain we build the world, unless the builder grows.

--Edwin Markham


Treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always as an end and never as a means.

--Immanuel Kant


Refuse to die until you have won some victory for mankind.

--Horace Mann

See how the masses of men worry themselves into nameless graves, while here and there a great unselfish soul forgets himself into immortality.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


God, give us men! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and, ready hands; men whom the lust of office does not kill; men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; men who possess opinions and a will; men who have honor; men who will not lie; men who can stand before a demagogue and damn his treacherous flatteries without winking; tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog in public duty and in private thinking.

--J.G. Holland


No vision and you perish; no ideal, and you're lost; your heart must ever cherish some faith at any cost, some hope, some dream to cling to, some rainbow in the sky, some melody to sing to, some service that is high.

--Harriet du Autremont


We have mastered the air, conquered the sea, annihilated distance and prolonged life, but we are not wise enough to live on this earth without war and without hate.

--Author Unknown


We make our living by what we get. We make our life by what we give.

--Author Unknown



Guiding Principle in Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people

And the appreciation of honest critics

And endure the betrayal of false friends

To appreciate beauty

To find the best in others

To leave the world a bit better

Whether by a healthy child,

A garden patch,

Or a redeemed social condition

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.


The truth always sounds cantankerous and feels cold to those without warmth.

-- Renford Reese, April 9th, 2008

Picture of Starbuck cup with Dr. Reese's quote.

Insensitivity makes arrogance ugly; empathy is what makes humility beautiful.

--Renford Reese, July 2008
The Way I See It -- Starbucks Cup #294


Remember the proud inhabitants of this land before 1492
Remember King's Dream in 1963
Remember The Feminine Mystique of 1963
Remember Chavez's "No Grapes" in 1965
Remember the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965
Remember Stonewall in 1969
Remember the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
Let our collective memories forge unity forever.

--Renford Reese, Ph.D., January 26, 2009
Cal Poly Pomona Unity Luncheon


People are a reflection of the quotes they embrace.
--Renford Reese (Hong Kong Nights, 2010, p.21).