25 George Takei Quotes About LGBT Rights, Activism, and More

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“Humor has always been my tool of choice when confronting intolerance or ignorance, not only because ‘funny’ material is much more likely to be shared (and thus seen), but also because I firmly believe we all, conservative or liberal, need to laugh more, even at ourselves, and even while standing up for our beliefs.”

“Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.”

“We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.”

“I think we learn more from those times in our history where we stumbled as a democracy than we learn from the glorious chapters.”

“I don’t believe in outing people because there are individual situations, but politicians who have taken a position contrary to what they really are they need to be called to task. You know it’s like when you’re training a dog to be housebroken you push his nose to the accident he’s committed. A politician who has been hypocritical and dishonest has no place in public service and they need to be called to task.”