Quotes in the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

Etched into the stone of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the quotes are from diverse regions and times.  The words memorialize the universality of the struggle against injustice and oppression.

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Angelou, Maya

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:58 AM

Here, root yourselves beside me.

I am that Tree planted by the River,

Which will not be moved.

I, the Rock, I, the River, I, the Tree

I am yours – your passages have been paid.

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need

For this bright morning dawning for you.

History, despite its wrenching pain,

Cannot be unlived, but if faced

With courage, need not be lived again.”


Maya Angelou  1928-2014

from   “On the Pulse of Morning”

American author, poet, educator, actress, playwright, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou is regarded as one of the most influential voices of contemporary time.  Active in the Civil Rights movement, she worked with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was internationally acclaimed.  A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and three Grammy Awards, she was respected as a spokesperson for African Americans and women.




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Beal, Rose

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:06 PM

“Never again is obsolete.  Never again is now.”           

Rose Beal

Rahela “Rose” Horn Beal was born in Berlin, Germany, on December 3, 1921.  She grew up in Frankfurt and lived for six years under Hitler’s increasingly repressive rule until she, her mother, and two younger brothers immigrated to the United States. Rose moved to Boise in 2004 and at the age of 82 became a docent at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.  Over the course of ten years, she was an ardent and tireless promoter and defender of human rights and the need for all people to protect the oppressed and vulnerable among us.  Rose Beal passed away on September 30, 2014.


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Buck, Pearl S.

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:18 AM

“None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.”


Pearl S. Buck  1892-1973

The daughter of missionaries, Pearl Buck, author and civil rights activist, spent most of her first forty years in China.  Her novel The Good Earth became the U.S. best seller in 1931 and 1932.  Following her return to the U.S. in 1935, Buck continued her writing career, focusing primarily on Asian issues, and became a staunch advocate for the rights of women and minorities.  She was co-founder of Welcome House, the first interracial and international adoption agency.  She remains well-known for her prolific writing career and her humanitarian endeavors.


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by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:08 AM

“Not in the sky, nor in mid-ocean, in a mountain cave, is found that place on earth where abiding one may escape from the consequences of one’s evil deed.”


Buddhism – Dhammapada 127

Buddhism was founded on the Indian Subcontinent by Siddhartha Gautama, an Indian prince.  In his search for truth and knowledge, enlightenment - peace and oneness with the universe- came to him during a period of meditation under a Bodhi tree.  His followers called him the Buddha meaning “the enlightened one.”  He taught a MiddleWay between self-indulgence and self-denial.  The basic foundation of Buddhism lies in the four Noble Truths:  the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering and the truth of the path that frees one from suffering.  In the centuries following the Buddha’s life, Buddhism spread throughout Asia to become one of the dominant religions of the continent.


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Burke, Edmund

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:59 AM

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”


Edmund Burke  1729-1797


British statesman Edmund Burke was one of the foremost political thinkers of 18th Century England.  He is most noted for his support of the American Revolution and his opposition to the French Revolution.  His speeches “On American Taxation” (1774) and “Conciliation with America” (1775) promoted justice and reconciliation with the American colonies.  Burke played a prominent role in all major political issues in England between 1765-1795.



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Carter, Jimmy

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:52 AM

“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.  Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”


Jimmy Carter 1924-

October 27, 1976 speech given in Pittsburgh, PA


James Earl Carter, Jr., born in Plains, Georgia, was elected the 39th President of the United States.  Before becoming President, he served two terms in the Georgia Senate and one as the Governor of Georgia (1971-1976).  Carter was a champion for human rights throughout the world.  Significant foreign policy achievements during his presidential term (1977-1981) included the Camp David Accords, which helped establish peaceful relations between Egypt and Israel, the Panama Canal Treaties, and the SALT II nuclear limitations treaty with the Soviet Union.  In 1982, he founded the nonpartisan, nonprofit Carter Center to address national and international issues of public policy.  On December 10, 2002, Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economics and social development.”


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Chief Joseph

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:20 AM

“I am tired of fighting.  Our chiefs are killed.  Looking Glass is dead.  Too-hool-hool-sote is  dead.   Our old men are all dead…[Ollicut is dead].   It  is cold and we have no blankets.  The little children are freezing to death.  My people, some of them, have run away to the hills…  No one knows where they are – perhaps freezing to death.  I want to have time to look for my children and see how many of them I can find.  Maybe I shall find them among the dead…  I am tired.  My heart is sick and sad.  From where the sun now stands, I shall fight no more forever.”


Chief Joseph  1840-1904

Chief Joseph’s words as reported by Captain John, a Nez Perce scout, to General Miles


Chief Joseph, born in the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon, succeeded his father as leader of the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce.  In 1877, the United States federal government forcibly removed the Nez Perce from their ancestral lands onto a reservation in Idaho.  As they began their move to the reservation, three young warriors, enraged by the loss of their homeland, massacred several white settlers.  Fearing retaliation, Joseph led his people on a 1700 mile fighting retreat toward Canada.  Pursued by the United States Army, he was forced to surrender in the Bear Paw Mountains of Montana on October 5, 1877, where he gave his now-famous speech.  The survivors were moved first to eastern Kansas and then to a reservation in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).  Although he and the remaining Nez Perce were allowed  to  return  to the Pacific  Northwest in  1885,  Joseph died still in exile from his homeland.  In his final years, he eloquently spoke against the policies of the United States toward his people and hoped that freedom and equality might one day be extended to Native Americans.




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Chief Seattle

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:19 AM

“When the last red man has vanished from this earth, and his memory is only a story among the whites, these shores will still swarm with the invisible dead of my people.  And when your children’s children think that they are alone in the fields, the forests, the shops, the highways, or the quiet of the woods, they will not be alone.  At night when the streets of your town and cities are quiet, and you think they are empty, they will throng with the returning spirits that once thronged them, and that still love these places.  The white man will never be alone.”


Chief Seattle  1786-1866

Born in present-day Washington State, Seattle became the chief of the Duwamish tribe.  He is most noted for his work in encouraging the Native American and white communities to live together harmoniously.  Chief Seattle also advocated for ecological responsibility and respect of Native American rights.  The city of Seattle was named in his honor.


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Church, Frank

by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:58 AM

The best tool yet devised for improving society is freedom.”


Senator Frank Church  1924-1984

Frank Church, a third-generation Idahoan, was born in Boise on July 25, 1924.  He was a graduate of Boise High School, Stanford University, and Stanford Law School.  During World War II, Church served in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer.  A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1956, the fifth youngest member ever to sit in the Senate.  In his first term, Church played key roles in civil rights legislation and wilderness preservation, two issues that remained the focal point of his time in the Senate.  He is well-known as head of the Church Committee which investigated abuses in the U.S. intelligence agencies.  Reelected in 1962, 1968 and 1974, Church is especially remembered for his support of the Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Wilderness Acts which helped ensure the preservation of the nation’s wilderness areas.  To honor him, the River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho was renamed the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.



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by Admin User - Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:59 AM

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”


Confucius:  Analects


Confucius, a Chinese teacher, philosopher and political figure, was born c. 551 B.C.  His teachings, recorded in the Analects, emphasized personal and governmental morality and appropriate social relationships.  The influence of Confucius in Chinese history has been compared with that of Socrates in the West.


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