Muhammad Ali (more-than-a-boxer on war and justice)

Some people thought I was a hero. Some people said that what I did was wrong. But everything I did was according to my conscience. I made a stand all people, not just black people, should have thought about making, because it wasn’t just black people being drafted. The government had a system where the rich man’s son went to college, and the poor man’s son went to war.

Muhammad Ali (65 in January), looking back on his career- and life-altering decision to refuse to go to Vietnam in 1967. Quoted in Dave Zirin’s Edge of Sports on-line column.

M.K. Gandhi (7 Deadly Sins, his version)

Wealth without Work.

Pleasure without Conscience.

Science without Humanity.

Knowledge without Character.

Politics without Principle.

Commerce without Morality.

Worship without Sacrifice.


(Widely cited formulation by Mohandas K. (Mahatma) GANDHI, in Stephen Covey’s Principle-Centered Leadership, for example. This is worth considerable meditation. And writing. And personal application.)