We gain courage and wisdom from every instance in which we stop to look fear in the face.
Then come the hard choices: What do I believe? To what extent am I ready to live up to my beliefs? How far am I ready to support them? Are there times when I lack the courage to stand up and be counted because I fear loss of prestige or popularity, of alienating my neighbors, of hurting my business or professional standing?
I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived.
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.
To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start.