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Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “You don’t change the world with the ideas in your mind, but with the conviction in your heart.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “I think hopelessness is the enemy of justice.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Always do the right thing even when the right thing is the hard thing.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “You ultimately judge the civility of a society not by how it treats the rich, the powerful, the protected and the highly esteemed, but by how it treats the poor, the disfavored and the disadvantaged...”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “But simply punishing the broken – walking away from them or hiding them from sight – only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “We are all broken by something. We have all hurt someone and have been hurt. We all share the condition of brokenness even if our brokenness is not equivalent.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Somebody has to stand when other people are sitting. Somebody has to speak when other people are quiet.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “We all have a responsibility to create a just society.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “The greatest evil of American slavery was not involuntary servitude but rather the narrative of racial differences we created to legitimate slavery. Because we never dealt with that evil, I don’t think slavery ended in 1865, it just evolved.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Intuitively we all like to seek the things that are comfortable rather than uncomfortable. But I do think there is a way of saying that if I believe in justice and I believe that justice is a constant struggle, and if I want to create justice, then I have to get comfortable with struggle.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “That’s what’s provocative to me – that we can victimize people, we can torture and traumatize people with no consciousness that it is a shameful thing to do.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “The death penalty symbolizes whom we fear and don’t fear, whom we care about and whose lives are not valid.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “You can’t demand truth and reconciliation. You have to demand truth – people have to hear it, and then they have to want to reconcile themselves to that truth.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Why do we want to kill all the broken people?”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “We don’t need police officers who see themselves as warriors. We need police officers who see themselves as guardians and parts of the community. You can’t police a community that you’re not a part of.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Lynching is an important aspect of racial history and racial inequality in America, because it was visible, it was so public, it was so dramatic, and it was so violent.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “If you’re just the person with power, exercising that power fearfully and angrily, you’re going to be an operative of injustice and inequality.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “It’s that mind-heart connection that I believe compels us to not just be attentive to all the bright and dazzling things but also the dark and difficult things.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close,” she told me all the time.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “We’ve all been acculturated into accepting the inevitability of wrongful convictions, unfair sentences, racial bias, and racial disparities and discrimination against the poor.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Today, over 50 percent of prison and jail inmates in the United States have a diagnosed mental illness, a rate nearly five times greater than that of the general adult population.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Are you the sum total of your worst acts?”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “I talk about my grandmother a lot, because she’s an amazing person – not in some dramatic, distinct, unique way, but anybody who is the daughter of enslaved people and who has found a way to be hopeful and create love and value justice and seek peace is a remarkable person.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “I’m persuaded that if most people saw what I see on a regular basis, they would want change.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “There were people in the South who were ardently opposed to slavery. And maybe, if we get into truth and reconciliation, those will be the people we want to name schools and streets after.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “I have to get comfortable with resistance, and even sometimes with hostility.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. My work with the poor and incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Why do we want to kill all the broken people? What is wrong with us, that we think a thing like that can be right?”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “I may be old, I may be poor, I may be black, but I’m here. I’m here because I’ve got this vision of justice that compels me to be a witness. I’m here because I’m supposed to be here. I’m here because you can’t keep me away.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Whenever society begins to create policies and laws rooted in fear and anger, there will be abuse and injustice.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “The reality is that capital punishment in America is a lottery. It is a punishment that is shaped by the constraints of poverty, race, geography and local politics.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “In fact, there is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven’t earned it, who haven’t even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “So defendants like Walter McMillian, even in counties that were 40 or 50 percent black, frequently found themselves staring at all-white juries, especially in death penalty cases. Then, in 1986, the Supreme Court ruled in Batson v. Kentucky that prosecutors could be challenged more directly about using peremptory strikes in a racially discriminatory manner, giving hope to black defendants – and forcing prosecutors to find more creative ways to exclude black jurors.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “If you love your community, then you need to be insisting on justice in all circumstances.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “I don’t think there’s been a time in American history with more innocent people in prison.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “If we want to be proud of our country, if we want to be proud as Americans, if we want to be proud of our history, then we can’t talk about the things that are inconsistent with pride, about which we can have no pride.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Dying on some court schedule or some prison schedule ain’t right. People are supposed to die on God’s schedule.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “The Bureau of Justice reports that one in three black male babies born this century will go to jail or prison – that is an absolutely astonishing statistic. And it ought to be terrorizing to not just to people of color, but to all of us.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “We’ve given up on rehabilitation, education, and services for the imprisoned because providing assistance to the incarcerated is apparently too kind and compassionate. We.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “It can be a challenge, but my legacy, at least for the people who came before me, is you don’t run from challenges because that’s more comfortable and convenient.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “In Alabama, even though 65 percent of all homicide victims were black, nearly 80 percent of the people on death row were there for crimes against victims who were white.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “I love museums, and I think they’re fantastic, but they don’t touch the people who I frequently think need to be touched with at least some reminder of legacy.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Knowing what I know about the people who have come before me, and the people who came before them, and what they had to do, it changes my capacity to stay engaged, to stay productive.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “We live in a country that talks about being the home of the brave and the land of the free, and we have the highest incarceration rate in the world.”
Bryan Stevenson Quote: “Many states can no longer afford to support public education, public benefits, public services without doing something about the exorbitant costs that mass incarceration have created.”
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