Mammal of the year
Dumbo is possibly the most endearing character ever created. Dumbo faces ridicule and ostracization from one and all due to his unique ears. His mother tries to protect him but is eventually locked away for trying to save her son from relentless bullies.
While Dumbo is saddened, he never expresses any true anger or resentment towards anyone. Instead he forms an unlikely friendship that helps him navigate the vicissitudes of life and eventually discover how the very things that held him down would help him soar.
Through adversity Dumbo remained good-willed and guileless. In victory, he was magnanimous. He embodied the best qualities of innocence and childlikeness. He is an inspiration for anyone who wants to be more than what they are without losing their ingenuousness.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta