Inspirational change-maker quotations

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered people have torn down other-centered people can build up. Martin Luther King


When performed with love, action becomes its own reward. Satish Kumar


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. Alice Walker


If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Dalai Lama XIV


I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. Angela Davis


Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to change them. Saint Augustine


When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. Helder Camara


Democracy ... begins from the ground up. Anything living grows from the bottom up. Vandana Shiva


You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe. Leymah Gbowee


Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. Abbie Hoffman


The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is now. Chinese proverb


To speak a true word is to transform the world. Paolo Freire


Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. John Muir


Things do not change; we change. Henry David Thoreau


Only if we can imagine the world differently will we be able to behave differently. Sharon Blackie


Here's to the misfits... the ones who set things differently. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the one who do. Jack Kerouac


We've got to ask the big questions- not just look at the symptoms and go, 'oh there's a victim, let's tell their story. Ken Loach


The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice. Bryan Stevenson


Millions are born but there is no record of them. Only those who contribute something to society, only those are born twice. The Sari Soldiers


Never doubt a small group of citizens can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead


If you have come to help me you are wasting your time, but if you are because your liberation is bound up with mine, then come, let us walk together. Lilla Watson


If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. Thomas Edison


When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills. Chinese proverb