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