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It's crucial to understand that as a society, we can reorganize. We can reorganize socially, politically, and economically, and we can reorganize according to our values.
-- Rebecca Adamson


Viewed with one disposition, history has so far been a horrible accumulation of oppression and suffering. Viewed with another disposition, however, history has chronicled humans discovering their own finer potentials and together mounting heroic offensives to attain them - against monarchy, feudalism, slavery, Jim Crow racism, apartheid, sexual subjugation, second class citizenship, sexism, heterosexism, dictatorship, one party rule, capitalism, and coordinatorism (calling itself socialism) - and seeking, in their place, equity, justice, and freedom. The gains humans have made have been steady and plentiful. Now a major leap is possible. Consistent with past efforts, we can now attain fully liberatory goals, including, I think, participatory economics and also alternative structures for polity, culture, and kinship. We have only to make the effort.
-- Michael Albert

"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world."
-- Muhammad Ali

* "If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever."
Kofi Annan

"No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world."
-- Bernard Baruch

"The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion. "
-- Stephen Biko



Democracy is the ultimate, positive revolution because it gives each and every individual the power to control their lives. And we can work together to create a just, sustainable world.
-- Bill Blackman

I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.
-- Grace Lee Boggs

I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge. I think that the calamity, the quagmire of the Iraq war, the outsourcing of jobs, the drop-out of young people from the education system, the monstrous growth of the prison-industrial complex, the planetary emergency, which we are engulfed at the present moment, is demanding that instead of just complaining about these things, instead of just protesting about these things, we begin to look for, and hope for, another way of living. And I think that-- that's where the movement-- I-- I see a movement beginning to emerge, 'cause I see hope beginning to trump despair.
-- Grace Lee Boggs

* When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.
-- Bono


"We are working to help people become better people; then this will become a better world."
Eva Burrows

Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon...everything's different.
-- Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes

* Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.
-- Rosalynn Carter

There is clearly much left to be done, and whatever else we are going to do, we had better get on with it.
-- Rosalynn Carter

* You must work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.
-- Pablo Casals

* To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.
-- Carrie Chapman Catt


* all of us should be invovled in our own futures to create a world that our children will want to live in.
-- Harry Chapin

I believe that success brings responsibility. It also does not bring immunity to the consequences of our quickening march towards oblivion. The bottom line is that all of us should be invovled in our own futures to create a world that our children will want to live in.
-- Harry Chapin

We all have the potential to move the world, and the world is ready to be moved.
-- Harry Chapin

"There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest search for understanding, education, organization, action that raises the cost of state violence for its perpetrators or that lays the basis for institutional change -- and the kind of commitment that will persist despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures and only limited successes, inspired by the hope of a brighter future."
-- Noam Chomsky

"When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world."
-- Scout Cloud Lee

"Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
-- Charles Caleb Colton (1825)

"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his or her own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."
-- Marie Curie

* …So, take what's inside you and make big, bold choices. And for those who can't speak for themselves, use bold voices. And make friends and love well, bring art to this place. And make this world better for the whole human race.
-- Jamie Lee Curtis

"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world."
-- Dalai Lama

* I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.
-- The Dalai Lama

"You are the people who are shaping a better world. One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion."
-- Dalai Lama (1935 -)

* Older, younger, anyone can help. We've learned that our legislators listen, and people with passionate and thoughtful concerns make a difference every day. We've had constituents initiate legislation, lobby for it, organize meetings and events, and, of course, call, mail, e-mail and visit legislators to express their views. It's really great to see how much difference that individuals can make.
-- Doris Day

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
-- Peter F. Drucker

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
-- Peter F. Drucker

* “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.”
-- W. E. B. DuBois

You really can change the world if you care enough.
-- Marian Wright Edelman

Change happens at the level of the individual
-- Scilla Elworthy

Real change comes when people are enabled to use their thinking and their energy in a new way, using a different system of thought, different language, and having fresh visions of the future.
-- Scilla Elworthy

When faced with world problems – like hunger, overpopulation, nuclear weapons, the arms trade – you may be among those who are overwhelmed by a feeling of “Help! What on earth can I, just one person, do about this?” Take heart. That’s a sane response. It’s the basis for a whole new attitude to world problems, where change at the level of the individual is more and more recognised as essential to change in huge world systems.
-- Scilla Elworthy

“News reports can overwhelm us. We can be appalled, we can sympathise. But what is hard to grasp is the sense that, at this moment, people are working, organising - not just at an executive level, but on the floor, in the warehouse. A man is packing a box of oral rehydration tablets; maternity kits are being prepared; education kits are being packed. And somewhere, tomorrow, those boxes will be unpacked and a child with life-threatening diarrhoea will be saved, a baby will be born in more hygienic circumstances, a girl will receive her first exercise book and her first pencil.”
-- Ralph Fiennes

All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.
-- Benjamin Franklin

"We also learn that this country and the Western world have no monopoly of goodness and truth and scholarship, we begin to appreciate the ingredients that are indispensable to making a better world. In a life of learning that is, perhaps, the greatest lesson of all."
-- John Hope Franklin

* "You never change the existing reality by fighting it. Instead, create a new model that makes the old one obsolete."
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

* "Be the change you want to see in the world."
-- Mohandas Gandhi

* "I better quit my talking 'cause I told you all I know But please remember, pardner, wherever you may go The people are building a peaceful world, and when the job is done, That'll be the biggest thing that man has ever done."
-- Woody Guthrie

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-- Edward Everett Hale

It is people's hearts that move the age.
-- Herbie Hancock


A single man of one, only pebbles can be moved, but many men together, stands no mountain that can't move.
-- Robert M. Hensel

* "We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don't believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us."
~ Angelina Jolie

"What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise."
-- Barbara Jordan

I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
-- Helen Keller
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."
-- Robert F. Kennedy

* I do believe there is enormous possibility to change this world.
-- Nicole Kidman

"You see all these things that make you feel desperate or sad, but you realize changes can be made, and it doesn't take a lot of money on our part to make a change in people's lives."
-- John Legend

There needs to be a shift in consciousness; there needs to be an absolute wake-up call before society can actually make the kind of incredibly significant changes that need to happen.
-- Annie Lennox

"We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind."
-- Wangari Maathai

* "Every one of us can make a contribution. And quite often we are looking for the big things and forget that, wherever we are, we can make a contribution... just imagine what's happening if there are billions of people out there doing something. Just imagine the power of what we can do."
~ Wangari Maathai

* "I fear the future I wish for my children is at risk, so I'm taking action. Please join me... "
-- Madonna

"I think that the celebrity is a really important thing, because we have the voice that's recognizable, that can educate people to make a difference and empower them to make a difference, and to also get things in motion with the people in charge that can effect change."
-- Alyssa Milano

A lot of political people, especially people on the left, have forgotten the importance of humor as an incredible weapon, and a vehicle through which to affect change.
-- Michael Moore

In less than a century we experienced great movement. The youth movement! The labor movement! The civil rights movement! The peace movement! The solidarity movement! The women's movement! The disability movement! The disarmament movement! The gay rights movement! The environmental movement! Movement! Transformation! Is there any reason to believe we are done?
-- Holly Near

* Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.
-- Natalie Portman

* Social networking is playing a huge role in creating awareness and mobilizing support for all kinds of common interests. What better way to use this remarkable tool than to change the world?
-- Natalie Portman

* Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.
-- Natalie Portman

"We are born, we grow up, we live our lives as best we can. If we are thoughtful we are good parents and good partners. If we are wise we strive for integrity and intimacy. If we are fortunate we discover love and joy. If we are able, we make the world a little better than we found it."
~ Robert Reich

"We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
"You must believe that you can help bring about a better world. A good society is produced only by good individuals, just as truly as a majority in a presidential election is produced by the votes of single electors."
-- Bertrand Russell

"The struggle to create a nation and world of economic and social justice and environmental sanity is not an easy one. The struggle to try and create a more peaceful world will be extremely difficult. But this I know: despair is not an option if we care about our kids and grandchildren. Giving up is not an option if we want to prevent irreparable harm to our planet."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"Of all of the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none so powerful as hope"
-- Charles Sawyer

Some men see things the way they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
-- George Bernard Shaw

* Together we can create a better world!
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Every act of compassion makes a difference. Be a hero a better world!
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

* can make little choices that can change the world to be a better, happier, lovelier place every day
-- Alicia Silverstone

* It's important to see what we can do to make a difference, but it's more important to me to do it every single day.
-- Alicia Silverstone

The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you're going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins.
-- I.F. Stone, journalist


So, what we do as individuals matters. It adds up.
-- Maurice Strong

* I want a different world. One where I don’t wake up thinking I’m so lucky to be able to feed my daughter, and able to give people a clean drink of water. I don’t want images of starving babies at the breast in my mind. I want that to change. And if I want that, I had better do something about it.
-- Emma Thompson


"We must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected."
-- Harry S. Truman

"My satisfaction comes from my commitment to advancing a better world."
-- Faye Wattleton

* I'm trying to show by my actions that you can make a far better world if you just care enough. That's all you have to do. It's no big deal. One act of kindness a day can do it.
-- Betty Williams

* "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
-- Robin Williams

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