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* Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
-- Edward Abbey
"Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contibute the best that they have and all that they are."
-- Hafsat Abiola

* The positive value of anger is not limited to peace activists, but is relevant to all who work for social change. It may be argued that anger is the personal fuel in the social motor that resolves the institutional contradictions that arise in the course of history. As such. it applies to the activists who rid the world of slavery, and who moved the political economic systems from feudalism to capitalism and from capitalism to socialism, and who are fighting today to rid the world of racism and sexism.
-- David Adams

Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.
-- Jane Addams

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
-- Alfred Adler (1870-1937)

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
-- Louisa May Alcott

How can one not speak about war, poverty and inequality when people who suffer from these afflictions don't have a voice to speak?
-- Isabel Allende

"Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind."
-- Henri Frederick Amiel

There is only one way of not hating those who do us wrong, and that is by doing them good.
-- Henri Amiel

 
"Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."
-- Susan B. Anthony

The effect of one good-hearted person is incalculable.
-- Oscar Arias Sanchez

"Do every act of your life as if it were your last."
-- Marcus Aurelius

We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us ­ not our effects on others.
-- Pearl Bailey

“To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against.”
-- Christina Baldwin

"Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary."
-- Sir James M. Barrie

 
It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival."
-- Wendell Berry

Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief?
-- William Blake

 

* 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

There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity.
-- Elise Boulding

Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
-- Ashleigh Brilliant

"All that a pacifist can undertake - but is a very great deal - is to refuse to kill, injure or otherwise cause suffering to another human creature, and untiringly to order his life by the rule of love though others may be captured by hate."
-- Vera Brittain

The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.
-- Vera Brittain

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
-- Philip Brooks

In striving for the best, in losing onself in others, one is lifted above the common material furniture of life, above the gaudy trappings and encumbering paraphenalia... into the realm of peace which passeth understanding.
-- Olympia Brown (1835-1926)

 

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
-- Pearl S. Buck

"Believe nothing merely because you have been told it...Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide."
-- Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
--Buddha

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
-- Buddha

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
-- Edmund Burke

When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it's time to turn out the lights.
-- George Burns

In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of executioners.
--Albert Camus

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
-- Dale Carnegie

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
-- Dale Carnegie

 
A simple and proper function of government is just to make it easy for us to do good and difficult for us to do wrong.
-- Jimmy Carter

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

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
~ George Washington Carver

"Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it."
-- 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

 

* "We have to do what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to help."
-- Jackie Chan

"Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people."
-- Harry Chapin

When in doubt, do something.
-- Harry Chapin

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
-- Chinese Proverb

 

 

Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth.
-- Shirley Chisholm

"Most Americans have never seen the ignorance, degradation, hunger, sickness, and futility in which many other Americans live...They won't become involved in economic or political change until something brings the seriousness of the situation home to them."
-- Shirley Chisholm

We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
-- Winston Churchill

 

* "I'm a liberal.
I'm confused when that became a bad word..."
-- George Clooney

I was raised to speak out about politics and the world around me. I would do it whether I was in the public or not. It is the way I was taught. The American way.
-- Judy Collins

Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.
-- Judy Collins

"Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence."
-- Confucius

"He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own."
-- Confucius

“There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy'. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution”
-- Stephen R. Covey

“We are all angels with only one wing. We can only fly while embracing each other.”
-- Luciano de Crescenzo

 
* If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place?
-- Sheryl Crow
* If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place?
-- Sheryl Crow

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our 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

 

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