ACTIVISTTOOLS: BEST QUOTES
“The personal is political.” So “Think globally, act locally.”
“Another world is not only possible,
but she is on her way.
On a quiet day,
I can hear her breathing”
– Arundhati Roy
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with
your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones.
People are suffering. People are dying.
Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the
beginning of a mass extinction, and all you talk about
is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.
How dare you!” – Greta Thunberg at Davos*
- “Be the change you seek.” – M.K. Gandhi. Gandhi also advised:
“First they ignore you, then laugh at you, then fight you, then you win.”
- “All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed.
Third it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer (attributed)
- “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao-Tsu
- “There are a thousand striking at the branches of evil for every one striking at its roots.” – H.D. Thoreau
- You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem. – Eldridge Cleaver.
- “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘, paraphrasing Theodore Parker’s 1853 sermon
- “Either we live together as sisters and brothers or we perish
together as fools.” – Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
- “These are the times that try men’s (sic) souls.” – Tom Paine
- “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – T. Roosevelt
- “Why waste a good crisis?” – credited to Winston Churchill
- “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change.
When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend
on the ideas that are lying around.” – Milton Friedman
- “We are not the champions of lost causes. We are the
champions of causes not yet won.”– Norman Thomas
- *”Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames
by the hour. We are still telling you to panic, to act as if you
loved your children above all else.” – Greta Thunberg at Davos
- “In order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be
intolerant of intolerance.” – Karl Popper, philosopher in 1945
- “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” – Machiavelli in “The Prince”
- “Speak the truth but not to punish.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, and if
faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou
Margaret Mead, anthropologist, 1978 Planetary Citizen of the Year
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