Activism Quotes
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Activism quotes shine a light on ways people are making a positive difference in the world. These quotes are about finding a cause that stirs your soul. Find something you feel passionate about and get involved at the community or global level. Our passion is quotes and spreading positive inspiration around the world. What stirs your soul? Think of one small step you could take today as an activist for your cause? It can be as simple as putting a bumper sticker on your car promoting a view you believe in, brainstorming your idea with a few friends, or doing some research with the help of your local library or the internet to locate others with similar interests.


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Every human being is an artist…called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking, and structures that shape and condition our lives.
Joseph Beuys

Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.
Howard Zinn

I teach you rebellion! Come out of the masses. Stand alone like a lion and live your life according to your own light.
Osho

Anyone who takes responsibility for understanding and acts on sustainability challenges – whether or not in a formal leadership position is a sustainability leader.
Mary A. Ferdig

Leadership is about rearranging the chairs, getting the questions right, putting citizens in front of each other and then knowing what's worth focusing on. The leadership I'm longing for is the leadership that says my number one job is to bring people together out of exile, out of isolation, and into connection.
Peter Block

Rather than providing all of the answers, sustainability leaders create opportunities for people to come together and generate their own answers – to explore, learn, and devise a realistic course of action to address sustainability challenges.
Mary A. Ferdig

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Viktor Frankl

We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
Howard Zinn

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan B. Anthony

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
Steve Jobs

Every generation needs a new revolution.
Thomas Jefferson

People kept telling me art can't change the world; so I stopped calling what I did art.
Carl Scrase

I want us to organize, to tell the personal stories that create empathy, which is the most revolutionary emotion.
Gloria Steinem

Whatever sphere we may be in, there is a profound joy in the realization that we are helping to form the structure of the new world. This is creative courage, however minor or fortuitous our creations may be.
Rollo May

Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of.
Geri Weitzman

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.
Kenichi Ohmae

The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'
Alice Walker

The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. It's hard to plan the day.
E. B. White

All of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I want to leave a committed life behind.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each time we stand up for an ideal, or act to improve the lot of others, or strike out against injustice, we send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert F. Kennedy

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
Mahatma Gandhi

It's important the people should know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.
Mary H. Waldrip

Some of life’s biggest and most positive changes are propelled by mini conspiracies of a few well-meaning folks.
Bernard Lown

You are, by accident of fate, alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something.
Carl Sagan

One person speaking up makes more noise than a thousand people who remain silent.
Thom Harnett

One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.
John F. Kennedy

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Dr. Seuss

This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.
Gary Lew

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Oscar Wilde

It is the art of mankind to polish the world, and everyone who works is scrubbing some part.
Henry David Thoreau

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.
Robert M. Pirsig

Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
Malcolm X

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
Pauline R. Kezer

Everywhere, everywhere, children are the scorned people of the earth.
Toni Morrison

A five-word sentence that could change the world tomorrow is: What would love do now?
Neale Donald Walsch

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Helen Keller

Don’t agonize. Organize.
Jim Hightower

Don't let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your lives.
Bill Gates

I am leaving this legacy to all of you…to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die – the dream of freedom and peace.
Rosa Parks

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
Aboriginal Activists Group, Queensland

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.
Moche Dayan

In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.
Marianne Williamson

It isn't enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. And it isn't enough to believe in it, one must work for it.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, war. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out…and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel…And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for the universal brotherhood of man—with his mouth.
Mark Twain

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.
Dag Hammarskjold

The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world they want to live in.
Marshall Rosenberg

You are not here merely to make a living, you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself when you forget that errand.
Woodrow Wilson



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