I teach you rebellion! Come out of the masses. Stand alone like a lion and live your life according to your own light. ~ Osho
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Anne Frank
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci
Religious and spiritual leaders should be held accountable for environmental activism, not only because they have access to large communities and can influence votes, but because service is integral to religious and spiritual life.
~ Radhanath Swami
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 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 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 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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