Saturday, June 20, 2009

UNIFEM Singapore: "10 Quotes To Change The World"

A friend of mine shared this interesting and meaningful article by UNIFEM Singapore on Facebook. And I thought I will share it with you all.

10 Quotes To Change The World

Propelled by the belief that greater equality exists for all, social movements have been spearheaded by some of the world's most passionate and charismatic figureheads. Here's a look at a selection of quotes by some of the world's most memorable revolutionaries, activists and thinkers.

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian political leader and famous proponent of non-violent resistance

"Washing one's hands off the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." - Paulo Freire (1921-1997), influential Brazilian educator and theorist

"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 (1901-1978), American cultural anthropologist

"We have it in our power to begin the world again." - Thomas Paine (1737-1809), British revolutionary, intellectual and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States

"The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), groundbreaking German theoretical physicist

"It is not enough to be compassionate - you must act." - The Dalai Lama (1935- ), Tibetan spiritual leader

"If you are trying to transform a brutalised society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up." - Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929- ), leading American poet, essayist and feminist

"We must use time creatively, and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement

"Men must be capable of imagining and executing and insisting on social change if they are to reform or even maintain civilisation, and capable too of furnishing the rebellion which is sometimes necessary if society is not to perish of immobility." - Rebecca West, (1892-1983), English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer

"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope." - Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971), American theologian

And if I may, I would just like to add a meaningful quote which is a favourite of mine: "Great ambition and conquest, without contribution, is without significance" -- "The Emperor's Club"

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