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20 Quotes to Keep You Inspired and Committed to Social Change

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The importance of taking action

"Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind." -Pearl S. Buck

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

"It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act." -The Dalai Lama

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Gandhi

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill

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

"The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free." -Robert Brault

The power of small steps

"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world." -James Baldwin

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

"One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested." -E.M. Forster

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -Theodore Roosevelt

"I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful." -Albert Einstein

"People say, 'What is the sense of our small effort?' They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time." -Dorothy Day

"Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." -St. Francis of Assisi


by Aaron McCoy

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