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Committed to Social Change? 20 Quotes to Keep You Inspired

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In acknowledgment of Presidents' Day, we bring you some social change quotes from our archives. Enjoy!

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 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
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