All social change comes from the passion of individuals.
Never ever depend on governments or institutions to solve any major problems. All social change comes from the passion of individuals.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change.
There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot suppress.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
You keep plugging away--that's the way social change takes place. That's the way every social change in history has taken place: by a lot of people, who nobody ever heard of, doing work.
Be the change you want to see.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Every great moment of social change was once a confirmed impossibility. People's determination in the face of overwhelming odds has, time and again, triumphed over what seems impossible. This is what you tell yourself.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.
Life is too precious to be a spectator sport. We are no longer merely fans, rooting for the winning team. We are the team. We are the grown-ups. Whatever you believe is true, now is the time to give your respectful, inquisitive, and compassionate self to it.
The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.
The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons.
Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. Cesar Chavez Address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
Without community, there is no liberation.
There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.
If we look long enough and hard enough ... we will begin to see the connections that bind us together, and when we recognize those connections, we will begin to change the world.
Build what you want to see in the world.
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