—In a world where everything is interrelated a small change
can have a profound impact —

 

 

 

 

Why you are important #3

A few quotes for you to think about, or "As long as you're going to think, you might as well think big:"

“After the final no there comes a yes
And on that yes the future of the world depends.”
—Wallace Stevens


“If we don't create our future, our past will create it for us.”   —Martin Brossman

"It has taken humanity 4.5 billion years to discover it is 4.5 billion years old."
— George Wald

"Of this I am certain. Absolutely nothing great in this world has been accomplished without passion."
—Friedrich Hegel

“Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.”
—Bertrand Russell

“Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life.”
—Harvey Mackay

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
—John F. Kennedy

“A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.”
—Martin L. King Jr.

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
—Martin L. King Jr.

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
—John F. Kennedy

“Great deeds are not done by strength or speed or physique: they are the products of thought, and character, and judgment. And far from diminishing, such qualities actually increase with age”.
— Cicero, On Old Age

“ The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If we do not speak for Earth, who will? If we are not committed to our own survival, who will be?"
— Carl Sagan

“...in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.”
— Albert Camus

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.”  
 —Albert Einstein

"The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.”
—Albert Einstein

“ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
—Margaret Mead

“ Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery.”
—Richard Powers

Nighttime star shine
Along the Milky Way
When you go outside
You really see
God is inside you
And the stars guide you.
—Tobias Gabel, age 4, October 2000

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
—Mark Twain

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now"
—Goethe

“One man with courage makes a majority.”
—Andrew Jackson

It is not because things are dangerous that we do not dare.
It is because we do dare not that things are dangerous”.
—Seneca

“Perspective is more important than IQ.”
Nicholas Negroponte

“Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral”.
— Paulo Freire

"The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of
those who look at it without doing anything."
—Albert Einstein

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
— Arthur C. Clarke

“The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution”
—Albert Einstein

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
—Arthur Schopenhauer

“ We need an idea that is both visionary and profitable, a solution that can appeal to the ardent idealist and the hardened venture capitalist. We need a source of hope that is also a business opportunity, a hot investment that is also intensely idealistic. We need something that will challenge our higher natures and attract our baser instincts, coaxing us into the game of transformation…”
—Alan Atkisson

“Business has become, in the last half of the 20th century, the most powerful institution on the planet. The dominant institution in any society needs to take responsibility for the whole.”
—Willis Harman

"You can no longer save your family, tribe or nation. You can only save the whole world."
—Margaret Mead

"Unless we change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed."
—ancient Chinese proverb

"Trend is not destiny."
—Rene Dubois

"To understand a system you need to understand the system it fits into."
—Howard Odum

"Change comes from committed minorities."
—Hanna Arendt

"No one should apologize for being a visionary; without vision, hard headed (meaning mentally impenetrable) and hopeless men remain without challenge to their lethal tendencies."
—John Kenneth Galbraith

"Not to dream boldly may turn out to be simply irresponsible."
—George Leonard

Dreams undermine the power structure. Fear feeds the power structure.
—Medard Gabel

"Remember your humanity and forget the rest."
— Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell

"Freedom and poverty are incompatible."
—Karl Marx

"Economics is external morality."
—Jesse Jackson

"It is our responsibility as artists to put our art to work for the peace we have been waiting for."
—Pablo Casals

"The most important fact about spaceship earth: an instruction book didn't come with it."
—Buckminster Fuller





 


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