Activism Quotes

If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.

Richard Stallman

You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won't help, but that is no excuse, you must still act.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

Kahlil Gibran

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi

The most important political office is that of private citizen.

Louis Brandeis

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.

Abbie Hoffman

Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.

Emma Goldman

Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance.

Thich Nhat Hanh

My activism really is for myself, because I see places in the world where I feel I should be. If there is something really bad, really evil, happening somewhere, then that is where I should be. I need, for myself, to feel that I have stood there. It feels a lot better than just watching it on television.

Alice Walker

I’ve always had the impression that real militants are like cleaning women, doing a thankless, daily but necessary job.

Francois Truffaut

No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.

Milan Kundera

If you're not giving the world the best you have, what world are you saving it for ?

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People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.

Unknown

The short lesson that comes out of long experience in political agitation is something like this: all the motive power in all of these movements is the instinct of religious feeling. All the obstruction comes from attempting to rely on anything else. Conciliation is the enemy.

John Jay Chapman

Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilisation.

Oscar Wilde

All movements go too far.

Bertrand Russell

Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain’t going to be turned around.

Ralph David Abernathy

Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Never has man reached his destination by persistence in deviation from the straight path.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against.

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Updated On : September 20, 2008
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