"Let your life speak." ~ John Woolman
"Choose to be optimistic. It feels better." ~ The Dalai Lama
"Belief without action is the ruin of the soul." ~ Edward Abbey
"The time is always right to do what is right." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"For the sake of making a living we forget to live." ~ Margaret Fuller
"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground." ~ anonymous
"Three helping one another will do as much as six working singly." ~ Spanish proverb
"Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet." ~ Alice Walker
"When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" ~ Lao Tsu
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world." ~ Anne Frank
"Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in." ~ Frances Moore Lappé
"Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you dream of." ~ Alice Walker
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
~ Albert Einstein
"You never change anything by fighting the existing. To change something, build a new model and make the existing obsolete."
~ Buckminster Fuller
"Some day, when everyone understands that nearly all of us truly want the same kind of world, it will take surprisingly little time or effort to have it." ~ Donella H. Meadows
"It's the action, not the fruit of the action that's important. You have to do the right thing...
You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." ~ Gandhi
"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
"We need to return to learning about the land by being on the land, or better, by being in the thick of it. That is the best way we can stay in touch with the fates of its creatures, its indigenous cultures, its earthbound wisdom. That is the best way we can be in touch with ourselves." ~ Gary Paul Nabhan; The Geography of Childhood; Why Children Need Wild Places
"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more 'successful' people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it." ~ David Orr (1990), In Context No.27: "What is Education For?"
"Life becomes useful when you confront a difficulty; it provides a kind of value for your life to have the kind of responsibility to confront it and overcome it. Whereas if you do not feel such difficulties, there's no such responsibility, no role for you to play in your life. That challenge allows you to practice your ability. Basically, the purpose of life is to serve other people. From that point of view, a difficulty is really a great opportunity. I have often said that our generation of Tibetans is seeing the saddest part in all of Tibetan history. So from that angle it is . . . a great honor, a great privilege . . . to face these times, to confront them." ~ the 14th Dalai Lama
Quotes compiled by Kate Harris.
10-point Hopi checklist:
- Where do you live (not just geographically)?
- What is it that you do?
- How are your relationships?
- Are you in right relation with the Earth?
- Where is your water?
- Know your garden (and nature around you).
- Speak your truth; it is time now.
- Be good to each other.
- Don't look outside yourself for the leader.
- This could be a good time.