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Inspirational Quotes 2019

    International Worker’s Day, or May Day

  • “(Farm workers) are involved in the planting and the cultivation and the harvesting of the greatest abundance of food known in this society. They bring in so much food to feed you and me and the whole country and enough food to export to other places. The ironic thing and the tragic thing is that after they make this tremendous contribution, they don’t have any money or any food left for themselves.”
    - Cesar Chavez

  • “To make a great dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream; the second is persistence.”
    - Cesar Chavez

  • “Do not romanticize the poor … We are all people, human beings subject to the same temptations and faults as all others. Our poverty damages our dignity.”
    - Cesar Chavez

  • “Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?”
    - Cesar Chavez



    In Celebration of Earth Day

  • “I feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.
    - Mother Teresa

  • “The Earth is what we all have in common.
    - Wendell Berry

  • “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.
    - Jane Goodall

  • “To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
    - Helen Keller

  • “As I walk with Beauty, As I walk, as I walk, The universe is walking with me, In beauty it walks before me, In beauty it walks behind me, In beauty it walks below me, In beauty it walks above me, Beauty is on every side.
    - Traditional Navajo Prayer



  • “Let everything you do be done in love.”
    - 1 Corinthians 16:14

  • “Let us rejoice.”
    - Psalm 118:24

  • “Love knows no limits.”
    - 1 Corinthians 13:7

  • “O good and all-powerful God, who care for each of us as though each were the only one, and for all alike with the same tenderness you show to each?”
    - Saint Augustine, Book 3.11.19

  • “Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain goal. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continually toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”

    “In my most worried moments, I take a breath and remind myself of the dignity and decency I’ve seen in people throughout my life, the many obstacles that have already been overcome.”

    “I knew from experience that even during hard times, maybe especially during hard times, it was still okay to laugh.”

    “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

    “When they go low, we go high.”
    - Michelle Obama, from her best selling book,
    “Becoming” (2018)

  • “May the road rise to meet you, and the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm on your face, and the rains fall softly on your fields.
    And until we meet again, may God hold you gently in the palm of God’s hand.”
    - An Irish Blessing

  • “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me, and eaten alive.”
    - Audre Lorde

  • “The future of our world is as bright as the future of our girls”
    - Michelle Obama

  • “My world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger.”
    - Toni Morrison

  • “Women are like tea bags, we don’t know our strength until we are in hot water.”
    - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.”
    - Alice Walker

  • “I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up. If I did not, who would?”
    - Malala Yousafzai

  • “I’ve been accused of being attacking, intimidating, disrespectful, all these things - and at one point I said, “ ‘I’m not being those things so I'm not going to change.’ ”
    - Serena Williams

  • “There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine.”
    - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • “There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express yourself publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are.”
    - Tammy Baldwin

  • “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone's disbelief.”

    “You get to the point where your demons, which are terrifying, get smaller and smaller and you get bigger and bigger.”

    “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.”

    “Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”

    “All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.”

    - August Wilson (1945-2005), activist, American playwright, two Pulitzer Prizes
    for Drama. Depicted comic and tragic aspects of
    the African-American 20th cent. experience.
  • “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”

    “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

    “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
    - James Baldwin, (1924-1987) American novelist,
    playwright, activist.

  • “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
    - Angela Y. Davis, law professor, author, social activist

  • “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment, turn out to be great, good fortune.”
    - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Associate
    Justice of the Supreme Court
    Video: Makers, June 12, 2012

  • “I’m dejected, but only momentarily, when I can’t get the fifth vote for something I think is very important. But then you go on to the next challenge and you give it your all. You know that these important issues are not going to go away. They are going to come back again and again. There’ll be another time, another day.”
    - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Associate
    Justice of the Supreme Court
    “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture
    on Women and the Law,” Nov 15, 2000.
    Article: The Record, winter 2001, pg 9

    More quotes from RBG:
    “15 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes for Her 84th Birthday”
    - by Erin McCarthy, March15, 2017

  • “I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
    - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968),
    U.S. black civil rights leader and clergyman, from
    his book “A Testament of Hope: The Essential
    Writings and Speeches,” 1986, Harper Collins

  • “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
    - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968),
    U.S. black civil rights leader and clergyman, from
    his book “A Testament of Hope: The Essential
    Writings and Speeches,” 1986, Harper Collins

  • “There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The 1st is, ‘Where am I going?’ and the 2nd is ‘Who will go with me?’ If you ever get these questions in the wrong order, you are in trouble.”
    - Howard Washington Thurman (1899-1981). African-American author,
    philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.

  • “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    - Howard Washington Thurman, from his book
    “The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman:
    A Visionary for Our Time”


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