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Inspirational Quotes 2021

  • “Don’t do anything that you think is wrong. Just do what you think is right, and then be ready to back it up even with your life.”
    - Maya Angelou, American poet,
    memoirist, civil rights activist.

  • “She liberated me from a society that would have had me think of myself as the lower of the low. She liberated me to life. And from that time to this time, I have taken life by the lapels and I have said, ‘I’m with you, kid.’ ”
    - Maya Angelou, American poet,
    memoirist, civil rights activist.

  • “We are born of love; love is our mother.”
    - Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Rumi), 13th-century
    Persian poet, Hanafi faqih, Islamic scholar,
    Maturidi theologian, Sufi mystic.

  • “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”
    - E.M. Forster, English fiction
    writer, essayist, librettist.

  • “How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mother’s names.”
    - Alice (Malsenior Tallulah-Kate) Walker, American
    novelist, short story writer, poet, social activist.
    Author of “The Color Purple,” (National
    Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize.

  • “With each passing day, I didn’t lose hope. I fought to have more.”
    - Amy Tan, American author,
    wrote “The Joy Luck Club.”

  • “Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us … except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale”
    - Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-American novelist, physician,
    activist, humanitarian, UNHCR goodwill ambassador.

  • “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair.”
    - Shirley Anita Chisholm (November 30, 1924-January 1, 2005),
    American politician, educator, author. In 1968, she became
    the first black woman elected to the U. S. Congress

  • “I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.”
    - Desmond Mpilo Tutu OMSG CH GCStJ, South African
    Anglican cleric and theologian, known
    for his work as an anti-apartheid
    and human rights activist.

  • “My folks came to the U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in the U.S., a citizen, went to Hollywood, and became an alien.”
    - Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931-February 27, 2015),
    American actor, filmmaker photographer, author,
    singer, songwriter. Aka “Mr. Spock,” Star
    Fleet commander, United Federation
    of Planets ambassador.

    From Jackie Robinson, No. 42, in The L.A. Dodgers

  • “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others lives.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me … All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “It kills me to lose. If I’m a troublemaker, and I don’t think that my temper makes me one, then it’s because I can’t stand losing. That’s the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

    Also see this article and movie clips:
    “10 Significant Moments from Jackie’s Life” - Chris Haft, April 14, 2021


  • “Don’t break a bird’s wings and then tell it to fly. Don’t break a heart and then tell it to love. Don’t break a soul and then tell it to be happy. Don’t see the worst in a person and expect them to see the best in you. Don’t judge people and expect them to stand by your side. Don’t play with fire and expect to stay perfectly safe. Life is about giving and taking. You cannot expect to give bad and receive good. You cannot expect to give good and receive bad.”
    - Najwa Zebian, from his book, “Broken Wings.”

  • “I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”
    - Thomas Paine

  • Prayer from the African Prayer Book by Desmond Tutu

    “The right hand of God is writing in our land,
    Writing with power and with love.
    Our conflicts and our fears, our triumphs and our tears
    Are recorded by the right hand of God.

    “The right hand of God is pointing in our land,
    Pointing the way we must go.
    So clouded is the way, so easily we stray,
    But we’re guided by the right hand of God.

    “The right hand of God is striking in our land,
    Striking out at envy, hate and greed.
    Our selfishness and lust, our pride and unjust
    Are destroyed by the right hand of God.

    “The right hand of God is lifting in our land,
    Lifting the fallen one by one.
    Each one is known by name, and rescued now from shame,
    By the lifting of the right hand of God.

    “The right hand of God is healing in our land,
    Healing broken bodies, minds and souls,
    So wondrous is its touch, with love that means so much,
    When we’re healed by the right hand of God.

    “The right hand of God is planting in our land,
    Planting seeds of freedom, hope and love,
    In these amazing lands, let God’s people all join hands,
    And be one with the right hand of God.”

  • “God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.”
    - Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

  • “Living one day at a time;
    enjoying one moment at a time;
    accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.”
    - Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

  • “Lord, make me a channel of your peace;
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    And where there is sadness, joy.”

    “O Divine, grant that I may not so much
    Seek to be consoled as to console;
    To be understood as to understand;
    To be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive.
    And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned.
    And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.”
    - Apostle Paul, Letter to the Romans 8:38-39

  • “May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields,
    And, until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.”
    - Irish blessing

  • “Be Thou my vision O God of my heart;
    Nothing surpasses the love you impart.
    You my best thought, by day or by night,
    Waking or sleeping, your presence my light.”
    - Irish melody

  • “May the friendships you make,
    Be those which endure,
    And all of your grey clouds
    Be small ones for sure.
    And trusting in God
    To Whom we all pray,
    May a song fill your heart,
    Every step of the way.”
    - Irish blessing

  • “If God sends you down a stony path,
    May God give you strong shoes.”
    - Irish saying

  • “May God be with you and bless you.
    May you see your children’s children.
    May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
    May you know nothing but happiness.
    From this day forward.”
    - Irish blessing

  • “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? … You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.”
    - The Gospel According to Matthew, 5:13-16

  • “Which commandment is the first of all? … You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with our your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
    - The Gospel According to Mark, 12:28-31

  • “The Spirit of God is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, God has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of God’s favor”
    - The Gospel According to Luke, 4:18-19

  • “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
    - The Gospel According to John, 13:34-35

  • “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
    - Maya Angelou “Letter to My Daughter”

  • “Which causes me to wonder, my own purpose on so many days as humble as the spider’s, what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?”
    - Louise Erdrich, “The Painted Drum”

  • “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
    - Audre Lorde, “A Burst of Light”

  • “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”
    - Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning actress

  • “This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.”
    - Line from a spiritual. Unclear authorship. Considered to
    be an African-American spiritual. Often attributed to
    Harry Dixon Loes (sometimes with Avis B.
    Christiansen); written ~1920. Loes was white.

  • “God does dwell in us. This is the essential truth of who we are. We are creatures made in the image of God. At the core of our being is goodness.”
    - Desmond Tutu, from his book “Made for Goodness:
    And Why This Makes All the Difference”

  • “One of the things I lifted up, and I still do in teachings and trainings ... is that religion at its best tries to get human beings ... to accept their fundamental humanity and take responsibility for the management and control of their anger, for their fear, for their animosities. To not pretend it comes from somebody else. To develop a spiritual life, whereby you can be in a very hostile situation, but you can still try to shape your own life because it is a gift, and there is no gift exactly like that. And you can mold it.”
    - Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. from his book
    “Nonviolence and Social Movements: The
    Teachings of Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.”

  • “We are a mirror of the gift of life in that we can make the choice to give ourselves to a cause and to a way of life that is much larger than we are. We can give ourselves to a work that we will never succeed in fulfilling.”
    - Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. from his book
    “Nonviolence and Social Movements: The
    Teachings of Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.”

  • “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
    - Proverbs 29:18

  • “Be Thou my vision, O God of my heart, nothing surpasses the love you impart. You my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, your presence my light.”
    - Hymn by Mary Byrne

  • “Then afterward, I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”
    - Joel 2:28

    On January 17, 2021, the Bethany worship congregation shared these quotes:

  • “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t se From Jackie Robinson, No. 42, in The L.A. Dodgers

  • “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others lives.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me … All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “It kills me to lose. If I’m a troublemaker, and I don’t think that my temper makes me one, then it’s because I can’t stand losing. That’s the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

  • “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”
    - Jackie Robinson. American professional baseball player.
    First African American to play in Major League Baseball.

    e the whole staircase.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther. King Jr.

  • “We can do this together, because while individually you have purpose, together we have power.”
    - Stacey Abrams, lawyer, voting rights activist,
    and author who served in the Georgia
    House of Representatives

  • “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”
    - Gwendolyn Brooks, author, activist,
    the first Black woman to
    win the Pulitzer Prize

  • “No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.”
    - Marian Anderson, contralto, first African American singer
    to perform at the White House, first African American
    to sing with New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

  • “One day, I know the struggle will change. There’s got to be a change - not only for Mississippi, not only for the people in the United States, but people all over the world.”
    - Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Activist

  • “We are one people, one family, the human family, and what affects one of us affects us all.”
    - Congressman John R. Lewis on movement-building
    in his book “Across That Bridge: A Vision for
    Change and the Future of America”

  • “Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.”
    - Congressman John R. Lewis on movement-building
    in his book “Across That Bridge: A Vision for
    Change and the Future of America”

  • “If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”
    - Malala Yousafzai, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood
    Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”

  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; for whom shall I be afraid?”
    - Psalm 27:1

  • “Be still and know that I am God.”
    - Psalm 46:10

  • “You who live in the shelter of God, who abide in the shadow of God, will say to God, ‘my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’ ”
    - Psalm 91:1-2

  • “O sing to God a new song; sing to God, all the earth.”
    - Psalm 96:1

  • “I lift my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from God who made heaven and earth.”
    - Psalm 121:1

  • “O give thanks to God for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever.”
    - Psalm 136

  • “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his/her skin, or his/her background, or his/her religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love come more naturally to the human heart.”
    - Nelson Mandela, from his book “Long Road to Freedom”

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