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Inspirational Quotes 2022

  • War

    “War… Huh… Yeah! What is it good for?
    Absolutely nothing!
    War … Huh … Yeah! What it is good for?
    Absolutely nothing! Say it again y’all.
    War … Huh … Look out! What is it good for?
    Absolutely nothing! Listen to me now.

    “War is something that I despise,
    ‘Cause it means the destruction of innocent lives.
    War means tears in thousands of mothers’ eyes,
    When their sons go out to fight and lose their lives.

    “I said War … Huh … Good God y’all! What it is good for?
    Absolutely nothing! Say it again.
    War … Huh! Lord, Lord, Lord.
    What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Listen to me.

    “War! It ain’t nothing but a heart breaker.
    War! Friend only to the undertaker.
    War is the enemy of all mankind.br> The thought of war blows my mind.
    War has caused unrest within the younger generations,
    Induction then destruction … who wants to die?

    “AAH! War … Huh … Good God y’all!
    What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”

    - Song written by Norman Whitfield. Recorded
    by Whitfield and The Temptations.

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, our dear God made them all.”

    - Cecil Frances Alexander, from her Anglican hymn.
    It’s frequently sung to the “Royal Oak,” a melody adapted from a 17th-
    century folk tune, “The Twenty-Ninth of May,” published in 1686.
    It’s also often sung to the tune “All Things Bright and
    Beautiful,” composed by William Henry Monk in 1887.

  • Trees

    “I think that I shall never see
    A poem as lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.”

    - Joyce Kilmer
  • “It feels so good to be alive
    Got all my family by my side
    Couldn’t wipe this black off if I tried
    That's why I lift my head with pride

    “I got a million miles on me
    They want to see how far I’ll go
    The path was never paved with gold (gold)
    We worked and built this on our own (own)
    And, and can’t nobody knock it if they tried (no)
    This is hustle personified
    Look how we’ve been fighting to stay alive
    So when we win we will have pride
    Do you know how much we have cried?
    How hard we had to fight?

    “It feels so, so, so, so good
    I got all my sisters by my side …”

    - Beyoncé, her song “Be Alive,” from her album by the same name.
    Songwriters: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles / Darius Scott Dixson.

  • Mohandas Gandhi

    “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

    “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

  • Faith is …

    “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped, the conviction of things not seen … by faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”

    - Apostle Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:1.

    “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”
    - Corrie Ten Boom

    “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
    - Thomas Aquinas

    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
    - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “Faith and prayers are the vitamins of the soul; (hu)man cannot live in health without them.”
    - Mahalia Jackson

    “Faith is the radical trust that home has always been there and always will be there.”
    - from “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri J.M. Nouwen

  • Fannie Lou Hamer - from her speeches:

    “Whether you are Black or white, you are not free until I am free either.”

    “The cry of hunger is a cry of hunger whether it comes from Black, White, Brown, Red.”

    “Black power means we want something to say about our destiny.”

    “We have been down so long, we have nowhere to go but up!”

    “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

    “This country is sick and the only way this country will survive is people working like you and like I am working just really concerned about human beings of this country because other than that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and the same thing goes with a nation. A nation divided against itself cannot stand.”

    Fannie Lou Hamer (b. Fannie Lou Townsend - October 6, 1917-March 14, 1977) -
    American voting and women’s rights activist, community organizer, and a
    leader in the civil rights movement. She co-founded and vice-chaired the
    Freedom Democratic Party, and organized Mississippi’s Freedom
    Summer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
    She co-founder the National Women’s Political Caucus.

    “Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring
    Message to America” - book by Dr. Keisha Blain.
    “Fannie Lou Hamer’s America” documentary on
    PBS’ “America Reframed,” airs February 22, 2022

  • Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

    “I was 11 years old in 1968. And to my young eyes, we had been on a path toward racial justice that was amazing. There was the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. We were winning on buses and at lunch counters. We were seemingly, to me, at a tipping point, where we were either going to roll forward with this incredible momentum on racial justice, or we could roll back. And then April 4th happened, and King got shot in the neck. And it felt like the whole thing just rolled back, because then came Richard Nixon and the war on drugs.

    “We’re 50 years later now. And once again, young activists in America are making Americans take a look in the mirror in terms of our true history of race and racial prejudice. Once again, the young activists are calling us to account. Once again, America is having to look at issues of race dead in the eye. And once again, we are at a tipping point. And the question for all of us in this room is: What are we going to do about it?”

    - Jeffery Robinson, in his “Who We Are” documentary.
    He was a former ACLU Deputy Legal Director.

  • “I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge - even wisdom. Like art.”

    “I tell my students, "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not a grab-bag candy game.”

    “There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race - scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct … it has a social function, racism.”

    “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak. We write. We do language. That is how civilizations heal.”

    “You are your best thing”

    - Toni Morrison, from her Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Beloved.”

  • “We yearn, O Christ, for wholeness and for your healing touch;
    too long have we felt helpless, our burdens seemed too much.
    Forgetting all pretenses we make our pleadings heard,
    in hope and expectation await your gracious Word.

    “We long to have companions who travel by our side,
    strong friends to call and answer with whom we are allied;
    As we lift up each other when struggles lay us low,
    community develops; our faith and caring grow.”

    - Dosia Carlson wrote these words,
    sung to J.S. Bach's “Passion Chorale

  • “Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among God’s people?”

    “All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.”

    “We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.”

    - Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African Anglican Archbishop,
    theologian, anti-apartheid and human rights activist.

  • “I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against it not in anger but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and above all with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as a moral example of the world.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Returning in 2020, to the Edmund Pettus Bridge where police broke his skull 55 years earlier on Bloody Sunday, in Georgia, the late congressman John Lewis implored the crowd to:

    “Go out there, speak up, speak out. Get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America."

    - John Lewis, congressman, whose mission was to
    fight for voting rights, and stop voter suppression.

  • “We declare our right on this earth to be a man. To be a human being. To be respected as a human being. To be given rights of a human being.”

    “A new world order is in the making, and it is up to us to prepare ourselves that we may take our rightful place in it.”

    “It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country.”

    - Brother Malcolm X, also known as
    El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, after a pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • “My soul magnifies God and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name … God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; God has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.”
    - from the Gospel According to Luke 1: 46-55

  • “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
    - Plato

  • “Comfort, comfort O my people, tell of peace says our God;
    Comfort those whose hearts are shrouded, mourning under sorrow’s load.
    Speak unto the people of the peace that waits for them.”
    - Johannes Olearius, from “Comfort, Comfort
    O My People,” based on Isaiah 40

  • O for a World

    “O for a world where everyone respects each other’s way,
    Where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.
    O for a world where goods are shared and misery relieved,
    Where truth is spoken, children spared, equality achieved.
    We welcome one world family and struggle with each choice
    That opens us to unity and gives our vision voice.”

    - Miriam Therese Winter, based on Acts of the Apostles 4:32-37

  • Sing of a Blessing

    “Sing, we sing of a blessing.
    Sing, we sing of blessing.
    A blessing of love. A blessing of mercy.
    Love will increase a blessing of peace.

    “Pray now, pray for a blessing.
    Pray now, pray for a blessing.
    A blessing of joy. A blessing of justice.
    Love will increase a blessing of peace.

    “Share now, share in a blessing.
    Share now, share in a blessing.
    A blessing of hope. A blessing of courage.
    Love will increase a blessing of peace.

    “Live, live, live as a blessing,
    Live, live, live as a blessing.
    A blessing within. A blessing among us.
    Love will increase a blessing of peace.”

    - Miriam Therese Winter

  • “We, unaccustomed to courage
    exiles from delight
    live coiled in shells of loneliness
    until love leaves its high holy temple
    and comes into our sight
    to liberate us into life.

    “Love arrives
    and in its train come ecstasies
    old memories of pleasure
    ancient histories of pain.
    Yet if we are bold,
    love strikes away the chains of fear
    from our souls.

    “We are weaned from our timidity
    in the flush of love’s light
    we dare be brave
    And suddenly we see
    that love costs all we are
    and will ever be.
    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free.”

    - Maya Angelou “Touched by an Angel”

  • “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your (and others) joy!”
    - Thich Nhat, Buddhist monk, and peace activist.

  • “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
    This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
    This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

    “Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

    “In my brother’s heart, I’m gonna let it shine,
    In my brother’s heart, I’m gonna let it shine,
    In my brother’s heart, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

    “In my sister’s soul, I’m gonna let it shine,
    In my sister’s soul, I’m gonna let it shine,
    In my sister’s soul, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

    “All around the world, I’m gonna let it shine,
    All around the world, I’m gonna let it shine,
    All around the world, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

    “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
    This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
    This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”

    Alternate verse:

    “All through the night, I’m gonna let it shine,
    All through the night, I’m gonna let it shine,
    All through the night, I’m gonna let it shine,
    let it shine, let is shine, let it shine!”

    - Harry Dixon Loes. Written about 1920 as a children’s song. Often sung during the civil
    rights protests of the 50s and 60s. Zilphia Horton adapted the song and taught it to Pete
    Seeger. When Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights leader, was detained by police on her way
    back from attempting to register to vote with others, she began singing this song.

  • Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love

    “Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
    Neighbors are rich and poor, varied in color and race, neighbors are near and far away.
    Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
    These are the ones we should serve, these are the ones we should love; all these are neighbors to us and you.
    Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
    Loving puts us on our knees, showing our faith by our deeds, serving the neighbors we have from you.
    Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.”

    - Tom Colvin, written in 1963; tune adapted from a Ghanaian folk melody.

  • “Dear Child of God, I write these words because we all experience sadness, we all come at times to despair, and we all lose hope that the suffering in our lives and in the world will ever end. I want to share with you my faith and my understanding that this suffering can be transformed and redeemed. There is no such thing as a totally hopeless case. Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now — in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. … Indeed, God is transforming the world now — through us — because God loves us.”
    - Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African Anglican Archbishop,
    theologian, anti-apartheid and human rights activist.
    From his book, “God Has a Dream:
    A Vision of Hope for Our Time”

  • New Day’s Lyric

    “May this be the day
    We come together.
    Mourning, we come to mend,
    Withered, we come to weather,
    Torn, we come to tend,
    Battered, we come to better.
    Tethered by this year of yearning,
    We are learning
    That though we weren’t ready for this,
    We have been readied by it.
    We steadily vow that no matter
    How we are weighed down,
    We must always pave a way forward.

    “This hope is our door, our portal.
    Even if we never get back to normal,
    Someday we can venture beyond it,
    To leave the known and take the first steps.
    So let us not return to what was normal,
    But reach toward what is next.

    “What was cursed, we will cure.
    What was plagued, we will prove pure.
    Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,
    Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,
    Where we weren’t aware, we’re now awake;
    Those moments we missed
    Are now these moments we make,
    The moments we meet,
    And our hearts, once all together beaten,
    Now all together beat.

    “Come, look up with kindness yet,
    For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.
    We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,
    But to take on tomorrow.

    “We heed this old spirit,
    In a new day’s lyric,
    In our hearts, we hear it:
    For auld lang syne, my dear,
    For auld lang syne.
    Be bold, sang Time this year,
    Be bold, sang Time,
    For when you honor yesterday,
    Tomorrow ye will find.
    Know what we’ve fought
    Need not be forgot nor for none.
    It defines us, binds us as one,
    Come over, join this day just begun.
    For wherever we come together,
    We will forever overcome.”

    - Amanda S. C. Gorman, American poet and activist. She focuses on issues
    of oppression, feminism, race, marginalization,
    and on the African diaspora.


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