Committed to Social Change? 20 Inspiring Quotes to Keep You That Way

In acknowledgment of Presidents’ Day, we bring you some social change quotes from our archives. Enjoy!

The importance of taking action




Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind. -Pearl S. Buck

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -Richard Buckminster Fuller

It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act. -The Dalai Lama



The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Gandhi

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. -William James

The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. -Robert Brault


The power of small steps



The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world. -James Baldwin

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. -E.M. Forster

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. -Aesop



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful. -Albert Einstein

People say, “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. -Dorothy Day

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -St. Francis of Assisi


Your turn: What quotes keep you inspired?


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    • Natasha
    • February 20, 2017

    I was really feeling low just now and these motivated me again. Thanks so much for the positivity! 🙂

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