Blogathon #28 – Thinking about Activism

If we want change, we must be willing to work for it. As you read the following quotes on being active, remember that our weapons are not guns and cannons and bombs — we fight using our hearts, our convictions, the truth, and our love.

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can
change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever does.’ –
Margaret Mead

‘Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.’ – Edward Abbey

‘It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong,
something that the best people have always done.’ – Harriet Beecher

‘Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out their
conscience, thus helping bring the collective conscience to life.’ –
Norman Cousins

‘Compassion for the suffering of others is not weakness. Acting from
compassion when those around you do not takes more courage and strength of character than going along with everyone else’s cruelty.’ – Norman Phelps, Fund for Animals

‘Those who profess to love freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men
who want crops without plowing. A struggle may be a moral one, or it may be physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.’ – Frederick Douglass

‘I am in earnest – I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will
not retreat a single inch and I will be heard.’ – William Lloyd
, The Liberator

‘Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be
demanded by the oppressed.’ – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

‘If you can’t lower heaven, raise hell.’ – Mother Jones

‘We all want to change the world.’ – Beatles (‘Revolution’)

‘One single act of defiance against power, against the State that seems
omnipotent but is not, transforms and transfigures the human
personality. At least for a time. For a while. Perhaps that is enough.’
Edward Abbey

‘In serving others, it is as much my moral obligation to refuse to
cooperate with evil as it is to cooperate with good. ‘ – Mohandas K.

‘Let’s do justice together.’ – Rev. Dr. Mel White, Soulforce

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