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Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. --Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends a tiny ripple of hope. Crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these simple rippes build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. --Robert Kennedy

Hope (noun). A desire for the future to be as good as you want it to be. --Cambridge International Dictionary

Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder or lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. --Frederick Douglas

Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. --Herrmann Goering (Hitler's Reich-Marshall, at the Nuremberg Trials)

Democracy invites us to take risks. It asks that we vacate the comfortable seat of certitude . . . We are nothing but whiners if we are not willing to put our concerns and convictions on the line with a willingness to honestly listen and learn something beyond our own assumptions. --Terry Tempest Williams

Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person. --Mother Theresa

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

Cooperative power. It's the kind of power that we generate when we work together in concert, peacefully, for common causes. Its point of origin is the heart and mind of each ordinary person.
--Jonathan Schell

The liberty of democracy is not safe if people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism. --Franklin Roosevelt

The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions: Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinion? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up, trusting our fellow citizens to join us in our determined pursuit--a living democracy? --Terry Tempest Williams

The politics of lying at the current historical moment offers up the specter of totalitarianism as it seeks to eliminate intelligent deliberation, informed public discussions, engaged criticism, and the very possibility of freedom and a vital democratic politics. The spirit of critique must be supplemented with public debate, and a positive sense of individual and social agency capable of becoming both a witness to injustice and a force for transforming those conditions that impose silence and perpetuate human suffering. --Henry A. Giroux

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns; to surrender to too many demands; to commit one's self to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. --Thomas Merton

Instead of trying to be responsible for all the problems in the world, we should take on what we love and care about. Then we honor both our inner world and the outer world at the same time. There's no separation between the two, and there is no hesitation, no self-doubt. This will help us develop great faith that others are taking care of their piece. People who don't know the details about climate change may care deeply about the forests, the animals, and the children. It is very important that we share, not only our merit, but also the responsibilities. Somehow we have to relieve ourselves of the enormity, which is so debilitating. --Paul Hawken

Joining with others to achieve the great possibility of America is as much fun you can have with your clothes on. --Jim Hightowe

Some journalists are stubbornly pursuing the truth despite growing monopolies, government secrecy, ideology, and public relations spin doctors--but it's getting tougher." A profound transformation is happening. The framers of our nation never imagined what could happen if big government, big publishing, and big broadcasters ever saw eye-to-eye in putting the public need for news second to their own interests--and to the ideology of free-market economies. --Bill Moyers

If we are to have the kinds of public conversations essential to taking our serious dilemmas from climate change to criminal justice reform, we need forums for these conversations. The media can facilitate the conversations or shut them down. They can open up or constrain our beliefs about what is possible, what is desirable, who is deserving and which perspectives are legitimate. Our media are where we create our future. Our hope lies in the scrappy, independent writers, publishers and broadcasters who have something to say and will not be silenced, and the activists who are insisting that media have the independence to give us the real stories of our time. --Sarah Van Gelder