Quotations

The big Global Concerns here have generated many great quotations, inspiring thoughts from many points of view about the human condition and the state of our world.

We show some below and we welcome your own suggestions for inclusion.

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"The very notion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political position." - George Orwell



“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” - Molière



"The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized." - Rachel Carson



“We are the last generation that can fight climate change. We have a duty to act” - Ban Ki-moon (former Secretary-General of the United Nations)



“There is no Planet B”Anon



“I put my money on the sun and solar energy, what a source of power. I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” -
Thomas Edison (in 1931)



“The truth will set you free, but first it’ll piss you off.”Gloria Steinem



“The difference between what we are doing and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world’s problems.” - Mahatma Gandhi



“Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” - Chinese proverb



"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead



“Overcoming Poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of Justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom” - Nelson Mandela



“The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.” – Helen Keller



“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them” - Albert Einstein



“If you think you are too small to make an impact, try sleeping in a room with a few mosquitoes.”West African proverb



"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." – Anon



“Lying there, I thought of my own culture, of the assembly of books in the library at Alexandria; of the deliberations of Darwin and Mendel in their respective gardens; of the architectural conception of the cathedral at Chartres; of Bach's cello suites, the philosophy of Schweitzer, the insights of Planck and Dirac. Have we come all this way, I wondered, only to be dismantled by our own technologies, to be betrayed by political connivance or the impersonal avarice of a corporation ?”Barry López, Arctic Dreams



“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”Chinese Proverb



“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” - Mahatma Gandhi



“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” - Paulo Coelho



“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman



“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”Benjamin Franklin



“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”Rev. Martin Luther King Jr



“Life is an opportunity to contribute something that outlasts us and makes the world a better place.” - Apoorve Dubey



“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” - Malala Yousafzai



“If you really want to do something you’ll find a way, if you don’t you’ll find an excuse” - Jim Rohn



“You may delay, but time will not.” - Benjamin Franklin



“If not us then who ? If not now, then when ?” - John Lewis former Freedom Rider



"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."Bertrand Russell



“Whether voting Republican or Democrat, the result is the same: A corrupt corporate government.” - Steven Magee



“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”Lily Tomlin



“When it comes to the news, the corporate view is `objective,’ all else is `propaganda.” - Studs Terkel



“I find it very sad that by the time corporate science realizes the value of nature, that it may be too late” - Steven Magee



“Know that you are completely insignificant, and entirely necessary.” - Mahatma Gandhi



"If you are neutral in situations of injustice then you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu



“Almost always the creative dedicated minority has made the world better”Rev. Martin Luther King Jr



"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly, than ever before." - Leonard Bernstein in “An Artist’s Response to Violence”



“We have seen the physical effects of the atomic bomb on the Japanese people, but it is too early to see the spiritual effects on the people who made and used the bomb, the Americans.” - Mahatma Gandhi, spoken shortly after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima



“The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” - Albert Einstein



“This is the first century in the world's history when the biggest threat is from humanity” - Lord Rees – UK Astronomer Royal



“The growing wealth aquired by them [corporations] never fails to be a source of abuses.” - President James Madison



“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” - Will Rogers



"…a sustainable future depends on the people willing to see the truth for what it is, and for those to stand up in unison in order to make a difference." - Jake Edwards Keli'i Eakin



“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell



“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” - Albert Einstein



“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” – Former US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis



“Activism is my rent for living on this planet”Alice Walker



“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment”Ansel Adams



“I realised our planetary ecological crisis would not be solved in the corporate boardrooms in which it was created.” - Carina Millstone



“If we don’t speak up, we are cowards and accomplices.” - Judith Hertog, on China’s repression in Tibet



“Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?” - Eleanor Roosevelt



“My fellow citizens, the rise of this blusterous man bewilders the educated among us, conjoins opposing politicians, agonizes our international allies, threatens minorities, spits on the disabled, and touches the hearts of those who just don’t know any better. Let us stop propounding how mad all this is, but instead, do something.Lislotte Hubner (Germany, 1929)



“The greatest threat facing the United States is its own President”Washington Post



“To befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. - President Theodore Roosevelt



“Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere” - Millicent Garrett Fawcett



“I am very honoured and happy to be the European representative at this year’s World Theatre Day. In 1963, my predecessor the great Arthur Miller said as the threat of nuclear war lay heavy over the world : “When asked to write in a time when diplomacy and politics have such terribly short and feeble arms, the delicate but sometimes lengthy reach of art must bear the burden of holding together the human community." - Simon McBurney (a founder and artistic director of Théâtre de Complicité, London, and elected European Ambassador for World Theatre 2018 by UNESCO).



“A nation cannot survive treason - from within” - Marxus Tullius Cicero



“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” - William Shakespeare



“A fish rots from the head down.” - Ancient proverb of disputed origin



"Take your broken heart, and make it into art." - Meryl Streep, at the 2017 Golden Globes Ceremony



"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul" - Edward Abbey



“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."Rev. Martin Luther King Jr



“The origin of all power is in the people, and they have an incontestable right to check the creatures of their own creation.” - Mercy Otis Warren



“Neutral men are the devil’s allies.” - Edwin Hubbel Chapin



“Art disturbs, science reassures.”Georges Braque



“Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past, while we silence the rebels of the present.” - Henry Steele Commager



"The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”Jerzy Kosinski



“No re-plastering, the structure is rotten."Slogan of French student protestors in 1968



“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”Dresden James



“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” - Alejandro Jodorowsky



”Polls are the corporate media’s standardized tests to determine how well we have learned what it has taught us.”Sam Smith, author and journalist



“That art is best which suggests most.”Austin O’Malley



“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” - Howard Zinn



“Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.” - Pablo Picasso



“The social havoc wreaked by unfettered economic greed comes to be interiorised as the personal weakness and irresponsibility of those principally affected.” - David Smail



“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”Jonathan Swift



“The USA is a beautiful country...when you take the corrupt corporations and their government minions out of the equation.” - Steven Magee



“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”Edgar Degas



“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. . . The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” - Martin Luther King Jr.



“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” - Eleanor Roosevelt



“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”Paul Klee



“Civilisations fall apart when we stop caring for our fellow men.” - Katherine Hamnett, designer



“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” - Pablo Picasso



"For evil to flourish, it only takes good men & women to do nothing" - Quotation inspired by Simon Wiesenthal



“There comes a time when silence equals betrayal.” - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr



“To ignore evil is to become accomplice to it.” - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr



“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr



“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”Albert Einstein, refugee from Nazi Germany



"Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other." - Elie Wiesel



“Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won you earn it and win it in every generation.” - Coretta Scott King



“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” - Native American Saying



“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery



“What kind of economy grows for decades on end but doesn’t allow most of the population to share in the gains from that growth ?”Mark Weisbrot



“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” - Maya Angelou



“Yes, our regulatory agencies are incompetent. But they are incompetent by design.”David Goldstein



“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams (Author)



"We cannot be the generation that history will look back upon and wonder, why didn't they do everything humanly possible to solve this biggest crisis of our time ?" - Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder



"We have guided missiles and misguided men."Rev Martin Luther King, warning that : “We live each day on the verge of nuclear co-annihilation.”



“Art has become more and more important because politicians have become less and less interesting. They have to accommodate some kind of idea, and they can’t say what they want to. Even a speech is written for them, and then they read it. That position is extremely weak. It’s extremely dangerous for us. An artist creates; artists are still creating. The artist’s position is completely opposite to that of a politician. We’re still free. We can still say what we want to say. You have to be daring to say it, but you can say it. You don’t lose your job if you say it. Whereas the politicians may lose their job if they say anything they want to. The people have the right to know, they hired the politicians. We can touch people.” - Yoko Ono



“Now as through this world I ramble, I see lots of funny men, Some rob you with a six gun, And some with a fountain pen.” - Woody Guthrie in “Pretty Boy Floyd”



“Where there is a need, there is an obligation”Simone Weil



“In the arts, hostility to political truth-telling is an article of bourgeois faith.” - John Pilger



“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell”Edward Abbey



“War Is A Racket”Major General Smedley Butler



“The notion that the press was used in the [first Iraq] war is incorrect. The press wanted to be used. It saw itself as part of the war effort.” - Author and former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges



“If we dwell in a community that is comfortable, then it’s probably not broad enough a coalition.” - Bernice Reagon, of the pop/gospel group 'Sweet Honey in the Rock.'



“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” - Aldous Huxley



“A country in which 42% of the population is totally misinformed is not a country where democracy is safe.” - Paul Craig Roberts



“The time is always right to do what is right.” - Rev Martin Luther King Jr.



“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” - Voltaire



"Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground, so we can't save the world by playing by the rules because the rules have to change. Everything needs to change and it has to start today." - 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, a citizen of Finland



“…progressives need a language that is missing from our political vocabulary, one that insists that… “alternative worlds are possible, that they are within reach if we’re courageous enough, and smart enough, and daring enough to take control of our own lives.” - Ariel Dorfman



“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Nay, human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.” - Ursula K. Le Guin