From time to time, I find it important to reflect, to take some time to think about the work that I do, to find inspiration, and to recharge my batteries. I’ve always been a quote person: someone who has quotes on their walls and desktop to keep them focused. I find a certain kind of comfort in the inspirational words of others, so I wanted to use this week’s post to share some of those words of inspiration with my readers. What quotes inspire you?
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” – Angela Davis
“Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” – Angela Davis
“Only when it is dark enough can we see the stars.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The power of resistance is to set an example: not necessarily to change the person with whom you disagree, but to empower the one who is watching and whose growth is not yet completed, whose path is not at all clear, whose direction is still very much up in the proverbial air.” — Tim Wise
“The task we all face as human beings … is to find and become who we are. The task teachers face is to find their own way of teaching, one that manifests who they are.” – Derrick Jensen
“I know that power – with all the authority, physical comfort, and quality of life it brings – strongly pushes a person into a world of material possessions, and people and things that stimulate their senses. Gradually, they start to protect this material paradise with walls to defend it from threats and keep from it anything that may unsettle life inside. As the blessings in that paradise increase, the walls around it multiply to the same degree. Only great willpower and moral strength can enable a person to get to know those that live outside these walls, engage with their concerns and wounds, and even struggle for them. As a person embellishes their life in their paradise, the human and moral effort required to live the struggles of others increases.” – Ayed Morrar
– “It is not easy for a man to be as great as a mountain or a forest. But that is why the Creator gave them to us as teachers. They tell me to be patient. They tell me I cannot change what is, I can only hope to change what will become. Let the grasses grow over our scars, they say, and let the flowers bloom over our wounds.” – excerpt from Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
– “Forgiveness is the release of all hope for a better past.” – Buddy Wakefield
– “If you enter this world knowing you are loved, and leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” – Michael Jackson