Ten Quotes about Making a Difference

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Top Ten Tuesday

Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share quotes from books on a theme of our choice this week. I glanced through the quotes I’ve saved on GoodReads. I thought about a “Girl Power” theme or “Friendship” but I settled on ten quotes about making a difference in the world. These may or may not be taken from books but I like what they have to say.

“Never, ever regret or apologize for believing that when one man or one woman decides to risk addressing the world with truth, the world may stop what it is doing and hear. There is too much evidence to the contrary.” — Robert Fulghum, Maybe (Maybe Not)

“It is the chair in honor of all those who, however competently, embrace the impossible. Sit in that chair someday.” — Robert Fulghum, Maybe (Maybe Not)

“I love this world….That is what rules my life. When I die, I want to have done all in my power to leave it in a better state than it was when I found it. At the same time I know that this can never be. The world has grown so complex that one voice can do little to alter it any longer. That doesn’t stop me from doing what I can, but it makes the task hard. The successes are so small, the failures so large and many. It’s like trying to stem a storm with one’s bare hands.” — Charles de Lint, The Little Country

“I thought: I cannot bear this world a moment longer. Then, child, make another.” — Madeline Miller, Circe

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” — Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Rob Siltanen

“The great use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” — William James

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it; Who has left the world better than he found it, Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; Whose life was an inspiration; Whose memory a benediction.” — Bessie A. Stanley

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” — Edward Everett Hale

That’s my list! Which quotes did/would you choose? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!

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  1. That’s absolutely hair-raisingly inspirational. I have saved them all. It’s so important to not get defeated by the feeling that: you’re just one person and can only do so much, so why bother? Gibran gets it so right, but the quotes from Maybe… were also so good. Thanks for sharing these!

    1. Great post! I loved #1, #7, and #10 the best. Another quote this made me think of was Emily Dickinson’s “I Shall Not Live in Vain”. That poem is so fascinating and meaningful to read.

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