Quotes About Solidarity

Quotes tagged as "solidarity" (showing 1-30 of 46)
Malcolm X
“If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”
Malcolm X

“We've got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don't fight racism with racism. We're gonna fight racism with solidarity.”
Fred Hampton

Samuel Beckett
“ESTRAGON: Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!
VLADIMIR: Did I ever leave you?
ESTRAGON: You let me go.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Cheryl Strayed
“The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you're talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

بلال فضل
“سأظل واقفًا مع الطرف الذي يدين القمع وقتل المدنيين وضربهم وإهانة النساء حتى ولو وقف الكون كله في الطرف الذي يدين الضحايا ويتملق الجلادين”
بلال فضل


I ask people of the world and children of light to start reflecting the stories of their souls to vibrate wisdom around the earth. Pick up a paintbrush or microphone. Press the inks of your pens to paper or tap words onto your screens, and start sharing what you know and have learned with the masses. Turn your personal painting into a piece of the earth's puzzle so that our unified assemblage of thoughts, experiences and lessons reveal common truths that cannot be denied. Imagine the changes that could happen if everyone suddenly stopped acting like someone else, became true to themselves, and celebrated the beauty of their uniqueness. Only after people have willingly removed their masks and costumes, and have begun pouring light from their hearts to reveal their vulnerability, dreams and pains, will we be able to see that beneath the surface we are all the same. After all, how can the world collectively fight for truth, if soldiers in its army are void of truth? We must first all be true by putting truth in our words and actions. And to do so, everyone must learn to think and react with their conscience. Imagine what Truth could do to neutralize the clutches of evil once this black and white world suddenly became embraced by a strong rainbow of loud powerful voices. We could put color back into every home, every school, every industry, every nation, and every garden on earth where flowers have been crushed by corruption.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Cormac McCarthy
“Here beyond men's judgments all covenants were brittle.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

bell hooks
“As more people of color raise our consciousness and refuse to be pitted against one another, the forces of neo-colonial white supremacist domination must work harder to divide and conquer.”
bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism

Tao Lin
“Sometimes an alien would stand with a moose, not because of solidarity, but because of accidentally doing it.”
Tao Lin, Eeeee Eee Eeee

Guy Gavriel Kay
“A hand fought best when it made a fist.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana

Neel Burton
“My basic political principle: If something, whether right- or left-wing, is driven by love and solidarity, it is right; if it is driven by hate and fear it is wrong. Simple as that.”
Neel Burton

bell hooks
“True resistance begins with people confronting pain... and wanting to do something to change it.”
bell hooks, Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics

Sinelo Caliché
“The main objective of a whole person is to serve”
Sinelo Caliché, Zori 2ª Parte

“I also knew Dell was a good boy with bad friends. I was one of them, and I worried about leading him astray. But in those early years he made me feel cleaner, somehow; like all the shit we’d gone through wasn’t so bad. Like I could deal with it, so long as he was by my side. It had always been the way – but still, I was sure Dell would disappear one day. I had nightmares about what I would do if they released him before me on good behaviour, if he should leave me behind in this fucked up limbo of our youth. Nightmares where if I didn’t hold on to him, those long legs would take him away somewhere better...”
H. Alazhar, City of Paradise

Trevor D. Richardson
“We’re better together than we are apart. The American Dream has us looking out for ourselves even at the expense of our neighbors. That shit ain’t true, man.”
Trevor D. Richardson, Dystopia Boy: The Unauthorized Files

“Solidarity is something much more than mercy: usually when you appease your conscience (donate money to starving children in Africa, to use the usual Starbucks example), you can go on with your daily life as if nothing really happened. However, once you are enacting solidarity you can even abstain from charity or mercy: even if you don’t give a dollar to every beggar, you can’t go on with your daily life as if nothing really happened. Why? Because you carry him in your life; you live with him not like with some “integrated reject” (as we live with immigrants or refugees today), but he is a part and even a presupposition for your very action: he can never be fully integrated, because injustice can’t be integrated in acts of love. This is why solidarity already contains love.”
Srećko Horvat, The Radicality of Love

Errico Malatesta
“The freedom we want, for ourselves and for others, is not an absolute metaphysical, abstract freedom which in practice is inevitably translated into the oppression of the weak; but it is real freedom, possible freedom, which is the conscious community of interests, voluntary solidarity.”
Errico Malatesta

“If solidarity is unity of purpose or togetherness, how to span this great divide of inequality, privilege, universal rights, political agency, and even our seeing things completely differently?
In constructing this great bridge of international solidarity across the globe, where do we even begin?”
Ramor Ryan, Zapatista Spring: Anatomy of a Rebel Water Project & the Lessons of International Solidarity

Guy de Maupassant
“Entre pauvres gens, faut bien qu'on s'aide ... C'est les grands qui font la guerre.”
Guy de Maupassant

Criss Jami
“The problem is politics is made a sport, almost as much a sport as football or baseball. When it comes to politics, adults and politicians do more finger-pointing and play more games than children ever do. Too often are we rooting for the pride of a team rather than the good of the nation.”
Criss Jami, Healology

“We don't need unity in theory, we need solidarity in practice.”
Curious George Brigade, Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

Jesmyn Ward
“Did every step feel like the running leap a bird takes before flight?”
Jesmyn Ward

Nel Noddings
“There is an outpouring of international sympathy and aid when any area of the world is struck by an earthquake, a flood, or a devastating fire. [...] When we look with justifiable pride at our generous responses to those suffering a natural disaster, we might also pause to reflect on how it happens that our sympathy can be so easily changed to hatred. How is it that we will predictably reach out to help a given people at one time and, when our country labels the same people enemies, we will reluctantly or enthusiastically kill millions of them?”
Nel Noddings, Peace Education: How We Come to Love and Hate War

Gregory Boyle
“You actually abolish slavery by accompanying the slave. We don't strategize our way out of slavery, we solidarize, if you will, our way toward its demise. We stand in solidarity with the slave, and by doing so, we diminish slavery's ability to stand.”
Gregory Boyle

Henry James
“They had from an early hour made up their mind that society was, luckily, unintelligent, and the margin allowed them by this had fairly become one of their commonplaces.”
Henry James, The Beast in the Jungle

“In one respect New Orleans has set an example for all the world in the fight against yellow fever. The first impression was the complete organization of the citizens and the rational and reasonable way in which the fight has been conducted by them. With a tangible enemy in view, the army of defense could begin to fight rationally and scientifically. The... spirit in which the citizens of New Orleans sallied forth to win this fight strikes one who has been witness to the profound gloom, distress, and woe that cloud every other epidemic city. Rupert Boyce, Dean of Liverpool School of Tropical Diseases, 1905
Rupert Boyce

Chandra Talpade Mohanty
“Our minds must be as ready to move as capital is, to trace its paths and to imagine alternative destinations.”
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity

Rollo May
“Opposites though they are, both solitude and solidarity are essential if the artist is to produce works that are not only significant to his or her age, but that will also speak to future generations.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create

“Perhaps the saddest part of coexistence is the concept of interdependence being necessary for any form of solidarity to be realized. Being encouraged to lean on the weak, does not sound like a long term viable solution to attaining strength.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Richard M. Rorty
“Solidarity is not discovered by reflection but created.”
Richard M. Rorty, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

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