Advocacy Quotes

Quotes tagged as "advocacy" (showing 1-30 of 90)
William Faulkner
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner

Elie Wiesel
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Elie Wiesel

Muhammad Yunus
“..things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

“I know you can't live on hope alone; but without hope, life is not worth living. So you, and you and you: you got to give them hope; you got to give them hope.”
Harvey Milk

Kamand Kojouri
“They want us to be afraid.
They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.
They want us to barricade our doors
and hide our children.
Their aim is to make us fear life itself!
They want us to hate.
They want us to hate 'the other'.
They want us to practice aggression
and perfect antagonism.
Their aim is to divide us all!
They want us to be inhuman.
They want us to throw out our kindness.
They want us to bury our love
and burn our hope.
Their aim is to take all our light!
They think their bricked walls
will separate us.
They think their damned bombs
will defeat us.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that my soul and your soul are old friends.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that when they cut you I bleed.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that we will never be afraid,
we will never hate
and we will never be silent
for life is ours!”
Kamand Kojouri

“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”
Bill Drayton, Leading Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World

“Poverty is not only a lack of money, it's a lack of sense of meaning.”
David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

“An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. Otherwise the play may never open; or it may open but, for a lack of an audience, close after a week. Similarly, an idea will not move from the fringes to the mainstream simply because it is good; it must be skillfully marketed before it will actually shift people's perceptions and behavior.”
David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

“I spend half my time comforting the afflicated, and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”
Wess Stafford

Jacqueline Novogratz
“They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I took mine and fell flat on my face. As a young woman, I dreamed of changing the world. In my twenties, I went to africa to try and save the continent, only to learn that Africans neither wanted nor needed saving. Indeed, when I was there, I saw some of the worst that good intentions, traditional charity, and aid can produce...

I concluded that if I could only nudge the world a little bit, maybe that would be enough.

But nudging isn't enough.”
Jacqueline Novogratz, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

“Obviously these are some exceptional young people, but what they have in common is that they were ordinary people who cared. They wanted to act, to do something, to make life better for other people—and they have.”
Morgan Carroll, Take Back Your Government: A Citizen's Guide to Making Your Government Work For You

“Entrepreneurial quality - is by far the toughest (criterion for a social entrepreneur).. For every one thousand people who are creative and altruistic and energetic, there's probably only one who fits this criterion, or maybe even less than that. By this criterion...we do not mean someone who can get things done. There are millions of people who can get things done. There are very, very few people who will change the pattern in the whole field.”
Bill Drayton

It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so
“It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so increasingly necessary.”
Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

“The first - the most obvious (test of a true social entrepreneur) - is are they possessed, really possessed by an idea... The idea - making it happen across society - is something they are married to in the full sense of the word. One key test of that is this: Is this an idea that you see growing out of their whole life? I get very, very suspicious when I see someone who had an idea two years ago. It just doesn't ring true. Because with the typical entrepreneur you can see the roots of the interest when they're very young. There's a real coherence to people's lives.”
Bill Drayton

“Over the past century, researchers have studied business entrepreneurs extensively..

In contrast, social entrepreneurs have received little attention. Historically, they have been cast as humanitarians or saints, and stories of their work have been passed down more in the form of children's tales than case studies. While the stories may inspire, they fail to make social entrepreneurs' methods comprehensible. One can analyze an entrepreneur, but how does one analyze a saint?”
David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

Adrienne  Carmack
“As a pregnant urologist,… I was often asked by hospital workers and physicians if I was going to circumcise the baby. I always answered a simple “no” immediately, without adding the unnecessary caveat that I already knew I was carrying a girl. Knowing that in some parts of the world circumcising girls (female genital mutilation) is as common a practice as circumcising boys, I wanted to use this to spark rethinking every chance I had. When the questioner would find out I knew I was having a girl and tried to use that to explain my choice to not circumcise, I told them, “I wouldn’t circumcise if the child were a boy, either.”
Adrienne Carmack, Reclaiming My Birth Rights

Jacqueline Novogratz
“Though either choice was good, one was truer to myself... Ultimately, I reflected on Geothe's invocation to 'make a commitment and the forces of the universe will conspire to make it happen' and chose the uncharted path.”
Jacqueline Novogratz, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Harold Holzer
“It is a newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell. Wilbur Storey”
Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

“When it comes to rain making, not all followers are equally valuable. Some people have a lot more influence than others.”
Areva Martin, Make It Rain!: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business & Brand

“The more connections you make, the more engagement you elicit, the more value you bring. The more likely it is that your brand will be rewarded.”
Areva Martin, Make It Rain!: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business & Brand

“No voice is too soft when that voice speaks for others.”
Janna Cachola

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Joyfully we undertake our daily work.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Jill Telford
“If there is money for elections, there should be money for our communities. Raise money for our country like how you hustle to raise money for your campaign.”
Jill Telford

“I was always taught that when you’re lucky enough to learn something or have some advantage you should share it.”
Areva Martin

John Thibault
“Popularity is based on perspective.”
John Thibault

Ursula K. Le Guin
“Anger points powerfully to the denial of rights, but the exercise of rights can't life and thrive on anger. It lives and thrives on the dogged pursuit of justice.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

“...our objective at trial is not the ultimate truth but an opinion in our favour.”
Keith Evans, The Golden Rules of Advocacy

“There is a sincere way of conducting every case. Find it.”
Keith Evans, The Golden Rules of Advocacy

“The Golden Rule is clear: do not sound like a lawyer any more than is absolutely necessary.
Keith Evans, The Golden Rules of Advocacy

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