Reform Quotes

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Becca Fitzpatrick
“I'm not good," he said, piercing me with eyes that absorbed all light but reflected none, "but I was worse.”
Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush

Oscar Wilde
“The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.”
Oscar Wilde

Robert G. Ingersoll
“Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. It is far better to be free, to leave the forts and barricades of fear, to stand erect and face the future with a smile. It is far better to give yourself sometimes to negligence, to drift with wave and tide, with the blind force of the world, to think and dream, to forget the chains and limitations of the breathing life, to forget purpose and object, to lounge in the picture gallery of the brain, to feel once more the clasps and kisses of the past, to bring life's morning back, to see again the forms and faces of the dead, to paint fair pictures for the coming years, to forget all Gods, their promises and threats, to feel within your veins life's joyous stream and hear the martial music, the rhythmic beating of your fearless heart. And then to rouse yourself to do all useful things, to reach with thought and deed the ideal in your brain, to give your fancies wing, that they, like chemist bees, may find art's nectar in the weeds of common things, to look with trained and steady eyes for facts, to find the subtle threads that join the distant with the now, to increase knowledge, to take burdens from the weak, to develop the brain, to defend the right, to make a palace for the soul. This is real religion. This is real worship”
Robert Green Ingersoll, The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. IV

Malcolm X
“In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Theodore J. Kaczynski
“The conservatives are fools: They whine about the decay of traditional values, yet they enthusiastically support technological progress and economic growth. Apparently it never occurs to them that you can't make rapid, drastic changes in the technology and the economy of a society without causing rapid changes in all other aspects of the society as well, and that such rapid changes inevitably break down traditional values.”
Theodore J. Kaczynski, Industrial Society and Its Future

Mary Wollstonecraft
“It is time to effect a revolution in female manners - time to restore to them their lost dignity - and make them, as a part of the human species, labour by reforming themselves to reform the world. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Theodore Roosevelt
“Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Derrick A. Bell
“Education leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment opens the way to empathy. Empathy foreshadows reform.”
Derrick A. Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism

Wendell Berry
“A crowd whose discontent has risen no higher than the level of slogans is only a crowd. But a crowd that understands the reasons for its discontent and knows the remedies is a vital community, and it will have to be reckoned with. I would rather go before the government with two people who have a competent understanding of an issue, and who therefore deserve a hearing, than with two thousand who are vaguely dissatisfied.
But even the most articulate public protest is not enough. We don't live in the government or in institutions or in our public utterances and acts, and the environmental crisis has its roots in our lives. By the same token, environmental health will also be rooted in our lives. That is, I take it, simply a fact, and in the light of it we can see how superficial and foolish we would be to think that we could correct what is wrong merely by tinkering with the institutional machinery. The changes that are required are fundamental changes in the way we are living.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“Here is your great soul—the man who has given himself over to Fate; on the other hand, that man is a weakling and a degenerate who struggles and maligns the order of the universe and would rather reform the gods than reform himself.”
Seneca, Letters From A Stoic: Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium (Illustrated. Newly revised text. Includes Image Gallery + Audio): All Three Volumes

Max Gladstone
“A desire to be apart, sometimes, to understand who I am without the rest. And what I return to, the me-ness that I know as pure, inescapable self . . . . is hunger. Desire. Longing, this longing to possess, to become, to break like a wave on a rock and reform, and break again, and wash away.”
Max Gladstone, This is How You Lose the Time War

بلال فضل Belal Fadl
“أعرف أنك تجلس وأنت غارق في سوء الحال تنتظر اليوم الذي تتحقق فيه المعجزة ويتغير فيه حاكم مصر لينصلح حالها، لكن ذلك لن يحدث أبدًا طالما لم أدرك أنا وأنت أن سوء الحال نابع من سوء الأداء، لو لم يسأل كل منا نفسه عما فعله لإصلاح ما حوله أو الاعتراض عليه، لو لم يدرك كل منا أن معركته الحقيقية تبدأ من داخل بيته وأنه إذا لم ينتصر فيها أولاً فلن ننتصر في أي شيء، لو لم يدرك كل منا أن خلاصنا في تثوير القرآن وتطبيق مقاصد الإسلام قبل أشكاله، لو لم يدرك كل منا أننا لا شيء بدون الحرية والعلم وأن الحقوق تنتزع ولا توهب، وأننا سنظل مهددين بالتوربيني الصغير طالما سمحنا للتوربينات الكبار أن يرتعوا في الأرض فاسدين مكتفين بالشتيمة والسخط والكوميديا السوداء.”
بلال فضل, السكان الأصليين لمصر

“The spirit is one of the most neglected parts of man by doctors and scientists around the world. Yet, it is as vital to our health as the heart and mind. It's time for science to examine the many facets of the soul. The condition of our soul is usually the source of many sicknesses.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Emmeline Pankhurst
“Governments have always tried to crush reform movements, to destroy ideas, to kill the thing that cannot die. Without regard to history, which shows that no Government have ever succeeded in doing this, they go on trying in the old, senseless way.”
Emmeline Pankhurst, My Own Story

“The health care bill is nothing about health care- it's about controlling the people.”
David Lincoln

Naomi Klein
“Reconciliation means that those who have been on the underside of history must see that there is a qualitative difference between repression and freedom. And for them, freedom translates into having a supply of clean water, having electricity on tap; being able to live in a decent home and have a good job; to be able to send your children to school and to have accessible health care. I mean, what's the point of having made this transition if the quality of life of these people is not enhanced and improved? If not, the vote is useless.'
-archbishop Desmond Tutu, chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Committee, 2001”
Naomi Klein

“... the transition from lost to found is never an easy one. It is never easy to be a prodigal son -- or daughter. It is never easy to say, 'I will arise and go to my father ...' (Luke 15:18, 19). This is never easy, because it is not until our situation becomes completely hopeless that we can humble ourselves to the extent of admitting that such a gross mistake was our own.”
Robert L. Short, The Gospel According to Peanuts

G.K. Chesterton
“ask yourself how many people you have met who grumbled at a thing as incurable, and how many who attacked it as curable? How many people we have heard abuse the British elementary schools, as they would abuse the British climate? How few have we met who realized that British education can be altered, but British weather cannot?...For a thousand that regret compulsory education, where is the hundred, or the ten, or the one, who would repeal compulsory education? …At the beginning of our epoch men talked with equal ease about Reform and Repeal. Now everybody talks about reform; nobody talks about repeal.”
G.K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils : An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State

Matthew Scully
“Reforms will come as all great reforms have always come in ridding us of evils against both man and animal--not as we change our moral principles but as we discern and accept the implications of principles already held.”
Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

L.E. Modesitt Jr.
“I was trying to foment a little dissension.' He paused. 'No, that's too flippant. How about trying to make the system less warlike—injecting a little love?' He snorted. 'Through violence, of course, like all religious reformers.”
L.E. Modesitt Jr., The Parafaith War

Loren D. Estleman
“In 1914, Franz Ferdinand, the Austrian imperial heir, was shot and killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo. Do you know the motive behind the act?

It was in retaliation for the subjugation of the Sebs in Austria.

It was not.Franz Ferdinand had stated his intention to introduce reforms favorable to the Serbs in his empire. Had he survived to ascend the throne, he would have made a revolution unnecessary. In plain terms, he was killed because he was going to give the rebels what they were shouting for. They needed a despot in the palace in order to seize it.

What's good for reform is bad for the reformers”
Loren D. Estleman, Gas City

Paul Collier
“The key obstacle to reforming aid is public opinion.. Public opinion drives them into the "I care" photo opportunities that dominate aid.”
Paul Collier, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

Henrik Berggren
“Doch was [Olof] Palme in seinem Modernisierungseifer nicht verstehen konnte oder wollte, war, dass die akademischen Spinnweben auch für eine demokratisierte Hochschule von einigem Wert waren. Die Universitäten repräsentierten eine zivile Gesellschaft sowohl außerhalb des Staates als auch der Marktwirtschaft; sie waren eine andere Sphäre, die von der Jagd nach höherer Produktivität unberührt war, an der Wirtschaft und Sozialdemokratie natürlich teilnahmen. Den Universitäten und den Akademikern gegen ihren Willen Reformen aufzuzwingen untergrub ihr Selbstvertrauen und schadete auf lange Sicht der akademischen Freiheit.”
Henrik Berggren, Underbara dagar framför oss: En biografi över Olof Palme

Adam Smith
“The man whose public spirit is prompted altogether by humanity and benevolence, will respect the established powers and privileges even of individuals, and still more those of the great orders and societies, into which the state is divided. Though he should consider some of them as in some measure abusive, he will content himself with moderating what he often cannot annihilate without great violence. When he cannot conquer the rooted prejudices of the people by reason and persuasion, he will not attempt to subdue them by force; but will religiously observe what, by Cicero, is justly called the divine maxim of Plato, never to use violence to his country no more than to his parents. He will accommodate, as well as he can, his public arrangements to the confirmed habits and prejudices of the people; and will remedy, as well as he can, the inconveniencies which may flow from the want of those regulations which the people are averse to submit to. When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish the best system of laws, he will try to establish the best that the people can bear.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

“Whoever repent, reforms.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“A country which has condemned evil 86,000 times from the rostrum of a court and irrevocably condemned it in literature and among its young people, year by year, step by step, is purged of it" (Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, page 176).”
Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr Isaevich, Arhipelag GULAG, 1918-1956. Opyt hudozhestvennogo issledovaniya. Sokraschyonnoe izdanie

Joseph Stalin
“Owing to pressure from below, the pressure of the masses, the bourgeoisie may sometimes concede certain partial reforms while remaining on the basis of the existing social-economic system.

Acting in this way, it calculates that these concessions are necessary in order to preserve its class rule. This is the essence of reform. Revolution, however, means the transference of power from one class to another. That is why it is impossible to describe any reform as revolution. That is why we cannot count on the change of social systems taking place as an imperceptible transition from one system to another by means of reforms, by the ruling class making concessions.”
Joseph Stalin, Marxism vs. Liberalism: An Interview

Thich Nhat Hanh
“The task of reforming Buddhism demands a revolution in the teachings and the regulations of the Buddhist institutes. When the training can form a sufficient number of good students, then there can be a real reform of Buddhism. We have no choice but to bring Buddhism back into everyday life. War has waged disaster. Separation and hatred has reached a high degree. There are so many agonizing cries of death, hunger, and imprisonment. How can anyone feel peace of mind by dwelling undisturbed in a monastery?”
Thich Nhat Hanh, My Master's Robe: Memories of a Novice Monk

“The policy warning was clear: invest now in education or sacrifice productivity for decades”
Ashoka Mody, India Is Broken: A People Betrayed, Independence to Today

“I celebrate as my cells are being rebuilt, replenished and reformed through a perpetual cosmic dance”
Leo Lourdes, A World of Yoga: 700 Asanas for Mindfulness and Well-Being

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