Social Activism Quotes

Quotes tagged as "social-activism" (showing 1-15 of 15)
Miya Yamanouchi
“We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need, because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences.”
Miya Yamanouchi

Chuck Palahniuk
“You decide your own level of involvement.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

James Morcan
“No genuine change in society ever occurs without the mass public getting behind a cause. The good guys in government are counting on enough of us common people waking up and demanding more rights and greater freedoms.”
James Morcan, The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Perhaps there has been, at some point in history, some great power whose elevation was exempt from the violent exploitation of other human bodies. If there has been, I have yet to discover it. But this banality of violence can never excuse America, because America makes no claim to the banal. America believes itself exceptional, the greatest and noblest nation ever to exist, a lone champion standing between the white city of democracy and the terrorists, despots, barbarians, and other enemies of civilization. One cannot, at once, claim to be superhuman and then plead mortal error. I propose to take our countrymen's claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard. This is difficult because there exists, all around us, an apparatus urging us to accept American innocence at face value and not to inquire too much. And it is so easy to look away, to live with the fruits of our history and to ignore the great evil done in all of our names.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Paul Hawken
“Wrong is an addictive, repetitive story; Right is where the movement is.”
Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming

“The church wanted us to give out food to malnourished children, but they didn't want us to question why they were malnourished to begin with.”
Elvia Alvarado, Don't Be Afraid, Gringo

“Don't be timid. You're a writer, use your role, test it, make something of it. These are decisive times, everything is turning upside down. Participate, be present.”
Elena Ferrante

Leslie Feinberg
“As she climbed down from the stage, I thought: This is what courage is. It's not just living through the nightmare, it's doing something with it afterward. It's being brave enough to talk about it to other people. It's trying to organize to change things.”
Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues

“But if you sit around thinking what to do and end up not doing anything, why bother even thinking about it? You're better off going out on the town and having a good time. No, we have to think and act. That's what we're doing here, and that's what you have to do.”
Elvia Alvarado, Don't Be Afraid, Gringo

Miya Yamanouchi
“Dear Men Everywhere,
Please don't think that being a feminist means we hate you or don't need you. -We absolutely love you and couldn't live without you! ...We are just on a mission to be treated equally and with respect. No hard feelings.
With love, Feminists of the World xoxoox
P.S. Yes we do shave our legs!”
Miya Yamanouchi, Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

Octavia E. Butler
“I do what I can,' I said. 'When I can do more, I will. You know that.”
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

Mark     Thomas
“An Act of Dissent is simply a way of saying, 'No, I do not accept this and, as my silence may be construed as acquiescence, I would like to make a small gesture to indicate that you can all go fuck yourselves.”
Mark Thomas, 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

Jennifer DeLucy
“You try to separate yourselves from history. You pretend its ugliness could never happen where you are. But it can...and it does, when normal people, en mass, allow worse and worse shit to go down because either they're too ignorant to understand or they're being corrupted by the powers that control the country. That's how this starts, that's how it gets too far. PLEASE see the signs. Please. This is human nature...to miss the boat out of fear or anger about others "taking what's ours" and so we allow (or cheer on) heinousness one step at a time until, before you know it, you're living in a nightmare of epic proportions and history sees you as the villain you became.

DON'T BECOME A VILLAIN. BE THE VOICE THAT BREAKS THE INSANITY OPEN.”
Jennifer DeLucy

David Smail
“It is incumbent upon us to do what we can, even if we cannot do much.”
David Smail, Power, Interest and Psychology: Elements of a Social Materialist Understanding of Distress

“They [the church] wanted us to give food out to malnourished mothers and children, but they didn't want us to question why we were malnourished to begin with. They wanted us to grow vegetables on the tiny plots around our houses, but they didn't want us to question why we didn't have enough land to feed ourselves. [p. 16]”
Elvia Alvarado, Don't Be Afraid, Gringo