Working to improve the world is a path to a meaningful life. We never know how far the ripples of change that we set in motion will reach.
“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 the something that I can do.” (Edward Everett Hale)
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” (George Bernard Shaw)
“Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.” (Vaclav Havel)
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“Either war is obsolete or men are.” (R. Buckminster Fuller)
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” (Jimi Hendrix)
“If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being, we can do it.”
“I do not want the peace which passeth all understanding, I want the understanding that bringeth peace.” (Helen Keller)
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” (Nelson Mandela)
“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” (A.J. Muste)
“We can all do our share to redeem the world in spite of all absurdities and all frustrations and all disappointments.” (Abraham Heschel)
“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.” (Martin Luther King)
“Once upon a time wasn’t singing a part of everyday life
as much as talking, physical exercise and religion.
Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world,
sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes or walking long journeys.
Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece?
Finding the right songs and singing them over and over
is a way to start.
And when one person taps out a beat
while another leads into the melody
or three people discover a harmony they never knew existed,
or a crowd joins in on a chorus
as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher,
then they also know there is hope for the world.”