A Spirit of Justice

Inequity has characterized human existence for millennia, enduring in ever-changing forms. We are painfully far from being a socially just world. Many people around the world are hard at work to change this.

Here are some quotes that inform and inspire my social change path.


1
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)

2
“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
(Chinese Proverb)

3
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” (Robert F. Kennedy)

4
“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” (Nelson Mandela)

5
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
(Jane Addams)

6
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

7
“Justice is what love looks like in public.” (Cornel West)

8
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

9
‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

10
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” (Anne Frank)


SOURCES

1.  http://thejustlife.org/home/resources/quote-list/

2.  http://justconnect.umich.edu/forum/favorite-social-justice-quotes

3.  http://sj-cca.wikidot.com/quotes

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