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.

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

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

“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)

“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)

“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)

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

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

“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)

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

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


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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