Quotes, Everywhere!

I love quotes. They get me thinking and help explain and describe the world around me. They allow me to make sense of the world.  When I am asked to do speeches I always include one that is related to the topic. I can’t help it! Short bursts of imagination that are able to change one’s perception or understanding of something I find is truly breath-taking.

Here is my bank of quotes so far:

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
Martin Luther King Jnr.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.

“We ask oursleves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you.

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Maryanne Williamson

“Fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7

“During the darkest indigo midnight, yet will countless stars blossom.”
Dr. Sunwolf

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
Maya Angelou

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
Khalil Gibran

“It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.”
Ella Fitzgerald

“My fellow queers and assorted allies: we have got to stop using arguments like “We were born this way!” and “Being queer is not a choice!” as our first line of defense against heterosexists. It might sound like a neat little trick to pull on these people: if we can’t help being queer, then it’s not fair to punish us for something we didn’t do. But in reality, every time we use this argument we are actually weakening our own position. Shouting “Born this way” from the rooftops is the opposite of progress…. I think the most serious problem with this argument is that it reinforces the idea that we need an excuse to be queer. As a result, using this line subtly supports the idea that being queer requires excusing in some way. Don’t use it. Don’t allow straight people to generate an understanding of queer sexuality that sounds like: “Well, of course Bob wouldn’t wish to be queer, but he was born this way. I guess we better give him equal rights – poor Bob, he just can’t help it. We shouldn’t punish him for something he didn’t choose!”

Meanwhile the real reason that you shouldn’t punish Bob for queerness is because there’s nothing wrong with it!”
Fauxgress Watch: “Born This Way” Social Justice League

“Queer people do not need to offer excuses or defend their own existence. If one could become queer by simply waking up one morning and deciding to become queer, for a day, for an hour, it wouldn’t change the fact that being queer is just as good, as valid, as worthy, as being straight. Providing straight people with reasons or excuses for our queerness simply confirms their suspicions that our sexuality really is their business and that we need to justify our existence to them. This allows heterosexists to continue to believe there is something superior about heterosexuality, and that being queer is a deviation from some kind of normal or default sexuality. There isn’t and it’s not.

We don’t need to justify ourselves to anyone. We don’t need a reason to be queer. Maybe we were born this way, maybe we weren’t. Maybe sexuality is fluid for some people and not for others. It’s totally irrelevant either way. The message we need to send to heterosexists is not that our sexuality was foisted upon us and that they should be “tolerant” and “understanding”. The message is: our sexuality is perfectly valid and none of your business, we offer you no excuses, and we are never going away.”
Fauxgress Watch: “Born This Way” Social Justice League

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E. B. White

“You can have as many debates about gay marriage as you want, and over the last 22 years of campaigning for it, I’ve had my share. You can debate theology, and the divide between church and state, the issue of procreation, the red herring of polygamy, and on and on. But what it all really comes down to is the primary institution of love. The small percentage of people who are gay or lesbian were born, as all humans are, with the capacity to love and the need to be loved. These things, above everything, are what make life worth living. And unlike every other minority, almost all of us grew up among and part of the majority, in families where the highest form of that love was between our parents in marriage. To feel you will never know that, never feel that, is to experience a deep psychic wound that takes years to recover from. It is to become psychologically homeless. Which is why, I think, the concept of “coming out” is not quite right. It should really be called “coming home.”
Andrew Sullivan

“For me, “genderqueer” is an identity that allows me to continuously explore how my gender presents itself, particularly within my sexuality. […] I believe gender is polarized in our society and forced to align within two oppositional sexes. I generally dislike theories that simplify our experience as black or white, good or evil, pleasure or pain… I don’t even believe yin & yang has a static quality. I think our world is more complex than what an ‘either/or’ explanation can provide. Of course this is further complicated by the fact that our identity is made up of how we see ourselves as well as how we think that others see us.

Many times I don’t see myself as a woman (which of course doesn’t mean others can’t). And rarely do I see myself as a man, at least not a ‘real man’ which we all know is a fallacy. At one point in my life I identified as trans however I quickly determined that ‘transitioning’ from one gender to another was not my path. I’ve opted for genderqueer because it suggests a ‘queered’ role in gender identity/expression. To me, it’s something I can fuck with — literally — in a way that’s fun and fuels my sexual drive.”
Jiz Lee

“It was and still is, a perfect memory. Unblemished by the facts of reality.”
Jouhara Al-Bakr

“The gift of true friendship is that it takes us by the hand and reminds us, we are not alone in the journey of life. Life is nothing without friendship because it’s only this relationship that one has the freedom to be oneself. When friendship is rooted deeply, no storm can uproot it.”
Dosti

“Many people in the west do not realise how oppressive some Muslim states are – both for men and for women. This is a cultural issue, not an Islamic one. I would rather live as a Muslim in the west than in most of the Muslim countries, because I think the way Muslims are allowed to live in the west is closer to the Muslim way. A lot of Muslim immigrants feel the same way, which is why they are here.”
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“What they do in the dark will come out in the light llike a wiki leaks site. So I guess Nkrumah was right, who’s ready to fight? Last stage of imperialism, I ain’t kiddin. In the immortal words of Marvin Gaye ‘This ain’t living.’”
Lowkey, M1 and Black The Ripper

“Open your shackles because once that’s happened there’s no going back. Once you start to see what is really happening who the enemy you should be attackin’ is. So READ, READ, READ! Stuck on the block, READ, READ! Sittin’ in the box, READ, READ! Don’t let them say what you can achieve.”
Akala

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”
Barack Obama

“We’ve unlearned many of our prejudices against blacks, Native Americans, Jews and other groups. Why can’t we unlearn our prejudices against Arabs and Muslims? What matters is not remain silent. I think whenever we see anyone being vilified on a regular basis we have to speak out. Whether we’re image makers or not we have to take a stand and say that it is morally and ethically wrong to demonise a people.”
Dr Jack Shaheen

“Feed your faith and your fears will starve.”
Max Lucado

“Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. Look around and serve God. Look within and find God! God closes doors no man can open, and God opens doors no man can close.”
Thomas Barrett

“Things were created to be used, people were created to be loved. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.”
Author Unknown

“You’ve got enemies? Good, it means you actually stood up for something in your life.”
Eminem

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Mark Twain

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Alice Walker

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking your potential.”
Winston Churchill

“If we survive [five hundred years], we’re not going to have a positive image of Jobs, because at some point we’re going to realize where all of this “elegant” technology comes from. It all rests on industrialization, ugly stuff that we don’t want to think about right now, stuff that’s happening in China and India. You can wax poetically about this clean, gleaming thing that is the Steve Jobs product, but in order to get it you have to have the ugly, systematic assault on the natural world. That’s the other obvious thing that hasn’t been a part of the conversation either.”
John Zerzan

“Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them and nothing to you.”
Frank Barron

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Muhammad Ali

“God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.”
Reinhold Niebuhr

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”
Ernest Gaines

“The secret of success is the ability to survive failure.”
Noel Coward

“There is no such thing as failure, except in no longer trying.”
Frank McKinney

“Darkness cannot take out darkness; only light can do. Hate cannot take out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jnr.

“Take Pride in how far you have come, and have Faith in how far you can go.”
Christian Larson

“Each day is a gift and not a given right.”
Chad Kroeger

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you know.”
Benjamin Spock

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
Marcus Aurelius

“He who loses wealth, loses much; he who loses a fried loses more; but he who loses his courage loses all.”
Miguel de Cervantes

“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighbouring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”
The XIVth Dalai Lama

“If a homosexual couple gets married, what does it matter to a straight
couple. Is it ruining your marriage?”
Brandon Perkins

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
Christian Larson

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 5:12

“I can walk into a church, mandir, gurdwara, synagogue, temple or mosque and feel the same spiritually. God is not limited to one religion or group of people 🙂 Look deep enough and you will realise we are the same.”
Aliya Gulam

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Zig Ziglar

“Imagination is more important that knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

“You time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion’s drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs

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