Authentic community change moves at the speed of trust.

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The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.

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Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

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To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.

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One of the fundamental condition to define someone as complicit is really the notion of the fact that they could and should have known.Willful ignorance cannot be an excuse.

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Personal involvement is important because the problem confronting today’s society is that we have accepted what is taking place as status quo, rather than to question it and to engage. That indifference does not liberate us, but instead cuts us off from reality and puts us in a very vulnerable condition because we become apathetic and hopeless.

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

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I don’t take my strategies too seriously anymore. They come and go. Only my convictions have remained constant.

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A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

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Character develops itself in the stream of life.

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I like grit, I like love and death, I'm tired of irony. As we know from the Russians, a lot of good fiction is sentimental. ... The novelist who refuses sentiment refuses the full spectrum of human behavior, and then he just dries up. ... I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.

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Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.

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In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

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Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

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Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.

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Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

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Character is much easier kept than recovered. -

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Grace comes, but not often, and you don’t get to say when or how.

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For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.

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People often tell me I could be a great man. I'd rather be a good man.

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I only know that I will maintain what I believe to be true in my own universe, and as an individual I will give in to nothing.

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Never take a job for which you are qualified. You won’t grow.

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But losing my freedom in Somalia taught me a lot about how to get it back. Every day, I make the choice to move forward and to remember that true power is derived from kindness. In the end, Ali Omar Ader’s fate has nothing to do with mine.

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I would love to satisfy all; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one’s own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favourable or otherwise.

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The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.

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I think that self-confrontation is a good thing, whether you do it by yourself in solitude, or whether you do it in the presence of another person.

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Hire character. Train skill.

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I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.

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True affluence is not needing anything.

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There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

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When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil will prevail.

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Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.

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It takes courage to hold visions that are not in the social mainstream. But it is exactly that courage to take a stand for one’s vision that distinguishes people with high levels of personal mastery.

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The only true disability is a crushed spirit.

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The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That's the essence of inhumanity." -

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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

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Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all– the apathy of human beings.

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Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it.

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A great gulf... has been opened between man's material advance and his social and moral progress, a gulf in which he may one day be lost if it is not closed or narrowed. Man has conquered outer space. He has not conquered himself.

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I’ve got a gift, a musical gift, fine. But I want to be a human being, a good human being. I need to always express that to young students. Everybody can have a gift. That’s a gift. But then we have to be good human beings. So that’s what it’s all about.

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The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.

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There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

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I have decided to blame no one for my life.

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We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it’s grand and great.

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A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.

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If we are unhappy and discontented with things as they are; the fault lies not in our friends or our neighbours, but in ourselves – for we get out of this good old world only what we put into it; nothing more and nothing less.

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You can’t change society unless you change yourself.

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I’m more interested in being good than being famous.

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I am not strange. I am just not normal.

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There is enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.

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