[The superpowers of real heroes] were as simple as listening, or loving. [Ordinary] people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else's. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

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If history is, as I believe, a feast, the savour comes from its people.

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People are naturally ingenious when faced with adversity.

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Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

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If novelists know anything it’s that individual citizens are internally plural: they have within them the full range of behavioral possibilities. They are like complex musical scores from which certain melodies can be teased out and others ignored or suppressed, depending, at least in part, on who is doing the conducting.

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There’s almost always a community leader, and nine times out of 10, it’s going to be a mom.

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It is not plans from some elite “top” that will begin the world over again, but actions on the ground. We are the feet that will have to walk all the talk, connected to heads that will have to think for ourselves. We shall have to confront the perpetrators of climate change—and that includes ourselves—not with violent resistance or passive resistance, but with clever resistance.

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There are so many people who keep our democracy moving in private and never get recognized. How and why someone gets involved shouldn't be a state secret—it should be a state celebration.

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We meet no ordinary people in our lives.

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Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

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Whether victim or perpetrator, part of being human is rolling up our sleeves and taking an active part in repairing harm.

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There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.

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I come from pioneer stock, developers of the West, people who went out into the wilderness and set up home with nothing but a pair of oxen.

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It is time for fresh thinking and bold actions. We must unleash the creativity and resourcefulness of Canadians in all parts of society so that we can tackle the complex and interrelated challenges of the 21st century.

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I've traveled enough to realize there are brilliant people in every community who know solutions. They don't need saviours, they need allies.

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We do what only lovers can: make a gift out of necessity.

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Nothing will work unless you do.

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Where you live determines what you see. The people you listen to influence what you hear.

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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 something that I can do.

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They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.

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Genius comes alive in the places where we work and live.

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Suffering doesn't ennoble you. It's heroic just to get through the day-to-day.

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You look at the tiniest village and the tiniest person in that village: a very capable person, a very intelligent person. You have only to create the proper environment to support these people so that they can change their own lives.

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My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed. I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.

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The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbours, friends and family, in one's backyard.

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Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

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The closer to street level you live, the more you have lessons thrust upon you.

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Ordinary people are bringing the good things back.

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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

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Let me tell you a secret: there is no such thing as an uninteresting life. One day you must tell me your full and complete story, unabridged and unexpurgated. We will set aside some time for it, and meet. It's very important. Maneck smiled. 'Why is it important?'

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There’s all this goodness and decency and common sense on the ground, and somehow it gets translated into rigid, dogmatic, often mean-spirited politics.

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To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.

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The vernacular is the place where everything meets. It’s a gathering of people.

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Big ideas often emerge in small corners.

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This is one of those moments when the barriers between who’s a regular person and who’s an activist need to break down. Capitalism has succeeded in convincing us that we’re not worth saving, that we can honestly look each other in the eye and say, ‘We can never do it.’ The job of any social-justice movement is to hold up another image of society and say, ‘We can be more.’

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It is out of the dailiness of life that one is driven into the deepest recesses of the self.

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We have no money so we shall have to think.

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Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

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A small act is worth a million thoughts.

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If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced that it will be by ordinary people… people whose love for this life is greater than their fear.

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And, as usual, the new ideas and hopeful possibilities will come from the margins, because that is where people are who have a different experience and knowledge of the world.

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I don't write lyrics in my songs for me to sing if they are not words and phrases I would not normally use. If I don't say it, I don't sing it.

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It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.

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Knowing that ordinary people have the power to come together, to organize, and that they can change policies, this is what really engaged me.

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Urgent problems are solved by the courage and resourcefulness of ordinary humans.

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Water flows humbly to the lowest level. Nothing is weaker than water, Yet for overcoming what is hard and strong, Nohing surpasses it.

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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.

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The fool steps blindly, reminding us we cannot simply bear what is necessary, we must love it.

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