Unraveling the Mind

Favorite Quotes

These are quotes are the canvas on which I have built my identity.

But when we are silent we are still afraid, so it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive. -Audre Lorde

When we dare to speak in a liberatory voice, we threaten even those who may initially claim to want our words. In the act of overcoming our fear of speech, of being seen as threatening, in the process of learning to speak as subjects, we participate in the global struggle to end domination. When we end our silence, when we speak in a liberated voice, our words connect us with anyone, anywhere who lives in silence. -bell hooks

When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately. -Elie Wiesel

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. -Proverbs 31: 8-9

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

The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become- because He made us. He invented all the different people that you and I are intended to be. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself to His personality, that I begin to have a real personality of my own. -C.S. Lewis

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.  I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.  When I found I could not change the nation, I began to focus on my town.  I could not change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.  Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family.  My family and I could have made an impact on our town.  Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. -Unknown Monk

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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 most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God; your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other 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 everyone. And as we let our 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. –Marianne Williamson

Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. -Robert F. Kennedy

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. – Denis Diderot

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

6 Responses to “Favorite Quotes”

  1. ladycee

    Absolutely wonderful quotes! Thank you for sharing these. Some I have heard, others I hadn’t heard of but am familiar with the originator and still others, I neither knew the saying nor heard of the person to whom the quote is ascribed.
    You’ve given me an idea for a future post.
    Bless you.


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