“I have a dream”…
The famous speech by Martin Luther King Jnr is well known around the world and often used to help inspire social justice campaigns. Famous quotes can be very influential as they give people the strength to create change and believe in their dreams. Quotes can bring people together and remind us of what is important. You can also use a famous quote to back up one of your ideas or speak your mind without making it too personalised.
CERES Education has searched high and low for some quotes that could help you inspire change within your community (and why not get your students to find their favourite online and share it with the class?).
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr Seuss
“Don’t follow trends – start trends.” ~ Frank Capra
“When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” ~ David Orr
“The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust
“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” ~ Carl Sagan
“The most important thing to do in solving a problem is to begin”. ~ Frank Tyger
“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man”. ~ Stewart Udall
“Man did not weave the web of life,
He is merely a strand in it…
What-ever He does to the web,
He does to Himself.” ~ Chief Seattle, 1854
“Man did not leave the stone age because we ran out of stones. We are at another evolutionary crossroad where we know much better ways of doing things, it’s a matter of choice and time. We’re moving on from fossil fuels”. ~ Saudi Oil Minister, 2005
“If we don’t stop using so much electricity on our TVs, and hairdryers then the snow will melt on the mountains and our family can’t go skiing”. ~ Student visitor to CERES Excursions
When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has ~ Margaret Mead