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Great Quotes

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
Dalai Lama

An assignment for my MultiCultural Education class was to gather ten of my favorite quotes having to do with the course materials. I have to admit that I didn’t have ten favorite on-hand, but I do now! Here follows the great words of others:

It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view.

There are always other ways of looking at things. I enjoy talking to mentors, reading the thoughts of others and putting myself in the shoes of another person to try to see things in different ways.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Change has to start somewhere! I learned this term that I can affect change, even if my act is a small one to me. Advocating for students, my children and standing up for what I believe in can actually change the world.

I feel like being into the beat of your own drum has become too prominent in the culture.
Mos Def

Individualism is great. Hate is not great.

“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”
“Letter From Birmingham Jail “, 4.16.63

Fight for what you believe in. Respect the law, and change the laws you cannot respect.

“I think you should defend to the death their right to march, and then go down and meet them with baseball bats.”
Woody Allen, on the Ku Klux Klan

Laughter is good for my soul.

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.” Bob Marley

Bob Marley’s words have affected me since I was in high school. I agree with him–until all people are treated equally, regardless of things they have no control over, there will be no peace.

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”

Short term goals and long term goals are equally important.

“Experience is not what happens to you--it's how you interpret what happens to you.”
Aldous Huxley

This is one of my favorite concepts, and I teach this to my kids. You have no control over what another person thinks, says or does…but you do have control over how you respond to what another person thinks, says or does.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King Jr.

This is another rule I live by. If I don’t do what I can to change something I believe is wrong, I am perpetuating the negative.



4 responses »

  1. Ailene, This is good. It could be even gooder! Consider adding one image for each (perhaps your own photography or art?) and using the quote as a caption. Then follow it with a couple sentences saying/explaining why that quote is meaningful to you. Presto! Instant digital storytelling!

  2. There are a lot of good quotes here. It really makes me think of everything from a different perspective. These are great words of wisdom that should be passed around a lot more. Thanks for posting them.

  3. Great collection of quotes. I need to read this daily!

  4. You have made me think with these quotes. I appreciate your (and My) perspective. You might also look up Dorothy Day from New York city in the 1940’s. “The older I get, the more I am convinced that we must only work on ourselves, to grow in Grace. The only thing we can do about people is to love them.” I am going to share your blog with my class.


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