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Words of Empowerment

These are a collection of various quotes, sayings, and words to encourage, uplift, and to ponder.  Enjoy.  Please send us new quotes with cites and we will add them to our collection.

Hands Together Image"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our 
heritage of religious freedom has inspired." ~Robert F. Kennedy

"That which does not kill me makes me stronger." ~Nietzsche

"I am Human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does." ~The Smiths


"Ua Mau Ke Ea o Ka Aina I Ka Pono." Translated: "The life of the land is perpetuated by righteousness." ~Traditional Hawaiian Teaching

"Just because you don't take an interest in politics, doesn't mean that politics doesn't take an interest in you." ~Pericles

"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning." ~Mahatma Gandhi

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight... When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."~Helen Keller

"The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free." ~Charles Swindoll

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." ~St. Augustine

"Think about your future possibilities and the fact that your potential is virtually unlimited. You can do what you want to do and go where you want to go. You can be the person you want to be. You can set large and small goals and make plans and move step-by-step, progressively toward their realization. There are no obstacles to what you can accomplish except the obstacles that you create in your mind."
~Brian Tracy

"Faith is like radar that sees through the fog-the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see." ~Corrie ten Boom

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
~St. Francis of Assisi

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
~Harriet Beecher Stowe

"On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow." ~Nietzsche

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all." ~Dale Carnegie

"Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, and CDCI Poster 1something you give away." ~Robert Fulghum

"Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger."
~Christian D. Larsen (Creed for Optimists)

"Watch your thoughts, they become your words
Watch your words, they become your actions
Watch your actions, they become your habits
Watch your habits, they become your character
Watch your Character; it becomes your destiny."

"Beauty addresses itself chiefly to sight, but there is a beauty for the hearing too, as in certain combinations of words and in all kinds of music; for melodies and cadences are beautiful; and minds that lift themselves above the realm of sense to a higher order are aware of beauty in the conduct of life, in actions, in character, in the pursuits of the intellect; and there is the beauty of the virtues."
~Plotinus (The Enneads)

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible..." ~Virginia Satir

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." ~Dante

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." ~Mahatma Gandhi

"If one advances confidently in the directly of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." ~Henry David Thoreau

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." ~Anonymous


"Be under no illusion, you shall gather to yourself the images you love. As you go, the shapes, the lights, the shadows of the things you have preferred will come to you, yes, inveterately, inevitably as bees to their hives. And there in your mind and spirit they will leave with you their distilled essence, sweet as honey or bitter as gall...Cleverness may select skillful words to cast a veil about you, and circumspection may never sleep, yet you will not be hid. No." ~Oswald McCall

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." ~Audre Lorde

"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." ~Audre Lorde

"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge." -Audre Lorde

CDCI Poster 3"Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now." ~Audre Lorde

"The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives." -Audre Lorde

"The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot." ~Audre Lorde

"Who I am is what fulfills me and what fulfills the vision I have of a world." ~Audre Lorde

"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." ~John Kenneth Galbraith


"Transformation is only valid if it is carried out with the people, not for them. Liberation is like childbirth, and a painful one. The person who emerges is a new person: no longer either oppressor or oppressed, but a person in the process of achieving freedom. It is only the oppressed who, by freeing themselves, can free their oppressors." ~Paulo Freire

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." ~Maya Angelou

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." ~Vincent van Gogh

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." ~John Wooden

"Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is you-er than you." ~Dr. Seuss

"To tell the truth is revolutionary." ~Antonio Gramsci

"When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"
~ Sydney J. Harris

"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought."
~Peace Pilgrim

"An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so." ~Mahatma Gandhi

"We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy and sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves. Whenever I feel my courage wavering I rush to them. They will give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on." ~Helen Hayes

"It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others." ~Sydney J. Harris

"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within." ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"Only greatly insolent people establish a religious law which is to be taken for granted by others, which should be accepted by everyone on faith, without any discussion or doubts. Why must people do this?" ~Leo Tolstoy

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." ~Carl Rogers

"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself." ~Maya Angelou

"The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it." ~Warren Bennis

"The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there; then I accept." ~D. H. Lawrence

"Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves." ~Bonaro W. Overstreet

"We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference." ~Margaret Chase Smith

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these." ~George Washington Carver

"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority." ~Ralph W. Sockman

"Monsieur l'abbe, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write." ~Voltaire

"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." ~Voltaire

"If it is true that there is always more than one way of construing a text, it is not true that all interpretations are equal." ~Paul Ricoeur

"The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with." ~Eleanor Holmes Norton

"Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd." ~Bertrand Russell

"I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird." ~Paul McCartneyCDCI Poster 2

"So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!"
(1887: referring to the Buddhist fable of the Blind Sages and the Elephant, found in the Udana, chapter 6, section 4) ~John Godfrey Saxe

"What is tolerance? - it is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature." ~Voltaire

"I tell them I have worked 40 years to make the W.S. platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon." ~Susan B. Anthony

"The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one's own tradition with reverence for different traditions." ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Difference of opinion is helpful in religion." ~Thomas Jefferson

"It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty." ~Mahatma Gandhi

"There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

"Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival."
~Rene Dubos (Celebrations of Survival, 1884)