“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

– Thomas Paine (1737-1809), revolutionary

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”

– Bryan Stevenson (1959-), founder of the Equal Justice Initiative

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”

– Albert Einstein (1879-1955), scientist and socialist

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-68), civil rights leader

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

– Audre Lorde (1934-92), poet

“I don’t believe in charity; I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical; so it’s humiliating. It goes from top to bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.”

– Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015), author of Open Veins of Latin America

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

– Howard Zinn (1922-2010), author of A People’s History of the United States

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.”

– Paul Farmer (1959-), co-founder of Partners In Health

“We have made great progress when few have too much and fewer too little.”

– N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872)

“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.”

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

– Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

– Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

– Frederick Douglass (1818-95)

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

– Malcolm X (1925-65)

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

– Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

“We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”

Frantz Fanon (1925-61), author of The Wretched of the Earth

“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.”

Noam Chomsky (1928-), author of Manufacturing Consent