You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.— R. Buckminster Fuller
Promising Social Change quotations
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Urbanization is not about simply increasing the number of urban residents or expanding the area of cities. More importantly, it's about a complete change from rural to urban style in terms of industry structure, employment, living environment and social security.
The despair is there; now it's up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.
You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.
Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed.
You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. Cesar Chavez Address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.
We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
Hope is essential to any political struggle for radical change when the overall social climate promotes disillusionment and despair.
I think that if the political and social movement groups and organizations that operate in this country today had the same kind of energetic commitment that the medical marijuana people have, many things could change in this country.
The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
The poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order.
Achieving control over change, in respect to lifestyle, demands an engagement with the outer social world rather than a retreat from it.
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
Art is the heart's explosion on the world.
Music. Dance. Poetry. Art on cars, on walls, on our skins. There is probably no more powerful force for change in this uncertain and crisis-ridden world than young people and their art. It is the consciousness of the world breaking away from the strangle grip of an archaic social order.
It can literally change someone's life;
it's very positive for young teenagers to get into cosplay if they do it with their friends or with supervision from their parents - it can really foster their social skills.
Psychology cannot tell people how they ought to live their lives.
It can however, provide them with the means for effecting personal and social change.
Failure are part of life. If you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn you'll never change.
Community connectedness is not just about warm fuzzy tales of civic triumph.
In measurable and well-documented ways, social capital makes an enormous difference in our lives...Social capital makes us smarter, healthier, safer, richer, and better able to govern a just and stable democracy.
If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.
Despair shows us the limit of our imagination.
Imaginations shared create collaboration, collaboration creates community, and community inspires social change.
When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.
I’m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay.
And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.
In embracing change, entrepreneurs ensure social and economic stability.
If ordinary people really knew that consciousness and not matter is the link that connects us with each other and the world, then their views about war and peace, environmental pollution, social justice, religous values, and all other human endeavors would change radically.
When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for two hundred years, by which we have exulted some of the most distasteful of human qualities into the highest virtues.
Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.
History shows us that the people who end up changing the world - the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries - are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.
Nature, philosophy and social issues are the three things that always occupy my mind. You do not have any power over others but can only change yourself.
Reconciliation requires changes of heart and spirit, as well as social and economic change. It requires symbolic as well as practical action.
Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.
One reason for the primacy of the market in shaping the modern world is that it forces a reorganization of society in order to make the market work properly . When a market comes into existence, as Marx fully appreciated, it becomes a potent force driving social change.
Social networking is playing a huge role in creating awareness and mobilizing support for all kinds of common interests. What better way to use this remarkable tool than to change the world?
The power of social media is it forces necessary change.
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong.
We need a stronger national voice for social workers which leads to a change in how the profession is viewed and its ability to represent itself to other professional bodies and with central government.
My whole theory for the improvement of society is based on a belief in the discipline and the education of the individual to self-control and right doing, for the sake of right doing. I have never seen fundamental improvements imposed from the top by ordinances and laws.
If you spend time with crazy and dangerous people, remember – their personalities are socially transmitted diseases; like water poured into a container, most of us eventually turn into – or remain – whoever we surround ourselves with. We can choose our tribe, but we cannot change that our tribe is our destiny.
The extinction of Homo Sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on Earth - social and environmental.
Morality and immorality are not defined by man's changing attitudes and social customs. They are determined by the God of the universe, whose timeless standards cannot be ignored with impunity.