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Social Justice Inspiration
August 16, 2017

"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe. The arc is a long one. My eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by experience of sight. I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice.”

― Abolitionist Unitarian preacher, Theodore Parker

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better.” 
― Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.” 
― Bryan Stevenson

“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“I think each village was meant to feel pity for its own sick and poor whom it can help and I doubt if it is the duty of any private person to fix his mind on ills which he cannot help. This may even become an escape from the works of charity we really can do to those we know. God may call any one of us to respond to some far away problem or support those who have been so called. But we are finite and he will not call us everywhere or to support every worthy cause. And real needs are not far from us.” 
― C.S. Lewis

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” 
― bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism

“Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone’s different needs.” 
― Terry Eagleton

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