Quotes

Here are some inspirational quotes for you to vibe on, in alphabetical order: 

Anita Roddick

“Take it personally”

“To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.”

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

“Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses, who’s going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics, and it’s more powerful than religion. So it’s going to have to be the vigilante consumer.”

“Consumers have not been told effectively enough that they have huge power and that purchasing and shopping involve a moral choice.”

Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko

“All primitive expression reveals the constant awareness of powerful forces, the immediate presence of terror and fear, a recognition and acceptance of the brutality of the natural world as well as the eternal insecurity of life.”

Abraham Lincoln

“The money power preys upon the nation in time of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the republic is destroyed. ”

Ben Okri


“You can’t remake the world without remaking yourself. Each new era begins within”

“The worst realities of our age are manufactured realities. It is therefore our task, as creative participants in the universe, to re dream our world. The fact of possessing imagination means that everything can be re dreamed. Each reality can have it”

“The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.”

Bill Hicks

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

“I love the Pope, I love seeing him in his Pope-Mobile, his three feet of bullet proof plexi-glass. That’s faith in action folks! You know he’s got God on his side.”

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.”

“I’m tired of this back-slapping “Isn’t humanity neat?” bullshit. We’re a virus with shoes, okay? That’s all we are.”

“Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.”

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: “Is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride. And we kill those people.”

David Suzuki

“The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.”

“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.”

Dwight Eisenhower

“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.”

Edmund Burke

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”

Edward Abbey

“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.”

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”

“Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.”

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit”

“The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages – as if the savages weren’t dangerous enough already”

“Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.”

“Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.”

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”

“Our ‘neoconservatives’ are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.”

Hunter S. Thompson

“America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.”

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

“Politics is the art of controlling your environment.”

“The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

John Muir

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe”

“Surely all God’s people, however serious or savage, great or small, like to play. Whales and elephants, dancing, humming gnats, and invisibly small mischievous microbes – all are warm with divine radium.”

John F. Kennedy

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction”

J Krishnamurti

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Jane Goodall

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”

“Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.”

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.”

Kenneth Boulding

“The East has never had any illusions about being able to conquer nature, and has always regarded man as living in a somewhat precarious position, as a guest of doubtful welcome, shall we say, in the great household of the natural world.”

Margaret Mead

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

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”

“Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.”

Maya Angelou

“The issues that face us are not just how to survive – obviously we are doing that somehow, but how to thrive – thrive with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”

Mother Teresa

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

Naomi Klein

“We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we’re not getting those things from our communities or from each other.”

“What we have been living for three decades is frontier capitalism, with the frontier constantly shifting location from crisis to crisis, moving on as soon as the law catches up.”

Oscar Wilde

“I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.”

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”

“To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.”

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”

“We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast”

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”

R. Buckminster Fuller

“Don’t fight forces, use them.”

God is a verb, not a noun.

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.”

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.”

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.”

“Either war is obsolete, or men are.”

“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the universe.”

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.”

“Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment. . . . Humanity is in ‘final exam’ as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in Universe”

“Love is metaphysical gravity.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We’re not limited by our abilities, but by our vision”

“The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them.”

“The misery of man appears like childish petulance, when we explore the steady and prodigal provision that has been made for his support and delight on this green ball which floats him through the heavens. What angels invented these splendid ornaments, these rich conveniences, this ocean of air above, this ocean of water beneath, this firmament of earth between? This zodiac of lights, this tent of dropping clouds, this striped coat of climates, this fourfold year?”

Rachel Carson

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

“The control of nature is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man. The concepts and practices of applied entomology for the most part date from that Stone Age of science. It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modem and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth.”

Teilhard de Chardin

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Terrence Mckenna

“Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.”

“Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.”

“We’re playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it cannot.”

“Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. And so to whatever degree any one of us, can bring back a small piece of the picture and contribute it to the building to the new paradigm, then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit, and that after all is what it’s really all about.”

“We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.”

“We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it’s worth.”

“Nature is not simply the random flight of atoms through electromagnetic fields. Nature is not the empty, despiritualized lumpen matter that we inherit from modern physics. But it is instead a kind of intelligence, a kind of mind.”

“If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”

“Let us declare nature to be legitimate. All plants should be declared legal, and all animals for that matter. The notion of illegal plants and animals is obnoxious and ridiculous.”

“People are so alienated from their own soul that when they meet their soul they think it comes from another star system.”

Vandana Shiva

“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to
remember that the planet is carrying you.”

“In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.”

“Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.”

Woody Allen

“More than at any other time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”

William Blake

“Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.”

“He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”

“I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”

Wangari Maathai

“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.”

“Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve.”

Yoko Ono

“Everybody’s an artist. Everybody’s God. It’s just that they’re inhibited.”

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.”

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