Inspirational Quotes for Progressives

On this page are a random collection of quotes relating to progressive ideals and actions. Have one you wish to add? Send it in to 

"One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites. Love is identified with a resignation of power and power with a denial of love. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We have a food industry that often acts as if health doesn’t matter, and a medical industry that acts as if food doesn’t matter." Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association

“Voters don’t vote their self-interest, they vote their values,” George Lakoff

“Protection is part of the progressive moral system, but it has not been celebrated enough,” Lakoff writes in Don’t Think of an Elephant. For example, progressives should start calling federal regulations “protections.” If they start re-framing Trump’s promise as “getting rid of two-thirds of federal protections” — and spell out what some of those environmental and health and water quality “protections” are — there might be less support for repealing federal regulations, Lakoff said.

"War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. All wars, and all decent people."  Ben Ferencz the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive.

"The U.S., which has a long history of violent plutocratic rule unknown to the textbook-fed, will stand out as the best-armed Third World country, its population ill-fed, ill-housed, ill-educated, ill-cared for in health, and increasingly poverty-stricken: even Social Security may be whittled down, impoverishing tens of millions of the elderly.

As empires decline, their leaders become increasingly incompetent -- petulant, ignorant, gifted only with PR skills of posturing and spinning, and prone to the appointment of loyal idiots to important government positions. Comedy thrives; indeed writers are hardly needed to invent outrageous events." Ernest Callenback, author of Ecotopia, written in 2012 shortly before he died.

“Once you put someone in the ‘enemy’ box, they can’t get out.” Bob Wright, author of Why Buddhism Is True

The right wing always wants us divided up into the smallest possible blocks — that is why they push individualism. They are very well organized and we are easy to pick off if we retreat into individual responsibility. Rob Harmon

"Letting corporate profits drive the engine of the economy doesn’t get the job done. It needs to be profits, economic justice (living wage jobs for workers), and continually strive to do things in a more sustainable manner. That should be the three-part goal. It doesn’t happen on its own. It needs to be the goal, and tax policy and regulations need to support that." Michael Laurie, April, 2017

"Every time we purchase something, share something, eat something-every decision we make to create homes and livelihoods that meet our needs can be tailored to bring maximum social justice to others."
 Yes! Editorial team Chris Winters, Christa Hillstrom and Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz. Yes! Magazine, Winter 2018

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