"Be the change you wish to see in the world."



‘In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.’  (Marianne Williamson, founder of Peace Alliance)
 ‘There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less then the one you are capable of living.’ (Nelson Mandela)
‘What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we have gone?.’ (Winston Churchill, 1908)
‘We don’t do complaints. Just ideas and solutions’ (Janette Malcolm, Coordinator of South Alive, NZ)
‘Peace, political stability and reconciliation are not too much to ask for. They are the minimum that a decent society provides.’  (George Mitchell, US Politician)
‘Two things are necessary for success in life; one is a sense of purpose and the other, a touch of madness.’  (John Harricharan)
‘The most productive tool for generating good ideas remains a circle of humans sitting around a table, talking shop.’ (Stephen Johnson)
‘The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.’ (Paul Valery)
‘The research is overwhelming. Laying a strong foundation in the early years of life is proved to provide the best start to lifelong health and wellbeing.’ (Michelle Scott, WA Commissioner for Children and Young People)
‘A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.’ (John Lennon)
‘There is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.’ (Mahatma Gandhi)
‘Whoever invented the wheel was smart. Whoever invented the other three was a genius.’(Sid Caesar)
‘Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.’(Oscar Wilde)
‘Collective clarity of purpose is the invisible leader.’(Mary Parker Follett)
‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope…and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’ (Robert F. Kennedy)
Don’t confuse motion with action.’ (Ernest Hemingway)
‘We are trained to ask “What’s wrong and how we fix it?” Instead, start by asking – “What works, what have we got, what’s possible and who cares?”‘ (Peter Kenyon)
“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.” (Oprah Winfrey)
“Citizenship is the choice to make a difference to the place where you belong.” (Charles Handy)
“The only way to control your destiny is to be more flexible than your environment.” (Anon)
“Just because I can’t do everything, it does not mean that I can’t do something.” (Bob Pearce)
“Everyone whose ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dry’s off and does something about it who makes the difference.” (Nolan Bushnell)
“There’s a hell of a good universe next door, let’s go.” (E.E. Cummings, Poet)
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” (Anne Frank)
“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” (Henry David Thoreau)
“Well done is better than well said.”  (Benjamin Franklin)
“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”  (Ralph Washington Sockman 1889-1970)
“Clear you mind of can’t.”  (Samuel Johnson)
“A hug is a perfect gift – one size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it.”  (Ivern Ball)
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’  (Robert F Kennedy)
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“What children remember from childhood, they remember forever. They are, therefore, our most significant investment for the future.” (Jordanian Queen, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah)
“Children enter school as question marks and leave as full stops.” (Neil Postman)
“What most people need is a good listening too.” (Mary Lou Casey)
“And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president’s spouse. I wish him well.” (Barbara Bush – address to Wellesley College)
“He who straddles the barbed-wire fence will suffer the inevitable anatomical incident.” (Anon)
“Cherish your visions and dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements “ (Napolean Hill)
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” (W.Clement Stone)
“Great cities don’t just happen. They are the product of imagination, leadership, hard work and constant adjustment”.  (Clover Moore, Lord Mayor, City of Sydney)
“If you want to see an endangered species; get up and look in the mirror.”  (John Young, former Apollo astronaut)
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss, but that we aim to low and we reach .”  (Michelangelo)
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”  (Audrey Hepburn)
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  (Oprah Winfrey)
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” (Leonardo Da Vinci)
“The greatest tragedy is not the brutality of evil people, but the silence of good people” (Dr Martin Luther King)
“Fortunately for us and our world, young people are not easily discouraged. The hopes of the world rest on the fresh outlook of young people” (Dwight D Eisenhower, former US President and Soldier)
“The only certain happiness in life is to live for others” (Leo Tolstoy)
“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things” (Henry Miller)
“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things” (Henry Miller)
‘The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions’ (John Simone)
‘Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work’ (Thomas Edison)
‘I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do..”  (Helen Keller)
‘Whatever you vivdly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely beleive and enthusiastically act upon . . . most inevitably will come to pass.’ (Paul Meyer)
‘Whatever you can do, or think you can do, just do it. Boldness has power and genius in it.’ (Goethe)
‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea’. (Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Wisdom of the Sands)
‘Every community has more potential resources than any one person knows’. (Mike Green)
‘Words without actions are the assassins of idealism’. (Herbert Hoover, former US President)
‘The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.’ (Arthur C Clarke)
‘He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.’ (Muhammad Ali)
‘Dhalinyaradu waa lafdhabarta dalka maadaama ay yihiin dhidibada bulshada ee maanta iyo dhaxalka berrito.’ (‘Young people are the backbone of the country, because they are today’s pillar of society and inheritors of tomorrow.) (Somali Saying)
“In an information age, leadership not location, is the most important factor in a communities survival.” (Jack Schultz)
“Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.” (Frank Lloyd Wright)
“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” (William James)
‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’. (Old North American Indian Saying)
‘When facing a difficult task, act as if it is impossible to fail. When going after Moby Dick, bring along the tartare sauce’. (Anonymous)
‘If you think you are too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito’ (Anita Roddick)
‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn’ (Alvin Toffler)
‘Let us endeavour to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.’ (Mark Twain)
‘If you truly desire happiness, seek and learn how to serve. ‘ (Albert Schweitzer)
‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail ‘ (Abraham Maslow)
‘If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted ‘ (Francis Bacon)
‘Democracy is not a spectator sport. Democracy is about the participation of citizens. It is a journey where diversity is celebrated, the public good is negotiated, and intense deliberation and dialogue are conducted. It is about being involved.’ (M Wyman, Learning to Engage)
‘You’ve got to be hungry – for ideas, to make things happen and to see your vision made into reality’ (Anita Roddick)
‘People make history and not the other way round. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skilful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better’ (Harry Truman)
‘Powerful communities create a place for everyone’s gifts – there are no strangers’ (Mary Nelson)
‘The problem is not how to get new innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get the old ones out’ (Dee Hock)
‘Become a possibilitarian’ (Norman Vincent Peale)
‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world’ (Anne Frank)
‘Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none is so powerful as hope. With out hope a person is only half alive’ (Charles Sawyer, American Lawyer)
‘When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap!!’ (Cynthia Heimel, American Writer)
‘I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again’ (William Penn, English Quaker)
‘Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated, but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.’ (Pablo Casals, Spanish Conductor)
‘I didn’t belong as a kid, and that always bothered me. If only I’d known that one day my differences would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.’ (Bette Midler, American Singer & Actress)
‘Every individual human being born on this earth has the capacity to become a unique and special person, unlike any who has ever existed before or ever will exist again.’  (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, American psychiatrist and writer)
‘Never underestimate the importance of visibly appreciating others and their efforts ‘  (Andris Ramans)
‘In everyone there is something precious, found in no one else; so honour each man for what is hidden within him – for what he alone has, and none of his fellows’  (Hasidic Saying)
‘Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road’  (Dag Hammarskjold)
‘Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’  (Abraham Lincoln)
‘Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together’  (Woodrow Wilson)
‘Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.’  (Brian Dyson, CEO Coca-Cola Enterprises)
‘The great essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for’  (Joseph Addison, English essayist)
‘What is the use of living if not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we have gone’  (Winston Churchill)
‘Communities that view their citizens as their greatest asset and invest in the development of their full potential are those that will have the capacity to effectively compete in the global political, social and economic arena’  (David Littrell)
‘The man who does things makes mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.’  (Benjamin Franklin)
‘A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and quietly strangled ‘.  (Barnett Cocks)
‘All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them’.  (Walt Disney)
‘It is what you learn after you know it all, that counts’.  (John Wooden)
‘People who say it can’t be done should not interrupt people doing it’.  (Chinese Proverb)
‘There’s no sadder sight than a young pessimist’  (Mark Twain)
‘Behind every great idea is someone saying “It won’t work”‘  (John Maxwell)
‘The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it’  (William James – US Philosopher)
‘I never teach my pupils; I only provide conditions in which they can learn.’ (Albert Einstein)
‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ (Aristotle)
‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’ (Albert Einstein)
‘No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.’ (Albert Einstein)
‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give’ (Sir Winston Churchill)
‘To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers – or both.’ (Elizabeth Charles)
‘Judge success by the degree you are enjoying peace, health and love.’ (Anon)
‘Those who bring sunshine into the life of others cannot keep it from themselves’ (James M Barrie)
‘Our trouble is not ignorance, but inaction’ (Zig Ziglar)
‘Two things are necessary for success in life – one is a sense of purpose and the other, a touch of madness (John Harricharan)
‘Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch’ (Ivern Ball)
‘The most important thing is to not stop questioning’ (Albert Einstein)
‘Unless commitment is made there are only promises and hopes, but no plans’ (Peter Drucker)
‘Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine’ (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
‘An apology does not imply guilt. It implies a recognition that an injustice occurred. It also implies we have a will and determination to try and do something about the fact that many people suffered as a result of that injustice. ” (Malcolm Fraser, Co-Patron Journey of Healing)
‘We don’t need more tolerance of immigrants, ‘ethnics’, ‘illegals’, Muslims, Aborigines, refugees or any other minority groups; what we need is more curiosity. We need to master the art of getting to know each other better ” (Hugh Mckay)
‘A persons mind – stretched by a new idea – never goes back to its original dimension” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
‘The soul becomes dyed with the ‘colour of its thoughts.” (Marcus Aurelius 150AD)
‘It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.’ (Somerset Maugham)
‘The person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds’ (Mark Twain)
‘There are three principles of leadership 1. Example 2. Example 3. Example.’ (Unknown)
‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are’ (Theodore Roosevelt)
We fought hard. We gave it our best. We did what was right. And we made a difference.’ (Geraldine Ferraro)
‘Opportunities are usually disguised by hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.’ (Ann Landers)
‘To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?’ (Katherine Graham)
‘What you are aware of, you are in control of. What you are unaware of, is in control of you.’ (Anthony de Mello)
‘If I were asked about what to do about the level of insecurity and anxiety in contemporary Australian society, I wouldn’t start with politics and I wouldn’t say too much about terrorism. I’d suggest  as a first step, that you invite the neighbours over for a drink this weekend. Today a drink, tomorrow a barbeque, pretty soon, a community.’ (Hugh Mackay)
‘If you are not afraid to face the music, you may someday lead the band’ (Spuk Tiding)
‘You must stay awake to make dreams come true.’ (Annon)
‘There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile’. (Annon)
‘Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope’ (Helen Keller)
‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’ (Martin Luther King)
‘We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat’ (Queen Victoria)
‘Whenever you are in doubt, apply the following test: recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to them’ (Mahatma Gandhi)
‘The test of morality of a society is what it does for its children’ (Dietrich Banhoeffer)
‘The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude’ (William James 1842-1910)
‘The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds’ (Mark Twain)
‘Flood your life with ideas from many sources. Creativity needs to be exercised like a muscle. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!’ (Brian Tracy)
‘A ship in the harbour is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for’ (Unknown)
‘I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think’ (Socrates)
‘Growth means change and change involves risks, and stepping from the known to the unknown’ (George Shinn)
‘The time is always right to do what is right’ (Martin Luther King)
‘The greatest good that you can do for another, is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own’ (Benjiman Disraeli)
‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.’ (Goethe)
‘The pessimist experiences failure, the optimist knows that although lessons can be painful, there is no failure, only feedback’ (Armand Kruger)
’20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the harbour. Catch the trade wind winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’ (Mark Twain)
‘Resisting change is like holding your breath – you may succeed, but eventually you will die’. (Unknown)
‘Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one to ask why’. (Bernard Baruch)
‘The person who views the world at 50 the same way as they did at 20 has wasted 30 years of their life.’ (Muhammad Ali)
‘You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand’ (Woodrow Wilson)
‘If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; If you can dream it, you can become it.’ (William Arthur Ward)
‘It’s the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.’ (Sydney Smith)
‘Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth’ (Muhammad Ali)
‘There are no passengers on spaceship earth, we are all crew’ (Marshall McLuhan)
‘To escape criticism, do nothing say nothing, be nothing’ (Elbert Hubbard, American author & publisher)
‘We as young people always yearn for something that we never really get – a feeling of real control over our situation, and of our lives’ (Mathogonolo Mogapi)
‘Let the villages of the future live in our imagination, so that we might one day come to live in them!’ (Mahatma Gandhi)
‘If the Creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely wanted us to stick it out’ (Arthur Koester)
‘We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean will be less because of the missing drop.” (Mother Teresa)
‘The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because people don’t do anything about it.’ (Albert Einstein)
‘Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed’ (Michael Pritchard)
‘No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.’ (Kofi Anan, UN Secretary General)
‘Wars on nations change maps. War on poverty maps change.'(Muhammad Ali)
‘One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who only have an interest.'(John Stuart Mill)
‘The relevant question is not simply what shall we do tomorrow, but rather what shall we do today in order to get ready for tomorrow.’ (Peter Drucker)
‘If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.’ (Thomas Edison)
‘Its amazing how much you can accomplish, if you don’t care who gets the credit’.  (Abraham Lincoln)
‘There is nothing that is more certain a sign of insanity than to do the same thing over and over and expect the results to be different’  (Albert Einstein)
‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited’ (Plutarah, Greek Philosopher)
‘It is the ultimate test of our worth as individuals and countries how we treat the most vulnerable and disadvantaged’  (Sir William Deane, Former Governor General, Australia)
‘We have run out of money, so we are going to have to think’ (Ernest Rutherford)
‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away’  (Stanley Kony)
‘Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory, nor defeat.’ (President Theodore Roosevelt, 1899)
‘A hug is a perfect gift – one size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it’. (Ivern Ball)
‘Resisting change is like holding your breath – you may succeed, but eventually you will die’ (unknown)
‘Youth are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. We are assets, not liabilities. We are solutions, not a problem to be solved’ (Sooraya Mentor, South Africa)
‘To effect any permanently beneficial change to society, I found it was far more necessary to act than to speak. (Robert Owen, Christian Socialist Social Reformer)
‘Optimism generates hope…hope releases dreams…dreams set goals…enthusiasm follows’ (Martin Seligmon)
‘The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.’  (Walter Bogehat)
‘We all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand’ (E K Brough)