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1. "Activism is my rent for living on the planet."
Author: Alice Walker
2. "A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic and social institutions, a holy force - the power of wisdom and love in action - is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism."
Author: Andrew Harvey
3. "Environmental activism against the resource industry is widespread all over the world, but at the same time we have to realise that these are basic materials on which civilisation depends. We need to tap natural resources in a sustainable manner."
Author: Anil Agarwal
4. "The Body Shop Foundation is run by our staff and supports social activism and environmental activism. We don't tend to support big agencies."
Author: Anita Roddick
5. "The [Booker] prize was actually responsible in many ways for my political activism. I won this thing and I was suddenly the darling of the new emerging Indian middle class – they needed a princess. They had the wrong woman. I had this light shining on me at the time, and I knew that I had the stage to say something about what was happening in my country. What is exciting about what I have done since is that writing has become a weapon, some kind of ammunition."
Author: Arundhati Roy
6. "My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me."
Author: Bayard Rustin
7. "Given the way universities work to reinforce and perpetuate the status quo, the way knowledge is offered as commodity, Women's Studies can easily become the place where revolutionary feminist thought and feminist activism are submerged or made secondary to the goals of academic careerism."
Author: Bell Hooks
8. "Activism could be defined as activities engaged in by individuals to change there of others situation."
Author: Ben Edwards
9. "Ten years ago, 15 years ago, I think the church would have been asleep at the switch. This level of activism and engagement with the needs of society by local churches I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime."
Author: Bill Hybels
10. "The Tea Party is simply a loose description of local activism driven by Americans who want smaller government and more self-reliance. That sounds like what the Founding Fathers had in mind, does it not?"
Author: Bill O'Reilly
11. "Maybe subconsciously I've kept activism separate from acting because it's important to me in a more profound way."
Author: Blythe Danner
12. "To engage in activism that envisions alternatives ways of organizing society and alternative ways of being is to risk membership in society, a sense of belonging, however partial it may be. Activism can make us vulnerable because it is so obviously about wanting something beyond what is, and to have a political desire often is construed as wanting too much."
Author: Deborah B. Gould
13. "I call it small government, grass-roots activism: The Tea Party activists are a part of it, FreedomWorks is part of it. FreedomWorks is the longest-standing, most active organization within this movement."
Author: Dick Armey
14. "Somebody referred to what I do as subliminal activism, which I like."
Author: Edward Burtynsky
15. "Why is it we don't intervene in the bureaucracy?" asks Chris Bobel, the gender studies scholar, who has noted that many young activists prefer "DIY activism" – making art, changing their own consumer habits, making their own products rather than buying corporate ones. They tell her, "We don't want to be in bed with the enemy," she says. "That's not where change happens. That's old-school activism. We're all about DIY'". Bobel sighs. "A lot of these activists weren't even registered voters."
Author: Emily Matchar
16. "Out of control judicial activism threatens traditional marriage in America."
Author: Ernest Istook
17. "An abolitionist is, as I have developed that notion, one who (1) maintains that we cannot justify animal use, however "humane" it may be; (2) rejects welfare campaigns that seek more "humane" exploitation, or single-issue campaigns that seek to portray one form of animal exploitation as morally worse than other forms of animal exploitation (e.g., a campaign that seeks to distinguish fur from wool or leather); and (3) regards veganism, or the complete rejection of the consumption or use of any animal products, as a moral baseline. An abolitionist regards creative, nonviolent vegan education as the primary form of activism, because she understands that the paradigm will not shift until we address demand and educate people to stop thinking of animals as things we eat, wear, or use as our resources."
Author: Gary L. Francione
18. "As you know, when Star Trek was canceled after the second season, it was the activism of the fans that revived it for a third season."
Author: George Takei
19. "Any protester knows that the only way activism works is to get the people on your side."
Author: Janine Di Giovanni
20. "Because it's no longer enough to be a decent person. It's no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself."
Author: Joss Whedon
21. "Alliance-based activism begins with the recognition that we are all individuals, each with a limited history and experiencing a largely unique set of privileges, expectations, assumptions, and restrictions. Thus, none of us have "superior knowledge" when it comes to sexuality and gender. By calling ourselves an alliance, we explicitly acknowledge that we are working toward a common goal [...], while simultaneously recognizing and respecting our many differences."
Author: Julia Serano
22. "That attitude that fighting is probably not fair, but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy, has been profoundly consequential as far as my political activism goes."
Author: June Jordan
23. "'Empathy' is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash."
Author: Karl Rove
24. "Activism is very seductive, and writing is painful and hard. It's very scary to have a death threat living over your head. Activism is very sustaining. But I don't view myself as a political person. I'm just someone who desperately wants to stay alive."
Author: Larry Kramer
25. "Gay life in 1970 was very bleak, compartmentalized. You didn't take it to work. You had to really lead a double life. There were bars, but you sort of snuck in and snuck out. Activism and gay pride simply didn't exist. I don't even think the word 'gay' was in existence."
Author: Larry Kramer
26. "My pro-choice activism keeps me busy."
Author: Margot Kidder
27. "In college I studied '60s and '70s radicalism, student activism, forms of political violence, groups like the Weathermen, the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the New Left."
Author: Marisha Pessl
28. "Activism. Belief in the gospel needs to be expressed outwardly."
Author: Mark Driscoll
29. "Shareholder activism is not a privilege - it is a right and a responsibility. When we invest in a company, we own part of that company and we are partly responsible for how that company progresses. If we believe there is something going wrong with the company, then we, as shareholders, must become active and vocal."
Author: Mark Mobius
30. "Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism."
Author: Michael Kinsley
31. "So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned."
Author: Michael Kinsley
32. "For the progressive left, social activism grounded in faith and theology crested in the 1960s."
Author: Mike McCurry
33. "I guess because the shows were activist in their own way - the marriage of my public activism and my career activism, you know - people understand me very well. They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this."
Author: Norman Lear
34. "The times do not call for grassroots political activism, as if the next election might be enough to reverse a massive cultural earthquake. They do not call for working just a little bit harder: a few more speeches, another letter to the editor, another fundraiser, the next vote, the next committee meeting. These noble efforts aren't even rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic; they are tending the seaweed on its watery grave.The times call for a new generation of book hunters. Like the book hunters of the Middle Ages, the new book hunters take it as their mission to uncover and salvage the best of what came before: to cherish it; hold it up for praise and emulation; study it; above all, to love it and pass it on."
Author: Paul D. Miller
35. "My activism and sexual revolution in New York was a factor."
Author: Sally Kirkland
36. "Art is about the edges and the sharp corners and those places are not conducive to activism, which is about putting on a gloss."
Author: Scott Thompson
37. "Awards and recognition are not the purpose of life and not the goal of an activist. The heart of an activist usually redonates the money, or uses the accolades as a foot in the door for more activism and awareness. A plack on the wall won't change the world; it only shows your devotion."
Author: Shannon L. Alder
38. "And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not."
Author: Søren Kierkegaard
39. "There's a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of 'soul force' - something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius, you will be able to take action, whether it's writing a check or digging a well."
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
40. "Activism begins with you, Democracy begins with you, get out there, get active! Tag, you're it"
Author: Thom Hartmann
41. "For the ethical, political activism was seductive because it seemed to offer the possibility that one could improve society, make things better, without going through the personal ordeal of rearranging one's perceptions and transforming one's self. For the unconscionable, political reactivism was seductive because it seemed to protect one's holdings and legitimize one's greed. But both sides were gazing through a kerchief of illusion."
Author: Tom Robbins
42. "Political activism is seductive because it seems to offer the possibility that one can improve society, make things better, without going through the personal ordeal of rearranging one's perceptions and transforming one's self."
Author: Tom Robbins
43. "Activism, to me, I don't know if it really works. It may work for somebody else, but it does not work for me."
Author: Tommy Chong
44. "I do try to separate my personal activism - showing up at a demonstration or something - from what I write."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
45. "Acting is my career and activism is my passionate hobby. But acting is my livelihood."
Author: William Baldwin
46. "It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our modern way of relating to one another."
Author: Wynton Marsalis

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