No Matter What They Tell You . . .

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

~ Robin Williams
Robin Williams

More quotes from Robin:

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know that it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”

“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars.”

Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s. 

We are the Change We Seek

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

~ Barack Obama
Barack Obama

More quotes from President Obama:

“The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”

“Issues are never simple. One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.”

Barack Obama is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States.

Plant a seed

“Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.”

Jack Ma
Jack Ma

Another quote from Jack Ma:
“I’m coming to this world not to work. I want to come to this world to enjoy my life. I don’t want to die in my office. I want to die on the beach.”

Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate, investor and politician. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate.

Just a Smile

“One smile has the power to…
Calm fears.
Soften stone walls.
Warm a cold heart.
Invite a new friend.
Mimic a loving hug.
Beautify the bearer.
Lighten heavy loads.
Promote good deeds.
Brighten a gloomy day.
Comfort a grieving spirit.
Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring.
Lift the downtrodden soul.
Patch up invisible wounds.
Weaken the hold of misery.
Act as medicine for suffering.
Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfill the human need for recognition.
Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?”

~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Richelle E Goodrich

Another quote from Richelle:

“Perhaps, if you weren’t so busy regarding my shortcomings, you’d find that I do possess redeeming qualities, discreet as they may be.”

Richelle E. Goodrich is an American author and poet.

Giving Back

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

~ Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington

A few more quotes from Denzel:

“My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.”

“If I am a cup maker, I’m interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.”

“What it taught me was forgiveness. It taught me that when people present themselves in a certain way, there’s probably some back story or issue or reason for the way that they are. It’s not you. It’s them. And a lot of times, its about something that’s completely out of their control.”

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received two Golden Globe awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards.

What Money Can Do

“It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.”

~ Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

More from Gloria Steinem – 

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”

“If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?”

Gloria Marie Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Steinem was a columnist for New York magazine, and a co-founder of Ms. magazine.

Powerful Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

~ Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

More quotes from Nelson Mandela – 

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” 

“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. 

Enrich the World

“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 the achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

– Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson

More Woodrow Wilson quotes:

“ If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

“The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.”

“Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.”

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924) was the 28th president of the United States. He was a scholar and statesman best remembered for his his high-minded idealism.

Imagine Better Things

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better.”

~ J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

As you view your world through your window, ask yourself what gladdens your heart? What brings you joy, unbounded child-like joy? Acknowledge it and make it a strong part of your ‘best self’ so that you can call on that part of you when you or someone else needs your magic. From the article “We Already Have What We Need” by Georgina Cannon in’s Thrive Global. The full article can be found here –

Joanne Rowling (1965 – ), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, film producer, television producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. She is the author of the beloved “Harry Potter” series. 

Changing Yourself

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

~ Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy

Here are seven steps to try if you’d like to make some positive changes in yourself:

  1. See yourself outside yourself.
  2. Find the habit associated with the thing you want to change.
  3. Practice every day, no matter what.
  4. Set realistic goals.
  5. Constantly look in the mirror.
  6. Surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth.
  7. You have to take risks.

From 7 Steps to Transforming Yourself From Who You Are to Who You Want to Be by Nicolas Cole in Inc. You can find the entire article here –

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born in Russia in 1828. Known as Leo Tolstoy, he was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.