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What kind of a world do you want for everybody? And how can that world be demonstrated?

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What unifies a movement? After we go home from the demonstration, are we still a movement? Only if we're grounded in a shared vision … Having a vision means we have some fundamental idea of how we want the world to be … A movement articulates something for the future … It's not enough to express our individualities. What kind of a world do you want for everybody? And how can that world be demonstrated?
- Michael Ventura, Letters at 3AM (Poster)

The street is a theater, admission free.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Being given a dashboardwithout a steering wheel has never been the core promise a democracy makes to its citizens.
- Clay Shirky

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.
- Henry Ford

Let's exchange the experience.
- Kate Bush

Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
- Edward Abbey

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
- Goethe

If we don't engage in constructing a new framework, then we will find ourselves unprepared for dealing with complex, difficult, challenging issues.
- Patrick Dodson

It is better to have a bigger purpose and some firm beliefs to guide you, than it is to have a plan.
- Paul Isakson, How to wander with purpose

Action is eloquence.
- William Shakespeare

Action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King

Think globally, act locally, respond personally.
- Popular expression

You'll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
- Irish proverb

When you come to a wall that is too high to climb you should throw your cap over the wall so that you have no choice but to find a way over the wall.
- Irish proverb

Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.
- Gary Snyder

Please stop referring to yourselves as consumers. Consumers are different than citizens. Consumers do not have obligations, responsibilities and duties to their fellow human beings. As long as you are using the word 'consumer' in the public discussion you are degrading the discussion we are having and we are going to continue being clueless.
- James Howard Kunstler, The tragedy of suburbia

If you live every day of your life as if you are on a wonderful journey through an endlessly fascinating, strange land -- you are.
- Michael Kaye

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe.
- Thomas Berry

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
- William James

The one who does not play the guitar can sing a song; the one who does not sing a song can write a verse; the one who does not write a verse reads a book.
- Proverb, Ecuador

If you want your voice to be heard, you have to be at the game.
- Conversation

We can't wait for miracles to happen. If there are problems that have to be solved, if we want our lives to be better, then we have to do something for ourselves. If we're not taking action to make our life better, if we're not walking, if our feet are not moving, then there's no footprint for people to follow.
- Oliver Mtukudzi, World Music Central

I only trek the paths that have heart, whatever path that has heart. (Para mi solo recorrer los caminos que tienen corazon, cualquier camino que tenga corazon.)
- Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan

Tsimba Itsoka (There is no footprint without the foot)
- Shona proverb cited by Oliver Mtukudzi

Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.
- Chinese proverb

You'll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
- Irish proverb

No more standing on the sidelines.
- Popular saying

Is it better to play a sport badly, or watch others do it well?
- Sports Factor

Reduce carbon emissions. Walk to the pub.
- Australia beer promotion, 2009

What are you going to so that you can arrive on your deathbed 50 years from now with a big grin on your face that says 'lord sakes that was a ripper. that was a good life well lived.' For me that means engaging meaningfully with what I think I am here on the planet to do.
- Petrea King, Bush Telegraph

There is no place that does not see you. You must change your life.
- Rainer Maria Rilke (Archaic Torso of Apollo)

Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.
- Mary Caroline Richards

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

It's not the big leap, but the small step that makes the journey.
- Popular saying

Ask, believe, receive.
- The Secret

Fortune favors the audacious.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Fortune favors the bold.
- Virgil

Be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
- Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in Earth Rising

Look ahead for open spaces. Let young people be given the opportunity of taking an active and not merely a passive interest in games. It is often said that our young men are too much addicted to outdoor games - cricket, football etc., but I think the contrary is the case. They are possibly too much addicted to looking at games, and that is not a healthy exercise. They like to congregate in crowds, often cooped up in enclosures, and that leads to barracking, cigarette smoking and even gambling on the result of the game. A remedy for the gambling evil and an encouragement of manly sports with the physical development and moral discipline which healthy competition affords, lies not mainly in places like the Sydney Cricket Ground. I look upon that institution as the place of spectacle, as the university of sport.
- Joseph Maiden, Director of the Botanic Gardens, Rugby League: More than just a game

It's our game. They just play it.
- Fan's assessment of Australian footy, Sports Factor

Bristol's fans are the 16th man on the pitch.

Don't forget why you came to the dance.
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire, Everybody Ona Move

When a thing is intelligible, you have a sense of participation; when a thing is unintelligible you have a sense of estrangement.
- E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful

Don't be a horse race, be marathon. Don't fear the long road, coz on a long road, u got a long time to sing a simple song. And it's never too late to start the day over. It's never too late to pick up the phone.
- Michael Franti, Everyone deserves music

A desire path could be a short cut through waste ground, across the corner of a civic garden or down an embankment. They were expressions of free will, 'paths with a passion', an alternative to the strictures of railings, fences and walls that turned individuals into powerless apathetic automatons. On desire paths you could break out, explore, feel your way across the landscape.
- Nick Crane, Two degrees west

Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.
- Tom Lehrer

No one's center is like anyone else's. Find your own center, not the center of your neighbor, not the center of your father or mother or family or ancestor, but the center that is yours and yours alone.
- Malidoma Some, Of Water and the Spirit

The map is not the territory.
- Alfred Korzybski

My obligation is this: To be transparent.
- Pablo Neruda

Engage us or enrage us.
- Marc Prensky

Ask yourself: 'Am I ready to stop equating cynicism with insight? Do I dare take the risk that exposing myself to uplifting entertainment might dull my intelligence?' If you doubt your ability to handle relaxing breakthroughs, you should stop reading now.
- Rob Brezsny, Secrets of Pronoia/The Sun (PDF)

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