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Make a Difference QUOTES

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"These often unsung heroes understand...that poverty, disease and famine are just as deadly and destructive as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Individuals ...are taking on these challenges in their communities, volunteering to make a difference. They remain the true champions of our work towards the Millennium Development Goals."
-- Kofi Annan

I'm incredibly impressed by people who organize to achieve a goal,
and believe that they can make a difference and then go ahead and do just that. I think it's incredible.
-- Fiona Apple

* One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp.
-- Jeff Bridges

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw

* I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.
-- The Dalai Lama

* Older, younger, anyone can help. We've learned that our legislators listen, and people with passionate and thoughtful concerns make a difference every day. We've had constituents initiate legislation, lobby for it, organize meetings and events, and, of course, call, mail, e-mail and visit legislators to express their views. It's really great to see how much difference that individuals can make.
-- Doris Day

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
-- Barbara de Angelis

None of us can continue to grow, develop and perform at our highest potential without hope.
Hope for success, hope for recognition and reward and most importantly,
hope that indeed we can make a difference in the long-term outcome.
Hope supplies the essential fuel that enables the human spirit to continue moving forward,
especially in the face of severe adversity.
-- John Di Frances

* You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
~ Jane Goodall

* Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.
~ Jane Goodall

We all have something to offer.
It’s so important to be able to step out of our comfort zone
and share the benefit of our experience with others who are trying to find their way.
You can make a real difference and have real impact. I haven’t experienced anything more satisfying than that.
-- David Gregory (Meet The Press)

The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size,
but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.
-- DeAnn Hollis

* There is so much each one of us can do to make a difference. We are at a dangerous juncture in the history of mankind. … We need to defend our principles and values, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of international law. If we don’t our world will further descend into a state of chaos.
-- Bianca Jagger

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

* “It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference...”
~ Wangari Maathai

* Therefore my challenge to each of you ... is that you ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. And then take that action, no matter how large or how small. For our children have a right to peace.
-- Graça Machel-Mandela

It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.
-- Bryant H. McGill

* "I think that the celebrity is a really important thing, because we have the voice that's recognizable, that can educate people to make a difference and empower them to make a difference, and to also get things in motion with the people in charge that can effect change."
-- Alyssa Milano

We have to keep in mind the blessings we do have, and make sure we give back and pay it forward.
We have to take care of one another — on Make A Difference Day and every day.
-- Natalie Morales (NBC News Today)

* "I was extremely moved by the plight of Tsunami victims
and I was inspired to try to make a difference."
-- Alanis Morissette

"It takes ONE FAMILY to make a difference in this COMMUNITY.
It takes ONE PERSON to make a difference in this FAMILY."
-- Nisandeh Neta

Even one kid going hungry in America is one too many.
How can we stand by when the reality is that there are more than 12 million underfed children in the U.S.?
We can make a difference.
-- Leann Rimes, singer

* "...our children are viscerally aware of the heightened violence on this planet. It has permeated every aspect of their lives. They are hungry to make a difference, desperate to affect their reality in a positive way, but they are unsure of how to do it."
-- Debbie Robins

* "To know that once you decide to look at life outside of the narrow limits of just your world and start to understand that you can make a difference in very simple ways - in volunteering and all the way up to bigger world problems."
-- Susan Sarandon

* "As a new mother, I want to give my children the best start in life but millions of children affected with AIDS don’t live with such certainty. We can all do something to give them a future worth living for. We can make a difference in a child’s life by joining with UNICEF to ensure that mothers and children are given the treatment that they deserve, in order to live a life free from HIV and AIDS.”
-- Claudia Schiffer (UNICEF video PSA)
* Childhood hunger in America is as much a paradox as it is a tragedy. Why, in the wealthiest country in the world, should hunger darken the lives and dreams of 12 million children and their families? I believe that, when Americans learn the facts and understand how their involvement can make a difference, banishing childhood hunger will be a national, local and personal priority.
-- Martin Sheen

* "My goal in life is to leave behind a safe and healthy world for our children. Before I leave this world, I want to be satisfied that at least I tried. I know I can make a difference, even if it might only be a small one."
-- Maisie Shiell

"Sometimes just a smile on your face
Can help to make this world a better place.
Stand up for the things that are right.
Try to talk things out instead of fight.
Lend a hand when you can, get involved this is good.
You can help to make a difference in your neighborhood."
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Do One Thing for a better world.
Together we make a world of difference. -- Robert Alan Silverstein

Every act of compassion makes a difference.
Together we can create a better world. -- Robert Alan Silverstein

* Be a hero for a better world -
every act of compassion makes a difference.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

"Do you wish for a better world? You are not alone! There is so much going on to help make this world a better place that the mainstream media never shows us. Many diverse movements for change have been converging into a more holistic, global movement for a better world. This emerging movement does not belong to any one group or organization, but together we are helping create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world, one act of compassion at a time... Every act of compassion makes a difference! Do One Thing for a better world. Together we make a world of difference!"
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

* It's important to see what we can do to make a difference, but it's more important to me to do it every single day.
-- Alicia Silverstone

People who volunteer often agree in the beginning that they thought
“they were doing something for others.”
It doesn't take them long to realize they are the ones who are richer for the experience.
It's the absolute truth. Make A Difference Day is your chance to find out.
-- Harry Smith (NBC News)

Make A Difference Day is a great way to introduce kids to the rewards of volunteering.
It's fun, it's focused and it's empowering to know that millions are motivated to do the same.
-- Kate Snow (NBC Nightline)

So, what we do as individuals matters. It adds up.
-- Maurice Strong

* Don't accept that you can't make a difference. Because if you can't make a difference, you won't make a difference, and if you put a multiplier on that we will continue on an unsustainable pathway.
-- Maurice Strong

* "None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.
-- Cornel West

* "Help us show children around the world that we can make a difference together."
-- Bradley Whitford
* There is much to be done, there is much that can be done… one person of integrity can make a difference...
-- Elie Wiesel

“You may find that making a difference for others makes the biggest difference in you.”
-- Brian Williams


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