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"...as long as we have nuclear weapons on
this earth, one could claim that no real life
is actually thriving on the earth. We do not have
life actualizing its fullest potential as long
as there are nuclear weapons."
-- Mayor Tadatoshi
isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is
born with potential. Without courage, we cannot
practice any other virtue with consistency. We
can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
-- Maya Angelou
an age where community involvement and partnerships
with civil society are increasingly being recognized
as indispensable, there is clearly a growing
potential for cooperative development and renewal
-- Kofi Annan
is, finally, the road to human progress and
the means through which every man, woman and
child can realize his or her full potential."
~ Kofi Annan
right to development is the measure of the respect
of all other human rights.That should be our
aim: a situation in which all individuals are
enabled to maximize their potential, and to
contribute to the evolution of society as a
whole. -- Kofi
would do well to ask themselves how many of their
ambitions and aspirations derive from the type of
economic system they inhabit and the insecurity
and exhaustion it creates, and question the sense
and purpose of a society where control of a large
portion of life is abdicated under contract in the
labour market, and where immense creativity and
potential is stifled by the need to do difficult
and repetitive tasks in order to earn a wage."
-- Tony Benn
"I call on all scientists in all countries
to cease and desist from work creating, developing,
improving and manufacturing further nuclear weapons
- and, for that matter, other weapons of potential
mass destruction such as chemical and biological
-- Hans Bethe
have a powerful potential in our youth, and we
must have the courage to change old ideas and
practices so that we may direct their power toward
-- Mary McLeod
these disturbing and distressing times, surely
it's cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out
of potential enemies than it is to defend yourself
against them..Justice is the surest way to get
"The role of the market place is to be an instrument
of environmental change and policy making. We
are all consumers with a great potential for change.
Environmental protection begins at home."
~ Noel Brown,
Former Director of the UN Environmental Program
globalization is to realise its potential as a
force for good, we have to look more closely at
the means by which we handle our growing interdependence.
We do not have a world government, but we do have
an increasingly complex network of institutions
that are concerned with global governance. They
are central to our future and international human
often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
-- Leo Buscaglia
We all have the potential to move the world, and
the world is ready to be moved.
-- Harry Chapin
can truly flourish when the world is free of poverty,
hunger, discrimination, exclusion, intolerance
and hatred - when women and men can realize their
highest potential and live a secure and fulfilling
life. Until then, each and every one of us would
have to contribute - collectively and individually
- to build peace through non-violence.
-- Anwarul Chowdhury
realization of one's own potential and self-confidence
in one's ability, one can build a better world."
-- Dalai Lama
is today the most vital and potential power this
planet has ever known, and its historic mission
is as certain of ultimate realization as is the
setting of the sun.
-- Eugene V. Debs
the important progress underway, much work remains
to be done in terms of recognizing and harnessing
the full potential of volunteerism for development.
It is indeed events like International Volunteer
Day that help to highlight the impact volunteers
are having in every region."
-- Ad de Raad, Executive Coordinator, United Nations
Volunteers (UNV) programme
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
-- John Di Frances
“It is often by a trivial, even an anecdotal decision,
that we direct our activities into a certain channel,
and thus determine which of the potential expressions
of our individuality become manifest. Usually
we know nothing of the ultimate orientation or
of the outlet toward which we travel, and the
stream sweeps us to a formula of life from which
there is no returning. Every decision is like
a murder, and our march forward is over the stillborn
bodies of all our possible selves that will never
~ René Dubos
the councils of government, we must guard against
the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether
sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise
of displaced power exists and will persist."
-- Dwight D.
right to freedom of expression is justified first
of all as the right of an individual purely in his
capacity as an individual. It derives from the widely
accepted premise of Western thought that the proper
end of man is the realization of his character and
potentialities as a human being.
-- Thomas I. Emerson
should know that only replacing the economics of
competition and greed with the economics of equitable
cooperation will guarantee a globalization that
takes advantage of potential efficiency gains in
ways that also promote environmental protection,
international equity, economic democracy, and variety.
-- Robin Hahnel
love the idea that biodiesel has the potential
to support farmers, especially the family farms.
-- Daryl Hannah
has always been a longing in the human heart for
a more just, free, loving and creative society.
But it was never before possible to fulfill these
aspirations, because we had neither the evolutionary
drivers and global crises to force us to change,
nor did we have the scientific and technological
powers that can free us from the limitations of
scarcity, poverty, disease, and ignorance. This
is the time of awakening for the social potential
movement. -- Barbara
social potential movement is on the threshold
of a mass awakening, seeking to carry into society
what individuals have learned spiritually and
personally. -- Barbara
A truly free society must not include a "peace"
which oppresses us. We must learn on our own terms
what peace and freedom mean together. There can
be no peace if there is social injustice and suppression
of human rights, because external and internal
peace are inseparable. Peace is not just the absence
of mass destruction, but a positive internal and
external condition in which people are free so
that they can grow to their full potential.
-- Petra Kelly
The greatest truth must be recognition that in every
man, in every child is the potential for greatness.
felt my country should do more for its children.
Its children are not born gangsters. In fact,
they have in them the potential to be heroes because
most of the kids who are in these gangs are leaders,
very charismatic and good organizers."
-- Azim Khamisa
tend to focus on the here and now. The problem
is that, once global warming is something that
most people can feel in the course of their daily
lives, it will be too late to prevent much larger,
potentially catastrophic changes."
-- Elizabeth Kolbert
is a hidden epidemic threatening the lives of
millions of Americans...hunger. In this land of
plenty, it is unthinkable that fellow citizens
are going hungry. Included among these millions
are children who, due to malnourishment, are not
developing to their full potential intellectually,
emotionally or behaviorally. The fortunate must
provide for the unfortunate...
-- Swoosie Kurtz
message today is one of hope. It is about potential
waiting to be fulfilled: the surest way to meet
the global challenges we face now and in the future
is to make every mother and child count.
~ Dr. LEE
Jong-wook, WHO Secretary-General
one common undertaking and universal instrument
of the great majority of the human race is the United
Nations. A patient, constructive long-term use of
its potentialities can bring a real and secure peace
to the world.
-- Trygve Lie
see nuclear weapons as the ultimate evil, not
just evil, but the ultimate evil with the potential
to make life unlivable on this planet.
we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting
values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human
potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary
social fabric, one in which each diverse gift
will find a fitting place."
-- Margaret Mead
my mind, the purpose of education is to enable
human beings to develop to their full potential,
intellectually and spiritually. That means that
students have to be empowered to pursue self-knowledge
and the skills that will help them be of service
to their fellow human beings. Education should
encourage people to develop their curiosity about
life; above all, it should not trivialize either
the students or their lives.
-- Michael Nagler
only true and lasting security is the one that concerns
itself with the protection of people,
their welfare no less than their opportunity to lead
healthy and productive lives
in an environment that encourages them to attain their
full potential as human beings. "
-- Wally N'Dow
offers the possibility of two types of peace: peace
of mind --
the potential healing of old emotional wounds, and peace
with others --
the possibility of new, more gratifying relationships
in the future."
-- Kenneth I. Pargament & Mark S. Rye
most parents in the US, they are trying, with
a little help from UNICEF, to do the best they
can to help their children reach their full potential...
-- Susan Sarandon
word we speak and every action we make has the
potential to change the direction of a relationship.
Every moment is an opportunity to build bonds
for a better world. The key is to be able to step
back and monitor the things we say and do.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
with one disposition, history has so far been
a horrible accumulation of oppression and suffering.
Viewed with another disposition, however, history
has chronicled humans discovering their own finer
potentials and together mounting heroic offensives
to attain them - against monarchy, feudalism,
slavery, Jim Crow racism, apartheid, sexual subjugation,
second class citizenship, sexism, heterosexism,
dictatorship, one party rule, capitalism, and
coordinatorism (calling itself socialism) - and
seeking, in their place, equity, justice, and
freedom. The gains humans have made have been
steady and plentiful. Now a major leap is possible.
Consistent with past efforts, we can now attain
fully liberatory goals, including, I think, participatory
economics and also alternative structures for
polity, culture, and kinship. We have only to
make the effort.
-- Michael Albert
the economy I want workers and consumers to have
control over their own economic lives. I want
everyone to have fair conditions that fully utilize
their talents and potentials. I want incomes that
accord with the efforts people expend in their
labors. I want what is produced, by whom, under
what conditions, and with who consuming the result--all
determined in accord with enhancing human well-being
and development and all decided by the people
involved and affected. I want an end to hierarchies
of power and wealth and to class division with
most actors subordinated to an elite few. To accomplish
all these ends I favor the institutions of participatory
economics -- worker and consumer councils, remuneration
for effort and sacrifice, balanced job complexes,
and participatory planning. If someone should
demonstrate that those institutions somehow fail
to accomplish necessary economic functions or
have social or personal by-products that outweigh
their benefits -- I would simply return to the
drawing board. Exploitation, alienation, poverty,
disempowerment, fragmenting and debilitating labor,
production for the profit of a few -- much less
harsh homelessness, starvation, and degradation
-- are not like gravity. They arise from institutional
relations established by human beings. New institutions,
also established by human beings, can generate
other vastly superior outcomes. Defining and working
to attain those new institutions ought to be our
-- Michael Albert
the vision of the spiritual nature of man and
the universe brings the conviction that the human
potential is unlimited and that we stand at the
threshold over which a quantum leap in consciousness
~ George Trevelyan
is a virtual, mute, sustained victory of potential powers
against probable greeds
-- Paul Valery
women have the same capacity and potential for
power to allow us to be participants in our own
~ Rafaela vos
There can be no lasting peace, no security, nor
can we as human beings begin to touch our full
potential, as long as hunger overwhelms the human
spirit around this planet.
-- Dennis Weaver
recently, the tools of science have not been employed
to investigate forgiveness. The new wave of research
we've begun, however, has the potential to reveal
the profound value of forgiveness in our lives --
information that could reduce human misery and increase
the quality of life worldwide."
-- Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities,
I also see the enormous potential and readiness
for transformation and rebirth. We are creating
an art form that comes from the heart and reflects
the pain and sorrow of people's lives. It also
expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process
lays the foundation of building a genuine community
in which people are reconnected with their families,
sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the
care of each other and will together raise and
educate their children. Then we witness social
change in action.”
-- Lily Yeh