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* Silence never won rights.  They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below. 
-- Roger Nash Baldwin

the 4th right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that there can be no slavery. Virtually every human being agrees that it is a moral wrong. Those key battles are won by people who went before us, who had the really tough job. Our job is simply to make sure that countries enforce their own laws and that slaves, when freed, have an opportunity for rehabilitation, reintegration, education, and so forth
-- Kevin Bales



"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
-- Roger Bannister

"There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends."
-- Hillaire Belloc

If you start a conversation with the assumption that you are right or that you must win, obviously it is difficult to talk.
~ Wendell Berry

"If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia."
-- Hans Bethe

* To win the cause we all believe in, the spread of true democracy all over the world, we need to win by example, not just with speeches but by example; not just with military might but by gaining the respect of the world.
-- Barbara Boxer

* “Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.”
~ Jimmy Carter

* You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try - you don't take the risk.
-- Rosalynn Carter

* "Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak … Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win."
-- Cesar Chavez

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one!
-- Agatha Christie

"People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to...rather than detracts from...our lives.” - Stephen R. Covey

* Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resorting to physical strength.
-- Barbara Deming

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
-- Bernadette Devlin

* You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
-- Marian Wright Edelman

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
- Ralph Ellison

Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

"The citizens of Love Canal provided an example of how a blue-collar community with few resources can win against great odds (a multi-billion-dollar international corporation and an unresponsive government), using the power of the people in our democratic system." ~ Lois Gibbs

To win, we will need to keep building the movement, networking with one another, planning, strategizing, and moving forward. Our children's futures, and those of their unborn children, are at stake." ~ Lois Gibbs

"We cannot win this battle to save species and environments
without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well
- for we will not fight to save what we do not love."
~ Stephen Jay Gould

The lesson of history is clear: democracy always wins in the end.
-- Marjorie Kelly

* "Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won -- you earn it and win it in every generation."
-- Coretta Scott King

* Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr

Don't believe that winning is really everything.
It's more important to stand for something.
If you don't stand for something, what do you win?
-- Lane Kirkland

War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose;
then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering;
in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
-- Karl Kraus

* "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"I am not bound to win but I am bound to be true; I am not bound to succeed but am bound to live up to what light I have."
-- Abraham Lincoln

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity
-- Horace Mann

It is a good moment to repeat that a war is never won. Never mind that history books tell us the opposite. The psychological and material costs of war are so high that any triumph is a pyrrhic victory. Only peace can be won and winning peace means not only avoiding armed conflict but finding ways of eradicating the causes of individual and collective violence: injustice and oppression, ignorance and poverty, intolerance and discrimination. We must construct a new set of values and attitudes to replace the culture of war which, for centuries, has been influencing the course of civilization. Winning peace means the triumph of our pledge to establish, on a democratic basis, a new social framework of tolerance and generosity from which no one will feel excluded.
-- Federico Mayor

* Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle with those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
-- Barack Obama

" I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me.
I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win."
-- Arnold Palmer

This is a time that calls for extreme restraint. In a world of outright aggression and violence there can be no winners. To respond to violence with counter-violence only throws oil on the fire."
-- Tenzin Palmo

"We must have research for peace... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism … Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race."
-- Linus Pauling

* The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual - for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
-- M. Scott Peck

* Force may subdue, but love gains, and he that forgives first wins the laurel.
-- William Penn

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
-- Jeannette Rankin

* Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds.”
-- Theodore Roosevelt
* "There are two kinds of success. One is the rare kind that comes to the person who has the power to do what no one else has the power to do. That is genius. But the average person who wins what we call success is not a genius. That person is a man or woman who has merely the ordinary qualities that they share with their fellows, but has developed those ordinary qualities to a more than ordinary degree."
-- Theodore Roosevelt


It is clear that the nations of the world now can only rise and fall together. It is not a question of one nation winning at the expense of another. We must all help one another or all perish together.
-- Carl Sagan

* "Man talks of a battle with Nature, forgetting that if he won the battle, he would find himself on the losing side."
~ E. F. Schumacher

* Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind, independent of the prevalent one among the crowds, and in opposition to it -- a tone of mind which will gradually win influence over the collective one, and in the end determine its character. Only an ethical movement can rescue us from barbarism, and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals.
-- Albert Schweitzer

* I think service to others is the real key to winning our own personal freedom and the road to our own happiness, our own personal contentment and fulfillment.
-- Martin Sheen

I am still a journeyman actor and a peace and justice activist. I'm a pilgrim trying to win my freedom and serve as best I can in the time I have, with this gift I've been given.
-- Martin Sheen

Conflicts are a normal part of life; how we deal with them can make a big difference. Often when people resolve conflicts, one person ends up a winner, and one loses out. This may solve the problem for the moment, but resentment and bad feelings can cause more problems later. Another way to look at conflicts is to try to find a WIN-WIN solution, in which both sides can benefit. In this way, conflicts are turned into opportunities to grow and make things better. This approach is the cornerstone of "conflict resolution" - an important tool for bringing peace into our personal lives, our communities and to our world.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Freedom is the most basic of all human rights, and yet throughout history many individuals and nations have had to struggle to be free. Much progress has been made in helping to win freedom for all. But even though all nations agreed to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for their citizens, many people are not allowed these basic liberties.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

I will not play at tug o'war.
I'd rather play at hug o'war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.
-- Shel Silverstein

The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you're going to lose,
because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose
until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins.
-- I.F. Stone

* As the new spirituality begins to become the pervasive spirituality of the planet, we'll find that we have abandoned our philosophy of contradictions in which we say we're all one but continue to try to win.
~ Neale Donald Walsch

If we win, someone else loses. But if someone else loses, we lose. Which is a point we're not getting. The new spirituality will make this just painfully obvious.
~ Neale Donald Walsch

"The Utopia of a modern dreamer must needs differ in one fundamental aspect from the Nowheres and Utopias men planned before Darwin quickened the thought of the world. Those were all perfect and static States, a balance of happiness won for ever against the forces of unrest and disorder that inhere in things. One beheld a healthy and simple generation enjoying the fruits of the earth in an atmosphere of virtue and happiness, to be followed by other virtuous happy, and entirely similar generations until the Gods grew weary. Change and development were damned back by invincible dams for ever. But the Modern Utopia must be not static but kinetic, must shape not as a permanent state but as a hopeful sage leading to a long ascent of stages." -- H.G. Wells

“Cooperation means win-win, confrontation means lose-lose.”
-- Zhu Feng

* If you join a fight for social justice you may win or lose, but just by being part of the struggle, you win, and your life will be better for it.
-- Howard Zinn


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