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Leadership Quotes: Living Out Our Global Vision


With our thoughts we make the world.  Buddha

Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.  Dorothea Brande

Dreaming is the first step to becoming.  To dream of the time ahead is to welcome an inner fold of reality we long for but have not yet realized.  It is an act not just of hope but of inspiration.  Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson

Simply unleashing our imaginations can be empowering.  Paul Rogat Loeb

...it is our dreams that energize us more than our abilities.  David Shi

Dreams pass into the reality of action.  From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.  Anais Nin

If we cannot envision the world we would like to live in, we cannot work towards its creation.  If we cannot place ourselves in it in our imagination, we will not believe it is possible.  Chellis Glendinning

Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for, because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.  Peter Marshall

Humanity needs a vision of an expanding and unending future.  E.O. Wilson


Everything seems to indicate that we must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality.  Václav Havel

You see things; and you say, "Why?"  But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"  George Bernard Shaw

"One can't believe impossible things." [said Alice]
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.  "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.  Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."  Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland

It is only when people begin to shake loose from their preconceptions, from the ideas that have dominated them, that we begin to receive a sense of opening, a sense of vision...That is the sort of time we live in now.  We...live in an epoch in which the solid ground of our preconceived ideas shakes daily under our uncertain feet.   Barbara Ward

We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future.  We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension.  Thomas Berry

The dream is real my friends.  The failure to make it work is the unreality.  Toni Cade Bambera


Whether you are buying a car or casting a ballot, choosing a job or planning a family, follow your moral compass.  Don't let others define you.  Don't let advertisers mold you; don't let zealots ensnare you; don't let conventional wisdom trap you....you are part of a much larger whole.  Denis Hayes

One of the terrible temptations we face is that of thinking that the problem is so big that nothing we can do can possibly have any effect: we must leave it to the experts. ...Every single gesture...counts, and may have incalculable consequences.  Dr. Philip Sherrard

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We betray ourselves into smallness when we think the little choices of each day are trivial.  Helen Keller

There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you.  Marian Anderson

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

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.  Vietnamese Proverb

Every time you buy something consider it a vote of confidence in the company that produced it.  Anita Roddick/John Arlidge


One must envision the higher life and behave as if it were a fact before it can unfold.  Helen Keller

Every choice we make can be a celebration of the world we want.  Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

In all of our actions, we must seek to be living examples of the change we wish to see in the world, by walking the path, we make the path visible.  Phil Lane Jr.

Things do not change; we change.  Henry David Thoreau

 I change myself, I change the world.  Gloria Anzuldúa

The way to do is to be.  Lao Tzu

We must become the change we want to see.  Mahatma Gandhi

It's time to start living the life you've imagined.  Henry James



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