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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Quotations that do inspire me to Action…even on this Blog!

Words are very potent “beings”! If used wisely, they can build and rejuvenate; but when used ignorantly, they can destroy and annihilate.

Aldous Huxley says of words: “Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.” How very true!

As a freelance journalist, I have learnt (by experience) that the pen is mightier than the sword. So, for this principal reason, I like to use words sparingly.

As we fight against albino killings in Tanzania, let me share with you some of the words, by other people, that have always jolted me to action when I felt compromise and complacence creeping up behind me. I pray that they inspire you, too, to action.

 People of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They go out and happen to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519)

 Standing for right when it’s unpopular is a true test for moral character.

 Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always popular.

 Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
- Albert Einstein

 If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.
- Ed Foreman

 Champions are not made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have last minute stamina; they have to be a little faster; they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
- Mohamed Ali

 To the world you might be one person but to one person you just might be the world.

 The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves but wiser people so full of doubts.
- Bertrand Russel

 Great people are ordinary people with extraordinary amounts of determination.

 If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives…Do good anyway!

 Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get kicked in the teeth…Give the world the best you have anyway!

 To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.
- Sir Walter Scott

 The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong. That block of granite is often nothing more than a decision.

Dear brethren, in the fight against the animosity fashioned against albinos in Tanzania, we must first choose to be victors in the battle raging in our minds. We should and must mould our attitudes to fit in the cast of what we expect to achieve at the end of the day.

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