Each week, friends, allies, colleagues and respected leaders and thinkers from around the world offer their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and plans for a better world. Some are new voices, some clarion calls from the past. Some are seriously poignant, others satirically pointed.
All provoke me in good and thoughtful ways. Here are this week’s favorites:
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” — African proverb quoted by Freedom from Hunger.
“After all is said and done, more is said than done.” — Anonymous
“A man never stands so tall as when he leans over to help a child.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President.
“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” — Horace Mann, 19th Century American educator.
“Poverty is much too complex to be cured by one intervention. We don’t ask if basic education alone ends poverty. We don’t ask if vaccinations alone are ending poverty.” — Sam Daley-Harris, Founder, MicroCredit Summit Campaign.
“A wise man should have money in his head, not in his heart.” — Jonathan Swift, 18th Century Irish essayist, novelist and poet.
“Be a maker of peace, a steward of mercy, a voice of reason, be the hands and feet of justice.” — Chaplain Jewelnew Davis, Columbia University.
“To be good is noble, but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.” — Mark Twain, 19th Century American novelist and essayist.
“Is it progress if a cannibal eats with a knife and fork?” — Stanislaw Lec, 20th Century Polish essayist — a question often ignored by the social theoreticians.
“The moral advantage of being the architect of many losing causes is highly over-rated.” — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 20th Century American historian and presidential advisor.
“Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.” — Albert Einstein, 20th Century physicist and Nobel Prize Winner.
Send me your favorite proverbs, provocations and punditry, or post them here.