Someone on a list serve I’m part of recently asked people to post their favourite quotes to share with groups they facilitate. Rather than spam the e-list, I thought I’d start to gather in one place some of the quotes that I return to.

They’re words that say what I believe in a pure poetry of only a few lines, and remind me of what I know.

“Accept that you will never be ready. Go make a difference anyway.”
~ Espen Sivertsen (KaosPilots)

“This is the true job in life, the being used for a purpose you consider a mighty one, the being a force in nature rather than a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandi

“Poverty is not only a lack of money, it’s a lack of sense of meaning.”
~ David Bornstein

“What is the most powerful lever you can imagine? A big idea, in the hands of a truly outstanding entrepreneur.”
~ Bill Drayton

“Ring all the bells that can ring/
Forget your perfect offering/
There is a crack in everything/
That’s where the light gets in”
~ Leonard Cohen

“No matter what your job is, no matter where you work, there’s a way to create a project (on your own, on weekends if necessary), where the excitement is palpable, where something that might make a difference is right around the corner.

Hurry, go do that.”
~ Seth Goodin

“The core psychology of a social entrepreneur is someone who cannot come to rest, in a very deep sense, until he or she has changed the pattern in an area of social concern all across society. Social entrepreneurs are married to a vision of, for example, a better way of helping young people grow up or of delivering global healthcare. They simply will not stop because they cannot be happy until their vision becomes the new pattern. They will persist for decades.

And they are as realistic as they are visionary. As a result, they are very good listeners. They have to hear if something isn’t working; and, whenever they do, they just keep changing the idea and/or the environment until their idea works. They are intensely concerned with the how-to’s: How do I get from here to there? How do I solve this problem? How do these pieces fit together?”

~ Bill Drayton