MAKING A DIFFERENCE

is to make a positive change in the world.

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“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

Libba Bray (born 1964);
Author

“To him who is determined it remains only to act.”

Italian Proverb

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can.”

Sydney Smith (1771-1845);
writer, clergyman

“I choose to believe I can and will change the world with my words and thoughts.”

Rod Williams musician

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. ”

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963);
novelist

“I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995);
physician, discovered eponymous vaccine for polio

“We can do no great things - only small things with great love.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997);
founder of the Missionaries of Charity

“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.”

Jackie Mutcheson teacher

“The world is not interested in what we do for a living. What they are interested in is what we have to offer freely - hope, strength, love and the power to make a difference! ”

Sasha Azevedo (born 1978);
Entertainer

“Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.”

Unknown

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968);
author, lecturer, activist

“Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you.”

T.A. Barron (born 1952);
writer

“We must become the change we want to see in the world.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948);
Indian political and spiritual leader

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ”

William James (1842-1910);
psychologist, philosopher, author

“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”

Margaret Mead (1902-1978);
cultural anthropologist

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962);
U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882);
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way. ”

Barbara Bush (born 1925);
Wife of the 41st President of the United States

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke (1729-1797);
statesman, author, philosopher

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”

Unknown

“While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ”

Apple Computer Inc.

“Do, or do not. There is no 'try.'”

Yoda fictional character from Star Wars

“I'm through accepting limits 'cuz someone says they're so. Some things I cannot change, but 'til I try I'll never know. ~Lyrics from the song Defying Gravity, found in the musical Wicked”

Stephen Schwartz (born 1948);
musical theater lyricist and composer

“We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world. ”

Heidi Wills author

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”

Augustine of Hippo (354-430);
theologian

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013);
Former president of South Africa

“Be not simply good; be good for something.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862);
naturalist, author, philosopher

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962);
U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.”

Anne Frank (1929-1945);
diarist

“We have it in our power to change the world over.”

Thomas Paine (1737-1809);
scholar, intellectual, writer

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.”

Leonardo da da Vinci (1452-1519);
artist, inventor, scientist

“Your thoughts, words and deeds are painting the world around you.”

Jewel Diamond Taylor inspirational speaker, author

“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers (1879-1935);
actor, comic, columnist

“To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.”

Hugh Prather (born 1938);
author, counselor, minister

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.”

Colin Wilson (born 1931);
novelist

“Go out into the world and do good until there is too much good in the world.”

Larry H. Miller businessman, philanthropist

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”

J.K. Rowling (born 1965);
novelist

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Everyday Hero: Esther

My story is an inspiring story about a woman who has partaken in several roles, throughout her life. She has been a mother, a leader, a grandmother, and an amazing example of how to be a 'strong' not only person, but woman. My grandmother stepped in to take care of my brother and I when I was in the fifth…

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alex 3 months ago from alto

if you will make difference you will make the world of difference also.
ellen obar 4 months ago from mambuaya

We always have to make a difference at work, good grades in school, live with a purpose.
Pablo Picasso 5 months ago from London

To make a difference is to enrich someone's life by what we say or do.
Bruce Willingham almost 2 years ago from Warner Robins,Ga

We always have to make a difference at work, good grades in school, live with a purpose.
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