Everybody Can Serve …

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s  theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness, and love.
— Gandalf the Grey, from the The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Social innovators … describe a moment in the process when they themselves felt swept along by the stream, caught by forces they may have triggered but that they in no sense felt they controlled. Momentum can build to an intensity that surprises the people who dreamed up such a transformation.
— Frances Westley from Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the creative light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s persistent and most urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all direction. Each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that. We won’t sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do.
— Dorothy Day

The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from A Testament Of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.