on Friday, 18 May 2012. Posted in Inspiring Quotes


"I have been struck again and again by how important meausring is to improving the human condition" 

Bill Gates makes the case for using a tool of business to improve the health and welfare of more of the world’s people


"Leadership is about capacity - the capacity of leaders to listen and observe, to use their expertise as a starting point to encourage dialogue between all levels of decision-making, to establish processes and transparency in decision-making, to articulate their own values and visions clearly but not impose them. Leadership is about setting and not just reacting to agendas, identifying problems, and initiating change that makes for substantial improvement rather than managing change.” 

Dr Ann Marie E. McSwain, Associate Professor, Lincoln University

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is going forward with the face of fear."Abraham Lincoln

"Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it."Whitney Griswold

"Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human." Robin Morgan (1941- ), the feminist editor and writer

"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity." George Bernard Shaw

"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King Jr.

"There is no such thing as being non-political. Just by making a decision to stay out of politics you are making the decision to allow others to shape politics and exert power over you. And if you are alienated from the current political system, then just by staying out of it you do nothing to change it, you simply entrench it." Joan Kirner at Women Into Power Conference, Adelaide, October 1994

"I cannot condone the systematic destruction of the hope and spirit of people who have suffered hardship and pain to reach our shores. They are people who believe that they have been or are at risk of being persecuted in their own country."Former Australian of the Year and one-time refugee John Yu Dr Yu, Chancellor of the University of NSW and a renowned pediatrician, was himself smuggled out of China as a three-year-old shortly before it fell to Japanese forces in World War II. 

"Because women's liberation is a movement of the powerless for the powerless, its attraction is not immediately clear to the powerless, who feel they need alliance with the powerful to survive."Rosemary O'Grady (Lawyer and Book Reviewer)

"It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant--first to make sure that other people's highest priority needs are being served."Robert Greenleaf, in his essay The Servant as Leader

"War is not women's history."Virginia Woolf

"When Janine Haines was elected Leader of the Democrats in 1986, she became the first woman to lead a national political party. The Democrats have had 5 female leaders. When Janine Haines, became the first Australian Democrat to enter the Senate in 1977, she joined seven other women. At that time, of the 177 Members of the House of Representatives, there was not one female member. A higher proportion of women has consistently been elected to the Upper House compared to the Lower house, which begs the question, “Which House is more representative?It is also worth noting that in 101 years there have only been two Indigenous members of the federal parliament and both were elected to the Senate: Senators Neville Bonner and Aden Ridgeway."Senator Natasha Stott Despoja (the youngest woman to enter Federal Parliament and the youngest person to lead a political party in Australia)  The Centenary of Suffrage: Another century before equality? We-the-Women Bulletin N0 3

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.""Laughter is good for thinking because when people laugh, it is easier for them to admit new ideas to their minds." His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are just rearranging their prejudices."William James

"I am not pro-this people or that. I am pro-justice, pro-freedom. I am anti-injustice, anti-oppression."Naim Ateek, brother of Desmond Tutu,the former Archbishop of Cape Town and chairman of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

“It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”   Nelson Mandela

“Real women don’t have flushes, they have power surges.”  Australian physician and author, Sandra Cabot

"We must be the change we wish to see." M.K. Gandhi

"The roots of effective leadership lie in simple things, one of which is listening. Listening to someone demonstrates respect; it shows that you value their ideas and are willing to hear them."John Baldoni (Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7)

"The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated."Mark McCormack, Author and sports entrepreneur"Psychologists tell us that money is a satisfier, not a motivator...  Recognition is. That’s why we do what we do... Recognition is critical to self-esteem. Without it, we feel undervalued, even insignificant. Money is nice, sure. But once you establish a basis of monetary rewards, without the accompanying verbal and social affirmation, the employee will quickly become disgruntled and ask for more. Eventually, more will never be enough."John Baldoni has created a series of radio commentaries called Life, Leadership, and Laughter. These commentaries air monthly on Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7)

"Trainers use humor to point out negative behaviors in ways that teach rather than preach. Mediators tell us that the right joke, or the right moment of levity, can reduce tensions to the point that two adversaries can sit down at the table to consider the possibility of agreement.So why does humor work? Because it shatters preconceptions at the moment when people are forming new perceptions—about their work, their spouse, or life itself. Laughter is a release; it is a moment of sheer pleasure. And in our world of tension and turmoil, the belly laugh is a physical escape valve.Choosing the humor is another matter. We live an era of the put-down, the snide aside, the searing retort. These comments do have their place, but all too often they make us laugh at someone else’s expense. Good humor, nourishing humor for example, enables us to laugh at ourselves for being human. It serves as a window into our souls."John Baldoni has created a series of radio commentaries called Life, Leadership, and Laughter. These commentaries air monthly on Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7)

"It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."Oliver Wendell Holmes

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we had when we created them."Einstein

"All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why."James Thurber

"But the artist persists because he has the will to create, and this is the magic power which can transform and transfigure and transpose and which will ultimately be transmitted to others." Anais Nin 

"This capacity to shape a vision of what can be achieved, and to share the vision with others so that it becomes their own, is one of the most important elements of leadership."Professor David Pennington, Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne 1988-1995

"I urge you to: Trudge not through life leaving ugly gashes, Tiptoe not through life leaving half-formed impressions, But tread gently, lovingly and purposefully Leaving graceful heart-prints."Unity Dow, the Botswana High Court Judge


"... three main components of leadership: mastery of the subject-matter, ability convincingly to articulate the particular course of action required and a fervent belief in its correctness."Sir Ninian Stephen, Governor-General of Australia 1982-1989  

"The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race. "Susan B. Anthony

"Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade."Constance Baker Motley (First Black Woman in the U.S. to become a Federal Judge)

"The women of today are the thoughts of their mothers and grandmothers, embodied, and made alive. They are active, capable, determined and bound to win. They have one thousand generations back of them ... Millions of women, dead and gone are speaking through us today. "Matilda Joslyn Gage from National Citizen and Ballot Box- 1889 — a newspaper she founded and edited.

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Muriel Strode (a similar quote exists by Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Mother Teresa

"People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred : Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous: Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God: It was never between you and them anyway."In Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, compiled by Lucinda Vardey (1995), page 185. Eight of the original ten Paradoxical Commandments were reformatted as a poem titled "Anyway." Vardey reported that it was "a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children's home in Calcutta."  The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith and published in 1968 in his booklet for student leaders titled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."  Corrie Ten Boom

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."Helen Keller

"Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society."Albert Einstein 

"The understanding of atomic physics is child's play, compared with the understanding of child's play."David Kresh

"If you put fences around people, you get sheep."

William McKnight, Former 3M CEO

"If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the US does them or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us."Robert Jackson, US Prosecutor at Nuremberg, 1946

“...there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls.”Kofi A. Annan

"On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: Who would prefer Saddam's torture chambers still be open? Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management."Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA, NBC News, 16 May 2004

ANDREW DENTON: We've seen the recent Senate report into the CIA intelligence failures in Iraq. What do you make of Michael Moore's argument that President Bush is fraudulently elected and is pursuing a war for fraudulent reasons?BILL CLINTON: Well, I... Those are two different things. I strongly, strongly disagree with the Supreme Court decision in the Bush v. Gore case in 2000. I think it is one of the very worst decisions the Supreme Court ever made and I explain in my book, in terms I hope a layman can understand, why I think it was a gross abuse of power.  In effect, the Supreme Court robbed tens of thousands of their fellow citizens of their right to vote. So, I think that was wrong. So, on the war, I have a slightly different view from Michael Moore but certainly a different view from the Bush Administration. Uh, the CIA is now being blamed for all this bad intelligence in America. They miss some things, you know. Apparently, they should have known that there was less likelihood of chemical and biological weapons in Iraq. OK, let's posit that. I don't think they cooked that up for President Bush 'cause that's what I was told for eight years too. But the CIA did not say there was a connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. They didn't say that. The Administration did but they didn't. So, my view is that the President and Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld and Mr Wolfowitz, they wanted to go to war in Iraq to replace Saddam because they thought the whole enterprise had merit in and of itself - to shake up the authoritarian Arab regimes in the Middle East, to make Israel feel more secure and give America more leverage in making peace with Palestinians and Israelis. And I think that, in the beginning, this whole weapons of mass destruction thing, for them, was maybe a good way to get their foot in the door but not the major issue for them." Former President Bill Clinton in an interview with Andrew Denton, Enough Rope ABC TV July 2004

Be careful of your thoughts,
For your thoughts become your words;
Be careful of your words,
For your words become your deeds;
Be careful of your deeds,
For your deeds become your habits;
Be careful of your habits,
For your habits become your character;
Be careful of your character,
For your character becomes your destiny.
Author Anonymous

"Peace, development and justice are all connected to each other. We cannot talk about economic development without talking about peace.  How can we expect economic development  in a battlefield?"

Aung San Suu Kyi  Nobel Peace Prize 1991

“Society is indeed a contract – becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.” (Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790)

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."Marie Curie, Physicist and first woman to win the Nobel Prize

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"if it were between countries, we'd call it warif it were a disease, we'd call it an epidemicif were an oil spill, we'd call it a disasterbut it's happening to thousands of Australian women - and it's just a domestic." This Quote appeared in Putting Women First - a statewide approach to family and domestic violence', published by VWRADVS and DHS. Betty Taylor uses it at the beginning of her Paper 'Clearing Pathways - Reforming Systems: A Reflection of the Achievements and Existing Challenges of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response' but she doesn't source the quote. 

"Indeed, the test of orderliness in a country is not the number of millionaires it owns, but the absence of starvation among its masses."Mahatma Gandhi, Economic and Moral Progress, December 22, 1921.

"There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul, then the way it treats its children." Nelson Mandela

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our young people – one of these is roots, the other is wings."Hodding Carter

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.But when I got to be twenty one, I was astonishedat how much he had learned in seven years."Mark Twain(source: http://www.bankofideas.com.au/resources_frames.html)

"Sometimes the poorest woman leaves her children the richest inheritance."Ruth E. Renkel

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."Mark Twain

"Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself."

Hermann Hesse 

"Every phenomenon on earth is symbolic, and each symbol is an open gate through which the soul, if it is ready, can enter into the inner part of the world, where you and I and day and night are all one."

Hermann Hesse 

"...Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."'A Return To Love' (1992) by Marianne Williamson quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech

"I asked for strength,
and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom,
and God gave me problems to learn to solve.
I asked for prosperity,
and God gave me a brain and brawn to work.
I asked for courage,
and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love,
and God gave me people to help.
I asked for favors,
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed." Hazrat Inayat Khan

"We must never cease our exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to return to the place where we first began and to truly know that place for the first time." T.S. Eliot

"Let us realize that engagement and detachment aren't opposite—the more engaged we become, the more detached we will have to be.."Deepak Chopra

"Let us not demand of ourselves that we alone must be the agent of change. In a fire brigade everyone passes along a bucket, but only the last person puts out the fire. None of us know where we stand in line. We may be here simply to pass a bucket; we may be called on to play a major role. In either case, all we can do is think, act, and say. Let us direct our thoughts, words, and actions to peace. That is all we can do. Let the results be what they will be."Deepak Chopra

"Where ... do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere." Eleanor Roosevelt

"In the networking world, it's not who you know, it's who knows you." Robyn Henderson

"Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians."Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post Columnist

"If I’ve learned one thing in the past months it has been to save the energy I used to expend on being angry about injustice and put that energy into thinking and feeling joy, prosperity, sustainability, health and justice for all. This is what will change the world…………..a ground swell of people pouring their energy into manifesting their “preferred future” instead of being worn down by disillusion and disappointment."Molly Carlile, Author of Jelly Beans and Dead Serious Podcast Network

"It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it." Aung San Suu Kyi "Freedom From Fear" speech, which begins with the above quote.

"Caring about someone as much as you care about yourself, and the critical eye that comes with it, are two strands that cannot be separated. Both engender a passion that makes the mother-daughter relationship perilous -- and precious."Dr Deborah Tannen, Author of You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation

"Character is doing the right thing when no-one is watching."J.C. Watt

"After thinking long and hard about what life will be like when we die, I’m convinced that so much is dependent on our life now and on our state of mind at the moment of death. To prepare yourself for that inevitable journey you must begin to take responsibility for all that you are in this life, to look at your life with clarity and assess it with truth. It seems that our delusions about what life holds for us in the hereafter arise from our delusions about who we are in the here and now. If we can accept that we are already spirit beings living in a spirit realm, we can accept that death is not so much a journey to a different world but to a different state of mind."Gordon Smith

"Age measures life in years, but it's the life in those years that contributes most.."Charles Kovess

“I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.”Steve Irwin

"Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought." Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)

"So I grew up feeling that I wasn't good enough, and that no-one would love me unless I was perfect. But no-one's perfect, we're not meant to be perfect. We're meant to be complete. But it's hard to be complete if you're trying to be perfect, so you kind of become disembodied. And I spent a lot of my life that way.""And if you don't own your strength... Women like me tend to always look over their shoulder to see who... "Who's the leader? Who's the smart one?" Never thinking it might be ME. Took a long time for me to get over that."Jane Fonda interviewed by Andrew Denton on Enough Rope, ABC TV, Australia

"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."

 Alvin Toffler

"The very essence of leadership is [ that] you have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
Theodore Hesburgh

"Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it."
George Lucas

"Anger closes the mind and cools the heart when both are need most"  (/anonymous)

Even if someone has done something that is disrespectful or even harmful, if you are still harbouring negative emotions towards that person or in recollection of the memory, then you are continuing the process and extending the effect it's having on you.Dr Suzy Green

The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit.. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A snail could crawl the entire length of the Great Wall of China in 212 years, just slightly longer than than the 200 years it will take for women to be equally represented in Parliament.2008 U.K. Sex and Power Report

Self-improvement begins with self-acceptance. All of life, everything else, has led up to this. This is yourwork now. It is the final step. Go for it.Neale Donald Walsh

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than bythe ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch thetrade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” Danny Kaye

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves--to breakour own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.”Stewart B. Johnson"Men rule because women let them. Male misogyny is real enough, and it has dreadful consequences, but female misogyny is what keeps women out of power."Germaine Greer , What will electing a woman PM do for Australian women?  Sun Herald 28/6/10 "Women and girls hardly ever fight the world's wars, but they often suffer the most. Increasingly, they are the direct targets of fighting, when sexual violence is deliberately used as a tactic of warfare.And yet fewer than 10 percent of the people who negotiate peace deals are women, and only about three dozen individuals have been convicted and jailed by international war crimes tribunals for committing or commanding widespread sexual violence.Sexual violence in conflict is NOT inevitable. It can be stopped."

Sarah Masters
Women's Network Coordinator
International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)

"While Australia was the first country to give women the right to stand as well as to vote for the national parliament, Finland was the second. And Finland immediately elected nineteen women to its parliament (in 1907) while Australia had essentially given women the right to stand but not to sit. It was not until 1943 that the first women took their seats in Australia’s national parliament."
Professor Marian Sawer, Gillard PM: is gender irrelevant now? Politics and Policy, 30 June 2010

“Politicians have a responsibility not to inflame division or misrepresent the facts, and to show leadership to counter views that would demonise asylum seekers or abrogate Australia’s international obligations...The facts are that Australia’s current refugee intake of about 13,750 a year is small by international standards and forms less than 10% of our total permanent migration intake. Boat arrivals deemed to be refugees make up an even smaller proportion of that – less than 2% of all migrants to Australia."
ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence July 2010



"Your time is limited so don't wast it living someone else's life. don't be trapped by dogma- which is living with the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." 


Steve Jobs 2005