Pauli Murray Quotes

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

The first thing I did was to refuse to accept limits imposed on me by others.

While the law cannot change hearts, it can restrain the heartless.

We can no longer afford the luxury of passing the buck or the passivity of good intentions.

Change is our most vital ally. Our most effective weapon.

There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.

Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.

True liberation comes not from being able to determine our own fate, but from being able to determine our own worth.

To have a future, we must live in the present with passion, not the past with regret.

I refuse to let anyone else define my worth or self-worth.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

It takes great courage to stand up for what is right, especially when it goes against the status quo.

You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.

A good day is when we take one step forward, even if it feels like a mile.

We must never forget that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

Equality is not something we are given, it is something we must fight for every day.

We are all bound together in a single garment of destiny.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

The only way to find true peace is to fight for justice.

We must never lose sight of the fact that we are all in this together.

In the struggle for justice, we must be both warriors and healers.

The greatest injustice is not the harm we do others, but the silence we keep in the face of it.

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.

We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.

The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.

We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.

We must not allow our fears and doubts to limit our potential.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.

We must never underestimate the power of our collective voices.

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens.

The arc of history may be long, but it only bends towards justice when we choose to make it so.

Our diversity is our strength, and our unity is our power.

We must learn to see beyond our differences and recognize our shared humanity.

The power to change the world lies within each of us.

Great achievements are born out of great struggles.

We must always remember that we have the power to make a difference.

We must never lose hope, for hope is the fuel that drives our progress.

We must stand together, shoulder to shoulder, in the fight for justice.

The time for change is now. Let us not waste another moment in complacency.

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