Top Ten (plus two) Quotes on Friendship


10. Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. Shirley MacLaine
9. Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin
8. Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. Octavia Butler
7. Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace. Christie Brinkley
6. I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. Katherine Mansfield
5. A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely. Pam Brown
4. My parents, and librarians along the way, taught me about the space between words; about the margins, where so many juicy moments of life and spirit and friendship could be found. In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way. Anne Lamott
3. She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. Toni Morrison
2. The best time to make friends is before you need them. Ethel Barrymore
1. If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own. Charlotte Bronte
+1. It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it. Zora Neale Hurston
+2. Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. Eleanor Roosevelt


Top ten reasons to want to get married

10. you can get your picture in the paper without doing anything illegal

9. you get lots of engagement presents

8. you get lots of fabulous wedding presents

7. you get access to the 1138 benefits detailed in federal law

6. married people live longer

5. you will always have someone to share two-fer deals with

4. knowing someone will always have your back

3. having someone to laugh with

2. having someone who knows you, and loves and likes you anyway

1. because you are head over heels in love with your best friend and want to celebrate it!

Top Ten plus Two Quotes on Marriage Equality and Marriage


10. At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he black.  George Clooney
9. I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. Rita Rudner
8. There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as a married couple, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. Homer
7. Marriage equality is a term so ridiculous on its face that when you hear it mentioned, you would think you were in Riyadh. Years from now, perhaps we can lose the equality part, the same-sex part and call it what it is – marriage. Henry Rollins
6. By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. Socrates
5. The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don’t find very often, then that is what love is all about. Bruce Forsyth
4. I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights. Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz
3. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. Mignon McLaughlin
2. When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory. Friedrich Nietzsche
1. The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation…There is dignity in the bond between two men or two women who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices. Anthony Kennedy
+1. To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. Ogden Nash
+2. It is a full time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment. Jasmine Guy


Top Ten Plus Two Quotes on Justice

10. I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. Voltaire
9. If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine. Che Guevara

8. The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.  Marcus Garvey

7. To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.  Pearl S. Buck

6. We educated, the privileged have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, legal, social and economic justice. Sonia Sotomayor

5. Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.  Dorothy Day

4. There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures. Bell Hooks

3. In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

2. The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place. Marian Wright Edelman

1. Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences. Gloria Steinem

+1.  Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. You must take it. Malcolm X

+2.  Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. Coretta Scott King


so, Share Friends!  what are some of you favorite quotes on Social Justice?


Top ten plus two quotes on human rights


Top ten plus two quotes on human rights


10. I’m not an activist; I don’t look for controversy. I’m not a political person, but I’m a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights. Ellen DeGeneres

9. The biggest road block to action on genocide and other human rights crimes is ignorance. Most people just don’t know that such things are happening, and often, if they have a vague idea they are happening, there is a feeling that there is nothing that can be done to stop these crimes. John Prendergast

8. In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace. Wangari Maathai

7. Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth. Liu Xiaobo

6. Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential. Kofi Annan

5. If access to health care is considered a human right, who is considered human enough to have that right? Paul Farmer

4. Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

3. Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. 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. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world. Eleanor Roosevelt

2. ‘Freedom from fear’ could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.Dag Hammarskjöld

1. To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. Nelson Mandela


+1.  Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

+2.  Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom. 14th Dalai Lama


Top Ten (plus two) quotes on Gratitude

10. Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. Karl Barth

9. Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Jean Baptiste Massieu

8. Gratitude takes less energy than anger. Kristin Cashore

7. Gratitude is exultation awaiting between the cracks of normalcy. Frederic Potter

6. Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. Henri Nouwen

5. Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr

4. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward

3. For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. Elie Wiesel

2. Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder. Thomas Merton

1. Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks – I’ve got the sun in the mornin’ and the moon at night. Irving Berlin

+1. Gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us to realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us. Joanna Macy

+2. I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her generosity. E.B. White


With thanks to Wisdom Commons.


So, share friends! What are your thought and favorite quotes on gratitude?