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Most Quotable Nonprofit Leaders

Here are some of the most inspiring words from some of the world’s greatest nonprofit leaders.

Malala Yousafzai

  • Malala-Yousafzai_Antonio-Olmos“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
  • “Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don’t I take a step and move forward.”
  • “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”
  • “I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.”


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  • “Too often, charity is about the redemption of the giver, not the liberation of the receiver.”
  • “A great nonprofit doesn’t try to fix the problem, it simply reveals the solutions that were there all along.”
  • “You’ll never change a community you don’t know, and you can’t begin to know a community until you hear, feel, taste and tramp through it.”
  • “Hunger is so not about food — hunger is a symptom. Hunger is about wage, it’s about being in prison, it is about poverty and discrimination.”


Cecil Williams

  • “Where we’ve gotten mixed up is that we believe actions follow belief. But experience creates belief.”



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  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
  • “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice, which make philanthropy necessary.”


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  • “The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.”
  • “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
  • “Don’t let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your lives.”



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  • “We all have the duty to do good.”
  • “Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason.”
  • “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”



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  • “It’s precisely the people who are considered the least ‘likely’ leaders who end up inspiring others the most. Everyday people and everyday acts of courage eventually change everything.”
  • “Movements of people create change – not just any one person or organization, but when lots of people are in motion around a shared vision.”



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  • “Social change isn’t something you should do just to help pad a resume. Follow your passion.”



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  • “The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes.”