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Reform Quotes

Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.

Author: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Profession: American Author

Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.

Author: Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

Profession: American Social Reformer and Women's Suffrage Leader

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

Author: Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

Profession: German Poet, Short Stories Writer, Novelist

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this, -- that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.

Author: John Jay Chapman (1862-1933)

Profession: American Author

A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.

Author: Lydia M. Child (1802-1880)

Profession: American Abolitionist, Writer, Editor

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.

Author: Norman Douglas (1868-1952)

Profession: British Author

Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.

Author: William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)

Profession: British Liberal Prime Minister, Statesman

Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium.

Author: John B. S. Haldane (1892-1964)

Profession: British Scientist, Author

No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.

Author: Alexander Herzen (1812-1870)

Profession: Russian Journalist, Political Thinker

I think I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.

Author: Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)

Profession: American Journalist, Author

The amelioration of the world cannot be achieved by sacrifices in moments of crisis; it depends on the efforts made and constantly repeated during the humdrum, uninspiring periods, which separate one crisis from another, and of which normal lives mainly consist.

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author