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Best Words for a Better World

Open Arms of Minnesota dishes up food and support

Exactly three years ago yesterday, I walked into Open Arms of Minnesota and walked out again with three grocery bags of food for my family.

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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Cogito ergo sum.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.
Failure is impossible.
This flag comes down today!
We didn’t come all the way up here to compromise for no more than we’d gotten here. We didn’t come all this way for no two seats. ’Cause all of us is tired. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use., reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
Amore et studio elucidande veritas hec subscripta disputabuntur Wittenberge, Presidente R.P. Martino Lutter, Artium et S. Theologie Magistro eiusdemque ibidem lectore Ordinario.
Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
You can bind my body, tie my hands, govern my actions: you are the strongest, and society adds to your power; but with my will, sir, you can do nothing.
We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
I have the right of education.  I have to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.
You cannot control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.

Worthiest words sometimes need silence

If you want to offer worthiest words to the world, sometimes you must step back and spend some time in silence. This time can be used to refill your internal well of creativity, gather your thoughts, and raise your courage.

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Helping the pale blue dot: Earth

When Voyager 1 left our solar system’s planets behind, the engineers turned it around to take one last picture of Earth. What can marketers do to help that pale blue dot?

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I help people find ways to use words both online and offline to persuade, influence, delight, inspire, and enlighten for the purpose of building a better world.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield.


I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? 

I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year,
the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

All right, then, I’ll go to hell!

I could work as much and eat as much as a man—when I could get it—and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?
 Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.


If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
 If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
 The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
 Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
 The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Do you believe passionately in something because it makes you come alive?

Maybe you have a mission to do something that will meet a crying need.

Is your message getting across the way you think it should be?

If your cause is worthy, shouldn’t you be using the worthiest words?