Resources: Circle Quotes

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Quotes on love:

“Love isn’t about what we did yesterday; it’s about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after.”

–Grace Lee Boggs

Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word ‘love’ here not merely in the personal sense, but as a state of being, or a state of grace.

–James Baldwin

“Love is really more of an interactive process. It’s about what we do not just what we feel. It’s a verb, not a noun.”

–bell hooks


Quotes for community building:

“Life is not what you alone make it. Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.”

–Yuri Kochiyama

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None of us comes into the world fully formed.

We would not know how to think, or walk, or speak,

or behave as human beings

unless we learned it from others.

We need other human beings in order to be human.

I am because other people are.

―Desmond Tutu

“In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.”
― Margaret Wheatley

When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.

―Margaret Wheatley

I still believe that if we turn to one another, if we begin talking with each other – especially with those we call stranger or enemy – then this world can reverse its darkening direction and change for the good. And I know with all my heart that the only way the world will change is if many more of us step forward, let go of our judgments, become curious about each other, and take the risk to begin a conversation.

―Margaret Wheatley


Bilingual quotes (Spanish/English):

Un acto de justicia permite cerrar el capitulo, un acto de venganza escribe un capitulo Nuevo.”

–Marysol Beltran A.

An act of justice allows for the chapter to be closed. An act of vengeance writes a new chapter.

Una vez que comienza el cambio social, no se puede revertir. No puedes quitarle la educacion a la persona que ha aprendido a leer. No puedes humillar a la persona que siente orgullo. No puedes oprimir a la gente que ya no tiene miedo.

–César Chávez

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person that has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore”.

El principal objetivo de la educacion es criar personas capaces de hacer cosas nuevas y no solamente repetir lo que otras generaciones hicieron”

–Jean Piaget

The main objective of education is  to raise persons who are able to create new things and who not only repeat what other generations have done.”


Quotes for conflicts, harms

“All reaction is limited by, and dependent on, what it is reacting against.”

–Gloria Anzaldua

“Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent. As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen. It would pass.”

–Louise Erdrich


Quotes for decolonization and liberation

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

–Lilla Watson


Quotes on Shame

Shaming breaks our hearts. All individuals who are genuinely seeking well-being within a healing context realize that it is important to that process not to make being a victim a stance of pride or a location from which to simply blame others. We need to speak our shame and our pain courageously in order to recover. Addressing woundedness is not about blaming others; however, it does allow individuals who have been, and are, hurt to insist on accountability and responsibility both from themselves and from those who were the agents of their suffering as well as those who bore witness. Constructive confrontation aids our healing.”

–bell hooks


Mindfulness Quotes / Poems 

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi