65 Top Quotes on Making a Difference

These should inspire you to get involved and make a stand:

This website attempts to get people aware of what is going on, and get them involved in the issues and battles of our day. It is one of my greatest passions and hardest tasks: far too often it is like pulling teeth as I try to wake people up and get them to renounce their apathy and start taking a stand.

Needless to say, I often write articles on this and share neat quotes about it. On this particular topic of getting involved I have a large document with many hundreds of quotes. Here are some of them: 65 great quotes by 45 authors that will hopefully inspire you to get involved.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“If I sit next to a madman as he drives a car into a group of innocent bystanders, I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe, then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end!” William Booth

“In order to see change in the future we must disrupt the present.” Catherine Booth

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

“Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Edmund Burke

“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” John Calvin

“Asking a Christian to keep his religion out of the public square is like asking a married man to act single in public.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

“Unless a man becomes the enemy of an evil, he will not even become its slave but rather its champion.” G. K. Chesterton

“The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt… sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. It is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists.” G. K. Chesterton

“We must hate the world enough to change it but love it enough to think it worth changing.” G. K. Chesterton

“That which is ridiculous deserves to be ridiculed.” G. K. Chesterton

“Unless a man becomes the enemy of an evil, he will not even become its slave but rather its champion.” G. K. Chesterton

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him but, because he loves what is behind him.” G. K. Chesterton

“To every man there comes that special moment when he will be figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for that work which could have been his finest hour.” Winston Churchill

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” attributed to Winston Churchill

“If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver

“The hottest level in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in a moral crisis.” attributed to Dante’s Infernal

“Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” David in Psalm 94:16

“The world is too dangerous to live in – not because of people who do evil, but because of people who sit and let it happen.” Albert Einstein

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” Edward Everett Hale

“You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world.” Jesus Christ in Matthew 5

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.” Abraham Kuyper

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.” C. S. Lewis

“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” C. S. Lewis

“To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men.” Abraham Lincoln

“A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” John Stuart Mill

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.” D. L Moody

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men are willing to do battle with those who would do us harm.” George Orwell

“Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent.” Paul in Acts 18:9

“When you have something to say, silence is a lie – and tyranny feeds on lies. Of course, in the moment it’s easier to stay silent and avoid conflict. But in the long term, that’s deadly.” Jordan Peterson

“Those who don’t fight evil hate those who do.” Dennis Prager

“Most good people don’t fight. This is why we lose. More bad people fight than good people fight. That’s the only reason we lose.” Dennis Prager

“Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?” Leonard Ravenhill

“History will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.” Ronald Reagan

“The man who is content to sit ignorantly by his own fireside, wrapped up in his own private affairs, and has no public eye for what is going on in the church and the world, is a miserable patriot, and a poor style Christian. Next to our Bibles and our own hearts, our Lord would have us study our own times.” J. C. Ryle

“Good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created… The work of destruction is quick, easy and exhilarating; the work of creation is slow, laborious and dull. That is one of the lessons of the twentieth century.” Roger Scruton

“Nothing can do men of good will more harm than apparent compromises with parties that subscribe to antimoral and antidemocratic and anti-God forces. We must have the courage to detach our support from men who are doing evil. We must bear them no hatred, but we must break with them.” Fulton J. Sheen

It’s high time that Christians made up their minds to do something . . . What are we going to show in the way of resistance… when all this terror is over? We will be standing empty-handed. We will have no answer when we are asked: What did you do about it?” Hans Scholl

“Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.” Sophie Scholl

“If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.” Thomas Sowell

“The greatest works are done by the ones. The hundreds do not often do much – the companies never; it is the units – the single individuals, that are the power and the might. Individual effort is, after all, the grand thing.” Charles Spurgeon

“I long to see more Christian anger towards evil in the world, and more Christian compassion for its victims.” John Stott

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa

“We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

“Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.” Margaret Thatcher

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” J. R. R. Tolkien

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” J. R. R. Tolkien

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” Lily Tomlin

“We Christians must stop apologizing for our moral position and start making our voices heard, exposing sin as the enemy of the human race and setting forth righteousness and true holiness as the only worthy pursuits for moral beings.” A. W. Tozer

“I don’t care what people, the media or the establishment say about me anymore. I would much rather be called a ‘radical’ in the fight against evil, than a moderate. And so should you. When you speak up and you stop being afraid of what they say about you, they lose their power.” Eva Vlaardingerbroek

“Making an open stand against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness which overspreads our land as a flood is one of the noblest ways of confessing Christ in the face of His enemies.” John Wesley

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” Elie Wiesel

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” William Wilberforce

“It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle and so much misery we could alleviate.” William Wilberforce

“If you step into the arena of cultural engagement, and if you are at all effective, it will not be long before someone is calling upon you to apologize. It will be about ten minutes after that when a number of your Christian friends take you aside to urge you to consider apologizing.” Douglas Wilson

“Desperate times call for faithful men, and not careful men. The careful men come later and write the biographies of the faithful men, lauding them for their courage.” Douglas Wilson

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6 Replies to “65 Top Quotes on Making a Difference”

  1. Hi Bill i haven’t commented or followed your posts for a while but you are still doing excellent work in the age of unreason. Our Creator is now exposing the horrendous evil and hidden sins of the Christian west and most of us stand guilty of doing nothing while this cesspool of evil is now entrenched in so many institutions.
    Over the years I have developed a few expressions to counter evil in online debates.
    A wise man walks alone but a fool follows the mob.
    When you dine with the devil you pay the bill
    You can vote socialism in but you can only ever shoot your way out.
    May the Almighty always walk with you Bill in these treacherous days.

  2. I really needed these encouraging words. The battle here in Minnesota is fierce and the Dems have both House and Senate… we have a major frontal assault to all that is decent, good, and God-pleasing going on. We are not the first and we shall hold the line. Pressing onward!
    Thank you!

  3. These quotes are so helpful Bill and I have been stirred to speak up, fight and be salt for the Lord in my community. Thank you!

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