advocacy quotes

Quote from Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher best known for his book, The World as Will and Representation.

“The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet… Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places… We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

“Not every trans person is okay discussing everything. You have to (a) really know them and (b) make sure that they know that they have option to say no, they’re not going to be your educator. And it’s not that they’re being mean it’s that not every trans person (a) not every trans person wants to draw attention to being trans and (b) not every trans person is your teacher. And I assume this is true amongst all marginalized people: Not everyone wants to be your educator.” –Ashley Lauren Rogers 

“We are all complicit in marginalizing other people. So I think learning to dismantle your –ist thoughts, whatever –ist it is, is really important in people’s growth in becoming diversity advocates period.” –S. Jae Jones, @sjaejoneswriter