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Top 10 Quotes on Global Citizens

By on March 23rd, 2017

Quotes are powerful and often referenced to encourage, motivate and challenge and clarify or amplify certain topics. Here are some of my favorite quotes on what it means to be a global citizen.

  1. “In an era of globalization, people recognize that they are part of a global society, but they have no idea how to make such a society work. So far, no unified vision or leadership has emerged to guide us in this endeavor. We have not yet found a way to expand the spiritual ideals of democracy so that they pertain to every human being, every animal, and every plant. Until we do, human civilization and the Earth’s ecosystem will continue to be in peril.” ― Victor Shamas
  2. “I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen? I reply that it begins in your own community.” – Kofi Annan
  3. “We have to be the best global citizens we can be.” – Thomas Friedman
  4. “You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen.” – Ban Ki-moon
  5. “During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.” – Andrew Boyd
  7. “There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” –  Mahatma Gandhi
  8. “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it’s where the rich use public transportation” Former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Enrique Penalosa
  9. “I want there to be a place in the world where people can engage in one another’s differences in a way that is redemptive, full of hope and possibility.” – Bell Hooks
  10. “No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.” Former U.N. Secretary General and Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan

Ok, one more,

  1. “We are not citizens of just our hometowns or nations, “but of the world.” – Socrates


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