∼Quotes About The Common Good∼

Rep. Barbara Jordan, 1976

Fractal31“A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding The Common Good. A government is invigorated when each one of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation. In this election year, we must define The “Common Good” and begin again to shape a common future. Let each person do his or her part.”  – Rep. Barbara Jordan, the 1976 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

“When given the resources and opportunity, tradition-oriented Cherokee people will help each other and take on projects for the larger community good. Gadugi, or working collectively for The Common Good, is an abiding attribute of Cherokee culture.”   – Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller

“Decisions about morals and justice are the foremost of duties. To see clearly what is visible in the political world, one has first to perceive what is in the soul. That way it is clear that justice is neither the right of the strong nor the advantage of the stronger, but the right of the best and The Common Good of the nation.”  – Plato, circa 360 BCE

“The function of man is to live a certain kind of life, and this is to be an activity of the soul implying a rational principle. If the function of a good man is the noble performance of these principles, and if any action is well performed in accordance with the appropriate principle, then for a man, The Common Good is activity of the soul in accordance with virtue.”  – Aristotle, circa 310 BCE

“Politics appears to be the master art for it includes so many others and its purpose is the good of man. While it is worthy to perfect one man, it is finer and more godlike to perfect a nation, which has the purpose The Common Good of men.”  – Aristotle, circa 320 BCE

“A people or republic is not any collection of human beings brought together in any sort of way, but an assemblage of people in large numbers associated in agreement with respect to justice and a partnership for The Common Good.”  – Cicero, year 50 BCE

“Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for The Common Good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.”   – St. Thomas Aquinas

Sen. Cory Booker

“Patriotism is love of country. But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue The Common Good.”  – Sen. Cory Booker

“Regarding health care for all, and every political debate, I appeal to the moral issue of ensuring The Common Good. This is a debate about the character of our country – about whether we can still meet the challenges of our time; whether we still have the guts and the courage to give every citizen, not just some, the chance to reach their dreams. We have to make sure we’re investing enough in The Common Good to be able to move our country forward.”   – Pres. Barack Obama

“Theories of The Common Good and social justice, over recent decades, have undergone powerful sociological changes in regards towards the attitudes of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, and transgendered (LGBTST) community. It has caused somewhat of an identity crisis for these justice theories to hold their truth, in our ever-changing society. How can we create a broadly accepted philosophy, created on moral principles of The Common Good, and also account for all the different individuals living within these social groups?”   – Audre Lorde, poet and feminist activist

“I practice an engaged spirituality that is active within the world to help heal injustice, hatred, oppression, fear and violence with justice, loving-kindness, equanimity, courage and nonviolence, to not cooperate with common evil and bring about The Common Good.”        – Mahatma Gandhi

“When it all boils down, it’s about embracing each other’s stories and maybe even finding that synergy to collaborate for The Common Good.”    Dhani Jones, NFL player

“Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It’s about reclaiming the power of ‘We the People’ to come together, debate The Common Good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences.”   – Parker Palmer, educator

“We need to rediscover the idea of The Common Good and work together to build a home.”  – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“It is difficult for The Common Good to prevail against the intense concentration of those who have a special interest, especially if the decisions are made behind locked doors.” – Pres. Jimmy Carter

Malala Yousztafi

“Islam means peace. I believe in peace. I believe in mercy. And I believe in the power of women and girls to change the world for The Common Good of all people.”   – Malala Yousztafi, winner of Nobel Peace Prize

“In a politically diverse nation, only by finding that common ground can we achieve results for The Common Good.”  – Sen. Olympia Snowe

“The life of the community, both domestically and internationally, clearly demonstrates that respect for rights, and the guarantees that follow from them, are measures of The Common Good that serve to evaluate the relationship between justice and injustice, development and poverty, security and conflict.”   – Pope Benedict XVI

“What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and The Common Good; the development of the individual through liberty; and the attainment of The Common Good through democracy and social justice.”   -Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice

“Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves The Common Good. I cannot wash my hands. We all have to give something. Politics is a noble activity. We should revalue it, practise it with vocation and a dedication that requires testimony, even martyrdom – that is, to die for The Common Good.”   – Pope Francis

“Providing for The Common Good, making people feel secure in their communities and homes – this is the central job of government. it’s why all of us are here serving our state and our people.”   – Gov. John Baldacci

“A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component in the maintenance of genuinely public talk and argument about The Common Good.”   – Rowan Williams, Buddhist and activist

“That future depends on the values of self-government, our sense of duty, loyalty, self-confidence and regard for The Common Good. We are a diverse country, and getting more diverse. And these virtues are what keep this great country together.”  – Rep. Jeff Miller

“We have to grasp, as Marx and Adam Smith did, that corporations are not concerned with The Common Good. They exploit, pollute, impoverish, repress, kill, and lie to make money. They throw poor people out of homes, let the uninsured die, wage useless wars for profit, poison and pollute the ecosystem, slash social assistance programs, gut public education, trash the global economy, plunder the U.S. Treasury and crush all popular movements that seek justice for working men and women. They worship money and power.”  – Chris Hedges, activist and author

Naomi Klein

“What for decades was unsayable is now being said out loud – free college tuition, double the minimum wage, 100 percent renewable energy. And the crowds are cheering. With so much encouragement, who knows what’s next? Reparations for slavery and colonialism? A guaranteed annual income? Democratic worker co-ops as the centerpiece of a green jobs program? Why not? The intellectual fencing that has constrained the left’s imagination for so long is lying twisted on the ground. A movement with a bold plan for humanizing and democratizing our common lives for The Common Good will feel like a path to an exciting, never-before-attempted future.”  – Naomi Klein, political writer

“When you’re fund-raising for schools, then something’s wrong. We seem to have lost some sort of sense of what The Common Good is, and if you don’t have a sense of what The Common Good is, then at least give to what you think your specific goods are.”
– Lewis Black, social critic

“Love of country, subordination of personal interests to The Common Good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines.”   – Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

“There is no higher religion than to work in service to The Common Good.” – Pres.Woodrow Wilson

Malawi Pres. Joyce Banda

“I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice, and with the need to put The Common Good ahead of personal interests.”   – Malawi Pres. Joyce Banda

“There’s always a tension between those who would like to garner wealth, and they contribute a lot to society. There’s also those who say, ‘I believe in The Common Good,‘ and I want that to be enlarged to also include ‘They contribute a lot to society.’ The tension, the debate, between these two views is extremely important to our progress.”   – John Sulston, geneticist

“Some fine day, Democrats may figure out how to get on the right side of the value divide – how to define America as a place of The Common Good and not a playground of the strong.”   – Dr. Todd Gitlin, sociologist

“I believe economic growth should translate into the happiness and progress of all. Along with it, there should be development of art and culture, literature and education, science and technology. We have to see how to harness the many resources of India for achieving The Common Good and for inclusive growth.”   – Pres. Pratibha Patil

“Sincere and generous collaboration is the best way to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of each person and achieve great collective goals for The Common Good and the general interest.”   – King Felipe VI of Spain

“I believe Chicago is one city. We shall work as one people for The Common Good and our common goals.”   – Mayor Harold Washington

“Following the rise of the Labour Party it seemed reasonable, in 1927, to expect, or at least hope, that co-operation for The Common Good might gradually replace the competitiveness of capitalism.”   – Dora Russell, feminist activist

“Too many politicians are shifting the critical themes of our national conversations from a ‘big ideas’ American Brand Platform to narrowly focused, polarizing sound bites that put party philosophy before what used to be heralded as The Common Good. These ideas, more often than not, divide us rather than serve to bind us.”   -Alan Siegel, business consultant

“Reflection is only a partial understanding of truth if it does not translate itself in practice into commitments to The Common Good and justice. Truth is not mere abstraction but something to be done and is only apprehended when this is realized.” – Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Argentine human rights activist

“Authority is mainly a moral power. Therefore, it must first call upon the conscience, upon the duty that each person has to contribute willingly to The Common Good.
– Pope John XXIII

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