Jody Williams quotes

Jody Williams quotes

“We really are at the crossroads and [disarmament] will happen if people of goodwill all over the world raise their voices and take action to let the governments of the world know that’s what they want.”

“What I consider to be peace [is] a sustainable peace in which the majority of people on this planet have access to enough resources to live dignified lives.”

“What separates an ordinary woman from an extraordinary one? The belief that she is ordinary.”

“Militarists say that to gain peace we must prepare for war. I think we get what we prepare for. If we want a world where peace is valued, we must teach ourselves to believe that peace is not a ‘utopian vision’ but a real responsibility that must be worked for each and every day in small and large ways. Any one of us can contribute to building a world where peace and justice prevail.”

Jody Williams quotes“This victory is in large part due to the Internet… For the first time, a coalition of NGOs has had an influence on the security of the entire world without being a superpower.”

“It’s sort of easy to make a challenge. It’s very hard to put the full fate of your government behind the challenge and make it happen. That’s real leadership.”

“I think there’s a mythology that if you want to change the world, you have to be sainted, like Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela or Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ordinary people with lives that go up and down and around in circles can still contribute to change.”

“For me, the difference between an ‘ordinary’ and an ‘extraordinary’ person is not the title that person might have, but what they do to make the world a better place for us all.”

“Emotion without action is irrelevant.”

“I believe that worrying about the problems plaguing our planet without taking steps to confront them is absolutely irrelevant. The only thing that changes this world is taking action.”

“Together we have given the world the possibility of one day living on a truly mine-free planet.”

“The landmine cannot tell the difference between a soldier or a civilian – a woman, a child, a grandmother going out to collect firewood to make the family meal… once peace is declared the landmine does not recognize that peace. The landmine is eternally prepared to take victims.”

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