this vision of the role of the United Nations
in the next century flow three key priorities
for the future: eradicating poverty, preventing
conflict and promoting democracy.”
-- Kofi Annan
this International Day, let us promise to make
peace not just a priority, but a passion. Let
us pledge to do more, wherever we are in whatever
way we can, to make every day a day of peace."
-- Ban Ki-moon
piecemeal solution is going to prevent the collapse
of whole societies and ecosystems ... a radical
re-thinking of our values, priorities and political
systems is urgent.
-- Maude Barlow
United States of America will be a more sustainable
society when we eliminate wasteful defense spending
and instead invest in the foundations of a strong
economy and a prosperous and productive future,
by enhancing areas such as education, healthcare
and green infrastructure. The role of Business
Leaders for Sensible Priorities is to leverage
the credibility of business leaders on fiscal
issues to draw the attention of policy decision
makers, the media and the public to how the federal
budget is currently allocated and help to create
a climate where changed budget priorities can
become a reality.
-- Mission Statement of Business Leaders for Sensible
have to decide what your highest priorities are
and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly,
nonapologetically - to say 'no' to other things.
And the way to do that is by having a bigger 'yes'
burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often
-- Stephen Covey
we progress into the twenty-first century, anyone
who considers themselves a realist will have to
make the environment a top priority.
- Leonardo DiCaprio
do not have a money problem in America. We have
a values and priorities problem.
everything that can be counted counts, and not
everything that counts can be counted."
-- Albert Einstein
its existence, the Peace Movement denies that governments
know best; it stands for a different order of priorities:
the human race comes first.
-- Martha Gellhorn
have a duty to look after each other. If we lose
control of our government, then we lose our ability
to dispense justice and human kindness. Our first
priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those
forces of greed and corruption that have come
between us and our self-governance. -- Doris
Haddock (Granny D)
is a very important practice. Live your daily
life in a way that you never lose yourself. When
you are carried away with your worries, fears,
cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from
yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is
always to go back to oneself.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
"The vision I see is not only a movement of direct
democracy, of self- and co-determination and non-violence,
but a movement in which politics means the power
to love and the power to feel united on the spaceship
Earth... In a world struggling in violence and
dishonesty, the further development of non-violence
- not only as a philosophy but as a way of life,
as a force on the streets, in the market squares,
outside the missile bases, inside the chemical
plants and inside the war industry - becomes one
of the most urgent priorities."
-- Petra Kelly
fight against hunger and poverty is also predicated
on the creation of a world order that accords
priority to social and economic development.
If with so little we have done so much in Brazil,
imagine what could have been done on a global
scale, if the fight against hunger and poverty
were a real priority for the international community.
-- Luiz Lula da Silva
"What can we do to make the world's children a
-- Alyssa Milano
learned that we can do anything, but we can't do
everything... at least not at the same time. So
think of your priorities not in terms of what activities
you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.
- Dan Millman
You can't move so fast that you try to change
the mores faster than people can accept it.
That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means
that you do the things that need to be done
according to priority.
feel my family's needs are a priority. I'm not
comfortable with the idea of serving the many
and ignoring my family."
-- Susan Sarandon
hunger in America is as much a paradox as it is
a tragedy. Why, in the wealthiest country in the
world, should hunger darken the lives and dreams
of 12 million children and their families? I believe
that, when Americans learn the facts and understand
how their involvement can make a difference, banishing
childhood hunger will be a national, local and
-- Martin Sheen
I believe that, when Americans learn the facts
and understand how their involvement can make
a difference, banishing childhood hunger will
be a national, local and personal priority.
-- Martin Sheen
If we were to convince society to strive towards
creating a better world, we would address all
of the problems that endanger our future.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
we convince the people and the nations of our
planet to make 'striving for a better world' our
priority and shared goal, we will transform our
culture of fear and violence into a 'culture of
peace and sustainability.'
we feel overwhelmed by the amount that needs to
be done, or caught up in a moment of anger, we
need to take time out for peace of mind.
For some, prayer or meditation will be the way
to refocus and remember our higher purpose. Simply
stopping for a moment and taking a deep breath
and counting to ten, is sometimes all that we
need to pull us out of a situation so that we
can pause, and refocus and restore the balance
of purpose and direction.
Robert Alan Silverstein
life of a peacebuilder is a daily decision to refocus
and rededicate ourselves to put 'creating a better
world' first in our list of priorities. We refocus
and rededicate our lives by allowing ourselves to
feel inner peace so that we can once again see our
greater purpose and know that our lives are making
a difference. We are part of a movement that has
worked throughout history towards humanity's greatest
goal - creating a more peaceful, just and sustainable
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
personal consumer choices have ecological, social,
and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine
some of our deeply held notions that underlie
-- David Suzuki
are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't
always have to be their top priority.
- William Arthur Ward