Quotations for Essays

Gender Equality

A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves

 GLORIA STEINEM

When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful

— MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance

— KOFI ANNAN

Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility

— BAN KI-MOON

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved

— B. R. AMBEDKAR

WOMEN

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world

— HILLARY CLINTON

You educate a man, you educate a man. You educate a woman, you educate a generation

— BRIGHAM YOUNG

To educate girls is to reduce poverty

— KOFI ANNAN

Empower a woman – Empower a community

— KOFI ANNAN

When women do better economies do better

— CHRISTINA LAGARDE

There is no chance of the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on one wing

— SWAMI VIVEKANAND

We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back

— MALALA YOUSAFZAI

The measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls

— MICHELLE OBAMA

HUMANITY

We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race

— KOFI ANNAN

POVERTY

Poverty is like a punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.

— ELI KHAMAROV

HEALTH

It is the health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver

— MAHATMA GANDHI

ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another

— MAHATMA GANDHI

This is our world, a common world. Everybody should feel a common responsibility

— BAN KI MOON

Climate change is simply, the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family

— BAN KI MOON

Sustainable development and climate change are two sides of the same coin

— BAN KI MOON

Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are- rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call global challenges, which require global solidarity

— BAN KI MOON

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance

— BAN KI MOON

YOUTH

Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind

— KOFI ANNAN

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace

— KOFI ANNAN

INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT

You cannot have peace without security, and you cannot have security without inclusive development

— KOFI ANNAN

EDUCATION

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope

— KOFI ANNAN

One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world

— MALALA YOUSAFZAI

We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet

— SWAMI VIVEKANAND

ETHICS

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in a harmony

— MAHATMA GANDHI

Be truthful, gentle and fearless

— MAHATMA GANDHI

Heart is a very good fertilizer; anything we plant love, fear, hate, hope, revenge, jealousy-surely grows and bears fruit. We have to decide what to harvest

— SWAMI VIVEKANAND

We must become the change we want to see

— MAHATMA GANDHI

To believe in something, and not live it, is dishonest

— MAHATMA GANDHI

SEVEN DANGERS TO HUMAN VIRTUE

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Business without ethics

5. Science without humanity

6. Religion without sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

— MAHATMA GANDHI

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean area dirty, the ocean does not become dirty

— MAHATMA GANDHI

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

— MAHATMA GANDHI

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

— MAHATMA GANDHI

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will

— MAHATMA GANDHI

It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings

— MAHATMA GANDHI

Peace is its own reward

— MAHATMA GANDHI

The mind is everything. What you think, you become

— BUDDHA

Be kind to all creatures; this is the true religion

— BUDDHA

Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and, above all, love

— SWAMI VIVEKANAND

Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls

— POPE FRANCIS

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears

— NELSON MANDELA

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power

— ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Success is not about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives

— MICHELLE OBAMA

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

— MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Greed has poisoned man’s souls

— CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all

— ARISTOTLE

The best test of a man is authority.

— ANONYMOUS

We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars… if we must wage war, we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty, and backwardness

— ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE

Good governance depends on ability to take responsibility by both administration as well as people

— NARENDRA MODI

Progress is more plausibly judged by the reduction of deprivation than by the further enrichment of the opulent

— AMARTYA SEN

The test of progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; It is whether we provide enough for those who have little

— FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT

CHILDREN

Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the Nation and the citizens of tomorrow

— Pt. JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU

SCIENCE & TECH

I fear the day when technology will suppress human interaction and the world will have a generation of idiots

— ALBERT EINSTEIN

The great thing about social media was how it gave a voice to voiceless people.

— JON RONSON

Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities

— NARENDRA MODI

It is dangerously destabilizing to have half the world on the cutting edge of technology while the other half struggles on the bare edge of survival

— BILL CLINTON

The Internet is becoming the town square for the Global village of tomorrow

— BILL GATES

AGRICULTURE

If agriculture fails, everything else will fail

— M S SWAMINATHAN

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