Solidarity Quotes

Solidarity is learned through contact rather than concepts. When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer, is a catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection.
- Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Keynote Address at Santa Clara University's Justice Conference, October 6, 2000

Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively.
- Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Keynote Address at Santa Clara University's Justice Conference, October 6, 2000

Solidarity includes compassion, but it is more. Solidarity is not only a spontaneous movement of the heart that responds immediately, but also a decision to take action to join with, to form community with, those who are suffering. Solidarity takes place when a person or community not only sees a need and acts, but commits to follow up, to endeavor to see that action is taken to improve the other's situation for the long run. Solidarity also includes a kind of mutuality that goes both ways in respect and accountability when the relationship grows. Solidarity becomes a two-way process because it becomes a relationship with both sides giving and receiving.
- Marie J. Giblin

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
- Jack London

A young man eagerly described what he dreamed of doing for the poor.
Said the Master, "When do you propose to make your dream come true?"
"As soon as the opportunity arrives."
"Opportunity never arrives," said the Master. "It's here."
- Anthony de Mello