Solidarity Quotes

"We are all connected; to each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

"Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don't go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth; justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance."
- Bill Moyers

Xavier students putting their hands together

"I don't believe in charity, I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from top to bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people."
- Eduardo Galeano

"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

"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 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

"Within each social group, a feeling of solidarity prevails, a compelling need to work together and a joy in doing so that represent a high moral value."
- Christian Lous Lange

Xavier students throwing up X's

"In God becoming human in Jesus Christ, God has established solidarity with the human condition."
- William A. Dembski

"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

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