6 Quotes to Honor the Legacy of Grace Lee Boggs

6 Quotes to Honor the Legacy of Grace Lee Boggs


Oct 6, 2015

Human rights advocate, philosopher and author Grace Lee Boggs passed away on Monday at the age of 100. 

Boggs was a visionary. She notably spoke out on feminism, labor rights, environmental concerns and racism. She favored a holistic approach to tackling these great issues of our society.

We're celebrating the legacy of this tremendous activist with these inspirational quotes to uphold her vision for a new world.

1. On struggle
"I think that too much of our emphasis on struggle has simply been in terms of confrontation and not enough recognition of how much spiritual and moral force is involved in the people who are struggling."

2. On women's rights
"Women's leadership in the public sphere didn't come from the White House or from CEOs. It came only after millions of women came together in small consciousness-raising groups to share stories of our 'second sex' lives."

3. On survival
"The only way to survive is by taking care of one another."

4. On being the change you wish to see
"You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it, and responsible for changing it."

5. On choosing your thoughts
“You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be, and you do choose how you want to think.”

6. On labels
"I'm sorry, but I think if we stick to those categories of race, class and gender, we are stuck." 

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