SEATTLE — Here are 10 inspirational hunger awareness quotes from some of the world’s greatest minds and activists:
1. “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” –Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa devoted her life towards feeding the hungry and founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic congregation dedicated to improving the lives of the impoverished. She ran homes for people with HIV, opened soup kitchens, orphanages, schools and clinics under the presumption that love was the prevailing force of the universe.
2. “If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved.” –Bono.
Bono is the lead vocalist for the rock band U2, but he is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa. He is the co-founder of DATA, EDUN and the ONE Campaign. Each organization addresses extreme poverty by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support policies that are saving lives.
3. “There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.” –Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement and also the architect of a form of non-violent civil disobedience that would influence the world. Gandhi’s remaining legacy has remained a beacon of hope for oppressed and marginalized people throughout the world.
4. “We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.” –Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights and to promote economic and social development. Carter worked effectively to develop community-based health care systems in Africa and Latin America, to oversee elections in fledgling democracies and to promote peace in the Middle East.
5. “Half the world’s starving; the other half is trying to lose weight.” –Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer and director who uses humor to demonstrate some of the necessary changes that must be made in order to achieve equality.
6. “I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. is known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, as well as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which became an established U.S. federal holiday.
7. “When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, “Now is that political, or social?” He said, “I feed you.” Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.” –Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican cleric who is known for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. His work remains an active defense for human rights and Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.
8. “Pay attention to the hungry, both in this country and around the world. Pay attention to the poor. Pay attention to our responsibilities for world peace. We are our brother’s keeper…” –George McGovern
George McGovern was an American historian, author, U.S. Representative, Senator, and Democratic Party presidential nominee. McGovern was involved in issues related to agriculture, food, nutrition, and hunger. As the first director of the Food for Peace program, McGovern oversaw the distribution of U.S. surpluses to the needy abroad and was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations-run World Food Program.
9. “If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.” –Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut. Aldrin was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon, and the second person to walk on it. Buzz Aldrin was also the first person to hold a religious ceremony on the Moon and he ate communion and drank the wine while floating in outer space.
10. “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” –Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa. Mandela was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in a racially divided South Africa.
– Megan Hadley
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