Reform Quotes and Sayings

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.
– Elizabeth Fry

Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My desolation does begin to make A better life.
William Shakespeare

All reforms are matters of the moment; fruit of any kind plucked and eaten before ripe is sure to have unpleasant effects on all sorts of stomachs, political as well as physical.
– R. M. Walsh

Nothing helps a man to reform like thinking of the past with regret.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Neither fire, sword, nor banishment can retard reform, but it rather hastens it forward.
– Jaques Auguste De Thou

Education leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment opens the way to empathy. Empathy foreshadows reform.
– Derrick A. Bell

To begin a reform, go not into the places of the great and rich; go rather to those whose cups of happiness are empty–to the poor and humble.
– Lew Wallace

We talk much of reform, meaning thereby a change of mud in our mud-bath.
– Abraham Miller

Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail.
– Walter Lippmann

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
– Thomas Carlyle

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The voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve
– Thomas Babington Macaulay

The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example
Mark Twain

People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this, — that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
– John Jay Chapman

To discard what is unwanted, and to retain what is needed, is what reform means.
– Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

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