Reform Quotes and Sayings

What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.
– B. R. Ambedkar

A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
– Lydia Maria Child

I think I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.
– Edward W. Howe

No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.
– Alexander Herzen

If there are people who feel that God wants them to change the structures of society, that is something between them and their God. We must serve him in whatever way we are called. I am called to help the individual; to love each poor person. Not to deal with institutions. I am in no position to judge.
Mother Teresa

The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.
– John F. Kennedy

My satisfaction comes from my commitment to advancing a better world.
– Faye Wattleton


Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
– Howard Zinn

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.
Oscar Wilde

Reform is China’s second revolution.
– Deng Xiaoping

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Mark Twain

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
Theodore Roosevelt

War is cruelty. There’s no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
– William Tecumseh Sherman

It is the reformer who is anxious for the reform, and not society, from which he should expect nothing better than opposition, abhorrence and mortal persecution
Mahatma Gandhi

A man who marries a woman to educate her falls victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him
Elbert Hubbard


The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life
Oscar Wilde

Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not
Oscar Wilde

A reformer is a man who rides through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat.
– James J. Walker

Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.
– Voltaire

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations . . . can never effect a reform.
– Susan B. Anthony

Reform is born of need, not pity. No vital movement of the people has worked down, for good or evil; fermented, instead, carried up the heaving, cloggy mass.
– Rebecca Harding Davis

A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now.
– Mort Sahl

All zeal for a reform, that gives offence To peace and charity, is mere pretence.
– William Cowper

He who reforms himself has done more toward reforming the public than a crowd of noisy, impotent patriots
– Johann Kaspar Lavater

Every reform needs examples more than advocates
– Senator John Kerry


The hole and the patch should be commensurate.
Thomas Jefferson

All reformers are bachelors.
– George A. Moore

To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.
Victor Hugo

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
– Thomas Brackett Reed

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation.
– Susan B. Anthony

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