Motivational quotes

The conservation movement is especially prone to burnout. High hopes and energy soon dissipate without quick success. Would I too have succumbed had I known at the outset it was a ten-year journey? I have learnt that persistence and passion are key hallmarks of success.

Dr Aila Keto—


You have to be secure in yourself to engage and challenge the mainstream.

Anne Poelina—


Right now, we need to show our politicians that if they won’t lead, then we will because leadership is strongest when it comes from our community.

Amelia Telford—


Disappointment and adversity can be catalysts for greatness. There’s something particularly exciting about being the hunter, as opposed to the hunted. And that can make for powerful energy.

Cathy Freeman—


People are going to have to take responsibility into their own hands. We can’t leave it in the hands of politicians and petty bureaucrats. All power and strength to the people. I reckon we’ll do it. Absolutely!

Jacqui Katona—


Leaders have a responsibility to open doors and create opportunities for others and to support them to reach their full potential.

Anne Poelina—-


Dear friends, much pain has been endured in the past, and that pain is no longer designated to hopelessness. It’s time to move the process of reconciliation forward with a little more speed. That is the task. If not now, when? If not us, who?”

Faith Bandler—


if you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

Lilla Watson / Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s


We have our eye on the same destination – a sustainable future where Indigenous people are recognised for their wisdom and honoured for their culture – there is no problem taking a different path to reach that place.

Jacquie Huggins—


We’re going back to basics in terms of what is real on the planet. People and nature are real, the rest are constructs. Those constructs can be changed, and economic tools have to be changed in order for people and ecosystems to survive.

Christine Milne—


It’s a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people.

Stella Miles Franklin—


If we try, we may still fail. But if we do not try, we cannot possibly succeed.

Christine Milne—


The two important things that I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavour is taking the first step, making the first decision.

Robyn Davidson—


You can choose not to be interested in politics, but you can’t choose to be unaffected by it.

Penny Wong—


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