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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau Quotes

Colleen Patrick Goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau quotes: perspective and advice from the vegan advocate.

“Too many people do nothing because they think they can’t do everything. Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something. Anything.”

“There’s always more to learn, there’s always more to gain.”

“Feeling anger is necessary; it’s what we do with anger that will make or break us.”

“Choosing to laugh doesn’t undermine the serious work we have to do. It enables us to do it.”

“In all aspects of our life, guilt serves as a red flag that something isn’t right, tapping us on the shoulder to let us know we may have strayed from our principles or goals.”

“Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Just because we always have doesn’t mean we always have to. Once we know better, we should choose better.”

“We’re habit-oriented creatures and we don’t like change very much.”

“The theory behind the 30 day challenge? Stop long enough to recognize your patterns and recognize your habits and replace them with new ones.”

“I really do believe in the power of example. I believe in the power of passion; as we live our lives, we live our values, and manifest our values and do [so] with purpose and clarity and passion, I think that’s really contagious and I think people get excited and want some of that too.”

“May our daily choices be a reflection of our deepest values, and may we use our voices to speak for those who need us most: those who have no voice, those who have no choice.”

“One life matters, especially to the one whose life it is.”

“I think telling our stories is really important, because I think we all have a universal story of either being compassionate children, not wanting to hurt anybody. I think that’s what it all comes down to—not wanting to hurt anyone. It’s a very basic response I think we have, where we use this as a barometer for mental health.”

“The message is: be kind. You know, the Golden Rule, right? Don’t do onto others… I think most of us have that as our instinct.”

“What’s the point of having beliefs and values if we don’t stand up for the former and live by the latter? That is the ultimate question for all of us: do our actions reflect our values? Do our traditions reflect our beliefs? Do our purchases reflect our ethics? After all, what’s the point in having values if we don’t manifest them in our behavior?”

“It’s a pretty amazing to wake up every morning, knowing that every decision I make is to cause as little harm as possible. It’s a pretty fantastic way to live.”

“I’m on a mission to point people towards their compassion. My mission is to get people to be more compassionate.”

“I spend a lot of my work talking about finding your voice and speaking your truth—literally learning how to communicate in a way that is empowering and truthful for you, but that also keeps relationships.”

“I think the way to reach people is to connect with the values they already have. I think that’s key. I always say that I’m not asking people to live according to my values; I’m urging people to live according to theirs. It’s a very important distinction to make. It’s hard for me to say if other activists [or] advocates are doing something wrong; all I can say is what I know works for me.”

“I do think one of the things that has been lacking all of these years is a lack of understanding how much people need to be guided to live in a society that doesn’t support living compassionately and healthfully.”

“I really enjoy all the mediums I work in, but I guess I would say I really love talking to people directly, so I do love the public lectures so much. I love the Q&A that follows the talks, I love the interaction with people, and I love moving people just through simple, compassionate dialogue.”

“I do feel refreshed when I step away and do something that revives me. As far as staying hopeful, I believe that what we focus on is what we create and I choose to dwell in the hope that I do see all around me, in advances taking place, in people making changes. That’s what I choose to dwell on.”

“We can choose to dwell on the hope or we can choose to dwell on the despair, and not only are we going to feel one or the other, but I believe that’s also what we will put out into the world.”

“We have to be gentle with ourselves and sometimes not expose ourselves to the things that make us sad or angry. Sometimes we need to have some cognitive dissonance and sometimes we just need to have a good cry.”

“I just have faith in the power of compassion and the good that is in people.”

“I am so, so proud of all the people who find my work with an open heart and open mind and then tell me it has changed their life. It simply doesn’t get any better than that. I started this work as a lone activist 20 years ago—and though I didn’t know how my passion for justice was going to manifest itself, I have always been very clear about my intention and my approach: truth, compassion, common sense. I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the fact that I don’t do anything for its own sake, that my intention has always been to provide the best resources and most useful services without compromise. I work hard to give people the most accurate information without exaggeration or judgment. I keep the bar high and expect people to rise to their own values—never talking down to them or underestimating them. I suppose if I ever lost the ability to do that, I’d stop being effective.”

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