Here’s a list of some of our favorite quotes on international affairs, world affairs, travel and international education to (hopefully) inspire you to impact the world in a positive way:

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ―Nelson Mandela
  • “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
  • “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ― Henry Miller
  • “A great deal of world politics is a fundamental struggle, but it is also a struggle that has to be waged intelligently.” ― Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
  • “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa
  • “Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely interconnected.” ― Kofi Annan
  • If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • “I think if you’re going to master policy, especially world affairs, you’ve got to know history.” ― Charles Krauthammer
  • “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” —  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world. — Melinda Gates
  • Even in challenging economic times, making sure that study abroad is part of our college students’ education is a vital investment. If we want a new generation of leaders and innovators who can be effective in an ever more globalized world, sending our students overseas is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. — Rick Steves
  • Of all the joint ventures in which we might engage, the most productive, in my view, is educational exchange. I have always had great difficulty–since the initiation of the Fulbright scholarships in 1946–in trying to find the words that would persuasively explain that educational exchange is not merely one of those nice but marginal activities in which we engage in international affairs, but rather, from the standpoint of future world peace and order, probably the most important and potentially rewarding of our foreign-policy activities. — J. William Fulbright
  • “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai
  • Don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.” ― Leroy Hood
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