(Texas State University System Regents' Professor and Distinguished Professor of Sociology)
"Sociology is the science that studies society, but it is also a tool to change it."
"We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
- Howard Zinn
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
"If we are to achieve a richer culture, in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
- Margaret Mead
"Human life depends not only on income, but also on social opportunities, [for example] what the state does for education."
- Amartya Sen
Director of Undergraduate Studies
"Do not go gently into that good night...Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
- Dylan Thomas
"Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions."
- C. Wright Mills
"The philosophers have interpreted the world in different ways. What matters is changing it."
- Karl Marx
"Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are."
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The border became for me no longer a boundary line between two countries but rather a space of identity, a way of being."
- R. Aída Hernández Castillo
"Objectivity is not about dis-engagement, but about mutual and usually unequal structuring, about taking risks in a world where 'we' are permanently mortal, that is, not in 'final control'."
- Donna Haraway
"Vulnerability and inequality are a cumulative process, but there are always ways out."
- Glen H. Elder, Jr.
"For education among all kinds of men [humans] always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent."
- W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk
"What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
- Blackfeet Tribe
"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela
"We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. There is no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely and then act boldly."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves."
- Zygmunt Bauman
"Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society."
- James Baldwin
Director of Graduate Studies
"It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare, in all ways, is scientific knowledge of human nature."
- Harriet Martineau
"The future never belongs to the youth but belongs to all individuals caught in the cumulation of trivial decisions."
- Bill Burch
"When we give proper weight to local conditions, any generalization is a working hypothesis, not a conclusion."
- Lee Cronbach, 1975
"The questions isn't who is going to let me, it is who is going to stop me."
- Ayn Rand