quote bubbleDo you like quotes? I have a notebook I’ve dedicated to recording quotes that are powerful and impact me. Some of them are inspirational and some of them are just funny. One of the most powerful quotes I’ve run across in the past few years is from the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce. He said,

You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

I ran across this quote as I was in the research stages of my book, Rescuing Hope, and it propelled me to write so I would have a tool to help people understand the world of sex trafficking in America.

I find quotes in a variety of places. I’ve recorded things from famous people, things out of books I read, or even something I hear someone say in casual conversation. I recently ran across a quote on Facebook that made it’s way into my quote book. It was by Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

These words, again, propel me in the work I’m doing to raise awareness of sex trafficking and fight for healing and wholeness for the survivors God brings into my life. King Solomon said something equally profound about helping those less fortunate. I write it in every book I sign as a challenge to the reader. It comes from Proverbs 31:8,

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Words are powerful. They can shut us down or launch us into action. Whose words speak to you? What quotes have impacted your life? I’d love for you to share them here. They may just make it into my quote book.