[Ads-l] Gandhi-Attributed Quote

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 6 10:46:31 EDT 2017

When I explored the topic in 2014 a woman named Arleen Lorrance was a
plausible candidate. (I haven't posted a website article yet.)

Year: 1974 Copyright
Title: Developing Priorities and a Style: Selected Readings in
Education for Teachers and Parents
Editor: Richard Dean Kellough (California State University, Sacramento)
Edition: Second
Chapter: The Love Project by Arleen Lorrance
Start Page 85, Quote Page 85
Database: Google Books Preview

[Begin excerpt]
Arleen Lorrance, Seeker
Initiator and Facilitator of The Love Project

One way to start a preventative program is to be the change you want
to see happen. That is the essence and substance of the simple and
successful endeavor known as THE LOVE PROJECT.
[End excerpt]

Year: 1976 Copyright
Book: Life is Victorious! : How to Grow Through Grief : A Personal Experience
Author: Diane Kennedy Pike
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York
Quote Page 196
Verified with hardcopy

[Begin excerpt]
The LOVE PROJECT has become a new way of life for me, one that I can
share with others. Its six basic principles for living in universal
love express the core truths of all great religions in secular
language. Those principles are:

Receive all people as beautiful exactly where they are.
Perceive problems as opportunities.
Be the change you want to see happen instead of trying to change everyone else.
Provide others with the opportunity to give.
Consciously create your own reality.
Have no expectations but, rather, abundant expectancy
[End excerpt]

“Be the Change” — where did this saying come from?


On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 9:44 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> In the Yale Book of Quotations I list the quote "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" with a citation from the Los Angeles Times in 1989.  This quotation, sometimes with the word "want" instead of "wish," is often attributed to Gandhi.  Charles Doyle has told me in private correspondence that it can be traced back to the early 1970s.  Can Charles or anyone else point me to the earliest findable occurrences of the saying?
> Fred Shapiro
> ------------------------------------------------------------
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