There are never enough resources or enough troops, but you can’t wait and you can’t admit the possibility of defeat because the opposition is probably going through the same thing. The loser is the first to say it can’t be done.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

To keep an organization alive you’ve got to find that person who has to do something about it.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

Organizers must grow beyond helping people to “egging them on.”

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

There is a time for sound and a time for silence and a good organizer needs to be able to differentiate between the two.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

The measure of a good organizer is the amount of attention she pays to the most minute details.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

There is nothing less likely to be delivered than a message.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

The disrupter is the lowest form of organizational life.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

Don’t talk at people—put them to work.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers

Don’t let them kick you around. You have to live, and organize, in such a way that you can respect yourself & be treated with respect by others.

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizing

Appreciation has an exceedingly short memory so strike while the iron is hot!

Fred Ross, Axioms for Organizers