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12/1/20 to the present



When a deep injury is done us, we can never recover until we forgive.

Alan Paton

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Dr. Seuss

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

James A. Baldwin

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

I'm erecting a barrier of simplicity between myself and the world.

Andre' Gide

Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow—it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stomp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.

Shakti Gawain

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All beings are owners of their Karma. Whatever volitional actions they do, good or evil, of those they shall become their heir.

Gautama Buddha

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

Deepak Chopra

Openness, respect, integrity - these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make.

Justin Trudeau

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

William Penn

To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion. When you understand, you love. And when you love, you naturally act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The door to the human heart can be opened only from the inside.

Spanish proverb

All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with Nature.

Zeno of Citium (300-260 BC)

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

Hal Borland

O Mother Earth, You are the earthly source of all existence. The fruits which you bear are the source of life for the Earth peoples. You are always watching over Your fruits as does a mother. May the steps which we take in life upon You be sacred and not weak.

Oglala Sioux prayer

The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.

Mahatma Gandhi

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

The wise man does not lay up his treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.

Lao-tzu

We must all live so that our children do not have to pay for our deeds.

Andrejs Upits

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.

Henry David Thoreau

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

Joseph Campbell

Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.

Nicholas Murray Butler

There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

Carl Jung

Live more and more in the Present, which is ever beautiful and stretches away before and beyond the limits of the past and the future.

Meher Baba

This very moment is the perfect teacher, and it's always with us.

Pema Chodron

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

Helen Keller

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

Henry David Thoreau

It is not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves.

Sir Edmund Hillary

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom.

Confucius

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!

Rumi

The mind should be a vastness like the sky. Mental events should be allowed to disperse like clouds.

Longchenpa

My fine strong horse can pull a heavy plough and never tire. Yet it can also gallop through a wild country. I am working hard at love, with the wind in my hair.

José Morazán

There is in the body a current of energy, affection and intelligence, which guides, maintains and energizes the body and mind. Discover that current and stay with it.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

The sun and the moon are not mirrored in cloudy water. Thus the almighty cannot be mirrored in a heart that is obsessed by the idea of me and mine.

Ramakrishna

Thinking, or more precisely identification with thinking, gives rise to and maintains the ego, which, in our Western society in particular, is out of control. It believes it is real and tries hard to maintain its supremacy. Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego.

Eckhart Tolle

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's common to say that trees come from seeds. But how can a tiny seed create a huge tree? Seeds do not contain the resources need to grow a tree. These must come from the medium or environment within which the tree grows. But the seed does provide something that is crucial: a place where the whole of the tree starts to form. As resources such as water and nutrients are drawn in, the seed organizes the process that generates growth. In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which the future possibility of the living tree emerges.

Peter Senge

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.

Eliza Tabor

The burden of self is lightened when I laugh at myself.

Rabindranath Tagore

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.

Earl Nightingale

The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.

Kahlil Gibran

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

R. Buckminster Fuller


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