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In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

Mahatma Gandhi

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter.

Ilan Shamir, Advice from a Tree

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

Virginia Woolf

Seek after the treasure that is unfailing, that is abiding, where no moth comes to consume, and no worm destroys.

The Gospel of Thomas

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

Maya Angelou

Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.

Saying of Madagascar

The world is new to us every morning--this is God's gift, and every person should believe he is reborn everyday.

Baal Shem Tov

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

Henry S. Hoskins

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.

Ivy Baker Priest

Enlightenment means life lived in accord with all the laws of nature.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.

Thomas Jefferson

If you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially afluent. In fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want.

Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Louis L'Amour

Every tomorrow is an outcome of what I do today, and the beauty of it all is that today is happening all the time.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

John Adams

I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.

H. L. Mencken

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.

David Cameron

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Benjamin Franklin

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can decide how you're going to live now.

Joan Baez

What is life? It is the 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.

Chief Crowfoot

If you understand, things are just as they are.
If you do not understand, things are just as they are.

Zen Proverb

Whoever controls the language, the images, controls the race.

Allen Ginsberg

To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not think that you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.

Zen Saying

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Cicero

Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.

Joseph Campbell

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

Voltaire

Learn the truth, live in truth, open the heart and let your life be filled with love, then you will experience absolute joy, peace and the unity of all mankind.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Hatred ever kills, love never dies; such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

Martha Washington

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Helen Keller

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.

Jessamyn West

Anything you strive to hold captive will hold you captive and if you desire freedom you must give freedom.

Peace Pilgrim

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.

Pearl S. Buck

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.

George Eliot

I have learned not to worry about love;
But to honor its coming with all my heart.

Alice Walker

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau

People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.

James Baldwin

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