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"The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” - Shannon L. Alder

 

"People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
- George Bernard Shaw

 

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” - Plato

 

"Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.” - Carl Jung

 

"There is beauty in truth, even if it's painful. Those who lie, twist life so that it looks tasty to the lazy, brilliant to the ignorant, and powerful to the weak. But lies only strengthen our defects. They don't teach anything, help anything, fix anything or cure anything. Nor do they develop one's character, one's mind, one's heart or one's soul.” - José N. Harris

 

"If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.” - Marcus Aurelius

 

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”
- Mark Twain

 

"Knowing can be a curse on a person's life. I'd traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn't know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can't ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.” - Sue Monk Kidd

 

"The most common form of despair is not being who you are.” - Søren Kierkegaard

 

"If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.”
- Thomas Hardy

 

"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
- Malcolm X

 

"It is some disaster for any mind to hold any one thing for truth that is untrue, however insignificant it be, or however honestly it be held. It is a greater disaster when the false prejudice bars the way to some truth behind it, which, but for it, would find an entrance to the soul; and the greatness of the disaster will in this case be measured by the importance of the excluded truth.” - Henry Liddon

 

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze.” - Catherine of Siena

 

"Sometimes I go and visit the doctor and get myself checked out; because the doctor has to stay in business and stay alive. Then I go to the pharmacy and exchange the recipe into medication, because the pharmacist has to stay in business and stay alive. Then I dump the medication to the drain because I too, have to stay in business and stay alive.” - Mark Twain

 

"Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” - Shannon L. Alder

 

"How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”- Howard Zinn

 

"It is through conscious action that we heal ourselves - and conscious action is difficult because negative habits, tendencies, and addictions have momentum.” - author unknown

 

"Before you can live a part of you has to die. You have to let go of what could have been, how you should have acted and what you wish you would have said differently. You have to accept that you can’t change the past experiences, opinions of others at that moment in time or outcomes from their choices or yours. When you finally recognize that truth then you will understand the true meaning of forgiveness of yourself and others. From this point you will finally be free.” - Shannon L. Adler

 

"The greatest artist is one who expresses what is felt by everybody.” - Lama Govinda

 

"Religion without art is a dead system of dogmas which have no effect on life.” - Lama Govinda

 

"All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart.” - Ramayana

 

"Democrats and Republicans were essentially the same party with different faces and that was why, no matter how many promises each leader made, significant change rarely transpired.” - James Morcan

 

"Only the existence of a field of force can account for the motions of the bodies as observed, and its assumption dispenses with space curvature. All literature on this subject is futile and destined to oblivion. So are all attempts to explain the workings of the universe without recognizing the existence of the ether and the indispensable function it plays in the phenomena. My second discovery was of a physical truth of the greatest importance. As I have searched the entire scientific records in more than a half dozen languages for a long time without finding the least anticipation, I consider myself the original discoverer of this truth, which can be expressed by the statement: There is no energy in matter other than that received from the environment.” -Nikola Tesla

 

“They will hate you if you are beautiful. They will hate you if you are successful. They will hate you if you are right. They will hate you if you are popular. They will hate you when you get attention. They will hate you when people in their life like you. They will hate you if you worship a different version of their God. They will hate you if you are spiritual. They will hate you if you have courage. They will hate you if you have an opinion. They will hate you when people support you. They will hate you when they see you happy. Heck, they will hate you while they post prayers and religious quotes on Pinterest and Facebook. They just hate. However, remember this: They hate you because you represent something they feel they don’t have. It really isn’t about you. It is about the hatred they have for themselves. So smile today because there is something you are doing right that has a lot of people thinking about you.” - Shannon L. Alder

 

"I may be Anti-Big Government, but only because I am Pro-Human.” - Gary Hopkins

 

"Contrary to the media circus which portrayed politicians as all-powerful figures, the vast majority of US Government officials – elected or otherwise – were puppets who only had the illusion of power”
- James Morcan

 

"The plague of ignorance that has encompassed man in his current Earthly challenge is one whose virus has over-taken the host of his heart. This ignorance has led him to forget that in the realms of the human experience the axioms of morality are as immutable and true as those of mathematics.”
- Claudia Pavonis

 

“As usual, in every scheme that worsens the position of the poor, it is the poor who are invoked as beneficiaries.” - Vandana Shiva

 

“After everything I've been through, the last thing I'm going to apologize for is my paranoia.”
- Richard Finney

 

“Coincidence is merely the puppeteers’ curtain, hiding the hands that pull the world’s strings.”
- Kaleb Nation

 

"Culture, religion, and education, are conspiracies to standardize worldviews.”
- Mokokoma Mokhonoana

 

"Question everything that is popular, and seek answers in what is not.” - Suzy Kassem

 

"The strongest who walk the Earth are those who are the most Sensitive. They walk completely open and vulnerable to the world around them, without the walls and barriers protecting them that surround other people.” - Author Unknown

 

"Sensitive people are the most genuine and honest people you will ever meet. There is nothing they won’t tell you about themselves if they trust your kindness. However, the moment you betray them, reject them or devalue them, they become the worse type of person. Unfortunately, they end up hurting themselves in the long run. They don’t want to hurt other people. It is against their very nature. They want to make amends and undo the wrong they did. Their life is a wave of highs and lows. They live with guilt and constant pain over unresolved situations and misunderstandings. They are tortured souls that are not able to live with hatred or being hated. This type of person needs the most love anyone can give them because their soul has been constantly bruised by others. However, despite the tragedy of what they have to go through in life, they remain the most compassionate people worth knowing, and the ones that often become activists for the broken hearted, forgotten and the misunderstood. They are angels with broken wings that only fly when loved.” - Shannon L. Alder

 

“I think all artists struggle to represent the geometry of life in their own way, just like writers deal with archetypes. There are only so many stories that you can tell, but an infinite number of storytellers.” - Henry Mosquera

 

“I play to win and if it looks like I've lost, its only because its not over yet.” - Kiera Dellacroix

 

"Democrats and Republicans were essentially the same party with different faces and that was why, no matter how many promises each leader made, significant change rarely transpired.”
- James Morcan

 

"No one creates a double-edged sword without the intent of using both sides.” - Priscilla Vogelbacher

 

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.”
- Richard Feynman

 

"Man cannot be reduced to slavery if he is not distorted first. The politician and the priest have been in a deep conspiracy down the ages. They have been reducing humanity to a crowd of slaves. They are destroying every possibility of rebellion in man - and love is rebellion, because love listens only to the heart and does not care a bit about anything else.” - Osho

 

“Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.” - Charles Fort

 

"Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.” - Aristotle

 

"I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.” - Thomas H. Huxley

 

"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.” - Susan B. Anthony

 

"He who has never hoped can never despair.” - George Bernard Shaw

 

"Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” - Anais Nin

 

"Let each one of us leave every other kind of knowledge and seek and follow one thing only, if peradventure he may be able to learn and find some one who will make him able to learn and discern between good and evil, and so to choose always and everywhere the better life as he has opportunity.”
- Plato

 

"It’s only you that they tell these fables and you buy it and spread it to the citizens of your countries. Your people do not feel a sense of the impending danger, this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? That is the problem. But they pretend like nothing’s going on, I don’t even know how to get through to you people anymore.”
- Vladamir Putin

 

"The 'trickle-down' theory: the principle that the poor, who must subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich, can best be served by giving the rich bigger meals.” - William Blum

 

"In my experience, everyone will say they want to discover the Truth, right up until they realize that the Truth will rob them of their deepest held ideas, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. The freedom of enlightenment means much more than the experience of love and peace. It means discovering a Truth that will turn your view of self and life upside-down. For one who is truly ready, this will be unimaginably liberating. But for one who is still clinging in any way, this will be extremely challenging indeed. How does one know if they are ready? One is ready when they are willing to be absolutely consumed, when they are willing to be fuel for a fire without end.” - Adyashanti

 

"There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” - Carl Jung

 

"The Gods we worship write their names on our faces; be sure of that. A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.”
- Demosthenes

 

"Truths emerge from facts, but they dip forward into facts again and add to them; which facts again create or reveal new truth (the word is indifferent) and so on indefinitely. The 'facts' themselves meanwhile are not true. They simply are. Truth is the function of the beliefs that start and terminate among them.” - William James

 

"The price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that someday they might force their beliefs on us.” - Mario Cuomo

 

"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” - Napolean Bonaparte

 

"If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” - Marcus Aurelius

 

"If one is estranged from oneself, then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which makes you lonely.”
- Lorraine Hansberry

 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Wiesel

 

"Forever is composed of nows.” - Emily Dickinson

 

"People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.” - Epictetus

 

"A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

"Never, 'for the sake of peace and quiet,' deny your own experience or convictions.”
- Dag Hammarskjold

 

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.”
- Carter G. Woodson

 

"The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”
- Malcolm X

 

"Our fears are more numerous than our dangers, and we suffer more in our imagination than in reality.” - Seneca

 

"Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.” - Rudyard Kipling

 

"Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.” - Marilyn Ferguson

 

"This is slavery, not to speak one's thought.” - Euripides

 

"Great civilizations are born stoic and die Epicurean.” - Will Durant

 

"The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.” - Felix Adler

 

"The serious revolutionary, like the serious artist, can't afford to lead a sentimental or self-deceiving life” - Howard Zinn

 

"Any humane and reasonable person must conclude that if the ends, however desireable, are uncertain and the means are horrible and certain, these means must not be employed.”- Howard Zinn

 

"We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjuredup by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” - Howard Zinn

 

"Government is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.” - Frank Zappa

 

"Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.” - Henry Ward Beecher

 

"History is instructive. And what it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper. Anything they do, however small, becomes part of a much, much larger sort of flow of energy. And when enough people do enough things, however small they are, then change takes place.” - Howard Zinn

 

"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.” - Alexis de Tocqueville

 

"There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive.”
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

 

"Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.” - Alice Miller

 

"Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.” - Howard Mumford Jones

 

"Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Actions lie louder than words.” - Carolyn Wells

 

"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When people really listen to each other in a quiet, fascinated attention, the creative fountain inside each of us begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected wisdom.” - Brenda Ueland

 

"We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.” - Pema Chodron

 

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Wiesel

 

"We have fallen into the bad and unquestioned habit of thinking that our educational system is broken, but it is working on all cylinders. What our educational system aims to produce is cultural amnesia, a wholesale lack of curiosity, history-less free agents, and educational goals composed of content-free processes and unexamined buzz-words like "critical thinking," "diversity," "ways of knowing," "social justice," and "cultural competence." Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions.” - Professor Patrick Deneen

 

"There is an endless net of threads throughout the universe... At every crossing of the threads there is an individual. And every individual is a crystal bead. And every crystal bead reflects Not only the light from every other crystal in the net But also every other reflection Throughout the entire universe.” - Anne Adams

 

"I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views of life, and I believe in meeting life's challenges with contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall in love with the miracle of being alive. I believe in working passionately to make our lives count while never losing sight of our insignificance. I believe in caring deeply and being beyond caring. It is by encompassing these opposites, by being involved and vulnerable, but simultaneously transcendent and detached, that our lives are graced by resilience and joy.” - Fritz Williams

 

"When one specializes and becomes a so-called expert in one aspect of science this intensification of study actually prevents a true understanding of the subject. The natural world is an inter-connected web and, by law of analogy, all subjects reflect all others. Through the connection of all matters, with the intensification then committed to the wholeness, does the true essence of the absolute find its fully-bloomed form.” - Claudia Pavonis

 

"Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Norman MacEwan

 

"Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” - Ralph Ellison

 

"In the mystical tradition it is well understood that the world in which we currently inhabit is one built off of the governing principle of reflection. Man and his elevated consciousness not only has the ability to reflect on the living world, navigating through its space 3 dimensionally, but he is also given the gift to reflect contemplatively on that reflection. The symmetry and mirroring of our world gives us indications as to our role here and even our language expresses these clues quite sublimely. To LIVE is to experience EVIL. The lower dimension of the Earthly, material experience is one steeped in the illusory separation from source and the all-embracing love and wholeness of the Great Spirit. In the higher, heavenly dimensions the EVILs of this world, with those being such things as ignorance, jealousy, hatred, greed and bigotry, just simply do not exist. These weighty and burdensome egoic trials only exist here on Earth and this fact alone presents man a great insight about the path of his spiritual work and further clarifies his greatest challenge.” - Claudia Pavonis

 

"Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.”
- Wim Wenders

 

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.” - Marcus Aurelius

 

"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”
- Bob Dylan

 

"Unless one's philosophy is all-inclusive, nothing can be understood.” - Mary Ritter Beard

 

"The only real nation is humanity.” - Paul Farmer

 

"Israel is a state with no conscience and it is finally seeing the world turn against it. Israel is seeing its defenses falling one by one, and it is holding on to straws. Everywhere around the world the Zionist narrative, which for Israel is the “Holy Grail” is weakened, being challenged and dispelled which leaves Israel only one option: to fight back with all of its might and by doing so expose itself as an hysterical, violent state. Europeans and Americans and everyone else need to get over the fear of being called anti-Semitic and stay on task. The violence and the racism in Palestine are coming from one direction and that is Israel. A serious discussion on racism and intolerance is a good thing but a superficial discussion on anti-Semitism that is used as a smoke screen for Israel is never a good thing and needs to be exposed.” - Miko Peled

 

"Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance.” - Thomas Carlyle

 

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.” - Bernice Johnson Reagon

 

"The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.” - Tara Brach

 

"We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too.” - Mairead Maguire

 

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.”
- Cesar Chavez

 

"The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

"It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.” - Dorothy Thompson

 

"Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.”
- Wim Wenders

 

"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” - Dale Turner

 

"A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people don't appreciate themselves. Having never developed sympathy or gentleness toward themselves, they cannot experience harmony or peace within themselves, and therefore, what they project to others is also inharmonious and confused.”
- Chogyam Trungpa

 

"Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.” - Henry Ward Beecher

 

"Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” - Anais Nin

 

"Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.” - Anne Lamott

 

"Only do what your heart tells you.” - Princess Diana Spencer

 

"The life of human beings is suspended between the poles of heaven and earth. Let us retain within us the width of heaven, but let us not forget the earth that bears us. Earth and heaven are the symbols of the finite and the infinite, in which we share equally. It is not our task to choose between these two poles of our existence or to give up the one for the sake of the other, but to recognize their mutual interdependence and to integrate them into our very being.” - Lama Govinda

 

"All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart.” - Ramayana

 

He who strives for his own salvation, or merely with a view of getting rid of suffering in the shortest possible way, without regard for his fellow beings, has already deprived himself of the most essential means for the realization of his aim.” - Lama Govinda

 

The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation or a relationship.” - Deborah Tannen

 

The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.”
- George Bernard Shaw

 

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. I always try to think before I talk.”
- Margaret Chase Smith

 

There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication. Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.”
- John Dewey

 

"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” - Ernest Hemingway

 

"The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.”
- George Bernard Shaw

 

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” - Virginia Satir

 

"In the end, you’ll have more respect for the times you kept trucking through a meltdown than the times you were confidently cruising along because everything was going your way.” - Michael Bennett

 

"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” - William Butler Yeats

 

"Live truth instead of expressing it.” - Elbert Hubbard

 

"All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.” - Gandhi

 

"Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection - or compassionate action.” - Daniel Goleman

 

"When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.”
- David Hume

 

"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.” - Susan B. Anthony

 

"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.” - Stanley Milgram

 

"When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.” - Confucius

 

"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.”
- Demosthenes

 

"Very few people really see things unless they've had someone in early life who made them look at things. And name them too. But the looking is primary, the focus.” - Denise Levertov

 

"With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.” - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

"Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.” - Bill Hicks

 

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” - Mother Teresa

 

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.” - Marianne Williamson

 

"You are a volume in the divine book. A mirror to the power that created the universe. Whatever you want, ask it of yourself. Whatever you’re looking for can only be found inside of you.” - Rumi

 

"Children, by nature, are keen, passionate and curious. What was referred to as laziness is often merely an awakening of sensitivity, a psychological inability to submit to certain absurd duties, and a natural result of the distorted, unbalanced education given to them. This laziness, which leads to an insuperable reluctance to learn, is, contrary to appearances, sometimes proof of intellectual superiority and a condemnation of the teacher.” - Octave Mirbeau

 

"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” - Linda Hogan

 

"Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” - Mark Twain

 

"We need to interact with like-minded people throughout the world to establish the new intellectual order which will be the salvation of mankind.” - Terence Mckenna

 

"Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.”
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

 

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” - Gandhi

 

"The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.” - Osho

 

"Eternity isn’t some later time. Eternity isn’t even a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now that all thinking in temporal terms cuts off. The experience of eternity right here and now, in all things, whether thought of as good or evil, is the function of life.” - Joseph Campbell

 

"I would rather have a mind opened by wonder, that one closed by belief.” - Gary Spence

 

"It’s a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.”
- David Harris

 

"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” - Bill Mollison

 

"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.” - Jane Addams

 

"Give yourself up to this moment. Dare to see it. Now look down at your feet; slip out of those invisible tethers. Then ask: Where would you take yourself right this moment if you walked toward your most heartfelt dream? What would your life look like? What would your body look and feel like? What level of energy would you have? What might be your favorite activity? What would your daily life include? Imagine happiness - the sweet glow of inner contentment, the way it tastes and smells and feels.” - Chris Downie

 

"Recognise only the authentic. If we don't recognise GMOs as food or bullfighting as sport, why recognise ‘Israel' as a country?” - Edna Spennato

 

"The universe is a war between reality programmers.” - Robert Anton Wilson

 

"Being deeply loved gives you strength; while loving deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu

 

"The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.”
- Dr. Paul Farmer

 

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” - Thomas Paine

 

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” - Søren Kierkegaard

 

"Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” - Adyashanti

 

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” - Alfred E. Newman

 

"The first gold star a child gets in school for the mere performance of a needful task is its first lesson in graft.” - Philip Wylie

 

"Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.” - Swami Nirmalananda

 

"You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.” - Octave Mirbeau

 

"The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.” - Hannah Arendt

 

"Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.” - W. H. Auden

 

"If you don't speak out now when it matters, when would it matter for you to speak out?”
- Jim Hightower

 

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” - Victor Hugo

 

"In our deepest moments of struggle, frustration, fear, and confusion, we are being called upon to reach in and touch our hearts. Then, we will know what to do, what to say, how to be. What is right is always in our deepest heart of hearts. It is from the deepest part of our hearts that we are capable of reaching out and touching another human being. It is, after all, one heart touching another heart.”
- Roberta Sage Hamilton

 

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.” - Janis Joplin

 

"Curiosity as restless questioning, as movement toward the revelation of something hidden, as a question verbalized or not, as search for clarity, as a moment of attention, suggestion, and vigilance, constitutes an integral part of the phenomenon of being alive. There could be no creativity without the curiosity that moves us and sets us patiently impatient before a world that we did not make, to add to it something of our own making.” - Paulo Freire

 

"For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” - Paulo Freire

 

"As men's habits of mind differ, so that some more readily embrace one form of faith, some another, for what moves one to pray may move another to scoff, I conclude ... that everyone should be free to choose for himself the foundations of his creed, and that faith should be judged only by its fruits.”
- Baruch Spinoza

 

"The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure.” - Baruch Spinoza

 

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.” - Marian Wright Edelman

 

 

 

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