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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. --Albert Einstein (in A Stranger's Life-Saving Gift)

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. --Mother Teresa (in The Innovation of Loneliness)

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood --Fred Rogers (in The Science of Play)

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. --Thich Nhat Hanh (in Why The Capacity For Boredom Is A Good Thing)

We arrive on this planet empty handed. We all will soon leave empty handed. So then, how and in what spirit do we want to spend the time in between? --Nimo (in Empty Hands, Full Heart: Music for the Soul)

Growing food was the first activity that gave us enough prosperity to stay in one place, form complex social groups, tell our stories, and build our cities. --Barbara Kingsolver (in America's Most Tenacious Gardeners)

People who don't have a concept of the whole, can do very unfortunate things. --Joseph Campbell (in Teaching Kids About Living Systems)

Life is more fun if you play games. --Roald Dahl (in 10 Life Lessons Kids Can Teach Us)

I don't even think about whether I love music or not because my connection to music is deeper than love. --David France (in Music For Social Change)

Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear. --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (in A Physicist Speaks On Randomness & Choice)

I've always had the feeling that life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you. --Maya Angelou (in Maya Angelou On Identity & The Meaning of Life)

The key to success, the key to happiness, is opening your mind and your heart to love. ---John Legend- (in All In On Love)

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds. --Jack Kornfield (in Finding Treasure In A Thrift-Store Couch)

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones --Nelson Mandela (in Guiding Rage into Power)

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman (in Slomo: The Neurologist Turned Slow Motion Skater)

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you. --Langston Hughes (in Humor As A Tool In Non-Violent Conflict Resolution)

How lovely this world is, really: one simply has to look. --Joyce Carol Oates (in Joyce Carol Oates On the Art of Beholding Beauty)

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. --Confucius (in An Illustrated Poster For People Who Love Their Work)

The opposite of loneliness is not togetherness, it's intimacy. --Richard Bach (in The Lost Voice of A Generation)

Creativity is not found just in the chosen few who exhibit artistic talent. It is a force that flows through every single one of us, allowing us to dream things up and make them happen. --Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy (in Ten Things Creative People Know)

Character -- the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life -- is the source from which self-respect springs. --Joan Didion (in Letters To A Young Artist)

An artist is a nourisher and a creator who knows that during the act of creation there is collaboration. We do not create alone. --Madeleine L'Engle (in The Realness of Who We Are: Thoughts On Life & Crafting)

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." --The Buddha (in Calling Out The Delusions Of A Techno-Industrial Society)

There is more to life than merely increasing its speed. ---M.K. Gandhi- (in Cartographies of Time)

I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. --Roger Ebert (in The Age of Outrospection)

Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity. --Fritjof Capra (in Fritjof Capra On Life & Leadership)

Apples, grapes... any kind of fruit gives me the energy I need to get through my busy day. --Kristin Chenoweth (in Meditations On An Apple)

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. --Franz Kafka (in Three Young Activists & Their Causes)

Artmaking is making the invisible, visible. --Marcel Duchamp (in Advocate of the Unwatched Life)

One person's trash is another person's treasure. --Anonymous (in Beauty & The Dumpster)

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. --Mark Twain (in The Far Shore of Aging)

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in The Hidden Joy of Waiting In Line)

They also serve who only stand and wait. --John Milton (in 7 Keys To A Good Death)

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. --Oliver Wendell Holmes (in A School In The Cloud)

It is one of the unexpected disasters of the modern age that our new unparalleled access to information has come at the price of our capacity to concentrate on anything much. --Alain de Botton (in How To Eliminate Procrastination)

The key to getting lots of strangers to work together is not to create an endless stream of new laws or institutions but to create a set of shared values. Laws are something you merely obey. Values are something you feel. --Edward Slingerland (in Trying Not To Try: Cultivating the Art of Spontaneity)

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. --Melody Beattie (in Arianna Huffington: Can Gratitude Help You Thrive?)

Travel is like a good, challenging book: it demands presentness -- the ability to live completely in the moment, absorbed in the words or vision of reality before you. --Robert Kaplan (in 4 Ways To Be More Present In Travel)

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. ---Robert Frost- (in The Importance of Poetry in Childhood)

We love because it's the only true adventure. --Nikki Giovanni (in The Laundromat with a Big Heart)

We can experience any kind of pleasure and pain either too much or too little. But to experience all this at the right time, toward the right objects, toward the right people, for the right reason, and in the right manner -- that is the median and the best course, the course that is a mark of virtue. --Aristotle (in How To Cultivate Practical Wisdom)

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? --Mary Oliver (in The Oldest Living Things In The World)

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. --Harper Lee (in The Fourth Wall of Empathy)

To journey without being changed, is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and to be transformed by the journeying is to be a pilgrim. --Mark Nepo (in Mark Nepo On Being The Poem)

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself -- and there isn't one. --Wei Wu Wei (in David Whyte On Being At The Frontiers Of Your Identity)

When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip. --Henry David Thoreau (in Hamlet's Blackberry: To Surf Or Not To Surf?)

We don't have to agree with each other in order to think well together. There is no need for us to be joined at the head. We are already joined by our human hearts. --Margaret Wheatley (in Don't Be So Sure)

We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity. The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create. --Paul Hawken (in Taking Back The Time)

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you. --Susan Sarandon (in Unleashing Empathy Through Emotional Learning)

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. --Anne Sexton (in 10 Things Creative People Know)


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