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We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand. --Anne Lamott (in While I Yet Live)

What hurts you blesses you. Darkness is your candle. --Rumi (in Creative Chaos)

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. --Nelson Mandela (in Humanizing Aid with Dignity)

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands --Anne Frank (in Parenting Advice from Kahlil Gibran)

Read with your ears. --Gerald M. Hopkins (in How the Sound of a Space Influences Our Mood)

There is a difference between
loneliness and solitude,
one will empty you and
one will fill you.
You have the power to choose. --Ava
(in On Being Alone)

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. --Virginia Woolf (in In Pursuit of Silence)

To understand light you need first to have been buried in the deep-down dark. --Robert Macfarlane (in The Understory: Life Beneath the Forest Floor)

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation. The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last...Everything is waiting for you. --David Whyte (in Ian Chillag: Everything Is Alive)

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. --James Baldwin (in What Does it Mean to Love Someone?)

The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief -- But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love. --Hilary Stanton Zunin (in A Video Game to Cope with Grief)

It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words, it will take cathedral thinking. --Greta Thunberg (in Protect. Restore. Fund.)

If you speak for the trees, you speak for all of nature. --Diana Beresford (in Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees)

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. --Albert Einstein (in My Summer of the Catbird)

We've stolen our children's future -- and we're still stealing it. --Jane Goodall (in Voice for the Planet)

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
--Vincent Van Gogh
(in What Is Your Hearth of Hearths?)

I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library. --Jorge Luis Borges (in India's Little Librarian)

True self is true friend. One ignores or rejects such friendship only at one's peril. --Parker Palmer (in A New Son Begets A New Mother)

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in My Small Moment of Mending Brokenness)

Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else. --Fred Rogers (in The Land Where Swans and Giraffes Are Made of Tires)

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. --A.A. Milne (in Look With Your Heart: Lessons from My Time with My Grandmother)

There is more to life than increasing its speed. --Mahatma Gandhi (in Why Busyness is Actually Modern Laziness)

One of the quietest revolutions in Religion 101 follows a student's recognition that he or she has a worldview, a particular way of viewing reality that it is not the only way. A worldview is a wave, but not the entire ocean. --Barbara Brown Taylor (in Holy Envy: The Key to Appreciating World Religions)

Humanity can no longer stand by in silence while our wildlife are being used, abused and exploited. It is time we all stand together, to be the voice of the voiceless before it's too late. Extinction means forever.
--Paul Oxton
(in In the Presence of Elephants and Whales)

I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self. --Audre Lorde (in Wild Mind: Reclaiming Our Original Wholeness)

Hoist your heart and light up the lives, for darkness is upon us and humanity is in peril. --Abhijit Naskar (in Creating a World That Works for All)

A lot of heroes have as their weapons of choice LOVE AND COMPASSION. --Dianne Ackerman (in The Zookeeper's Wife)

It is a happy talent to know how to play. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in Diane Ackerman on Deep Play)

Life can survive in the constant shadow of illness, and even rise to moments of rampant joy, but the shadow remains, and one has to make space for it. --Diane Ackerman (in Diane Ackerman: 100 Names for Love)

A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden. --Robert Southey (in Hannah Shaw: Professional Kitten Rescuer)

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings. --Albert Schweitzer (in I Couldn't Let Them Die Alone)

At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished...it's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It's about what you've given back --Denzel Washington (in A Wall that Brings People Together)

Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. --Chinua Achebe (in Who Decides History's Future?)

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands --one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. --Audrey Hepburn (in Green Renaissance)

To forget the self is to become one with the world as it is. --Dogen Zenji (in Lewis Hyde: To Study the Self is to Forget the Self)

Real happiness is not vulnerable, because it does not depend on circumstances.
--Nisargadatta Maharaj
(in Gratitude Behind Bars)

Art remains the one way possible of speaking truth. --Robert Browning (in Inner Preacher vs Inner Teacher)

All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors --Kahlil Gibran (in Joe Peace: A Peace Chain Reaction)

Let's be gentle with ourselves and each other and fierce as we fight oppression. --Dean Spade (in Dean Spade: On Normal Life)

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. --Albert Einstein (in Tinkering with Intent)

If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga ---T. Guillemets- (in Janwaar Castle: A Modern Skate Park in Rural India)

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. --Thomas Merton (in It Could Be Worse)

I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. --Wendell Berry (in The Bad Kids)

The person who practices unselfishness, who is genuinely interested in the welfare of others, who feels it a privilege to have the power to do a fellow-creature a kindness... will be an elevating influence wherever they go. --Orisen Swett Marden (in A Three Year Road Trip Documenting Kindness)

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there's another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity. --Rumi (in One Breath Around the World)

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. --Mahatma Gandhi (in The Hospital in a Hut)

Every creature was designed to serve a purpose. Learn from animals for they are there to teach you the way of life. --Suzy Kassem (in The Animal Rescuer of Assam)

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
-- Martin Luther
(in Chitrakoot's Tree Man: 11 Years, 40,000 Trees)

I have decided to stick to love ... Hate is too great a burden to bear. ---Martin Luther King Jr.- (in The Power of MLK's Anger)

On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree. --W.S. Merwin (in The Red Oak Tree that Tweets)


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