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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. --Eleanor Roosevelt (in Generation Waking Up)

The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation. --John F. Kennedy (in The Robin Hood Army)

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. --Mark Twain (in Rise and Shine: A Morning Pep Talk from Marcus Aurelius)

To keep impermanence always before your eyes makes everything sacred, because it always could be otherwise. --Kristi Nelson (in Grateful Living as a Practice for Every Moment)

It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. --L.R. Knost (in Kindful Kids: Top 10 of 2016)

You can have no greater or lesser dominion than the one over yourself. The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. --Leonardo da Vinci (in How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias)

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. --William Shakespeare (in Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2016)

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. --Mother Teresa (in I Trust You)

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (in What Will The Theme Of Your Life Be In 2017?)

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. --Joseph Chilton Pearce (in Physicist David Bohm on Creativity)

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in Orchestra for Ghaza)

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
--John Bunyan
(in Madrid's Robin Hood Restaurants)

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. --Alan Watts (in An Artist's Take on How to Deal With Heavy Things)

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. --William James (in Two Blind Brothers: A Cause Driven Clothing Brand)

A little magic can take you a long way. --Roald Dahl (in Kids in Hospital Receive Magical Christmas Surprise)

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. --Dan Millman (in From Stands with Fists to Dances with Wolves)

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy. --Thomas Merton (in Facing Homelessness)

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life. --Author Unknown (in Giving the Homeless a Hand Up with Technology)

How slight a nod it would take, how bare a smile, to give everyone you meet today a sense of worth. --Robert Brault (in Maya Angelou: The Day I Learned the Value of a Smile)

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. --Maya Angelou (in Remote Wonders: A Conversation with Elaine Ling)

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. --John Keats (in Spotlight on Anonymous Giving)

It is never too late to heal the mind and to bring to ourselves and to those around us the compassion and kindness that arise from that healing and integration. --Dan Siegel (in Dan Siegel: The Open Mind)

In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear. --Mark Nepo (in Mark Nepo: On Taking the Exquisite Risk)

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. --Stephen Covey (in Krista Tippett on Sounds True)

When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. --Dalai Lama (in Educating Our Children's Hearts)

We believe that if a volunteer has a transformative experience, it will naturally ripple out into the world. --Nipun Mehta (in 12 Questions Around Volunteerism)

Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. --Serbian Proverb (in Digital Green: Helping Farmers Through Video)

It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history. --Malcolm Forbes (in The Organic Food Company That Puts Ex-Offenders Back to Work)

We are the meeting point of our ancestors and descendants. The track leading from the past, and the road heading off into the future, are joined, here and now, with us. --Anthony Murphy (in Inside the Rush to Preserve Indigenous Languages)

When sleeping women wake, mountains move. --Chinese Proverb (in The Women Who Restored Jungles)

Believe what your heart tells you when you ask, "does this spark joy?" --Marie Kondo (in How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do)

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. --Dr. Seuss (in Greater Good's Top 16 Books of 2016 )

Deep ecologists assert that there is an ontological realism, that humans are part of the natural system, the web of life, and that we can rediscover our authentic existence. --Bill Devall (in Free Nature)

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. --John Muir (in The Pilgrim Who Walked 8000 Miles 50 Years Ago)

The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always...It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time. --John Steinbeck (in Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan To Save The Planet)

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here. --Pueblo Prayer
(in Wisdom from the Women at Standing Rock)

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. --Parker J. Palmer (in On Discerning Your Purpose & Letting Your Life Speak)

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. --Aristotle (in Can Virtuous Habits Be Cultivated?)

The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart. --Annie Dillard (in Annie Dillard: On Seeing)

Artists strive to free this true and spontaneous self in their work. Creativity, meditation are ways of freeing an inner voice. --Gloria Steinem (in Singer Loses Voice and Finds Her Song)

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 Thanksgiving Spotlight on Gratitude)

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. --Carl Jung (in Do You Like Me? Do I?)

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. --Elder Uchtdorf (in Why We Love Our Own Creations)

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me. --Carlos Fuentes (in Ode to Lesvos)

Real freedom begins with obedience to a higher influence -- a higher, finer energy within oneself. --Jacob Needleman (in I Am Not I: Jacob Needleman on How We Become Who We Are)

Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast. --William Shakespeare
(in How Sleep Resets the Brain's Emotional Compass)

Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance. --Maria Popova (in Desiderata: Go Placidly Amidst the Noise & Haste)

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. --T.S. Eliot (in 11 Tips to Leading a Creative Life)

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. -- Thomas Carlyle (in Online 'University of Anywhere' for Refugees)

The human spirit must prevail over technology. --Albert Einstein (in Three Ways to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Relationships)


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