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I propose that one attribute of the production of those makers we call artists, historically and culturally, constitutes a kind of prosthetic activity to address an unforgettable and irreconcilable absence. --Richard Berger (in To All Artists Known and Unknown)

That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent. --Chinese Proverb (in How a Yellow Car Saved Me)

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. --Desmond Tutu (in How Do You Heal From Sorrow Beyond Compare?)

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. --Helen Keller (in Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?)

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. --Elie Wiesel (in When the Boss Flunked)

Words are windows, or they're walls,
They sentence us, or set us free.
When I speak and when I hear,
Let the love light shine through me. --Ruth Bebermeyer
(in 10 Tips for Effective Communication)

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. --George Sand (in Color Your World With Kindness)

When you commit an act of violence, you are basically disconnecting yourself. You are putting yourself outside the circle. --John Malloy (in All Life is Sacred: A Conversation with John Malloy)

Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower. --Shigenori Kameoka (in Buddhas on Death Row: A Bridge of Art and Friendship)

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. --Emile Zola (in The Magic Flute)

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. --Pablo Picasso (in Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide)

The earth has music for those who listen. --William Shakespeare (in We Save What We Love: Gordon Hempton)

In all these years I've learned, I hope, "not to take what is not given." --Brother David Steindl-Rast (in Caught Red-Handed)

If there was an abundance of misery in the world, there was also sufficient joy, yes -- as long as one knew where to look for it. --Rohinton Mistry (in Sagar Kabra: A Doctor Who Strove to Light the World)

And we will continue together until the road vanishes. --Che Guevara (in Togetherness: A Wedding Blessing)

He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer. --Elie Wiesel (in Jane Hirshfield:Living by Questions)

Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity. --Hippocrates (in The Big Idea Behind Integrative Medicine)

I know what I have given you... I do not know what you have received. --Antonio Porchia (in Giving To People Who Give)

There is a hard law. When an injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive. --Alan Paton (in A Tale of Two Americas and the Mini-Mart Where They Collided)

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. --Albert Einstein (in How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation)

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. --Native American Proverb (in James George: If Not Now, When?)

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. --Morrie Schwartz (in Letting Love Come In: Lessons from a Nursing Home)

One single gift acknowledged in gratefulness has the power to dissolve the ties of our alienation. --Brother David Steindl-Rast (in Three Steps to Living a Life of Gratefulness)

Wisdom begins in wonder. --Socrates (in Can Science Help You Become Wise?)

For it is in giving that we receive. --St. Francis of Assisi (in A Tribute to Pakistan's Angel of Mercy)

Books have the power to have us feel empathy and have us experience the thrill of a journey of someone else. --Laura Moulton (in Street Books: Library on Wheels For People Outside)

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread. --Pablo Neruda (in Street Poets: The Community Cure for a Violent Culture)

One love, one heart, one destiny. --Bob Marley (in One Heart: A Mission To Save Lives in Childbirth)

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. --Thich Nhat Hanh (in A Tribute to Mr. Happy Man)

Technology challenges us to assert our human values, which means that first of all, we have to figure out what they are. --Sherry Turkle (in Our Relationship With Media & Attention)

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. --Edward Everett Hale (in How One Man Brought Back A Rare Butterfly Species )

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. --Vincent Van Gogh (in The Little Free Pantry)

Friendship with one's self is all important, because without it, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. --Eleanor Roosevelt (in The Benefits of Learning to Be Kind to Yourself)

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 Bolivia's Law of Mother Earth)

Humankind has not woven the thread of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. --Chief Seattle (in Robin Wall Kimmerer: The Grammar of Animacy)

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. --Martin Luther King Jr. (in The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color)

No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. --Elie Wiesel (in Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech)

If a man going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current -- how can he help others across? --Buddha (in How Anxiety Reduces Empathy)

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. --Alfred Austin (in Former Dress Shop Owner Feeds Thousands Through Gardening)

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. --Billy Joel (in How Music Bonds Us Together )

My life is my message. --Mahatma Gandhi (in Living Gandhi's Message In Inner City Oakland)

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. --Bradley Miller (in Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers)

Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. --Wendell Berry (in Paying Attention, Discovering Joy)

It is only by holding, not forcing, that we can find our feet again and secure solid ground when everything else is shaking. In a world where productivity rules, this in itself is true resistance. --Janey Stephenson (in When Resting is Resistance)

We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness --Ram Dass (in A Eulogy for My Mother)

Connecting the mind and body is not just a health strategy. It is a movement of consciousness that can change the world. --Matthew Sanford (in The Body's Grace: Insights from a Paralyzed Yoga Teacher)

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. --Albert Einstein (in A World of Solutions)

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman (in What Role Were You Born to Play in Social Change?)

The task of healing is to respect oneself as a creature, no more and no less. --Wendell Berry (in Wendell Berry: What Are People For?)

Justice is truth in action. --Benjamin Disraeli (in Navajo Justice: Life Comes From It)

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