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A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is. --Bertrand Russell (in A Physicist's Message for Humanity)

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. --Nelson Mandela (in What Would Nelson Mandela Do?)

The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world. --Paul Farmer (in Bending the Arc: A Friendship that Changed the World)

Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. --Mary Oliver (in A Tribute to Mary Oliver)

Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity. --Deepak Chopra (in The Mindfulness Skill That is Crucial for Stress)

Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver. --Brené Brown (in What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Bullying in School?)

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ---Thich Nhat Hanh- (in What Focusing on the Breath Does to Your Brain)

Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. --Maria Popova (in 13 Life Lessons From 13 Years of Brain Pickings)

The sinking ship is our entire planet...We need a path of radical transformation. --Mushim Patricia Ikeda (in I Vow Not to Burn Out)

You have something to offer the universe in your experience and your creativity that no one else has. --Daniel Schmachtenberger (in Our Emerging Universe)

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. --Mahatma Gandhi (in How Oral Surgery Taught Me a Lesson in Wholeness)

We live in a world that is full of problems, and we are the solutions to those problems. --Julia Butterfly Hill (in The Butterfly Effect: Detained Children Spark a Youth-Movement)

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)

Sometimes when we say a "broken heart", we are talking about a real broken heart. --Sandeep Jauhar (in How Emotions Change the Shape of Our Hearts)

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)

-- (in Beyond the Dark Night of the Soul)

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

The Earth is what we all have in common. --Wendell Berry (in Bye Bye Plastic Bags)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead (in South Korea's Solution for Food Waste)

There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our senses. --Diane Ackerman (in The Sight of Sound)

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)

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. --Stephen King (in On the Language of the Deep Blue)

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)

Since before we were anatomically modern, humans have been making journeys into darkness to make and find meaning. --Robert Macfarlane (in The Underland is a Deeply Human Realm)

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)

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. --William Faulkner (in Agnes Binagwaho: A Doctor with Sassitude)

To labor is to pray. --Benedictine motto (in Visible Work, Invisible Women)

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)

If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. --Barry Lopez (in How to Make #My Khartoum Cool)

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)

The bonsai is not you working on the tree; you have to have the tree work on you. --John Naka (in The Atomic Tree)

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)


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