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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)

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?)

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

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)

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

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. --Michel de Montaigne (in How to Find the Good in a Nasty Election Cycle)

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. --Albert Einstein (in Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio's Exploration of Our Planet')

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. --Viktor E. Frankl (in The Power of Emotional Agility)

Grit is not just having resilience in the face of failure, but also having deep commitments that you remain loyal to over many years. --Angela Duckworth (in Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance)

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. --Robert Frost (in How Poetry Captivates Us)

Nature itself is the best physician. --Hippocrates (in How to Protect Against Nature-Deficit Disorder)

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. --Maya Angelou (in How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power)

Make new friends by attending a class or event at a community center in a different neighborhood from your own. --Maya Angelou (in Welcome to My House)

People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in The Beauty of What We'll Never Know)

Every natural object is a conductor of divinity. --John Muir (in John Muir's Spiritual and Political Journey)

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. --Terry Tempest Williams (in Reengineering Our Patterns)

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book. --Dr. Seuss (in How Libraries Save Lives)

The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. --Mencius (in Flowers from the Sky)

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. --John Lennon (in James Doolin: A Relationship with Reality)

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. --Theodore Roethke (in Tending the Quiet Cadence of Our Lives)

Play is the work of the child. --Maria Montessori (in Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar)

If I'm in a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and the boat is in trouble, who do I want in that boat with me? Those are the people I'd hire. --Jim Crupi (in What Great Leadership and Music Have in Common)

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. --Eddie Cantor (in Food Waste and the Culture of Rush)

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. --Theodore Dreiser (in Two Words That Can Change a Life)

Things don't have to change the world to be important. --Steve Jobs (in Three Things that Matter Most in Youth and Old Age)

Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder...as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. --Eugene Ionesco (in How to Awaken Joy in Kids)

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 How to Raise an Environmentalist)

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. --Proust (in The Winter Pilgrim)

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. --Nelson Mandela (in What Do You Do When Someone Pushes You?)

At its deepest level, I think teaching is about bringing people into communion with each other, with yourself as the teacher, and with the subject you are teaching. --Parker Palmer (in Community, Conflict and Ways of Knowing)

Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing. --Rumi (in The Sneaker Saint)

There comes a day when you realize turning a page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on. --Zayn Malik (in Cafe Momentum: Serving Second Chances)

To be an artist is to believe in life. --Henry Moore (in A Library Where Kids Learn to Tinker)

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. --Pablo Picasso (in Why Anonymity is More Artistically Rewarding than Fame)

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. --Emily Dickinson (in Mary Oliver on the Third Self)

What you give, you will receive, although it might sometimes come from the place you least expect. --Paulo Coelho (in The Giving Season)

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. --Nelson Mandela (in Whistling in the Wind: Preserving a Language Without Words)

To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace. -- Morihei Ueshiba (in The Gift of Danger: Lessons from Aikido)

If we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. --Wendell Berry (in Lessons from the Garden: Harvest & Gratitude)

Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. --Vera Nazarian (in The Secret Life of Trees)

Whether we live in poverty or prosperity, we can still live generously. --Dillon Burroughs (in This Van Delivers Human Kindness)

There are three truths: my truth, your truth and the truth. --Chinese proverb (in Navajo Justice)

Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives --Elle Luna (in Elle Luna: The Crossroads of Should & Must)

No one must shut his eyes and regard as nonexistent the suffering of which he spared himself the sight. --Albert Schweitzer (in Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have to Eat Alone)

I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls. --Malala Yousafzai (in United Nations: A Meditation for Peace)

Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart. -- Abraham Joshua Heschel (in Zilong Wang: Medicine Journey)


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