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Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. --Jonas Salk (in Indiana Jones Meets Florence Nightingale)

To forgive is to put oneself in a larger gravitational field of experience than the one that first seemed to hurt us. --David Whyte (in David Whyte: On Anger, Forgiveness & What Maturity Means)

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air. --George Bernanos (in Waging Life in a War Zone)

If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger. --Buzz Aldrin (in The Disappointed Diner Who Now Feeds 1200 Children Daily)

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. --Marcus Tullius Cicero (in Today We're His Family: Teen Volunteers Mourn Stranger's Death)

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion --Simone De Beauvoir (in The Story of Bopsy: The Very First Make-a-Wish Kid)

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in What If Schools Taught Kindness?)

Do not judge by appearances. A rich heart may be under a poor coat. --Scottish Proverb (in We Are All Homeless)

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. -- John Bunyan (in Re-Constructing Philanthropy)

The more alert we become to the blessing that flows into us through everything we touch, the more our own touch will bring blessing. --Brother David Steindl-Rast (in Stop. Look. Go: Practices for Grateful Living)

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. --John F. Kennedy (in The Anatomy of Gratitude)

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. --Sydney J. Harris (in Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose)

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. --Helen Keller (in The Momentia Movement: Defying Dementia Through Friendship)

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. --Irish Proverb (in Tiny Houses Built with a Big Heart)

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. --Confucius (in The Writer in the Tough Teen)

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. --Vincent Van Gogh (in The Pollination Project: The Power of Small & Philanthropy)

Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. --Kate DiCamillo (in A Comic Book For Refugee Children)

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other. --Meryl Streep (in Introspection is Out, Outrospection is In)

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. --Charles Darwin (in India's First Shelter for Dogs with Disabilities)

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. --Max Ehrmann, Desiderata (in Desiderata)

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free. --Rosa Parks (in Dr. Abdul Kalam on Life's Pursuit)

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. --Rumi (in Love Life: An Inspiring Journey Spurred by Tragedy)

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. --Gwendolyn Brooks (in Shelagh Was Here: An Ordinary, Magical Life)

It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go. --J.C. Watts (in Lead Without Trying So Hard)

Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life. --Marcus Aurelius (in 5 Important Things We Learned About Mindfulness in 2015)

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year...
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
(in Everything You Need to Know About New Year's Resolutions)

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. --Anne Roiphe (in The Surprising Benefit of Going Through Hard Times)

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. --Mahatma Gandhi (in The Best Leaders are Insatiable Learners)

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 The Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2015)

We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. --Henry Cloud (in A Simple Formula for Changing Our Behavior)

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity. --John Muir (in A Love Letter to the Wilderness)

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. --Carl Sagan (in Beannacht: A Blessing for the New Year)

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true. --Alfred Lord Tennyson
(in Ten Ways to Set A Positive Tone For the New Year)

Patience is not simply the ability to wait -- it's how we behave while we're waiting. --Joyce Meyer (in Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes)

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. --Marshall McLuhan (in The Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life 2015)

Looking at the whole organism, not just the organs, is as big of a paradigm shift as the Earth is not flat, Earth is not the center of the universe. --Mark Hyman (in The Evolution of Medicine)

I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself. --Bob Chapman (in The Power of Treating Employees Like Family)

Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile. --Shanon L. Alder (in The 80-Year-Old Who Runs the World's Coolest Train...for Dogs)

There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that. --Mark Twain (in Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness)

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. --Samuel Johnson (in Unexpected Joy on the Copenhagen Metro)

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 Have Wheels Will Shower: Bathroom Buses for the Homeless)

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. --Albert Schweitzer (in 5 Ways to Show Kindness this Holiday Season)

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter. --Norman Cousins (in A Yuletide Gift of Kindness)

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone. You're not a wave, you're a part of the ocean. --Mitch Albom (in The 'Magic Strings' of Mitch Albom)

The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else. --Carson McCullers (in The Dogs that Protect Little Penguins)

Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed. --Heraclitus (in The Story of the Chinese Farmer)

We must take care of our families wherever we find them. --Elizabeth Gilbert (in A New Home For Brothers Reunited Against the Odds)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. --Dr. Seuss (in Being There for Single Parents with Cancer)

We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. --Howard Zinn (in Flowered Dresses & Flour Mills: A Story of History & Kindness)

Of all the things that human beings make and do for each other, it is the unquantifiable ones that contribute most to human happiness. --Charles Eisenstein (in The Man Who Quit Money)


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