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There is no neutrality. There is only greater or lesser awareness of one's bias. --Phyllis Rose (in How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them)

The limits of my language means the limits of my world. --Ludwig Wittgenstein (in The Lost Words)

The care of rivers is not a question of rivers but of the human heart. --Shozo Tanaka (in How an Army of Women Resurrected a River )

Deep down, very few of us want safety to suffocate freedom. --Joel Salatin (in The Biggest Little Farm)

You are a future ancestor and what you know today is going to be passed onto the next generations. Is your future as a future ancestor making you happy now, with the story you are writing today? --Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa (in Earth as Goddess)

The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. --Robert Holden (in When I Wrote My Mom a Thank-You Letter)

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
--John Muir
(in How Place Can Connect Us to Gratitude)

rise
said the moon
and the new day came --Rupi Kaur
(in Spirit Bathing for the Worried and Beleaguered)

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. --Arthur Schopenhauer (in Milo Runkle: Expanding Our Sphere of Concern)

Richard Maxwell says that your smart phone should have a tailpipe on it, so you understand that it is connected to the physical infrastructure that affects our planet. It's not just a magical box. --Jennifer Rauch (in Slow Media)

At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rain forest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity --Chico Mendes (in Breath of the World)

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. --Meister Eckhart (in A Chorus of Thank Yous)

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. --Stella Adler (in John Barton: A Certain Mathematics)

The connections we make in the course of a life--maybe that's what heaven is. --Fred Rogers (in Why We Turn to Mr. Rogers)

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. --Rachel Carson (in Falling in Love With the Earth)

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. --Maya Angelou (in Secret to Life)

We release self -- a prime engine of suffering-- when we give from the heart. --Rick Hanson (in Paying It Forward: An Interview with Nipun Mehta)

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)

Sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spiritual perception together. --Rebecca Solnit (in Between Worlds)

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)

Poetry...reconciles two aspects of mind that are otherwise sundered in most of our waking lives: the making of sense and the making of music, the rational and the spiritual. Poetry reconciles two severed aspects of ourselves. --Mark Tredinnick (in Mark Tredinnick Heals with Poetry)

It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep. --Clive Barker (in Ben Quilty: Artist Activist)

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. --Martin Buber (in The Emotional Life of Animals)

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. --Joseph Campbell (in No Impact Man's Guide to Activism)

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)


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