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After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. --Philip Pullman (in The Power of Story)

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. --Walt Whitman (in 5 Essential reads On Empathy)

Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now. --Thich Nhat Hanh (in Are You An Adrenaline Addict?)

It is now becoming increasingly clear that the universe is more like a great thought than a great machine. --J. Robert Oppenheimer (in Ecosophy: Nature's Guide to a Better World)

Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life. --Isaac Singer (in Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2014)

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. --Leonard Cohen (in Lily Yeh: Healing Our Broken Places Through Art)

All good things are wild and free. --Henry David Thoreau (in SpiritHorse: Helping Children With Disabilities Soar)

At the end of the day it's not about what you have accomplished...it's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. --Denzel Washington (in Three Ways to Be a More Mindful Leader)

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. --William Arthur Ward (in The Gift Of Invisible Kindness)

Hugs are the universal medicine. --Author Unknown (in Can Hugs Help Keep You Healthy?)

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. --John Dewey (in The Difference Between Education & Training)

Walking is man's best medicine. --Hippocrates (in Walking Our Way To Health & Happiness)

Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly. --George MacDonald (in The Dinner Party: Breaking Bread, Healing Hearts)

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. --Alan Watts (in The Gifts of Hibernation)

See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Theresa (in The Endangered Sounds of Silence)

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. --Leo Tolstoy (in 10 Ways To Live Simply In 2015)

It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive --Joan Didion (in A Letter From Your 14-Year-Old Self)

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. --Mother Teresa (in Tiny Living: Making it Work)

If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap. If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing. If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else. --Chinese Proverb (in Why Happiness Is The Wrong Pursuit)

The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. --Carl Jung (in Using Brain Science To Transform Schools)

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. --Martin Luther King Jr. (in Lee Hoinacki: Conscience & Courage)

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. --Confucius (in Remembering An Outsider Artist)

Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought. --E.Y. Harburg (in Music Is Something You DO)

I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. --Abraham Lincoln (in What Do I Do With IT?)

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep. --William James (in Free Hugs With Arie Moyal)

To those who have given up on love: I say, 'Trust life a little bit.' --Maya Angelou (in It Is Now That My Life Is Mine)

Don't do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work. --Thich Nhat Hạnh (in Three Benefits To Mindfulness At Work)

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. --Aristotle (in Wendell Berry on Solitude And Creativity's Enemies)

I believe our true nature IS kindness and that when we are not acting out of fear we act out of love. --Glinda (in 60 Kind Acts For My 60th Birthday)

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. --John F. Kennedy (in Repaying A Homeless Man's Kindness)

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. --Gwendolyn Brooks (in Unpacking a Gift from 21 Years Ago)

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. --Martha Graham (in The 21-Day Challenge: A New Way To Practice Our Values)

A seed is small but rich with possibility, like love, which is as humble as it is powerful. --Pir Zia Inayat-Khan (in 9 Inspiring Quotes About The Sacredness of Seeds)

I breathe deeply and fully. I take in the breath of life, and I am nourished. --Louise Hay (in 34 Affirmations For Healthy Living)

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. Smedes -- (in The Forgiveness Of Unforgivable Acts)

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. --Pablo Picasso (in The Art of Noticing ... and Creating)

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. --John Steinbeck (in Stunning Images of the Power of Education)

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. --Hermann Hesse (in The Art of Stillness)

Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided. --Paracelsus (in What The People Of The Amazon Know That You Don't)

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity... --John Muir (in 6 Promising Trends For The New Nature Movement)

With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. --Rumi (in Anne Lamott On Grief, Grace & Gratitude)

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. --John F. Kennedy (in The Beauty Of Craft)

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. --T.S. Eliot (in Low On Time? Here's A Surprising Solution)

All my feelings have the color you desire to paint. --Rumi (in Poems To Color In: Beloved Poems Turned Interactive Art)

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. --John Holmes (in Giving People A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out)

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. --Voltaire (in Brilliant Impersonators: Celebrating The Rip-Off)

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. -- John Bunyan (in If We Left They Wouldn't Have Nobody)

Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. ---Henry David Thoreau- (in The Spirit Of Sauntering)

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. --William Shakespeare (in Knitting Behind Bars)

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. --Sharon Ralls Lemon (in Photographing Horses To Save Their Lives)


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