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We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. --Native American Proverb (in James George: If Not Now, When?)

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. --Morrie Schwartz (in Letting Love Come In: Lessons from a Nursing Home)

One single gift acknowledged in gratefulness has the power to dissolve the ties of our alienation. --Brother David Steindl-Rast (in Three Steps to Living a Life of Gratefulness)

For it is in giving that we receive. --St. Francis of Assisi (in A Tribute to Pakistan's Angel of Mercy)

One love, one heart, one destiny. --Bob Marley (in One Heart: A Mission To Save Lives in Childbirth)

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. --Thich Nhat Hanh (in A Tribute to Mr. Happy Man)

Technology challenges us to assert our human values, which means that first of all, we have to figure out what they are. --Sherry Turkle (in Our Relationship With Media & Attention)

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 Bolivia's Law of Mother Earth)

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. --Martin Luther King Jr. (in The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color)

No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. --Elie Wiesel (in Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech)

If a man going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current -- how can he help others across? --Buddha (in How Anxiety Reduces Empathy)

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. --Alfred Austin (in Former Dress Shop Owner Feeds Thousands Through Gardening)

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. --Billy Joel (in How Music Bonds Us Together )

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. --Bradley Miller (in Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers)

We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness --Ram Dass (in A Eulogy for My Mother)

Connecting the mind and body is not just a health strategy. It is a movement of consciousness that can change the world. --Matthew Sanford (in The Body's Grace: Insights from a Paralyzed Yoga Teacher)

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. --Albert Einstein (in A World of Solutions)

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman (in What Role Were You Born to Play in Social Change?)

The task of healing is to respect oneself as a creature, no more and no less. --Wendell Berry (in Wendell Berry: What Are People For?)

Justice is truth in action. --Benjamin Disraeli (in Navajo Justice: Life Comes From It)

Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead. --Mother Teresa (in The Chicken Lady)

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. -- (in How Great Leaders Inspire Action)

Life is all about breaking those mental barriers: leaping across and clean over those little invisible fences. --Prakash Iyer (in 50 Years Ago She Did Something No Woman Ever Had)

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 Housecalls for the Homebound)

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. --Jean Cocteau (in Beyond the Known Territory)

There's no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity. --Thich Nhat Hanh (in The DNA Journey)

To write a poem you have to open yourself to the universe before something starts to come. --John Tarrant (in Why Play with Koans)

Purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear and loss --Rebecca Solnit (in Rebecca Solnit: Falling Together)

Each of us is truly unique, not just in our genetic makeup, but even in the way our brains change over time. --Robert Epstein (in Your Brain is Not a Computer)

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. --Plato (in The Lady in Number Six)

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. --Albert Einstein (in Thinking Outside the Box)

Optimism represents the spontaneous flow of love. Also optimism represents trust in love. Therefore it is love trusting love which is optimism. --Hazrat Inayat Khan (in Optimism in the Dark Night)

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. --Lewis B. Smedes (in Does Forgiveness Make Kids Happier?)

It can hurt to go through life with your heart open, but not as much as it does to go through life with your heart closed. --Jim Doty (in What Mindfulness is Missing)

To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground. --Chief Seattle (in The Hour of Land)

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
--Walt Whitman
(in The Great Unknown Is Me, Myself)

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. -- George F. Will (in Olympians Without Nations: Refugees Head to Summer Games)

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. --Ben Okri (in The Science of the Story)

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone. --Wendell Berry (in Whitefoot: Wendell Berry Tells the Story of a Mouse)

In art, sublimation refers to the psychological processes of transformation, in which base and unimpressive experiences are converted into something noble and fine -- exactly what may happen when sorrow meets art. --Alain de Botton (in Art & Healing: Katherine Sherwood)

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. --Leonardo da Vinci (in New Trail of Hope)

For a long time I have known that our interior world is the soil in which the seeds of art take root. Without this seed in which the magic part of life is hidden, and from which a work of art can be born, there is no art, there is no music. --Thomas de Hartmann (in On Art & Mindfulness )

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning. --Gloria Steinem (in Inspiring the Future: Redraw the Balance)

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. --W.B. Yeats (in Why We Feel Awe)

Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow. --Kahlil Gibran (in Allow Breathe Curious: A Coloring Book for Mindfulness)

The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world. --Normal Borlaug (in The Sandwich Man)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. --Marianne Williamson (in Rising to the Occasion: Unleashing Our True Potential)

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. --Plato (in The Lullaby Project: Homeless Mothers Make Music)

Nature does not hurry, and yet everything is accomplished. --Lao Tzu (in #MakeVirtueViral: A Graduation Speech for Uncertain Times)

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? --Lao Tzu (in Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable)


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