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Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. --Hans Margolius (in The Importance of Quiet Time)

In the tapestry of life, we're all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us, helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together --Anita Moorjani (in Designed by Masters, Woven with Dignity)

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. --Shel Silverstein (in Ann Medlock: Sticking Her Neck Out for Our Common Humanity)

The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap. --Hildegard of Bingen (in The Efficiency of Inefficiency)

When we grow in spiritual consciousness, we identify with all that is in the world. And there is no exploitation. It is ourselves we are helping. It is ourselves we are healing. --Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy (in Healing the Eyes of the World)

We seek a restorative justice, not a retributive justice. --Desmond Tutu (in Spotlight on Restorative Justice)

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. --Dalai Lama (in HumanKinda)

Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one. --Nikoli Berdyaev (in Kitchen Teachings: A Conversation with Cherri Farrell)

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. --Winston Churchill (in How to Hardwire Resilience into the Brain)

Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. --Linda Creed and Michael Masser (in KidsCan: Children Changing the World)

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
--Stephen Hawking
(in Elucidating Human Consciousness Through Art)

Make love of yourself perfect. Deny yourself nothing -- give yourself infinity and eternity and discover that you do not need them; you are beyond. --Nisargadatta Maharaj (in The Love You Seek)

Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master. --Christian Lous Lange (in Human Scale Revisited)

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. --Maya Angelou (in Last Lecture)

A curve is always beautiful because it's truthful. --Tony Owen (in In Praise of Crooked Things)

When the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. --Leonardo Da Vinci (in The Third Self: Mary Oliver on the Artist's Task)

My sense is wherever you are, and whatever your religious orientation or lack of it, just to go to silence whether it's by taking a walk or going into a retreat house is like going into a hospital for the soul. --Pico Iyer (in Pico Iyer Chooses Stillness)

Everything is connected...no one thing can change by itself. --Paul Hawken (in Paul Hawken: Solutions Man)

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces. --Henry David Thoreau (in Waiting for the Thaw)

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. --Loren Eiseley (in Betsy Damon: Living Water)

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. --Martin Buber (in Teach Me To Be WILD)

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. --Anais Nin (in The Butterfly Child)

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. --Carl Jung (in From Mindfulness to Heartfulness)

I have never forgotten the almost mystical power over an audience a storyteller has, when the story is deep and links you. ---Isobelle Carmody- (in Uncolonizing the Imagination)

Ultimately, in learning to live in a living Universe, we are learning to live in the deep ecology of existence in eternity. --Duane Elgin (in Humanity's Most Urgent Challenge)

There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love. --Father Greg Boyle (in What If We Believed No Lives Mattered Less Than Other Lives?)

No seed ever sees the flower. --Zen proverb (in Scale in the Story of Interbeing)

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. --Maya Angelou (in 3 Ways You Can Find More Happiness at Work)

We must turn water into air in order to live, which for us means turning our experience into something that can sustain us. It means turning pain into wonder, heartache into joy. --Mark Nepo (in Etty Hillesum: A Celebrant of Life)

The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up. --Brene' Brown (in The Physics of Vulnerability)

Each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done. --Bryan Stevenson (in Bryan Stevenson Beats the Drum for Justice)

Any change, any revolution for the people always occurs in one place, but the winds carry them far and wide. --Vinoba Bhave (in To Light Up the Sky Together)

I've found that many of the decisions in my life involving change have come from the heart. --Judy Wicks (in Good Morning, Beautiful Business!)

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. --Victor Hugo (in Lessons in Resilience: The Stories We Tell and Why They Matter)

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. --Lao Tzu (in When Gratitude Holds Hands with Grief)

During times of radical change, how do we hold both the magnificence and tragedy of the world? --Geneen Marie Haugen (in Wild Faith)

Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity. --Fritjof Capra (in Fritjof Capra on Life and Leadership)

Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of "you're not alone." --Brene Brown (in If This Was Your Mom, What Would You Do?)

If you make time for silence, the sacred will unfold. --Rod Stryker (in The Sacred Ordinary in Healthcare)

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. --Martin Luther King, Jr. (in When Someone Threw Coffee at My Face)

Joy is the gift of love. Grief is the price of love. Anger is the force that protects it. --Valerie Kaur (in Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage)

A generous heart is always open, always ready to receive our going and coming. In the midst of such love we need never fear abandonment. This is the most precious gift true love offers - the experience of knowing we always belong. --bell hooks (in Can Love Be A Force for Social Justice?)

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
--Lucian Freud
(in The Dumpster)

Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. --Rumi (in How to Help Teens Find Their Purpose)

In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times. --Bertoldt Brecht (in Photographing the Beauty of Life in the Shadow of War)

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. --Herman Hesse (in When Things Fall Apart)

It isn't more light we need, it's putting into practice what light we already have. When we do that, wonderful things will happen within our lives and within our world. --Peace Pilgrim (in Peace Pilgrim's Last Interview)

Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle. --Hehaka Sapa (Black Elk) (in Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature)

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. --Albert Camus (in A Winter Walk: An Excerpt)

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. --Francis Bacon (in No Better Place to Meet Yourself)


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