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When the gift moves in a circle its motion is beyond the control of the personal ego, and so each bearer must be a part of the group and each donation is an act of social faith. --Lewis Hyde (in How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World)

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in Solar Sister)

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. --Helen Keller (in Heroines of Health)

The patterns we perceive are determined by the stories we want to believe. --John Verndon (in Humanity's Path to a Flourishing Future)

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.

--Paulo Coelho
(in Trailhead)

Attending to life is an act of love. --Katie Rubinstein (in Mother's Day: Belonging to Each Other)

Looking at the Earth and the universe from the stand point of awe, wonder and radical amazement at the grandeur and magnificent mystery of all being. That's what the new bottom line is about. --Rabbi Michael Lerner (in Scott Fry is a Loving Earthling)

Ego says, "Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace". Spirit says, "Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place". --Marianne Williamson (in Organizations Beyond Ego)

Somewhere the deepest desire for a soul is to be appreciated, to be loved. --Jean Vanier (in Remembering Jean Vanier: The Living Saint)

After all, nothing depends on how things turn out--only on how you see them when they happen --Gregory Boyle (in Gus: A Story of Loss and Love)

Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. --Ursula K. Le Guin (in The Call for a Capitalist Reformation)

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." --Hans Christian Anderson (in Butterflies Without Borders)

Yoga is about realizing who you really are aside from your persona. --James Fox (in James Fox and the Prison Yoga Project)

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe. --Joanna Macy (in God Who Weeps: A Story of Grief and Redemption)

I was really on death's door. It brought very vividly to mind how extremely precious this life is, and what tremendous potential we have in this lifetime for purifying our hearts and our minds our souls--and for knowing reality. --Alan Wallace (in Coming Back to Being: A Conversation with Alan Wallace)

If we are to teach real peace in this world...we shall have to begin with the children. --Mahatma Gandhi (in The Jai Jagat Journey)

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. --Rainer Maria Rilke (in Parker Palmer Muses on the Season)

Since the horse is always learning, we need to be aware of what our actions are teaching him.
--John Lyons
(in The Skittish Stallion)

Transformed people transform people. --Richard Rohr (in Are Social Change and Scale Mutually Exclusive?)

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. --Bruce Lee (in The Gentlest Thing in the World)

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. --Tao Te Ching (in A Rite of Passage for Late Life)

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
--Martin Luther King Jr.
(in Kazu Haga: The Creation of Our Beloved Community)

My free soul may use her wing. --George Herbert (in Mary Webb and the Joy of Motion)

In every moment the Universe is whispering to you --Denise Linn (in Searching for Meaning Purpose and Patterns)

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. --Ernest Hemingway (in SuperBetter: A Healing Game)

All good things are wild and free. --Henry David Thoreau (in Brink of Extinction)

We learn from each other, spur each other, help each other, and frequnetly amaze each other. --ServiceSpace (in 10 Sharing-Focused Books to Read this Spring)

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. --J.B. Priestley (in J.B. Priestley and Life's Delights)

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. --J.B. Priestley (in J.B. Priestley on Life's Delights)

People confound, misuse, interchange thinking and speaking, not realizing that speaking is for communication and thinking is for action. --Moshe Feldenkrais (in The Obvious is Elusive)

Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. --Albert Einstein (in This Library Takes an Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books)

Democracy is not just an election, it is our daily life. --Tsai Ing-wen (in Can Borrowing from Neighbors Strengthen Democracy?)

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. ---John Muir- (in Harbored by a Mulberry Tree)

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. --Thich Nhat Han (in Julian Norwich and the Process of Transformation)

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without. --William Sloane Coffin Jr. (in How to Work with the Bias in Your Brain)

Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn't know possible. --Tia Walker (in Caregiving: A Nascent Social Revolution)

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. --Oprah Winfrey (in Who is Mother?)

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world. --Dolores Huerta (in Phil Cass: Shifting the Healthcare Paradigm )

When we lack compassion, we become significantly stifled in our ability to connect with ourselves, with others, and with our lives. --Laura van Dernoot Lipsky (in The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul)

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. --Kahlil Gibran (in A Good Death: An Interview with Stephen Jenkinson)

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. --Ursula K. Le Guin (in All My Best Words Were Hers: A Tribute to Ursula Le Guin)

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. --Kahil Gibran (in Quiet Spirituality)

Don't apologize for the sorrow, grief, and rage you feel. It is a measure of your humanity and your maturity. It is a measure of your open heart, and as your heart breaks open there will be room for the world to heal. --Joanna Macy (in Befriending Our Despair)

"Thank you" is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. --Alice Walker (in Grateful for the Dark Stuff Too)

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely. --Louisa May Alcott (in Discovering the Sacred in Everyday Life)

Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role. --Yehuda Berg (in Ceres Community Project)

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. --Linda Hogan (in Recording the Healing Sounds of Nature)

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. --Maya Angelou (in We Became Fragments)

I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. --Albert Einstein (in Holding Circles of Healing)

The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how
to use one's eyes.
-- George Sand
(in The Magic of Moss and What it Teaches Us)


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