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The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. --Mother Teresa (in The Man on a Mission to End Loneliness)

Love is space and time measured by the heart. --Marcel Proust (in Proust On Memory and Madeleines)

Speech is priceless, if you speak with knowledge.
Weigh it in the scales of the heart, before it comes from the mouth. --Kabir
(in In the Footsteps of Kabir)

The soul might be silent but the servant of the soul has always got a voice and it has got one for a reason. --Cormac McCarthy (in Losing His Voice Led Him to Helping Others Strengthen Theirs)

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. --Thich Nhat Hanh (in New Approaches to Healing Collective Conflict and Trauma)

Love is the most ordinary, simplest, and most direct way to uncover what is real -- the innermost secrets of life. -- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (in Unity and the Power of Love)

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. --Blaise Pascal (in The Two-Year Phone Conversation That Changed a Life)

There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog. --Konrad Lorenz (in K9s for Warriors: Together We Stand)

This is happiness...to be dissolved into something complete and great. --Willa Cather (in Gardening and the Secret of Happiness)

Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. --Joseph Campbell (in The Boy Who Wanted to Go to School)

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts --Rachel Carson (in The Meadow Across the Creek)

God is not always silent, and man is not always blind. In every man's life there are moments when there is a lifting of the veil. --Rabbi Abraham Heschel (in What Are You Doing With Your Freedom?)

Caring is not just another goal: it is a way of being embodied. --Tarthang Tulku (in A Call to Caring)

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
--Melodie Beattie
(in Say Grace)

As much as any creature on the planet, bees provide a win-win situation with their actions... I suppose we could all take a lesson from them. --Jay Ebben (in The Bee Guardian)

The worst approach to suffering is to try to make it go away, and the worst approach to happiness is to try to make it stay. --Max Ritvo (in Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship)

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. --Thomas Merton (in Jewels in the Dirt: In Conversation with Lobsang Phuntsok)

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? --Vincent Van Gogh (in How to Break the Loop of Our Destructive Patterns)

I seemed to have no choice but to go for it, so with my heart in my mouth, I did, figuring that if not now, then when? if not me, then who? --Carolyn North (in The Dilemmas of Being a Benefactor)

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. --Rachel Carson (in Zach Pine: Life Practice)

In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times. --Bertolt Brecht
(in The Missing People Choir)

Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
And between the two my life moves.
--Nisargadatta Maharaj
(in The Monk, the Butcher & the Origins of Deep Counting)

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. --Norman Maclean (in The Mystique of Rain)

I am everybody and every time,
I always call myself by your name. --Pablo Neruda
(in Pablo Neruda Against the Illusion of Separateness)

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear --Martin Luther King, Jr. (in 9/11 Brought Them Together. They've Been Spreading Love Since)

I like to see art as humanity's capacity to increase awe in the universe. --Matthew Fox (in How Silence Leads Us To Awe)

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. --Vincent Van Gogh (in 5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power)

I am not afraid. I was born to do this. --Joan of Arc (in The Nun Who Has Saved Thousands of Lives From Violence)

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. --Norman Cousins (in BJ Miller Understands Mortality)

Grief is not a feeling, it is a capacity. It is not something that disables you, we are not on the receiving end of grief we are on the practicing end of grief. --Stephen Jenkinson (in Stephen Jenkinson Reimagines Dying)

Artists and scientists share a desire to make sense of the world around them, but they do so from different perspectives. --Rebecca Rustein (in Amplifying Data Through Art)

There is a Power within that knows beyond
Our knowings; we are greater than our thoughts,
And sometimes earth unveils that vision here.
To live, to love are signs of infinite things. --Sri Aurobindo
(in Live In Your Soul: 10 Insights from a Visionary)

Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship ... This goal excelleth every other goal, and this aspiration is the monarch of all aspirations. --Baha'i Scriptures (in Michael Penn: On Hopelessness and Hope)

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. --The Dalai Lama (in A Kindergarten Student Keeps Her Promise )

Where words fail, music speaks. ---Hans Christian Andersen- (in Musicians for World Harmony)

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. --Dalai Lama (in Ten True Things About Gratefulness)

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. --Maya Angelou (in A Modern Elder Muses on Gratitude in Silicon Valley)

A burden shared is a sorrow halved. A joy shared is a joy doubled. --Anonymous (in The Dinner Party)

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. --Maya Angelou (in Stranger Kindness)

Fear has two meanings: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours. --Zig Ziglar (in Failure Is Afraid of You)

We are the children of this forest, and our lifestyle does no harm, it supports the green. The forest is still here, and so are we --Paniya tribals of Wayanad, India (in How Green Is My Forest)

There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results. --Mahatma Gandhi (in Gandhi 3.0: A Grand Rehearsal of Unconditional Love)

The first step to building a new world is to start living it, but don't stop there. --Jason Angell (in How Does Change Happen?)

As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear. --Tracee Ellis Ross (in Why Activism Must Be More Generous)

tell them
i stood
side by side
the doctors and the dreamers
a poem in my left hand
a scalpel in the right
tried and tried to funnel
lilies and light
from poems
into the tip of my scalpel
cut a slice of bread
for the hungry. --Sriram Shamasunder
(in As A Doctor, I Am Looking to Make Common Cause)

The firecracker cries aloud, "I am the light!" and is finished in a moment. The diamond, shining its light constantly, never says a word about its light. --Hazrat Inayat Khan (in The Man Who Moved a Mountain)

A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand. --Pat Parelli (in Horse Herd Dynamics & the Art of Organizational Success)

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. --Frank Lloyd Wright (in The Restorative Power of Trees)

Honesty - Self-Righteousness + Vulnerability = Authenticity --Mike Robbins (in Bring Your Whole Self to Work)

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
--Kahil Gibran
(in Raise Your Children to Be Happy, Healthy, Complete)


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