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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. --Helen Keller (in Tsunamika: The Little Doll Changing the World)

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. --Pablo Casals (in The Way Knows the Way)

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. --Pablo Picasso (in Ama Torrance: Without a Recipe)

I felt a complete willingness, without any reservations, to give my life -- to dedicate my
life -- to service. --Peace Pilgrim
(in Peace Pilgrim: A Life of Service)

Maybe we will be better human beings when we begin to see all the other things a place is besides all the things we think it is or wanted it to be. --Brian Doyle (in The Greatest Nature Essay Ever)

Love is the cause of unity in all things. --Aristotle (in We the People)

The real measure of any time management technique is whether or not it helps you neglect the right things. --Oliver Burkeman (in 5 Questions on Your Relationship to Time)

Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry. --Leonard Koren (in A Culture of Simplicity)

All real living is meeting. --Martin Buber (in Stretch Your Heart and Say What You Mean)

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. --Neils Bohr (in Healing Wealth In The Time Of Collapse)

Dream the dream that is trying to be dreamed through you. --Mary Reynolds (in Mary Reynolds: The Garden Awakening)

Dream the dream that is trying to be dreamed through you. --Mary Reynolds (in Mary Reynolds: The Garden Awakening)

Longing is momentum in disguise: It's active, not passive; touched with the creative, the tender, and the divine. --Susan Cain (in The Power of the Bittersweet)

Nothing will work unless you do. --Maya Angelou (in A Brave and Startling Truth)

In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness. --Carl Rogers (in Four Ways to Cool Down Your Defensiveness)

We've forgotten what the child understands intuitively: that language comes from the deep wilderness of life itself, that it comes from play, and that the unsuspected appears from nowhere again and again. --Andy Couturier (in Andy Couturier: Writing Open the Mind)

Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe. --Michio Kaku (in Make Like A Neuron, Be As Connected As Possible)

We should be able to care about plants and animals and people that we've never seen before. --Aimee Nezhukumatathil (in How to Be in Awe)

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. --Fred Rogers (in The Politics of Play)

The limits of your language are the limits of your world. --Ludwig Wittgenstein (in Charles Foster: Against Nature Writing)

While drawing, I discover what I really want to say. --Dario Fo (in How Drawing Helps You Think)

We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share. --The Dalai Lama (in Matthew Fox: Bowing to the Heart Over Authority)

I thought I could just start talking with people and maybe learn something about how to live. --Richard Whittaker (in You Have to Raise the Sails)

Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, "I know you're tired, but come. This is the way." --Rumi (in Silent Drum: Tips for Rhythmic Meditation)

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in Beauty in the Natural World)

There's been no boundary that's stopped anything forever. --Paul Salopek (in Paul Salopek: The Out of Eden Walk)

We do not own the earth.
Walk gently upon it, so that
future generations may do the same. --George Fox
(in Walking Gently on the Earth)

I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. --Diane Ackerman (in Women on the Road)

Improvisation is intuition in action, a way to discover the muse and learn to respond to her call. --Stephen Nachmanovitch (in Freestyle Rapper Harry Mack: Living Out My Purpose)

Listen to the compass of your heart. All you need lies within you.
--Mary Ann Radmacher
(in Out of the Head, Into the Heart)

The forest is not made of abstractions. It is not even made of separate, interacting objects. The forest is instead made of relationship. --David George Haskell (in Listening to the Thoughts of the Forest)

Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was. --Jodi Picoult (in To the Logari Who Asked About the Sun)

Reciprocity--returning the gift--is not just good manners; it is how the biophysical world works. --Robin Wall Kimmerer (in Robin Wall Kimmerer: Returning the Gift)

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning. --Henry Ward Beecher (in The Nettle Dress)

You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself. --John Steinbeck (in Women at the End of the Land)

Our voice, our collective voice, our eagle's cry, is just beginning to be heard. We call out to all of humanity. Hear us! --Leonard Peltier (in Jack Healey: Create Your Future)

The desert perpetually erases and rewrites itself, erases and rewrites. --Anna Badkhen (in Once I Took a Weeklong Walk in the Sahara)

The sea, it is said, is like a mother. The salt water, the pulse and surges of the current, the magnified beat of your heart, and the muffled sounds reverberating through the water together recall the womb. --Lisa See (in Haenyeo: The Sea Women of South Korea)

We are all one question and the best answer seems to be love--a connection between things. --Mary Ruefle (in Mary Ruefle's Stunning Color Spectrum of Sadnesses)

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles. --Walt Whitman
(in When I Die Recompose Me)

I don't know any other way to move through darkness, but to put one foot ahead of the other and listen for the exact sound of our footsteps. If we have to drop to our knees sometimes and press the palms of our hands against the duff and damp of the earth, then that is what we will do. --Kathleen Dean Moore (in Earth's Wild Music: Celebrating & Defending Nature's Songs)

My reality is made in my head; I create roles for myself, I create a structure that requires certain activities and prohibits others. I live in time; I have an agenda. Their [The Sng'oi's] existence had no reality until they lived it. --robert wolff (in robert wolff: Original Wisdom )

Reality is clarifying,
Death becomes less terrifying,
When you look it straight in the eye. --Barbara McAfee
(in Living/Dying Man)

The body aches
To come too,
To the light,
Transmit the grace of gravity --Rebecca Elson
(in Antidotes to Fear of Death)

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. --Steven Wright (in Thousand-Mile Walk Home)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. --Nelson Mandela (in This Rising Up)

You are a mountain full of gold.
Open the mine. Let the mountain speak.
Hear what happens. --Rumi (translation by Haleh Liza Gafori)
(in Gold is the Deepest Love)

The Earth is alive and contains the knowledge you seek. It is your consciousness that determines what it reveals. --Barbara Marciniak (in Cooking in the Ainu Way)

What greater motivation can there be than doing whatever one possibly can to reduce pain and suffering? --Peter Singer (in Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save)

Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? --Mary Oliver (in The Lost Art of Breathing)


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