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Nothing is so healing as the human touch. --Bobby Fischer (in What Critically Ill Kids Can Teach Us)

Nonviolence is to be an artist with your humanity. --Ali Abu Awwad (in The Third Harmony)

You gotta put one foot in front of the other
And lead with love. --Melanie DeMore
(in Melanie DeMore: Sending You Light)

To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together. --Barry Lopez (in On Barry Lopez: Now That It's Come to This)

Life in our universe is a flash in the pan, a few moments in the vast unfolding of time and space in the cosmos...A realization of the scarcity of life makes me feel some ineffable connection to other living things. --Alan Lightman (in Probable Impossibilities)

The medicine of writing--and the medicine of robins and fungal filaments and stars and acorns--is the understanding that we're all made of the same material. --Sarah Sentilles (in How to Write Love)

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. --Sandra Day O'Connor (in The Art of Weaving)

Reality is inherently grounding. The more in touch with it we are, the more grounded we feel. This is true on every level: physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual. --John J. Prendergast (in Four Stages of Groundedness)

Hope is holding a creative tension between what is and what could and should be, each day doing something to narrow the distance between the two. --Parker Palmer (in First Passage)

I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
--Richard P. Feynman
(in The Wisdom of Forgetting What You Know)

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. --Mary Ritter Beard (in The Way of the Nomad)

As I dig for wild orchids
in the autumn fields,
it is the deeply-bedded root
that I desire,
not the flower. --Izumi Shikibu
(in The Forest of Orchids)

Bowing helps to eliminate our self-centered ideas. --Shunryu Suzuki (in The Alchemy of Bowing)

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing. --Alan Watts (in Love Letters from Seaweed)

We listen to views that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. --Adam Grant (in To Become a Better Leader, Question Your Assumptions)

Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.
--Rumi
(in Rumi, Grace & Human Friendship)

All serious daring starts from within. --Eudora Welty (in Asha Gond at the Skating World Championships)

Where thou art, that is home.
--Emily Dickinson
(in We're Gonna Carry That Weight A Long Time)

Leave the door open to the unknown, the door into the dark. That's where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go. --Rebecca Solnit (in Finding Time: Slowness is an Act of Resistance)

Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you. --Joy Harjo
(in Joy Harjo: The Whole of Time)

Always there is this primary place of belonging in the land and in our souls. It used to be a part of the way we lived, how we walked and breathed. --Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (in Where the Horses Sing)

Trees do not preach learning and precepts. They preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life --Hermann Hesse (in How Trees Secretly Talk To Each Other)

All of us are knowers, all the time; it is only occasionally and in spite of ourselves that we understand the mystery of given reality. --Aldous Huxley (in Love is the Last Word)

All art emulates the condition of ritual. That is what it comes from and to that it must always return for nourishment. --T.S. Eliot (in Kolam: Ritual Art that Feeds a Thousand Souls Every Day)

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. --Martin Luther King Jr. (in The Art and Science of Conquering Your Fears)

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself. --Basho (in Wendell Berry: The Peace of Wild Things)

It seems to me that when I have a positive view towards anything, a positive result will more likely occur. Now being 79 years old and living a life that 99% of the time was spectacular, Ive proven my theory over and over again. --David Hoffman (in David Hoffman: A Positive View)

Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. --Mohsin Hamid (in To Heal the Human Heart)

Our knowledge of shape and form remains, in general, a mixture of visual and of tactile experiences... A child learns about roundness from handling a ball far more than from looking at it. --Henry Moore (in Please Touch the Art)

We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human. --David Abram (in The Spell of the Sensuous)

Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine will be food. --Hippocrates (in Tapping into the Wisdom of the Gut)

Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity. --Pope Francis (in Learning from Navajo Nation's Generosity in a Pandemic)

True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation. --Thomas Bailey Aldrich (in The Book of Untranslatable Words)

Walk boldly through your life with an open, broken heart.
--Joanna Macy
(in The Shambhala Warrior's Weapon)

Every leaf that grows will tell you: what you sow will bear fruit, so if you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. --Rumi (in A Seed of Freedom)

We are born of love.
Love is our mother. --Rumi
(in Alphabet Heart Sutra: A Mother's Day Offering)

A life without festivity is a long road without an inn. --Democritus (in For Small Creatures Such as We)

To use the world well, to be able to stop wasting it and our time in it, we need to relearn our being in it. --Ursula Le Guin (in Nature and the Serious Work of Joy)

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. --Desmond Tutu (in Six Habits of Hope)

Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. --Lao Tzu (in Waiting for the Elvers)

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. --Vincent Van Gogh (in A Day with the Langs)

The patchwork quilt is really the symbol of the world which must come: one new design made out of many old designs. We will stitch this world together yet. Don't give up. --Pete Seeger (in Karma Quilts: One Woman's Labor of Love Offering)

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. --Confucius (in An Illustrated Poster for People Who Love Their Work)

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: A Paralyzed Yoga Teacher's Insights)

We are conscious of this desire to give back when it comes to people who are givers. Places are givers, too. And we can give back to them. When we do, we become more courageous, more creative--and certainly more grateful! --Trebbe Johnson (in Radical Joy For Hard Times)

Much like a wave is not just part of the sea but the very sea in its specific materialization, my voice and my words only make sense within a commonwealth of other beings that make me possible. --Bayo Akomolafe (in They Sang with a Thousand Tongues)

Emergence disturbs the concept of linearity and undermines the whole modern project of categorizing things neatly once and for all, --Bayo Akomolafe (in Emergence Disturbs the Concept of Linearity)

I find more and more that attention is the elemental unit of time. Each moment we are fully paying attention is an atom of eternity. --Maria Popova (in Gardening as Resistance: Notes on Building Paradise)

A name is a starting point for bringing the abstract into relationship, enkindling understanding. --Natalie Middleton (in Friend of the Water)

I learned in that moment that when I live in that kind of connection, I get to speak for Life with all of my life. --Mark Dubois (in The Voice of the River)


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