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To realize that prophecy in the people is like fruit in the tree is to know the unity of life.

--Kahlil Gibran
(in Prophets Without Robes or Staffs)

Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us? --Lawrence Durrell (in The Sounds of Silence)

We have the opportunity to lay the foundations for a way of life more aligned with the deeper truths of the Earth and our own sacred nature. --Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (in Watching River Otters)

May we find our foundation in the work of Love; demanding, tiring, true and human and holy. --Padraig O Tuama (in This Fantastic Argument of Being Alive)

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives, --Annie Dillard (in Things to Look Forward To)

Why is normality a gold standard? Isn't it so much more exciting to be different, to have glitter and a phenomenal spectrum of colours and possibilities? --Kai Syng Tan (in Neurodiversity and Creativity)

This is a moment of unexpected possibility. --Martin Shaw (in Navigating the Mysteries)

Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(in The Age of Invisible Stones)

Differences must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic.
--Audre Lorde
(in Beyond Polarity)

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

It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. --Maya Angelou (in Resisting Revenge to Embrace Humanity )

To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling.
--Jean Shinoda Bolen
(in Becoming Who You Are Meant to Be)

May you feel safe. May you feel content. May you feel strong. May you live with ease. --Sylvia Boorstein (in What We Nurture)

Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation. --James Turrell (in A Thing of Beauty)

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. --Oscar Wilde (in Perpetual Motion)

In Anishinaabe languages of Skywoman, our words for moss, aasaakamig and aasaakamek, carry the meaning those ones who cover the earth. --Robin Wall Kimmerer (in Ancient Green: Moss, Climate and Deep Time)

Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness. --Leo Tolstoy (in Small Kindnesses)

If we are to work together more intelligently, we will need to choose processes that evoke our curiosity, humility, generosity and wisdom. --Margaret Wheatley (in Solving Complex Problems Relying on Diversity and Inclusion)

There is a deep, peaceful calm in the dawning of a new day. --Alan Watts (in Let the Sun Rise)

Even if it's a yucky day, you can get a hug. --Clark Todebush (in A New Hotline for a Pep Talk from Kindergartners)

How precious words are and how real speech is
in its impact on the way people live and die. --Nelson Mandela
(in How to Stay Open and Curious in Hard Conversations)

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. --Jacques Yves Cousteau (in Called to the Sea)

The inner life of a Black child, I think, is one of the most sacred places on Earth. --Major Jackson (in To Observe that Kind of Devotion)

All is connected... no one thing can change by itself.
--Paul Hawken
(in The Magnitude of All Things)

Time is something that interests me a whole lot -- past and present, and how the past appears as people change. --Alice Munro (in Why Did We Stop Believing that People Can Change?)

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves. --Alexander Pope (in Children, Anger Control and Inuit Wisdom)

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. --Albert Einstein (in How to Break the Cycles of War and Violence)

The single most important thing right now is to listen to the earth --Dahr Jamail (in Living in the Time of Dying)

One who is obedient to nature receives the blessings of nature. --Soetsu Yanagi (in Shokunin and Devotion)

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. --Rainer Maria Rilke (in I No Longer Sing With Only My Voice)

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. --Gary Snyder (in Thin Places)

I did not know how to reach him, how to catch up with him...The land of tears is so mysterious. --Antoine de Saint-Exupery (in What Can We Do When a Loved One is Suffering?)

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. --Hans Hoffman (in Sharing the Joy of Simple Living)

In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. --Howard Thurman (in Four Poems Born from Stillness)

Home is about finding my gravity. --Florence Williams (in When Love Breaks Your Heart)

We know now, for certain, that we do not live in an inert universe. How to work with clay knowing this? How do we embody information so that a living material becomes a threshold for healing our deracination from our true, our wild natures? --Paulus Berensohn (in To Spring from the Hand)

All over the world, young men and young women will always dream dreams. --Philip Seymour Hoffman (in Ukrainian Teens' Voices from the Middle of War)

I have found that Centering, like clay,...bears the future within it. --M.C. Richards (in Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person)

Living simply is not about living in poverty or self-inflicted deprivation. It's about living an examined life where one has determined what is truly important and enough... and then just let go of all the rest. --Duane Elgin (in Being Simply Beautiful)

For us there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. --T.S. Eliot (in Giving Your Heart Over to Real Change )

Anxiety is the verb, the vibe, the texture, the pH of our age. --Ellen Vora (in The Anatomy of Anxiety)

A poem is where the flint of soul
strikes the stone of trauma
and makes a spark. --Chelan Harkin
(in Experiments with Wild Grace)

Affirm everyone and everything.
Freely extend your goodwill and virtue in every direction, regardless of circumstances.
Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it. --Lao Tzu
(in The Two-Spirit Diplomat Who Mediated Two Worlds)

We live in a culture that is constantly amping us up with stress and stimulation. --Johann Hari (in Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention)

There is a great difference between comprehending the knowledge of things and tasting the hidden life of them. --Isaac Penington (in The Missing Piece)

What you lose in the fire, you will find in the ashes. --Creole Proverb (in Fighting Fire with Fire)

We tell ourselves stories in order to live. --Joan Didion (in Writing a Better Story)

Humility is not a peculiar habit of self-effacement, rather like having an inaudible
voice. It is selfless respect for reality and one of the most difficult and central of all virtues. --Iris Murdoch
(in A Selfless Respect for Reality)

If you have no intention of loving or being loved, the whole journey is pointless. --Kate DiCamillo (in For the 8-Year-Old In You)

I don't know what the future will be, but I absolutely know that joy and the things that give us joy in this world, especially the natural world, are essential for everything. --Dara McAnulty (in Finding Joy in the Unknown)

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