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My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. --Martin Luther (in The Night Is Just Beginning)

She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with It as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts. --George Eliot (in Grieving Beneath the Stars: Mourners as Spiritual Teachers)

(...)I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. --F. Scott Fitzgerald (in Stonehenge: A Summer Solstice Experience)

Every animal has its own intelligence and sensitivities. They're all lovely, worthwhile, and deserving of our respect. --Portia de Rossi (in How Animals See Themselves)

If we're not paying attention through our own senses, we have disengaged from the primary mode in which every creature since the origin of life has connected to its environment. --David George Haskell (in Listening and the Crisis of Attention)

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. --Wendell Berry (in The Art of Soil)

The greatest danger to our future is apathy. --Jane Goodall (in Down By the Riverside)

I learned, a long time ago, about a particular saying from the continent I grew up on: "the times are urgent; let us slow down." --Bayo Akomolafe (in Let Us Make Sanctuary)

There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea. --Khalil Gibran (in The Age of Stolen Salt)

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. --German Proverb (in What Fear Can Teach Us)

Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. --Fred Rogers (in Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Issues)

To every child--I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy. --Malala Yousafzai (in Where Children Sleep)

All things are possible through the openness of our mind, the gentleness of our spirit, and the act of understanding and embracing. --Lily Yeh (in Lily Yeh: Art for Social Transformation)

The river that flows in you also flows in me. --Kabir (in Why Rivers Should Have The Same Rights as Us)

Sing to me in the silence of your heart and I will rise up to hear your triumphant song. --Rumi (in Spoken Without Words: ASL Poetry Slam)

Joy is an act of rebellion. And so is allowing ourselves to feel our grief. --Octavia Raheem (in Black Joy in Pursuit of Racial Justice)

Nonviolence is not a tactic to be taken out of the box when it seems fit to use. It is a way of life. --Sami Awad (in Sami Awad: A Holy Land for All)

Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth. --June Jordan (in Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild)

And this is what I learned, that the world's otherness is antidote to confusion - that standing within this otherness - the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books - can re-dignify the worst-stung heart. --Mary Oliver (in The Age of the Possible)

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. --Victor Hugo (in Let the Sun Rise)

Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature. --Carlo Petrini (in Grace Before Dinner)

Such a marvel, the tenacity of the buds to surge with life every spring, to greet the lengthening days and warming weather with exuberance, no matter what hardships were brought by winter. --Suzanne Simard (in Suzanne Simard: Forests are Wired for Wisdom)

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. --Ida B. Wells (in For One Day of Freedom)

Perhaps if people talked less, animals would talk more. --E.B. White (in Anna Breytenbach: The Animal Communicator)

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around. --Terry Pratchett (in The Moth: All These Wonders)

The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive. --Carlos Castaneda (in They Still Draw Pictures)

There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. --Wendell Berry (in Buddha of Oakland)

Tell the children the truth. --Bob Marley (in Talking with Kids About What's Going On in the World)

Surrendering reminds me that my way is always inferior to the way of life. --Anna-Zoe Herr (in Surrendering and Opening to Hope in Times of Crisis)

A garden is a way that the land says, "I love you."...Gardens are simultaneously a material and a spiritual undertaking. --Robin Wall Kimmerer (in On the Creative and Spiritual Rewards of Gardening)

I may not be in total control of what happens in my life, but I certainly am in charge of how I choose to perceive my experience. --Jill Bolte Taylor (in Meet the Four Characters of Your Brain)

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))

To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors. --Tia Walker (in Painting with Mom)

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)


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