Words shape our reality, and a song or poem has that power in a potently condensed form. Likewise a pithy quotation can say it all – and lodge in the mind to drip-feed our own purpose and courage. Here are the quotations that appear throughout this website – they will change from time to time as new ones find and inspire me.
We cannot wait for great visions from great people, for they are in short supply…
It is up to us to light our own small fires in the darkness.
We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a 1000 invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived, this is to have succeeded.
We don’t need to focus on the unanswered questions so much as the unquestioned answers.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go out and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Action rightly renounced brings freedom; Action rightly performed brings freedom: Both are better than mere shunning of action.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. We are faced now with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.
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