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.
When we focus on clarifying what is being observed, felt, and needed rather than on diagnosing and judging, we discover the depth of our own compassion.
Companies are an integral part of the societies in which they work. We don’t make our profits and then go and live somewhere else. This is our society too. The people who make up our company are also citizens. They have hopes and fears for themselves and for their families. Companies that want to keep operating successfully have to uphold their employees’ values, just like their customers’ values. We cannot isolate ourselves. We have to be engaged in public policy issues. We have to be constructive.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won.
You must give birth to your images, they are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel, the future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the hour of new clarity.
Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not seek the answers that cannot be given to you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. And perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it live along some distant day into the answers. (Letters to a Young Poet)
To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.
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 don’t need to focus on the unanswered questions so much as the unquestioned answers.
In these matters, the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
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