Quotations

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.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

Arundhati Roy(b.1961)

To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.

Raymond Williams

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein

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.

Marshall B Rosenberg

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique … No artist is pleased. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching…

Martha Graham

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level at which we have created them… We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive.

Albert Einstein

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience rather than understanding that influences behaviour.

Marshall McLuhan

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.

Sir John BrowneBP

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu – A person is a person through
other people.

Zulu saying

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