When our mind is peaceful, we are happy, even if our external conditions are unpleasant.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
If I can find something good in every day, then I can find something good in every person.
We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.
As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.
If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected–those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most!–and listens to their testimony.
I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever-dying, there is underlying all that change a Living Power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and re-creates.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
He who distinguishes between the garden and practice cannot be said to have found the Way.
A dog can never tell you what she knows from the
smells of the world, but you know, watching her,
that you know almost nothing.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.
The grief and sense of loss, that we often interpret as a failure in our personality, is actually a feeling of emptiness where a beautiful and strange otherness should have been encountered.
Sometimes the best blessings come out of the worst situations.
When our mind is peaceful, we are happy, even if our external conditions are unpleasant.
When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.
Science and poetry are, in fact, inseparable. By providing a vision of life, of Earth, of the universe in all its splendor, science does not challenge human values; it can inspire human values. It does not negate faith; it celebrates faith.
Because I am a part of the Big Picture, I do matter and substantially so. Because I am only a part, however, I am rightly situated off to stage right– and happily so. What freedom there is in such truth!
Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth; having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire. These are the things to fear, said the headmaster.
We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.
Henry David Thoreau
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
Trauma has the power to rob our lives of vitality and destroy it. However, we can also use it for powerful self-renewal and transformation. Trauma, resolved, is a blessing from a greater power.
For true self–remembering is the consciousness of one’s relation with another in the presence of a higher power.
Don’t make a permanent decision on temporary feelings.
Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80% of being a successful hitter. The other 20% is just execution.
Major League Baseball right fielder, former record holder for career home runs
I mean how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t.
Growth and comfort do not coexist.
Sometimes evolving doesn’t mean transforming; sometimes it just means owning what is there.
The secret of success is an absolute ungovernable curiosity.
I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.
TV and radio host
Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds pretty good and you win.
It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss.
writer, editor, educator
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
When something is truly funny, it’s funny all the time.
When you do something out of love, you don’t count the cost.
You don’t need a reason to help someone.
Never stop being a good person because of bad people.
Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone, to experience, appreciate and love yourself.
When the fabric of communities upon which health depends is torn, then healers are called to mend it. The moral law within insists so. Improving the social determinants of health will be brought at last to a boil only by the heat of the moral determinants of health.
People say that the soul, on hearing the song of creation, entered the body, but in reality the soul itself was the song.
we are our only relevant hope
we are our only possible medicine
adrienne maree brown
Your luminosity is intrinsic, but your brightness will depend on who is looking at you.
Ella Frances Sanders
It is up to us to take care of this planet, it is our only home. To betray nature is to betray us. To save nature is to save us.
What then is time? If no one asks me, then I know. If I wish to explain it to someone who asks, I know it not.
If trees have memories, respond to stress, and communicate, then what can they tell us? Will we listen?
Empathy is a special way of coming to know another and ourself, a kind of attuning and understanding. When empathy is extended, it satisfies our needs and wish for intimacy, it rescues us from our feelings of aloneness.
Deep trust in life is not a feeling but a stance that you deliberately take. It is the attitude we call courage.
Br. David Steindl-Rast
To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart.
A person is a person through other persons; you can’t be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.
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.
It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there
William Carlos Williams
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Hoarding won’t save us…All flourishing is mutual.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Our genius is to understand and stand beneath the set of stars present at our birth, and from that place, to seek the hidden single star, over the night horizon, we did not know we were following.
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll
We cannot, of course, save the World because we do not have authority over its parts. We can serve the world though. That is everyone’s calling, to lead a life that helps.
Push yourself before life pushes you around.
Great things never came from comfort zones.
The one who is meant for you encourages you to be your best but still loves and accepts you at your worst.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Fail often so you can succeed sooner.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player.
college basketball coach
I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw
Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.
Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
Please kindly go away, I’m introverting.
The educator has the duty of not being neutral.
It is easy to be bleak about the human race, but there are people who have proved to me that we can be better than we are.
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.
Today we acknowledge the shadows, but we lean into the light.
As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.
We can return to the Earth that is our only home, consciously choosing sustainable ways of living with the Earth. Choose it or lose it.
Only by listening inwardly in a fresh and open way will you discern at any given time what most serves your healing and freedom.
It is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.
Beauty is the antidote to grief and despair, and it is the one sure thing I can bring to bear when I confront a place that has fallen on hard times.
“While there’s life, there’s hope.”
I take a deep breath and sidestep my fear and begin speaking from the place where beauty and bravery meet–within the chambers of a quivering heart.
Terry Tempest Williams
As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.
Roy T. Bennett
Be careful what you say about yourself. You can’t curse yourself and live a blessed life. You can’t put yourself down and rise up to who you were created to be.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them one of yours.
Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget they’re just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. Thich Nhat Hanh
The truth is that Trout, like Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and many others, writes parables. These are set in frames which have become called, for no good reason, science fiction. A better generic term would be ‘future fairy tales’. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near.
Philip José Farmer
So, in the interests of survival, they trained themselves to be agreeing machines instead of thinking machines. All their minds had to do was to discover what other people were thinking, and then they thought that, too.
I am firm. I may sometimes appear impatient at nothing at all, and all that; but this everybody who has had a chance to know me well have noticed: things come my way even though they take years; No one sways me, save in little things of the moment; I am not stubborn but I swing to my purpose as steadily as the needle to the pole; delay, evade, oppose, secretly or openly, it’s all immaterial, the thing comes my way.
It is clear I was never the Pretty Girl. I had my two front teeth knocked out when I was 10 and didn’t fix them until I was 19. I have a crooked smile and a nose that looks like it’s been broken 12 times but never has been. My nose was always red, so people called me Rudolph. My whole face is off-center.
There are some who become spies for money, or out of vanity and megalomania, or out of ambition, or out of a desire for thrills. But the malady of our time is of those who become spies out of idealism.
What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.
John Irving, The Cider House Rules
There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art, science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science, art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.
Too many people miss the sunshine of today because they focus on the clouds of yesterday.
When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace.
I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all.
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, “just wait.”
Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.
If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
Rita Mae Brown
My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.
In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.
I’m not allowed to rome places of such integrities without devotion of parallel defenses.
Danté E. Xéstà
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
Every day brings new choices.
Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.
In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.
You enter the forest at the darkest point,where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path.
When one is still and listens, one begins to be in touch with a mysterious element that is within each of us, which can transform and shape us and can help to transform the world.
The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world
Words create worlds.
Pierre du Plessis
Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.
To have another language is to possess a second soul
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
Thich Naht Hanh
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
In the very deep darkness of this world, little pinpoints of light show up very brightly and can shine a long way.
This is not a time of mere change. This is a time of transformation, and transformation comes not out of scarcity but out of the context of possibility, responsibility, and sufficiency.