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Quotes February 25, 2021

Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.
Gordon Parks,
photographer, film director, musician, writer, co-founder of Essence magazine
February is Black History Month
 
 
 
 
There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.
Nina Simone,
singer, songwriter, musician, civil rights activist
February is Black History Month
 
 
 
 
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
Ernest Hemingway,
writer, journalist, Nobel Prize winner
 
 
 
 
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Moliere,
playwright, actor and poet
 
 
 
 
When memory is transmitted, it makes witnesses. Witnesses are activated people who now are telling other people’s stories.
Rabbi Ariel Burger
 
 
 
 
Water flows from high in the mountains
Water runs deep in the Earth
Miraculously, water comes to us,
And sustains all life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.
George Washington Carver
 
 
 
 
Poetry is life distilled.
Gwendolyn Brooks
 
 
 
 
Vulnerability in the face of constant change is what we share, whatever our present condition.
Sharon Salzberg
 
 
 
 
Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.
Susan Sontag
 
 
 
 
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him — the people who give you their food give you their heart.
Cesar Chavez
 
 
 
 
Falling down is an accident; staying down is a choice.
Unknown

Quotes February 21, 2021

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.
Roy T. Bennett
 
 
 
 
I speak of change not on the surface but in the depth–change in the sense of renewal.
James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love rather than pain. It is a sorting process. One by one you let go of the things that are gone and you mourn for them. One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again.
Rachel Naomi Remen
 
 
 
 
Forgiveness is not about condoning or forgetting, it’s a creative exploration and analysis of the circumstances that brought you to that place. It’s a metamorphosis of the given idea about the experience, so that it serves us, as opposed to working against us.
Aqeela Sherrill
 
 
 
 
The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.
John Lewis
 
 
 
 
To vote is to rise to the occasion of an opportunity to say YES and to take a stand for the shared heart of our world.
Kristi Nelson
 
 
 
 
I was born when all I once feared, I could love.
Hazrat Bibi Rabia of Basra
 
 
 
 
Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
 
 
 
 
Nature–the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful–offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot.
Richard Louv
 
 
 
 
Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?
Walt Whitman
 
 
 
 
The boundary between us and the rest of the world is so fluid. So I think of myself as a song the universe is singing.
Rebecca Henderson
 
 
 
 
This is the greatest discovery of the scientific enterprise: You take hydrogen gas, and you leave it alone, and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes, and humans.
Brian Swimme

Quotes February 18, 2021

They laugh at me because I’m different. I laugh at them because they’re all the same.
Kurt Cobain
 
 
 
 
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
 
 
Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Robert Frost
 
 
 
 
We are not our experiences. The harm we do and things we experience do not define us or who we are, they just inform who we are becoming.
Aqeela Sherrills
 
 
 
 
To get better at wintering, we need to address our very notion of time. We tend to imagine that our lives are linear, but they are in fact cyclical.
Katherine May
 
 
 
 
When we are able, when we are sufficiently still and relaxed–letting it happen, not doing it–we can receive a resonance from a greater consciousness.
James George
 
 
 
 
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
Raymond Carver
 
 
 
 
I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
Stanley Kunitz
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
How do we carry the weight of the world?
With love.
Emily Rose Barr
 
 
 
 
The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe.
Masanobu Fukuoka
 
 
 
 
There are these brilliant people in the world, but I always bow down to the so-called average person who shows that, in fact, average human people can and do change the narrative in a very profound way.
James O’Dea
 
 
 
 
I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
Be vocal in times of beauty.
P. Lal
 
 
 
 
Avoid overthinking, overanalyzing, and complicating things. Keep everything simple. Life is much more beautiful and enjoyable this way.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Gratitude: Always have it. Never expect it.
Unknown

Quotes February 09, 2021

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.
Elizabeth Buechele
 
 
 
 
We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.
John Lewis
 
 
 
 
As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.
Julia Cameron
 
 
 
 
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.
James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
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.
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
Loren Eiseley
 
 
 
 
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
Jacques Cousteau
 
 
 
 
He who distinguishes between the garden and practice cannot be said to have found the Way.
Muso Kokushi
 
 
 
 
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.
Mary Oliver
 
 
 
 
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.
Black Elk
 
 
 
 
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.
Paul Shepherd
 
 
 
 
Sometimes the best blessings come out of the worst situations.
Unknown

Quotes February 01, 2021

When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.
Alex Grey
 
 
 
 
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.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau
 
 
 
 
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!
Richard Rohr
 
 
 
 
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.
John Lewis
 
 
 
 
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Abraham Lincoln
 
 
 
 
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.
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
 
 
 
 
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.
John Muir
 
 
 
 
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.
Peter Levine
 
 
 
 
For true self–remembering is the consciousness of one’s relation with another in the presence of a higher power.
Rodney Collin
 
 
 
 
Don’t make a permanent decision on temporary feelings.
Unknown

Quotes January 30, 2021

Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80% of being a successful hitter. The other 20% is just execution.
Hank Aaron,
Major League Baseball right fielder, former record holder for career home runs
1934-2021
 
 
 
 
I mean how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t.
J.D. Salinger,
writer
 
 
 
 
Growth and comfort do not coexist.
Ginni Rometty,
business executive
 
 
 
 
Sometimes evolving doesn’t mean transforming; sometimes it just means owning what is there.
Salma Hayek,
actor, producer
 
 
 
 
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.
Larry King,
TV and radio host
1933-2021
 
 
 
 
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.
Dizzy Gillespie,
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.
Joseph Campbell,
writer, editor, educator
 
 
 
 
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Elbert Hubbard
 
 
 
 
When something is truly funny, it’s funny all the time.
Cloris Leachman,
actor, comedian
1926-2021
 
 
 
 
When you do something out of love, you don’t count the cost.
Unknown
 
 
You don’t need a reason to help someone.
Unknown
 
 
Never stop being a good person because of bad people.
Unknown

Quotes January 26, 2021

Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone, to experience, appreciate and love yourself.
Robert Tew
 
 
 
 
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.
Donald Berwick
 
 
 
 
People say that the soul, on hearing the song of creation, entered the body, but in reality the soul itself was the song.
Hafiz
 
 
 
 
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.
Prince Ea
 
 
 
 
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.
St. Augustine
 
 
 
 
If trees have memories, respond to stress, and communicate, then what can they tell us? Will we listen?
Katie Holten
 
 
 
 
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.
Carl Rogers
 
 
 
 
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.
Rebecca Solnit

Quotes January 25, 2021

A person is a person through other persons; you can’t be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.
Desmond Tutu
 
 
 
 
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.
Martha Graham
 
 
 
 
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.
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
Amanda Gorman
 
 
 
 
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.
David Whyte
 
 
 
 
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.
Barry Lopez

 
 
 
 
Push yourself before life pushes you around.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Great things never came from comfort zones.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
The one who is meant for you encourages you to be your best but still loves and accepts you at your worst.
Unknown

Quotes January 20, 2021

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Epictetus
 
 
 
 
Fail often so you can succeed sooner.
Tom Kelley
 
 
 
 
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Suzy Kassem
 
 
 
 
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.
John Wooden,
college basketball coach
 
 
 
 
I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.
Annie Dillard,
writer
 
 
 
 
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.
Robert Brault
 
 
 
 
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.
Charles Schulz
 
 
 
 
Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
Voltaire
 
 
 
 
Please kindly go away, I’m introverting.
Beth Buelow

Quotes January 13, 2021

The educator has the duty of not being neutral.
Paulo Freire
 
 
 
 
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.
Peniel Joseph
 
 
 
 
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
Anais Nin
 
 
 
 
To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
Today we acknowledge the shadows, but we lean into the light.
Carrie Newcomer
 
 
 
 
As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.
Hannah Arendt
 
 
 
 
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.
Duane Elgin
 
 
 
 
Only by listening inwardly in a fresh and open way will you discern at any given time what most serves your healing and freedom.
Tara Brach
 
 
 
 
It is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.
Wendell Berry
 
 
 
 
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.
Trebbe Johnson
 
 
 
 
“While there’s life, there’s hope.”
Cicero
 
 
 
 
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.
Stephen Graham
 
 
 
 
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Margaret Wheatley
 
 
 
 
Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.
Roy T. Bennett