Favorite Quotes

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." MLKJ

"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." Albert Einstein

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." George Bernard Shaw

"To arrive at certainty, you need to start from a skeptical posture. The best scientists are impartial, not swayed by their own beliefs." His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” Charles Bukowski

“We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” Charles Bukowski

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire” Charles Bukowski

"Fixing the intractable problems besetting the world will require a convergence of social intelligence and natural science, two qualities traditional politics lack." Paul Hawken

"Books that influence us often contain ideas we already recognize due to intellectual preparation or predilection; rather than casting thunderbolts from the blue, they may unlock sensibilities from within" Paul Hawken

"One must constantly readjust one's position to stand in place or become lost. One has the sense that nothing is sacred here and that any place you bond to is likely to be bulldozed. Therefore we develop the strategy, which in attachment theory is called avoidance-pretending that our ties with someone or someplace are not important because it is too painful to show our feelings and risk being abandoned". I share that anxiety. But here's the problem: We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love what we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not see. Or hear. Or sense." Richard Louv: The Nature Principle

"I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent in the struggle against man. The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of its immortality. It can never be conquered. The more stupid, the more senseless, the more helpless it may seem, the vaster it is. Evil is impotent before it. The prophets, religious teachers, reformers, social and political leaders are impotent before it. This dumb, blind love is man's meaning...Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness. But if what is human in human beings has not been destroyed even now, then evil will never conquer." Vasily Grossman

"But no tyranny in history has crushed the human capacity for love. And this love- unorganized, irrational, often propelling us to carry out acts of compassion that jeopardize our existence- is deeply subversive to those in power. Love, which appears in small, blind acts of kindness, manifested itself even in the horror of the Nazi death camps, in the killing fields of Cambodia, in the Soviet gulags, and in the genocides in the Balkans and Rwanda" Chris Hedges

‎"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix

"Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire." William Yeats

“Don’t follow someone else’s map. You should glean teachings from all directions, keeping true to those that bring progress yet remaining open to changes in yourself.” Deepak Chopra

“It’s not about being the fastest, the strongest or the biggest. It’s about being ourselves.” Kilian Jornet

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover" Mark Twain

"The best way out is always through." Robert Frost

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it wouldn't be called 'research', would it?" Albert Einstein

"Exactly as the special interests of cotton and slavery threatened our political integrity before the Civil War, so now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit." Teddy Roosevelt (1910)

"Life is permeated with possibility at every instant. What distinguishes one life from another is intention, the one thing that we can control." Paul Hawken

"Collaboration and the exchange of information are vital to amassing the essential ecological insights and necessary database that allow us to act for the greater good." Daniel Goleman

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable." Howard Zinn

"What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument" C.S. Lewis

"The quality of altruism is fundamental, in my opinion, and will fill our daily lives with serenity and happiness." His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

"I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong." John Lennon

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon

"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine" Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

"The university cannot be an ivory tower, far away from the society, removed from the practical accomplishments of the Revolution. If such an attitude is maintained, the university will continue giving our society lawyers that we do not need." Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

"The desire to sacrifice an entire lifetime to the noblest of ideals serves no purpose if one works alone." Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

"The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth." Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

"It is better to die on you feet, than to live on your knees" Emiliano Zapata

"For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever" -H.D. Thoreau

"When we heal the Earth, we heal ourselves" Dr. David Orr

"Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts." Ernest Hemingway

"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." Ernest Hemingway

“Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as possible, and similarly with reputation and honor, and give no attention or thought to truth and understanding and the perfection of your soul?” Socrates

“All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with Nature.” Zeno of Citium

"I read a book lately by Nietzsche and he says religion is just to dull the senses of the people. I agree." Bobby Fischer

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill

"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things." Winston Churchill

"This was the very reason why we made music: we take something that exists within all of us at our very fundamental core, our emotions, and through our artistic lens, through our creativity, we’re able to shape those emotions into reality.” Robert Gupta

"We are messengers fueled by the message. When the message we carry is of Truth/Beauty, Love, Hope, and Peace, we will always have the strength to find our ways home, on this, our beautiful Mother Earth." Caballo Blanco (Micah True)

"It doesn't matter, all human beings blood is red" A medicine man on the difference between cultures

"To find someone you love, you gotta be someone you love" Nada Surf

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