Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

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About Me – Favorite Musicians / Artists / Philosophers – Do You Have Any Suggestions? (Work in Progress)

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About Me – Favorite Musicians / Artists / Philosophers – Do You Have Any Suggestions? (Work in Progress)

Favorite People – Artists and Philosophers – Musicians, Poets, Authors to Read, Listen to, Learn About

Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, David Bowie, Van Halen, U2, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Swans, Angels of Light, Velvet Underground, Vangelis, Dire Straits, Utopia, Todd Rundgren, Tangerine Dream, Tears for Fears, Queen, The Cure, Bob Dylan, Dead Can Dance, Yes, Johnny Cash, Alice Coltrane, CSNY & Y, Cream, Of Montreal, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Lou Reed, 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson, The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Patti Smith, Nina Hagen, Genesis, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, The Doors, Roxy Music, Brian Eno, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Iggy and the Stooges, Iggy Pop, John Cale, Vangelis, Iron Maiden, Dio, Tangerine Dream, The Rolling Stones, T Rex, Marc Bolan, Mike Oldfield, Blind Faith, Parliament, Funkadelic, Parliament Funkadelic, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Blondie, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Traveling Wilburys, Alan Parsons Project, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Prince, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, The Outlaws, Electric Light Orchestra, Aphrodite’s Child, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Big Star, Steve Miller Band, Michael Cretu, Van Morrison, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Rick James, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The Band, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Mozart, Vivaldi, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, George Harrison, Vangelis, Dead Can Dance, Bach, Ravi Shankar, Wire, Jefferson Airplane, Roxy Music, T Rex, Ludwig Van Beethoven, 13th Floor Elevators, Ringo Starr, Architecture in Helsinki, Of Montreal, John Coltrane, Woody Guthrie, Sun Kil Moon, Arthur Brown, Fleet Foxes, Yeasayer, The Moody Blues, Joy Division, Frank Zappa, Explosions in the Sky, Big Star, Neil Young, Handel, The Cure, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, Black Sabbath, Cat Stevens, Belle and Sebastian, Arcade Fire, Buffalo Springfield, Blondie, Kronos Quartet, Flaming Lips, Jimi Hendrix, Yo La Tengo, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Harry Nilsson, Television, Jefferson Airplane, Brian Eno, The Kinks, John Cale, The Jam, Stevie Wonder, The New Pornographers, Queen, Prince, Cream, Echo & The Bunnymen, Yes, Caribou, Elvis Costello, INXS, Miles Davis, Nick Lowe, Traveling Wilburys, Sun Ra, Joan Baez, Elton John, The Fall, The Band, Love, King Crimson, X, Return to Forever, Jesus & Mary Chain, Fleetwood Mac, 13th Floor Elevators, The Velvet Underground, Tchaikovsky, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, The Olivia Tremor Control, Cat Power, My Morning Jacket, XTC, Mission of Burma, Nina Hagen, Woody Guthrie, Traffic, Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Tangerine Dream, Krishna Das, Hari Om Sharan, Roky Erickson, Natalie Merchant,

Baruch Spinoza, Carl Sagan, Carl Jung, Rainer Maria Rilke, Hafiz, Rumi, William Shakespeare, Joseph Campbell, Pablo Neruda, Jack Gilbert, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Stephen King, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Lao Tzu, Laozi, H P Lovecraft, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Mark Knopfler, Thomas Jefferson, Peter Gabriel, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, William Blake, Ezra Pound, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, Albert Einstein, Edgar Allan Poe, Confucius, Martin Luther King, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Stephen Hawking, Richard Feynman, Ernest Hemingway, John Stuart Mill, William James, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Robert Graves, Hunter S. Thompson, Alan Watts, Soren Kierkegaard, Anne Sexton, Vaclav Havel, Novalis, Walt Whitman, Herman Hesse, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, John Lennon, George Harrison, Vincent Van Gogh, Frank Herbert, Buckminster Fuller, Rene Descartes, David Hume, Ramana Maharshi, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, Aldous Huxley, George Santayana, John F Kennedy, Parmenides, Pablo Picasso, Kurt Vonnegut, Henry David Thoreau, Gopi Krishna, Helena Blavatsky, G I Gurdjieff, Manly Palmer Hall, Margaret Mead, Franz Kafka, Michel Foucault, Jorge Luis Borges, Gregory Bateson, Arthur Koestler, W H Auden, T S Eliot, Harlan Ellison, Plato, Roger Zelazny, Neil Gaiman, Aristotle, Sophocles, Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Richard Wilhelm, Wilhelm Reich, Heraclitus, Eratosthenes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Hermes Trismegistus, Israel Regardie, Petronius, Jean Cocteau, Chuang Tzu, Charles Baudelaire, Ursula K Le Guin, Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Leibniz, Ervin Laszlo, Douglas Hofstadter, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, David Bohm, Eknath Easwaran, Italo Calvino, Sappho, Basho, Dogen, Ram Dass, Patti Smith, Abraham Lincoln, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr, Kahlil Gibran, John Muir, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, Ogden Nash, E E Cummings, Howard Zinn, Nicola Tesla ….

Shell Galaxies in Pisces – Lao Tzu, Balzac, Mahatma Gandhi, Carl Sagan, Rumi, Martin Luther King, W.H. Auden <3

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Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu

If you believe that anything other than you can control you, you are wrong.

Once our eyes are opened to the truth, we suddenly realize that we outnumber them. Don’t let them close your eyes.

You are not under any tyranny and suppression of any government. Remember, their power depends on your fear and apathy.
- Yoko Ono

‎”Love is the cure, for your pain
will keep giving birth to more pain
until your eyes constantly exhale love as
effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”
- Rumi

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

A man is not idle, because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labour and there is an invisible labour.

The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.

A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. A day will come when the bullets and bombs are replaced by votes, by universal suffrage, by the venerable arbitration of a great supreme senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, the Diet to Germany, and the Legislative Assembly to France.
A day will come when a cannon will be a museum-piece, as instruments of torture are today. And we will be amazed to think that these things once existed!

God manifests himself to us in the first degree through the life of the universe, and in the second degree through the thought of man. The second manifestation is not less holy than the first. The first is named Nature, the second is named Art.

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.

In proportion as I advance in life, I grow more simple, and I become more and more patriotic for humanity.

It is man’s consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.
~ Victor Hugo (born 26 February 1802)

Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even into your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
– SWAMI SIVANANDA

There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn’t be. He is too many people if he’s any good.
- Fitzgerald

If our spirit is turned towards kindness, the positive side of things, loving our neighbors, this is the best way to solve our problems.
- Dalai Lama

☮Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I’d like to express my thanks;
I’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
– IRVING BERLIN

Little darling,
I feel that ice is slowly melting.
Little darling,
It seems like years since it’s been clear.
Here comes the sun…
Here comes the sun,
And I say
It’s alright.

Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover.

Give me love, give me peace on earth, give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth, give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load, trying to, touch and reach you with, heart and soul.
~ George Harrison ~
(born 25 February 1943)

Every intelligent child is an amateur anthropologist. The first thing such a child notices is that adults don’t make sense. ~ John Leonard (born 25 February 1939)

When the state murders, it assumes an authority I refuse to concede: the authority of perfect knowledge in final things. ~ John Leonard

If there is victory in overcoming the enemy, there is a greater victory when a man overcomes himself. ~ José de San Martín

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
- Albert Camus

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative, and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you”
- Mahatma Ghandi

“We may now care for each Earthian individual at a sustainable billionaire’s level of affluence while living exclusively on less than 1 percent of our planet’s daily energy income from our cosmically designed nuclear reactor, the Sun, optimally located 92 million safe miles away from us.”
- Buckminster Fuller

Despair says I cannot lift that weight. Happiness says I do not have to.
~ James Richardson

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
- Carl Sagan

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.”
— Carl Sagan

In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
- Carl Sagan

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
- T. S. Eliot

It’s enough to have faith in one aspect of God. You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.
- Sri Ramakrishna

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity.
- G.K. Chesterton

The grace of God is a wind which is always blowing.

Common men talk bagfulsof religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.

Great men have the nature of a child. They are always a child before Him; so they are free from pride. All their strength is of God and not their own. It belongs to Him and comes from Him.
- Sri Ramakrishna

‎”To grasp God’s beauty, you must become God.”
- Rumi

Ethics and Aesthetics are one.

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.

My work consists of two parts: of the one which is here, and of everything which I have not written. And precisely this second part is the important one.

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

I will admit that an artist may be great and limited; by one word he may light up an abyss of soul; but there must be this one magical and unique word.

The lot of critics is to be remembered by what they failed to understand.

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

Terrible is the day when each sees his soul naked, stripped of all veil; that dear soul which he cannot change or discard, and which is so irreparably his.
- George Moore

My heart will never seek another heart,
Or smell another flower, knowing you.
Your love has made heart’s field a desert waste;
No love other than yours grows in that place!
- Rumi

If we want to help humanity in a practical way, we must begin by setting an example of mutual respect, harmony and cooperation.

Developing altruism is one of the most powerful methods for countering negative tendencies and destructive impulses.

To promote the idea of nonviolence, we must above all encourage people to foster in themselves an attitude of love and affection for others
- Dalai Lama

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Laozi

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
— Laozi (Tao Te Ching)

On any given day, in any given moment, something could happen that opens up for you an entirely new path. Be still, be alert, be ready.
- Marianne Williamson

I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
- Maya Angelou

☮Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

☮Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace
- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910)

☮All we are saying is give peace a chance.
- John Lennon (1940-1980)

☮Peace is the only battle worth waging.
- Albert Camus (1913-1960)

☮Peace is a daily,a weekly,a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures
- JFK

☮Peace is every step. – Thich Nhat Hahn

☮Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

☮… and if you think that one person can’t make a difference, you’re wrong, particularly young people. – Jimmy Carter

☮Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age. — Adlai E. Stevenson

☮Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. — John F. Kennedy

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere.
~ Dr. Seuss

If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

Man is always something more than what he knows of himself. He is not what he is simply once and for all, but is a process… ~ Karl Jaspers (born 23 February 1883)

The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience. ~ W. E. B. Du Bois

There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.

There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for.
~ W. E. B. Du Bois

We cannot avoid conflict, conflict with society, other individuals and with oneself. Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life and a limitation of our potentiality but they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities, which flourish in the tensions that engender them.

One who would influence the masses must have recourse to the art of advertisement. The clamour of puffery is to-day requisite even for an intellectual movement.

The more determinedly I exist, as myself, within the conditions of the time, the more clearly I shall hear the language of the past, the nearer I shall feel the glow of its life…

Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness. There is no road leading backward.

Philosophy seemed to me the supreme, even the sole, concern of man.
~ Karl Jaspers

How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily. ~ W. E. B. Du Bois (Born February 23, 1868)

There are two ways to slide through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both save us from thinking.
- Korzybski

The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.
– MAHATMA GANDHI

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
- Alice Walker

Your earthly lover
can be very charming and coquettish
but never very faithful.
The true lover is the one who on your final day
opens a thousand doors.
- Rumi

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.
~ Stevie Wonder

The light which shines in
the eye is really the light of the heart !
- Rumi

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Be quiet and tear the thorn from your heart.
Uncover in silence your soul’s own rose garden.
- Rumi

Don’t be afraid. Open your minds. They belong to the world.
- Yoko Ono

The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind.
♥ William James

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
♥ William Blake

It is only when we FORGET our learning…that we begin to KNOW.
♥ Henry David Thoreau

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
– John Ruskin

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
– Oscar Wilde

“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”

Morihei Ueshiba

This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.
– THE BUDDHA

The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky, —
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.
But East and West will pinch the heart
That can not keep them pushed apart;
And he whose soul is flat — the sky
Will cave in on him by and by.

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain … Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay ~

The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
- Elizabeth Drew

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~ Isaac Asimov

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. ~ George Washington (born 22 February 1732)

Promote… as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened. ~ George Washington

Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.

Man can do what he wants but he cannot want what he wants.

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

Compassion is the basis of all morality.

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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“Being myself on fire I set others on fire.”
- Anais Nin

He is the reason
and all that brings reason to naught.
- Rumi

When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.
~ Langston Hughes

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
- Helen Keller

We are all part of the rivers running into the great wide ocean.

The fenceless and doorless world is soon to come. It’s our fear which is keeping the doors closed and the fences high.
- Yoko Ono

Everything you can imagine is real.
– Pablo Picasso

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
– Groucho Marx

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
– Lily Tomlin

I’ve always thought people write because they are not living properly.
- Tom Stoppard

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
– THE BUDDHA

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose
comes round in another form.
- Rumi

We are beginning to see the influence of dream upon reality and reality upon dream.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Life is so fluid that one can only hope to capture the living moment, to capture it alive and fresh … without destroying that moment.

Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.

The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.

Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.

Most artists have retired too absolutely; they grow rusty, inflexible to the flow of currents.

I seek the real stuff of life. Profound drama.

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.

The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there 0is a choice to be made, a selection of elements…

When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.

All writers have concealed more than they revealed.

The writer’s responsibility is to increase, develop our senses, expand our vision, heighten our awareness and enrich our articulateness.

All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives…

You have a vehement silence, one feels it is charged with essences…

The dream has to be translated into reality.

The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything.

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
~ Anaïs Nin ~

Careful the things you say, children will listen. Guide them along the way, children will see and learn. Children may not obey, but children will look to you for which way to turn; to learn what to be! Careful before you say “Listen to Me.” Children will listen. ~ Into the Woods (Sondheim/Lapine)

For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.
~ W. H. Auden (born 21 February 1907)

When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with. ~ Anaïs Nin (born 21 February 1903)

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

If, in order to hear some music, a man has to wait for six months and then walk twenty miles, it is easy to tell whether the words, “I should like to hear some music,” mean what they appear to mean, or merely, “At this moment I should like to forget myself.”

The idea of a sacrificial victim is not new; but that it should be the victim who chooses to be sacrificed, and the sacrificers who deny that any sacrifice has been made, is very new.
~ W. H. Auden ~

Without Art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without Science, we should always worship false gods. ~ W. H. Auden

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
~ W. H. Auden (born 21 February 1907)

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. ~ Anaïs Nin

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
♥ Ralph Waldo Emerson

☮Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
— Mahatma Gandhi

“To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Since the lover patiently continued knocking at the door,
at last one day he gained an intimate meeting.
- Rumi

The more one judges, the less one loves.
- Honore de Balzac

Amplify’d from apod.nasa.gov
Shell Galaxies in Pisces
Image Credit &
Copyright:

Stephen Leshin

Explanation:
This Swimming
within

the boundaries of the
prominent on the left;
the curious shell galaxy NGC 474 and its blue,
spiral-armed neighbor NGC 470.
The faint, wide arcs or
shells
of NGC 474
could have been formed by a
gravitational encounter with neighbor NGC 470.
Alternately the shells could be
caused by a merger with a
smaller galaxy producing an effect analogous to ripples across
the surface of a pond.
Remarkably, the large galaxy on the right hand side of the deep image,
NGC 467, appears to be surrounded by faint shells too,
evidence of another
interacting
galaxy system.
Intriguing background galaxies are scattered around
the field that also includes
Milky Way Galaxy.
The field of view spans 25 arc minutes or about 1/2 degree
on the sky.

Read more at apod.nasa.gov

 

Alfred North Whitehead, Galileo Galilei, Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Shakespeare, Rumi, Carl Jung<3

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It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.
- Herman Hesse

This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say.
I don’t plan it.
When I’m outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,
Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.

Come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
- Mevlana Rumi

Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

We must embrace struggle. Every living thing conforms to it. Everything in nature grows and struggles in it’s own way, establishing it’s own identity, insisting on it at all cost, against all resistance.

Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.

The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Time’s glory is to command contending kings,
To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.
- William Shakespeare

But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant;
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be reliev’d by prayer,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardon’d be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
~ Prospero in The Tempest

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart … Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.

We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions.

Consciousness is a precondition of being.

The judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.

The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness.

I have chosen the term “collective” because this part of the unconscious is not individual but universal; in contrast to the personal psyche, it has contents and modes of behaviour that are more or less the same everywhere and in all individuals.

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

We cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist.
- Carl Jung

Religion will not regain its old power until it can face change in the same spirit as does science. Its principles may be eternal, but the expression of those principles requires continual development.

There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.

There is a quality of life which lies always beyond the mere fact of life; and when we include the quality in the fact, there is still omitted the quality of the quality.

The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, “Seek simplicity and distrust it.”

All the world over and at all times there have been practical men, absorbed in ‘irreducible and stubborn facts’: all the world over and at all times there have been men of philosophic temperament, who have been absorbed in the weaving of general principles.

Religion is the vision of something which stands beyond, behind and within the passing flux of immediate things; something which is real, and yet waiting to be realized; something which is a remote possibility, and yet the greatest of present facts; something that gives meaning to all that passes, and yet eludes apprehension…
~ Alfred North Whitehead ~

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
~ Galileo Galilei (born 15 February 1564)

Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. ~ U.S. Congressman Abraham Lincoln, 15 February 1848 letter to William H. Herndon, opposing the Mexican-American War

A religious education is an education which inculcates duty and reverence. Duty arises from our potential control over the course of events. Where attainable knowledge could have changed the issue, ignorance has the guilt of vice. And the foundation of reverence is this perception, that the present holds within itself the complete sum of existence, backwards and forwards, that whole amplitude of time, which is eternity. ~ Alfred North Whitehead (born 15 February 1861)

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I wonder if the artist ever lives his life — he is so busy recreating it. – Anne Sexton

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True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. ~ Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Some things you don’t need until they leave you; they’re the things that you miss. ~ Rob Thomas (born 14 February 1972)

When one has once fully entered the realm of love, the world — no matter how imperfect — becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for love. ~ Søren Kierkegaard

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
~ Paul of Tarsus ~

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.
~ William Shakespeare in Sonnet 116 ~

‎” Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” –Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck… But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” ~ Ellen Goodman

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work – Kahlil Gibran

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
– Pierre Beaumarchais

Come
Let’s fall
in love again

Let’s turn
all the dirt
in this world
to shiny gold
- Rumi

Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel

All the positive states of mind such as love, compassion, insight and so on, have the quality that you can enhance their capacity and increase their potential to a limitless degree, if you regularly practice them through training and by developing constant familiarity with them.
- Dalai Lama

If I know what love is, it is because of you.
~ Herman Hesse

You are what your deep, driving desire is.
– BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

In this moment, I need to be needed,
With this darkness all around me, I like to be liked,
In this emptiness and fear, I want to be wanted,
‘Cause I love to be loved,
I love to be loved.
~ Peter Gabriel (born 13 February 1950)

Every man’s life (and … every woman’s life), awaits the hour of blossoming that makes it immortal … love is a divinity above all accidents, and guards his own with extraordinary obstinacy. ~ Eleanor Farjeon (born 13 February 1881)

Morning has broken,
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the Word!
~ Eleanor Farjeon ~

Love has no uttermost, as the stars have no number and the sea no rest. ~ Eleanor Farjeon

Of what use to destroy the children of evil? It is evil itself we must destroy at the roots. ~ Eleanor Farjeon

He could not be captured,
He could not be bought,
His running was rhythm,
His standing was thought;
With one eye on sorrow
And one eye on mirth,
He galloped in heaven
And gambolled on earth.
And only the poet
With wings to his brain
Can mount him and ride him
Without any rein,
The stallion of heaven,
The steed of the skies,
The horse of the singer
Who sings as he flies.
~ Eleanor Farjeon ~

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
–Samuel Beckett

‎”We find ourselves living in times in which our very nature is in transition. The scope of change is calling forth patterns & potentials in the human brain-mind system that were not needed before. Things relegated to the unconscious are becoming conscious, and belonging to extraordinary experiences of reality are becoming ordinary. Even the maps of humanity’s possibilities are undergoing change.” ~ Jean Houston

Without the aid of prejudice and custom I should not be able to find my way across the room.
– William Hazlitt
The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
– Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I can tell you that we have only one mission and that is to make ourselves happy. The only way we can be happy is by being who we are. – Don Miguel Ruiz

‎”Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.”
— Pema Chödrön (The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life)

“All situations teach you, and often it is the tough ones that teach you best.”
~Pema Chodron

“Our own life has to be our message.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh (The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology)

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Plato

The enemy is more easily overcome if it be not suffered to enter the door of our hearts, but be resisted without the gate at its first knock.
– THOMAS A KEMPIS

“By virtue of being human, each of us has the capacity to choose, to change, to grow.”
EKNATH EASWARAN
(1910–1999)

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”

James Baldwin

♥ When true friendship exists between two souls and they seek spiritual and God’s love together… their friendship produces the flame of Spirit. ♥
~Paramhansa Yogananda~

“Faults and virtues arise from our companions.” –Sanskrit Proverb

“Mighty is geometry; joined with art, resistless.” Euripides

It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, “You toil and work and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.” No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.

The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises — it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them. ~ John F. Kennedy

The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less. ~ Arthur Miller

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. ~ Abraham Lincoln (born 12 February 1809)

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. ~ Charles Darwin (born 12 February 1809)

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. ~ Abraham Lincoln

I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Lose yourself
Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you
Then you will see your own light
As radiant as the full moon.
- Rumi

In studying ourselves
We find the harmony
That is our total existence

We do not make harmony
We do not achieve it
Or gain it

It is there – all the time

Here we are – in the midst
Of this perfect way
And our practice is…

Simply to realize it
And then
To actualize it
In our everyday life…

Author: Taizan Maezumi

Feelings of anger and hatred arise from a mind that is troubled by dissatisfaction and discontent. So you can prepare to deal with such occasions by constantly working to build inner contentment and by cultivating kindness and compassion. This brings about a certain calmness of mind that can help prevent anger from arising in the first place.
- Dalai Lama

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand
– Kurt Vonnegut
The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.
– Walter Bagehot
You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.
– Cecil Baxter

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

“You’d better get busy, though, buddy. The goddamn sands run out on you every time you turn around. I know what I’m talking about. You’re lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddamn phenomenal world.” There was another, slighter pause. “I used to worry about that. I don’t worry about it very much any more. At least I’m still in love with Yorick’s skull. At least I always have time enough to stay in love with Yorick’s skull. I want an honorable goddamn skull when I’m dead, buddy. I hanker after an honorable goddamn skull like Yorick’s.”

J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

The kingdom of God is available to you in the here and the now. But the question is whether you are available to the kingdom. Our practice is to make ourselves ready for the kingdom so that it can manifest in the here and the now. You don’t need to die in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, you have to be truly alive in order to do so. – Thich Nhat Hanh

The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

‎”To live exhilaratingly in and for the moment is deadly serious work, fun of the most exhausting sort.” – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

“The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.”

Marilyn Monroe

“If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.
You leave the same impression of something beautiful,
but annihilating.”

Sylvia Plath.

“You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”

Richelle Mead

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”

Zelda Fitzgerald

XVII (I do not love you…)
by Pablo Neruda
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Doubt is the origin of wisdom. / I think, therefore I am. / If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear. ~ René Descartes (died 11 February 1650)

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. ~ George Santayana

You were born with wings.
Why prefer to crawl through life?
Rumi

There are no words to explain,
no tongue,
how when that player touches
the strings, it is me playing.
- Rumi

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process. ~Thurgood Marshall

The Alchemy True Human Beings Know

Welcome difficulty.
Learn the alchemy True Human Beings know:
the moment you accept what troubles
you’ve been given, the door opens.

Welcome difficulty as a familiar comrade.
Joke with torment brought by the Friend.

Sorrows are the rags of old clothes
and jackets that serve to cover,
and then are taken off. That undressing,
and the beautiful naked body underneath,
is the sweetness that comes after grief.

~Mevlana Rumi

Translation by Coleman Barks

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.” Bill Hicks

“Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder wand’ring far alone Of shadows on the stars.” James Agee 1909-1955

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
— Emily Dickinson

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. ~~Oscar Wilde

Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew. – John Greenleaf Whittier

“Foster and polish the warrior spirit while serving in the world; illuminate the path according to your inner light.” – Morihei Ueshiba

So be patient with your rose ’cause it just gets better and better. Remember, it is your rose, and nobody elses!
- Yoko Ono

One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.
- Morihei Ueshiba

Devote some time to improve yourself rather than finding out faults in others. That would be the best use of your time. ~ Nandini ~

I’m concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet. – Joan Jett

If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time. ~Marian Wright Edelman

Each moment contains a hundred messages
from God: To every cry of “Oh Lord,”
He answers a hundred times, “I am here.”
- Rumi

I happen to dig being able to use whatever mystique I have to further the idea of peace. – Garrett Morris

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. – Sai Baba

There is no key to Peace. The door is always open.
You are welcome to enter’ Shanti
“In the heart of Emptiness there is a mysterious impulse… the impulse to create, To sing, to shine, to radiate, To send forth, reach out, and celebrate, To sing and shout and walk about, To effervesce and bubble over. ~ Ken Wilber, One Taste ♥

“I must get my soul back from you; I am killing my flesh without it.”

Sylvia Plath

“Avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.”

John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society

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

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” H.G. Wells

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ’twere his own.

Our theater must stimulate a desire for understanding, a delight in changing reality. Our audience must experience not only the ways to free Prometheus, but be schooled in the very desire to free him. Theater must teach all the pleasures and joys of discovery, all the feelings of triumph associated with liberation.

Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. ~ Bertolt Brecht (born 10 February 1898)

“The capacity to be patient, to bear with others through thick and thin, is within the reach of anyone”
EKNATH EASWARAN
(1910–1999)

Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice. Cervantes

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”
- Vonnegut

“I want for people in the universe, my fans and otherwise, to essentially use me as an escape. I am the jester to the kingdom. I am the route out. I am the excuse to explore your identity. To be exactly who you are and to feel unafraid. To not judge yourself, to not hate yourself.”

Lady Gaga in the March issue of Vogue

We shall not cease from exploration/ And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time. – T.S. Elliot – “Little Gidding”

“What if they gave a war and nobody came?” ~ Bertolt Brecht

‎”Each person is a story that the Soul of the World wants to tell itself.”
-Michael Meade

“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice — creating a third fire, which is the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve, and nurture every living thing. ” – Andrew Harvey

Then, gradually, I became aware that my rose, the one that never left me, the one I gave water to all my life, was me!
- Yoko Ono

“You never change things by
fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model
that makes the existing model obsolete.”

Buckminster Fuller

“If success or failure of the planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do … How would I be? What would I do?” — Buckminster Fuller

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.
– “The Wisdom of the Heart” from the 14th Dalai Lama

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. –André Gide

“The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service.” Albert Einstein

“NEVER DO ANYTHING AGAINST CONSCIENCE, EVEN IF THE STATE DEMANDS IT” — Albert Einstein
Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.
Rumi

‎” One cannot be strong without love…For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life, the power of reunion of the separated.” – Paul Tillich

To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them – while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease. Eckhart Tolle.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid” Fyodor Dostoevsky

“What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own” Goethe

When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature — and it won’t hurt your feelings — like it’s happening to your clothes not you.” – Marilyn Monroe

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Picasso

“Through the Thou a person becomes I” Martin Buber

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself” Aldous Huxley

“I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things” Franz Kafka

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.”
–Zig Ziglar

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

Oscar Wilde

“Is not the core of nature in the heart of man?”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love.

If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

if because of
your generosity and love
a few humans find their lives
what do you think will happen
Rumi

“Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”
EKNATH EASWARAN
(1910–1999)

All mystics speak the same language, for they come from the same country.
– LOUIS-CLAUDE DE SAINT-MARTIN

“The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”
EKNATH EASWARAN
(1910–1999)

‎”Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.”
- Vaclav Havel

If

If you can disentangle
yourself from your selfish self
all heavenly spirits
will stand ready to serve you

if you can finally hunt down
your own beastly self
you have the right
to claim Solomon’s kingdom

you are that blessed soul who
belongs to the garden of paradise
is it fair to let yourself
fall apart in a shattered house

you are the bird of happiness
in the magic of existence
what a pity when you let
yourself be chained and caged

but if you can break free
from this dark prison named body
soon you will see
you are the sage and the fountain of life

~ Rumi ~

The more you think about your own self, the more self-centred you are, the more trouble even small problems can create in your mind. The stronger your sense of ‘I’, the narrower the scope of your thinking becomes; then even small obstacles become unbearable. On the other hand, if you concern yourself mainly with others, the broader your thinking becomes, and life’s inevitable difficulties disturb you less.
- Dalai Lama

☮Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. – Jill Jackson and Sy Miller

… I could not sleep because of the moonlight on my bed. I kept on hearing a voice calling: Out of Nowhere, Nothing answered “Yes” – Zi Ye

“The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good.”

Stanley Kubrick

“Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”

Stephen King

Deep in the heart every mystery of spirit is hidden. ~ Rumi

‎”It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.”
- Dalai Lama

I am filled with you.
Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.
There’s no room for lack of trust, or trust.
Nothing in this existence but that existence. ~ Rumi

“Not only the thirsty seek the water,
the water as well seeks the thirsty!”
— Rumi

“The worst of all deaths is to be without Love. Why does the oyster tremble? For its own pearl.” ~ Rumi

In every instant
There’s a dying
And a coming back around.
The Prophet said,
This World is a Moment,
A pouring that refreshes
And renews so rapidly
It seems continous,
As a Burning stick
Taken from the Fire
Looks like a Golden Wire
When you Swirl it
In the air,
So we feel duration
As a string of Sparks.

- Rumi ♥

‎”I am hopelessly in love with you,
no point giving me advice.
I have drunk love’s poison,
no point taking any remedy.
They want to chain my feet but
what’s the point
when it is my heart that’s gone mad!
~Rumi

“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!”
~ Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

With passion pray. With
passion work. With passion make love.
With passion eat and drink and dance and play.
Why look like a dead fish
…in this ocean of God?

Ask my body who I am. It says, “Solid ground.”
Ask my soul,” Dizzy as wind. ” Neither.
I stand here facing Shams Tabriz. ~ Rumi

Let the music drown out the white noise in life.”

Peyton Sawyer
You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. — Malcolm X

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But 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 via Cory Booker

Two monologues do not make a dialogue. ~Jeff Daly

Love is pulling
us out by the ears to school.
Love wants
us clean of resentment and those impulses
that misguide our souls.
Rumi

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson

haven’t i told you

that i’m the sea and you’re a small fish

you’re better off staying with me

than venturing the dry shores.
Rumi

” Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered “useless”, will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously.”
- John Maeda

I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun. – Katharine Hepburn

People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. ~Morrie Schwartz

Poetry is a sort of homecoming.
–Paul Celan

‎’Men have forgotten this truth,’ said the fox. ‘But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

If I were the plaything of every thought
I’d be a fool, not a wise man.
- Rumi

We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way:
stop participating in it.”
–Noam Chomsky

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. – Wayne Dyer

Let us, cautious in diction
And mighty in contradiction,
Love powerfully.
- Martin Buber

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
~ Martin Buber

‎”Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.” – Shakti Gawain

Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
- George Santayana

Literature is a state of culture. Poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.
–Juan Ramon Jimenez

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind & won’t change the subject.” – Sir Winston Churchill

There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest numbers of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest, who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful influence, both personal, and by means of his possessions, over the lives of others.

In painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter your manner.
~ John Ruskin ~

In our daily life, tolerance and patience have great benefits: developing them will allow us to sustain and maintain our presence of mind.
- Dalai Lama

The Call of Love

You whispered in my ears like early spring:
“I am the call of Love,
can you hear me in the full grasses,
in the scented winds,
it is I who makes the garden smile.”

My pure source of life, helper of lovers in despair,
where have you been so long?
Your breathtaking beauty creates such excitement,
such a stir everywhere
that you leave me bewildered.
From the spring of love you bring back
life to my ailing heart.
The song of the awakened earth, the seasons,
the changing Moons,
all this fuss you make is glorious.
Creation bows at your feet.

~Maulana Rumi

Translated by Azima Melita Kolin & Maryam Mafi

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
♥ Oprah Winfrey

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
– Elvis Costello
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
– Stephen King
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
– William James

I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace, and that use of force is always and only a last resort, when everything else has failed, and then only with regard to our national security.
~ Ronald Reagan ~

The man who has no imagination has no wings – Muhammad Ali

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
- Virginia Woolf

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
- Helen Keller

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.
- Sai Baba

“The bad thing about falling to pieces is that it hurts. The good thing about it is once you’re lying there in shards you’ve got nothing left to protect, and so have no reason not to be honest.”

David James Duncan

I feel that an individual whose actions are motivated by the wish to bring others happiness necessarily meets with less misfortune that one who does not. Sickness, old age, mishaps of one sort or another are the same for us all. But the sufferings which undermine our internal peace – anxiety, doubt, disappointment – these are definitely less.
- Dalai Lama

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love!
- Rumi

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
- Peter Ustinov

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mahatma Gandhi

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.
~ Hafiz

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Neale Donald Walsch

“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Thou must love God as not-God, not-Spirit, not-person, not-image, but as He is, a sheer, pure absolute One, sundered from all two-ness, and in whom we must eternally sink from nothingness to nothingness.”

Meister Eckhart

Paradise is always where love dwells.
- Jean Paul F. Richter

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
– Bertrand Russell

‎”Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
- John F. Kennedy

“An inch. It is small and it is fragile and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must NEVER let them take it from us. I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the world turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you.”

-V for Vendetta

“By learning to suffer injustice in silence one becomes unjust in turn; and blind obedience fosters slaves or tyrants.”
–August Strindbery

Our ideals resemble the stars, which illuminate the night. No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal.
- Carl Schurz

“‎Beloved Self, do not feel despondent. The little physical difficulty will soon pass away. It is only a little Karmic purgation. Feel that you are getting cured. Be positive in your thoughts and you will soon be well.”

Swami Chidananda

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
- Bukowski

when God created love he didn’t help most
when God created dogs He didn’t help dogs
when God created plants that was average
when God created hate we had a standard utility
when God created me He created me
when God created the monkey He was asleep
when He created the giraffe He was drunk
when He created narcotics He was high
and when He created suicide He was low

when He created you lying in bed
He knew what He was doing
He was drunk and He was high
and He created the mountians and the sea and fire at the same time

He made some mistakes
but when He created you lying in bed
He came all over His Blessed Universe.
- Bukowski

Adopting a wider perspective includes working cooperatively with others. Crises that are global by nature, such as problems related to climate change or the modern economic structure, call for coordinated and concerted efforts among many people, with a sense of responsibility and commitment – this is more encompassing than any individual or personal issue.
- Dalai Lama

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
– Voltaire

” Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
- Albert Einstein

Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.
- Rumi

We are what we are for our differences.
- Yoko Ono

“Sustaining advantage requires continuous improvement and change, not a static solution in which strategy can be set and forgotten.”
–Michael Porter

“If now and then we encounter pages that explode, pages that wound and sear, that wring groans and tears and curses, know that they come from a man with his back up, a man whose only defenses left are his words and his words are always stronger than the lying, crushing weight of the world, stronger than all the racks and wheels which the cowardly invent to crush out the miracle of personality. If any man ever dared to translate all that is in his heart, to put down what is really his experience, what is truly his truth, I think then the world would go to smash, that it would be blown to smithereens and no god, no accident, no will could ever again assemble the pieces, the atoms, the indestructible elements that have gone to make up the world.”

Henry Miller (via thelittlesea)

“Don’t waste time living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

“Anything of which you are cognizant has a relative
vibration within yourself. One who is quick to see
and judge evil in other persons has the seed of that
evil within himself. The God-like person of pure and
high vibrational tone is always aware of the God-spark
in all he contacts, and his magnetic soul vibration
draws to greater intensity that vibrational force
in those who come within his vibrational range.”

Paramahansa Yogananda, Spiritual Diary

Rights are always asserted in a tone of contention; and when this tone is adopted, it must rely upon force in the background, or else it will be laughed at.

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
~ Simone Weil ~

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Simone_Weil

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
- James Joyce

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/James_Joyce

“When all the stars are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground,
And angry voices carry on the wind,
A beam of light will fill your head
And you’ll remember what’s been said
By all the good men this world’s ever known.
Another man is what you’ll see,
Who looks like you and looks like me,
And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
His life caught up in misery, he doesn’t think like you and me,
‘Cause he can’t see what you and I can see.”
-Moody Blues, Melancholy Man

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
♥ Abraham H. Maslow

‎” Don’t spend your precious time asking ~ “Why isn’t the world a better place?”
It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is “How can I make it better?” To that there is an answer. ”
- Leo Buscaglia

I noticed this process of waking, and predicted with terrifying logic that one of these years not far away I would be awake continuously and never slip back, and never be free of myself again.
- Annie Dillard

I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before,
Or else I am awake for the first time,
and all before has been a mean sleep.
- Walt Whitman

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
- Plutarch

Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.
– Steven Wright
Household tasks are easier and quicker when they are done by somebody else.
– James Thorpe
In case you’re worried about what’s going to become of the younger generation, it’s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.
– Roger Allen

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
- William Wordsworth

A Voice Through the Door

Sometimes you hear a voice through the door
calling you, as fish out of water
hear the waves, or a hunting falcon
hears the drum’s Come back. Come back.

This turning toward what you deeply love
saves you. Read the book of your life,
which has been given you.

A voice comes to your soul saying,
Lift your foot. Cross over.

Move into emptiness
of question and answer and question.

~Mevlana Rumi

Translated by Coleman Barks

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath —
America will be!
Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain —
All, all the stretch of these great green states —
And make America again!

I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
- Langston Hughes

“He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.” – I John

“Love is patient and kind.” – I Corinthians

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
- Italo Calvino

On this path, even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.
- Bhagavad Gita

“The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”

“Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”

“By virtue of being human, each of us has the capacity to choose, to change, to grow.”
EKNATH EASWARAN
(1910–1999)

http://www.easwaran.org/thoughts-for-the-day-quotes.html

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
– THE BUDDHA

A devotee who can call on God while living a householder’s life is a hero indeed. God thinks: “They are blessed indeed who pray to Me in the midst of their worldly duties. They are trying to find Me, overcoming a great obstacle, pushing away, as it were, a huge block of stone weighing a ton. Such a one is a real hero.”
– SRI RAMAKRISHNA

And then there crept a little noiseless noise among the leaves,
Born of the very sigh that silence heaves.
– JOHN KEATS

◈ The greatest strength is gentleness. ~ Iroquois Indians ◈

There are people who prefer to look their fate in the eye.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus

Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world. ~ Archimedes

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes… But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. ~ Douglas MacArthur (born 26 January 1880)

The only gold is love,
A coin that we have minted from the light
Of others who have cared for us on Earth
And who have deposited in us the power
That nerves our nerves to seize the burning stars.

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

Eat rich strange fish, grow long bright feathers, press
Form’s flesh around thought’s rib, and so derive
From the act of beauty, beauty of the act.

Beauty in this Iron Age must turn
From fluid living rainbow shapes to torn
And sootened fragments…
~ Philip José Farmer ~

Prometheus, I have no Titan’s might,
Yet I, too, must each dusk renew my heart,
For daytime’s vulture talons tear apart
The tender alcoves built by love at night.
~ Philip José Farmer ~

I do believe that man is a rope between animal and superman. But the superman I’m thinking of isn’t Nietzsche’s. The real superhuman, man or woman, is the person who’s rid himself of all prejudices, neuroses, and psychoses, who realizes his full potential as a human being, who acts naturally on the basis of gentleness, compassion, and love, who thinks for himself and refuses to follow the herd. That’s the genuine dyed-in-the-wool superman. ~ Philip José Farmer

If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character. ~ Paul Newman

Yes, we hope to seed a new, rich earth.
We hope to breed a race of men whose power
Dwells in hearts as open as all Space
Itself, who ask for nothing but the light
That rinses the heart of hate so that the stars
Above will be below when man has Love.
~ Philip José Farmer ~

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wikiquote:Quote_of_the_day/January#26

If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants. ~ Isaac Newton on his intellectual debt to those who preceded him.

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
- Isaac Newton

While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take its way unimpeded. Over the obscure man is poured the merciful suffusion of darkness. None knows where he goes or comes. He may seek the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he alone is at peace. ~ Orlando: A Biography, by Virginia Woolf (born 25 January 1882)

The beauty of the world which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
- Virginia Woolf

I do not believe they are right who say that the defects of famous men should be ignored. I think it is better that we should know them. Then, though we are conscious of having faults as glaring as theirs, we can believe that that is no hindrance to our achieving also something of their virtues. ~ W. Somerset Maugham (born 25 January 1874)

If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.
- W. Somerset Maugham

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too. ~ Strictly Personal, W. Somerset Maugham

The strongest natures, when they are influenced, submit the most unreservedly; it is perhaps a sign of their strength. ~ Virginia Woolf

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion.
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us
An’ ev’n Devotion.
~ Robert Burns ~

Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare’s plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves. But when the web is pulled askew, hooked up at the edge, torn in the middle, one remembers that these webs are not spun in midair by incorporeal creatures, but are the work of suffering human beings, and are attached to the grossly material things, like health and money and the houses we live in. ~Virginia Woolf

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wikiquote:Quote_of_the_day/January#25

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. ~ Albert Einstein

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
~ William Congreve (born 24 January 1670)

Everything that’s realistic has some sort of ugliness in it. Even a flower is ugly when it wilts, a bird when it seeks its prey, the ocean when it becomes violent. ~ Sharon Tate (born 24 January 1943)

Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.

In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
~ Edith Wharton (born 24 January 1862)

There are two ways of spreading light: to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~ Edith Wharton ~

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. ~ Edith Wharton

Defer not till tomorrow to be wise,
Tomorrow’s sun to thee may never rise.
~ William Congreve ~

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All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love. ~ Eleanor Farjeon

So long as there is death there will be sorrow, and so long as there is sorrow it can be no part of the duty of human beings to increase its amount, in spite of the fact that a few rare spirits know how to transmute it. ~ Bertrand Russell

To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and proper ends of society and Caesar. But then they became the only ends, somehow, and the only basis of law — a perversion. Inevitably, then, in seeking only them, we found only their opposites: maximum suffering and minimum security. ~ Walter M. Miller, Jr. (born 23 January 1923)

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. ~ William Pitt the Younger (anniversary of death)

Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us. To know men thoroughly, to judge events sanely is, therefore, a great step towards happiness. ~ Stendhal

One can acquire everything in solitude — except character. ~ Stendhal

Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one. ~ Stendhal

There is no such thing as natural law, the expression is nothing more than a silly anachronism … There is no such thing as right, except when there is a law to forbid a certain thing under pain of punishment. Before law existed, the only natural thing was the strength of the lion, or the need of a creature who was cold or hungry, to put it in one word, need. ~Stendhal

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wikiquote:Quote_of_the_day/January#23

‎”Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, brings you an inner peace and tranquility — instead of anger and resentment” ~ Source Unknown

‎”When you go through a hard period,
When everything seems to oppose you,
When you feel you cannot bear even one minute,
NEVER GIVE UP
Because it is the time and place that the course will divert.”
–Rumi

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around…. Throughout history, “tender loving care” has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.
~Larry Dossey

Events in life never happen alone.

The mind is omnipresent.
- Yoko Ono

I feel lovely just the way that I am. ♥
- Heather Dominguez

Look within!… The secret is inside you.
- Hui-neng

Treasure is stored in the ruined places. Do not break the hearts of the poor and heartbroken people.
- Rumi

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. ~Danish Proverb

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. ~Henry Ward Beecher

After these two, Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet, Dr. Merriman is requisite to preserve health. ~James Howell

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
– H. P. Lovecraft

It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
- George Santayana

He plays a beautiful tune, I dance to it;
Love plays a new game on me every instant.
he teases me sometimes:’go sit in a corner!’
Just as I sit in the corner, he calls me back.
Today, he is going to fly me like a hawk again;
What does he want to capture by me?

who does he want me to go after?
I am as generous as thunder, as talkative as the cloud;
Raindrops fall when he embraces me.
My cloud is generous because it partakes of his sea;
I know not on whom he shall make me rain.
When he makes me rain, it is never in vain;
For he lets me, then, live in a hundred plants.
- Rumi

If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion.
- Herman Hesse

“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.
- Thich Nhat Hanh ◈

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.
- Alan Alda

“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”
- Eckhart Tolle

I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert.
– Demetri Martin
The only paradise is paradise lost.
– Marcel Proust
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
– Thomas Jefferson

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein ✦⌘✦

“Never injure a friend, even in jest.”
~ Cicero

Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious.
– P. G. Wodehouse

I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.
– Mark Twain

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
– Sir William Osler

At times we boil in a pot
turning to vapor –
that is the job of the Beloved.
- Rumi

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise. ~Mother Teresa

I want to be where
your bare foot walks,
because maybe before you step,
you will look at the ground.
I want that blessing.
- Rumi

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”
- Brian Tracey

In truth, everyone is a shadow of the Beloved –
Our seeking is His seeking,
Our words are His words.
- Rumi

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.”
~ Bob Marley

“Be like a child – clear, loving, spontaneous, infinitely flexible and ready each moment to wonder and accept miracle.”
~ Mother Meera

“This is no time for ease and comfort.
It is the time to dare and endure.”
- Winston Churchill

“When you do things from the soul
You feel a river moving in you
A joy”
- Rumi

I see my beauty in you. I become
a mirror that cannot close its eyes

to your longing. My eyes wet with
yours in the early light. My mind

every moment giving birth, always
conceiving, always in the ninth

month, always the come-point. How
do I stand this? We become these

words we say, a wailing sound moving
out into the air. These thousands of

worlds that rise from nowhere, how
does your face contain them? I’m

a fly in your honey, then closer, a
moth caught in flame’s allure, then

empty sky stretched out in homage.
- Rumi

Anything but Love
upon this path
is idolatry.
Drink
of the Spirit
of Love,
the sole elixir
in history.
- Rumi ♥

Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable. I let the story write itself through the characters.
- Steve Buscemi

“We, against all odds, are on a planet hurtling through the galaxy, in orbit around a star, at thousands of miles per hour, amidst the ineffable vastness of the universe..
When you think about that, you realize every single day should be a celebration of this fact, and this human experience…”

My head & Somewhere Inside Us All

“‎The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”

Aung San Suu Kyi (via titaka)

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
~ Lao Tzu ♥

‎”People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

You can start with nothing. And out of nothing, and out of no way, a way will be made.
- Michael Beckwith

To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
~ Marcus Aurelius

“To love would be an awfully big adventure.”

J.M. Barrie

Life is as easy or hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Zhuangzi

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

” What the world really needs… is more LOVE and less paperwork !”
- Pearl Bailey

” LOVE is our Essence…the fundamental Energy that nourishes us. It is our Birthright.”
- Benjamin Shield

If one billion people in the world would think PEACE… we’ll get it.

Total communication equals Peace.

IMAGINE PEACE: It will eliminate ignorance, apathy and hate.
- Yoko Ono

The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam.
~ Bhagawan Nityananda ♡

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.
~ Ryunosuke Satoro

‎”Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, & some don’t turn up at all.”
- S. Ewing

“Speak a new language
so that the world
will be a new world.”
- Rumi

Find something to feel good about, get out of the way, and allow the cells to receive what they’ve been asking for. That is the key to healing.
~ Abraham-Hicks

When you know yourself you are empowered. When you accept yourself you are invincible.
- Tina Lifford

“There is no life,truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.”
~ Mary Baker Eddy

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
- Nietzsche

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.
- Leonardo Da Vinci

My worst habit is I get so tired of winter
I become a torture to those I’m with.

If you’re not here, nothing grows.
I lack clarity. My words
tangle and knot up.

How to cure bad water? Send it back to the river.
How to cure bad habits? Send me back to you.

When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools,
dig a way out through the bottom
to the ocean. There is a secret medicine
given only to those who hurt so hard
they can’t hope.

The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

Look as long as you can at the friend you love,
no matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back to you.
- Rumi

‎”This is love:
to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
finally, to take a step without feet.”
- Rumi

In spiritual growth, it is important to avoid imbalances between academic or intellectual learning and practical implementation. Otherwise there is a danger that too much intellectualization will kill the more contemplative practices and too much emphasis on practical implementation without study will kill the understanding. There has got to be a balance.
- Dalai Lama

“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll need them on your way down.”
~ Wilson Mizner

“Life is nothing without friendship.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
- Henri Matisse

What is art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.
- Tagore

“We must embrace struggle. Every living thing conforms to it. Everything in nature grows and struggles in it’s own way, establishing it’s own identity, insisting on it at all cost, against all resistance.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.”
~ Bono

The cosmos is also within us, We’re made of star stuff, We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
- Carl Sagan

“Golden words open an iron door.”
- Turkish Proverb

The real sign of serenity is not seen so much in the face, as found in the depth and stillness of the eyes.
- Innerspace

A sober-minded man said to Jesus,
“What in this existence is hardest to bear?”
“O dear soul,” he replied, “the hardest is God’s anger,
from which Hell is trembling as we are.”
“And what is the protection against God’s anger?”
Said Jesus, “To abandon your own anger at once.”
- Rumi

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, and make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

We always have a choice: we can limit our perception so that we close off vastness, or we can allow vastness to touch us.
– Chögyam Trungpa

your love entered my house
saw me without you
put its hand over my head
and said pity on you
- Rumi

Don’t look too much at surface actions.
Discover the lion, the rose of his real nature.
Friend, this dog is a garden gate into the invisible.

Anyone preoccupied with pointing out what’s wrong
Misses the unseen. Look at his face!
- Rumi

‎”How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
~ George Washington Carver

Ignorance makes you believe that life functions haphazardly. Wisdom teaches you that everything that happens in this theatre of life has profound significance. What you see today is not the fruit of chance but a fruit from seeds planted in the past. Plant seeds of peace now and you will create a life of peace in the future.
- Innerspace

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.
- Epictetus

A poor man celebrates the New Year once a year. A rich man celebrates each day. But the richest man celebrates every moment.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.
- Osho

Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.
- Innerspace

Instead of losing sleep over past mistakes, let me be busy doing something right.
- Innerspace

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
~ Leonardo Da Vinci

When my heart is at peace, the world is at peace. ♥ Chinese Proverb

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness” ~The Talmud

We were dry, now we are wet.
We were feet, now we are the head.
We became airborne like a bird.
We are now flying.

We revived and became a spring.
We recoiled and became a river
flowing, we dived in the sea
and boiled over.
- Yunus Emre , Rumi’s contemporary Sufi poet

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ~ Douglas Adams

Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers. ~Muhammad

Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing. ~ Robert E. Howard (born 22 January 22 1906)

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. ~Francis Bacon (born 22 January 1561)

So, we’ll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.
~ George Gordon, Lord Byron ~ (born 22 January 1788)

Honor is, or should be, the place of virtue and as in nature, things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place, so virtue in ambition is violent, in authority settled and calm. All rising to great place is by a winding stair; and if there be factions, it is good to side a man’s self, whilst he is in the rising, and to balance himself when he is placed. ~ Francis Bacon

Truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.
~ Lord Byron in Don Juan

Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon.
~ Francis Bacon ~

The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
- Elizabeth Drew

Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.
- Epictetus

Infinite Like Love

I can’t pretend to be a lion able to conquer the enemy,
To master myself would be enough.

I am only the dust on my Lover’s path
and from dust I will rise and turn into a flower.

Dark like the night I mourn and hold the pain of love inside me.
But bright like the Moon I will rise from the darkness

For I have seen the source of light and being a child
Whose tutor is love I will not grow up ignorant.
I will rise like a flame out love’s fire and become infinite like love.

When I reach my end, play the music
that will lift me up to Spirit.

~Maulana Rumi

Translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin

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When I’m trusting and being myself… everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

Learn to create silence in your mind and peace will flourish in your soul. You will see life with other eyes. You will discover God’s language. To be internally silent do not think too much. Trust yourself. Trust others. Trust life. You will find it is easier than it seems.
- Innerspace

I drank the love’s wine.
I moved into love’s rose garden.

I gave up my existence.
What would I do with rank, why would I need decoration?

I am the one whom I swear is perfectly contended,
By making God part of everyone.

So long as there is a God who created this world,
What would I do with the common folks’s time?
- Yunus Emre , Rumi ‘s contemporary Sufi poet

Listen to What’s Inside
anything I say.
- Rumi

The antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God’s guidance.
- Norman Vincent Peale

“My willingness to change my thinking is changing my life.”
- Louise L. Hay

Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes – goodwill among men and peace on earth.
~ Albert Einstein

‎”Being in a state of gratitude actually creates magnetism, and of course, a magnet draws things to itself. By giving authentic thanks for all the good you now have, as well as the challenges, through this magnetism you’ll start the flow of more good into your life.”
- Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Words do not express thoughts very well; every thing immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.”
— Siddhartha Gautama

There do exist enquiring minds, which long for the truth of the heart, seek it, strive to solve the problems set by life, try to penetrate to the essence of things and phenomena and to penetrate into themselves. If a man reasons and thinks soundly, no matter which path he follows in solving these problems, he must inevitably arrive back at himself, and begin with the solution of the problem of what he is himself and what his place is in the world around him. For without this knowledge, he will have no focal point in his search. Socrates’ words, “Know thyself” remain for all those who seek true knowledge and being.
- G I Gurdjieff

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
– Edmund Burke

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice.
– Otto von Bismarck

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
– Ernest Benn

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. ~ G. K. Chesterton

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. ~ Thomas Paine

So far as prejudice, or prepossession of opinion prevails over our minds, in the same proportion, reason is excluded from our theory or practice. Therefore if we would acquire useful knowledge, we must first divest ourselves of those impediments and sincerely endeavor to search out the truth: and draw our conclusions from reason and just argument, which will never conform to our inclination, interest or fancy but we must conform to that if we would judge rightly. ~ Ethan Allen (born 21 January 1738)

A revelation, that may be supposed to be really of the institution of God, must also be supposed to be perfectly consistent or uniform, and to be able to stand the test of truth… Reason therefore must be the standard by which we determine the respective claims of revelation; for otherwise we may as well subscribe to the divinity of the one as of the other, or to the whole of them, or to none at all. ~ Ethan Allen

If the general government should persist in the measures now threatened, there must be war. It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. They do not know its horrors. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils. ~ Stonewall Jackson

Was a revelation to be made known to us, it must be accommodated to our external senses, and also to our reason, so that we could come at the perception and understanding of it, the same as we do to that of things in general. We must perceive by our senses, before we can reflect with the mind. ~ Ethan Allen

That which is above comprehension we cannot perceive to be contradictory, nor on the other hand can we perceive its rationality or consistency. ~ Ethan Allen

The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it.
~ Ethan Allen ~

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No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another ~ Sir Thomas Browne

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. ~George W. Bush

I don’t understand politics. I don’t understand the concept of two sides. And I think that probably there’s good on both sides, bad on both sides, and there’s a middle ground. But it never seems to come to the middle ground. And it’s very frustrating watching it, and seemingly we’re not moving forward. ~ David Lynch (born 20 January 1946]

What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one…. It’s this in-between that I’m calling a province, this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one — which is really the realm of the artist. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)

I love child things because there’s so much mystery when you’re a child. When you’re a child, something as simple as a tree doesn’t make sense. You see it in the distance and it looks small, but as you go closer, it seems to grow — you haven’t got a handle on the rules when you’re a child. We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experienced is a narrowing of the imagination. ~ David Lynch

There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. 
I promise you, we as a people will get there. ~Barack Obama

To those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope. ~ Barack Obama

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. … It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America. ~ Barack Obama

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“Nothing can exist by itself alone. It has to depend on every other thing. That is called inter-being. To be means to inter-be. The paper inter-is with the sunshine and with the forest. The flower cannot exist by itself alone; it has to inter-be with soil, rain, weeds and insects. There is no being; there is only inter-being.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“A listener needs more intelligence than a speaker.”
–Turkish Proverb

I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there;
I went to the temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas,
but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere…
I searced on the mountains and in the valleys
but neither in the heights nor in the depthswas I able to find Him.
I went to the Ka’bah in Mecca, but He was not there either…
I questioned the scholars and philosophers but He was beyond their understanding…
Then I looked into my heart and it was there
where He dwelled that I saw Him,
He was nowhere else to be found…
- Rumi

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

‎”Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
- Langston Hughes

Asleep or awake, writing or
reading, whatever you do, you must never be without
the remembrance of God.
- Rumi

“Can you stand by and watch the pictures burn? Grab these ashes for your face. Keep the incense burning pure. The flames eat higher on the walls. This is the end of all we’re fond of—all those times that matter.”

Jim Morrison

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.
- Mother Teresa

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.
– George Iles

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
– Voltaire

It isn’t necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.
– Groucho Marx

Healing, when properly understood, merely means casting a firm decision in the direction of your Higher Self’s priorities.
- Doreen Virtue

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Smile, breathe and go slowly.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

How beautiful it is to migrate away from a former land every day!
How lovely it is to perch on a different branch every day!
How nice it is to keep flowing uncontaminated, unfrozen!
All the words of yesterday vanished with the passing day, o my soul!
Now it is time to tel something new and fresh…
- Rumi

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ Howard Thurman, African American mystic & activist

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
~ Lao Tzu

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’
One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.
In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.”
- John F. Kennedy

“Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!”
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Feel Good, Be Good, and Do Good
~*~ Yogi Bhajan

I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
I think we are all granted by God and I believe it was necessary for people to whom these religions were revealed.
And I believe that if we could all read the scriptures of different faiths, from the point of view of their followers, should we discover that,deep down, were all the same thing and always helpful to each other.
- Mahatma Gandhi

“We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad.”
- Martin Luther King, National Conference for a New Politics keynote, 1967

Awards are so unnecessary, because I think we get so much out of our work just by doing it. The work is a reward in itself.
~ Natalie Portman

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life in the struggle against prejudice and for equality; against hatred and for brotherhood; against division and for non-violence. As we mark Martin Luther King Day with service and reflection, let us seek a renewed commitment to the causes championed by Dr. King: equality, hope, civility, and peace.
- Nancy Pelosi

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

‎”Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

‎”An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
~ Dale Carnegie

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”
- Harry Golden

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I came from the lands of heart,
What would I do with this mortal spot?

I let out my desire to every house,
What would I do with only this one?
- Yunus Emre, Rumi ‘s contemporary Sufi poet

‎”An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Jack Kerouac

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.
– Lewis Carroll

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
– Baltasar Gracian

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

- Kurt Vonnegut

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

- Pablo Picasso

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree… Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking… The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds…”

- Albert Einstein

“Ultimately, humanity is one, and this small planet is our only home. If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to feel a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another. If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self-worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.

For the rest of your life to be as meaningful as possible, engage in spiritual practice if you can. It is nothing more than acting out of concern for others. If you practice sincerely and with persistence, little by little, step by step you will gradually reorder your habits and attitudes so as to think less about your own narrow concerns and more about others’ – and thereby find peace and happiness yourself.”

- Dalai Lama

“A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.

Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.

The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.

The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

For the first time, we have the power to decide the fate of our planet and ourselves. This is a time of great danger, but our species is young, and curious, and brave. It shows much promise.

We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.

We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours and every one of them is a succession of incidents, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet at this moment, here we face a critical branch point in history, what we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants, it is well within our power to destroy our civilization and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition or greed or stupidity we could plunge our world into a time of darkness deeper than the time between the collapse of classical civilisation and the Italian Renaissance. But we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet.

As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky.

We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.

I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, un-available to us without such drugs.

…The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.

There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we’re down the next day.

The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. Recently we have waded a little way out, and the water seems inviting.

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

In the vastness of the Cosmos there must be other civilizations far older and more advanced than ours.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Every one of us is precious in the cosmic perspective. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”

- Carl Sagan

“It is only in the act of contemplation when words and even personality are transcended, that the pure state of the Perennial Philosophy can actually be known. The records left by those who have known it in this way make it abundantly clear that all of them, whether Hindu, Buddhist, Hebrew, Taoist, Christian, or Mohammedan, were attempting to describe the same essentially indescribable Fact.

The phenomenal world of matter and of individualized consciousness — the world of things and animals and men and even gods — is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being, and apart from which they would be non-existent.

Human beings are capable not merely of knowing about the Divine Ground by inference; they can also realize its existence by a direct intuition, superior to discursive reasoning. This immediate knowledge unites the knower with that which is known.

Something inexpressively lovely and wonderful advances through the crystal, nearer, nearer. And, oh, inexpressively terrifying…

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Every man’s memory is his private literature.”

- Aldous Huxley

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

Every moment of your life is infinitely creative, and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative, and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”

- William Butler Yeats

“By Being, It Is.”

- Parmenides

“Without music, life would be a mistake.

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

“When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear; when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.”

- Chief Seattle

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

- George Santayana

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart … Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”

- Carl Gustav Jung

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.

In the order of literature, as in others, there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.

Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.

Reality is not always probable, or likely.

The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”

- Jorge Luis Borges

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

- Rene Descartes

“We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.”

- Richard Feynman

“Then he said ‘Remember Bob, No Fear, No Envy, No Meanness’” “And I said ‘hmmm, right.’”

- Bob Dylan

“The reverse side also has a reverse side.”

- Japanese Proverb

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”

- William James

“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?

We may now care for each Earthian individual at a sustainable billionaire’s level of affluence while living exclusively on less than 1 percent of our planet’s daily energy income from our cosmically designed nuclear reactor, the Sun, optimally located 92 million safe miles away from us.”

- Buckminster Fuller

“The most vital issue of the age is whether the future progress of humanity is to be governed by the modern economic and materialistic mind of the West or by a nobler pragmatism guided, uplifted and enlightened by spiritual culture and knowledge….”

- Sri Aurobindo

“The Self alone exists; and the Self alone is real. Verily the Self alone is the world, the I-I and God. All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being.”

- Ramana Maharshi

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

We have lost it, or we have never had it; and, because we do not know how to judge anything, we have been led here and pushed there, beaten up, driven, politically, religiously and socially. We don’t know, but it is difficult to say we don’t know”.

- Jiddhu Krishnamurti

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”

- Leonardo da Vinci

“No great thing is created suddenly.”

Epictetus

“All life is an experiment.

Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment.

I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom.

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

- Italo Calvino

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

- Laozi

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way.”

- Pablo Neruda

“A beginning is a very delicate time….”

- Princess Irulan in Dune (film)

“Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.~ Fremen saying, recited by Liet-Kynes, in the presence of Paul Atreides.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy. Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual (Frank Herbert, Dune)

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

“We are generalists. You can’t draw neat lines around planet-wide problems. Planetology is a cut-and-fit science.”

- Pardot Kynes (Frank Herbert, Dune)

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one… I have been… and always shall be… your friend. Live long… and prosper.”

- Spock

“An idea is salvation by imagination.”

- Frank Lloyd Wright

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

- Maya Angelou

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

- Vincent van Gogh

“God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.

God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter.”

I know that most men — not only those considered clever, but even those who are very clever and capable of understanding most difficult scientific, mathematical, or philosophic, problems — can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty — conclusions of which they are proud, which they have taught to others, and on which they have built their lives.

The indubitable, eternal truth inherent in man, which is one and the same in all the great religions of the world. It will in due time emerge and make its way to general recognition, and the nonsense that has obscured it will disappear of itself, and with it will go the evil from which humanity now suffers.

We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us.”

- Leo Tolstoy

“The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realisation of yoga, of union.”

- Rabindranath Tagore

“Legends can be now and forever

Teaching us to love for goodness sake.

Legends can be now and forever

Loved by the sun, loved by the sun.”

- Jon Anderson

“This that we are now … The human body and the universe grew from this, not this from the universe and the human body.

Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.

Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,

Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.

Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry

moving through, and be silent.

Reason is like an officer when the King appears;

The officer then loses his power and hides himself.

Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.

If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I will meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about

language, ideas, even the phrase each other

doesn’t make any sense.”

- Mevlana Rumi

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”

- Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

- Lao Tzu

“We’re playing those mind games together

Pushing the barriers, planting seeds

Playing the mind guerrilla

Chanting the mantra, Peace on Earth.

We all been playing those mind games forever

Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil.

Doing the mind guerrilla,

Some call it magic — the search for the grail.

Love is the answer and you know that for sure.

Love is a flower, you got to let it — you got to let it grow.

Yes is the answer and you know that for sure.

Yes is surrender, you got to let it, you got to let it go…

So keep on playing those mind games together

Doing the ritual dance in the sun.

Millions of mind guerrillas

Putting their soul power to the karmic wheel.

I want you to make love, not war — I know you’ve heard it before.”

- John Lennon

“The truth is that my work — I was going to say my mission — is to shatter the faith of men here, there, and everywhere, faith in affirmation, faith in negation, and faith in abstention in faith, and this for the sake of faith in faith itself; it is to war against all those who submit, whether it be to Catholicism, or to rationalism, or to agnosticism; it is to make all men live the life of inquietude and passionate desire.”

- Miguel de Unamuno

“Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,

Or like a fairy trip upon the green,

Or, like a nymph, with long dishevell’d hair,

Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen:

Love is a spirit all compact of fire,

Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.

Foul words and frowns must not repel a lover;

What though the rose have prickles, yet ’tis pluck’d:

Were beauty under twenty locks kept fast,

Yet love breaks through and picks them all at last.

For where Love reigns, disturbing Jealousy

Doth call himself Affection’s sentinel;

Gives false alarms, suggesteth mutiny.

This carry-tale, dissentious Jealousy,

That sometime true news, sometime false doth bring.

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

Lo! here the gentle lark, weary of rest,

From his moist cabinet mounts up on high,

And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast

The sun ariseth in his majesty.”

- William Shakespeare

“There are people that can’t go to Fantastica. There are those who can but never return. And there are just a few who go to Fantastica and come back. And they make both worlds well again.”

- Michael Ende

“Here is a doctrine at which you will laugh. It seems to me, Govinda, that Love is the most important thing in the world. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.

Love does not entreat; or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.

One never reaches home. But whenever friendly paths intersect, the whole world looks like home for a time.”

- Hermann Hesse

“It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. It is characteristic of the superior man, appearing insipid, yet never to produce satiety; while showing a simple negligence, yet to have his accomplishments recognized; while seemingly plain, yet to be discriminating. He knows how what is distant lies in what is near. He knows where the wind proceeds from. He knows how what is minute becomes manifested. Such a one, we may be sure, will enter into virtue.”

- Confucius

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

- Alice Walker

“God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is afoot. Magic is alive. Alive is afoot. Magic never died. God never sickened. Many poor men lied. Many sick men lied. Magic never weakened. Magic never hid. Magic always ruled. God is afoot. God was ruler though his funeral lengthened. Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled…”

- Leonard Cohen

“I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance

Throughout my being’s limitless expanse,

Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages

I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.”

- Novalis

“Grand is the seen, the light, to me — grand are the sky and stars,

Grand is the earth, and grand are lasting time and space,

And grand their laws, so multiform, puzzling, evolutionary;

But grander far the unseen soul of me, comprehending, endowing all those,

Lighting the light, the sky and stars, delving the earth, sailing the sea,

(What were all those, indeed, without thee, unseen soul? of what amount without thee?)

More evolutionary, vast, puzzling, O my soul!

More multiform far — more lasting thou than they.

I stand as on some mighty eagle’s beak,

Eastward the sea absorbing, viewing,

(nothing but sea and sky,)

The tossing waves, the foam,

the ships in the distance,

The wild unrest, the snowy, curling caps –

that inbound urge and urge of waves….”

- Walt Whitman

“I don’t take drugs: I am drugs.

Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy – the joy of being Salvador Dalí – and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?

The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad.”

- Salvador Dali

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

- Oprah Winfrey

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

- Marilyn Monroe

“Our earth is round, and, among other things, that means that you and I can hold completely different points of view and both be right. The difference of our positions will show stars in your window I cannot even imagine. Your sky may burn with light, while mine, at the same moment, spreads beautiful to darkness. Still we must choose how we separately corner the circling universe of our experience. Once chosen, our cornering will determine the message of any star and darkness we encounter.”

- June Jordan

“People come and go all the time; the world has always been in movement.”

- V. S. Naipaul

“One can’t build little white picket fences to keep nightmares out.”

– Anne Sexton

“Do not interrupt the flight of your soul; do not distress what is best in you; do not enfeeble your spirit with half wishes and half thoughts. Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it — and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart’s indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you — for only the truth that builds up is truth for you.”

- Søren Kierkegaard

“He that loveth not, Knoweth not God; for God is Love. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God and God in him.”

- Yeshua (Jesus Christ)

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

- Howard Zinn

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out”

- Vaclav Havel

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”

- John F. Kennedy

“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.”
~ Robert H. Schuller

Where there is peace, God is.
- George Herbert

I see my beauty in you.
- Rumi

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
♥ Tennessee Williams

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- Aristotle

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
~ Buddha

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human felicity is produc’d not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day. ~ Benjamin Franklin (born 17 January 1706)

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin

All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. Whether this be the case with my history or not, I am hardly competent to judge. I sometimes think it might prove useful to some, and entertaining to others; but the world may judge for itself. Shielded by my own obscurity, and by the lapse of years, and a few fictitious names, I do not fear to venture; and will candidly lay before the public what I would not disclose to the most intimate friend. ~ Anne Brontë (born 17 January 1820)

We have this window of opportunity; we have a chance to make something real happen. Something possible happen, to live beyond our fear — think about that, and help us. Help lift us up, help us fight this fight to change, — transform — this country in a fundamental way.
This chance won’t come around again. ~ Michelle Obama

I somehow see what’s beautiful
In things that are ephemeral.
I’m my only friend of mine,
And love is just a piece of time
In the world
In the world.
And I couldn’t help but fall in love again.
~ Zooey Deschanel ~

“Elohim,” the name for the creative power in Genesis, is a female plural, a fact that generations of learned rabbis and Christian theologians have all explained as merely grammatical convention. The King James and most other Bibles translate it as “God,” but if you take the grammar literally, it seems to mean “goddesses.” Al Shaddai, god of battles, appears later, and YHWH, mispronounced Jehovah, later still.
~ Robert Anton Wilson ~

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
- Walter Benjamin

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

‎”The biggest thread in the country today is not communism, its moving America toward a fascist theocracy.”
- Frank Zappa

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself…is enlightened.
~ Tao te Ching

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you can’t fly then run,
if you can’t run then walk,
if you can’t walk then crawl,
but whatever you do
you have to
keep moving forward.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Either pure or impure, or having passed through all conditions of material life, if one can remember the lotus-eyed Krishna, he becomes externally and internally clean.

–Garuda Purana

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. ♥

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.-Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

With the realization of ones own potential and self-confidence in ones ability, one can build a better world.

If we have a positive mental attitude, then even when surrounded by hostility, we shall not lack inner peace.
- Dalai Lama

Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- MLK, Jr.

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time… The wait is simply too long.
– Leonard Bernstein

Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.
– Mark B. Cohen

If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution.
- Emma Goldman

From now to the end of consciousness, we are stuck with the task of defending art.

If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is.
- Susan Sontag

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When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. ~Arthur C. Clarke

If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. ~ Ernest Hemingway

What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love… I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (Martin Luther King Day 2006 in U.S.)

To me, literature is a calling, even a kind of salvation. It connects me with an enterprise that is over 2,000 years old. What do we have from the past? Art and thought. That’s what lasts. That’s what continues to feed people and give them an idea of something better. A better state of one’s feelings or simply the idea of a silence in one’s self that allows one to think or to feel. Which to me is the same. ~ Susan Sontag (born January 16, 1933)

I don’t want to express alienation. It isn’t what I feel. I’m interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up. ~ Susan Sontag

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness. The truths we respect are those born of affliction. We measure truth in terms of the cost to the writer in suffering — rather than by the standard of an objective truth to which a writer’s words correspond. Each of our truths must have a martyr. ~ Susan Sontag

We are told we must choose — the old or the new. In fact, we must choose both. What is a life if not a series of negotiations between the old and the new? It seems to me that one should always be seeking to talk oneself out of these stark oppositions.
~ Susan Sontag ~

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There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. … There is another theory which states that this has already happened. ~ Douglas Adams

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.(born 15 January 1929)

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing. ~ Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Day — Wikipedia started 15 January 2001)

I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world. ~ Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

I’m concerned about justice. I’m concerned about brotherhood. I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate… I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those whose conduct gives room for talk
Are always the first to attack their neighbors.
~ Molière (born 15 January 1622)

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To truly laugh…you must be able to take your pain and PLAY with it.”
~ Charlie Chaplin

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.
– Thomas Jefferson

The saying “Getting there is half the fun” became obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines.
– Henry J. Tillman

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
– Mark Twain

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.
- Wallace Stevens

“My religion is love.”
- Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

Peace is a daily,a weekly,a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
- JFK

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
~ Albert Schweitzer

By lifting up our brothers and sisters through service, we honor Dr. King’s memory and reaffirm our common humanity.
- President Barack Obama

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

There are no laws, there are no rules, just grab your friend and love him.
~ Jim Morrison ♡☺

Angels have no philosophy but love.
~ Terri Guillemets

If we develop a good heart, then whether the field is science, agriculture or politics, since motivation is important these will all improve.
- Dalai Lama

When love is present, the body & mind are lifted up. They are infused with light, possibility & celebration.
♥ Paul Ferrini

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
~ C.S. Lewis ♥

words of wisdom
came to me at last
“the beloved you’ve lost
the one you’ve been seeking outside
can only be found inside”
- Rumi

“The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions”
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
- Yoko Ono

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Dr. King
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

Read not the Times. Read the Eternities.
- Henry David Thoreau

I would ask the people / stakeholders if they were satisfied & also what could be done to make things better for the service in question.
- Me

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.
- Jonathan Swift

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy — in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. ~ Robert Heinlein in Stranger In A Strange Land

Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen. ~ Æschylus

Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. ~ Albert Schweitzer (born 14 January 1875)

Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.
Please pardon my levity, I don’t see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd. ~ Robert Anton Wilson

At no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny, as when we are busy with preparations for it. After that, there remains only the journey itself, which is nothing but the process through which we lose our ownership of it. ~ Yukio Mishima (born January 14, 1925)

In my great tiredness and discouragement, the phrase, Reverence for Life, struck me like a flash. As far as I knew, it was a phrase I had never heard nor ever read. I realized at once that it carried within itself the solution to the problem that had been torturing me. Now I knew that a system of values which concerns itself only with our relationship to other people is incomplete and therefore lacking in power for good. Only by means of reverence for life can we establish a spiritual and humane relationship with both people and all living creatures within our reach. Only in this fashion can we avoid harming others, and, within the limits of our capacity, go to their aid whenever they need us. ~ Albert Schweitzer

The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. That is possible for him who never argues and strives with men and facts, but in all experience retires upon himself, and looks for the ultimate cause of things in himself. ~ Albert Schweitzer

To relate oneself in the spirit of reverence for life to the multiform manifestations of the will-to-live which together constitute the world is ethical mysticism. All profound world-view is mysticism, the essence of which is just this: that out of my unsophisticated and naïve existence in the world there comes, as a result of thought about self and the world, spiritual self-devotion to the mysterious infinite Will which is continuously manifested in the universe. ~ Albert Schweitzer

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“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
~ Tich Nhat Hanh

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
– Oscar Wilde

The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.
~ Jean Paul Richter

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
– George Bernard Shaw

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
~ Mark Twain

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
- The Buddha

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. ~Danish Proverb

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. ~Henry Ward Beecher

After these two, Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet, Dr. Merriman is requisite to preserve health. ~James Howell

Love seeks no cause beyond itself; it is its own fruit. I love because I love; I love in order to love.
- St. Bernard

“Open to me, so that I may open.
Provide me your inspiration
So that I might see mine.”
–Rumi

‎”At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of people who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”
- President Barack Obama, Tuscon, 1-12-11

“The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”
EKNATH EASWARAN
(1910–1999)

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There’s just one thing we’re all waiting for, is peace on earth & an end to war.
- Freddie Mercury

“Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.”
- Thomas Dewar

If we have a good heart, a warm heart, warm feelings, we will be happy and satisfied ourselves.
- Dalai Lama

The world has so many lessons to teach us. I consider the world to be like a school & our life the classrooms.
~ @Oprah

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
- Samuel Beckett

There may be love without jealousy, but there is none without fear. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. ~ Anthony de Mello

I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. ~ Émile Zola (J’accuse published 13 January 1898)

I still feel that sincerity and realism are avant-garde, or can be, just as I did when I started out. ~ Edmund White (born January 13, 1940)

The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find. ~ Sir Edmund Hillary

All religions speak about death during this life on earth. Death must come before rebirth. But what must die? False confidence in one’s own knowledge, self-love and egoism. Our egoism must be broken. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

Conscious faith is freedom.
Emotional faith is slavery.
Mechanical faith is foolishness.
~ G. I. Gurdjieff ~

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.

It is impossible to recognize a wrong way without knowing the right way. This means that it is no use troubling oneself how to recognize a wrong way. One must think of how to find the right way.

In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him.

Remember your self always and everywhere.

By teaching others you will learn yourself.

Faith of consciousness is freedom.

Love of consciousness evokes the same in response.

Hope of consciousness is strength.
- G. I. Gurdjieff (13 January 1872 – 29 October 1949)

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Ill can he rule the great, that cannot reach the small.
~ Edmund Spenser ~

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‎”We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. God does not appear, and flow out, only from narrow chinks and round bored wells here and there in favored races and places, but He flows in grand undivided currents, shoreless and boundless over creeds and forms and all kinds of civilizations and peoples and beasts, saturating all and fountainizing all.”
~ John Muir

Gratitude is not only the Greatest of Virtues, but the parent of all the others.
- Cicero ♦

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
- Albert Einstein

‎”Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”
- Denis Waitley

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

don’t you know that my thorn
is better than the queen of roses

don’t you know my heresy
is the essence of spirituality
- Rumi

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
– Peter Ustinov

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television’s message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath.
– Dave Barry

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.
– Russell Baker

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.”
~ Galileo Galilei

‎”If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
- Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970

“Let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together… If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we lost.

It has been discussed in recent days their deaths can help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that its not because of a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation in a way that would make the victims proud.”
- President Obama, Tucson Memorial Service

“Honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.

What matters is … how well we have loved, & what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others.

Honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.”

“Sudden loss causes us to look backward – but it also forces us to look forward, to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. We may ask ourselves if we’ve shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we are doing right by our children, or our community, and whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others.”
- President Barack Obama

Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.
- Robert R. Updegraff

Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms.
~ Roy Lichtenstein

Heroism is not just found on the field of battle. Heroism does not require special training. Heroism is right here.
- President Obama

“If this tragedy prompt reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure its worthy of those we have lost.”
- President Obama

Dignity does not come in possessing honors, but in deserving them. ~ Aristotle

Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. ~ Horace Mann

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)

Society is indeed a contract… it is not a partnership in things subservient only to the gross animal existence of a temporary and perishable nature. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are to be born. ~ Edmund Burke

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of its conservation. ~ Edmund Burke

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. ~ Edmund Burke

The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.
~ Edmund Burke ~

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First they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.
- Mahatma Ghandi

“Information is the currency of Democracy.”
- Thomas Jefferson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others.
- Dalai Lama

Nothing will work unless you do.
~ Maya Angelou

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. ~Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Book I, chapter 4

Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food. ~Anna Fellows Johnston

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything. ~Kurt Vonnegut

A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh. ~Raymond Hitchcock

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence. ~Solomon ibn Gabirol

Gratitude is not only the Greatest of Virtues, but the parent of all the others. – Cicero

For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself ~Thoreau

Be thoughtful of others and you will not be shy, for they are incompatible addictions. ~Robert Brault

The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor’s shoulder is to pat him on the back. ~Author Unknown

Kindness is the greatest wisdom. ~Author Unknown

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. ~Dave Barry, “Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn”

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. ~Thomas Fuller

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame. ~Alexander Pope, Epilogue to the Satires, 1738

Life is short but there is always time for courtesy. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Social Aims

Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks. ~Henri Bergson

“All people are born alike – except Republicans and Democrats.”
- Groucho Marx

The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit
- Saint Teresa of Avila

Colors are the smiles of nature – Leigh Hunt

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love – Albert Einstein

Nature uses as little as possible of anything – Johannes Kepler

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former – Albert Einstein

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God ~ Thomas Browne

Simplicity is nature’s first step, and the last of art ~ Philip James Bailey

No man is a failure who is enjoying life ~ William Feather

I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God – Alan Hovhaness

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city – George Burns

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you – Charlotte Whitton

Waters are distilled out of Herbs, Flowers, Fruits, and Roots – Nicholas Culpeper

Don’t go through life, grow through life – Eric Butterworth

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are – Alfred Austin

All gardening is landscape painting – William Kent

Nature does not proceed by leaps and bounds ~ Carolus Linnaeus

Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise – George Gershwin

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow – Lawrence Clark Powell

All art is but imitation of nature – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F Kennedy

It is better to deserve honors and not have them, than to have them and not to deserve them. ~Mark Twain

‎”Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”- Markus Zusak

To the Ones who really See, the Chosen Lovers, Love is a Shattering Eternal Light.
- Rumi ♥

There is a window
between heart and heart:
They are never separate
like two bodies.
Two lamps
may not be united
in their form –
But their light merges
into each other.
No lover
ever searched for Union
If his beloved
is not also seeking him.
The love of lovers
makes them think;
The Beloved’s love
makes them full
and shining.

- Jalal-ud-Din Rumi ♥

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‘I saw an angel in the marble and I just chiseled to set him free.’ – Michaelangelo

‘The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.’ – Arthur C. Clarke

We cannot overcome anger and hatred simply by suppressing them. We need to actively cultivate the antidotes: patience and tolerance.

It is my fundamental conviction that compassion constitutes a basic aspect of our nature as well as being the foundation of our happiness.
- Dalai Lama

◈ Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it.
~ Arapaho Indian Proverb

It is my fundamental conviction that compassion constitutes a basic aspect of our nature as well as being the foundation of our happiness.
- Dalai Lama

Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
– Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance, / And toss them on the wheels of Chance.
– Juvenal

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible.
– Margaret Mead

One Whisper of the Beloved

Lovers share a sacred decree –
to seek the Beloved.
They roll head over heels,
rushing toward the Beautiful One
like a torrent of water.

In truth, everyone is a shadow of the Beloved –
Our seeking is His seeking,
Our words are His words.

At times we flow toward the Beloved
like a dancing stream.
At times we are still water
held in His pitcher.
At times we boil in a pot
turning to vapor –
that is the job of the Beloved.

He breathes into my ear
until my soul
takes on His fragrance.
He is the soul of my soul –
How can I escape?
But why would any soul in this world
want to escape from the Beloved?

He will melt your pride
making you thin as a strand of hair,
Yet do not trade, even for both worlds,
One strand of His hair.

We search for Him here and there
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side we ask,
“O Beloved, where is the Beloved?”

Enough with such questions! –
Let silence take you to the core of life.

All your talk is worthless
When compared to one whisper
of the Beloved.

~Maulana Rumi

Translated by Jonathan Star & Shahram Shiva

If men would consider not so much where they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world. ~ Joseph Addison

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born 11 January 1755)

Has it been found that bodies of men act with more rectitude or greater disinterestedness than individuals? The contrary of this has been inferred by all accurate observers of the conduct of mankind; and the inference is founded upon obvious reasons. Regard to reputation has a less active influence, when the infamy of a bad action is to be divided among a number than when it is to fall singly upon one. A spirit of faction, which is apt to mingle its poison in the deliberations of all bodies of men, will often hurry the persons of whom they are composed into improprieties and excesses, for which they would blush in a private capacity. ~ Alexander Hamilton

I do indeed disbelieve that we or any other mortal men can attain on a given day to absolutely incorrigible and unimprovable truth about such matters of fact as those with which religions deal. But I reject this dogmatic ideal not out of a perverse delight in intellectual instability. I am no lover of disorder and doubt as such. Rather do I fear to lose truth by this pretension to possess it already wholly. ~ William James (born 11 January 1842)

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William James

I should esteem it the extreme of imprudence to prolong the precarious state of our national affairs, and to expose the union to the jeopardy of successive experiments, in the chimerical pursuit of a perfect plan. I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man. The result of the deliberations of all collective bodies must necessarily be a compound as well of the errors and prejudices, as of the good sense and wisdom of the individuals of whom they are composed. ~ Alexander Hamilton

We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we think we have the answers. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel (11 January 1907 – 23 December 1972)

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Martin Luther King didn’t become famous by saying “I have a complaint.”
- Van Jones

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, an obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. The hospitality was as cold as the ices.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Creation is only the projection into form of that which already exists.
~ Bhagavad Gita

If reasonable people don’t feel the presence of love within the universe, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
- Rumi

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
- Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

Nature is neutral.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other.
~ Alan Alda

I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”
~ Quincy Jones

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
- William James

Marks on paper are free – free speech – press – pictures all go together I suppose.
- Georgia O’Keeffe

I have no more words. Let the soul speak with the silent articulation of a face.
~ Rumi

We are all dreamers creating the next world, the next beautiful world for ourselves and for our children.
- Yoko Ono

I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
- Og Mandino

Nothing leads to good that is not natural
- Friedrich Schiller

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
- Pierre Corneille

Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun – Frank Lloyd Wright

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance – Thomas Huxley

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes ~ Marcel Proust

Patience is the companion of wisdom – Saint Augustine

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature – C. S. Lewis

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground ~ Buddha

We live in a rainbow of chaos ~ Paul Cezanne

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived – Sidney Sheldon

Life is a comedy for those who think… and a tragedy for those who feel – Horace Walpole

There are always flowers for those who want to see them – Henri Matisse

On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it – Jules Renard

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself – Wallace Stevens

Faith is reason grown courageous ~Sherwood Eddy

A single question can be more influential than a thousand statements ~ Bo Bennett

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains beautiful…
… the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty
of the universe. Love that, not man
Apart from that, or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions,
or drown in despair when his days darken.
~ Robinson Jeffers (born 10 January 1887)

Science and mathematics
Run parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it,
They never touch it: consider what an explosion
Would rock the bones of men into little white fragments and unsky the world
If any mind for a moment touch truth.
~ Robinson Jeffers ~

I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. This whole is in all its parts so beautiful, and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it and to think of it as divine. ~ Robinson Jeffers

Truth is the only merit that gives dignity and worth to history. ~ John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster’s feet there are left the mountains. ~ Robinson Jeffers

All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
~ John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton ~

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Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.
~ Ovid

Let’s dance together in our hearts and play the game of life in peace.

It’s Time for Action.

We protect our world from destruction with our sense of joy.
- Yoko Ono

Not until we experience it is it more that just words. After we experience it, there is no need for words.
- Milton Trager

Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.
- Ashleigh Brilliant

Learning is the first step in making positive changes within yourself. Other factors are conviction, determination, action and effort. Learning and education help develop conviction about the need to change and increase your commitment. Conviction then develops into determination. Next, strong determination leads to action: a sustained effort to implement the changes. This final factor of effort is critical.
- Dalai Lama

‎”Each of us is a role model for somebody, and if we aren’t, we should behave as though we are — cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.”
- Maya Angelou

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.
– Robert Orben

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
– Carl Sagan

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
– E. W. Dijkstra

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein

“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god!”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

Gandhi

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions!
- Hafiz ☺

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.
- Evan Esar

The aim of life is to live! And to live means to be aware … joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
~ Henry Miller

” Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”
~ Jimi Hendrix

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.”
~ Michael Jackson

Two things control men’s nature, instinct and experience.
~ Blaise Pasca

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.
~ John Ruskin

Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.
~ Lou Erickson

The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas H. Huxley

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Old Stars with a Youthful Glow

Old Stars with a Youthful Glow

The dazzling stars in Messier 15 look fresh and new in this image from the NASA/Hubble Space Telescope, but they are actually all roughly 13 billion years old, making them some of the most ancient objects in the Universe. Unlike another recent Hubble Picture of the Week, which featured the unusually sparse cluster Palomar 1, Messier 15 is rich and bright despite its age.

Messier 15 is a globular cluster — a spherical conglomeration of old stars that formed together from the same cloud of gas, found in the outer reaches of the Milky Way in a region known as the halo and orbiting the Galactic Centre. This globular lies about 35 000 light-years from the Earth, in the constellation of Pegasus (The Flying Horse).

Messier 15 is one of the densest globulars known, with the vast majority of the cluster’s mass concentrated in the core. Astronomers think that particularly dense globulars, like this one, underwent a process called core collapse, in which gravitational interactions between stars led to many members of the cluster migrating towards the centre.

Messier 15 is also the first globular cluster known to harbour a planetary nebula, and it is still one of only four globulars known to do so. The planetary nebula, called Pease 1, can be seen in this image as a small blue blob to the lower left of the globular’s core.

This picture was put together from images taken with the Wide Field Channel of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. Images through yellow/orange (F606W, coloured blue) and near-infrared (F814W, coloured red) filters were combined. The total exposure times were 535 s and 615 s respectively and the field of view is 3.4 arcminutes across.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

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NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula “Now understood to have a surprisingly complex geometry” Shelley King Booker Ono Eco<3

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Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy. ~ Spider Robinson

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Life will not perish! It will begin anew with love; it will start out naked and tiny; it will take root in the wilderness, and to it all that we did and built will mean nothing — our towns and factories, our art, our ideas will all mean nothing, and yet life will not perish! Only we have perished. Our houses and machines will be in ruins, our systems will collapse, and the names of our great will fall away like dry leaves. Only you, love, will blossom on this rubbish heap and commit the seed of life to the winds. ~ Karel Čapek (born 9 January 1890)

I think it is possible, and that is the most dramatic element in modern civilization, that a human truth is opposed to another human truth no less human, ideal against ideal, positive worth against worth no less positive, instead of the struggle being as we are so often told, one between noble truth and vile selfish error. ~ Karel Čapek (date of birth)

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

The individual is defined only by his relationship to the world and to other individuals; he exists only by transcending himself, and his freedom can be achieved only through the freedom of others. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

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True Love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding, that grows bright, Gazing on many truths. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity. ~ George Bernard Shaw

For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk. ~ Stephen Hawking (born 8 January 1942)

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth. ~ Baltasar Gracián(born 8 January 1601)

If you cannot make knowledge your servant, make it your friend. ~ Baltasar Gracián

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~ Gerry Spence

My intent is to tell the truth as I know it, realizing that what is true for me may be blasphemy for others. ~ Gerry Spence

Some would be sages if they did not believe they were so already. ~ Baltasar Gracián

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No child is ever born violent.
~ Alice Miller

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To find the universal elements enough;
To find the air and the water exhilarating;
To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter;
To be thrilled by the stars at night:
To be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in
spring …these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
~ John Burroughs

“There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord”
- Thomas Paine

‎”Don’t mourn. Organize!”
- attributed to Joe Hill, at his funeral, according to Big Bill Haywood

Don’t listen to those who belittle your dreams / No matter how reasonable they seem / Just love them and send them along / And get back to working and proving them wrong.
- Cory Booker

Happiness does not come about only due to external circumstances; it mainly derives from inner attitudes.

I feel that the moment you adopt a sense of caring for others, it brings you inner strength.

To increase our altruism, we must motivate ourselves to take into consideration the effects of our actions both in the present and future.
- Dalai Lama

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive—it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”
- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“If it’s not paradoxical, it’s not true.”
— Shunryu Suzuki

“I feel an indescribable ecstasy and delirium in melting, as it were, into the system of being, in identifying myself with the whole of nature”
— J. J. Rousseau

Knowing is not enough. Risk knowledge with action and then you will know it is genuine, pretension or just information
- Sri Chitrabhanu

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profundity. Kindness in giving creates love.
~ Lao Tzu ♥

Let’s dance together in our hearts and play the game of life in peace.
- Yoko Ono

”History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe!
~ Saint Augustine

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.
~ Jules Renarda

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
- Tao Te Ching

Even when we fight with one another, we notice that our hearts are in love with each other.
- Yoko Ono

The lack of Belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.
- Jonathan Swift

‎”It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
- Leonardo da Vinci

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
~ Confucius

‎”I’ve come again
like a new year
to crash the gate
of this old prison.”
- Rumi

“I tried to make sense of the Four Books,
until love arrived,
and it all became a single syllable.”
–Yunus Emre, Rumi’s contemporary sufi poet

Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear.
- William E. Gladstone

We protect our world from destruction with our sense of joy.
- Yoko Ono

‎”There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
- Beverly Sills

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
- James Thurber

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”
–Rumi

‎”The Privilege of a Lifetime is Being Who You Are.”
~ Joseph Campbell

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.
- Bette Davis

Get to know your own personal rhythm, your vibration, your song. There are some things that cannot be understood with the rational mind. Your destiny is to learn the language of the heart, soul, and spirit.

This first step is learning how to relax the mind. A tense mind is rigid and closed off, lost in its own imaginings. A mind that is strong, yet soft and pliable, can be used to its highest capacity. It is ready at all times to respond to the present moment as it is, undistorted by gripping inner fear.

Sing your song joyfully and without reservation. Dance with abandon to your own rhythm. And your vibration will be a light unto all.
- Dorothy Mendoza Row

‎”I change not by trying to be what I am not,
but by being fully aware of how I am.”
~ Zen

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.
~ J. G. Holland

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
- H. L. Mencken

I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Literature is a state of culture. Poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.
- Juan Ramon Jimenez

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Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. ~ Abraham Lincoln

There is no first world and third world. There is only one world, for all of us to live and delight in. ~ Gerald Durrell (born 7 January 1925)

It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little more about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent? ~ Richard Feynman (speaking of art, reality, and Jupiter, which Galileo Galilei discovered to have moons on this day in 1610)

You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that you have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. This is not only vital for the preservation of animal life generally, but for the future existence of man himself — a point that seems to escape many people. ~ Gerald Durrell (born 7 January 1925)

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. ~ Zora Neale Hurston (Born January 7, 1891)

When I take people round to see my animals, one of the first questions they ask (unless the animal is cute and appealing) is, “what use is it?” by which they mean, “what use is it to them?” To this one can reply “What use is the Acropolis?” Does a creature have to be of direct material use to mankind in order to exist? By and large, by asking the question “what use is it?” you are asking the animal to justify its existence without having justified your own. ~ Gerald Durrell

We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners. We have not bothered to acquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of gardening. By neglecting our garden, we are storing up for ourselves, in the not very distant future, a world catastrophe as bad as any atomic war, and we are doing it with all the bland complacency of an idiot child chopping up a Rembrandt with a pair of scissors. ~ Gerald Durrell

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Earth laughs in flowers.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I feel that the moment you adopt a sense of caring for others, it brings you inner strength. Inner strength brings inner tranquility, greater self-confidence. Because of such attitudes, even when things going on around you seem hostile and negative, you can still sustain your peace of mind.
- Dalai Lama

Didn’t I tell you
you are a fish do not go to dry land
for I am the deep Sea.
- Rumi

‎”When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die. . . .”
~ Joseph Campbell

“Dr. King didn’t get famous giving a speech that said, ‘I have a complaint.’ It’s time for us to start dreaming again and invite the country to dream with us. We don’t have any ‘throw away’ species, nations, or children. We must birth a global green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.”
- Van Jones

Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.
– Evan Esar

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
– George Bernard Shaw

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”
- C.S. Lewis

All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly — right now. ~Buckminster Fuller

I know the biggest crime is just to throw up your hands and say “This has nothing to do with me, I just want to live as comfortably as I can.” ~ Ani DiFranco

In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want… everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear… anywhere in the world. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. ~ E.L. Doctorow (born 6 January 1931)

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. ~ Khalil Gibran (born 6 January 1883)

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. ~ Khalil Gibran

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to. ~ Khalil Gibran

Your thought advocates fame and show. Mine counsels me and implores me to cast aside notoriety and treat it like a grain of sand cast upon the shore of eternity. Your thought instills in your heart arrogance and superiority. Mine plants within me love for peace and the desire for independence. Your thought begets dreams of palaces with furniture of sandalwood studded with jewels, and beds made of twisted silk threads. My thought speaks softly in my ears, “Be clean in body and spirit even if you have nowhere to lay your head.” Your thought makes you aspire to titles and offices. Mine exhorts me to humble service. ~ Khalil Gibran

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Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. ~ Carl Sagan

I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. ~ Helen Keller

Evil spreads with the wind; truth is capable of speading even against it. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda (born 5 January 1893)

All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense. ~ Principia Discordia
(for the anniversary of discovery of the “dwarf planet” Eris, named after the patron goddess of the Discordians)

A dreaded society is not a civilized society. The most progressive and powerful society in the civilized sense, is a society which has recognized its ethos, and come to terms with the past and the present, with religion and science, with modernism and mysticism, with materialism and spirituality; a society free of tension, a society rich in culture. Such a society cannot come with hocus-pocus formulas and with fraud. It has to flow from the depth of a divine search. ~ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (born 5 January 1928)

We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon. In an instant age, perhaps we must relearn the ancient truth that patience, too, has its victories. ~ Konrad Adenauer (born 5 January 1876)

A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection — not an invitation for hypnosis.
~ Umberto Eco (Born 5 January 1932)

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity. ~ Konrad Adenauer

The best way to compile inaccurate information that no one wants is to make it up.
– Scott Adams

Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
– Robertson Davies

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
– Samuel Johnson

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
- Virginia Woolf

“The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.”
- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
~ Friedrich Schiller

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NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula
Image Credit &
Copyright:

Ed Henry
(Hay Creek Observatory)

Explanation:
A mere seven hundred light years from Earth, in the constellation
Aquarius,
a sun-like star is dying.
Its last few thousand years have produced the
Helix
Nebula

(NGC 7293), a well studied and nearby example of a
Planetary
Nebula
,
typical of this final phase of stellar evolution.
A total of 10 hours of exposure
time have gone in to creating this
remarkably deep
view
of the nebula.
It shows details of the Helix’s brighter
inner region, about 3
light-years across, but also follows fainter
outer halo
features that give the nebula a span of well over six light-years.
The white dot at the Helix’s center is this Planetary Nebula’s hot,
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The Greatest Stars- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, George Mason, Max Born, Kennedy, Santana, Baez, Gaye, Trungpa, & Zinn

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Peace is the only battle worth waging.
- Albert Camus

Nonviolence is absolute respect for each human being.
- Adolpho Perez Esquival

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.

I’m laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing.
- Carlos Santana

If you want peace, work for justice.
- Pope Paul VI

Peace, like charity, begins at home.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

That’s all nonviolence is – organized love.
- Joan Baez

A lot of Americans think they got a tax cut, and they didn’t because their local property tax went up, their excise tax went up, their sales tax went up, and their prices went up and everything else, because we failed to invest in some of these other things we ought to be doing. … We are squeezing the middle class, we are losing the middle class, and the gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider and wider, not closing as it used to be.
- Senator John Kerry (Born December 11, 1943)

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Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.
- Alcoholics Anonymous

One man in the right makes a majority.
- Abraham Lincoln

To save one life, it is as if you had saved the world.
- Talmud

Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace
- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Don’t think, just do.
- Horace

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
- Philip K. Dick

Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.
- Marquis de Sade

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.
- Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home.
- William Wordsworth

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A thorn in the foot is hard to find.
What about a thorn in the heart?
If everyone saw the thorn in his heart,
when would sorrow gain the upper hand?
- Mevlana Rumi

Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski

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When will you begin your long journey into yourself?
- Rumi

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
- Blaise Pascal

Peace is a daily,a weekly,a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures
- John F. Kennedy

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
- Marvin Gaye

But more than that, no unloving words were ever spoken, and everything was held up as another small piece of proof that it can be this way, it doesn’t have to be that way; if there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it heavy walls, and we will furnish it with soft red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweler’s felt so that we should never hear it.

Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.
- Jonathan Safran Foer

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is either a daring adventure.. or nothing.
- Helen Keller

The sacred heart is a secret heart.
- Swami Satchidananda

When your thoughts, speech and actions all go together, then they will bear fruit.
- Integral Yoga

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

Today, the values of democracy, open society, respect for human rights, and equality are becoming recognized all over the world as universal values. To my mind there is an intimate connection between democratic values, such as transparency, the rule of law and freedom of information, and the fundamental values of human goodness.
- Dalai Lama

Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats dominate our political, economic and cultural systems.
- Cornel West

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s JOY.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
- Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
- Marvin Gaye

If it’s natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
- Joan Baez

We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.
- Howard Zinn

We always have a choice: we can limit our perception so that we close off vastness, or we can allow vastness to touch us.
- Chögyam Trungpa

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Nothing happens unless first we dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
- Basho

The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it, seems to me the deepest root of all that is evil in the world.
- Max Born (Born December 11, 1882)

The classical Greeks were not influenced by the classical Greeks.
-Principia Discordia

When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.
- Bernard Meltzer

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- Thomas Carlyle

Love as much as you can from wherever you are.
- Thaddeus Golas

Let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his METHOD must inexorably choose falsehood as his PRINCIPLE.

Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory.

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?

I believe that world literature has it in its power to help mankind, in these its troubled hours, to see itself as it really is, notwithstanding the indoctrinations of prejudiced people and parties.

They were mistaken, and will always be mistaken, who prophesy that art will disintegrate, that it will outlive its forms and die. It is we who shall die — art will remain.

Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers — such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a façade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.

I am of course confident that I will fulfil my tasks as a writer in all circumstances — from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer’s pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions — especially selfish ones.

At no time has the world been without war. Not in seven or ten or twenty thousand years. Neither the wisest of leaders, nor the noblest of kings, nor yet the Church — none of them has been able to stop it. And don’t succumb to the facile belief that wars will be stopped by hotheaded socialists. Or that rational and just wars can be sorted out from the rest. There will always be thousands of thousands to whom even such a war will be senseless and unjustified. Quite simply, no state can live without war, that is one of the state’s essential functions. … War is the price we pay for living in a state. Before you can abolish war you will have to abolish all states. But that is unthinkable until the propensity to violence and evil is rooted out of human beings. The state was created to protect us from evil. In ordinary life thousands of bad impulses, from a thousand foci of evil, move chaotically, randomly, against the vulnerable. The state is called upon to check these impulses — but it generates others of its own, still more powerful, and this time one-directional. At times it throws them all in a single direction — and that is war.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Born December 11, 1918)

I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can’t even describe and aren’t even aware of.

Values are not trendy items that are casually traded in.

When we describe what the other person is really like, I suppose we often picture what we want. We look through the prism of our need.

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.
- Ellen Goodman

Our All is at Stake, and the little Conveniencys and Comforts of Life, when set in Competition with our Liberty, ought to be rejected not with Reluctance but with Pleasure.

In all our associations; in all our agreements let us never lose sight of this fundamental maxim — that all power was originally lodged in, and consequently is derived from, the people.
- George Mason (Born December 11, 1725)

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent Van Gogh

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
- Audrey Hepburn

You really can change, your reality is based on the way you think.
- Oprah

The real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Go in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Born December 11, 1931)

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
- Peace Quotes

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“Explanation: Created as planet Earth sweeps through dusty debris from mysterious, asteroid-like, 3200 Phaethon, the annual Geminid Meteor Shower should be the best meteor shower of the year. The Geminids are predicted to peak on the night of December 13/14, but you can start watching for Geminid meteors this weekend. The best viewing is after midnight in a dark, moonless sky, with the shower’s radiant constellation Gemini well above the horizon – a situation that favors skygazers in the northern hemisphere. In this picture from the 2009 Geminid shower, a bright meteor with a greenish tinge flashes through the sky over the Mojave Desert near Barstow, California, USA. Recognizable in the background are bright stars in the northern asterism known as the Big Dipper, framing the meteor streak.”

Amplify’d from www.nasa.gov

The Greatest Stars

The small open star cluster Pismis 24 lies in the core of the NGC 6357 nebula in Scorpius, about 8,000 light-years away from Earth. The brightest object in the center of this image is designated Pismis 24-1 and was once thought to weigh as much as 200 to 300 solar masses. This would not only have made it by far the most massive known star in the galaxy, but would have put it considerably above the currently believed upper mass limit of about 150 solar masses for individual stars.

However, Hubble Space Telescope high-resolution images of the star show that it is really two stars orbiting one another that are each estimated to be 100 solar masses.

In addition, spectroscopic observations with ground-based telescopes further reveal that one of the stars is actually a tight binary that is too compact to be resolved even by Hubble. This divides the estimated mass for Pismis 24-1 among the three stars. Although the stars are still among the heaviest known, the mass limit has not been broken due to the multiplicity of the system.

The images of NGC 6357 were taken with Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 in April 2002.

ImageCredit: NASA, ESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)

Read more at www.nasa.gov

 

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Peace – First Day of Spring

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.

Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Obama follows the advice of Kissinger, Nunn, Schultz, Reagan, Matlock, Gorbachev, Kennedy, et al ad infinitum and reduces the role of nuclear weapons in foreign policy, with the goal and vision of complete abolition and disarmament. This is a very very very positive step in the right direction, and will help future efforts to negotiate in the common interest of all countries and all people to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle and achieve total elimination of nuclear weapons, “the scourge of humanity” as described by Jack Matlock, former Reagan ambassador to the Soviet Union. I really don’t understand arguments against nuclear abolition and disarmament. By changing the Nuclear policy of the United States, along with signing the new START treaty with Russia, the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit next week as well as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Review Conference in May are strengthened and it will be easier to work toward the shared goal and vision of a world free from the danger and threat of nuclear weapons, that President Obama articulated last year in Prague.

Facts from the White House: The New Start Treaty and Protocol

“Finally, this day demonstrates the determination of the United States and Russia — the two nations that hold over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons — to pursue responsible global leadership. Together, we are keeping our commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which must be the foundation for global non-proliferation.

While the New START treaty is an important first step forward, it is just one step on a longer journey. As I said last year in Prague, this treaty will set the stage for further cuts. And going forward, we hope to pursue discussions with Russia on reducing both our strategic and tactical weapons, including non-deployed weapons.

President Medvedev and I have also agreed to expand our discussions on missile defense. This will include regular exchanges of information about our threat assessments, as well as the completion of a joint assessment of emerging ballistic missiles. And as these assessments are completed, I look forward to launching a serious dialogue about Russian-American cooperation on missile defense.

But nuclear weapons are not simply an issue for the United States and Russia — they threaten the common security of all nations. A nuclear weapon in the hands of a terrorist is a danger to people everywhere — from Moscow to New York; from the cities of Europe to South Asia. So next week, 47 nations will come together in Washington to discuss concrete steps that can be taken to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years.

And the spread of nuclear weapons to more states is also an unacceptable risk to global security — raising the specter of arms races from the Middle East to East Asia. Earlier this week, the United States formally changed our policy to make it clear that those [non]-nuclear weapons states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and their non-proliferation obligations will not be threatened by America’s nuclear arsenal. This demonstrates, once more, America’s commitment to the NPT as a cornerstone of our security strategy. Those nations that follow the rules will find greater security and opportunity. Those nations that refuse to meet their obligations will be isolated, and denied the opportunity that comes with international recognition.

That includes accountability for those that break the rules — otherwise the NPT is just words on a page. That’s why the United States and Russia are part of a coalition of nations insisting that the Islamic Republic of Iran face consequences, because they have continually failed to meet their obligations. We are working together at the United Nations Security Council to pass strong sanctions on Iran. And we will not tolerate actions that flout the NPT, risk an arms race in a vital region, and threaten the credibility of the international community and our collective security.

While these issues are a top priority, they are only one part of the U.S.-Russia relationship. Today, I again expressed my deepest condolences for the terrible loss of Russian life in recent terrorist attacks, and we will remain steadfast partners in combating violent extremism. We also discussed the potential to expand our cooperation on behalf of economic growth, trade and investment, as well as technological innovation, and I look forward to discussing these issues further when President Medvedev visits the United States later this year, because there is much we can do on behalf of our security and prosperity if we continue to work together.

When one surveys the many challenges that we face around the world, it’s easy to grow complacent, or to abandon the notion that progress can be shared. But I want to repeat what I said last year in Prague: When nations and peoples allow themselves to be defined by their differences, the gulf between them widens. When we fail to pursue peace, then it stays forever beyond our grasp.”

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague. The treaty commits the U.S. and Russia to reduce the number of strategic nuclear warheads by one-third and decrease the number of missiles, bombers, and submarines carrying them by more than one-half. Following the signing, the two leaders took questions from reporters. President Obama in his comments said, “It sends a signal around the world that the United States and Russia are prepared to once again take leadership.”

The White House Blog: Key Facts about the New START Treaty

Verification and Transparency: The Treaty has a verification regime that combines the appropriate elements of the 1991 START Treaty with new elements tailored to the limitations of the Treaty. Measures under the Treaty include on-site inspections and exhibitions, data exchanges and notifications related to strategic offensive arms and facilities covered by the Treaty, and provisions to facilitate the use of national technical means for treaty monitoring. To increase confidence and transparency, the Treaty also provides for the exchange of telemetry.

A New START in Prague:

Soon the treaty will go to the Senate, where it must receive support from two-thirds of the chamber before it can take effect.

President Obama: “The pursuit of peace and calm and cooperation among nations is the work of both leaders and peoples in the 21st century”

Saying that “the pursuit of peace and calm and cooperation among nations is the work of both leaders and peoples in the 21st century” and that “we must be as persistent and passionate in our pursuit of progress as any who would stand in our way,” President Barack Obama just joined Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in signing a new arms control deal that cuts both their nations’ nuclear arsenals by about one-third.

“We hope humanity will reach the moment when there is no need for nuclear weapons, when there is peace and calm in the world,” Arkady Brish, father of Soviet A-bomb supporting Obama’s efforts toward global nuclear disarmament and abolition

“I fully support Obama’s proposal to cut nuclear weapons. This needs to be done because it reduces the risk of nuclear war,” Arkady Brish, 92, said when asked if he backed Obama’s call for a world free of atomic weapons.

“We hope humanity will reach the moment when there is no need for nuclear weapons, when there is peace and calm in the world,” he told reporters at a Moscow atomic research institute in a rare public appearance.

Foreign journalists were given an opportunity to speak with Brish during a Kremlin-organized tour of two nuclear-related sites ahead of the signing Thursday of a new US-Russia nuclear disarmament treaty.

Obama dismisses Palin’s uninformed criticism

Jon Stewart: That’s Fox. They always would have been so unfair . . . to Reagan.”

Thanks Talking Points Memo!

The point is to have a phased and verifiable reducing of arms by all nuclear powers as part of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty with the ultimate goal of complete global nuclear abolition and disarmament, which makes us much much much safer in the context of rogue states such as Iran and North Korea.

Joseph Cirincione’s analysis: My opinion of Reagan has changed dramatically recently, probably like many other people. Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund talks about Reagan’s work toward global nuclear disarmament and abolition on C-SPAN, and it is definitely worth your time, if you have time. Here’s the link:

Global Zero Reaction & Information / Activism Toward Future Free of the Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Here is a a reaction by Global Zero leaders including Queen Noor to the new START treaty signing

Global Zero leaders reacted to the President Obama’s signing of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Prague earlier in the day and responded to reporter’s questions. The group supports the elimination of nuclear weapons. They also discussed President Obama’s upcoming April 12-13, 2010, Nuclear Security Summit. Film producer Lawrence Bender showed a clip of his new documentary film on nuclear danger, Countdown to Zero.

Avaaz: The World In Action’s Partnership with Global Zero

Avaaz / Global Zero Petition Digg

Global Zero Homepage

Global Zero Declaration Direct Link

It is interesting that a broad range of foreign policy experts and former ambassadors, politicians, and public figures including Colin Powell, George Schultz, Sam Nunn, Henry Kissinger (!), Nuclear Threat Initiative, Jack Matlock (former Reagan ambassador to Soviet Union), and many many many others, including about eighty percent of Americans and thousands of mayors across the world and even Reagan himself supported the goal and vision of complete global nuclear abolition and disarmament. So, for all the people that are against the promise and possibility of nuclear disarmament, I ask you, “why?” Why oppose the majority of people of the world? Why oppose Reagan, the patron saint of conservatives?

Jack Matlock expounds upon the necessity of putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle, calling nuclear weapons “the scourge of humanity.”

According to Matlock, Putin offered to help the United States deal with terrorism before 9/11 happened, but Bush essentially ignored the offer of support from the Russians. The Russians are our friends, not our adversaries.

As Reagan himself quoted many times from the Russian proverb, “Trust, but verify . . . .”

The treaty contains verification framework, much more advanced and detailed than the first START treaty negotiated by Reagan and Gorbachev.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates almost breaks into tears when describing his own personal experience with the transition from arms control during the Cold War to disarmament in the world today, and uses his memory and personal story to illustrate how much the world has changed now that Russia and the United States are friends and no longer enemies. Last year I was hesitant to support Gates remaining as Defense Secretary in President Obama’s administration, but now Gates truly does seem to have a good heart and a right mind for his job, and is committed to the principle, goal, and vision of complete global nuclear disarmament and abolition.

“We live in a troubled world, and the United States and China, as two great nations, share a special responsibility to help reduce the risks of war. We both agree that there can be only one sane policy to preserve our precious civilization in this modern age: A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this Earth.” Ronald Reagan, 1984, China

Thanks Andrew Sullivan!

And once again a link to the petition that many organizations in partnership with Global Zero, including Myspace, Avaaz, National Resources Defense Council, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and Greenpeace, are collecting signatures for the upcoming Nuclear Nonproliferation Review Treaty conference as well as conference on disarmament issues (With 47 or more countries attending and taking part, including Russia and China)

Global Zero: Stop the Nuclear Threat
Next week, President Obama is hosting a crucial Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

With 23,000 nuclear weapons worldwide, experts are clear: we either eliminate all nuclear weapons or accept living in a world where virtually any country or terrorist group can get one.

Last year, over 115,000 of us helped secure a historic commitment by Russia and the US to reduce their nuclear arsenals by a third–a commitment affirmed in the new US-Russia treaty.

But only a massive surge of people power can persuade world leaders to take bolder steps to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons. We cannot miss this historic opportunity! Sign the declaration below, then spread the word — the petition numbers will be announced at the summit in 4 days!:

“WE believe that to protect our children, our grandchildren and our civilization from the threat of nuclear catastrophe, we must eliminate all nuclear weapons globally. We therefore commit to working for a legally binding, verifiable agreement, including all nations, to eliminate nuclear weapons by a date certain.”

Here is a link to a White House press conference with information about the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit

MR. GIBBS: Good afternoon. Let’s start with a few quick announcements. As you all know, the President will host, on April 12-13, the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center here in D.C. I wanted to list for you all a couple of different things — first, the 47 countries including the United States that will participate in the summit.

They include Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The United Nations, the IAEA, and the European Union will also be represented.

As part of the Nuclear Security Summit, the President is currently planning to host a number of bilateral meetings. Those include President Sargsian of Armenia; President Hu Jintao of China; Chancellor Merkel of Germany; Prime Minister Singh of India; King Abdullah II of Jordan; Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia; Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan; President Zuma of South Africa; and President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

Thanks Proposition One In 2010 Campaign!

Nuclear Security Summit May Bring U.S., China Closer

“The two leaders [Presidents Obama and Hu] reached a new and important consensus on U.S.-China relations and other matters of common concern. They agreed to respect each other’s core interests, appropriately handle disputes and sensitive issues and increase dialogue and cooperation in all areas.” – China’s Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai

Largest Peace Group: Signing New START Treaty is Good; More Needed to Finish

“The New START treaty is a modest, but good step toward reducing the threat from nuclear weapons. The Senate should quickly and deliberately advise and consent to its ratification. Fewer nuclear weapons makes Americans safer and sends the right message to the rest of the world. President Obama should continue his push for a nuclear weapons-free world not by beginning another round of negotiations for a further incremental cut to 1,000 nuclear weapons on each side, as has been reported, but by taking executive actions to reduce the U.S. nuclear stockpile.”

The road to ratification in the Senate is complicated by conservatives such as Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), yet even he has not ruled outright the possibility of voting for the treaty, provided his pet projects are taken care of . . . Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) does a good job of supporting the new START treaty as well as making clear that no new nuclear weapons will be built, even to win over waffling Republican senators.

And, so, to change that adversarial relationship, to build the trust and build the confidence, and also, over time, seek to reduce what are huge, huge still, and very large nuclear weapons, I think, is a significant step forward.

Yet John Kyl does not argue for making new weapons, at the very least, yet he wants funding to “modernize.”

Al Franken also did a good job of countering arguments against the new START treaty last month:

Sen. AL. FRANKEN. Madam President, I rise today to speak about arms control and the President’s negotiations with Russia over a replacement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START. This new treaty will be an important enhancement to American national security, and I look forward to considering it on the Senate floor once it has been signed.

As you may recall, the original START treaty was ratified by the Senate in 1992 by a bipartisan vote of 93 to 6. It went into force in late 1994, with a predetermined life of 15 years, causing it to expire this past December.

Soon after taking office, the Obama administration began careful and diligent work to negotiate a successor treaty with Russia. As START was expiring in early December,

President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia issued a joint statement making clear that our two countries would effectively abide by the expiring treaty until the new one comes into force.

I think we can all agree that the original START was a landmark achievement. It brought about historic reductions in nuclear weapons. Its verification measures and the communication between the United States and Russia that they fostered served to build confidence between the two countries at an uncertain moment. It helped our nations to move toward a post-Cold-War mentality, providing strategic stability between the world’s two greatest nuclear powers.

I am confident the successor to START will be equally historic. The world has changed, and this will be a new treaty for a new world with a new set of nuclear challenges. But the bottom line for the new treaty remains the same as it was for the original START: The treaty must–and it will–advance our national security interests.

When the new treaty is signed and presented to the Senate, there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss and debate in detail the specific numerical limitations on strategic offensive arms. President Obama and President Medvedev determined these would be in the range of 500 to 1,100 for strategic delivery vehicles, and in the range of 1,500 to 1,675 for their associated warheads. Likewise, we will carefully examine the counting rules for those limitations, the monitoring and verification measures for implementing the agreement, and all its other provisions.

I look forward to discussing all these specific matters when the Senate fulfills our responsibility to offer our advice and, as appropriate, our consent. But the core reasons this treaty will make us safer are already clear.

The verifiable reduction of nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia will provide us with strategic stability and mutual confidence. In other words, it ensures transparency and predictability between the two countries that possess 95 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.

The new treaty will do this while streamlining the elaborate and, in some cases, outdated and unnecessarily burdensome verification measures from the original treaty. The new treaty will also reduce the risk of nuclear theft or loss from our countries, and we know just how important this last point is in a world where terrorist groups would give anything to obtain a nuclear weapon.

This new treaty will also allow us to lead by example in arms reduction, and this will in turn greatly aid our vital nonproliferation efforts. Indeed, while the arms reductions in the treaty will be relatively modest, entering into the treaty will be a significant step in the renewal of our arms control and nonproliferation agenda for the 21st century. It will put us on firmer ground as we confront the dangers of nuclear weapons in this new world.

I want to dwell briefly on this last point. The centerpiece of the global nonproliferation framework is aptly named the Non-Proliferation Treaty. This treaty requires that states without nuclear weapons pledge not to acquire them. But it also imposes a responsibility on nuclear states which must pursue reductions in weapons.

When we fulfill that responsibility, it strengthens the global nonproliferation framework that centers on the Non-Proliferation Treaty. It strengthens our hand in dealing with nonnuclear states, whether they are allies pursuing civilian nuclear power or adversaries with unclear nuclear intentions.

The point is not that untrustworthy adversaries will suddenly be transparent about their intentions or fulfill their obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Rather, we can negotiate with and pressure adversaries more effectively when we are meeting our own responsibilities. Likewise, we can work more effectively with our friends–and rely on them for multilateral support–when we ourselves lead by example. In other words, arms control agreements like the new START follow-on treaty are themselves powerful tools in our nonproliferation efforts.

The START follow-on treaty is only one element of President Obama’s ambitious nonproliferation and arms control agenda to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threat from nuclear weapons. But until we are able to realize this end goal, it remains important to maintain an effective deterrent. This treaty will in no way–in no way–take away that deterrent.

Likewise, it is critical for us to support the administration’s increased budget request for ensuring the safety and reliability of the nuclear stockpile and the complex and experts who maintain it. Such a commitment to a safe and reliable nuclear arsenal goes hand in hand with minimizing the danger from nuclear weapons through arms control and nonproliferation. We must pursue the limitation of nuclear weapons while maintaining an effective deterrent. And that is just what the START follow-on treaty will do. It will make us safer without jeopardizing our effective deterrent.

I look forward to a robust discussion and ultimately, I hope, to bipartisan consent to the resolution of ratification.

We shall see if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were and will be able to come to an agreement to ensure speedy ratification of the treaty.

Check out Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Abolition Caucus for further updates:

Abolition 2000, a global network calling for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons, is supported by concerned individuals, citizen action groups, religious leaders, political and civic leaders, retired military leaders, nobel laureates, municipalities, and colleges and universities. The Abolition Global Caucus promotes international dialogue on key nuclear issues and provides a forum for individuals and organizations to contribute action alerts, news bulletins and ideas that will lead to a more secure and peaceful world, free from the threat of nuclear weapons.

as well as Global Zero, Ploughshares Fund, and Avaaz / Avaaz / Global Zero Partnership.

“Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.”

“You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression … If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. And if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr. – Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting, at Holt Street Baptist Church (5 December 1955)

Inspirational Educational Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes for Liberals, Progressives, Creative Radicals, Positive Extremists, Leftist Anarchists, etc., etc., etc.:

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule.” – Gautama Buddha

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

“As I love nature, as I love singing birds, and gleaming stubble, and flowing rivers, and morning and evening, and summer and winter, I love thee, my Friend.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mavis Staples “Eyes On The Prize”

We have come a long way, yet we have a long way to go to realize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision and dream . . . .

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

Daily Kos: Martin Luther King, Jr.: It’s Always The Right Time, To Do What Is Right

All I’m saying is simply this: that all mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be – this is the interrelated structure of reality. John Donne caught it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main… And then he goes on toward the end to say: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. And by believing this, by living out this fact, we will be able to remain awake through a great revolution.

I would like to mention, secondly, that we are challenged to work passionately and unrelentingly to get rid of racial injustice in all its dimensions. Anyone who feels that our nation can survive half segregated and half integrated is sleeping through a revolution. The challenge before us today is to develop a coalition of conscience and get rid of this problem that has been one of the nagging and agonizing ills of our nation over the years. Racial injustice is still the Negro’s burden and America’s shame. We’ve made strides, to be sure. We have come a long, long way since the Negro was first brought to this nation as a slave in 1619. In the last decade we have seen significant developments – the Supreme Court’s decision outlawing segregation in the public schools, a comprehensive Civil Rights Bill in 1964, and, in a few weeks, a new voting bill to guarantee the right to vote. All of these are significant developments, but I would be dishonest with you this morning if I gave you the impression that we have come to the point where the problem is almost solved.

We must face the honest fact that we still have a long, long way to go before the problem of racial injustice is solved. For while we are quite successful in breaking down the legal barriers to segregation, the Negro is now confronting social and economic barriers which are very real. The Negro is still at the bottom of the economic ladder. He finds himself perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. Millions of Negroes are still housed in unendurable slums; millions of Negroes are still forced to attend totally inadequate and substandard schools. And we still see, in certain sections of our country, violence and man’s inhumanity to man in the most tragic way. All of these things remind us that we have a long, long way to go. For in Alabama and Mississippi, violence and murder where civil rights workers are concerned, are popular and favorite pastimes.

Let nobody give you the impression that the problem of racial injustice will work itself out. Let nobody give you the impression that only time will solve the problem. That is a myth, and it is a myth because time is neutral. It can be used either constructively or destructively. And I’m absolutely convinced that the people of ill will in our nation – the extreme rightists – the forces committed to negative ends – have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the vitriolic works and violent actions of the bad people who bomb a church in Birmingham, Alabama, or shoot down a civil rights worker in Selma, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.” Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals. Without this hard work, time becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always right to do right.

There is another reason why we must get rid of racial injustice. Not merely because it is sociologically untenable or because it is politically unsound, not merely to meet the communist challenge or to create a good image in the world or to appeal to African and Asian peoples, as important as that happens to be. In the final analysis racial injustice must be uprooted from American society because it is morally wrong. Segregation is morally wrong, to use the words of the great Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber, because it substitutes an I-it relationship for the I-thou relationship. Or to use the thinking of Saint Thomas Aquinas, segregation is wrong because it is based on human laws that are out of harmony with the eternal natural and moral laws of the universe. The great Protestant theologian, Paul Tillich, said that sin is separation. And what is segregation but an existential expression of man’s tragic estrangement – his awful segregation, his terrible sinfulness? And so in order to rise to our full moral maturity as a nation, we must get rid of segregation whether it is in housing, whether it is a de facto segregation in the public schools, whether it is segregation in public accommodations, or whether it is segregation in the church. We must see that it is morally wrong. We must see that it is a national problem. And no section of our country can boast of clean hands in the area of brotherhood. We strengthen our nation, above all we strengthen our moral commitment; as we work to get rid of this problem.

Now there is another problem facing us that we must deal with if we are to remain awake through a social revolution. We must get rid of violence, hatred, and war. Anyone who feels that the problems of mankind can be solved through violence is sleeping through a revolution. I’ve said this over and over again, and I believe it more than ever today. We know about violence. It’s been the inseparable twin of Western materialism, the hallmark of its grandeur. I am convinced that violence ends up creating many more social problems than it solves. This is why I say to my people that if we succumb to the temptation of using violence in our struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness. There is another way – a way as old as the insights of Jesus of Nazareth and as modern as the techniques of Mohandas K. Gandhi. For it is possible to stand up against an unjust system with all of your might, with all of your body, with all of your soul, and yet not stoop to hatred and violence. Something about this approach disarms the opponent. It exposes his moral defenses, weakens his morale, and at the same time, works on his conscience. He doesn’t know how to handle it. So it is my great hope that, as we struggle for racial justice, we will follow that philosophy and method of non-violent resistance, realizing that this is the approach that can bring about that better day of racial justice for everyone.

In international relations, we must come to see this. We must find some alternative to war and bloodshed. In a day when man-made vehicles are dashing through outer space, and guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death in the stratosphere, no nation can win a world war. It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence; it is either non-violence or non-existence. The alternative may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation, our earthly habitat transformed into a tragic inferno that even Dante could not imagine. So this is our challenge: to see that war is obsolete, cast into limbo.

I do not wish to minimize the complexity of the problems to be faced in achieving disarmament and peace. But we shall not have the courage, the insight, to deal with such matters unless we are prepared to undergo a mental and spiritual change. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. We must love peace and sacrifice for it. We must fix our visions not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but upon the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, far superior to the discords of war. Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man’s creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race.

All that I’ve said is that we must work for peace, for racial justice, for economic justice, and for brotherhood the world over. We have inherited a big house, a great world house in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Protestants and Catholics, Moslem and Hindu. If we all learn to do this we, in a real sense, will remain awake through a great revolution.

I would recommend watching at least the last ten minutes or so of this wonderful talk / discussion with Rep. John Lewis, William Cohen, and Janet Cohen about race and reconciliation:

In summer 2008, the Cohens conducted a forum on race relations in America with a long list of participants. That forum is encapsulated in their book, which they discuss with Congressman, civil rights activist and forum participant John Lewis of Georgia.

There is a definite connection between the inhumanity of racism and the inhumanity of war / murder / elimination of whole peoples. Janet Cohen wrote a play that is a theoretical conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both young victims of their respective societies that could not protect them from evil / darkness.

Beyond that, Martin Luther King’s message and vision is really a continuation of Gandhi and Thoreau‘s message and vision, and many many many people before that. Among other things, it takes good people standing up to darkness in order to not only make a change toward good, but also ensure that war / murder / oppression does not happen in the future, also by remembering the lessons of history. As George Santayana so famously said, “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” It is a fact that we cannot have another world war or the earth and humanity as we know it would cease to exist, as well as the rest of life on earth. So, in order to ensure the future survival and health of the human race as well as the earth, we must learn to control the dark side of our own natures, and live in peace, as Martin Luther King Jr. says in the speech at Oberlin college.

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be!”

- Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again”

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee

“The first principle of nonviolent action is that of noncooperation with everything humiliating.” – Cesar Chavez

“Come, come, come
My endless desires
Come, come, come
Come my beloved
Come my sweetheart
Come, come, come

Don’t talk about the journey
Say no more of the path
The path one must take
You are my path
You are my journey
Come, come, come

You stole from this earth
A bouquet of roses
I am hidden in that bouquet
Come, come, come

As long as I am sober
And keep talking about good and bad
I am missing the most important event
Seeing your face
Come come come

I must be a moron
Missing this life
If I don’t cast my mind
In the fire of love
Come, come, come”
- Mawlana Rumi

Translated by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Fountain of Fire

“An affectionate disposition not only makes the mind more peaceful and calm, but it affects our body in a positive way too. On the other hand, hatred, jealousy and fear upset our peace of mind, make us agitated and affect our body adversely. Even our body needs peace of mind and is not suited to agitation. This shows that an appreciation for peace of mind is in our blood.” – Dalai Lama

“The greatest oak was once a little nut who held it’s ground.” – Buddhist Proverb

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says: I`m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule.” – Gautama Buddha

“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.” – Zhuang Zi

“The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.”
- Charles Caleb Colton

“You may encounter many defeats,
but you must not be Defeated.
In fact, the Encountering may be
the very Experience which Creates the
Vitality and the Power to Endure.”
- Maya Angelou

“Keep going until your efforts start to make things better in your hometown.”
- Yoko Ono

“We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.” – William Butler Yeats

“There is a tendency for things to right themselves”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can spend your time agonizing or organizing.” – Dorothy Day

“The Jesus of your spirit is inside you now.
Ask that one for help, but don’t ask for body-things…

Don’t ask Moses for provisions
that you can get from Pharaoh.

Don’t worry so much about livelihood.
Your livelihood will turn out as it should.
Be constantly occupied instead
with listening to God.”
- Maulana Rumi
Mathnawi II:450-454

“Please stop waiting for a better and more appropriate time to become happy and focus on the moment you live in. Happiness is not an arrival, it is the journey itself. Many people seek for happiness above the height of human beings, some below. Yet, happiness is exactly at the exact height of human beings.” – Confucius

“We are taught that the most important gift of our natures is the reaching out to another” – Master Po

“A more altruistic attitude is very relevant in today’s world. If we look at the situation from various angles, such as the complexity and inter-connectedness of the nature of modern existence, then we will gradually notice a change in our outlook, so that when we say ‘others’ and when we think of others, we will no longer dismiss them as something that is irrelevant to us. We will no longer feel indifferent.” – Dalai Lama

“The earth is too small a star and we too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace.” – Colman McCarthy

“Nothing from outside can stop you from enjoying lasting peace and joy in life – it is the essential nature of your own soul.” – Maharishi

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Song of Joy for Paradise

Born in the Ocean of Worlds, Galaxies, Universes

Thousands of rose petals drift

In the sweet sunlit air and sky

Brought down from the mountains

On the wind change from across

The oceanic tides and the stories

Of sailors who wandered far

So that everything brings me to tears

And the thought and fear that I will never

Leave my birth country for distant lands

In search of the promise of treasure

For I am tied to my friends and family

Yet there are many winds to tempt

The imagination of a poor man’s son

And I am the same as any other inside

With just the same chances to succeed

My family’s advice is permanent isolation

From myself as well as the rest of the world

But I will search for exquisite solitude instead

Go to the secret places in my mind

Where loneliness cannot corrupt me

Nor sorrow, fear, darkness, evil, hate

My heart is tied to the earth, love, poetry

The source of all that is, was, and shall be

Where my ancestors came from

To found a better life than the one

They had known across the ocean

From far away the wind brings its tales

Sailors who have wandered far from home

Myself among them, lost in the ether

The land of my birth only a memory

And all lost for the promise of treasure

My heart remains tied to my father’s country

But I have chosen to cross the ocean

In the desert temptations of flesh are many

The imagination of a poor farmer’s son is great

Yet I cannot deny the destiny of my soul

Everlasting Starflower: Diamond Soul Fractal Mandala Spirit

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Mike Oldfield – A New Beginning In The Beginning

Good luck and Peace, Love, Light, Life, Good Health, & Happiness to Everyone! :) <3

With and For Dreams and Hopes of Peace, Freedom, Justice, Sustainability, Compassion, Interbeing, Understanding, Music, & Love <3

Beginning –- “The Sleeper Must Awaken”

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“A Beginning Is A Very Delicate Time” – Frank Herbert’s Dune

I look forward to writing more in the near future. Good day everyone!