Quotations for Now


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“Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

"Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight, just a step at a time, meeting each thing as it comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appears, discovering we have the strength to stare it down." – Eleanor Roosevelt   ** more courage quotes

"The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

"I used to think the top environmental problems facing the world were global warming, environmental degradation and eco-system collapse, and that we scientists could fix those problems with enough science. But I was wrong. The real problem is not those three items, but greed, selfishness and apathy. And for that we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that." – Gus Speth (quote found on Carolyn Baker’s Web site)

“Each time we heard the music we marveled again at the beautiful and often familiar melodies, at the purity of sound, at this miracle that was happening to us amid the cockroaches, the rats, the bedbugs, and the stink of the latrines. The music renewed our sense of human dignity. We had to live under bestial conditions, but, by Jove, we could rise above them!” – Helen Colijn, Song of Survival: Women Interned

“It’s one of the secrets of the world. We all have the key to one another’s locks. But until we start to talk, we don’t know it.” – Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s ‘Bookworm’ radio show

“Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs.” – Aleksander Solzhenitsyn [this quote plain refuses to be formatted properly. What can I say???}

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato, Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 B.C. – 347 B.C.)

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” Robert Fulghum

“Walking is truly medicine.” – Max Lugavere, author of Genius Foods & 'Breadhead' filmmaker, quoted in episode 2 of  the Dr. Mark Hyman 'Broken Brain' series. ** more walking quotes

“The best meditation is critical thinking – followed by action.” – the Dalai Lama, quoted in the Elisabet Sahtouris film “Crisis As Opportunity: Living Better on a Hotter Planet”  

“Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there’s a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

"Telling the truth is like making oxygen." – Joanna Macy (in Toronto, June 19, 2009) * more truth quotes

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.” – Hafiz

“Hoard each joyous moment that comes to you. No one knows how it will all end.” – Háfiz

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