Quotations I can't seem to let go...

So, these are some awesome ones I just can't seem to "let go" of (I mean, let them drop from the blog's main page & be gone altogether), so rather than wipe them out, here they are!

“Many of the things we all struggle with in love and work can be helped by conversation. Without conversation, studies show that we are less empathic, less connected, less creative and fulfilled. We are diminished, in retreat.” – from Reclaiming Conversation – The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle (great interview with her here) ** more quotations about conversation here

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke, quoted in Speak Peace in a World of Conflict – What You Say Next Will Change Your World, by Marshall B. Rosenberg ** lots more on gratitude here

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – James B. Conant

“While we may learn from the past, we don’t seem to learn much.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Moynihan

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the one most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

"4 Rules for Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results."Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )

“I know what the greatest cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, so that our little hearts may beat in unison with the great heart of the world.” – Henry Miller

“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson ** more Emerson

“There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith ** more quotes about truth

“There is some strange intimacy between grief and aliveness, some sacred exchange between what seems unbearable and what is most exquisitely alive.” (Francis Weller in The Wild Edge of Sorrow – Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief)

“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

“Tripping [canoe tripping] teaches you responsibility. ...It gives you fitness and strength. But most of all it teaches you about teamwork. Teamwork is everything in life. People who don’t get that I don’t understand.” – Michael Budman being quoted in Canoe Country – The Making of Canada, by Roy MacGregor

“Don't fight forces; use them.” – Buckminster Fuller

“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)

“The most dangerous risk of all: The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Alan Watts

“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

“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

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark  

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“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

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

& of course, tons more quotes in Quotation Central. Look on the right-hand side of the page for the various categories, A-W.