“Reality is the #1 cause of insanity among those who are in contact with it”
~ Edgar Allan Poe
“Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.”
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
~ Elie Wiesel
“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.”
~ Mwai Kibaki
“I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say.”
~ T. S. Eliot
“The journey, Not the destination matters.”
~ T. S. Eliot
“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
~ Agatha Christie
“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.”
~ Neil Gaiman
“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
~ Shirley Chisholm
“Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.”
~ Alfred North Whitehead
“Too many people live too much in the past. The past must be a springboard, not a sofa.”
~ Harold MacMillan
Peter Deunov, Bulgarian Philosopher – July 11, 1864 – December 27, 1944
“The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.”
~ William James
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
~ Rose Kennedy
For even bad poetry has relevance for what it does not say for what it leaves out.
“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.”
~ J. R. R. Tolkien
“We need to write because so many of our stories are not being heard. Where could they be heard in this era of fear and media monopolies? Writing allows us to transform what has happened to us and to fight back against what’s hurting us. While not everyone is an author, everyone is a writer and I think that the process of writing is deeply spiritual and liberatory.”
“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”
“Novels are fictions and therefore they tell lies, but through those lies every novelist attempts to tell the truth about the world.”
~ Paul Auster
“Read widely, and without apology. Read what you want to read, not what someone tells you you should read.”
~ Joyce Carol Oates
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
“We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.”
~ Michelle Obama
“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.”
~ Claude Levi-Strauss
“Nothing in nature is by chance… Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.”
~ Baruch Spinoza
We have to face the reality of climate change. It is arguably the biggest threat we are facing today.
What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing.
“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.”
~ Marc Jacobs
“Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.”
~ Sri Aurobindo
“The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.”
~ Julian Bond
“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.”
“All men by nature are equal in that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subjected to the will or authority of any other man; being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.”
~ John Locke
“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.”
~ Rita Mae Brown
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
~ Josh Billings
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
~ Sandra Carey
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
~ Richard Branson
To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.
~ Eleanor Catton
“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
~ Samuel Adams
“The ‘what should be’ never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no ‘what should be,’ there is only what is.”
~ Lenny Bruce
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”
~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“The majority of men… are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and… are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
“Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you’ve been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you want to be. The person you are.”
~ H. G. Wells
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
~ Abraham Lincoln
Talent without discipline, is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.
~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are.
~ David Icke
Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.
~ Franz Kafka