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What I see in nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility.
-Albert Einstein

All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
-James Thurber

In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.
-Simone Weil

We dance round a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
-Robert Frost

To see the other side, to defend another people, not despite your tradition but because of it, is the heart of pluralism.
-Eboo Patel

As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic; the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth; the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.
-Gary Snyder

I thought that being faithful was about becoming someone other than who I was, in other words, and it was not until this project failed that I began to wonder if my human wholeness might be more useful to God than my exhausting goodness.
-Barbara Brown Taylor

The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
-Simone Weil

We must take care to live not merely a long life, but a full one; for living a long life requires only good fortune, but living a full life requires character. Long is the life that is fully lived; it is fulfilled only when the mind supplies its own good qualities and empowers itself from within.

The manhood that has been in war must be transferred to the cause of peace, before war can lose its charm, and peace be venerable to men.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is impossible to contemplate the life of the soil for very long without seeing it as analogous to the life of the spirit.
-Wendell Berry

Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world. I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.
- Frederick Franck

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers.
-Aldo Leopold

The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.
-Simone Weil

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

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
-- John Stuart Mill

We learned from Oriental thought that those divine influences are, in fact, the environment in which we are. A sober and quiet mind is one in which the ego does not obstruct the fluency of things that come in through the senses and up through one's dreams. Our business in living is to become fluent with the life we are living, and art can help this.
-John Cage

The Soul is made of consciousness and mind; it is made of life and vision. It is made of the earth and the waters; it is made of air and space. It is made of light and darkness; it is made of desire and peace. It is made of anger and love; it is made of virtue and vice. It is made of all that is near; it is made of all that is afar. It is made of all.
-- Upanishads

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
-Zora Neale Hurston

As long as men are free to ask what they must; free to say what they think; free to think what they will; freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

It is not down on any map, true places never are.
-Herman Melville, Moby Dick

One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.
-Gaston Bachelard

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

Every journey has a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.
-Martin Buber

There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.
-Auguste Rodin

Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves
-John Dryden

Most of us need to be humbled more often, to be reminded that nature is not only more complex than we think, it is more complex than we can think."
-Gary Paul Nabhan

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
~Thomas Jefferson

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
-R. Buckminster Fuller

So many indigenous people have said to me that the fundamental difference between Western and indigenous ways of being is that even the most open-minded westerners generally view listening to the natural world as a metaphor, as opposed to the way the world really is. Trees and rocks and rivers really do have things to say to us."
— Derrick Jensen

From the ego’s point of view, spiritual progress is "one insult after another." Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939–1987)

Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace -- not in the infantile ... sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.
- James Baldwin

The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.
-Meister Eckhart

Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists — with it all things are possible.
—Ida M. Tarbell

Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
-Rosa Parks

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
- Paulo Freire

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.
-Orson Scott Card

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
-Henry David Thoreau

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.
-Meister Eckhart

How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, with its swirling vaporous atmosphere, its flowing and frozen liquids, its trembling plants, its creeping, crawling, climbing creatures, the croaking things with wings that hang on rocks and soar through the fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas.
-Edward Abbey

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
-William Wordsworth

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
-Aldous Huxley

All our interior world is reality, and that, perhaps, more so than our apparent world.
-Marc Chagall

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Nature seems to exult in abounding radicality, extremism, anarchy. . . If we were to judge nature by its common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed. In nature, improbabilities are the one stock in trade. The whole creation is one lunatic fringe . . . No claims of any and all revelations could be so far-fetched as a single giraffe.
-from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard

To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
-Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), French photographer.

The only thing you have to offer another human being, ever, is your own state of being.
-Ram Dass

Our children no longer learn how to read the great book of Nature from their own direct experience or how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations of the planet. They seldom learn where their water comes from or where it goes. We no longer coordinate our human celebration with the great liturgy of the heavens.
-Wendell Berry

Remember when life’s path is steep, keep your mind even.
–Horace, Latin lyric poet, 65—8 BC

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
-E. B. White

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
-- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
-George Washington Carver

There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.
-Hildegard of Bingen

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
-May Sarton

Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.
-Aldo Leopold

The end is the beginning of all things,
Suppressed and hidden,
Awaiting to be released through the rhythm
Of pain and pleasure.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.
-Auguste Rodin

One must believe that private dilemmas are, if deeply examined, universal, and so, if expressed, have a human value beyond the private. . . I am willing to give myself away and take the consequences, whatever they are.
-May Sarton

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a Communist.
-Dom Helder Camara, (1909-1999) Roman Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife

Nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable.
-Fritz Perls

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work.
- Wendell Berry

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
-Charles Caleb Colton

Silence is the folding of the wings of the intellect
to open the door of the heart.
-Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.
-Fritz Perls

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
--Henry Miller

If we fail to embrace our ultimate aloneness
and seek meaning only in communion with others,
we wither and die...
-from The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it, than we do from learning the answer itself.
- Lloyd Alexander

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.
~ Dan Rather

The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.
~ Alexander Pope, 1688-1744

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
~ Sallust

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.
~ Bruce Barton

Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.
– John Maynard Keynes

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.
~ Buddha

In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

I do not dream: I am dreamt.
-Carl Jung

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

I want relations which are not purely personal, based on purely personal qualities; but relations based upon some unanimous accord in truth or belief, and a harmony of purpose, rather than of personality. I am weary of personality. Let us be easy and impersonal, not forever fingering over our own souls, and the souls of our acquaintances, but trying to create a new life, a new common life, a new complete tree of life from the roots that are within us.
~ D.H. Lawrence 1885-1930

Learning has to come from doing, not intellectualizing.
— Derrick Jensen

Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.
-Wassily Kandinsky

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. This is the way our universe is structured. We aren't going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of reality.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
-Aldous Huxley

Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world.
~ Carl G. Jung

The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Where ideas are concerned, America can be counted on to do one of two things: take a good idea and run it completely into the ground, or take a bad idea and run it completely into the ground.”
—George Carlin

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but is he
will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end with certainties."
-Francis Bacon

We might summarize our present human situation by the simple statement: that in the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human.
-Thomas Berry

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
-Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662)

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.
- Linda Hogan

A drop in the ocean partakes of the greatness of its parent, although it is unconscious of it. But it is dried up as soon as it enters upon an existence independent of the ocean. We do not exaggerate when we say that life is a mere bubble.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.
— Loren Eiseley

According to the true Indian view, our consciousness of the world, merely as the sum total of things that exist, and as governed by laws, is imperfect. But it is perfect when our consciousness realizes all things as spiritually one with it, and therefore capable of giving us joy. For us the highest purpose of this world is not merely living in it, knowing it and making use of it, but realizing our own selves in it through expansion of sympathy; not alienating ourselves from it and dominating it, but comprehending and uniting it with ourselves in perfect union.
-Rabindranth Tagore

The essence of real beauty may be gathered from the commonplace, from what lies close around us in life. By learning to appreciate this truth, our lives will be enriched and ennobled.”
(From A Glimpse of Japanese Ideals by Jiro Harada)

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
-Yogi Berra

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
-Salvador Dali

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
-Charles Darwin

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
-Blaise Pascal

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Coincidences are spiritual puns.
~ G.K. Chesterton 1874-1936

When machines and computers, profit and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the person of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.”
- William Blake, 1799, The Letters

The universe is an object of thought at least as much as it is a means of satisfying needs. Animals and plants are not known as a result of their usefulness, they are deemed to be useful or interesting because they are first of all known.
-Claude Levi-Strauss

I would no more teach children military training than I would teach them arson, robbery, or assassination.
-Eugene V Debs

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
-Blaise Pascal

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

What do I think of Western civilisation? I think it would be a very good idea
-Mahatma Gandhi

People are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust.
- E.B. White

The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged.
-Aung San Suu Kyi

All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.
-Thomas à Kempis

We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.
- Anna C. Brackett

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
- Saint Augustine

One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.
-Gaston Bachelard

When all comes to all, the most precious element in life is wonder. Love is a great emotion, and power is power. But both love and power are based on wonder.
- D.H. Lawrence

We humans are manifestly here for problem-solving and, if we are any good at problem-solving, we don't come to utopia, we come to more difficult problems to solve.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
-Jean Arp

through 12/17/10