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As long as the child will be trained not by love, but by fear, so long will humanity live not by justice, but by force. As long as the child will be ruled by the educator's threat and by the father's rod, so long will mankind be dominated by the policeman's club, by fear of jail, and by panic of invasion by armies and navies.

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September 18, 2017:

If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released.

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September 17, 2017:

For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.

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September 16, 2017:

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted – a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

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September 15, 2017:

It is when we are confronted with...poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth.

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September 14, 2017:

May all find simplicity the joyous and practical guide.

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September 13, 2017:

It was my life - like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.

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September 12, 2017:

When it gets harder to love, let's love harder.

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September 11, 2017:

Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.

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September 10, 2017:

I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

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September 9, 2017:

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

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September 8, 2017:

Peace, like most beautiful things, begins small.

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September 7, 2017:

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.

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September 6, 2017:

Hope inspires the good to reveal itself.

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September 5, 2017:

When life feels too big to handle, go outside. Everything looks smaller when you’re standing under the sky.

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September 4, 2017:

If I could summarize nonviolence in one word, it would be: patience.

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September 3, 2017:

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

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September 2, 2017:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn't make any sense.

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September 1, 2017:

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

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August 31, 2017:

Grateful living is important in the world because in our constant pursuit of more and better we can easily lose sight of the riches that lay right in front of us and within us.

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August 30, 2017:

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

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August 29, 2017:

The foundation of greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment, instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.

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August 28, 2017:

An optimist isn't necessarily a blithe, sappy whistler in the dark. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic... If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

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August 27, 2017:

Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.

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August 26, 2017:

Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.

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August 25, 2017:

It is not the answer that enlightens but the question.

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August 24, 2017:

When we come upon beautiful things, they act like small tears in the surface of the world that pull us through to some vaster space.

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August 23, 2017:

Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.

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August 22, 2017:

Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.

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August 21, 2017:

A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.

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August 20, 2017:

Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.

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August 19, 2017:

It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between.

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August 18, 2017:

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.

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August 17, 2017:

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

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August 16, 2017:

Everything can be taken...but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

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August 15, 2017:

The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy.

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August 14, 2017:

Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their families, their histories too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.

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August 13, 2017:

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

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August 12, 2017:

If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.

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August 11, 2017:

The function of freedom is to free someone else.

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August 10, 2017:

Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.

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August 9, 2017:

Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.

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August 8, 2017:

Oh, the comfort -- the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person -- having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

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August 7, 2017:

The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.

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August 6, 2017:

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

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August 5, 2017:

A full belly to the labourer is, in my opinion, the foundation of public morals and the only source of real public peace.

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August 4, 2017:

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.

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August 3, 2017:

The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.

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August 2, 2017:

Testing can show the presence of errors, but not their absence.

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August 1, 2017:

Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.

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July 31, 2017:

As a general truth, communities prosper and flourish, or droop and decline, in just the degree that they practise or neglect to practise the primary duties of justice and humanity.

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July 30, 2017:

I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one's weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can't all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.

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July 29, 2017:

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

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July 28, 2017:

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

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July 27, 2017:

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.

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July 26, 2017:

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

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July 25, 2017:

We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.

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July 24, 2017:

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on -- have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear -- what remains? Nature remains.

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July 23, 2017:

I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it.

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July 22, 2017:

The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people.

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July 21, 2017:

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?

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July 20, 2017:

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

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July 19, 2017:

Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.

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July 18, 2017:

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

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July 17, 2017:

Life has no meaning a priori. ... It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.

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July 16, 2017:

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life.

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July 15, 2017:

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change.

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July 14, 2017:

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.

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July 13, 2017:

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

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July 12, 2017:

Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.

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July 11, 2017:

Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.

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July 10, 2017:

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.

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July 9, 2017:

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

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June 6, 2017:

The Frogs
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, "Why did you continue jumping. Didn't you hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time. This story holds two lessons: 1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. 2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words... it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.

The Frogs

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, "Why did you continue jumping. Didn't you hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time. This story holds two lessons: 1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. 2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words... it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.

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June 5, 2017:

To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.

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June 4, 2017:

When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

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June 3, 2017:

Great necessities call out great virtues.

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June 2, 2017:

We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.

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June 1, 2017:

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.

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May 31, 2017:

No matter where life takes you the place that you stand at any given moment is holy ground. Love hard, and love wide and love long and you will find the goodness in it.

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May 30, 2017:

Every intersection in the road of life is an opportunity to make a decision.

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May 29, 2017:

Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.

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May 28, 2017:

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.

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May 27, 2017:

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

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May 26, 2017:

What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth.

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May 25, 2017:

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

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May 24, 2017:

Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

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May 23, 2017:

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

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May 22, 2017:

Nature's laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.

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May 21, 2017:

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.

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May 20, 2017:

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

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May 19, 2017:

Beware of the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.

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May 18, 2017:

Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.

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May 17, 2017:

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.

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May 16, 2017:

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.

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May 15, 2017:

History is a novel whose author is the people.

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May 14, 2017:

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore, so it eats it. It's rather like getting tenure.

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May 13, 2017:

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to other animals as well as humans, it is all a sham.

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May 12, 2017:

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.

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May 11, 2017:

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

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