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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

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February 28, 2015:

The children of God should not have any other country here below but the universe itself, with the totality of all the reasoning creatures it ever has contained, contains, or ever will contain. That is the native city to which we owe our love.

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February 27, 2015:

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?

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February 26, 2015:

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.

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February 25, 2015:

Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.

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February 24, 2015:

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

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February 23, 2015:

A body of clay, a mind full of play, a moment's life -- that's me.

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February 22, 2015:

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

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February 21, 2015:

Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.

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February 20, 2015:

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

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February 19, 2015:

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

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February 18, 2015:

In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.

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February 17, 2015:

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.

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February 16, 2015:

Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience.

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February 15, 2015:

No battle is ever won, he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.

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February 14, 2015:

The man who is always waving the flag usually waives what it stands for.

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February 13, 2015:

There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.

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February 13, 2015:

There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.

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February 12, 2015:

The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself -- the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us -- that's where it's at.

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February 11, 2015:

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.

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February 10, 2015:

If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world.

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February 9, 2015:

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.

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February 8, 2015:

Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.

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February 7, 2015:

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

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February 6, 2015:

In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.

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February 5, 2015:

A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

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February 4, 2015:

Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.

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February 3, 2015:

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun

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February 2, 2015:

I believe that life can go on forever. It takes a million years to evolve a new species, ten million for a new genus, one hundred million for a class, a billion for a phylum -- and that's usually as far as your imagination goes. In a billion years, it seems, intelligent life might be as different from humans as humans are from insects. But what would happen in another ten billion years? It's utterly impossible to conceive of ourselves changing as drastically as that, over and over again. All you can say is, on that kind of time scale the material form that life would take is completely open. To change from a human being to a cloud may seem a big order, but it's the kind of change you'd expect over billions of years.

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February 1, 2015:

Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view.

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January 31, 2015:

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason.

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January 30, 2015:

‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion’. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.

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January 29, 2015:

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.

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January 28, 2015:

It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.

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January 27, 2015:

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

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January 26, 2015:

The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.

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January 25, 2015:

And the evil is done in hopes that evil surrenders / But the deeds of the devil are burned too deep in the embers / And a world of hunger in vengeance will always remember.

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January 24, 2015:

In religion, faith is a virtue. In science, faith is a vice.

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January 23, 2015:

Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.

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January 22, 2015:

Is it [hunting] really a sport if you have all the equipment and your opponent doesn't know a game is going on?

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January 21, 2015:

Never let power go to your head. There are much better parts of you for power to go to.

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The Covert Comic
The Covert Comic
"The Covert Comic"
http://www.covertcomic.com
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Contribution #8548


January 16, 2015:

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me". - Why? Is it because both are one and the same?

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January 15, 2015:

If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures.

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January 2, 2015:

May you become as the waves of one sea, stars of the same heaven, fruits adorning the same tree, roses of one garden in order that through you the oneness of humanity may establish its temple in the world of mankind, for you are the ones who are called to uplift the cause of unity among the nations of the earth.

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The Promulgation of Universal Peace (Wilmette: US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1982 second edition
Page 214
Published by US Baha’i Publishing Trust , Wilmette , 1982
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PUP/pup-76.html
Contribution #4276


January 1, 2015:

He drew a circle that shut me out- Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle and took him In !

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December 31, 2014:

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

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December 30, 2014:

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.

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December 29, 2014:

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money.

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December 28, 2014:

Imagine

Imagine there's no country, / It isn't hard to do. / Nothing to kill or die for, / And no religion, too. / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace.

Imagine

Imagine there's no country, / It isn't hard to do. / Nothing to kill or die for, / And no religion, too. / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace.

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December 27, 2014:

Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.

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December 26, 2014:

To be nobody but myself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

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December 25, 2014:

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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December 24, 2014:

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

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December 23, 2014:

We would give anything for what we have.

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December 22, 2014:

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

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December 21, 2014:

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.

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December 20, 2014:

Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals, the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. The men who radically altered history, the great creative scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned if at all.

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December 19, 2014:

All one's life as a young woman one is on show, a focus of attention, people notice you. You set yourself up to be noticed and admired. And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous. No one notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It's a positive thing. You can move about unnoticed and invisible.

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December 18, 2014:

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.

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December 17, 2014:

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.

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December 16, 2014:

There is a budding morrow in midnight.

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December 15, 2014:

The truth of an assertion will not be determined by an assertion of truth.

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December 14, 2014:

The rat race creates a race of rats.

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December 13, 2014:

Canada has entered an era of decision-based evidence-making instead of evidence-based decision-making.

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December 12, 2014:

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

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speech in Washington D.C., 1865
Contribution #2445


December 11, 2014:

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.

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December 10, 2014:

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.

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December 9, 2014:

Patience is also a form of action.

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December 8, 2014:

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.

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December 7, 2014:

We are a landscape of all we have seen.

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December 6, 2014:

Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.

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Perspectives
Contribution #8473


December 5, 2014:

We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential.

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Through the Flames
Contribution #8472


December 4, 2014:

Gratitude is exultation awaiting between the cracks of normalcy.

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December 3, 2014:

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. A person is a person because of other people.

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December 2, 2014:

It is a powerful practice to be generous when you are the one feeling in need.

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Through the Flames
Contribution #8470


December 1, 2014:

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

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Virtues Reflection Cards
http://www.virtuesproject.com
Contribution #2236


December 1, 2014:

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.

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Glimpse After Glimpse
Contribution #8469


November 30, 2014:

Art makes life bearable. It isn't a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life.

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November 29, 2014:

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

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November 28, 2014:

When we understand how precious each moment is, we can treat each breath, each moment, as a newborn baby.

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November 27, 2014:

Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.

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November 26, 2014:

In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.

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In the Time of Your Life
Contribution #8465


November 25, 2014:

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.

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November 24, 2014:

I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything.

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address in Memphis the night before Dr. King's assassination
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November 23, 2014:

A problem is a chance for you to do your best..

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November 22, 2014:

These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.

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November 21, 2014:

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

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November 20, 2014:

Love the things you've got until one day you realize that the life you have is the life you want.

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November 19, 2014:

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.... I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

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October 26, 2014:

Why Geese Fly in Formation

 

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, she suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going. 

When the lead goose gets tired, she rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs. 

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way. 

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow her until she is either able to fly or until she is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

Why Geese Fly in Formation

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, she suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going. 

When the lead goose gets tired, she rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs. 

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way. 

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow her until she is either able to fly or until she is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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SisterSong
Unknown
"The Goose Story"
http://www.sistersong.net/
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SisterSong
Unknown
"The Goose Story"
http://www.sistersong.net/
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Contribution #8447


September 23, 2014:

People forget that their lives will end soon. For those who remeber, quarrels come to an end.

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The Dhammapada
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Contribution #7655


September 22, 2014:

I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big, all those vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world.

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September 21, 2014:

From experience we know that whenever we are truly awake and alive, we are also truly grateful.

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Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
Contribution #4350


September 20, 2014:

Where you stumble, there your treasure lies.

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September 19, 2014:

Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.

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Ulysses
Contribution #8410


September 18, 2014:

There are few treasures of more lasting worth than the experience of a way of life that is in itself wholly satisfying. Such, after all, are the only possessions of which no fate can deprive us; nothing can alter the fact if, for one moment in eternity, we have really lived.

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September 17, 2014:

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.

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September 16, 2014:

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.

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September 15, 2014:

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

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September 14, 2014:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?

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Ethics of the Fathers
Page 1:14
Contribution #8405