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"The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong." Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (106 BC - 43 BC)

Defiled by passion, the mind is not released. Defiled by ignorance, discernment does not develop. Thus from the fading of passion is there release of awareness. From the fading of ignorance is there release of discernment. Anguttara Nikaya

"Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long." --Leonard Bernstein

If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire. -Simone Weil

It is not how old you are, but how you are old. -Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)

“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘you know, that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they actually change their minds and then you never hear that old view from them again. It happens every day, but I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.” –Carl Sagan 1934-1996

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. --Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

"Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little." —Tom Stoppard

The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask. Nancy Newhall

Thank everyone who calls out your faults, your anger, your impatience, your egotism; do this consciously, voluntarily. -Jean Toomer, poet and novelist(1894-1967)

"Translation is always a treason, and as a Ming author observes, can at its best be only the reverse side of a brocade,—all the threads are there, but not the colour or design." Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea, (Japanese intellectual fluent in English, who helped introduce Eastern culture and art to the US in the late nineteenth century)

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. John Cotton Dana

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated. Edith Hamilton

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think . . . all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs

However great [one]'s natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once. Rousseau

There is no great writing, only great rewriting. Justice Brandeis

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this -- you haven't. Thomas Edison

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. -St. Augustine (354-430)

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. Louisa May Alcott

"Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A preacher named Gaskin once said, "Between ego and entropy, there is no need for a Devil." Spider Robinson in Time Pressure

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa

Shalom is the flower that blooms only on the tree of justice, planted near the waters of abundance, warmed by the light of truth and faithfulness. -- Anthony Prete

Prayer expresses out hope and intention to enter into an awe-filled relationship with the Divine. -- Patricia McBee

Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one. George Fox

If our testimonies are cut off from our direct experience of God's presence, they lose their power and authority. Gene Hillman

When we have been seasoned by the Light, our lives will witness to the Divine Life that motivates us all. Marty Grundy

To begin to reach out to others with honesty requires the unearthing of our true selves. Priscilla Berggren-Thomas

Truth and consolation are two facets of the same Divine Grace. It takes both to heal us. Esther Greenleaf Murer

Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. -- Franklin P. Jones

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. - Virginia Woolf
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