Belief

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.--Anais Nin

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.--Rabindranath Tagore.

Dissent

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man--brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.--Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.--Justice William O. Douglas

None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Being patriotic doesn't mean agreeing with the government. The most fundamental American right is to not agree with the government and to raise hell about it.--Molly Ivins, September 2002

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.--Thomas Jefferson

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.--Archibald Macleish

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.--Charles Eliot Norton

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.--George Orwell

Despite the enormous odds that exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation that devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.--Harold Pinter in his acceptance speech for the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.--Theodore Roosevelt

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.--Harry S. Truman



Education/Learning/Youth

We're pretty good at teaching reading, writing, arithmetic, and spelling. But we fail miserably in teaching individuals how to be human beings. --Leo Buscaglia


Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.--Pablo Casals, Spanish Cellist, (1876-1973)

Every blade of grass has its own angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, Grow."--The Talmud

Imagination is more important than knowledge.--Albert Einstein

Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They are entitled to be taken seriously. They have a right to be treated by adults with tenderness and respect, as equals.--Janusz Korczak

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical. And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily, joyfully, playfully watching me. But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical. And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, intellectual, cynical. There are times when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man. Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am. Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, liberal, fanatical, criminal. Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable! At night, when all the world's asleep, the questions run so deep for such a simple man. Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am.--Supertramp, The Logical Song

Enlightenment

Seeking perfect enlightenment is like looking for a flashlight when all you need the flashlight for is to find your flashlight.--Lew Welch, American Beat Poet, in Ring of Bone

Environment

The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.--Rachel Carson

We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short term thinking.--Jacques Yves Cousteau

I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.--Thomas Edison

There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn't spoil the sky, or the rain, or the land.--Sir Paul McCartney

Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.--Dr. Carl Sagan

A way of life that ever more rapidly depletes the power of the earth to sustain it and piles up ever more insoluble problems for each succeeding generation can only be called violent.--E.F.Schumacher

Continue to contaminate your bed and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.--Chief Seattle

What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?--Henry David Thoreau

Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.--E.O Wilson, Harvard Entomologist



Inspiration

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.--African Proverb

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.--Marcus Aurelius

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.--Walter Bagehot

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars.--Les Brown

All the wonders you seek are within yourself.--Sir Thomas Browne

...if you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track, which has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living...I say follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.--Joseph Campbell

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. --T.S. Eliot

The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.--Shakti Gawain

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.--Andre Gide

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.--Goethe

There is always a certain risk in being alive, and if you are more alive there is more risk.--Henrik Ibsen

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.--Helen Keller

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.--Soren Kierkegaard

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.--John Lennon

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.--W. Somerset Maugham

No man or woman really knows how he or she influences another. It's a Wonderful Life is a movie we can only hope mirrors our own lives. In my heart I know my students are better for knowing and working with me. It is true that I make mistakes every day when dealing with these young adults. I hope they overlook my faults and choose to mimic what I do well.--David McKay, in his application for Washington State Teacher of the Year (which he won in 2002). He took his own life the following year.

We are all guilty of crime, the great crime of not living life to the full. But we are all potentially free. We can stop thinking of what we have failed to do and do whatever lies within our power. What those powers that are in us may be, no one has truly dared to imagine. That they are infinite we will realize the day we admit to ourselves that imagination is everything. Imagination is the voice of daring.--Henry Miller

Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.--Robin Morgan

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.--Anais Nin

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.--Anais Nin

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.--Herbert Otto

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.--Joseph Chilton Pearce

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.--Seneca

Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say, "Why not?"--George Bernard Shaw


If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.--Rabindranath Tagore

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.--Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.--Henry David Thoreau

One comes to be of just such stuff as that on which the mind is set.--The Upanishads

Forget the epic, the masterwork. In America fortunes do not accumulate, the soil does not grow, families have no history. Leave slow growth to book reviewers, you only have time to explode.--Nathanael West, in notes made for "Miss Lonelyhearts."


Iraq War

The President is right about one thing, however. Today the world faces a single man armed with weapons of mass destruction, manifesting an aggressive, bullying attitude, who may well plunge the world into chaos and bloodshed if he miscalculates. This person, belligerent, arrogant and sure of himself, truly is the most dangerous person on earth. The problem is that his name is George W. Bush, and he is our president.--Jack Balkin, Yale Law Professor, September 2002

No amount of force is likely to deter people from becoming terrorists as long as we continue to give them reasons to become terrorists. As is written in the Tao Te Ching: "If men are not afraid to die, it is of no avail to threaten them with death."......Once it really sinks in just how unnecessary and unjustified the Iraq war is, it is hard not to see the slaughter of up to 100,000 innocents civilians an act of terror that dwarfs the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Rather than bringing and end to the problem of terrorism, bringing democracy to Iraq through an act of terrorism will only further fan the flames of terrorism.Freedom isn't free, but the real price of freedom is not something that only the few who serve in the military must pay, but is rather something that is required of every citizen in a democracy. The price of freedom is an examined life. This requires the courage to question, the effort to become informed, and capacity to critically think about the important issues of the day.--Timothy J. Freeman 11/26-27/2005, The Price of Freedom

Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq.--Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator from Nebraska, quoted by US News & World Report, June 2005

When I think about what happened in Vietnam -- we lost 58,000 -- I wonder, wouldn't it have been nice if, two years into the war, some representatives would have said, 'Mr. President, where are we going?"--Walter B. Jones, Republican Congressman, Charlotte Observer 6/15/05

In its latest iteration, we are there to prevent war between Shiite and Sunni, which looms, of course, only because we invaded Iraq in the first place. We stay to mitigate the consequence of our coming. We've had wars in which our soldiers died for better causes than that.--Harold Meyerson, Washington Post, 11/23/2005

The crucial difference between Vietnam and Iraq is that there is no Cronkite to call Bush's bluff. Without a strong, trusted, non-political voice, too many of us remain Bush-blinded. Bush tried keeping the wool over our eyes again Tuesday on national TV by repeatedly tying Iraq to 9/11. That charge is as phony as his discredited prewar claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Most of us who have had personal war experiences strongly believe this great country is worth fighting for at risk of lives. My World War II Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's Badge on the wall behind my desk remind me of that daily. They also remind me that war is hell, that we must fully support our servicemen and women and put their lives at risk only for honest and just and noble causes. --USA Today founder Al Neuharth, July 1, 2005, quoted by Editor & Publisher

When the president says he is staying the course, that makes me really afraid. For a leader has to know when to change course. Hitler did not change his course: rather he kept sending more and more troops to Stalingrad and they suffered more and more casualties. When the president says he is staying the course it reminds me of the man who has just jumped from the Empire State Building. Half-way down he says, "I am still on course." Well, I would not want to be on course with a man who will lie splattered in the street. I would like to be someone who could change the course ... Our invasion of Iraq has made it a homeland for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Indeed, I believe that it was the very first time that many Iraqis became terrorists. Before we invaded, they had no idea of terrorism.--Lt. Gen. William Odom (US Army, ret), translated by Ray McGovern


Kindness

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.--Aesop

Remember, there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.--Scott Adams

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.--Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.--Dalai Lama

Love

We are not made to love only one or two individuals. We have the immense capacity to be in love with everyone....--Eknath Easwaran, (1910-1999), meditation teacher, Professor of English Literature at University of Nagpur, and Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley.



Media

When journalism professor Ben Bagdikiassn wrote the first edition of The Media Monopoly in 1983, he mentioned 50 media corporations that dominated the media. In the second edition there were only 28 due to consolidation. In the next edition there were 14. In the next edition there were 10. The latest edition names 6 corporations. It's like the Agatha Christie story, And Then There Were None.--David Barsamian, in an interview with The Armenian Weekly-January 2002

The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is not news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.--David Brinkley

A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, it will never be anything but bad.--Albert Camus

The most effective engines for pacifying a nation are the public papers...A despotic government always keeps a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without regard to truth or to what should be like truth, invent and put into papers whatever might serve the ministers.--Thomas Jefferson

It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.--Jerry Seinfeld

Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.--George Bernard Shaw


One

In separateness lies the world's great misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.-- Buddha

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?--Pablo Casals

We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves cooperatively, sanely, scientifically, harmonically, and in regenerative spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.-- R. Buckminster Fuller

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them...he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"...God said, "I did do something. I made you."--Sufi teaching

I love my country very much. But I must say I love people all over the world, and we better all start loving each other or we're going to blow each other to kingdom come.--Ted Turner

Propaganda
Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.--Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1923


United States Politics/Affairs

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.--Marian Anderson

The President is right about one thing, however. Today the world faces a single man armed with weapons of mass destruction, manifesting an aggressive, bullying attitude, who may well plunge the world into chaos and bloodshed if he miscalculates. This person, belligerent, arrogant and sure of himself, truly is the most dangerous person on earth. The problem is that his name is Goerge W. Bush, and he is our president. --Jack Balkin, Yale Law School Professor, in an op-ed printed by the Hartford Courant, 9/22/02

The American Revolution never really ended. It's a continuing process. I think we're approaching the revolution of hope....Before I got into politics, I didn't know whether what I was doing even mattered. Now I know. One person can make a difference. I think it's something every person can learn. The main thing is, you can't be afraid.--Dennis Kucinich


Simple Living

Our life is frittered away by detail . . . simplify, simplify. --Henry David Thoreau


Social Justice/Equality

When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?--Frank Borman,Former Nasa Astronaut

You know, you cannot exercise your powers to the point of humiliation for [sic] others. That is what the Western world--not only the Americans, the Western world--has to realize. Because they (the have-nots) are human beings too. There are long term consequences if you don't look hard at the reality in 10 or 20 or 30 years from now...And I do think the Western world is getting too rich in relation to the poor world and necessarily, you know, we're looked upon as being arrogant, self-satisfied, greedy and with no limits. And Sept. 11 is an occasion for me to realize it even more. --Jean Chretien, Canadian Prime Minister, September 11, 2002


War/Peace

Peace begins when the hungry are fed.--Anonymous

When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?--Frank Borman, Former Nasa Astronaut

That's all nonviolence is, organized love.--Joan Baez

The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me.--Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.--Buddha

Violence just hurts those who are already hurt...Instead of exposing the brutality of the oppressor, it justifies it.--Cesar Chavez

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.--Winston Churchill

hatred bounces.--e.e. cummings

Well, war is obsolete, you know. Of course, the mind can rationalize fighting back...but the heart, the heart would never understand. Then you would be divided-the heart and the mind-and the war would be inside you.--The Dalai Lama in response to the question, "Why didn't you fight back against the Chinese?"

Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.--Benjamin Disraeli

At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of human sins, uncertain whether to combat it by force or by human love. Always decide, "I will combat it with human love." If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the strongest of all things and there is nothing like it.--Dostoyevsky

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.--Thomas Edison

The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.--Albert Einstein

You cannot simultaneously prepare for and prevent war.--Albert Einstein

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them. --Albert Einstein

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.--Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.--Dwight D. Eisenhower

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.--Dwight D. Eisenhower

After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.--Dwight D. Eisenhower

Either war is obsolete or men are.--R. Buckminster Fuller

I hope it will be lasting, that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats; for in my opinion there never was a good war, or a bad peace.-- Benjamin Franklin

What vast additions to the conveniences and comforts of living might mankind have acquired, if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of public utility!...(continued from the above more well-known quote, and found in "The Writings of Benjamin Franklin."

What does it matter to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?--Mahatma Gandhi

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger, and, as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power which can move the world.--Mahatma Gandhi

Why of course the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.--Hermann Goering, as told to Gustave Gilbert and published in Nuremberg Diary.

Love is the most potent enemy of war--Chris Hedges, longtime war correspondent

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the whole world will know peace.--Jimi Hendrix

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.--Italian proverb

Through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation for such a method is love.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can lead the way in the revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities., so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.--Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.--Abraham Lincoln

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.--Douglas MacArthur

Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago.--Coleman McCarthy

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.--Thomas Mann

[In outer space] you develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, "Look at that, you son of a bitch."--Edgar Mitchell, former Apollo astronaut

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.--Thic Nhat Hanh

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.--Friedrich Nietzche

Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.--Henri Nouwen

You cannot save democracy by destroying it at home. You cannot hold yourself up as the beacon of truth and righteousness when you abuse human rights, ignore inconvenient international laws or exhibit such breathtaking hypocrisy as Bush and Cheney.--The Olympian, July 3, 2006

Sensitivity to the immense needs of humanity brings with it a spontaneous rejection of the arms race, which is incompatible with the all out struggle against hunger, sickness, under-development and illiteracy.--Pope John Paul II

We must have research for peace ... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race.--Linus Pauling

If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide too.--Katherine Anne Porter

You can't say that civilization don't advance...for in every war they kill you a new way.--Will Rogers

Repay no one evil for evil...If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."No, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink..." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.--Romans 12:17-21

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships--the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.--Franklin D. Roosevelt

War does not determine who is right--only who is left.--Bertrand Russell

Someday they'll give a war and nobody will come.--Carl Sandburg

When the rich make war, it's the poor that die.--Jean Paul Sartre

If it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying AMEN to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.--Robert Louis Stevenson

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.--Han Suyin

...never before was the absurdity so evident...that the greater part of the national wealth should be spent on continually increasing military preparations; never before was it so clear as in our time that the continual excuse for gathering and maintenance of armies--the supposed necessity of defense from an imaginary attack of enemies--has no basis in reason, and that all these threats of attack are only the invention of those to whom armies are necessary for their own purpose of maintaining power over nations...--Leo Tolstoy (1897)

When you reach real ability you will be able to become one with the enemy. Entering his heart you will see that he is not your enemy after all.--Tsuji (Japanese sword master 1650-1730)

I love my country very much. But I must say I love people all over the world, and we better all start loving each other or we're going to blow each other to kingdom come.--Ted Turner

Because there is global insecurity, nations are engaged in a mad arms race, spending billions of dollars wastefully on instruments of destruction, when millions are starving. Just a fraction of what is expended obscenely on defense budgets, would make the difference in enabling God's children to fill their stomachs, be educated, and given the chance, to lead happy and fulfilled lives. --Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Each nation knowing it has the only true religion and the only sane system of government, each despising all the others, each an ass and not suspecting it.--Mark Twain

The arms race can kill, though the weapons themselves may never be used...by their cost alone, armaments kill the poor by causing them to starve.--Vatican statement to the U.N., 1976

My God, the religious right will not acknowledge what a merciful person Jesus was!--Kurt Vonnegut

Whatever you say about God you should be able to say standing over a pit full of burning babies.--Elie Wiesel

If Jesus was alive today, wouldn't he be considered just another naive, longhaired peacenik?--Eric V. Williams

Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to the Dark Side.--Yoda

Writing

I am content. I sit down at my desk, a bare kitchen table with a blotter, a bottle of ink, a sand dollar to weight down one corner, a clam shell for a pen tray, the broken tip of a conch, pink-tinged, to finger, and a row of shells to set my thoughts spinning.--Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From the Sea