...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


 "Were I to be the founder of a new sect, I would call them Apiarians, and, after the example of the bee, 
advise them to extract the honey of every sect."  
- Thomas Jefferson

The fear and unease that arise from mistrust and suspicion, seeing other people in terms of “us” and “them”, is not easily overcome by just closing your eyes or saying a prayer. It’s real concern for others that breeds trust and leads to friendship and a sense of security. Inner peace, a practical source of peace and confidence, depends on warm-heartedness and a concern for others’ well being.
Dalai Lama

Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.
- John Dewey

"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."
-Maya Angelou

Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.
~ Sufi Poverb

You can be everything in life but the important thing is to be a good person.
~ Shams Tabrizi

God turns you from one feeling to another
and teaches by means of opposites,
so that you will have two wings to fly,
not one.
~ Rumi

“Don't wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly... lead the way!”
― Steve Maraboli

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
- Jane Goodall

"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
- Kurt Vonnegut

1 comment:

Ur-spo said...

Mr. V is optimistic.