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Change it

“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

—Maya Angelou

January 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Paradox

“It is a tragic paradox that the very qualities that have led to man’s extraordinary capacity for success are also those most likely to destroy him.”

–Anthony Storr

February 26, 2009 at 10:06 am 1 comment

Save ourselves

Myth: we have to save the earth. Frankly, the earth doesn’t need to be saved. Nature doesn’t give a hoot if human beings are here or not. The planet has survived cataclysmic and catastrophic changes for millions upon millions of years. Over that time, it is widely believed, 99 percent of all species have come and gone while the planet has remained. Saving the environment is really about saving our environment – making it safe for ourselves, our children, and the world as we know it. If more people saw the issue as one of saving themselves, we would probably see increased motivation and commitment to actually do so. -Robert M. Lilienfeld, management consultant and author (b. 1953) and William L. Rathje, archaeologist and author (b. 1945)

via A.Word.A.Day

February 9, 2009 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Ideals to light the world

“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.”

from President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech | Reuters

January 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

But not

“For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.”

-Arne Garborg

January 9, 2009 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

Propelled

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

–M. Scott Peck

November 20, 2008 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Rock the vote

“A man without a vote is man without protection.”

–Lyndon B. Johnson

November 3, 2008 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

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