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To be nobody but yourself 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.

At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
Lying in a campaign is a crime against democracy.
We have evolved (or devolved, I guess) into a “culture that thrives on the false principle that ‘all opinions are equal,’ even those without a shred of factual data, documentation, or reasoned methodology.
You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out he hates all the same people you do.
Some characteristics of compulsiveness are…virtues. Sociologists have speculated that compulsiveness in the human species survived because it was a competitive advantage our ancestors' tribes to contain one or two members who were responsible and vigilant in the extreme.
Keep before me the moments of my high resolve, that in fair weather or foul, in good times or in tempests…I may not forget that to which my life is committed.
Make peace with your past so it won't screw up your future.
The sun that shines across the sea, the wind that whispers in the tree, the lark that carols in the sky, the fleecy clouds a-sailing by. O, I'm as rich as rich can be, for all these things belong to me. The raindrops which refresh the earth, the springtime mantle of rebirth, the summer days when all things grow, the autumn mist and winter snow, O I'm as rich as rich can be, for all these things belong to me. The task well done, the fun of play, the wise who guide me on my way, the balm of sleep when each day ends, the joy of family and friends, O, I'm as rich as rich can be, for all these things belong to me.
We have wintered enough, mourned enough, oppressed ourselves enough. Our souls are too long cold and buried, our dreams all but forgotten, our hopes unheard…We awaken to the power so abundant, so holy, that returns each year through sun and sky. We will find our hearts again, and our good spirits. We will love, and believe, and give and wonder, and feel again the eternal powers. The flow of life moves ever onward through one faithful spring, and another, and now another. May we be forever grateful.
Tis late to hearken, late to smile/But better late than never/ I shall have lived a little while/Before I die forever.
The stars have not dealt me the worst they could do/My pleasures are plenty, my troubles are two/ But oh my two troubles they reave me of rest/ The brains in my head the the heart in my breast.
Never does hatred cease by hating in return; Only through love can hate come to an end.
You could have golden treasure buried beneath you feet, and walk over it again and again, yet never find it because you don't realize it's there. Just so, all beings live every moment in the city of the Divine, but never find the Divine because it is hidden by the veil of illusion. -
As a person becomes more and more defensive, he becomes less and less able to perceive accurately the motives, values, and emotions of the sender.
It's not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.
Your daily life is your temple and religion.
We are called to achieve our particular ideosyncracies as our gift to the collective.
Anger keeps us from hearing properly.
As with the fantasy of romantic love, perhaps the idealized family fails because we ask too much of it.
In our moments of highest realization, we stand so empty as to have merged with our source, and in that state no words are necessary. We have returned to the great silence from which we came.
It is only when you are lost in your smaller selves that you seek the sky which you call God. Would that you might find paths into your vast selves.
Many cultural manifestations of religiosity are surreptitious efforts to avoid actual religious experence of God…Fundamentalism spends its anxious time trying to defend the secondary minutae of historic claims.
Not those who soar, but those who plod/ their rugged way to God, unhelped, are heroes/…Tis they whose backs have felt the rod/Whose feet have pressed the path unshod/ May smile upon defeated care/Not they who soar.
Security is a form of bondage. Both security and bondage entail a loss of freedom.
Self-knowledge leads away from self-absorption and towards the luxury of being able to forget yourself.
Solitude is the companion of sorrow as well as the companion of spiritual exaltation.
I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer/ From a heathen and a pagan/On the side of the rebel Jesus.
We must ask not only if it is profitable, but is it right?
A wise man, whom the arguments of true philosophy have convinced of the existence of a supreme deity, is much more impressed by a natural event whose connections with the whole he can partly discern, than by a miracle.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.
All the bloodshed, all the anger, all the weapons, all the greed/All the armies, all the missiles, all the symbols of our fear/There is a deeper wave than this rising in the world/There is a deeper wave than this nothing will withstand/I say love is the seventh wave.
This is my song, O God of all the nations/A song of peace for lands afar and mine./This is my home, the country where my heart is,/here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;/but other hearts in other lands are beating with hope and dreams as true and high as mine.
The US spends more on military weapons than the next 15 countries combined. So why don't we try spending only as much as the next 8 countries combined and see if any one invades us?
He who dines with the devil had best bring a long spoon.
Kids need to think that somebody cares before they care what somebody thinks.
South Carolina is too small for a republic, and too large for an insane asylum.
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
You're never really old until you've lost all your marvels.
He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.
Authentic freedom places demands on us.
This, this it is to be accursed indeed; For if we mortals love, or if we sing/We count our joys not by the things we have/But by what kept us from the perfect thing.
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
The conception of life without angst suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep. Where there is spirit there are sparks. It is not the end of everything, it is more likely the REAL beginning....
Driven on by a heart of stone, We could find that we're all alone in the dream of the proud.
We can easily reduce our detractors to absurdity and show them their hostility is groundless. But what does this prove? That their hatred is REAL. When every slander has been rebutted, every misconception cleared up, every false opinion about us overcome, intolerance itself will remain finally irrefutable.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.
There are three steps in the revelation of any truth: in the first it is ridiculed; in the second, resisted; in the third it is considered self-evident.
We are witness to the birth cries of a new America, and for every one of us who embraces and celebrates that, who looks forward to the opportunity and inclusiveness it promises, there is another who grapples with a crippling sense of dislocation and loss, who wonders who and what she will be in the nation now being born.
To be neat in a culture that prizes neatness may bespeak a very different, less aberrant biological state than the same behavior in a culture that has adopted different values. Whether a particular behavioral style like perfectionism is deviant is very much a matter of cultural expections.
War is the greatest of all crimes, yet there is no agressor who does not color his crime with the pretext of justice.

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