You deprive yourself if you do not experience what humankind has experienced, including doubt and sorrow.

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To love—is to see a person as God intended him and his parents failed to make him. To not love—is to see a person as his parents made him. To fall out of love: is to see, instead of him, a table, a chair.

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Patience is the master key to every situation. One must have sympathy for everything, surrender to everything, but at the same time remain patient and forbearing.

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There’s no refugee crisis, but only human crisis... In dealing with refugees we’ve lose our very basic values.

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We become responsible for the one we have won over.

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First feed the face, then talk right and wrong.

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To introduce the unexpected into the world necessitates interaction with others.

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Only in relations with you can I discover myself…these things are instrumental, the relationship itself is of value, and important to my well being.

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Anyone can be a critic. What takes guts is to see the best in people.

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Compassion asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.

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We are all angels with but one wing, and only by embracing each other can we fly.

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I don’t know any virtue more important these days than hospitality to the stranger, to those we perceive as “other” than us.

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Do not free the camels of the burden of their hump; you may be freeing them from being a camel.

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I aspire to be an ally to those making change from the far margins, but it is not my place to declare myself an ally. People are given status as allies of fundamental change makers. It is not a title you can claim for yourself, no matter how well intentioned you are.

  , Radical innovation is never acceptable, Aug 29, 2016
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In our interconnected world, we must learn to feel enlarged, not threatened by difference.

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I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience.

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Right now, in your community, at this very moment, there is someone who is dreaming about doing something to improve his/her lot. If we could learn how to help that person to transform the dream into meaningful work, we would be halfway to changing the economic fortunes of the entire community.

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Where you live determines what you see. The people you listen to influence what you hear.

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One of the great functions of art is to help us imagine what it is like to be not ourselves, what it is like to be someone or something else, what it is like to live in another skin, what it is like to live in another body, and in that sense to surpass ourselves, to go out beyond ourselves.

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If we’d been born where they were born, and taught what they were taught, we would believe what they believe.

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Movement builders must be, “able to recognize the humanity in others, including their opponents, and therefore the potential within them for redemption and the possibility of work-through-change.

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If you want to understand a pine tree, become the pine tree.

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Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

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Everybody's business is nobody's business, and nobody's business is my business."

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Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of their school curriculum, the indispensability of inner values such as love, compassion, justice and forgiveness.

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One’s life has value as long as one attributes value to the lives of others, by means of love, friendship and compassion.

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You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love. That is why geometrically speaking the circle is a one. Everything comes to you from the other. You have to be able to reach the other. If not you are alone.

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I would say, for the moment, that community, at least community larger than the immediate family, consists very largely of imaginative love for people we do not know or whom we know very slightly.

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Compassion emerges from imagining the world alive.

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A lot of people think or believe or know they feel [experience]—but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling [experiencing]. Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not

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My experience is what I agree to attend to.

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Those with something to fall back on, invariably fall back on it. They intended to, all along. That is why they provided themselves with it. But those with no alternative see the world differently.

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Now come into my arms. You are the image of my beauty.

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I have read many books, but to place all those volumes on top of one another and stand on them would not add a cubit to my stature. Their learned terms are of little use when I attempt to seize naked experience, which eludes all accepted ideas.

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The only adequate response to the fear and hatred of difference is to honour the dignity of difference.

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True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

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In our African language we say ‘a person is a person through other persons.’ I would not know how to be a human being at all except that I learned this from other human beings. We are made for a delicate network of relationships of interdependence. We are meant to complement each other.

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The sad and unfortunate fact is that we continue to view poverty as the fault of the individual and ignore the social and economic systems and mechanisms that are so often responsible for it.

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It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

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The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.

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I try to strip away the prevailing image of the Other – the desert, the veiled woman.

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Love is not just a feeling; it’s what emerges when we give each other our face.

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Inexperience is a quality of the human condition. We are born one time only; we can never start a new life equipped with the experience we’ve gained from a previous one. We leave childhood without knowing what youth is; we marry without knowing what it is to be married; and even when we enter old age, we don’t know what it is we’re heading for: The old are innocent children of their old age. In that sense, humanity’s world is the planet of inexperience.

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A single human being can be taught to feel [experience]. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people. But the moment you feel [experience], you’re nobody but yourself. 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.

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Every individual is representative of the whole, a symptom, and should be intimately understood, and this would give a far greater understanding of mass movements and sociology.

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