We need to grieve. We also need to hope that our neighbours and our friends will assist us in honest recognition of where we are, our responsibility—that we may, as a community, be able to look one another in the eye and say, ‘Oh my God, I’m sorry for what we’ve done’ and have the person you’re looking at say: ‘Yes, and I am sorry.’

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The kind of hope that I’m interested in is a part of humility. It’s a part of saying ‘I do not know.’ I start this day with respect and acknowledgment of the past and look for a way forward.

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We cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great.

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The real work of planet-saving will be small, humble, and humbling, and insofar as it involves love

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On the one hand, I would tell my younger self that she should stop listening to anyone who wanted to smack her down, that she was smart enough, resourceful and hardworking enough, pretty terrific in general. On the other hand, I would have to break the bad news: that she knew nothing, really, about anything that mattered. Nothing at all. Not a clue.

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The extent of our knowledge will always be, at the same time, the measure of the extent of our ignorance…The way of ignorance, therefore, is to be careful, to know the limits and the efficacy of our knowledge. It is to be humble and to work on an appropriate scale.

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Looking out the window today on the field, the valley, the blue hills and in memory, the cabin and the forest, I regret my own numberless faults but not a life in the country.

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The word "humus" has such power, because I think humanity comes from it, humility comes from it, humidity comes from it—everything that gives life and creates our humanity comes from it.

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Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

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Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work. But neither are you free to abandon it.

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If you are not part of the problem you can't be part of the solution.

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One issue that deeply worried me in prison was the false image that I unwittingly projected to the outside world; of being regarded as a saint. I never was one, even on the basis of an earthly definition of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

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What really matters is that we should all of us realize that we are guilty of inhumanity. The horror of this realization should shake us out of our lethargy so that we can direct our hopes and our intentions to the coming of an era in which war will have no place.

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People are nourished by humility, because humility is truth.

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Still, real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humilty. Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with great patience, perseverance, and love.

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I'd rather have true arrogance than false humility.

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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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Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

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Unity grows from the soil of humility, which is the safeguard against schisms and division. The spirit of evil is powerless against humility.

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Every time you're praised, there's a boot waiting for you.

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There is no such thing as objectivity; our biases operate on all levels at all times.

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Now that my ladder's gone / I must lie down where all the ladders start / In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

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We cannot grow in love and compassion unless, in all truth, we recognize who we are and accept our own radical poverty.

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I was raised up believing I was somehow unique Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see And now after some thinking, I'd say I'd rather be A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me...

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I feel I am blundering in concepts too fine for me.

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The time for yelling and screaming is past. Now is the time to open up space, to hand over control, to share experience and resources and to risk having our own unarticulated presumptions, fears and prejudices be both named and seen.

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We must draw our standards from the natural world. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence.

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Humility is not thinking of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

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We are a small but important part in our universe. We all have a part to play. We need one another.”

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If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you / You are surely lost. / Stand still. The forest knows / Where you are. You must let it find you.

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But people are touched by the simplest words - the ones that come with humility, truth and love. There is nothing in intellectually complex sermons to nourish hearts; they come from the head and are sterile.

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Challenging status quo is easy. But going beyond that to challenge our own mind so we can work ‘with’, not necessarily against, status quo is much more difficult. It requires a lot of tolerance, integrity, and ingenuity.

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Since I first started reading, I know that I think in quotations, and that I write what others have written, and that I can have no other ambition than to reshuffle and rearrange. I find great satisfaction in this task. And at the same time, I find that no satisfaction can be truly everlasting.

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