The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.

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Hardly anybody recognizes the most significant moments of their life at the time they happen.

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No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.

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The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

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Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

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Strength of feeling, reverence for mystery, and clarity of intellect must be kept in balance with one another. Neither the passive nor the active must dominate, they must work in conjunction, as in a marriage.

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The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.

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Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.

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Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.

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To invent is to choose.

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Most people will never accomplish the long term great because they settle for the short term good.

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Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.

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If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.

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If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.

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Love without judgement, people. Try topping that. (Ann Patchett

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Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the cunning to spread the truth among such persons.

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I always listen to what I can leave out.

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The poor are not the raw material for your salvation.

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

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I’ve seen the revolution and we’re living it. It’s slow and broad and deep and has changed innumerable things immeasurably. To appreciate that, you need to be able to perceive subtle, complex, slow things.

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