I think of my studio as a vegetable garden where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water.

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In short, no pattern is an isolated entity. Each pattern can exist in the world only to the extent that is supported by other patterns: the larger patterns in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it.

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There may be moments in life when we are so unformed that we need to use values, like an exoskeleton, to keep us from collapsing.

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Everything depends on everything else.

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I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.

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From this I reach what I might call a philosophy; at any rate it is a constant idea of mine; that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we — I mean all human beings — are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself. And I see this when I have a shock.

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Your brain often suppresses such idle connections because you’re busy with the business of the day. You’re doing whatever you’re supposed to do. But there come times when you’re no longer doing what you’re supposed to do and you’re just kind of rambling, making strange connections.

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Through ripple effect, one life can make a tremendous difference for all life on this planet.

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you Then you win.

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You can perceive the patterns in history and that makes the present resonate with the past.

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Our Earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity.

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Some of our greatest insights can be gleaned from moving up another level and noticing that certain patterns relate to others, which on first blush may appear entirely unconnected — spotting patterns of patterns, say which is what analogies essentially are.

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I’m fond of observing how obsession is the most durable form of intellectual capital.

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You look into the sky and see a beautiful cloud. The cloud has become the rain, and when you drink your tea, you can see your cloud.

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

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The vociferous catastrophes of a general order — fires, wars, epidemics — are one single pain, illusorily multiplied in many mirrors.

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Just as one tree standing alone would soon be destroyed by the first strong wind which came along, so it is impossible for any person, any family, or any community to stand alone against the troubles of this world.

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I used to be the editor of a paper called the Long Haul. Some younger folks told me that wasn’t a good name ‘cause it would make people depressed to know they couldn’t have immediate victories. But I think it’s good to understand what we’re up against clearly. That way we can be realistic about what we’re tackling and the likelihood of victory.

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Mold-breaking strategies grow initially like weeds; they are not cultivated like tomatoes in a hothouse. It lies in the blend of clearheaded logic and powerful intuition.

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The things that are most personal, are the most universal.

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Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.

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We seem to have been living for a long time on the assumption that we can safely deal with parts, leaving the whole to take care of itself. But now the news from everywhere is that we have to begin gathering up the scattered pieces, figuring out where they belong, and putting them back together. For the parts can be reconciled to one another only within the pattern of the whole thing to which they belong.

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Perhaps what most distinguishes us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom is our ravenous desire to find structure in the information we pick up in the world. We cannot help actively searching for patterns — any hook in the data that will aid our performance and understanding.

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Discovery … is in its essence a matter of rearranging or transforming evidence in such a way that one is enabled to go beyond the evidence so reassembled to new insights. It may well be that an additional fact or shred of evidence makes this larger transformation possible. But it is often not even dependent on new information.

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The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us. Our battles with our habits speak of dreams yet to become real.

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The fabric of existence weaves itself whole.

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I don’t think that we really think any thoughts; we think connections between thoughts. That’s where the mind moves, that’s what’s new, and the thoughts themselves have probably been there in my head or lots of other people’s heads for a long time.

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For every vital movement of the world external to us, behold the image of a movement within us.

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Our longing for the eternal kindles our imagination to bless. Regardless of how we configure the eternal, the human heart continues to dream of a state of wholeness, that place where everything comes together, where loss will be made good, where blindness will transform into vision, where damage will be made whole, where the clenched question will open in the house of surprise, where the travails of life’s journey will enjoy a homecoming. To invoke a blessing is to call some of that wholeness upon a person now.

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Slowly slowly, form follows funding.

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..for social innovators…flow occurs not so much internally as externally – in the relationship between their own activity and that of others…The division between audience and actors seem to dissolve and all are brought into a world made anew…When social innovations take flight… the innovators are influencing their context while their context is influencing them in an endless to and fro.

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There is no higher duty than the welfare of the whole world.

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See the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

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We are now becoming more aware of our links to the universe and are reaching out to the universe for knowledge. We are evolving from earth creatures to star creatures. Our minds now explore the worlds beyond, and we sense a destiny beyond this planet.

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When you really think about your hand you begin to realize its connection, to sense the hum of your own being passing through it. When we look at a piece of the universe we should feel the same.

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