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As activists we want to do something to help the world to suffer less but when we’re not peaceful, when we don’t have enough compassion in us, we are unable to do much to help the world.

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Relationship is the fundamental truth of this world of appearance.

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The promise of community innovation is the belief that we do not need to remain a powerless recipient of the whims of change, but rather that, together, we are capable of shaping and guiding the changes unfolding around us in ways that help to orchestrate a better future for all.

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The practice of community innovation requires us to learn how to think differently – together.

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

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If you want the future to be different from the present, study the past.

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Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.

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The wellbeing of nations has become a numbers game.

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I think that my work is easy to understand because I am not a thinker. I am not a […] How can I put it? I write the way I perceive, I guess. It’s not really simple, I don’t think, but it’s about ordinary things — feeling about things, about people. I’m not an intellectual. I’m not an abstract thinker. And I’m interested in ordinary life.

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But gutless trolls who succeed in bullying some women into silence need to understand that for every one of us they stifle, half a dozen more, enraged by their contempt, are motivated to speak up to change the world.

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An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so.

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The development of nuclear weapons signifies not a country’s elevation to greatness, but its descent to the darkest depths of depravity. These weapons are not a necessary evil; they are the ultimate evil.

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The true and durable path into and through experience involves being true … to your own solitude, true to your own secret knowledge.

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Forgive the way I have lived indifferent - forgive my timid circumspect involvement.

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What you seek is also seeking you.

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Love is the bridge between you and everything.

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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

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I want people to see the real me, with a smiling face, not someone who lost her sight and completely lost herself. Everyone has challenges. This is mine. Life is a celebration, I still believe that. You just have to make the best use of it.

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Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.

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I can’t conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world.

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Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

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Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

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When words break through unspeakability, what was tolerated by a society becomes intolerable.

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I recognize no dichotomy between art and protest.

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Everything terrible is something that needs our love.

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The pleasures, the values of contact with the natural world, are not reserved for the scientists. They are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of a lonely mountain top — or the sea — or the stillness of a forest; or who will stop to think about so small a thing as the mystery of a growing seed.

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Our origins are of the earth. And so there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity.

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I believe natural beauty has a necessary place in the spiritual development of any individual or any society…In contemplating “the exceeding beauty of the earth” these people have found calmness and courage. For there is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of birds; in the ebb and flow of the tides; in the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in these repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

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Every mystery solved brings us to the threshold of a greater one.

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To have the results you’ve never had. You must do what you’ve never done.

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We know now that without gender equality and a full role for women in society, in the economy, in governance, we will not be able to achieve the world we hoped for.”

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Writing is simply putting one word in front of another.

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Our way of looking at nature comes from the age of enlightenment. Two or three hundred years ago, scientists began to look at nature like a big machine, without any soul, without any feelings. Within the last decades, we changed our view on animals... but why do we treat plants like second-class beings?

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Most sustainable improvements in community occur when citizens discover their own power to act…when citizens stop waiting for professionals or elected leadership to do something, and decide they can reclaim what they have delegated to others.

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…we need to broaden the definition of economy beyond capitalism. What if, instead, economy is all the ways that we meet our material needs and care for each other?

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The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.

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The four strong winds of joy are: being together, collective accomplishment, collective altruism and collective lightness of being.

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Joy is most powerfully expressed in the desire to end suffering in oneself and others.

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Good things start with a conversation.

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Community is not so much chosen for us as by us.

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Communities that work are places where people from different walks of life come together to discuss ideas that matter to them.

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One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

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We, as citizens, as human beings, cannot point to these institutions as “them”— there is no them. All of these contexts of society (and more) are in a kind of ecology of interdependency, pattern and relationship. You and me, we are simultaneously in the systems, and occupying the position of observer, or change-maker. We cannot get out.

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More than change, and more than system change, the interdependency between systems of economy, health, politics, ecology and communication is where the change lies.

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Indigenous children need to see someone up close – really up close – someone who has defied the limits that they have actually believed in and set in their minds. They need to hear that it has been done before by someone exactly like them.

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You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.

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

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Feminism simply means social justice in our community. Injustice towards women has been present since our ancestors’ days. Feminism corrects this injustice at the local, national and international level.

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