Following is a list of quotes that I've been compiling, in no particular order, for no other reason than 'cause I like them.
Do you have a list of favorites? Suggestions for this page? Bring 'em on! My favorites are about spirituality, peace-making, and cool new ways to look at the world and our culture. To gain understanding of what I mean by our culture, check out the books of Daniel Quinn. Here's a taste:
“The people of your culture cling with fanatical tenacity to the specialness of man. They want desperately to perceive a vast gulf between man and the rest of creation. This mythology of human superiority justifies their doing whatever they please with the world, just the way Hitler’s mythology of Aryan superiority justified his doing whatever he pleased with Europe. But in the end this mythology is not deeply satisfying. The Takers are a profoundly lonely people. The world for them is enemy territory, and they live in it like an army of occupation, alienated and isolated by their extraordinary specialness.”
I like it when our habitual modes of thinking are challenged. The more uncomfortable I am with a new idea, the more closely I want to look at why that is, in case there is some habit-based resistance in there to a great idea.
The quotes below don't make me uncomfortable. They make me smile!
If the world is saved, it will not be
by old minds with new programs but by new minds with no programs at
You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring you. Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So- I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other' doesn't make sense any more.
~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche,
~Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.
~Daniel Quinn, The Story of B
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
--Martin Luther King Jr., December 11, 1964
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
~Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)
~Arthur C. Clarke
~Arthur C. Clarke
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
describing Giles' life in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"
summing up her guilt-free lifestyle in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"
© Holly Croydon 2006
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