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At times they oversimplify, but I find these quotes to be inspirational and collectively, they help to succinctly explain my reasoning and motivations.
Epaules grandes se cachent une crane enorme - JLB
From Black Elk Speaks:
It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and many changing shadows.
Among those shadows men get lost.
"To-day I send a voice for a people in despair.
"You have given me a sacred pipe, and through this I should make my offering. You see it now.
From the west, you have given me the cup of living water and the sacred bow, the power to make live and to destroy. You have given me a sacred herb and the herb from where a white giant lives -- the cleansing power and the healing. the daybreak star and the pipe, you have given from the east; and from the south the nation's sacred hoop and the tree that was to bloom. To the center of the world you have taken me and showed the goodness and the beauty and the strangeness of the greening earth, the only mother -- and there the spirit shapes of things, as they should be, you have shown to me and I have seen. At the center of this sacred hoop you have said that I should make the tree to bloom.
"With tears running, O Great Spirit, Great Spirit, my Grandfather -- with running tears I must say now that the tree has never bloomed. A pitiful old man, you see me here, and I have fallen away and have done nothing. Here at the center of the world, where you took me when I was young and taught me; here, old, I stand, and the tree is withered, Grandfather, my Grandfather!"
"I recall the great vision you sent me. It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds. Hear me, not for myself, but for my people; I am old. Hear me that they may once more go back into the sacred hoop and find the good red road, the shielding tree!"
We who listened now noted that thin clouds had gathered about us. A scant chill rain began to fall and there was low, muttering thunder without lightning. With tears running down his cheeks, the old man raised his voice to a thin high wail, and chanted: "In sorrow I am sending a feeble voice, O Six Powers of the World. Hear me in my sorrow, for I may never call again. O make my people live!"
For some minutes the old man stood silent, with face uplifted, weeping in the drizzling rain.
In a little while the sky was clear again.
A series found in the margins of Living on Purpose, a book I am enjoying...
"The greatest teaching is to live with an open heart." - Anonymous
"We are involved in a mystery that passes understanding, and our highest purpose is daily life." - John Cage
"Your daily life is your school, your temple, and your religion." -Kahlil Gibran
"Each day shapes our lives as running water shapes a stone." - Anonymous
"We often learn great lessons in simple and everyday ways." -Pearl S. Buck
"Your teacher are numberless- the offered welcome and agony inflicted; every event and every circumstance is your teacher." - Bauls verse
"Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to reveal your mistakes." Antisthenes
"We are all teachers; The question is not whether we will teach, but what." - Anonymous
There is nothing so difficult or so dangerous as to undertake to change the order of things.
It is not the strongest nor the smartest that survive, but those most
adaptive to change. (paraphrased)
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Changing one small thing for the better is worth more than proving a thousand people wrong.
We must care about the world of our children and grandchildren, a world we may never see.
Plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
From now on, any definition of a successful life must include serving others.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world's problems.
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that life depends on the labors of others, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving.
To begin is the most important part of any quest, and by far the most courageous.
Remember that yesterday's answer may have nothing to do with today's problem.
Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then go ahead and do it.
Two days before the Wright Brothers made their historic takeoff at Kittyhawk a Boston newspaper ran an article proving that heavier-than-air flight was "impossible."
When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
When we put a limit on what we will do, we put a limit on what we can do.
To make a living is no longer enough. Work also has to make a life.
person can make a difference, and every person must try.
Treat people as they are, and they remain that way. Treat them as though they are already what they can be, and you can help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Fear makes strangers out of people who should be friends.
We are, of course, a nation of differences. Those differences don't make us weak. They're the source of our strength.
Gaia senses return of children, guides path
The 500-pound gorilla that is the environment is my friend.
Brighten someone's day
Thank a civil servant
Disadvantages often stem from "don't", not "can't".