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Because dreams do come true

Glittering with possibilities,
May we carry these seeds,
Guided by wisdom and the wind,
Reforesting lives,
Replenishing the planet,
So all can breathe
~ Linda Hartling

A collection of 61 quotes I loved:

1) Dreams come a size too big, so that you can grow into them
— Josie Bisset

2) Conflict is inevitable ― war is optional.

3) Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
― Dorothy Thompson

4) The dominant group, thus, legitimizes the unequal relationship and incorporates it into society’s guiding concepts…It becomes “normal” to treat others destructively and to derogate them, to obscure the truth of what you are doing, by creating false explanations, and to oppose actions toward equality.
— Jean Baker Miller

5) As soon as a group attains dominance it tends inevitably to produce a situation of conflict and it also, simultaneously, seeks to suppress conflict.
— Jean Baker Miller

6) We have to learn to live together… side by side, but not back to back.
― Daniel Barenboim

7) There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song ― but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.
― Part of Pablo Neruda’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech

8) Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.
― Walt Whitman

9) The greatest force for making people bigger and better than they are now is the belief in your heart and mind that they have the infinite potential for growth. Even when they fail us, we are to continue to carry and express the mental image of what they may become. To have someone believe in you, even whey you fail is the most blessed and creative force in the universe.
― Lewis L. Dunningham

10) There are probably ways to live so as to shut out chances to be victimized. Those ways are probably worse than being a victim.
— William Stafford

11) Pessimism is a luxury we can afford only in good times, in difficult times it easily represents a self-inflicted, self-fulfilling death sentence
― Evelin Lindner

12) A house is a home only if you fill it with loving relationships. A house can also be a prison.
A home cannot be bought. A home has to be built and nurtured everyday.
–Evelin Lindner

13) It takes courage not to be discouraged. I am a realist, not an idealist. Nothing new ever happened before. law not war…
–Evelin Lindner

14) The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
― George Bernard Shaw.

15) Creativity is the residue of time wasted.
― Albert Einstein

16) Build a system in parallel to the existing system then switch the good parts over, and leave the bad behind.
― Buckminster Fuller

17) A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
― Max Planck

18) Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
― H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar

19)”Excellence is . . .
Caring more than others think is wise
Risking more than others think is safe
Dreaming more than others think is practical
Expecting more than others think is possible.
― Winston Churchill

20) Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.
— Bertrand Russell

21) Now a lot of us are preachers, and all of us have moral convictions and concerns, and so often have problems with power. There is nothing wrong with power if power is used correctly. You see, what happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites ― polar opposites ― so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. …..  What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
― A Testament of Hope

22) I am sure that there are some things in our world to which we should never be adjusted. There are some things concerning which we must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will. We must never adjust ourselves to racial discrimination and racial segregation. We must never adjust ourselves to religious bigotry. We must never adjust ourselves to economic conditions that take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. We must never adjust ourselves to the madness of militarism, and the self-defeating effects of physical violence.
— Martin Luther King

23) If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
― Albert Einstein

24) Love is the new religion of the 21st century You don’t have to be a highly educated person Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it It comes from the intelligence of the heart Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings.
― Brian Piergrossi

25) It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
― Mahatma Gandhi

26) It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
― Jiddu Krishnamurti.

27) Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
― Vaclav Havel

28 ) In the word ‘question’, there is a beautiful word ― quest. I love that word. We are all partners in a quest. The essential questions have no answers. You are my question, and I am yours ― and then there is dialogue. The moment we have answers, there is dialogue. Questions unite people.
― Elie Wiesel

29) Authenticity is ever-evolving, not achieved at any one momentit is a persons ongoing ability to represent herself in relationships more fully.
― Jean Baker Miller

30) All learning takes place through the orderly loss of information.
― Kenneth Boulding

31) Anybody who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist
― Kenneth Boulding

32) Authenticity and subordination are totally incompatible.
― Jean Baker Miller

33) History is the lies people have agreed upon?
— William Stafford

34) Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
— Vincent Van Gogh

34) We drown in ugliness. Art helps teach us to swim.
— William Stafford

35) Growth-fostering relationships empower all people in them. They are defined by:
a). A sense of zest or well-being that comes from connecting with another person(s.);
b) An increased ability and motivation to take action in the relationship as well as in others situations;
c) Increased knowledge of oneself and the other person(s) and the relationship;
d) An increased sense of worth;
e) A desire for more connection beyond the particular one.
— Jean Baker Miller

36) We are blind to our blindness.
— Evelin Lindner

37) The attempt at authenticity requires a clear and direct risk.
― Jean Baker Miller

38) It seems that latest social neuroscience supports her early view that humans develop within a matrix of relationships throughout their lives, that we are always inter connected as human beings. Consequently, rather than self worth, she would say that people develop a “sense of worth” through participation in mutually empathic, mutually empowering relationships, that is, through participation in “growth-fostering relationships.” Rather than using the word “self,” she preferred the term “relational being.” From her perspective, we are all relational beings, rather than separate selves.
― Linda Hartling

39) Killing the dignity of individuals is the most subtle form of violence practiced in our societies.
― Ubiratan D’Ambrosio

40) Every war has two losers.
— William Stafford

41) There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
― Thomas Merton

42) Respect seems so fundamental to our experience of social relations and self that we ought to define more clearly what it is.
― Richard Sennett

43) Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
― Andre Gide

44) A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
― King James Version

45)Justice will not come until those who are not hurt feel just as indignant as those who are hurt.
― Solon

46) Show, by your actions, that you choose peace over war, freedom over oppression, voice over silence, service over self-interest, respect over advantage, cooperation over competition, action over passivity, diversity over uniformity, and justice over all.
― Anthony J. Marsella

47) Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all-over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
― Howard Zinn

48) Compassion is something that needs to be encouraged, like an endangered species, perhaps.
― John Tarrant

49) It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.
― Hermann Hesse

50) Everything has either a price or dignity.
― Immanuel Kant

51) What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.
― Friedrich Nietzsche

52) Education is the power to appreciate life
― Brigham Young

53) It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
― Voltaire

54) In women, courage is often mistaken for insanity.

55) All relationships encompass conflict.The best conflicts are those that lead to more and better connection.
— Jean Baker Miller

56) Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.
― Eleanor Roosevelt.

57) Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
― Martin Luther King

58) Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
― Albert Einstein

59) Pride is concerned with who is right,
Humility is concerned with what is right.
― Ezra Taft Benson

60) The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems
― Mahatma Gandhi

61) we see a world where the people are tending to each other in the same way they tend to their beautiful gardens; where each person shines, radiantly, because they’re being cared for and given everything they need in order to grow, thrive, and blossom in all their glory.
— Linda M. Hartling