“Stop trying to make everyone happy - you’re not tequila.”
~unknown

“Real communication is learning.”
~N. Jose Acevedo

“For fear of being alone you do so many things that aren’t you at all.”
~Richard Brautigan

“He who laughs, lasts.”
~Mary Pettibone Poole

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
~Corrie ten Boom


“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Until lions have their own historians the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
~Nigerian proverb

“Promises are like babies, easy to make, hard to deliver.”
~Unknown

“Definition of CULTURE: we may not notice something that is there, but we sure as hell notice when it's not there.” 
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

“We are so obsessed with doing, that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have - for their usefulness.”
~Thomas Merton


“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
~Dwight Eisenhower

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.  You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."
~Naguib Mahfouz

"The highest form of human intelligence is the ability to observe without evaluating."
~Krishnamurti

“A paradigm shift occurs when a question is asked inside the current paradigm that can only be answered from outside it.”
~Marilee Goldberg

"The true method of knowledge is experiment."
~William Blake


 
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"Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum hatred for a minimum reason."
~Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.”
~Evan Esar

"Speak when you're angry and you'll give the best speech you'll ever regret."
~Ambrose Bierce

"It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own."
~Cicero

"The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouth they've been in.”
~Dennis Burns


"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
~Helen Keller

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
~Rita Mae Brown

"If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten."
~Jessie Potter

"If there is no struggle there is no progress."
~Frederick Douglass

"I made my own assessment of my life, and I began to live it. That was freedom."
~Fernando Flores


 
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FIRE

~Judy Brown

 

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.


So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.


When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.


We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.


A fire
grows
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.