Dale Carnegie
Photo by Tom Gallier
Photo by Tom Gallier
Kathleen's Favorite
We are what we think.  All that
we are arises with our
thoughts.  With our thoughts we
make the world.   --Buddha
Albert Schweitzer
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down
for many generations.
Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your
religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers or
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything
agrees with reason,
and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all,
then accept it and live to it."
The Buddha, in the
Kalama Sutra
Consciousness is the totality beyond
space-time-- what may in essence be
the real "I." We have come to know
that consciousness and energy are one;
that all of space-time is constructed by
consciousness.... Therefore our full
energies are devoted to the study of
consciousness.  There is no other task.  
Working toward a transformation in
consciousness is the only game in town.
---Bob Toben
Reverence for Life
I am life that wills to live in the
midst of other life that wills to
live. I must interpret the life
about me as I interpret the life
that is my own.  My life is full of
meaning to me. The life around me
must be full of significance to
itself.  If I am to expect others
to respect my life, then I must
respect the other life I see,
however strange it may be to
mine.   And not only other human
life, but all kinds of life: life
above mine, if there be such life;
life below mine, as I know it to
exist.  Ethics in our western world
has hitherto been largely limited to
the relation of human to human.  
But that is a limited ethics.  We
need a boundless ethics  which will
include the animals also.

--Albert Schweitzer
To get a human body is a rare thing - make full use
of it. There are eighty-four hundred-thousand
kinds of lives, which a soul can garner. After that
one gets a human body. Therefore, one should not
waste this chance.

Every second in human life is very valuable. If you
don't value this, then you will have nothing in
hand and you will weep in the end.

Because you're human, God has given you power
to think and decide what is good and bad.
Therefore, you can do the best possible kind of
action. You should never consider yourself weak
or a fallen creature.

Whatever may have happened up to now may be
because you didn't know, but now be careful.

After getting a human body, if you don't reach
God, then you have sold a diamond at the price of

--Guru De
That which you fear confronting
the most should be what you
confront first! That's the area of
your life that is taking away most of
your aliveness right now.  The
instant you push beyond the
barrier, you'll notice that whatever
you were afraid of vanished,
evaporated.... When you're up
against a barrier, clarity is right
there on the other side.  That's
what comes next.  The light at the
end of the tunnel is there--you just
have to open your eyes.  When you
confront a barrier, you'll realize it
was a phantom.  It was a product
of your own imagination.  It will
disappear in a cloud of smoke, and
you'll ask yourself, "Why was I
afraid of that?"
Napkin Notes on the Art of
Benjamin Franklin, tactless in his youth, became
so diplomatic, so adroit at handling people that he
was made United States Ambassador to France.  
The secret of his success?  "I will speak ill of no
man," he said, "....and speak all the good I know of
everybody."  Any fool can criticize, condemn and
complain -- and most fools do.  But it takes
character and self control to be understanding
and forgiving.  "A great man should show his
greatness," said Thomas Carlyle, "by the way he
treats little men."  Instead of condemning people,
let's try to understand them.  Let's try to figure out
why they do what they do.  That's a lot more
profitable and intriguing than criticism:  and it
breeds sympathy, tolerance and kindness.  "To
know all is to forgive all."
--Dale Carnegie
Just because the message may
never be received does not
mean it is not worth sending.
A begging bowl once conquered
dragons and a staff pacified
tigers.  The staff had six rings on
top whose tinkling called people
from their dreams.
--Yoka Daishi
Photo by
Tom Gallier
Go Forth In Peace
Be Still Within Yourself
And know that the Trail
Is Beautiful..
May the Winds Be Gentle
Upon Your Face
And your Direction
Be Straight and True
As the Flight of the Eagle.
Walk in Beauty
And Harmony with God
And All People.
-A Navajo Blessing
If we work marble, it will
perish; if we work upon
brass, time will efface it;
if we rear temples, they
will crumble; but if we
work upon immortal
minds we are then
engraving upon tablets
which no time will efface,
but will brighten and
brighten to all eternity.
--Daniel Webster
That which thou lovest, O human,
That, too, become though most:
God, if thou lovest God,
dust, if thou lovest dust.
True eloquence consists in
saying all that should be said,
and that only.
"The men and
women who are
lifting the world
upward and onward
are those who
encourage more
than criticize."
--Author Unknown
To love for the sake of being loved is
human, but to love for the sake of
loving is angelic.
--Alphonse de Lamartine
Only the pure in heart can make a
good soup.
--Ludwig Van Beethoven

The wise man looks into space, and does not regard the
small as too little, nor the great as too big; for he knows
that there is no limit to dimension.
--Lao Tzu--
I think over again my small
My fears,
Those small ones that seemed so
For all the vital things
I had to get and to reach.
And yet there is only one great
The only thing,
To live to see the great day that
And the light that fills the world.
--Old Inuit Song--
I watched them tear a building down;
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a mighty heave and lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

I said to the foreman, "Are these men as
As the men you'd hire if you had to
He gave a laugh and said, "No, indeed!
Just a common laborer is all I need.
And I can wreck in a day or two
What it took the builder a year to do."

And I thought to myself as I went my
"Just which of these roles have I tried to
Am I a builder who works with care,
Measuring life by the rule and square,
Or am I a wrecker as I walk the town,
Content with the labor of tearing down?
--Author Unknown--
Be kind whenever possible.  It is
always possible.  --Dalai Lama
Guru Dev
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything.
----  Dr. Mikao Usui ---
The One Thing That Changes Everything
Selfishness is not living as one wishes
to live, it is asking others to live as
one wishes to live.
-- Oscar Wilde
Where is
there dignity
unless there
is honesty?
How simple a thing it seems to
me that to know ourselves as
we are, we must know our
mothers' names.     --Alice
A mother  is not a person to lean on but a person
to make leaning unnecessary.  --Dorothy C. Fisher
The ability to see beauty is the beginning
of our moral sensibility.  What we believe
is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy.
--Reverend Sean Parker Dennison
It's not
enough that
we do our
sometimes we
have to do
Experience teaches only the teachable.
--Aldous Huxley
A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom
dissatisfied. -- Irish Proverb
I wanted you to see what real courage
is, instead of getting the idea that
courage is a man with a gun in his hand.
It's when you know you're licked before
you begin but you begin anyway and you
see it through no matter what.
--Harper Lee,
To Kill a Mockingbird
If you do not wish to be prone to anger,
do not feed the habit; give it nothing
which may tend to its increase.
-- Epictetus
The real distinction is between those who
adapt their purposes to reality and those
who seek to mold reality in the light of
their purposes.  --Henry Kissinger
Taste is not only a part and index of
morality, it is the only morality.  The
first, and last, and closest trial question
to any living creature is "What do you
like?"  Tell me what you like, I'll tell you
what you are." -- John Ruskin
Truth is the secret of
eloquence and of virtue, the
basis of moral authority; it
is the highest summit of art
and life.
--Henri Frederic Amiel
Cleanliness and order are not
matters of instinct; they are
matters of education, and like
most great things, you must
cultivate a taste for them.
[Benjamin Disraeli]
Every thought of yours is a
real thing -- a force.  --Prentice
The predominant thought or the
mental attitude is the magnet, and
the law is that like attracts like,
consequently, the mental attitude
will invariably attract such
conditions as correspond to its
--Charles Haanel
Inspiration is not garnered from
litanies of what is flawed; it resides in
humanity's willingness to restore,
redress, reform, recover, reimagine,
and reconsider. Healing the wounds
of the Earth and its people does not
require saintliness or a political party.
It is not a liberal or conservative
activity. It is a sacred act.
By Paul Hawken
"For me to be active in the cause of the people and of the earth
and just to be - is to be alive. There is no compartmentalization.
It's all one thing. It's not like I just exist to go into a little
room and write. People have that image of writers, that that's how
we live, but it's not really accurate, not the kind of writing that I do.
I know that what I write has a purpose, even if it's just for
me, if I'm just trying to lead myself out of a kind of darkness.
So it broadens everything, being active in the world.
You see the world.   It's like, you know, I'm learning to paint now,
and what I realize, learning to paint, is that I'm learning to see.
And activism is like that. When you are active, and you must know this
so well, that the more you are active, the more you see, the more
you go to see. You know, you are curious. One thing leads to
another thing, and it gets deeper and deeper, too.
And there's no end to it."
Alice Walker
"Love is the only emotion
that expands intelligence."
Humberto Maturana
I knew that good like bad becomes a routine,
that the temporary tends to endure, that what is
external permeates to the inside, and that the
mask, given time, comes to be the face itself. ~
Marguerite Yourcenar
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge —
That myth is more potent than history.
I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts —
That hope always triumphs over experience —
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
~ Robert Fulghum ~
Who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but
miracles ...
To me every hour of the light and
dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a
~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass
Associate with well-mannered persons
and your manners will improve. Run around
with decent folk and your own decent
instincts will be strengthened.
--Stanley Walker
A mother is the truest friend we
have, when trials heavy and
sudden, fall upon us; when
adversity takes the place of
prosperity; when friends who
rejoice with us in our sunshine
desert us; when trouble thickens
around us, still will she cling to
us, and endeavor by her kind
precepts and counsels to dissipate
the clouds of darkness, and cause
peace to return to our hearts. ~
Washington Irving
Unto the furthest flood-brim look with me;
Then reach on with thy thought till it be drown'd.
Miles and miles distant though the last line be,
And though thy soul sail leagues and leagues beyond,—
Still, leagues beyond those leagues, there is more sea.
~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti ~
Who knows what beautiful and
winged life, whose egg has been
buried for ages under many
concentric layers of woodenness in
the dead dry life of society ...
may unexpectedly come forth ...
to enjoy its perfect summer life at
last! ... such is the character of
that morrow which mere lapse of
time can never make to dawn. ...
Only that day dawns to which we
are awake. There is more day to
dawn. The sun is but a morning
star. ~ Henry David Thoreau in
Love works magic.
It is the final purpose
Of the world story,
The Amen of the universe.
~ Novalis ~
Though I have been trained as a
soldier, and participated in many
battles, there never was a time
when, in my opinion, some way
could not be found to prevent the
drawing of the sword. I look
forward to an epoch when a court,
recognized by all nations, will
settle international differences. ~
Ulysses S. Grant
It is especially important
to encourage unorthodox
thinking when the situation
is critical: At such
moments every new word
and fresh thought is more
precious than gold. Indeed,
people must not be
deprived of the right to
think their own thoughts. ~
Boris Yeltsin
The world and the universe is an
extremely beautiful place, and the
more we understand about it the
more beautiful does it appear. It
is an immensely exciting experience
to be born in the world, born in
the universe, and look around you
and realise that before you die you
have the opportunity of
understanding an immense amount
about that world and about that
universe and about life and about
why we're here. We have the
opportunity of understanding far,
far more than any of our
predecessors ever. That is such an
exciting possibility, it would be
such a shame to blow it and end
your life not having understood
what there is to understand. ~
Richard Dawkins
Come, fill the Cup, and in
the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of
Repentance fling
The Bird of Time has but
a little way
To fly — and Lo! The
Bird is on the Wing.
~ Omar Khayyám ~
Newer quotes are to the right and below.
Let us not forget that human knowledge and skills
alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified
life. Humanity has every reason to place the
proclaimers of high moral standards and values above
the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity
owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus
ranks for me higher than all the achievements of
the enquiring and constructive mind.
What these blessed men have given us we must
guard and try to keep alive with all our strength if
humanity is not to lose its dignity, the security of
its existence, and its joy in living. ~ Albert Einstein
What is humility but truthfulness?
There is no real difference. ~
Walter Hilton
They danced down the streets like
dingledodies, and I shambled after
as I've been doing all my life
after people who interest me,
because the only people for me are
the mad ones, the ones who are
mad to live, mad to talk, mad to
be saved, desirous of everything
at the same time, the ones that
never yawn or say a commonplace
thing, but burn, burn, burn like
fabulous yellow roman candles
exploding like spiders across the
stars and in the middle you see
the blue centerlight pop and
everybody goes "Awww!" ~ Jack
When one has once fully
entered the realm of
love, the world — no
matter how imperfect —
becomes rich and
beautiful, it consists
solely of opportunities for
love.  ~ Søren Kierkegaard
In all living nature (and perhaps also in that which we consider as
dead) love is the motive force which drives the creative activity
in the most diverse directions. ~ P. D. Ouspensky
In life, we usually learn and
change from the "Wow!" or "Ow!"
experiences. Extreme pain or
pleasure is a forceful motivator
for change.  Middle-of-the-road
experiences only serve to support
and maintain the status quo of
what we believe or what we are
already doing.  
--Kathleen Walske Gallier
Strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful
feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them. Even
with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still
function like a ship’s compass, which records the slightest
variations however rough the sea. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
Ken Keyes
"A loving person lives in a loving world.
A hostile person lives in a hostile world.
Everyone you meet is your mirror."
"To be upset over what you don't have
is to waste what you do have."
"To see your drama clearly
is to be liberated from it."
"We've got to convince our egos and our
minds that if we want to live happy lives,
love is more important than anything else."
"You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood.
However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it."
"Love is not a
matter of what
happens in life. It's
a matter of
what's happening in
your heart."
"How soon will you realize that the only thing you
don't have is the direct experience that there's
nothing you need that you don't have?"
"Love is just a feeling of togetherness
and openness in your heart."
"Love means tearing
down the
separateness and the
between your heart
and another person."
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road,
and nothing more; wanderer, there is no
road, the road is made by walking. By
walking one makes the road, and upon
glancing behind one sees the path that
never will be trod again. Wanderer, there
is no road-- Only wakes upon the sea.
[Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y
nada más; caminante, no hay camino, se
hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace
camino, y al volver la vista atrás se ve la
senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en
la mar.]
Antonio Machado y Ruíz (July 26, 1875 –
February 22, 1939)
When a man points a finger at
someone else, he should remember
that three of his fingers are
pointing at himself
Author unknown
As the whirlwind in its fury
teareth up trees, and deformeth
the face of nature, or as an
earthquake in its convulsions
overturneth whole cities; so the
rage of an angry man throweth
mischief around him.  
When you are angry or frustrated,
what comes out? Whatever it is,
it's a good indication of what
you're made of.
H. Jackson Brown Jr
Anger will never disappear so
long as thoughts of resentment
are cherished in the mind.
Anger will disappear just as
soon as thoughts of resentment
are forgotten.
Whenever you are
angry, be assured that
it is not only a present
evil, but that you have
increased a habit.
Anger is a momentary madness, so
control your passion or it will control
you. --Horace
If I am not for myself, who will
be for me? And if I am only for
myself, what am I? And if not now
- when? --Hillel, Leo Rosten's
Treasury of Jewish Quotations p.
459 (1972)
"A learning experience is one of
those things that says, 'You know
that thing you just did?' Don't do
that.'" ~Douglas Adams
"Manners are the happy ways of
doing things; each one a stroke of
genius or of love, now repeated and
hardened into usage, they form at
last a rich varnish, with which the
routine of life is washed, and its
details adorned. If they are
superficial, so are the dew-drops
which give such a depth to the
morning meadows."
"The distinguishing trait of people
accustomed to good society is a
calm, imperturbable quiet which
pervades all their actions and
habits, from the greatest to the
least. They eat in quiet, move in
quiet, live in quiet, and lose their
wife, or even their money, in
quiet; while low persons cannot
take up either a spoon or an
affront without making such an
amazing noise about it."
Never try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your
time and you annoy the pig.
--1973 Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love,
and --1993 Dawn Steel, They Can Kill You But
They Can't Eat You (ISBN 0671738321)
Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but
the pig will like it. --Source unknown
"Show up & choose to be present, pay attention to what
has heart and meaning, tell the truth without blame or
judgment, and be open rather than attached to the
outcome." — Angeles Arrien
"I believe that it is better to tell
the truth than a lie. I believe it is
better to be free than to be a
slave. And I believe it is better to
know than to be ignorant." — H. L.
It would not be impossible to prove with
sufficient repetition and a psychological
understanding of the people concerned
that a square is in fact a circle. They
are mere words, and words can be
molded until they clothe ideas in
—Joseph Goebbels
“Hypocrisy can afford to be
magnificent in its promises, for
never intending to go beyond
promise, it costs nothing”
--- Edmund Burke
Be it resolved to:
Give the world the best you have anyway.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.  Love them anyway.  If
you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  
Do good
 If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.  
Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do
good anyway.
 Honesty and frankness may make you vulnerable.  Be
honest and frank anyway.
 The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be
shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds.  
Think big anyway.  
People favor underdogs but tend to follow top dogs.  
Fight for a few
underdogs anyway.
 What you spend years building may be destroyed
Build anyway.  People really need help, but may attack you if you
do help them.  
Help them anyway.  Give the world the best you have and you
may get kicked in the teeth.

[The first time I found this quote it was attributed to Steve Edwards.  Then I
found it attributed to Mother Theresa, then Howard Ferguson (St. Edward
Wrestling Coach), Karl Menniger, and  then I found it was copyrighted by Kent
M. Keith (1968 and 2001, 1999 - 2006). It appears that Dr. Kent M. Keith wrote
it as part of  a booklet for student leaders while he was an undergraduate
student at Harvard.
There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation,
economy, and civilization throughout the world – one thing which if removed, will destroy the most
powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential
leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love.

On the other hand, if developed and leveraged, that one thing has the potential to create unparalleled
success and prosperity in every dimension of life.  Yet, it is the least understood, most neglected, and
most underestimated possibility of our time.  

That one thing is trust.  

Trust impacts us 24/7, 365 days a year.  It undergirds and affects the quality of every relationship,
every communication, every work project, every business venture, every effort in which we are
engaged.  It changes the quality of every present moment and alters the trajectory and outcome  of
every future moment of our lives – both personally and professionally.  

Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft illusive uality that you either have or you
don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create—much faster than you
probably think possible.  

While corporate scandals, terrorists threats, office politics , and broken relationships have created low
trust on almost every front, I contend that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is not
only vital to our personal and interpersonal well-being; it is the key leadership competency of the new
global economy.  

I am also convinced that in every situation, nothing is as fast as the speed of trust.  And, contrary to
popular belief, trust is something you can do something about.  In fact, you can get good at creating it!
--Stephen M. R. Covey,
The Speed of Trust
We're the bridge across forever,
arching above the sea,
adventuring for our pleasure,
living mysteries for the fun of it,
choosing disasters, triumphs,
challenges, impossible odds,
testing ourselves over and
again, learning love and love
and LOVE! (Richard Bach)
Though we travel the world
over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or
we find it not.
--(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
You Were Made For This
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered.
They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over
the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders,
everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit
dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times.
Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more
able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never
before in the history of humankind. Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even
though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder
come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance,

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There
is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is
spending the wind without raising the sails. We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet
great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you
say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any
small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not
given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic
change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring
justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck
shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire.
To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these—to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery
and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the
tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will
not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there
can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the
good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on
your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D

Author of the best seller
Women Who Run with the Wolves
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson,   
A Return to Love.
Whatever we choose to focus our
attention on will automatically
multiply in our lives.  If our attention
is on our troubles or the injustice of
the past, they will become our trials
of the present also.  If instead our
minds are focused on the blessings
we have received or the love of
God, family and fellowman, these
will grow stronger.
--Frederick W. Babbel
We can dispel discord among those around us by becoming conduits [of] peace
and love.
---Frederick W. Babbel
You are here to enable the divine purpose of
the universe to unfold.  That is how important
you are!  --Eckhart Tolle
A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All
things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us,
including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we
may shape our art. ~ Jorge Luis Borges  
“The definition of insanity is
doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting
different results”.
--Albert Einstein
All truth passes through three stages. First, it
is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer
German philosopher (1788 - 1860)
Hermann Goering - The People Can Always Be Brought to the Bidding of
the Leaders“
Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on
a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it
is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people
don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for
that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders
of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to
drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship
or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship...
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the
leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being
attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing
the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
- Hermann Goering (as told to Gustav Gilbert during the Nuremberg trials)
Traducción al español:
Hermann Goering - "La gente siempre puede ser sometida a las órdenes
de los dirigentes "¿Por supuesto, la gente no quiere guerra. ¿Por qué un
pobre vagabundo en una granja quiere arriesgar su vida en una guerra
cuando lo mejor que puede salir de ella es volver a su granja en una sola
pieza? Naturalmente, la gente común no quiere la guerra, ni en Rusia ni
en Inglaterra ni en América, ni para el caso en Alemania. Eso se entiende.
Sin embargo, después de todo, es que los dirigentes del país los que
determinan la política y es siempre una simple cuestión de arrastrar a lo
largo de las personas, si es una democracia o una dictadura fascista o un
parlamento o una dictadura comunista. Con voz ... o sin  voz, el pueblo
siempre puede ser señalado a la licitación de los dirigentes. Eso es fácil.
Todo lo que tienes que hacer es decirles que están siendo atacados y
denunciar a los pacifistas por falta de patriotismo y exponer al país al
peligro. Funciona de la misma manera en cualquier país. "- Hermann
Goering (como le dijo a Gustav Gilbert durante los juicios de Nuremberg)
         The Art of Peace
To practice properly the Art of Peace, you must: Calm the spirit and
return to the source, cleanse the body and spirit by removing all
malice, selfishness and desire. Be ever grateful for the gifts
received from the Universe, your family, Mother Nature, and your
fellow human beings.          --Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido
If you want to build a ship
don't herd people together to collect wood
and don't assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the
endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery
"Human history becomes more and
more a race between education
and catastrophe."
- H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
"If you are going through hell,
keep going."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
The Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths
dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an
immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is
the only religion in which the time scales correspond, to those of
modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day
and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long.
Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the
time since the Big Bang. And there are much longer time scales
still. - Carl Sagan, Well known Astrophysicist
"The light of God surrounds us.  
The love of God enfolds us.
The power of God protects us.  
The presence of God watches over us.  
Wherever we are, God is,  and all is well."
--Author Unknown
The best years of your life are the
ones in which you decide your
problems are your own.  You do
not blame them on your mother,
the ecology, or the president.  You
realize that you control your own
destiny.  ~Albert Ellis
Entre los individuos, como entre las
el respeto al derecho ajeno
es la paz.
Among individuals, as among nations, the
respect of the rights of others is
. -- Benito Juarez
“Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a
vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a
dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of
hope.”   ---Sanskrit Proverb
« Cuando se estrenó la primera película de Superman, hice docenas de
entrevistas para promocionarla. La pregunta más frecuente era: ¿Qué es un
héroe? Mi respuesta era que un héroe es alguien que lleva a cabo una acción
valerosa sin considerar las consecuencias. Ahora mi definición es
completamente diferente. Pienso que un héroe es un individuo corriente que
encuentra la fuerza para perseverar y resistir en contra de obstáculos
insalvables. Ellos son los verdaderos héroes, y también las familias y
amigos que han permanecido a su lado ».     ---- Christopher Reeve
A Human Being
Should be able to change a
Plan an invasion,
[Cook a veggie burger],
Conn a ship,
Design a building,
Write a sonnet,
Balance accounts,
Build a wall,
Set a bone,
Comfort the dying,
Take orders,
Give orders,
Act alone,
Solve equations,
Analyze a new problem,
Pitch manure,
Program a computer,
Cook a tasty meal
Fight efficiently,
Die gallantly.

Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
"Darkness cannot drive out
darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only
love can do that."
---Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Happiness is directly
proportional to acceptance
and inversely proportional
to expectation.”
Quoted by Michael J Fox
“We can never judge the lives of others, because
each person knows only their own pain and
renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on
the right path, but it's another to think that yours is
the only path.” Paulo Coelho
The first step in spiritual life is to
have compassion. A person
who is kind and loving never
needs to go searching for God.
God rushes toward any heart
that beats with compassion-it is
God's favorite place.
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi
Human misery is more
often caused not so
much by stupidity as by
ignorance, particularly
our own ignorance about
--Carl Sagan
As my ancestors planted for me
before I was born, so do I plant for
those who will come after me.
--Ancient Hebrew Scripture
Everyone who is seriously involved
in the pursuit of science becomes
convinced that a spirit is manifest
in the laws of the universe -- a spirit
vastly superior to that of man.  --
Albert Einstein,
"He chose three letters . . .
He set them in His great name. . .
a great, concealed, mystical exalted secret
from which emanates Fire, Breath and Water,
from which everything was created."
"All that is formed, and all that is spoken, is
one name."
People do not fight
because they are wicked. .
. . War is waged primarily
for the sake of what is
central. . . bread.  Help the
needy.  Feed the starving.  
Assuage the pain of those
who are hungry. . . . It is
the means of preventing
war and securing the great
blessing of peace."
Rabbi  Benjamin Blech
"Let those who seek, continue
seeking until they find.  When
they find, they will become
troubled.  When they become
troubled they will be
astonished. . ."
"Recognize what is in your
sight, and that which is hidden
from you will become plain to
"There'll Come A Day"  by Pete Seeger (with Bob
Killian and the Rivertown School Kids)  from the
Tomorrow's Children
Emotions are the tools with
which our Souls
communicate to us.  The
more you listen to your Soul
and act upon its values and
urgings, the more graceful
and joyous your life
becomes. ....Only
intentional, organized and
focused thought brings
-- L.D. Thompson
We are creatures who look
before and after; the more
surprising that we do not
look round a little, and see
what is passing under our
very eyes. --  Thomas
The latest brain research shows
that when love and compassion
are present, the brain lights up
and operates to its fullest
Suzanne Scurlock-Durana,
Body Presence:
Learning to Listen
to Your Body's Wisdom
Here I am 86 years old and
preparing to pass over to the other
side; and it's like I'm finally
beginning to understand that
everything, every tiny, little thing,
is alive and has the holy voice of
God within it if we just listen. ....All
of life is holy and is all about loving
and listening and learning and being
happy.  --Sal in Victor Villasenor's
Beyond Rain of Gold
~ Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed
in touching them with your hands, but like
the seafaring man on the desert of waters,
you choose them as your guides, and
following them you reach your destiny. ~
--Carl Shurz
~ From the equality of rights
springs identity of our highest
interests; you cannot subvert
your neighbor's rights without
striking a dangerous blow at
your own. ~ Carl Shurz
Verily, an evil deed committed
does not immediately bear fruit,
just as milk does not curdle at
once; but like a smoldering fire
covered with ashes, it remains
with the fool until the moment it
ignites and burns him.    –
Dhammapada  69, 71
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process
he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough
into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."
— Friedrich Nietzsche
"Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of
government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by
slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
— Thomas Jefferson
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason
from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his
banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly
whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and
he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep
in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown
in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it
can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.
                                                                           --Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The reason people lie, the reason they embellish, is because they think the truth is so dull, so boring, so
mundane, that they just can’t abide that, so they have to embellish their existence in some way and live in a
fantasy life.  But, when you do that, you’re rejecting yourself.  You’re saying: Okay. . . . you’re not good
enough, you’re not smart enough, you’re not interesting enough, you’re not intriguing enough,  you're not
pretty enough. . . you’re not anything that {you] want to be, so [you] have to create this fantasy.’ And the
problem is you have to keep running.  It’s like the ponzi scheme. You have to keep running because you’ve
got to get to the next fix.  You’ve got to get to the next high.  “If you don’t like the life that you live, then you
need to change it in earnest.  You don’t fix it with smoke and mirrors and money.  You actually deal with the
fact of why you aren’t good enough for you.  And the problem here is you are creating a legacy for your
[children] just as your [parents] created a legacy for you. So this has to stop . .  .  You owe it to yourself to
stop it, for you and for them.“. . . It doesn’t make you glamorous.  It doesn’t make you fancy.  It doesn’t
make you anything except dishonest.  So the fantasy you are creating is at the expense of your character.  
This has to do with self esteem, self worth, and anxiety which you are experiencing around the clock, and
you’re medicating yourself  . . .  and letting the anxiety grow and grow.  And the problem is you can run, but
you’ll just die tired.  At some point you’ve got to stop. You’ve got to stop and turn around and face it and you’
ve got to make a list of the things that you don’t like about you, and those become a “to do” list, and you
change them. . . . You probably have a list of things.  You've got to decide that you truly are a moral human
being, and once you believe that, you'll stop letting people convince you that you're not.  If you don't know
who you are, if you're not 100% convinced of your moral compass, your intention in life, your purpose in
being, your authentic self, you will be vulnerable to every critic that comes along and takes a pot shot.
”                     ~Dr. Phil McGraw~
(Wisdom from Dr. Phil)
The Reason People Lie
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by
demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and
die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand
each other, we may even become friends. ~~Maya Angelou
All God's children need traveling shoes.
~~Maya Angelou
If you have only one
smile in you, give it
to the people you love.
Don't be surly at home,
then go out in the street
and start grinning
"Good morning"
at total strangers.
"Therefore we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our lowliest, to keep
company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate, to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to
do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our
brothers and sisters."
– Maya Angelou
maya angelou
The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into
folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.  Love moves
the flesh, it pushes matter around.... Throughout history, "tender
loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable
element in healing.  ~Larry Dossey

In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and
tired.  ~Author Unknown

The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must
take charge of his own life.  Don't take your body to the doctor
as if he were a repair shop.  ~Quentin Regestein

"A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time -
pills or stairs."  ~~Joan Welsh

"I thought: If I was lucky enough to live, I'd change, myself-I
realized I could have a new life -- new energy, new endurance,
and feel better about myself."
Larry King (After his 1987 heart attack)

The superior doctor prevents sickness;
The mediocre doctor attends to impending
The inferior doctor treats actual sickness.
Chinese Proverb

"A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too
busy to take care of his tools."  ~~Spanish Proverb

He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most
medicines. ~~Benjamin Franklin

He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that
prevents it is the safest physician. ~~Thomas Fuller

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see
through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is
clouded.~~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You can accept or reject the way you
are treated by other people. But, until
you heal the wounds of your past, you
will continue to bleed.  You can bandage
the bleeding with food, with alcohol,
with drugs, with work, with cigarettes,
with sex, but eventually, it will ooze
through and stain your life.  You must
find the strength to open the wounds,
stick your hands inside, pull out the core
of the pain that is holding you in your
past, the memories, and make peace
with them.  --Iyanla Vanzant
Holding on to anger is like grasping
a hot coal with the intent of
throwing it at someone else; you
are the one who gets burned.
                    -- Buddha
“I imagined the lies the
valedictorian was telling them right
now. About the exciting future that
lies ahead. I wish she'd tell them the
truth: Half of you have gone as far in
life as you're ever going to. Look
around. It's all downhill from here.
The rest of us will go a bit further, a
steady job, a trip to Hawaii, or a
move to Phoenix, Arizona, but out
of fifteen hundred how many will do
anything truly worthwhile, write a
play, paint a painting that will hang
in a gallery, find a cure for herpes?
Two of us, maybe three? And how
many will find true love? About the
same. And enlightenment? Maybe
one. The rest of us will make
compromises, find excuses,
someone or something to blame,
and hold that over our hearts like a
pendant on a chain.”
― Janet Fitch, White Oleander
Resentment is like drinking
poison and waiting for the other
person to die.