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  • #1
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


  • #2
    Henri J.M. Nouwen
    “Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
    Henri J.M. Nouwen


  • #3
    Bernard M. Baruch
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
    Bernard M. Baruch


  • #4
    Albert Camus
    “Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
    Albert Camus


  • #5
    Elbert Hubbard
    “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
    Elbert Hubbard


  • #6
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches


  • #7
    Maya Angelou
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou


  • #8
    Apple Inc.
    “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    Apple Inc.


  • #9
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • #10
    “If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.”
    Gordon A. Eadie


  • #11
    Stephen King
    “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.”
    Stephen King, Different Seasons


  • #12
    Alice Walker
    “HELPED are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.
    HELPED are those who love the entire cosmos rather than their own tiny country, city, or farm, for to them will be shown the unbroken web of life and the meaning of infinity.
    HELPED are those who live in quietness, knowing neither brand name nor fad; they shall live every day as if in eternity, and each moment shall be as full as it is long.
    HELPED are those who love others unsplit off from their faults; to them will be given clarity of vision.
    HELPED are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception, and realize an partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
    HELPED are those who love the Earth, their mother, and who willingly suffer that she may not die; in their grief over her pain they will weep rivers of blood, and in their joy in her lively response to love, they will converse with the trees.
    HELPED are those whose ever act is a prayer for harmony in the Universe, for they are the restorers of balance to our planet. To them will be given the insight that every good act done anywhere in the cosmos welcomes the life of an animal or a child.
    HELPED are those who risk themselves for others' sakes; to them will be given increasing opportunities for ever greater risks. Theirs will be a vision of the word in which no one's gift is despised or lost.
    HELPED are those who strive to give up their anger; their reward will be that in any confrontation their first thoughts will never be of violence or of war.
    HELPED are those whose every act is a prayer for peace; on them depends the future of the world.
    HELPED are those who forgive; their reward shall be forgiveness of every evil done to them. It will be in their power, therefore, to envision the new Earth.
    HELPED are those who are shown the existence of the Creator's magic in the Universe; they shall experience delight and astonishment without ceasing.
    HELPED are those who laugh with a pure heart; theirs will be the company of the jolly righteous.
    HELPED are those who love all the colors of all the human beings, as they love all the colors of the animals and plants; none of their children, nor any of their ancestors, nor any parts of themselves, shall be hidden from them.
    HELPED are those who love the lesbian, the gay, and the straight, as they love the sun, the moon, and the stars. None of their children, nor any of their ancestors, nor any parts of themselves, shall be hidden from them.
    HELPED are those who love the broken and the whole; none of their children, nor any of their ancestors, nor any parts of themselves, shall be hidden from them.
    HELPED are those who do not join mobs; theirs shall be the understanding that to attack in anger is to murder in confusion.
    HELPED are those who find the courage to do at least one small thing each day to help the existence of another--plant, animal, river, or human being. They shall be joined by a multitude of the timid.
    HELPED are those who lose their fear of death; theirs is the power to envision the future in a blade of grass.
    HELPED are those who love and actively support the diversity of life; they shall be secure in their differences.
    HELPED are those who KNOW.”
    Alice Walker


  • #13
    Desmond Tutu
    “Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering--remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you dont want to repeat what happened.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #14
    Desmond Tutu
    “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #15
    Desmond Tutu
    “Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #16
    Desmond Tutu
    “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #17
    Desmond Tutu
    “A person is a person through other persons.

    None of us comes into the world fully formed. We would not know how to think, or walk, or speak, or behave as human beings unless we learned it from other human beings. We need other human beings in order to be human. I am because other people are. A person is entitled to a stable community life, and the first of these communities is the family.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #18
    Desmond Tutu
    “Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #19
    Desmond Tutu
    “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #20
    Desmond Tutu
    “We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #21
    Desmond Tutu
    “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #22
    Desmond Tutu
    “We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God's family.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #23
    Desmond Tutu
    “Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #24
    Desmond Tutu
    “Ubuntu [...] speaks of the very essence of being human. [We] say [...] "Hey, so-and-so has ubuntu." Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, "My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours." We belong in a bundle of life. We say, "A person is a person through other persons."

    [...] A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are.”
    Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness


  • #25
    Desmond Tutu
    “A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #26
    Desmond Tutu
    “Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #27
    Desmond Tutu
    “Life is more than breath and a heartbeat; meaning and purpose are the life of life.”
    Desmond Tutu, Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference


  • #28
    Desmond Tutu
    “It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.”
    Desmond Tutu, God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time


  • #29
    Desmond Tutu
    “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.”
    Desmond Tutu


  • #30
    Desmond Tutu
    “Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”
    Desmond Tutu




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