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“To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depths of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.

I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as good as his bond, that character—not wealth or power or position—is of supreme worth.

I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty
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Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
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This is one that the "leadership team" recently read at work. I usually try to read those pretty quick so that I know what management may be trying on us next.... :)

Anyway, at first I thought it was going to be a pretty boring and standard "well duh
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Walking Your Blues Away by Thom Hartmann
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Recommended by my dad - A bit disjointed, but a quick read. Interesting. Not just for the "blues" - probably not a good title, really, as I found it to be more thoughts on connections between mind and body. Interesting history of psychology, too.
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The Velveteen Principles by Toni Raiten-D'Antonio
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A fun self-help book! :)
Fury by Salman Rushdie
Fury
by Salman Rushdie
read in May, 2009
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I really enjoyed this! Wasn't quite sure what to expect... this is my first reading of Salman Rushdie; won't be my last. Enjoyed the passion and tempo of this one (though I'll admit I needed my dictionary a couple times here and there).
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton
read in April, 2009
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Another one of the "classics" I failed to read until now.... Found it an interesting story of the pull between what "society" expects of us versus what we expect of ourselves; and, how this changes over time.
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
The Painted Veil
by W. Somerset Maugham
read in April, 2009
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Hadn't read this before and didn't see the movie, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Enjoyed the story from the standpoint of humanity's capacity for growth and change.
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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

Friedrich Nietzsche
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

J.R.R. Tolkien
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Albert Einstein
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

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

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