Monday, February 28, 2011


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We should treat all the trivial things of life very seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.

Oscar Wilde

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Within Us

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Within us is the soul of the whole,
the wise silence,
the universal beauty,
the eternal One.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, February 26, 2011


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The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. 
Lin Yutang

Friday, February 25, 2011


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The mind is never right but when it is at peace within itself. 


Thursday, February 24, 2011


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Times are bad and the poet is broke,
But around him is that permanent world of beauty.

James Wilhelm

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This world

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This world is too beautiful to be true,
and too beautiful not to be true.

Roo Borson, Kim Maltman & Andy Patton, Pain Not Bread

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


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Beauty is a sense of universal relations, of being brought into the intensities of even painful feeling.

Robert Duncan

Sunday, February 20, 2011

for the Other

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I am responsible for the Other without waiting for reciprocity, were I to die for it. Reciprocity is his affair. It is precisely insofar as the relation between the Other and me is not reciprocal that I am subjection to the Other; and I am "subject" essentially in this sense. It is I who support all... The I always has one responsibility more than all the others.

Emmanuel Levinas

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Peace & Religion

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Peace involves a profound crisis of identity. The boundaries of self and other, friend and foe, must be redrawn. … If faith is enlisted in the cause of war, there must be an equal and opposite counter-voice in the name of peace. If religion is not part of solution, it will certainly be part of the problem.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations

Friday, February 18, 2011

In silence

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In silence we must wrap much of our life, because it is too fine for speech.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, February 17, 2011

This we know

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This we know:
We were
not meant
to suffer
so much
& to learn

Alice Walker, The Taste of Grudge, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Love everything

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Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly, more and more every day. And you will at least come to love the whole world with an abiding, universal love.

Fyodor Mikhail Dostoevsky

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


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A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.

Henry David Thoreau

Monday, February 14, 2011

When you love

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When you are touched,
May it be the gentleness
You desire,
Your lover’s hands sending
Each caress deep into your skin
Like a discovering glance.

John O’Donohue, For Eros

Sunday, February 13, 2011


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Individuals are expressions of all those who have influenced their lives.

Michael Schut, Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective

Friday, February 11, 2011


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Breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. The thing that is broken has particular authority over the act of change.

Louise Gluck

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Walk Alone

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Walk alone
If they answer not thy call, walk alone;
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou of evil luck,
Open thy mind and speak out alone.

Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

In a room alone

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All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

The gaze

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Most people don’t look . . .
The gaze that pierces – few have it –
What does the gaze pierce?
The question mark.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Seeing beyond

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Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers, the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions.

Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011


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How one walks through the world, the endless small adjustments of balance, is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.

Elaine Scarry

Thursday, February 3, 2011

At the edge

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The beautiful can exist at the edge precisely because it has nothing to lose and everything to give away.

Frederick Turner

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


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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.

Bishop Desmond Tutu