SELECTION OF QUOTATIONS – HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015 by Michelle Clarke

Amos born 8 centuries before Christ

‘Let justice flow like water and integrity like an unfailing stream’

John O’Donohue – Anam Cara
‘One of the most powerful and prophetic analysts was Karl Marx.
He showed how work can alienate a person from their nature and potential.
Certain work can dull and darken human presence…
the linear mind can miss its gift…
Perception is crucial to understanding.

Shakespeare – Julius Ceasar
‘The fault dear Brutus is not with our stars, but with ourselves….’

Bertrand Russell
‘Most Christians would rather die than think – in fact they do’

Mother Teresa
‘Lonely and being unwanted is the greatest poverty’

St. Augustine
‘O Lord make me chaste….but just not yet’

Palestinian Elias Chacour
‘The Jews deserve a homeland, not because they are Jews, but because they are human’

George Bernard Shaw
‘Poverty does not produce unhappiness; it produces degradation’

Francis Bacon
‘Knowledge itself is power’

G.K. Chesterton
‘Education is simply the soul of  a society as it passes from one generation to another’.

Corrinthians
‘Love always excuses’

Psalm XXXIII: 6
‘Those who turn their eyes towards him shall be enlightened’

Confucius (c.551-478 BC)  Chinese Philosopher.  Betrayal.
‘To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice’

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)  Austrian Writer
‘Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old’.

Eli Ginzberg US Health Policy Expert and Writer
‘Enlarge the opportunity and the person will expand to fill it’

Edward Abbey, Contemporary US Writer. 
‘Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause:
Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward, bend to the winds of heaven, and learn tranquility.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience’

Nancy Thayer
‘It’s never too late, in fiction or in life, TO REVISE’

Economist:  Michael Harrington
‘If there is a technological advance without a social advance,
there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery’

Groucho Marx:
“Look at me:  I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty”

Archbishop Helder Camara – Brazil
“Poverty makes people sub-human
Excess of wealth makes people inhuman”

Proverbs 22-16
‘generosity is its own reward
and that bribery and exploitation are their own ruin’

You cannot serve both God and money

Malcolm X
‘If Christianity had asserted itself in Germany, six million Jews would have lived’

Mother Teresa
Asked how did she feed the children  –  She replied:
‘One at a time’

William James (Psychiatrist Harvard)
‘The greatest discovery in our generation is that human beings
by changing their inner attitudes of their minds can change all outer aspects of their lives’

Mark Twain
‘Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see’.

Old Desert Fathers:
“Fuge, tace, et quiesce
(Live in solitude, silence and inner peace)

Henry David Thoreau
“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away”.

Eduardo Frei (President of Chile 1964)
‘If we always look outside ourselves for blame, that is in itself a form of dependence.
We must look for our own blame to find our own personality.

TS Eliot
‘Where is the life we have lost living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Alice Walker
‘Human compassion is equal to human cruelty and it is up to each of us tip the balance’

Albert Einstein
‘Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of the truth’

Camus
‘The evil that is in the world almost always come of ignorance, and
good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence

Eisenhower
‘Never waste time thinking about people you don’t like’

Gabriel Marcel
‘Being and having in our society teaches us how to take possession of things,
when it should rather initiate us in the art of letting go.
For there is neither freedom nor real life without an apprenticeship in letting go.

Harry Stack Sullivan Psychologist
‘There is a persistent funny form of suspicion in most of us that we can solve our own problems and be the masters of our own ships of life, but the fact of the matter is that by ourselves we can only be consumed by our problems and suffer the shipwreck.

Aldous Huxley
‘Addiction is an increasing desire for an act that gives less and less satisfaction

Yiddish saying
‘To a worm in horseradish, the whole worl is horseradish’

The Talmud
‘The highest kind of wisdom is kindness’

Kabir Mystical poet India
‘I laughed when they told me that a fish in water can be thirsty’

Krishnamurti
‘The day you teach the child the name of a bird, the child stops seeing the bird’

George Eliot
‘What loneliness is more lonely than mistrust

Doris Lessing
‘that is what learning is.
You suddenly understand something you have understood all your life but in a new way’

CS Lewis
‘No mind is so good that it does not need another mind to counter and equal it,
and to save it from conceit and bigotry and folly’

Bureaucracy (imagine this was 1950’s and it is now Pope Francis scolds us)
‘I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of administration.
The greatest evil is not done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint…
It is conceived and ordered… in clean, carpeted, warmed and well lighted offices,
by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks
who do not need to raise their voice.
Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy
of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern…’

‘(As Screwtape wrote). 
‘It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man from the Light and out into Nothing…Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one…’
‘Experience is a brutal teacher….’

Sir William Osler, Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford 1871
‘Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand’

Henri Nouwen
What is Hope?
“Hope is that inner dynamic that compels us to explore and pursue the expectations built into the human condition.  Hope was born the day the first human beings discovered the first bridge and
decided not to jump off the bridge in despair, but to cross it”

Petra Kelly (1947-1992)
Feast and Famine
‘We cannot feast on global resources while the world’s poor struggle to survive on inhospitable lands.
It is as simple as that.
It is the rich who are making the world poorer.
Environment and Poverty are one crisis, not two.

Happy New Year.

It is the Day 1 2015 and I have assembled my favorite quotes for the year.  My collection starts in 2001 and theme is constant

May it be a good year for all.

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