2012 – Some quotations to add to the complexities of life; to empower thinking and creativity
Meditation XVII, John Donne
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – Meditation XVII, John Donne
‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, more violent.
It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction’
‘The more corrupt the State the more numerous the laws’Chinese Sage Lao-tzu
‘Nothing is more powerful than the emptiness from which men shrink’
‘Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking causes profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
‘Water is purified by flowing, the human being by going forward’
‘You give little when you give of your possessions – it is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? and what is fear of need but need itself’
‘Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up’
‘To perfect the memory, delete the incidentals’
‘If we always look outside ourselves for blame that in itself is a form of dependence.
We must look for own blame to find our personality’
‘Satire is sort of glass window wherein beholders do
generally discover everybody’s face but their own
‘An Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination’
Archbishop Desmond Tutu – South Africa
‘Be nice to the whites, they need you to discover their humanity
The most potent weapon in the hands of the possessor is the mind of the oppressed’
‘During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act’
‘When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die’
‘The sun that gives sight to the eagle blinds the owl. Stop searching little fish. There isn’t anything to look for. All you have to do is look’
The prophet is a person on the street, the person who judges history from the viewpoint of God’
‘If there is a technological advance without a social advance, there is, almost automatically an increase in human misery’
‘Look at me – I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty’
‘Never waste time thinking about people you don’t like
Mercy nun Zambia
‘Charity is about empowering people ie to make them self reliant’
‘Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full overcoming suffering’.
‘Oriental man is very light in the head and heavy down in the belly and feels very secure
Western man is light in the belly but very heavy up in the head, so he topples over’
‘Lonely and being unwanted is the greatest poverty’
‘Co-operate with the inevitable’
I laughed when they told me a fish in water can be thirsty’
‘Its easier to split an atom than prejudice’
‘It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare: it is because we do not dare that they are difficult’
‘Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others,
or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest of walls of oppression’