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What the child sees, the child does.  What the child does, the child is.  ~Irish Proverb


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, ,br>but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.   The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.  ~Carl Jung


Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.  ~Marsha Petrie Sue


It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Eliot


Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. ~Mother Teresa


The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  ~Bill Beattie


The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. ~Robert Maynard Hutchins


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.  ~Aristotle


Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.  ~Roger Lewin


Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese Proverb


I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt


I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks

When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.  ~Moshe Dayan

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.  ~Edward R. Murrow
When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. ~Dorothy Thompson
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. ~Henry David Thoreau

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. ~Jean-Paul Sarter

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. ~Jesse Jackson

Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations. ~Luther Standing Bear

Each of us personally, is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for something less? ~Arvol Looking Horse

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the blessings of peace.  ~William Ewart Gladstone
While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind. ~Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.  ~Mahatma Gandhi
Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth.  ~Philip James Bailey
We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.  ~Margaret Gibb
So when the great word "Mother!" rang once more,
I saw at last its meaning and its place;
Not the blind passion of the brooding past,
But Mother -- the World's Mother -- come at last,
To love as she had never loved before --
To feed and guard and teach the human race.
                                                                      ~Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Great are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. ~Joseph Campbell
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism. ~Dorothy Thompson
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
~Peyton Conway March
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. ~Epictetus
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. ~Marian Wright Edelman

The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back. ~Abigail Van Buren

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.  ~Aldous Huxley

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. ~HH The Dalai Lama

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength. ~Hasidic Saying

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. ~Voltaire

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.  ~Bertrand Russell
We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.  ~Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?  ~Holly Near
Character is much easier kept than recovered.  ~Thomas Paine
Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?  ~William Lloyd Garrison
Laws control the lesser man.  Right conduct controls the greater one.  ~Chinese Proverb
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~Hebrews 11 1
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks, without knowledge, of things without parallel. ~Pierce Ambrose
Love is a passion which kindles honor into noble acts. ~John Dryden
The disembodied spirit is immortal; there is nothing of it that can grow old or die. But the embodied spirit sees death on the horizon as soon as its day dawns. ~Kabbalah
Prayer is the key of the morning andthe bolt of the evening. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Certain thoughts are prayers. There aremoments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. ~VictorHugo
How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems. ~Robert Southey
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet. In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart sustaineth him; and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out. ~Akhenaton
This is courage in a man: to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends. ~Euripides
The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it. ~Jean B. Moliere
A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind. ~Anacharsis
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.  ~William Blake
Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned. ~Emily Dickinson
To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon. ~Chinese Proverb
Everything in life is luck.  ~Donald Trump
Shallow men believe in luck.  Strong men believe in cause and effect. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.  ~Author Unknown
Go and wake up your luck.  Persian Saying
Oh, Paddy, dear, an' did ye hear the news that's goin' round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground!
No more St. Patrick's Day we'll keep, his colour can't be seen,
For there's a cruel law agin' the Wearin' o' the green ~Author Unknown
Not all those who wander are lost.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien
Fortune favors the brave. ~Terence

You have enemies?  Good.  That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.  ~Winston Churchill

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.  If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened.  But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. ~Voltaire
The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed.
The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care.
And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings. ~Buddha
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. ~Marianne Williamson
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labour, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories? ~ George Eliot
Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. ~Carl Jung
Love vanquishes Time. To Lovers, a moment can be Eternity. Eternity can be the tick of a clock." ~Mary Parrish
What is love?
It is the morning and the evening star.  ~Sinclair Lewis
There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary. ~Emmanuel
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
For that which is essential is invisible to the eye.
                ~Excerpted from "The Little Prince"
The only gift is a portion of thyself. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where there is great love there are always miracles. ~Willa Cather
The pain of love is the pain of being alive. It is a perpetual wound. ~Maureen Duffy

have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame of that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other. ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.  ~Jesse Jackson
It's quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person - beguiled, enchanted. ~ Mary Chase
How much time, creative energy, and emotion do we expend resisting change because we assume growth must always be painful? Much personal growth is uncomfortable, but it's worse to thwart the ascent of your authenticity. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

A time comes when silence is betrayal. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought. ~ Thucydides
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  ~e.e. cummings
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.  ~Confucius
You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.  The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.  ~Irene C. Kassorla
Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.  ~Dr. Alexis Carrel

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.  ~Matthew Arnold
Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.  ~Zen Proverb








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