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“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of ‘getting to know you,’ questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, ‘
‘Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: ‘ I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.’
And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could ‘Win’ at them.”

-Kurt Vonnegut
 
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You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist - Friedrich Nietzsche
 
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Terry Pratchett on orangutans and dogs:

"Consider orangutans. In all the worlds graced by their presence, it is suspected that they can talk but choose not to do so in case humans put them to work, possibly in the television industry."

"These dogs weren't wolves. Wolves were peaceful creatures, on the whole, and fairly simple ... Dogs were brighter than wolves. Wolves didn't need intelligence. They had other things. But dogs, they'd been given intelligence by humans. Whether they wanted it or not. They were certainly more vicious than wolves. They'd got that from humans, too."

-Men At Arms
 
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The care of the Earth
is our most ancient and most worthy,
and after all, our most pleasing responsibility.
To cherish what remains of it
and to foster its renewal is our only hope.

~Wendell Berry
(1934 to pres., American Poet)
 
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True love never has a happy ending, because there is no ending to true love - Alexander the Great
 
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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples   -  Mother Teresa
 
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"Working in the garden . . . gives me a profound feeling of inner peace.
Nothing here is in a hurry.
There is no rush toward accomplishment, no blowing of trumpets.
Here is the great mystery of life and growth.
Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently, unboastfully, taking its time."

~ Ruth Stout
 
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“Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about Learning To Dance In The Rain.” – Vivian Greene
 
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You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you - Vandana Shiva
 
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If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile. Nobody needs a smile more than the one that cannot smile to others.

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An artist's impression of the aforesaid goddess adorned page 3. She was, of course, beautiful. You seldom saw a goddess portrayed as ugly. This probably had something to do with their ability to strike people down instantly.
-Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals
 
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The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.   ..... Einstein
 
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Many people lose the small joys in the home for the big happiness.  ... Pearl S Buck
 
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In the movie Mystery Men, superhero guru The Sphinx (Wes Studi) constantly drops horribly cliched bits of wisdom, e.g.:

"To learn my teachings, I must first teach you how to learn."
"When you doubt your powers, you give power to your doubts."
"Learn to hide your strikes from your opponent and you'll more easily strike his hide."
"When you can balance a tack hammer on your head, you will head off your foes with a balanced attack."
"He who questions training only trains himself at asking questions."
"When you care for what is on the outside, what is inside cares for you."

Eventually, he is called out by Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller):

Mr. Furious: Okay. Am I the only one who finds these sayings just a bit formulaic? "If you wanna put something down, you gotta pick it up". "If you wanna go left, you gotta go right". It's...
Sphinx: Your temper is very quick, my friend. But until you learn to master your rage...
Mr. Furious: Your rage will become your master? That's what you were gonna say, right?
Sphinx: ... Not necessarily.
 
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Wishing, hoping, and regretting are the most common and dangerous tactics for evading the present.
....Sammy Davis Jr.
 
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Ordinary fortune-tellers tell you what you want to happen; witches tell you what's going to happen, whether you want it to or not. Strangely enough, witches tend to be more accurate but less popular.

-Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
 
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I saw a quote recently whose exact words I don't recall, but in my mind I adapted it to something I believe is better.

"Truth without kindness is cruelty;
Kindness without truth is manipulation.
Never separate truth and kindness, and be wary of those who do."
 
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"And then, as some foresters, farmers and ranchers are already doing, we will have to submit ourselves as students to Nature in her innumerable local incarnations, asking her how we humans, the most singular and the strangest of her children, can live as good neighbors to all our neighbors."

Wendell Berry
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Lewis Rothschild (Michael J. Fox): People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas): Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.

-The American President
 
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You, as a food buyer, have the distinct privilege of pro-actively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit.
Joel Salatin
 
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Robin Williams response to his toddler's endless repetition of "why?":

"why is the sky blue?"
Well, because of the atmosphere.
"Why is there atmosphere?"
Well, because we need to breathe.
"Why do we breathe?"
Why the fuck do you wanna know?! A year ago you were sitting in your own shit, now you’re Carl Sagan?!

-Live At The Met
 
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When the white man came to South Africa, we had the land, they had the Bible.  They said to us: 'Close your eyes and pray with us'.  When we opened our eyes, we had the Bible, they had the land - Bishop Desmond Tutu
 
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You live most of your life inside of your head. Make sure it's a nice place to be.
-Buddha
 
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Soil, not oil, holds the future for humanity - Vandana Shiva
 
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If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems.  And that's a big mistake.
-Frank Wilczek, Noble Prize winner, physics
 
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“The flip side of every cheap price is a cheap wage.”

Armine Yalnizyan, economist
 
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"If what we’ve been telling ourselves is true and COVID-19 was some grand civic wake-up call, its effect on our society was like that of a person having one tongue-loosening drink too many: it did not create problems that hadn’t previously existed, but only revealed what was always there, tucked politely under the rug."

Shannon Proudfoot, in Maclean's Magazine, September 13, 2021
 
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There's a strange contradiction revealed by the naivete and kindness demonstrated by humanity when faced with the universe. On Earth, humankind can step onto another continent and, without a thought, destroy the kindred civilizations found there through warfare and disease. But when they gaze up at the stars, they turn sentimental and believe that if extraterrestrial intelligences exist, they must be civilizations bound by noble moral constraints, as if cherishing and loving different forms of life are parts of a self-evident universal code of conduct.

-Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem (author's notes)
 
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