Declarations

Happy New Year

Nothing can happen to you that is worse than living in fear that something could happen to you.   Cheri Huber (1944–  )

Whatever is said is absolutely not true, including this.   Gangaji (1942–  )

It ain’t ignorance causes so much trouble; it’s folks knowing so much that ain’t so.   Josh Billings (1818–1865)

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.  The challenge is to silence the mind.   Caroline Myss (1952—  )

You are not your emotions.  They flow through you.  You feel them.  And then they disappear.   Seth

If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.   Leonard Cohen (1934–  )

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.   Theodore Isaac Rubin (1923–  )

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.   Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799)

Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.   Anthony de Mello (1931–1987)

Forgiving is not forgetting, it’s letting go of the hurt.   Mary McLeod Bethune (1875–1955)

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.   Robert Holden (1965–  )

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.   English Nursery Rhyme

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.   Neale Donald Walsch (1943–  )

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.   John Wayne (1907–1979)

The function of prayer is not to influence God but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.   Sǿren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813–1855)

There is no place on Earth to spit.   Zen saying

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.   Martin Luther King, Jr. (1939–1968)

The essential feature of quantum interconnectedness is that the whole universe is enfolded in everything, and that each thing is enfolded in the whole.   David Bohm (1917–1992)

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.   Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900–1965), speech, Detroit, 1952

Obedience is not a virtue.  It is an evasion of our responsibility.   Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker, Proverbs of Ashes; Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us

Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.  Earl Warren (1891–1974)

Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.   Chinese proverb

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.   Siddhartha Gautama (c. 566–480 bce)

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.   Bertrand Russell (1872–1970

My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.   Olive Schreiner (1855–1920)

We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world—no government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.   Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)

Nationalism is an infantile sickness.  It is the measles of the human race.   Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity.
We are pain and what cures pain.
We are the sweet, cold water and the jar that pours.   
Mevlana Jalal-e-Din Mevlavi Rumi (1207–1273)

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.   Benito Mussolini (1883–1945)

In the dark time will there also be singing?
Yes, there will be singing about the dark time.   Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.   James Madison (1751–1836)

I have always been an attorney for the defense.  I can think of nothing, not even war, that has brought so much misery to the human race as prisons.   Clarence Seward Darrow (1857–1938)

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.   Lao-tzu (c. 6th Century bce)

I have no knowledge of myself as I am, but merely as I appear to myself.   Immanuel Kant (1724–1804)

Nothing good in the world has ever been done by well-rounded people. The good work is done by people with jagged, broken edges, because those edges cut things and leave an imprint, a design.   Harry Crews (1935–  )

By definition, a government has no conscience.  Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.   Albert Camus (1913–1960)

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience.  And then there is California.   Edward Abbey (1927–1989)

4 comments

  1. Hey Anthony,
    Was happy to see your back in print in the current edition of Synthesis magazine.

    And thanks for these quotes/declarations.

    Happy Near year.

  2. Oliver Steinberg says:

    “Saddle up!”

    but, something bothering me, what is the source for the George Washington quotation? doesn’t quite sound authentic to me.

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