Quotes: Democracy, Change, Giving

Only in time of fear is government thrown back to its primitive and sole function of self-defense and the many interests of which it is the guardian become subordinate to that.
– Jane Addams (First American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize)


If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
– Aristotle

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
– Peter F. Drucker

Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
– Albert Einstein

Say what you mean, without being mean.
– Nithya Shanti

Giving to others selflesly and anonymously, radiating light throughout the world and illuminating your own darkness, your virtue becomes a sanctuary for yourself and all beings.
– Lao tzu (570-490 BC)

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.
– Saint Francis of Assisi

We need a coat with two pockets. In one pocket there is dust, and in the other pocket there is gold. We need a coat with two pockets to remind us who we are.
– Parker J. Palmer

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
– H.E. Luccock

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
– Dr. Robert Anthony

Even after all this time…
The sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.”
Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights the whole sky.
– Hafiz of Persia

It’s unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn’t have to say this, but I really like human beings who have suffered. They’re kinder.
– Emma Thompson

A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.
– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

We need a coat with two pockets. In one pocket there is dust, and in the other pocket there is gold. We need a coat with two pockets to remind us who we are.
– Parker J. Palmer

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