a girl and her boy

. daily life : wool obsession : bibliomania : living on purpose .

Inspiration

At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds. Barack Obama. (1/12/11)

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. HH the Dalai Lama.

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality. Florida Scott-Maxwell.

EDUCATION

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. — Will Durant.

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn. — Richard Henry Dann.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. — William Butler Yeats.

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. — Angela Schwindt

More money is put into prisons than into schools. That, in itself, is the description of a nation bent on suicide. I mean, what is more precious to us than our own children? We are going to build a lot more prisons if we do not deal with the schools and their inequalities. — Jonathan Kozol.

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. — Anatole France.

A wise man is one who finally realizes that there are some questions one can ask which may have no answers. — Anonymous/Unknown.

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. — Thomas Carruthers.

LOVE AND LIFE

We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things. — Lakota Seer.

Life is the sum of what you focus on. — Winifred Gallagher.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. — Epicurus (341BC-270BC); ancient Greek philosopher.

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. — Saul Alinsky.

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe. — Joanna Macy.

We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live life fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating, and adventuring. Consequently, the actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime. — Herbert A. Otto; author

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

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