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How wonderful it is that no one has to wait but can start straightaway to gradually change the world. How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves! As with so many things, most people seek justice in very different quarters, and grumble because they themselves receive so little of it. Open your eyes, be fair in your own dealings first! Give whatever there is to give. You can always – always – give something, even if it is a simple act of kindness! If everyone were to give in this way and didn’t scrimp on kindly words, there would be much more love and justice in the world! Give and you shall receive, much more than you ever thought possible. Give and give again. Keep hoping, keep trying, keep giving! People who give will never be poor!

– Anne Frank

Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create. Accept it, just as it sounds, without inquiring into it. Perhaps it will turn out that you are called to be an artist. Then take that destiny upon yourself and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without ever asking what recompense might come from outside.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life; they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.

– Anne Lamott

This, therefore, is a faded dream of the time when I went down into the dust and noise of the Eastern market-place, and with my brain and muscles, with sweat and constant thinking, made others see my visions coming true. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.

– T.E. Lawrence

Most adults assume that the feelings of adolescence don’t count, somehow, those searing passions of rage and hate and embarrassment and horror and hopeless, abject love are something you grow out of…there are sharp edges on everything and all of them cut. Some drugs can recreate that intensity of feeling but adulthood blunts the edges, dims the colours and taints everything with reason, rationalization or fear.

– Joanne Harris

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to their excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour. This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; being used of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilige to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of at the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

– George Bernard Shaw

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty.

– Albert Einstein

Humans are so constituted as to see what is wrong with a new thing…not what is right. To verify this, you have to but submit a new idea to a committee. They will obliterate ninety per cent of the rightness for the sake of ten per cent wrongness. The possibilities of a new idea are not visualised because not one man in a thousand has imagination.

– Charles Kettering

The storyteller is deep inside everyone of us. The story-maker is always with us. Let us suppose our world is attacked by war, by the horrors that we all of us easily imagine. Let us suppose floods wash through our cities, the seas rise … but the storyteller will be there, for it is our imaginations which shape us, keep us, create us – for good and for ill. It is our stories, the storyteller, that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed. It is the storyteller, the dream-maker, the myth-maker, that is our phoenix, what we are at our best, when we are our most creative.

– Doris Lessing

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  1. I love to listen to [not everyone’s] thoughts, I love Anne Frank because her diary made such a big impact on me, who remembers a thing Hitler said, but Anne’s voice [little Anne] lives on

  2. I love Anne too, her diary is probably my favourite book ever; she’s such an inspiration.

  3. George Bernard Shaw is one my favorites, here’s the best one I like from him.

    “Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.”

  4. That’s a brilliant quote!
    *scribbles it down*
    There, addition #93849374 to my quote collection :P
    Thankee :D


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