Inspirational Quotes

Herman Melville
American novelist
Interconnectedness

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”


Desmond Tutu
South African theologian and activist
Interconnectedness

“The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence [ubuntu]. A person is a person through another person.”

Carl Sagan
American astronomer and science communicator
Diversity

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”


Pope Francis
Catholic leader
Interconnectedness

“Rivers do not drink their own water; tress do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is[…]Life is good when you are happy, but much better when others are happy because of you.”


His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV
Tibetan Buddhist leader and activist
Interconnectedness

“As human beings essentially belong to the same family and we have to think of each other as part of ‘us.’ To develop peace in the world, we have to educate people to understand that we are all the same in being human.”


Jimmy Carter
39th President of the United States
Diversity

“Dehumanizing people debases us all; humanity is beautifully and almost infinitely diverse. The bonds of our common humanity must overcome the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices.”

Swami Vivekananda
Hindu monk
Interconnectedness

“All differences in this world are of degree, and not kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”

Joseph Campbell
Scholar of comparative mythology and religion
Enlightenment

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”

James Thurber
American writer
Living Consciously

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.”


Martin Luther King Jr.
American theologian and civil rights leader
Justice

"And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.”

John Milton
English poet
Mind and Consciousness

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” 


Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher
Meaning

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”


Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor and philosopher
Happiness

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”


Marcel Proust
French novelist
Living Consciously

My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”


Joan Didion
American writer
False Narratives

“We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely[...]by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria — which is our actual experience.”

Plato
Ancient Greek philosopher
False Narratives

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.”

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