If you want to build a ship, don't call together some men just to gather wood, prepare tools and distribute tasks. Instead, teach them the longing for the endless sea.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.
-- Og Mandino
Our actions create our reality.
-- Peter Senge
You must become the change you seek in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
"Fear not that your life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning."
-- Cardinal J. Newman
"May you live all the days of your life."
-- Jonathan Swift
"We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us."
-- Wendell Berry ("Recollected Essays")
When the earth is sick and the animals have disappeared, there will come a tribe of people from all creeds, colors and cultures, who will restore the earth to its former beauty. This tribe will be called ..... "The Warriors of the Rainbow"
-- Cree prophecy
"Solve the problem yourself or accept a fate you may not like...from this perspective, the ethic of personal responsibility gains appeal."
-- Noel M. Tichy
"It is in truth, not for glory, nor riches, nor honors that we are fighting, but for freedom -- for that alone which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
-- Declaration of Arbroath, Scotland, April 6, 1320
"How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right."
-- Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak (Black Hawk)
"We have men among us, like the whites, who pretend to know the right path, but will not consent to show it without pay! I have no faith in their paths, but believe that every man must make his own path!"
-- Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak (Black Hawk)
The universe is sacred. You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.
--Tao Te Ching
"These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom.
Knowledge is of the past; wisdom is of the future,"
--Vernon Cooper, spiritual elder of the Lumbee or Croatoan tribe of North Carolina.
"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
"You can't fix it. You can't make it go away. I don't know what you're going to do about it, but I know what I'm going to do about it. I'm just going to walk away from it. Maybe a small part of it will die if I'm not around feeding it anymore."
-- Lew Welch
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
-- Harold Whitman
"I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?"
-- Richard Bach
If you are really serious about our spirituality, you won't go asking me, or us, or anyone else about what we believe, our ceremonies, our regalia, and stuff. Instead you will go out into the woods and talk to the sky, the earth, the rocks, the rivers, and the streams. And LISTEN to the answers, and listen to your ancestors. Only then will you start the long path to healing.
-- Longwalker (Lakota medicine man) [from Metista.com]
"If the Aborigene drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western Civilization would presumably flunk it."
-- Stanley Garn
"No European who has tasted savage life can afterwards bear to live in our societies."
-- Benjamin Franklin
"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences."
-- W. Churchill
"One key to sustainable living is for all of us to become rooted to a place and, if we don't have them at first, to evolve our own stories about our relationships to our special places and to the trees and other life forms that live there."
-- Nancy J. Turner.
"We are all placed on this earth with a purpose.
It is our duty to fulfill that purpose.
Our purpose is within our ability."
-- From the Yakima Cultural Center
"If you talk to the animals they will talk to you and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know you will fear.
What one fears, one destroys."
-- Chief Dan George
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your councel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen."
-- Samuel Adams