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Oprah Winfrey on Friendship…

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”  — Oprah Winfrey




Dalai Lama on Compassion…

“A compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings. As a result, you make more genuine friends and the atmosphere around you is more positive, which gives you greater inner strength. This inner strength helps you spontaneously concern yourself with others, instead of thinking only about yourself.” — Dalai Lama




Gary Zukav on Authentic Power…

“Anyone can become authentically powerful… When chaos, dissolution, dysfunction, or violence surround you, that is the time to create authentic power by not reacting to it. You decide what you will say and do, not your internal or external circumstances. You choose to be patient when impatience roars through you, silent when you want to shout, listen when you feel compelled to speak. You choose the healthiest intentions and actions you can reach for, no matter what. This is the real deal.” — Gary Zukav




William James on Education…

“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will… An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”  — William James




Franklin D. Roosevelt on Human Relationships…

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt




Stephen Levine on Why Are You Waiting?…

“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?”  — Stephen Levine




Dinah Craik on Friendship…

“Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”         — Dinah Craik




Robert F. Kennedy on our GNP…

“Our Gross National Product…counts air pollution and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage…It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl…Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children…or the joy of their play.  It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages…It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” — Robert F. Kennedy




M. Scott Peck on Our Finest Moments…

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” — M. Scott Peck




Joseph Campbell on Rapture…

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning to life….  I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.”  — Joseph Campbell




Steve Jobs on Following Your Heart…

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ” — Steve Jobs




George Bernard Shaw on Purpose…

This is the true joy in life, to be used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; to be thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; to be a force of nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy… Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch that I want to make burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” — George Bernard Shaw




Linda Lantieri on Contemplation..

“The practice of contemplation, to be present and non-judgmental, makes kids pause, reflect and interpret an event differently, from ‘he was trying to diss me’ to ‘he did not see me.'” — Linda Lantieri, director of the Inner Resilience Program, and 1440 grantee as reported in The Huffington Post




William James on Attention…

“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.” — William James, the father of modern psychology




Fred Rogers on Connections…

“The connections we make in the course of a life—maybe that’s what heaven is.” — Mister Rogers




Albert Einstein on Compassion…

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” — Albert Einstein, 1921




Dalai Lama on Humanity…

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, may have answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”