Quotations

Rabindranath Tagore

Quotations 2 R

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism)

Elizabeth Gilbert

Quotations 3 E

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

Elizabeth Gilbert (Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist)

Thérèse de Lisieux

Quotations 4 T

 

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” 

 

Thérèse de Lisieux (Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, was a Roman Catholic French Discalced Carmelite nun)

Rachel Naomi Remen

Quotations 5 R. N

 

“Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.” 

 

Rachel Naomi Remen (Rachel Naomi Remen is an author, teacher, and promoter in integrative medicine)

Robert Louis Stevenson

Quotations R. L

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.” 

Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer)

Elie Wiesel

Quotations 4 Elie Wiesel“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” 

Elie Wiesel (A Romanian-born Jewish writer, professor, political activist, and Nobel Laureate)

 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 Quotations 2 AHuman rights' are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. A society with unlimited rights is incapable of standing to adversity. If we do not wish to be ruled by a coercive authority, then each of us must rein himself in...A stable society is achieved not by balancing opposing forces but by conscious self-limitation: by the principle that we are always duty-bound to defer to the sense of moral justice.” 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (a Russian novelist, historian, and outspoken critic of the Soviet Union)

Aung San Suu Kyi

Quotations 3 Aung San Suu Kui “Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”

Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma)

 

Charlotte Bunch

Quotations 5 Charlotte Bunch “We are asking people to understand that slavery still exists today; in fact, according to a recent New York Times article, if you count the number of women and children in bonded labor, domestic slavery or sexual slavery today, there are more slaves in the world than at any other time in history.” 

Charlotte Bunch (American activist, author and organizer in women's and human rights movement)

Tenzin Gyatso

Quotations 6 Dalai Lama

Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom.”

Tenzin Gyatso ( The current, 14th Dalai Lama)

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