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Five or fourteen quotes about bread…

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So first a couple things. One is that I was likely prompted to post these quotes because (a) I love bread–eating it and making it–and (b) I just came across the photo below which was taken in ’08 or thereabouts. That was my first official cargo bike, when I graduated from carrying all sorts of things rather precariously on a “regular bike.” I still had a car at the time but didn’t use it very often and was testing the waters to see what it would be like to live without one (it’s great, by the way). And also, why this photo is relevant to this post, is that it was just a year or so prior that I started this blog. And in the early stages of my blogging I was uncertain as what to name it. One of the names in the ring at the time was “The Biking Baker,” because I baked a lot of bread and was gravitating towards going car-free. Ultimately I found the title too limiting, and later settled on the current name of Urban Simplicity. Because of a job change last year I don’t have the opportunity to bake bread as often as I once did or as often as I’d like. But as I sit here in a coffee shop typing these words on a beautiful spring morning there is a wonderful and fragrant loaf fermenting and rising on my kitchen counter. That’s likely the real reason I was prompted to post these quotes. With this said, if you’d like recipes for all sorts of bread (but mostly made with 100% whole wheat flour), click here. For more in the Five Quotes series, click here.

“No yoga exercise, no meditation in a chapel filled with music will rid you of your blues better than the humble task of making your own bread.”

~MFK Fisher

“Bread is an object of unparalleled worship and decorum. It embodies the full cycle of life and seasons, from the death of the wheat kernel in the earth to the resurrection as a stalk, from its ordeal in the mill to its journey through the oven and its offering at the table. Bread is a part of all major events in many lives, from birth, to betrothal and marriage, to death and resurrection.”

~Bernard Dupaigne

“God made yeast, as well as dough, and he loves fermentation just as dearly as he loves vegetation.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I don’t preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, “Now is that political or social?” He said, “I feed you.” Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.”

~Bishop Desmond Tutu

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”

~Ursula K. LeGuin

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”

~Aesop

“There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

“We have learned to see in bread an instrument of community between men—the flavour of bread shared has no equal.”

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine is drunk.”

~M.F.K. Fisher

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.”

~Robert Browning

“Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, the grain that nurtures. It’s not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life.”

~Lionel Poilâne

“Bread and water—these are the things nature requires. For such things no man is too poor, and whosoever can limit his desire to them alone can rival Jupiter for happiness.”

~Seneca

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”

~James Beard

“Without bread all is misery.”

~William Cobbett

Five or Ten Quotes from Dr. Seuss

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(aka…Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss)

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” 

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

“Only you can control your future.”

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

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Five quotes on Thankfulness…

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So today is the American holiday of Thanksgiving. This is my favorite holiday because it is simply about getting together with family and having a really good meal. But, I believe and hence its name, it is a time for reflection; a time to be thankful. Personally, I know that it is so easy to forget and take for granted all that I have in my life; all that I should be grateful for on a daily basis. While monetarily I have very little I still have more than many, and my life is filled with wealth in so many other ways. My cup, quite literally, runneth over. And for this, I truly am thankful. Anyhow, here’s a few quotes that inspire me.

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
~Meister Eckhart

“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
~Harry A. Ironside

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
~Marcus Aurelius

“Rest and be thankful.”
~William Wadsworth

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Five or Nine Quotes from Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Leonard Huxley
26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963
“We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters.”

“It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.”
“A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.” 

“We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.”
“Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.” 

“We live together, we act on, and react to one another; but always, and in all circumstances, we are by ourselves. ”
“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.”
“I know the outer world as well as you do, and I judge it. You know nothing of my inner world, and yet you presume to judge that world. ” 

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
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Five or Ten Quotes from Kurt Vonnegut

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November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.”
“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?”
“If you can do no good, at least do no harm.”
“All this happened, more or less.”
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
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Five Quotes and a Video from Lou Reed

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March 2, 1942-October 27, 2013 

 We lost one of rock and roll’s great writers/musician/poets today. Click here to read his obituary.

“I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen.”

“I don’t believe in dressing up reality. I don’t believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.”

“The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music?”

“I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.”

“I don’t know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.”

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Five or Fourteen Quotes on the Golden Rule…

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I find this amazing…that the Golden Rule (or the Original Truth), which of course is a blueprint on how we as humans should treat one another, is said across the board in every religion, faith, and non-faith. While the actual words that are said may change, these all still say the same thing…be nice to one another! This is so easy but also so difficult. Such a simple task but we still don’t seem to grasp it, at least not entirely (I speak for myself here). Anyhow, this is by no means a a complete list–just a few that stood out to me–and they are in no particular order.

Christianity


So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12


Love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 39


Judaism


Love your neighbor as yourself.

Leviticus 19:18


What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.

The Talmud


Hinduism


This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.

Mahabharata 5:1517


Islam


None of you has faith until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.

Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths.”


Native American


Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself.

Pima proverb


Taoism


Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.

T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien.


The sage does not dwell on his own problems. He is aware of the needs of others.

Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49


Zoroastrianism


Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.
Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29


Jainism


A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.

Sutrakritanga 1.11.33


Buddhism


Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

Udana-Varga 5:18


Confucianism


Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.

Analects 15:23


Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.

Mencius VII.A.4


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