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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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This is beautiful…

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This happened the other day right here in the City of Good Neighbors. I find it interesting that there is so much bad news reported in mainstream media every single day yet good things like this barely make the cut. Anyhow, I hope you watch this, it really is beautiful; a man reacting to his intuition, to the still small voice within. And it saved a person’s life.

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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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Five or Eleven Quotes from Ram Dass

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Ram Dass
Born, Richard Alpert, April 6, 1931
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”
“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”
“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”

“Be here now.”
“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”
“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”
“We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.”
“The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody.”

“We’re all just walking each other home.” 
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The Overview Effect…

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You’ve likely seen this by now as it has been floating around cyber-space for a while. I really think it is worth the time to watch. I found it incredibly moving; inspiring. In one sense it made me feel small (in a good way) and in another it made me remember how incredible connected we all are to each other and everything around us.

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