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"Today, I accept each moment with awareness of the total beauty that surrounds me."

— Bryant McGill
in "Accept the beauty that surrounds you"




"Life is a practice. You are what you do each day."

— Bryant McGill
in "You are what you do each day"




"Hate controls everything it touches, but love sets everything it touches free."

— Bryant McGill
in "Let love set you free"




"You must clear out what you don't want, to make room for what you do want to arrive."

— Bryant McGill
in "Making room for what you want"




"Everything worthwhile takes time, nurturing and love. When something isn't working, love it more, nurture it more and give it more time."

— Bryant McGill
in "When something is not working"




"Mistakes are a sign that you are moving forward."

— Bryant McGill
in "Mistakes are a sign that you are moving forward"




"We only hurt others because we mistreat ourselves. Learning to truly love yourself changes your relationship with everyone."

— Bryant McGill
in "Learn to truly love yourself"




"When we judge and agonize over another's faults, we become attached to their imbalance and sickness. Let it go..."

— Bryant McGill
in "Release yourself from the pain of judgement"




"Change will never happen if you lack the ability and courage to see yourself for who you really are."

— Bryant McGill
in "Change requires introspection"




"You are the source of your pain. Even when someone hurts you, you choose how to struggle, resist, deny and receive."

— Bryant McGill
in "You are the source of your pain"




"Fear is a thief because fear robs you before you even begin."

— Bryant McGill
in "Fear is a thief"




"Only inner-mastery can bring outer-mastery."

— Bryant McGill
in "Inner to outer"




"Your entire life has unfolded for your heart's ascension to love."

— Bryant McGill
in "Ascension to love"




"You love yourself and you are happy, and what you perceive as self-loathing and misery are really outside of you."

— Bryant McGill
in "All misery is outside of you"




"The world's only lessons are tension and fear --- relax into yourself."

— Bryant McGill
in "Relax into yourself"




"Only when you decide to truly live can you be free of your fears, and only when you are free of your fears can you truly live."

— Bryant McGill
in "Live beyond your fear"




"Be open to others; give people a chance. Be open to yourself; give yourself a chance."

— Bryant McGill
in "Open yourself to life"




"Every word you speak is a prayer or meditation of reinforcement which creates permanence."

— Bryant McGill
in "Every word you speak creates permanence"




"Your unresolved issues will continue to call-in experiences to teach you what you need to learn."

— Bryant McGill
in "Learn from your experiences"




"Don't allow others to make you feel small. You came to this world to grow and to explore and touch the miracles and marvels of life."

— Bryant McGill
in "Touch the miracles and marvels of life"




"Treat others with respect and you will always be wealthy because your community is your real currency."

— Bryant McGill
in "Community is your real currency"




"We must do better, which can only translate into, I must do better."

— Bryant McGill
in "I must do better"




"Anything you want is just beyond your fear."

— Bryant McGill
in "Just beyond your fear"




"We do not have control over what happens to us in life, but we do have control over how we chose to respond."

— Bryant McGill
in "The power of response"




"Changing yourself changes everything."

— Bryant McGill
in "Changing yourself changes everything"




"Connecting with yourself and knowing yourself is a monumental and life changing event. Loneliness and desperation are only possible when we have lost touch with our beauty within. Once you connect with yourself, it is impossible to be lonely or desperate."

— Bryant McGill
in "Connecting with yourself"




"The distinguishing characteristic of a true leader is pure elation in seeing others prosper."

— Bryant McGill
in "Enjoying the success of others"




"Don't dwell on sadness. Joy will take you where you want to go."

— Bryant McGill
in "Dwell on joy"




"There is nothing you will ever do that is more important than being honest about who you really are."

— Bryant McGill
in "Being honest about who you are"




"All healing starts with beginning to accept yourself and love yourself; even your flaws."

— Bryant McGill
in "Healing begins with self-love"




"The more evolved you are the less you will agree or disagree with others, and the more you will gently sift through the fullness of what people are offering and gratefully take only what you need."

— Bryant McGill
in "Live with grace and ease"




"Empowerment is often little more than noticing what was once unnoticed and finding what was always there."

— Bryant McGill
in "Noticing the unnoticed"




"Your struggle is your strength. If you can resist becoming negative, bitter or hopeless, in time, your struggles will give you everything."

— Bryant McGill
in "Your struggle is your strength"




"If you want to be happy you must become a happiness seeker. You have to think about happiness, look for the happiness, seize the happiness and believe with all of your heart that you deserve happiness."

— Bryant McGill
in "Be a happiness seeker"




"Dare to see yourself for what you really are! Do not be limited by the judgements of others. Do not believe the lie of limitations. Inside of YOU is every possibility ever known. Close your eyes and visualize your divine beauty."

— Bryant McGill
in "Dare to see yourself"




"You may live in a harsh world at times, but you can have a beautiful inner-life, and a beautiful outer-life always begins with a beautiful inner-life."

— Bryant McGill
in "Begin with a beautiful inner-life"




"Each person you meet is a lesson to be learned."

— Bryant McGill
in "Everyone is a lesson"




"If you can be kind to people, you will be a genius in this world."

— Bryant McGill
in "The genius of kindness"




"You think that if you blame, you will then be free of those problems, but blame cements you to your problems."

— Bryant McGill
in "Blame is a trap"




"Live in the present, or die in your past; it's your choice."

— Bryant McGill
in "Live in the present"




"You can always hold out for something better when you know your self worth."

— Bryant McGill
in "Know your self worth"




"Some of the most amazing people in the world were not perfect; they were scarred by suffering, hardships, losses and imperfections. But, when they recovered, they were stronger, wiser, and more loving and compassionate. Your life is going to get better in the proper time, and you will be stronger and more at peace than ever before."

— Bryant McGill
in "Stronger than ever before"




"Every positive thought is a silent prayer which will change your life."

— Bryant McGill
in "Think positive thoughts"




"Your will has to be stronger than your excuses. Your will has to be stronger than your fear."

— Bryant McGill
in "Your are stronger than your fear"




"You set the standard for how people will treat and regard you, by how you treat and regard yourself."

— Bryant McGill
in "You set the standard for how people treat you"




"The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts."

— Bryant McGill
in "The worst bullies"




"There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love."

— Bryant McGill
in "There is no love without forgiveness"




"If resisting has failed and frustrated you, try to accept what is. As hard as it is to believe, acceptance can open different opportunities for change than resistance."

— Bryant McGill
in "Accepting what is can bring change"




"The beautiful path is not a place outside of yourself, but rather a place you carry with you everywhere you go."

— Bryant McGill
in "The beautiful path is within"




"A better life is waiting for you to show up."

— Bryant McGill
in "Show up for something better"




"Peace is the friend we find in silence."

— Bryant McGill
in "Peace is the friend we find in silence"




"Blame anchors us into the past; a place we cannot change. Acceptance frees us to the future."

— Bryant McGill
in "Blame anchors us into the past"




"It is never too late to love yourself again."

— Bryant McGill
in "It is never too late"




"Your future begins with your next thought."

— Bryant McGill
in "The power of thought"




"Every beautiful thing you say to someone becomes a part of them and you."

— Bryant McGill
in "Say beautiful things"




"Kindness is the supreme intelligence."

— Bryant McGill
in "Kindness is the supreme intelligence"




"Empowerment is never about blame; it is about taking personal responsibility."

— Bryant McGill
in "Empowerment is never about blame"




"You are the observer who watches your emotions as they push, pull and stretch you. The beauty inside of you is unmovable. Your deepest and most truthful self does not care about trends, times, struggles, losses or worries. Your deepest self is free from the world's petty, made-up demands, judgments and expectations. You love yourself and you are happy, and what you perceive as self-loathing and misery are really outside of you. Quit trying so hard and sit quietly with yourself and you will see that there are no demands within you. Only your surface is disturbed; in your deepness there is stillness and total tranquility. Only your surface feels empty and longing; in your depths there is a firm weight of fullness."

— Bryant McGill
in "Only your surface is disturbed"




"You cannot change another person's mind or educate them; this they must do themselves."

— Bryant McGill
in "People must learn for themselves"




"Beneath your burdensome regrets and who you think you are through the lens of past mistakes, there is someone beautiful who wants to emerge. You are not your mistakes and your mistakes are not you. You are so much more than your mistakes. Allow your truth to emerge. Your truth cannot emerge buried under a mountain of guilt and regret. Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away. Quit collecting every painful word, memory and mistake. Collect hope. Hope is lighter."

— Bryant McGill
in "You are so much more than your mistakes"




"There is one clear urgency in your life that you must never neglect, and that is --- you must be yourself."

— Bryant McGill
in "You must be yourself"




"Quit trying so hard and sit quietly with yourself and you will see that there are no demands within you. The world's only lessons are tension and fear --- relax into yourself. Let quietness instruct you."

— Bryant McGill
in "There are no demands within you"




"If you can silence your constant judging you can have deeper levels of love and friendship with others and yourself."

— Bryant McGill
in "Silence your constant judging"




"In the inconceivably vast and humbling unknown called 'everything', is a supreme inter-communication called, spirituality. The laws of life are written into every atom, molecule and heartbeat. We are immersed in the sweet law of unfolding mystery called life. There is a way to flow and cooperate with universal laws which can be beautiful and kind. When we are in sync with this flow, its power moves us like a mighty yet gentle guiding hand. The flow of spiritual connectedness and oneness with life will dwell in you if your heart and mind is open and innocent. If you are pure in intention and in alignment with beauty and love, in body and mind, the highest levels of your spiritual self will subsume your weaknesses. Spirituality will take you like love; it seduces you from contemplation to completeness."

— Bryant McGill
in "Spirituality seduces you from contemplation to completeness"




"A moment of truth is very powerful. Instead of smiling to be polite, just frown. Instead of laughing when you are nervous or uncomfortable, just speak your truth. Instead of acting like everything is all right, proclaim it isn't alright, and talk about your feelings! Honor your truth. Honor yourself. Be real."

— Bryant McGill
in "A moment of truth is very powerful"




"Love is such a deep gratitude. When you are truly in love with life, every breath you take is gratitude."

— Bryant McGill
in "Gratitude and love for life"




"Surround yourself with beautiful and positive people, who love you and believe in you."

— Bryant McGill
in "Surround yourself with beautiful and positive people"




"Knowing what's true is easy. You can know something is a lie when it has no love in it."

— Bryant McGill
in "Knowing what's true is easy"




"For those we love we carry our hopes deeply in our hearts. Our hearts anguish when we must watch their painful mistakes. We suffer when they suffer; we rejoice in their joy. Our connection is tempered in both strife and triumph. We struggle, cry, pray and hope for the best. We sometimes feel taken for granted or unappreciated. But we stand by their side; steady, true and unwavering. For those we love we will carry any burden. Love is the promise that we will be there tomorrow. This is dedicated to those we love and cherish. A Promise --- today, tomorrow and forever."

— Bryant McGill
in "Dedication to those we love and cherish"




"Be beautiful and you are doing your part to create a more beautiful world."

— Bryant McGill
in "The best way to create a better world"




"No external thing or person is ever coming to you, which will make you happy or complete you. As long as you are waiting for something to make you happy --- happiness will never come. Expectancy creates disappointment. Chasing the external to achieve joy is a death-trap for personal-development. The external only creates dependency. The foundation of joyful independence is being content with yourself; self-love. You're the one you've been looking for; you complete you. Recognize that you are enough, and that all external gifts are simply extra blessings. Praise first the mighty blessing of yourself! Find your own joy within and then greater joy will be added to you."

— Bryant McGill
in "No external thing or person will complete you"




"Misery loves good company, so if you are surrounded with drama, gossip and fools you may want to consider that you are presently at risk of becoming one of them."

— Bryant McGill
in "Misery loves good company"




"There are many gardeners who tend life's garden, and these gardeners do not like people stepping on the beautiful flowers. A beautiful person is protected like a beautiful flower in a garden, which many gardeners tend. You do not have to do anything to defend yourself in life; just be beautiful and life will defend you."

— Bryant McGill
in "Be beautiful and life will defend you"




"Your life was meant for more than being a life-long doormat for deadbeats, losers, gossipers, nay-sayers, dream-crushers, energy vampires, users, abusers, ragers and passive-aggressive backstabbers."

— Bryant McGill
in "Your life was meant for more than being a life-long doormat"




"What we want for others doesn't work unless they want it for themselves."

— Bryant McGill
in "What we want for others..."




"The people who walk away are not meant to be a part of your future. Let them go. Your life is with those who stay, and they deserve all of you."

— Bryant McGill
in "Let them go of those who must go"




"Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others."

— Bryant McGill
in "Take care of yourself, for others..."




"To every soul you encounter, be a mirror, which reflects only their beauty."

— Bryant McGill
in "Show people their beauty"




"Dare to believe that good things are possible when you follow your heart."

— Bryant McGill
in "Follow your heart"




"Don't change just so people will like you! Like yourself and your relationships will change. There are people who will love you for --- you."

— Bryant McGill
in "Don't change just so people will like you!"




"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."

— Bryant McGill
in "Listening to what another has to say"




"The world cannot and will not survive without the woman's leadership."

— Bryant McGill
in "Natural balance in leadership"




"Every beautiful thing in the world is rooted in some kind of pain."

— Bryant McGill
in "Beauty is rooted in pain"




"Some of the most amazing people in the world were not perfect; they were scarred by suffering, hardships, losses and imperfections. But, when they recovered, they were stronger, wiser, and more loving and compassionate. Your life is going to get better in the proper time, and you will be stronger and more at peace than ever before."

— Bryant McGill
in "You will be stronger and more at peace than ever before"




"When you walk in peace you will literally see attackers shattering themselves against your inner-calm. They will defeat themselves."

— Bryant McGill
in "Peace and inner-calm protects you"




"Never underestimate the power of --- YOU!"

— Bryant McGill
in "Accepting your power"




"You have permission to walk away from anything that doesn't feel right. Trust your instincts and listen to your inner-voice --- it's trying to protect you."

— Bryant McGill
in "Trust your instincts and listen to your inner-voice"




"You set the standard for how people will treat and regard you, by how you treat and regard yourself."

— Bryant McGill
in "Setting the standard for proper treatment"




"The reason you can accomplish something is because you already had it within you."

— Bryant McGill
in "The reason you can accomplish something"




"Uncommon success is found on the spiritual plane; you can't get there through common convention or following others. Hard work is not enough; many work slavishly-hard for little reward. Intelligence is insufficient; how many educated and brilliant people there are who fail utterly and completely. Goodness is not enough; how many meek and good souls are tilled into the earth like manure by demigods to fertilize their golden crops. There is something more --- it is the unseen essential, and everyone has access to it."

— Bryant McGill
in "Uncommon success is found on the spiritual plane"




"Some people run from pain their whole lives, and what pain they do not digest they inflict upon others."

— Bryant McGill
in "Acknowledging and processing your pain"




"Tears are good. What flows is alive. Crying is like a thundershower for the soul. The air feels so wonderful after the rain. Don't think too much. Breathe. Don't be harsh or demanding on yourself. Just experience your feelings and know that your tears are announcing change in your life. Change is coming; like a summer rain --- to wash away your pain. Have faith that things are getting better."

— Bryant McGill
in "Your tears are announcing change in your life"




"Almost all sadness comes from thinking about the past, and all worry from thinking about the future --- present-mindedness is your only safe haven."

— Bryant McGill
in "Present-mindedness is your only safe haven"




"The starting point to freedom is to begin questioning the cultural narrative you have been sold."

— Bryant McGill
in "Questioning your cultural narrative"




"Through spiritual maturity you will see new ways to avoid unnecessary suffering; wiser ways to endure unavoidable hardships with grace, and opportunities to turn your pain into lessons of service and healing for others."

— Bryant McGill
in "Avoiding unnecessary suffering"




"Change takes time. It takes time for the seeds to begin growing within, time to understand and process, time for the growth to mature, and time for the old self to die and fall away."

— Bryant McGill
in "Change takes time"




"You can always hold out for something better when you know your self worth."

— Bryant McGill
in "Know your self worth"




"You will be a beautiful person, as long as you see the beauty in others."

— Bryant McGill
in "Seeing the beauty in others"




"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

— Henry David Thoreau
in "Dreams do come true for those who dare to believe in themselves"




"Spirituality is a journey inward that connects the Self to yourself. When you know who you are from the inside out, when you do what you sense is right for you, when your thoughts lead you to actions that serve others as well as make you feel good, then you have encountered spirituality."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "Life is so big. Do not try to fill it"




"Nothing has to happen immediately, this minute, or right now. It's okay to pause for just a moment. Just take a breath. Then go quietly inside. Ask life itself to lead you to your best outcome. There's nothing you have to do, really, except get out of your own way."

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "Life is so big. Do not try to fill it"




"The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you'll see there's a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself."

— Deepak Chopra
in "Out of our suffering we emerge"




"When a big change occurs in your life it forces you to change direction. Sometimes the new path may not be easy, but you can be absolutely certain that there is magnificence for you on the new path. You can be absolutely certain that the new path contains things that you could not have experienced otherwise. When we look back at a negative event that occurred in the past, we often see how in fact it transformed our life. We see how that event directed us toward a life that we would not change for anything."

— Rhonda Byrne
in "The tides of change have great purpose in our lives"




"When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm is all about."

— Haruki Murakami
in "Every one of us must eventually face the storm"




"Miracles seldom occur in the lives of those who do not consider them possible. There could be a miracle waiting for you this minute. Please make room for it in your thinking."

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "Hope meets you halfway on a bridge called faith"




"Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing."

— Wayne Dyer
in "Hope meets you halfway on a bridge called faith"




"There is a place in everyone that yearns to love, that longs to be safe, that wants to treat others and ourselves with respect. Sometimes that place is buried underneath layers of fear, old wounds, cynicism, and pain that we have used to protect ourselves from injury."

— Jack Kornfield, "Meditation for Beginners"
in "Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away"




"When you don't flow freely with life in the present moment, it usually means that you're holding on to a past moment. It can be regret, sadness, hurt, fear, guilt, blame, anger, resentment, or sometimes even a desire for revenge. Each one of these states comes from a space of unforgiveness, a refusal to let go and come into the present moment. Only in the present moment can you create your future."

— Louise Hay
in "Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away"




"How many of us walk around being weighed down by the baggage of our journey? You can't possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want while you're still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet."

— Steve Maraboli
in "Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away"




"From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead."

— Anais Nin
in "You cannot save everyone"




"It takes a lot more courage to let something go than it does to hang on to it, trying to make it better. Letting go doesn't mean ignoring a situation. Letting go means accepting what is, exactly as it is, without fear, resistance, or a struggle for control."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "You cannot save everyone"




"You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people."

— Joel Osteen
in "You cannot save everyone"




"Inoculate yourself from dangerous bozos."

— Guy Kawasaki
in "You cannot save everyone"




"The company you keep not only defines you but binds you, strive always to seek the company of the truth"

— Panache Desai
in "You cannot save everyone"




"End it now! Don't waste another minute dealing with a toxic, negative, energy-draining person. Some people are wired for negativity. They love being argumentative, combative and abusive. Run for your life as quickly as possible. Life is too short and unpredictable to deal with these emotional vampires. They feed off of stressing you out, raising hell and creating drama for you. The toxic energy will turn your hair gray overnight, cause you to gain weight and rob you of your health. Don't waste valuable time trying to change them. Change yourself and get them out of your life! Don't say a word; leave all of your belongings if you have to in the middle of the night. Cut off all communication. Don't take their calls. You have heard all the lies before. They will not change. They don't choose to change. It is who they have decided to be. Move to another city, if you must, and start all over again. Your life is worth it. You deserve to have peace of mind, a great relationship and an exciting life. Watch how dramatically your life will change for the better once you get this burden off your back. The air you breathe will become fresh and invigorating. You will feel an infusion of exuberance, energy and love for life. With this stifling, suffocating and controlling person out of your life, get ready to live again and be the person that you've always wanted to be. Live life on your own terms, not having to answer to anyone but yourself. Control your own destiny."

— Les Brown
in "You cannot save everyone"




"Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny."

— Steve Maraboli
in "You cannot save everyone"




"Let go of anything you don't love about your life story and just keep the things you love. If you hold on to negative things from your past, then you keep putting them into your story every time you remember them, and they go back into the pictures of your life --- now!"

— Rhonda Byrne
in "Escaping old patterns to become a better you!"




"The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind."

— Albert Camus
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner."

— Lao Tzu
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"Once you have disidentified from your mind, whether you are right or wrong makes no difference to your sense of self at all, so the forcefully compulsive and deeply unconscious need to be right, which is a form of violence, will no longer be there. You can state clearly and firmly how you feel or what you think, but there will be no aggressiveness or defensiveness about it. Your sense of self is then derived from a deeper and truer place within yourself, not from the mind."

— Eckhart Tolle
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"If the whole world rejected you and you didn't believe any of your thoughts about it, you'd be completely at peace."

— Byron Katie
in "Becoming Non-Reactive, Releasing Fear and Illusions of Control"




"Each of us face a moment in our lives called 'the breakdown moment.' This is the time when you must stand toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball, with the very thing you have tried desperately to avoid. In that moment, when there is nothing standing between you and the thing you fear the most, you will be forced to step into your greatness, because that is what life is demanding of you."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "All growth involves choosing love over fear"




"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us."

— Marianne Williamson
in "All growth involves choosing love over fear"




"Everybody is a genius."

— Albert Einstein
in "Open your eyes to your power and beauty"




"Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them."

— Buckminster Fuller
in "Open your eyes to your power and beauty"




"Life is too short to waste time waiting for other people's approval on how you live it."

— Steve Maraboli
in "Don't worry about what people think of you"




"People will try to label you not good enough, too slow, too old, too many mistakes. You can't stop negative comments or prevent negative labels, but you can choose to not let them hold you back."

— Joel Osteen
in "Don't worry about what people think of you"




"In every or any situation, regardless of the mitigating factors, you can always change your mind. If what you are thinking, saying or doing in response to any person or experience is not bringing you peace, change your mind! Changing your mind about anything or anyone transforms how those things or persons impact your life."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "You can change your views, opinions, ideas, and beliefs"




"Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing."

— Brian L. Weiss
in "You can change your views, opinions, ideas, and beliefs"




"It is not your job to make anyone else happy. You cannot please your parents. You can never please your children! Do what you do, to the best of your ability, with a loving intent, for the good of all involved."

— Iyanla Vanzant
in "If you try to make everyone happy, everyone will be happy but you"




"At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self."

— Brendan Francis
in "If you want the perfect relationship, start with the one you have with yourself"




"The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness."

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "If you want the perfect relationship, start with the one you have with yourself"




"The love that you search for is already within you. It's not in another person. Through your practice, you have to reach into your own heart and soul and bring out this love and have value for it and grow it, pay attention to it and learn from it, and allow it to expand. When you do this, everything in the universe is going to come to you, because everything in the universe is looking for love."

— Swami Chetanananda
in "If you want the perfect relationship, start with the one you have with yourself"




"Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose."

— Steve Maraboli
in "Discovering your purpose in life"




"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

— Ferdinand Foch
in "Your purpose, your passion and your destiny"




"If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders."

— Andrew Harvey
in "Beauty speaks to us in moments"




"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."

— William James
in "Your future begins with your next thought"




"Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the universe. Most people do not know this, yet it is true. Expressing thankfulness in advance is the way of all Masters. So do not wait for a thing to happen and then give thanks. Give thanks before it happens, and watch energies swirl!"

— Neale Donald Walsch
in "If you want more from life start by counting your blessings"




"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."

— Ram Dass
in "If you want more from life start by counting your blessings"




"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

— Lao Tzu
in "If you want more from life start by counting your blessings"




"Don't talk unless you can improve the silence."

— Jorge Luis Borges
in "The path appears only when you calm your mind"




"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

— George Orwell
in "The Current State of the Human Family"




"Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and when it cannot take a long breath laws are girded too tight. Without liberty, man is a syncope."

— Henry Ward Beecher
in "Toward a Civil and Sane World"




"In the problem of women was the germ of a solution, not only for their oppression, but for everybody's. The control of women in society was ingeniously effective. It was not done directly by the state. Instead the family was used---men to control women, women to control children, all to be preoccupied with one another, to turn to one another for help, to blame one another for trouble, to do violence to one another when things weren't going right. Why could this not be turned around? Could women liberating themselves, children freeing themselves, men and women beginning to understand one another, find the source of their common oppression outside rather than in one another? Perhaps then they could create nuggets of strength in their own relationships, millions of pockets of insurrection. They could revolutionize thought and behavior in exactly that seclusion of family privacy which the system had counted on to do its work of control and indoctrination. And together, instead of at odds---male, female, parents, children---they could undertake the changing of society itself."

— Howard Zinn
in "Women and Children, and Rejection of War Consciousness"




"It is will that endows the animal with weapons of defense and with the means of obtaining its food; it is will too that endows the animal with consciousness and man with intellect, for these are weapons like any other contrivance for escaping from the enemy or securing prey. Indeed, intellect is the most perfect of all the weapons with which will has endowed creatures, for as the ink sac of the cuttlefish serves to conceal the animal's flight or approach, so intellect serves to hide the intent of the will and thus to insure its success."

— William Turner on Schopenhauer
in "The True Nature of Violence"




"Western civilization, in spite of claims to support diversity, is promoting a worldwide monoculture---the same basic values, institutions and points of view for everyone---which it calls 'globalization'. Western commercial culture with its pursuit of markets and commodities eliminates all true culture, which is based on quality, not quantity. It creates a culture of money that submerges any true culture of refinement or spirituality, in which everything can be bought and sold, possessed or capitalized on. ... The destruction of cultural diversity, like that of biodiversity, is devastating to living systems. The loss of cultural diversity does to human beings what the destruction of biodiversity does to the world of nature. Just as we are destroying our outer landscape of forests and wilderness, so we are destroying our inner landscape of art and spirituality. Our minds are as polluted as our rivers."

— David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)
in "Biodynamics, Anarchy, Consumer Democracy and the Danger of Monocultures"




"We are miseducating the young to believe that military heroism is the noblest form of heroism, when it should be remembered only as the tragic accompaniment of horrendous policies driven by power and profit. The current infatuation with World War II prepares us--- innocently on the part of some, deliberately on the part of others--- for more war, more military adventures, more attempts to emulate the military heroes of the past."

— Howard Zinn
in "Military Chain of Reason Versus Blind Obedience"




"Revolt and revolution both wind up at the same crossroads: the police, or folly."

— Albert Camus
in "The Police: Crucibles of Society and Enforcement"




"I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.
in "True revolution advances consciousness"




"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality."

— Beatrix Potter
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school."

— Margaret Mead
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent."

— Gandhi
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul..."

— Walt Whitman
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"School is the first impression children get of organized society. Like most first impressions it is the lasting one. Life is dull and stupid, only Coke provides relief. And other products, too, of course."

— John Taylor Gatto
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all."

— Paul Simon
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds."

— Bob Marley
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know."

— Leo Tolstoy
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."

— Oscar Wilde
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education."

— Sir Walter Scott
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"I hated school so intensely. It interfered with my freedom."

— Sigrid Undset
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

— Albert Einstein
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts."

— Frank Zappa
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"Governments don't want a population capable of critical thinking. They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation."

— George Carlin
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson
in "The supreme lesson of education is to think for yourself"




"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error."

— John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
in "Free Expression as the Master Catalyst of Change"




"For last year's words belong to last year's language / And next year's words await another voice."

— T.S. Eliot
in "Free Expression as the Master Catalyst of Change"




"TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places---and there are so many---where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

— Howard Zinn
in "A Self Revolution through Love, Intention and Service"




"Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. And a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness."

— Gandhi
in "The Time for Revolution"




"We are all a part of a culture of violence that dominates every aspect of our lives."

— Bryant McGill
in "Part of a culture of violence"




"When we consume violent entertainment it becomes a part of our experiential identity."

— Bryant McGill
in "Experiential identity"




"Franchises and machines create identical uniformity for equally indistinguishable buyers."

— Bryant McGill
in "Equally indistinguishable buyers"




"There is nothing more savage than modern civilization."

— Bryant McGill
in "Modern savagery"




"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his 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
in "The unified whole of yourself"




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