"A Good Day" With Brother David Steindl-Rast

David's Favorite Quotations

"I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance."
~ e. e. cummings

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Dive deeply into the miracle of life and let the tips of your wings be burnt by the flame, let your feet be lacerated by the thorns, let your heart be stirred by human emotion, and let your soul be lifted beyond the earth."
~ Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

"Be peace, don't just talk about it."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"Photography can light-up darkness and expose ignorance"
~ Lewis Wickes Hine

"No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present instant. Take peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach, is joy. Take joy."
~ Fra Giovanni

"The earth is too small a star and we too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace."
~ Colman McCarthy

"The God of peace is never glorified by human violence."
~ Thomas Merton

"Where there is love, there is life."
 Mahatma Gandhi

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
~ Albert Einstein

"To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle."
~ Walt Whitman

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
~ Confucius

"Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.
Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him.
Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it."
~ Pamela Glenconner

"You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once."  
~ Polish Proverb

"Life is merely a fraction of a second. An infinitely small amount of time to fulfill our desires, our dreams, our passions."
~ Paul Gauguin

"I have learned more from my dog than from all the great books I have read."
~ Gary Spencer quoted in Rummaging for God by Melannie Svoboda

"We are not human-beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual -beings having a human experience."
~ Wayne Dyer

"There is no veil the Love of God in us cannot lift."
~ A Course In Miracles

"We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves. World Peace must develop out of inner peace."
~ The Dalai Lama

"The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world."
~ H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

"The question is not what you look at but what you see!"
~ Henry David Thoureau

"Peace must first be developed within an individual. And I believe that love, compassion, and altruism are the fundamental basis for peace. Once these qualities are developed within an individual, he or she is then able to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. This atmosphere can be expanded and extended from the individual to his family, from the family to the community and eventually to the whole world."
~The Dalai Lama

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world:
Indeed it's the only  thing that ever has."
~Margaret Mead

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
~The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Whatever you believe you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

"Every day we do things, we are things, that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our lifestyle, our way of consuming, our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment we are alive."
~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."
~Albert Schweitzer

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in
anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
~Albert Einstein

"Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it."
~Albert Einstein

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
~Albert Einstein

"There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it."
~George Bernard Shaw

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
~e. e. cummings

"Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace."
~The Dalai Lama

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."
~Moshe Dayan

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
~St. Francis of Assisi

"Out Beyond Ideas Of Rightdoing And Wrongdoing There is A Field - I Will Meet You There."

"Everytime you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog."
~Mark  Twain

"If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war."
~Pentagon official, on why the US military censored graphic footage from the first Gulf War

"Stop thinking this is all there is... Realize that for every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation and bogus Iraqi attack plan, there are a thousand counter-balancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower box to cathedral...Resist the temptation to drown in fatalism, to shake your head and sigh and just throw in the karmic towel...Realize that this is the perfect moment to change the energy of the world, to step right up and crank your personal volume; right when it all seems dark and bitter and offensive and acrimonious and conflicted and bilious...there's your opening."
~Mark Morford

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming ALL other living beings, we are still savages."
~Thomas A. Edison

"Because we all share a wish for happiness and an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anyone we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. We do not need to become religious; nor do we need to believe in an ideology. I believe that at every level of society the key to a happier more successful world is the growth of compassion. From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being. It is the ultimate source of success in life. This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples: no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.."
~His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama


                Imagine there's no heaven,
                it's easy if you try,
                no hell below us,
                above us only sky.
                Imagine all the people
                living for today, aha.

                You may say I'm a dreamer
                but I'm not the only one.
                I hope someday - you'll join us,
                and the world will live as one.

                Imagine there's no countries
                It isn't hard to do
                Nothing to kill or die for
                And no religion too.
                Imagine all the people
                Living life in peace, aha.

                You may say I'm a dreamer
                but I'm not the only one.
                I hope someday - you'll join us,
                and the world will live as one.

                Imagine no possessions
                I wonder if you can
                No need for greed or hunger
                A brotherhood of man.
                Imagine all the people
                Sharing all the world, aha.

                You may say I'm a dreamer
                but I'm not the only one.
                I hope someday - you'll join us,
                and the world will live as one.

                ~John Lennon

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