Hope 2

Carl Spitzweg – Schoolchildren in the Woodland

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
J.R.R. Tolkien

All Woods Must Fail

O! Wanderers in the shadowed land
Despair not! For though dark they stand,
All woods there be must end at last,
And see the open sun go past:
The setting sun, the rising sun,
The day’s end, or the day begun.
For east or west all woods must fail.
J. R. R. Tolkien

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Censored

Imagine a world without free knowledge …

Stop American Censorship

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Who will watch the watchers?
Juvenal

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold
is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson

Any society that would give up a little liberty
to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Thomas Jefferson

Explore


Oleg Tchoubakov – Promenade

Twenty years from now you will be
more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Develop interest in life as you see it;
in people, things, literature, music
– the world is so rich,
simply throbbing with rich treasures,
beautiful souls and interesting people.
Forget yourself.
Henry Miller

And this I believe:
that the free, exploring mind of the individual human
is the most valuable thing in the world.
And this I would fight for:
the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.
And this I must fight against:
any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
This is what I am and what I am about.
John Steinbeck

Believe

Nikolay Dubovskoy – Rainbow


To believe is to know that
every day is a new beginning.
Is to trust that miracles happen,
and dreams really do come true.

To believe is to see angels
dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky
and the wisdom of the man in the moon.

To believe is to know
the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes
and the beauty of an aging hand,
for it is through their teachings we learn to love.

To believe is to find the strength
and courage that lies within us
When it’s time to pick up
the pieces and begin again.

To believe is to know
we are not alone,
That life is a gift
and this is our time to cherish it.

To believe is to know
that wonderful surprises are just
waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.

If only we believe.

B.J. Morbitzer.

Unafraid to be free

Finally unafraid to be free,
Ready to surrender all the illusions of
recognition and external securities,
Living off the sky and earth like soaring
eagles and braying burros,
Trusting in a Power even beyond Dow Jones
and hoarded retirement.
Finally ready to live like the noble animal that I am-
Without masters or servants, with dignity dependent on no one,
Content to know that I am God’s child, and
only good has been prepared for me.
When I am not afraid to release all that my life
and culture taught me to prize.
To abandon fears once and for all, to discard the
anxieties of a lifetime like a suit that no longer fits,
To be afraid of no one, beholden to no one,
dependent on no one
Save the few who know and love me as I am,
and the God Who alone gives meaning and joy
to the madness of my life.

James Kavanaugh, There are men too gentle to live among wolves


Searchers


I am one of the searchers.
There are, I believe, millions of us.
We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content.
We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret.
We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand.
We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty.
We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well.
Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter.
To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know –
unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide.
Most of all we love and want to be loved.
We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls;
that will take us for what little we have to give.
We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.
For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful.
It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.

 James Kavanaugh, There are men too gentle to live among wolves

Hope

(Whispers – Kira  Westland)

The very least you can do in your life
is figure out what you hope for.
And the most you can do is live inside that hope.
Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof
Barbara Kingsolver

If you lose hope,
somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving,
you lose that courage to be,
that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.
And so today I still have a dream.
Martin Luther King

The best way to not feel hopeless
is to get up and do something.
Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.
If you go out and make some good things happen,
you will fill the world with hope,
you will fill yourself with hope.
Barack Obama

For like a shaft, clear and cold,
the thought pierced him
that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing:
there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Walk tall

walk tall

Walk tall as the trees,
live strong as the mountains,
be gentle as the spring winds,
keep the warmth of the summer sun in your heart,
and the great spirit
will always be with you.
American Indian Proverb

Leave the beaten track occasionally and
dive into the woods.
Every time you do so
you will be certain to find something
that you have never seen before.
Alexander Graham Bell

Courage 2

courage 2

We pass through this world but once.
Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life,
few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope,
by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.
Stephen Jay Gould

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You are able to say to yourself.
“I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

There is no such things as limits to growth,
because there are no limits to the human capacity
for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
Ronald Reagan

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