Peace

Louis Aston Knight,  Beaumont-le -Roger

Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth,
I shall put up with all suffering.
Mahatma Gandhi

We often think of peace as the absence of war,
that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals,
we could have peace.
But if we look deeply into the weapons,
we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance.
Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon,
the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there,
in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs.
To work for peace is to uproot war from
ourselves and from the hearts of men and women.
To prepare for war,
to give millions of men and women the opportunity
to practice killing day and night in their hearts,
is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration,
and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers,
hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul,
which are the causes of war.
If you love peace,
then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed –
but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
Thomas Merton

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God

The Road Home – Emerald Depths

It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us;
it is the very sign of His presence.
C.S. Lewis

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history —
money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery —
the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God
which will make him happy.
C.S. Lewis

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.
But how had I got this idea of just and unjust?
A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.
What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?
C.S. Lewis

The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us,
we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.
Francis Chan

It might be a good idea if, like the White Queen,
we practiced believing six impossible things every morning before breakfast,
for we are called on to believe what to many people is impossible.
Instead of rejoicing in this glorious “impossible” which gives meaning and dignity to our lives,
we try to domesticate God,
to make his mighty actions comprehensible to our finite minds.
Madeleine L’Engle

What the soul hardly realizes is that, unbeliever or not,
his loneliness is really a homesickness for God.
Dom Hubert Van Zeller

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Wisdom

August Friedrich Siegert – The Small Connoisseur

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Aristotle

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

Wisdom cannot be imparted.
Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart
always sounds like foolishness to someone else.
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.
One can find it, live it, do wonders through it,
but one cannot communicate and teach it.
Hermann Hesse

We don’t receive wisdom;
we must discover it for ourselves after a journey
that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

The fool doth think he is wise,
but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare

People who know little are usually great talkers,
while men who know much say little.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The more I read, the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Voltaire

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom.
It is healthy to be reminded
that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mahatma Gandhi

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Books 4

Valentin Rekunenko

The books that help you most
are those which make you think that most.
The hardest way of learning is
that of easy reading;
but a great book that comes from a great thinker
is a ship of thought,
deep freighted with truth and beauty.
Pablo Neruda

The best moments in reading are when you come across something –
a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things –
which you had thought special and particular to you.
And now, here it is, set down by someone else,
a person you have never met,
someone even who is long dead.
And it is as if a hand has come out,
and taken yours.
Alan Bennett

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone,
if it is to keep its edge.
George R.R. Martin

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
Ray Bradbury

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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

Ignorance

Theodore Gerard – The Collectors Studio

Time after time,
history demonstrates that when people
don’t want to believe something,
they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether.
Jim Butcher

History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and
nothing so hard to emancipate as ignorance,
hence it becomes the double enemy of civilization.
By its servility it is the prey of tyranny,
and by its credulity it is the foe of enlightenment.
Lemuel K. Washburn

No matter how big the lie;
repeat it often enough and
the masses will regard it as the truth.
John F. Kennedy

Nothing in the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Ignorance is ultimately
the worst enemy of a people who want to be free.
Jonathan Hennessey

He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
Alexander Hamilton

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

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Integrity

George William Watts – Hope

It has always seemed strange to me…
the things we admire in men,
kindness and generosity, openness, honesty,
understanding and feeling,
are the concomitants of failure in our system.
And those traits we detest,
sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness,
egotism and self-interest,
are the traits of success.
And while men admire the quality of the first
they love the produce of the second.
John Steinbeck

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief,
if I may so express it,
that mental lying has produced in society.
When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted
the chastity of his mind
as to subscribe his professional belief to things
he does not believe
he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
Thomas Paine

The line separating good and evil
passes not through states,
nor between political parties either –
but right through every human heart.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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War

The loud little handful will shout for war.
The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first…
The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes,
and will try to make out why there should be a war,
and they will say earnestly and indignantly:
“It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war.”

Then the few will shout even louder…
Before long you will see a curious thing:

anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform,
and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men
who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it …

Next, statesmen will invent cheap lies,
putting blame upon the nation that is attacked,
and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities,
and will diligently study them,
and refuse to examine any refutations of them;
and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just,
and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
Mark Twain

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein

War remains the decisive human failure.
John Galbraith

In any war, the first casualty is common sense, and the second is free and open discussion.
James Reston

There was never a good war or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin

Truth

truth

People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim.
What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication,
because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies,
making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on
to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…
The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…
Ayn Rand

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
Winston S. Churchill

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.
Harold Pinter

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain

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