Quotes

“Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.” 

― William Shakespeare, The Tempest

J. R.R. Tolkien
“The road must be trod, but it will be very hard………….. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.” (“The Fellowship of the Ring” , 1985, George & Allen & Urwin Pub LTD (Chapter 3 The Council of Elrond Page 352)

 

After the Genocide of 800.000 in Rwanda “………following my return from Rwanda, a Canadian Forces padre asked me how, after all I had seen and experienced, I could still believe in God. I answered that I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists, and therefore I know there is a God.”…… (LGen Romeo Dallaire “Shake hands with the Devil” pg xviii, 2003, Randon House Canada.)

 

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” (Martin Luther King, Jr., American Civil Rights Leader)

 

Between Africa and I there is an unbreakable bond, deeply engraved on my character and heart, so my destiny is that of all who have lived in Africa once: I have to return there. –Vittorio Bottego

 

“I have walked that long road to freedom. …..I have taken a moment here to rest……..But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” (Nelson Mandela. “Long Walk to Freedom”, p 625, 1994, Little, Brown &company.)

 

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” (Henry David Thoreau)

 

“Life doesn’t give a fat turd about my to-do list.” (Jamie Wright)

 

“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” (Edward DeWalll)

 

“Focusing is about saying No.” (Steve Jobs)

 

“The Chains of conformity click in tiresomely monotonous unison. (Leonard Sweet)

 

A man is about as big as the things that make him angry. ” (Winston Churchill)

 

“In Africa, there are now more people fleeing weather than fleeing war,” (Eliza Griswold)

 

“I found that most people don’t really want to know the truth. There are plenty of people who want to know the truth on their terms or require that the truth be contained within certain boundaries of comfort. But truth can never be known this way. You have to seek truth from a place of not knowing, and that can be a very threatening place because we think we already know the truth or we are afraid of what the truth might be.” (Jim Palmer)

 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  (Mark Twain)

 

“If you leave at a time that doesn’t suit you, you’ll arrive at a time that does” (African Proverb)

 

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” Winston Churchill

 

What is the point of all of this? To destroy a man who seeks the truth or to destroy the truth so no man can seek it. Either way, you loose”
Agent Rheas, X Files , “The Truth” Season 9, Episode 19, 20, 2003, Time 53.25

 

“Sometimes I’d like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice when He could do something about it. But I’m afraid God might ask me the same question.” Amy Campbell

 

“One meets his destiny often on the road he takes to avoid it.” French Proverb

 

“Be afraid to die until you have won some small victory for humanity.” (Horace Mann)

 

“To do good, you actually have to DO something.” (Yvon Chouinard)

 

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” (Mother Theresa)

 

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. (Franciscan Benediction)

 

“I found that most people don’t really want to know the truth. There are plenty of people who want to know the truth on their terms or require that the truth be contained within certain boundaries of comfort. But truth can never be known this way. You have to seek truth from a place of not knowing, and that can be a very threatening place because we think we already know the truth or we are afraid of what the truth might be.” (Jim Palmer)

 

“Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.” (Social worker quote carried in Mr. Rogers’ wallet; shared by Andrew Stanton, PIXAR director of Toy Story WALL-E, in TED Talk The Clues to a Great Story.)

 

“When I seriously thought about what I was going to do in this unrewarding spot for eighteen more months, it sent me spinning into a real depression. I locked myself in my room for three days and read Ian Fleming novels and drank about five gallons of coffee. In the afternoons when the little kids knocked at the door, I held my breath until they went away. I had thought that I could move into a completely different culture and, if not love it, at least accept it enough that I could do the job I had been trained for. It came as an ego-shriveling shock to discover after the first month that I wasn’t doing much of anything but reacting naively and emotionally to the poverty around me. Then little by little I began, however superficially, to become involved with the life of the town.”(Living Poor. A Peace Corps Chronicle. Moritz Thomsen. Pg 35-36)

 

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his
background, or his religion. People must learn to hate,and if they can learn to hate,they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally the human heart than its
opposite.” (Nelson Mandela)

 

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in such a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” (Nelson Mandela)

 

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