great thoughts

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself,
and you are the easiest person to fool.”
-Richard Feynman

“Whenever people say, ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’
– you can take it they are about to do something cruel.
And if they add, ‘We must be realistic,’
– they mean they are going to make money out of it.”
–Brigid Brophy

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
–Anais Nin

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
— Frederick Douglass

“The life of the individual only has meaning in so far as it aids in
making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.”
— Albert Einstein

“We know how to transform this world to reduce our impact on nature by several fold,
how to provide meaningful, dignified living-wage jobs for all who seek them,
and how to feed, clothe, and house every person on earth.

What we don’t know is how to remove those in power, those whose ignorance of biology
is matched only by their indifference to human suffering. This is a political issue. It is not an ecological problem.”

–Paul Hawken, from a speech at the Bioneers conference in Oct. 2002



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Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.