Hope


“Do not lose heart, even if you must wait a bit before finding the right thing. Be prepared for disappointment also, but do not abandon the quest.”
-Albert Schweitzer


Never give up
No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just with your friends
But with everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart
And in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up.
– H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama


“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.”
-Mohandas Gandhi


“Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others…he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
-Robert F. Kennedy


“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”
-Vaclav Havel


“I am not an optimist because I do not believe everything turns out well. Nor am I a pessimist because I do not believe everything turns out poorly. I just carry hope in my heart.”
-Vaclav Havel


“We must never lose sight of the fact that faith is not the same as certainty. If it were, it would be knowledge. Faith is the great leap across the chasm of the unknown into the uncertain darkness. It is the capacity to step with confidence toward the light, however small that light may be.”
-Kent Nerbum, “Make me An Instrument”


“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”
-Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


“The great sea stirs me.
The great sea sets me adrift,
It sways me like the week
On a river-stone.

The sky’s height stirs me.
The strong wind blows through my mind.
It carries me with it,
And moves my soul with joy.”
-Son of Uvanuk, Woman Shaman of the Inuit, 1920’s


“The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Antonio Gramsci said that social reformers should have pessimism of the intellect and optimism of the will. This means that one must have the intellectual ability to see how bad things are and the emotional ability to look forward with hope. It’s a hard combination to sustain, but if you can do it, you can change the world.”
-Andrew Solomon


“Thanksgiving Day comes, by stature once a year; to the honest person it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
-Edward Sanford Martin


“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
-Anne Frank


“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at the Sun’. We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”
-Zora Neale Hurston, American writer


“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
-John Quincy Adams


“Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills-against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence… Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation…. It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
-Robert F. Kennedy


“The deepest level of communication is not communication but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words, and beyond speech, and it is beyond concept.”
-Thomas Merton


“You know more than you think you do.”
-Dr Benjamin Spock


“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”
-Robert Kennedy


“There are no perfect answers. The earnest search is all we can expect.”
-Pietro Belluschi


“The first and last task of a leader is to keep hope alive – the hope that we can find our way through to a better world-despite the day’s bitter discouragement, despite the perplexities of social action, despite our own inertness and shallowness and wavering resolve.”
-John Gardner


“We can do no great things….only small things with great love.”
-Mother Teresa


“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
-The Bible, Isaiah 40


“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson


“We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.”
-Pogo


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
-Calvin Coolidge


“When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt


“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh


“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
-Charles Dickens


“There is no higher religion than human service.”
-Albert Schweitzer


Connections form the experience of unity of spirit
Congruence, or being at one with yourself
Companionship, or being close to your partner and friends
Community, or a sense of belonging with others
Culture, or having a sense of connection to your roots
Communion, or having a sense of connection to the cosmos
Unity is about loving yourself, loving your work, loving others, and loving your life.
~ Deborah Block and Lee J. Richman


“If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not detour or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”
~ William Penn


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