“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.” —Anwar Sadat.
“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing in the tempting place.” —Benjamin Franklin.
“Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound.” —Peace Pilgrim, Peace Pilgrim.
“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root…” —Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
“Through our reactions we create delusions. Without reactions the world becomes clear.” —Buddha.
“Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” —Lao-Tzu.
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto pledged to halt imports of food crops and expand the use of biofuels to lower reliance on fossil fuel as the former general sought to narrow incumbent Joko Widodo’s lead in opinion polls Prabowo, as Subianto is popularly known, blamed Widodo’s agriculture policies for rising imports of commodities such as […]
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”- Mark Twain. A classic tale of underdog never goes in vain and when Zoya Akhtar decided to give a shoutout to the two underground Indian rappers Divine (Vivian Fernandes) and Naezy (Naved Shaikh), a part of […]
‘The effect of any writing on the public mind is mathematically measurable by its depth of thought…If it awaken you to think, if it lift you from your feet with a great voice of eloquence, then the effect is to be wide, slow, permanent, over the minds of men; if the pages instruct you not, […]
“[The artist] is like a pump; he has inside him a great pipe that reaches down into the entrails of things, the deepest layers. He sucks up what was lying there below, dim and unnoticed, and brings it in great jets to the sunlight.” —Gustave Flaubert.
“Nearly everybody is looking for something brave to do. I don’t know why people shouldn’t write poetry. That’s brave.” —Robert Frost.
‘As Joanna Macy reminds us, “Information by itself can increase resistance [to engagement], deepening the sense of apathy and powerlessness.” Stories about particular individuals and specific situations usually have the opposite effect. By giving unwieldy problems a human face, they also bring them down to a human–and thus manageable–scale.’ — Paul Rogat Loeb, Soul of […]
‘Toward the end of Crow and Weasel, Barry Lopez’s luminous fable of a quest to an unknown land, a wise old female Badger explains that telling true stories of where you’ve been and what you’ve seen is how people care for each other. “Sometimes,” Badger says, “a person needs a story more than food to […]
“The one who tells the stories rules the world.” —Native American (Hopi) Proverb.
“[Chaos theory] says that complex and chaotic systems — which means most of the systems we encounter in nature and in society — cannot accurately be predicted or exclusively controlled. Neither can rigid systems be easily budged. However, there’s a loophole. What if we acted through the myriad tiny feedback loops that hold a society […]
“None of us knows what he accomplishes and what he gives to humanity. That is hidden from us, and should remain so. Sometimes we are allowed to see just a little of it, so we will not be discouraged. The effects of energy are mysterious in all realms.” —Albert Schweitzer, The Teaching of Reverence for […]