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Writing Prompt: Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

I don’t believe in any one thing being a favorite. I am shaped by a plethora of things, including a plethora of quotes.

Here are a few that I return to very often. I return to them because they speak truths I can relate to and have in many ways shaped my thinking and ability to be open to all possibilities housed in the grand universe/omini-verse/multi-verse.

What ever this thing is that we are living/experiencing, it is a ride that turns me inside out and draws from me thoughts and emotions that stager the imagination.

These quotes are just a small store of how I think. Maybe even why I think about things in the way that I do. These quotes have opened me, filled me and challenged me to see life from numerous angles.

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“I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.” ― Frida Kahlo

“‎The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.” — Osho

“I honor that place in you in which the entire Universe dwells. I honor that place within you which is of love, of light, of truth and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.” — Universal Greeting

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
— Ancient Indian Proverb

Absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence. — Unknown

However long the night, the dawn will break. — African Proverb

To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the need for thought. — Henri Poincare

“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city.” ― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. — Albert Camus

Religions are strange: they are against everything that can lead you to some truth.
— Osho

“Forget safety.
 Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”

— Rumi

Important facts may be completely ignored.  Our mind has a natural tendency to reject the things that do not fit into the frame of the scientific or philosophical beliefs of our time.  After all, scientists are only men.  They are saturated with the prejudices of their environment and of their epoch.  They willingly believe that facts that cannot be explained by current theories do not exist.

— Man The Unknown by Dr. Alexis Carrel 1935

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.  No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. — Henry David Thoreau

Read not to contradict and confute,
nor to believe and take for granted,
nor to find talk and discourse,
but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested;
that is, some books are to be read only in parts;
others to be read but not curiously,
and some few to be read wholly,
and with diligence and attention.”

    – Francis Bacon,
The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall

“Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.” — Daniel Barenboim

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Unknown

And as you come closer to yourself, you are coming closer to the universe. And the greatest moment in your life is when you accept the mystery of existence as it is without asking any question. You have understood one thing, that existence is mysterious and is going to remain mysterious. There is no need of any knowledge. That means you have settled with the universe as mysterious and you have settled with yourself as innocent. This is the second birth. In India we have called this state dwij, the second birth. And this is our search here. – Sat Chid Anand

Facts are not pessimistic or optimistic, sane or insane—an optimist may assert
a fact, a madman may, a pessimist may.  Describing the man who uttered 
the fact still leaves entirely open the correctness or incorrectness of the fact.

— Imperium by Francis Parker Yockey

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you, they belong not to you. — The Prophet Gibran

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. – George Bernard Shaw

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
— Langston Hughes

“To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;

to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.”

— William Henry Channing

I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it – with their lives. — Wooden Leg, Cheyenne

The more ridiculous the belief system, the higher the probability of its success.
— Wayne R. Bartz, quoted in Human Behavior magazine, 1975

“Healing begins where the wound was made.”
— Alice Walker (The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart)

“Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor—all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked—who is good? Not that men are ignorant—what is truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.”
— W.E.B. Du Bois (The Souls of Black Folk)

“We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings…In fact, we are actually fighting for rights that are even greater than civil rights and that is human rights.” — Malcolm X (Black Revolution)

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin (As Much Truth As One Can Bear, New York Times)

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
— James Baldwin (No Name in the Street)

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” — Samuel Adams

“You don’t need a formal conspiracy when interests converge.” — George Carlin

“Whoever is in control of the hell in your life, is your devil.” — Dr. John Henrik Clarke

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
– Anton Chekhov

Nothing is fact. Everything is varying degrees of likelihood. – Elue “Kevin” Palmer, Jr.

I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.

I began to ask each time: “What’s the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?” Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, “disappeared” or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”

Audre Lorde

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