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Inspiration for Challenging Times

When the outside world is in turmoil, it's all too easy to feel like a victim, to feel powerless to effect change. At the same time, we may believe that what's out there has to be fixed before we can be happy.

Gandhi said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Those who choose to actively participate in movements for peace and justice in the outside world are most powerful when they act from an inner sense of peace.

This is equally true for those who choose to pray, meditate, send distant healing, and in other ways vibrationally influence the outer world.

Let us share our visions. Let us love one another.

I hope these quotations will be of service to you during any challenging times.

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Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit
--Wilma Rudolph (the first American woman runner to win three gold medals at a single Olympics)

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Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around --Henry David Thoreau

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With love and patience, nothing is impossible --Daisaku Ikeda (Japanese peace activist, president of Buddhist organization)

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If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is: Infinite. --William Blake

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"If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves." --Thomas Alva Edison

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Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts. --Ruth Gordon

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You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. --Ruth E. Renkl

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"Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow - it empties today of strength" --Carrie Ten Bloom

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"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark." --Rabindranath Tagore

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There are always flowers for those who want to see them --Henri Matisse

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Sometimes I go about pitying myself
And all the while
I am being carried across the sky
By beautiful clouds.
--Ojibway Indian Expression

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Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact
--Last Words. William James (American philosopher and psychologist,)

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When you have come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: There will either be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly. --Anonymous

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Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. --The Bible, Matthew 17:20

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I thank God for most this
amazing
day; for the leaping greenly
spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything
which is natural, which is
infinite, which is yes.
--e. e. cummings

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Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
--Ambrose Redmoon

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Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. --Dale Carnegie

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If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. --Chinese Proverb

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We are the music makers
and we are the dreamers of dreams...
--Arthur O'Shaughnessy

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If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
--Chinese Proverb

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead (American Anthropologist)

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I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
--Booker T. Washington (African American Educator)

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Nothing is hopeless, we must hope for everything. --Madeleine L'Engle (author)

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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. --Albert Einstein

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Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. --Harriet Beecher Stowe

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What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life. --Emil Brunner

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"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door." --Emily Dickinson

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Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible --St. Francis of Assisi

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Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. --Ella Fitzgerald

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We shall find peace. We shall hear angels.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
--Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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