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Quotations

Here’s a compilation of thoughts from lots of insightful people.  We’re using a quote from Courtney E. Martin’s article A Couple of Truths About Adulthood That No One Tells You from On Being as a starting example.

“Even the adults I’ve met who appeared to have their shit together don’t. In fact, I think the inverse may be true: The more people appear to have their shit together, the more reliably you can predict that they have a closet somewhere, shielded from public view, bursting with all the messiness of life.”  Courtney E. Martin

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Wilma Dykeman

“As we have misused our richest land, we have misused ourselves; as we have wasted our bountiful water, we have wasted ourselves; as we have diminished the lives of one whole segment of our people, we have diminished ourselves.”  


Nelson Mandela

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. 


Donella Meadows

“Everyone except the far right wing of the Republican Party realizes that oil, gas and coal burning are the main activities that have sent the climate into bigger floods, droughts, hurricanes, and El Ninos.”


Rachel Carson

“The control of nature is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man.”


Courtney Martin

“Women throughout history have traded their very lives for the idea that there is nothing more important than nurturing others. In some ways, I believe that. In other ways, I know that idea, unexamined, threatens my sanity and health.”


Lynne Kelly

Some believers accuse skeptics of having nothing left but a dull, cold, scientific world. I am left with only art, music, literature, theatre, the magnificence of nature, mathematics, the human spirit, sex, the cosmos, friendship, history, science, imagination, dreams, oceans, mountains, love, and the wonder of birth. That’ll do for me.


Gloria Steinem

~I don’t care if younger women know who I am. I want them to know who they are.

~Many of us live the unlived dreams of our mothers. While that is wonderful that we get to live it, it would be better if our mothers were able to live it themselves.

~If we don’t have democratic families we are not going to have a democratic society.  As the family is, so is the society.

~A movement has to last a century to be truly absorbed into a society.  The way I figure it, we are 40 years into it (referring to Women’s and Civil Rights movements).

~Considering our society’s obsession with accumulation, I would teach two courses about money: “Money is boring” and “What is enough?”


Fatimah’ Shabazz

Our solar eclipse and summer solstice…Eclipses wash away the past to start a whole new cycle of energy. Powerful doorways to create major shifts and creative cycles of energy. The Solar & Lunar Eclipse generally come in pairs. The Solar Eclipse opens the heart for the lunar eclipse to wash away the old. Freedom is one of the themes of this eclipse…receiving and envisioning.


Alice Walker

“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.”

“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.”

“How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers’ names.”


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