Inspirational quotations

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Attributed to both boxer Muhammad Ali and congresswoman Shirley Chisolm

A group of monks once asked their Zen master how it was that he was always able to feel compassion for other people. His response: What ‘other’ people? Buddhist koan

The place you are called to is where your deep gladness meets the world’s great hunger. Frederick Buechner

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves. Abraham Joshua Heschel

Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do. Frances Hesselbein

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can… Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can… Martin Luther King Jr.

NEW People fail to get along because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.  Martin Luther King Jr.

An enemy is one whose story we have not heard. Gene Knudsen-Hoffman

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. Isaac Newton

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anaïs Nin

NEW Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer

Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. Paul Simon

To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for. Henry Van Dyke

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