"At the same time, there are millions and millions of children in this world dying of starvation–children beautiful in body and in mind. But they are nothing to me. Let them all die. I am apt to kill them all to save this one rascal to whom I have given birth. This is what you call love. Not I. Not I. This is brutality."
– Swami Vivekananda
"When a child hits a child we call it aggression.
When a child hits an adult we call it hostility.
When an adult hits an adult we call it assault.
When an adult hits a child we call it discipline."
– Haim G. Ginott
"The measure of a man's estimate of your strength is the kind of weapons he feels that he must use in order to hold you fast in a prescribed place."
– Howard Thurman
"People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos, is because things are being loved, and people are being used."
– John Green
"Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve."
– Earl Grollman
"To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying 'Amen' to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive."
– Robert Louis Stevenson
"Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad."
– Friedrich Nietzsche
"Life is a daring adventure or nothing."
– Helen Keller
“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move...You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”
– Pablo Casals
"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look... To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts."
– Henry David Thoreau
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours."
– Ayn Rand
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe
"The meaning of life… Sometimes, I think of a phrase I heard as a boy, a friend who said: 'Life is like carrying a message from the child you were to the old man you will be. You have to make sure that this message isn’t lost along the way.'
I often think of that, because when I was little, I used to imagine fine things, to dream of a world without beggars in which everyone was happy. Simple, subtle things. But you lose those things over the course of life. You just work to be able to buy things. And you stop seeing the beggar, you stop caring. Where’s the message of the child I once was? Maybe the meaning of life is making sure that this message doesn’t disappear."
– Argus, in the documentary Human Extended Version Volume 3
"There are three things you must do in life: Be kind. Be kind. Be kind."