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Kael, Pauline
  • An artist must either give up art or develop.

  • If there is any test that can be applied to movies, it's that the good ones never make you feel virtuous.

  • rresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.

  • A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.

Kafka, Franz

  • Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

  • A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. (letter to Oskar Pollak 1/27/1904)

  • It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking . . . in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.

  • There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. (in Conversations with Kafka by Janouch)

, Stephen

  • Try and fail, but don't fail to try.

Kahane, Adam

  • Our most common way of talking is telling: asserting the truth about the way things are and must be, not allowing that there might be other truths and possibilities. And our most common way of listening is not listening: listening only to our own talking, not to others. (Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities)

  • The root of not listening is knowing. If I already know the truth, why do I need to listen to you?--Adam Kahane (Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities )

Kahn, Robert E.

  • New capabilities emerge just by virtue of having smart people with access to state-of-the-art technology.

Kaiser, Henry J.

  • I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.

  • Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.

Kalantri, Amit

  • All my problems bow before my stubbornness. (Wealth of Words)

  • If a person loves you but doesn't respect you then it can not be a real love. It is not possible to love them without respecting them. (Wealth of Words)

  • System fails when people with ability don't have authority and people with authority don't have ability. (Wealth of Words)

  • Thinking before taking actions is useful only if you are going to take action, otherwise you are wasting time and insulting your mind.

  • Those who don't value their words, will never value your wishes.

  • True leaders don't give consoling answers, they take constructive actions.

  • You may not appreciate the presence of good health, but you will definitely regret the absence of good health, because health is happiness. (Wealth of Words)


  • Look to this day,
    For it is life, the very life of life.
    In its brief course lie all
    the verities and realities of your existence
    the bliss of growth,
    the splendor of action, the glory of power..

    For yesterday is but a dream
    And tomorrow is only a vision,
    But today well lived
    makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
    and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

    Look well, therefore to this day.

Kall, Robert

  • Guido the plumber and Michelangelo obtained their marble from the same quarry, but what each saw in the marble made the difference between a nobleman's sink and a brilliant sculpture.

  • We encounter the grinding wheels that sharpen our mental blades many places in life. Adversity, school, parents, spiritual guides, books, experience are all sharpening teachers. As we grow older, to stay sharp we must find new grindstones to whet and sharpen our potential and keep us at our brightest, most penetrating best.

Kandel, Aben and Warren Duff

  • A man's character is determined by how hard he fights for what he believes in. (The Iron Major (film))

Kant, Immanual

  • Every man is to be respected as an absolute end in himself; and it is a crime against the dignity that belongs to him to use him as mere meaning to some external purpose. (in "Ecce Gubernator" by Connolly The Unquiet Grave)

  • Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.

  • Honesty is better than any policy. (Appendix to "Perpetual Peace" On Honesty ed. by Beck)

  • I had to set limits to knowledge in order to make place for faith.

  • Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

  • There is ... only one categorical imperative. It is: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law. (Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals)

  • Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: ... The starry skies above me and the moral law within me. (The Categorical Imperative)

Kanter, Rosabeth Moss

  • Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute. It's the expectation of a positive outcome.

  • Money should never be separated from values. Detached from values it may indeed be the root of all evil. Linked effectively to social purpose it can be the root of opportunity.

  • The most radical thing we can do is connect people to one another. That starts conversations toward a vision for change.

  • People who are making decisions about the future often don't have access to some of the best ideas in the company, which may be at the periphery or at lower levels.

  • To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.

  • A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.

Kaplan, Gilbert E.

  • First, when everybody tells you that you are being idealistic or impractical, consider the possibility that everybody could be wrong about what is right for you. Look inside yourself the way nobody else can. Will the pursuit of your dream hurt anybody? Do you stand at least a fair chance of success? If you fail, will you be seriously damaged or merely embarrassed? If you succeed, will it change your life for the better? When you can persuade yourself that your dream is worthwhile and achievable--then you say thank you to the doubters and take the plunge ... How much better to know that we have dared to live our dreams than to live our lives in a lethargy of regret.

Karras, Alex

  • It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more 'manhood' to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.

Karsten, Sean

  • Do not learn from your mistakes, learn from the mistakes of others so that you do not make any.

Kassorla, Irene

  • Don't wait for your ship to come in, and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small.

Kates, Frederick Ward

  • Beauty I have learned from the ugly, charity from the unkind, and peace from the turmoil of the world.

Katz, Ellie

  • Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.

  • The world is your playground. Why aren't you playing?

Kauffman, Lionel

  • Children are a great comfort in your old age--and they help you reach it faster, too.

Kaufman, Barry Neil

  • A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper.

  • We would not have to forgive people if we didn't judge them in the first place.

Kaufman, Bel

  • Education is not a product: mark, diploma, job, money--in that order; it is a process, a never-ending one.

Kaufman, George S.

  • I like terra firma; the more firma, the less terra.

Kaufman, Margo

  • One person's mess is merely another person's filing system. (1-800-Am-I-Nuts?)

Kavar, Lou

  • The hope of Christmas is that struggle and strife aren’t the end of the story. Instead, something new can be born into our world that calls us to do better and to be better. ("So, This Is Christmas..." Posted on December 22, 2014)

Kay, Alan

  • A new point of view is worth 80 IQ points.

Kay, Peter

  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Kaye, Danny

  • I wasn't born a fool. It took work to get this way.

  • Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.

  • To travel is to take a journey into yourself.

Kazantzakis, Nikos

  • God changes his appearance every second. Blessed is the man who can recognize him in all his disguises. (Zorba the Greek)

  • The highest point a man can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe! (Zorba the Greek)

  • Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

  • True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.

  • Truly, everything in this world depended on time. Time ripened all. If you had time, you succeeded in working the human mud internally and turning it into spirit. Then you did not fear death. If you did not have time, you perished. (The Last Temptation of Christ)

Keane, Bil

  • Goal begins with "GO."

  • Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
    I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
    So tell me when you're gonna let me in
    I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin.

  • Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

Keats, John

  • Nothing becomes real till it is experienced - Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life is illustrated by it. (letter to George and Georgina Keats, May 3, 1891)

  • Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun. ("To Autumn")

  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.

Keenoo, Kevin

  • In the end, life is not about who won the race. It's about who understood that life is not a race.

  • When they say you can't, they show you their limits, not yours.

  • Whether you succeed or not, people will talk about you. Forget about what they say and listen to what your heart believes in.

Keeve, Richard

  • Knowledge might be power, but only when you take action.

Keffeler, Jean B.

  • Information voids will be filled by rumors and speculation unless they are preempted by open, credible and trustworthy communication. Pull no punches. When you know an answer, give it. When you don't, say so. When you're guessing, admit it. But don't stop communication.

Keillor, Garrison

  • A book is a gift you can open again and again.

  • Bravery and adventure! That's the ticket! Don't sit and gather moss. Get up, get out, do what you dream of doing, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work, and you don't need to made that particular mistake again, but at least you won't get old wondering what if you had. (A Christmas Blizzard)

  • Don't worry about the past and don't try to solve the future. (A Christmas Blizzard)

  • Humor is not a trick, not jokes. Humor is a presence in the world, like grace and shines on everyone.

  • It's a shallow life that doesn't have any scars.

  • A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

  • Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted, but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.

  • You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion.

Keith, Kent M.

  • 1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered (including me). Love them anyway.
    2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
    3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
    4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
    5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
    6. The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the littlest people with the littlest ideas. Think big anyway.
    7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
    8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
    9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.
    10. Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth. Give the best you have anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
    It was never between you and them anyway.

Keller, Helen

  • Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

  • The best way out is always through.

  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

  • Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in , therein to be content. (The Story of My Life)

  • Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight... When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

  • Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

  • I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

  • I have four things to learn in life: to think clearly, without hurry or confusion; to love everybody sincerely; to act in everything with the highest motives; to trust in God unhesitatingly.

  • I learned that it is possible for us to create light and sound and order within us, no matter what calamity may befall us in the outer world.

  • I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

  • I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.

  • It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

  • Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.

  • Love is like a beautiful flower whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight.

  • Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

  • The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.

  • The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.

  • Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.

  • No one has the right to consume happiness without producing it.

  • One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

  • The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has no Christmas in his heart.

  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.

  • The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.

  • Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings.

  • Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. (Let Us Have Faith)

  • Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. (The Story of My Life)

  • True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

  • Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.

  • When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. (Out of the Dark)

  • While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.

  • The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

  • Your success and happiness lie within you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings.

Keller, James (Father)

  • What this country needs is more people to inspire others with confidence, and fewer people to discourage any initiative in the right direction; more to get into the thick of things, fewer to sit on the sidelines, merely finding fault; more to point out what's right with the world, and fewer to keep harping on what's wrong with it; and more who are interested in lighting candles, and fewer who blow them out.

Kelley, Kitty

  • Once I decide to do something, I can't have people telling me I can't. If there's a roadblock, you jump over it, walk around it, crawl under it.

Kelley, Roxie

  • A sister travels with you always... She is only a whisper or a thought or a prayer away... She moves through our lives with us... Sometimes we hear some of her words slipping out of our own mouths. (Sisters as Friends, Friends as Sisters)

Kellogg, Marjorie

  • You seldom listen to me, and when you do you don't hear, and when you do hear you hear wrong, and even when you hear right you change it so fast that it's never the same. (Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon)

Kelly, Mary Ellen

  • Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

Kelly, Matthew

  • God of deep waters and infinite riches, challenge me to go where I fear, to do what is difficult and what I thought could never be done. Push me to go to the deep waters of life and cast my net wide, for I put all my hope, trust and faith in you. (Rediscover Lent)

  • God of hope, I look to you with an open heart and yearning spirit. During this Advent season, I will keep alert and awake, listening for your word and keeping to your precepts. My hope is in you. (Rediscover Advent)

Kelly, Walt

  • We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities. (Pogo)

Kempis, Thomas a see Thomas a Kempis

Kempton, Murray

  • The beauty of a strong, lasting commitment is often best understood by men incapable of it. ("Oer Moor and Fen" Part of Our Time)

Kempton, Sally

  • To discover that something has been wrong is not necessarily to make it right.

Kennan, George

  • Heroism... is endurance for one moment more. (Letter to Henry Monroe Rogers, July 25, 1921)

Kennedy, D. James

  • The star of Bethlehem was a star of hope that led the wise men to the fulfillment of their expectations, the success of their expedition. Nothing in this world is more fundamental for success in life than hope, and this star pointed to our only source for true hope: Jesus Christ. ("Following the Star" in Christmas Stories for the Heart)

Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore)

  • If you persevere, stick with it, wok at it, you have a real opportunity to achieve. If you do your best and keep a true compass, you'll get there. (True Compass)

Kennedy, Florence

  • Don't agonize. Organize.

Kennedy, John Fitzgerald

  • As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

  • The best road to progress is freedom's road.

  • Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

  • The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. People do what they must--in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures--and that is the basis of all human morality

  • The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--diliberate, contrived, and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

  • If we are strong, our character will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help. (undelivered address, Dallas, November 22, 1963)

  • In each of us there is a private hope and dream, which fulfilled, can be translated into benefits for everyone, and greater strength for our nation.

  • Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce. (Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961)

  • Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

  • Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities … and the greater strength of our nation. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

  • Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be a s big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. (Address, the American University, Washington D.C., June 10, 1963)

  • Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. (Address to United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 20, 1963)

  • There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

  • There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

  • Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

  • Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

  • The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

  • To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, its an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to all of us.

  • We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

Kennedy, Marilyn Moats

  • It's better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.

Kennedy, Robert F.

  • Acts of courage shape human history. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.

  • Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

  • There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald

  • Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them? (Times to Remember)

  • I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.

  • Money is never to be squandered or spent ostentatiously. Some of the greatest people in history have lived lives of the greatest simplicity. Remember it's the you inside that counts.

Kennedy, Ted, see, Kennedy, Edward M.

Kenny, Elizabeth (Sister)

  • It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

Kent, Coreta

  • Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

Kenyon, Bernice

  • Your being is full of remembered song!

Keostenbaum, Peter

  • You are 100 percent responsible for how your children turn out. And you accomplish that by teaching them that they are 100 percent responsible for how they turn out.

Kera, Shiv

  • Winners don't do different things. They do things differently.

Kerfoot, Justine

  • Money is spent and forgotten, while unforgettable memories live on. (Woman of the Boundary Waters)

Kerouac, Jack

  • I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility. (On the Road)

Kerr, Jean

  • I think success has no rules, but you can learn a lot from failure. (Mary, Mary)

  • If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation. (Please Don't Eat the Daisies)

Kersha, Al

  • No matter what you believe, it doesn't change the facts.

Kettering, Charles

  • Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

  • The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.

  • If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.

  • An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.

  • It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

  • It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

  • My interest is in the future because I'm going to spend the rest of my life there.

  • The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.

  • People are very open-minded about new things--as long as they're exactly like the old ones.

  • The Wright brother flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.

  • You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time

  • You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.

Key, Ellen

  • When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination.

Keyes, Ken (Jr.)

  • A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world; everyone you meet is your mirror.

  • We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have--and not worrying about what we don't have.

Keynes, John Maynard

  • The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

  • Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.

Keyser, Maggie

  • Believe in a child's power to succeed and they will succeed. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Keywood, John

  • Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

Kezer, Pauline R.

  • When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.

Khan, Hazrat Inayat

  • There should be balance in all our actions; to be either extreme or lukewarm is equally bad.

Khan, Sanober

  • For all I can really do is
    stand here
    in September’s rain
    soaking it all in
    and simply
    holding on to poetry
    for dear life. (Turquoise Silence)

Khayyam, Omar see Omar Khayyam

Khosla, Vinod

  • In my view, it's irreverence, foolish confidence and naivety combined with persistence, open mindedness and a continual ability to learn that created Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, Apple, Juniper, AOL, Sun Microsystems and others.

Kiam, Victor

  • What's really important in life? Sitting on a beach? Looking the television eight hours a day? I think we have to appreciate that we're alive for only a limited period of time, and we'll spend most of our lives working. That being the case, I believe one of the most important priorities is to do whatever we do as well as we can. We should take pride in that.

Kidd, Sue Monk

  • How did we ever get the idea that God would supply us on demand with quick fixes, that God is merely a rescuer and not a midwife? (When the Heart Waits)

Kierkegaard, Soren

  • During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.

  • I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.

  • If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!

  • It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.

  • Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

  • Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. (Journal)

  • People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

  • People generally think that it is the world, the environment, external relationships, which stand in one's way, in the way of ones' good fortune ... and at bottom it is always man himself that stands in his own way.

  • There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.

  • To be a teacher is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself,

Kiev, Ari

  • In my practice as a psychiatrist, I have found that helping people to develop personal goals has proven to be the most effective way to help them cope with problems. Observing that lives of people who have mastered adversity, I have noticed that they have established goals and sought with all their effort to achieve them. From the moment they decided to concentrate all their energies on a specific objective, they begun to surmount the most difficult odds.

Killebrew, Harmon

  • My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," my dad would reply, "we're raising boys."

Kimbrough, Emily

  • And remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.

Kimmel, Tom & Michael Lille

  • We rest here while we can, but we hear the ocean calling in our dreams,
    And we know by the morning, the wind will fill our sails to test the seams,
    The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore,
    For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.

Kinder, Melvyn

  • Solitude can be frightening because it invites us to meet a stranger we think we may not want to know--ourselves.

King, B. B.

  • The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

King, Billie Jean

  • Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.

  • Champions keep playing until they get it right.

King, Carol

  • Winter, spring, summer or fall
    All you have to do is call
    And I'll be there,
    You've got a friend.

King, Doug

  • Learn to pause...or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

King, Grace

  • Every life holds that which only a miracle can cure. ("The Miracle Chapel" Balcony Stories)

King, Henry

  • Then we shall rise and view ourselves with clearer eyes in that calm region where no night can hide us from each other's sight.

King, Larry

  • Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide. (None but a Blockhead: On Being a Writer)

  • I've never learned anything while I was talking.

King, Marilyn

  • We all use our imagination every day. However, most of us are unaware that what we envision affects every cell of our bodies and every aspect of our performance.

King, Martin Luther, Jr.

  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

  • Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

  • The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather [its] conscience. (Strength to Love)

  • Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.

  • Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?". Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?". Vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?". But, conscience asks the question, "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.

  • Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

  • Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

  • Every now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral. ... Every now and then I ask myself, 'What is it that I want said?' I'd like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King Jr., tried to love somebody. ("The Drum Major Instinct" (Sermon))

  • Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

  • A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. ("Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam")

  • Great leaders outlast themselves: I may not get there with you. But I want you to know that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.

  • He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

  • Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. ("Letter from Birmingham City Jail," April 16, 1963)

  • I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

  • I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

  • If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

  • If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. New! as of 04/01/17

  • In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat.

  • An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others.

  • The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. (Strength to Love)

  • Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. (Strength to Love)

  • A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.(Strength to Love)

  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. (Strength to Love)

  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  • Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

  • Rarely do we find men who willingly to engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

  • Right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.

  • Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.

  • The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.

  • Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  • The time is always right to do what is right.

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

  • The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.

  • Violence as a way of achieving justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert.

  • We are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.. (Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?)

  • We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate. (Strength to Love)

  • We may all have come on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

  • We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

  • We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

  • When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism, are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. ("A Time to Break Silence," address given on April 4th in 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York City)

King, Mary-Clair

  • I think there are two keys to being creatively productive. One is not being daunted by one's fear of failure. The second is sheer perseverance.

King, Stephen

  • Books are a uniquely portable magic.

  • Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.

  • Hope is a good thing--maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies. (The Shawshank Redemption)

  • It's "Merry Christmas" at our house. Whatever it is at yours, have a happy one. And be good to somebody. (on Twitter 12/24/2013)

  • The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.

  • Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

  • When you stack up all the years we are allowed against all there is to read, time is very short indeed. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • You can't deny laughter. When it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.

King, William

  • A gossip is one who talks to you about other people. A bore is one who talks to you about himself. And a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.

Kingsley, Charles

  • Beauty is God's handwriting.

  • Do noble things, do not dream them all day long.

  • Have thy tools ready; God will find thee work.

  • There's no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.

  • We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

Kingsley, Darwin P.

  • You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. there are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind.

Kingsolver, Barbara

  • Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin. (Animal Dreams)

  • People's dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It's what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around. (Animal Dreams)

  • What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive.

Kingston, Maxine Hong

  • To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world--that I am able to change it in positive ways.

Kipling, Rudyard

  • Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.

  • He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors. (Many Inventions)

  • I always prefer to believe the best of everybody--it saves so much time.

  • I keep six honest serving men
    (They taught me all I knew);
    Their names are What and Why and When
    And How and Where and Who. ("The Elephant's Child," Just-So Stories)

  • Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears. (Collected Works)

  • Teach us Delight in simple things,
    And Mirth that has no bitter springs.

  • Until thy feet have trod the Road
    Advise not wayside folk. ("The Comforters")

  • We have 40 million reasons for failure, but not one single excuse.

  • What you do when you don't have to, determines what you will be when you can no longer help it.

Kirby, Robert

  • The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get.

Kirchoff, Courtney

  • Though it was mid-July, the morning was brisk, the sky a gray cotton of clouds, and Puget Sound a steely, cold blue. Most of Seattle grumbled, worn with winterish weather, impatient for the elusive summer sun. With umbrellas tucked away in the trunks of cars, sunglasses lost and separated from their original purchasers, the Pacific Northwest was a bastion of misty air and pale, complaining residents. (Jaden Baker)

Kirk, Grayson

  • The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of a life; the rest is ornamentation and decoration of the structure.

Kirkland, Lane

  • Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win?

Kitt, Eartha

  • I'm learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.

Klein, Allen

  • The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery. (Quotations to Cheer You Up)

  • In every job, relationship, or life situation there is inevitably some turbulence. Learn to laugh at it. It is part of what you do and who you are. (The Lift-Your-Spirits Quote Book)

  • There is always something to chuckle about. Sometimes we see it. Sometimes ... we don't. Still, the world is filled with humor. It is there when we are happy and it is there to cheer us up when we are not. (The Lift-Your-Spirits Quote Book)

Kleisser, Greenville

  • Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.

  • Tact, the kind of tact you should cultivate, is not a form of deception or make-believe, but a cultivated taste which gives fine perception in seeing and doing what is best under all circumstances. There is nothing which will so readily bring you into favor, or disarm an opponent, as the right use of tact.

Klingle, Matthew

  • We need a new ethic of place, one that has room for salmon and skyscrapers, suburbs and wilderness, Mount Rainier and the Space Needle, one grounded in history. (Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle)

Knebel, Karl von, see von Knebel, Karl

Knef, Hildegard

  • If you have to make mistakes, make them good and big, don't be middling if you can help it. (The Verdict)

Knight, Bobby

  • The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.

Knight, G. Wilson

  • It is easier to communicate with spirits than for one university department to communicate with another. (Neglected Powers)

Knight, J. Z.

  • Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who car about you will say, "Good luck!" and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.

Knight, Peter Norman and Nick Periot

  • Hark how the bells
    Sweet silver bells
    All seem to say
    Throw cares away

    Christmas is here
    Bringing good cheer
    To young and old
    Meek and the bold
    Ding dong ding
    That is their song
    With joyful ring
    All caroling. ("Carol of the Bells")

Knobbe, Beth M.

  • When we are so focused on what we hope our lives will become in the future, we may miss the gifts and opportunities available to us in the present. (Party of One: Living Single With Faith, Purpose & Passion)

Knowlton, Judith M.

  • I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude.

Knudsen, William S.

  • The young man who has the combination of the learning of books with the learning which comes of doing things with the hands need not worry about getting along in the world today, or at any time.

Knuth, Donald

  • Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else. (Wired, November, 1999)

Koch, Sally

  • Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday.

Koenig, Frederick

  • We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Koestler, Arthur

  • The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. New! as of 04/01/17

  • The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

Koggs, Sheldon

  • All of the significant battles are waged within the self.

Kohl, Prudence

  • The search for self-worth begins by finding what is indestructible inside, then letting it be.

Koller, Alice

  • Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.

Kollwitz, Kathe

  • I do not want to die until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

  • One day, a new ideal will arise, and there will be an end to all wars. I die convinced of this. It will need much hard work, but it will be achieved... The important thing, until that happens, is to hold one's banner high and to struggle... Without struggle there is no life. (in Kathe Kollwitz by Nagel)

Korbut, Olga

  • Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.

  • It's better to have a rich soul than to be rich.

Korda, Michael

  • The freedom to fail is vital if you're going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.

  • The more you can dream, the more you can do.

  • Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out.

Kornfield, Jack

  • Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. (The Buddha’s Little Instruction Book) New! as of 04/01/17

  • What would we have to hold in compassion to be at peace right now? What would we have to let go of to be at peace right now?

Kosinski, Jetzy

  • Here was one place where I could find out who I was and what I was going to become. And that was the public library.

Koval, Robin, see, Thaler, Linda Kaplan

Kownacki, Mary Lou

  • Is there anyone we wouldn't love if we only knew their story?

Krause, Tom

  • If you only do what you know you can do - you never do very much.

Kreeft, Peter

  • It is mercy, not justice or courage or even heroism, that alone can defeat evil. (The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings)

Krell, Dorothy

  • In the vast region touched on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the California and Nevada boundaries, on the east by the Rocky Mountains, and on the north by the Canadian border lies a land of almost unbelievable beauty and diversity. (The Beautiful Northwest)

  • Though broken by crags, bluffs, and some deep canyons, the long swell of the Cascades is generally seen as a green pedestal for majestic white volcanoes... Viewed from certain vantage points, these giants stand out in solitary splendor, but they stand only slightly apart from a breathless company of mountain giants, all looking romantically steep and unattainable and top-heavy with ice. (The Beautiful Northwest)

Kreskin (the Amazing)

  • Too many people are afraid of silence. It is as if something has to be happening all the time. But often, with silence, there is more happening. There is a reflection on what was really said to us, what was really meant by the remarks, and, yes, perhaps some passage of thought between that person and ourselves. (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)

Krieger, Katherine

  • Opportunities are on every hand; what we need is, not a new chance, but clearness of vision to discern the chance which at this very hour is ours, if we recognize it.

Krishnamurti, Jiddu

  • A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.

  • Few can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.

  • If your eyes are blinded with your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset.

  • It is very easy to conform to what your society or your parents and teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing; but that is not living…To live is to find out for yourself what is true...

  • Learning is not the accumulation of knowledge. Learning is movement from moment to moment.

  • Not to know is the beginning of wisdom.

  • Teaching is the greatest vocation in life; it is the highest, the noblest of callings.

  • What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.

Kristol, Irving

  • People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place.

Kroll, Alex

  • Getting ideas is like shaving: if you don't do it every day, you're a bum.

Kronenberger, Louis

  • Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing, They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.

Krutch, Joseph Wood

  • August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied. ("August" The Twelve Seasons)

  • Electronic calculators can solve problems which the man who made them cannot solve; but no government-subsidized commission of engineers and physicists could create a worm. ("March" The Twelve Seasons)

  • The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February.... Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. This is the very three a.m. of the calendar. New! as of 04/01/17

  • The rare moment is not the moment when there is something worth looking at, but the moment when we are capable of seeing.

Krzyzewski, Mike

  • The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions. (Leading with the Heart)

Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth

  • Free choice is the greatest gift God gives to his children.

  • How do the geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.

  • I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.

  • If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.

  • It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when out time is up - that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

  • Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.

  • People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.

  • We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.

  • You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain and learn to accept it, not as a curse or punishment but as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.

Kubrick, Stanley

  • I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker. New! as of 04/01/17

  • If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

Kucinish, Dennis

  • Peace is not just the absence of war, it is the active presence of a capacity for love and compassion, and reciprocity. It is an awareness that our lives are not to be lived simply for ourselves through expressing our individuality, but we confirm the purpose of our lives through the work of expressing our shared sense of community in a purposeful and practical way; to sustain our own lives we sustain the lives of others - in family, in a community of neighborhoods called a city, and in a community of nations called the world.

Kuhlman, Margaret Gordon

  • If you find that life is flat,
    Full of this, with none of that,
    Try giving!

Kumer, Satish

  • Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth;
    Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust;
    Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace;
    Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

Kundera, Milan

  • The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

Kunin, Madeleine

  • Women need to see ourselves as individuals capable of creating change. That is what political and economic power is all about: having a voice, being able to shape the future. Women's absence from decision-making positions has deprived the country of a necessary perspective.

Kuralt, Charles

  • The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.

  • The reality of any place is what its people remember of it.

Kushner, Harold S. (Rabbi)

  • Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people brings happiness.

  • Given the unfairness that strikes so many people in life, I would rather believe in a God of limited power and unlimited love and justice, rather than the other way around. New! as of 04/01/17

  • The God I believe in is not so fragile that you hurt Him by being angry at him, or so petty that He will hold it against you for being upset with Him.

  • God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes, but everybody who looks at it sees something different.

  • If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

  • In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.

  • It is tempting at one level to believe that bad things happen to people (especially other people) because God is a righteous judge who gives them exactly what they deserve. By believing that we keep the world orderly and understandable.... But [this belief] has a number of serious limitations.... It teaches people to blame themselves. It creates guilt when there is no basis for guilt. And most disturbing of all, it does not even fit the facts.

  • We pray to you, O God ... for strength, determination, and willpower, to do instead of just to pray, to become instead of merely to wish.

  • When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, "Yes, this is how I ought to feel."

Kushner, Lawrence (Rabbi)

  • That's what Hanukkah is about: trying to survive the darkness on the far-fetched hope there's still some life and light left in the universe. It's more than just a religious story. The days have been growing shorter, imperceptibly but inescapably darker.... Heading into the night of the winter solstice, every spiritual tradition has some kind of festival of light. We're all just whistling in the dark, hoping against hope that someone up there will see these little Hanukkah candles and get the hint. (I'm God; You're Not)

  • When you see something that is broken, fix it. When you find something that is lost, return it. When you see something that needs to be done, do it. In that way, you will take care of your world and repair creation. (Eyes Remade for Wonder)

Kushner, Malcolm

  • People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them on the wrong end.

Kyi Ayng San Sun

  • At the root of human responsibility is the concept of perfect, the urge to achieve it, the intelligence to find a path towards it, and the will to follow that path, if not to the end at least the distance needed to rise above individual limitations and environmental impediments.

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