„We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... They are not our brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life...“
— Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod
„Just as vision is inseparable from our spiritual intelligence, our capacity to handle ambiguity, uncertainty, and complexity is bound up with our emotional intelligence.“
— Danah Zohar American writer 1945
Danah Zohar (1997) Using the New Science to Rethink How We Structure and Lead Organizations. p. 14.
„Progress … has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools.“
— Karl Kraus Czech playwright and publicist 1874 - 1936
“In these great times,” Harry Zohn, trans., In These Great Times (Montreal: 1976), pp. 73-74
„Our military and our nation are entering another period of consequences – a time of rapid change and momentous choices.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
„Now we, if not in the spirit, have been caught up to see our earth, our mother, Gaia Mater, set like a jewel in space.“
— William Golding British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate 1911 - 1993
Context: Words may, through the devotion, the skill, the passion, and the luck of writers prove to be the most powerful thing in the world. They may move men to speak to each other because some of those words somewhere express not just what the writer is thinking but what a huge segment of the world is thinking. They may allow man to speak to man, the man in the street to speak to his fellow until a ripple becomes a tide running through every nation — of commonsense, of simple healthy caution, a tide that rulers and negotiators cannot ignore so that nation does truly speak unto nation. Then there is hope that we may learn to be temperate, provident, taking no more from nature's treasury than is our due. It may be by books, stories, poetry, lectures we who have the ear of mankind can move man a little nearer the perilous safety of a warless and provident world. It cannot be done by the mechanical constructs of overt propaganda. I cannot do it myself, cannot now create stories which would help to make man aware of what he is doing; but there are others who can, many others. There always have been. We need more humanity, more care, more love. There are those who expect a political system to produce that; and others who expect the love to produce the system. My own faith is that the truth of the future lies between the two and we shall behave humanly and a bit humanely, stumbling along, haphazardly generous and gallant, foolishly and meanly wise until the rape of our planet is seen to be the preposterous folly that it is. For we are a marvel of creation. I think in particular of one of the most extraordinary women, dead now these five hundred years, Juliana of Norwich. She was caught up in the spirit and shown a thing that might lie in the palm of her hand and in the bigness of a nut. She was told it was the world. She was told of the strange and wonderful and awful things that would happen there. At the last, a voice told her that all things should be well and all manner of things should be well and all things should be very well. Now we, if not in the spirit, have been caught up to see our earth, our mother, Gaia Mater, set like a jewel in space. We have no excuse now for supposing her riches inexhaustible nor the area we have to live on limitless because unbounded. We are the children of that great blue white jewel. Through our mother we are part of the solar system and part through that of the whole universe. In the blazing poetry of the fact we are children of the stars.
„Sometimes we get caught up in our troubles and our problems and we let life slip away, but life is precious, all of life, and one must try to take in as much of it as possible.“
— Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954
„We often get caught up in our own reactions and forget the vulnerability of the person in front of us.“
— Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love & Compassion
„In the end, it is our defiance that redeems us. If wolves had a religion – if there was a religion of the wolf – that it is what it would tell us.“
— Mark Rowlands, The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness
„Either we sacrifice our national selfishness for the good of humanity, or we sacrifice the good of humanity to our national selfishness.“
— Frank Buchman Evangelical theologist 1878 - 1961
The Revolutionary Path, by Frank Buchman, publisher: Grosvenor Books, 1975, p.23
„My fellow inhabitants of this planet: Let us take our stand here in this Assembly of nations. And let us see if we, in our own time, can move the world to a just and lasting peace.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Context: Two years ago I told this body that the United States had proposed, and was willing to sign, a limited test ban treaty. Today that treaty has been signed. It will not put an end to war. It will not remove basic conflicts. It will not secure freedom for all. But it can be a lever, and Archimedes, in explaining the principles of the lever, was said to have declared to his friends: "Give me a place where I can stand — and I shall move the world." My fellow inhabitants of this planet: Let us take our stand here in this Assembly of nations. And let us see if we, in our own time, can move the world to a just and lasting peace.
— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Popanilla http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/7816 (1827) Ch. 7 referring to the Motto of "Vraibleusia".
— Harold Chestnut American engineer 1917 - 2001