„Communication, hardest thing in the world.“
— Jim Carrey, Context: Communication, hardest thing in the world. Y'know, I can look at you guys, I can communicate to you all night, but, one-on-one, I'm terrible. It's just, there's certain things about communicating that really bother me. Like whenever I meet somebody new I say, "Hi! How are you!" Most of the time when people hear that they'll say, "Good! And yourself?", or "Fine! Thank you very much!" But sometimes they like to surprise you, "I've got no dream, man! I'm all dead inside!"
„The hardest thing is to do something which is close to nothing because it is demanding all of you.“
— Marina Abramović Yugoslav-American artist 1946
„The world is the closed door. It is a barrier. And at the same time it is the way through.
Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but it is also their means of communication. … Every separation is a link.“
— Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
„A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.“
— Andrew Carnegie American businessman and philanthropist 1835 - 1919
„I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.“
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.
— Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
„The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.“
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
— John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952
„The Sun-Paul must consider only one thing: what is the relation of this or that external reaction of the animal to the phenomena of the external world?“
— Ivan Pavlov Russian physiologist 1849 - 1936
Scientific Study of So-Called Psychical Processes in the Higher Animals (1906).
„The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart“
— Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
Variant: Tug on anything at all and you'll find it connected to everything else in the universe. These are paraphrases of Muir's quote from My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) - the actual quote is listed above: "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." See Sierra Club explanation http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/misquotes.aspx.
„I realize that violence is not more prevalent today than in previous periods of human history, but there is a difference. We have seen visionary standards adopted by the global community that espouse peace and human rights, and the globalization of information ensures that the violation of these principles of nonviolence by a powerful and admired democracy tends to resonate throughout the world community. We should have advanced much further in the realization of women's rights, given these international commitments to peace and the rule of law.“
— Jimmy Carter, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
„To be a vegetarian is to disagree — to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation, world hunger, cruelty, waste, wars — we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.“
— Isaac Bashevis Singer Polish-born Jewish-American author 1902 - 1991
Context: Vegetarianism is my religion. I became a consistent vegetarian some twenty-three years ago. Before that, I would try over and over again. But it was sporadic. Finally, in the mid-1960s, I made up my mind. And I've been a vegetarian ever since. When a human kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why should man then expect mercy from God? It's unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give. … This is my protest against the conduct of the world. To be a vegetarian is to disagree — to disagree with the course of things today. Nuclear power, starvation, cruelty — we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one. Preface to Food for the Spirit: Vegetarianism and the World Religions by Steven Rosen (New York: Bala Books, 1987, )