"I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life."
    - Corazon Aquino

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."
    - Norman Cousins

"...‘There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true,‘ Tolkien said, ‘and none which so many skeptical men have accepted as true on its own merits.‘ And what if it is true? Even when — in the midst of grief or suffering — it cannot be a source of happiness, it can be a source of hope. It means that the weak and vulnerable God accepts our weakness and vulnerability. It means that the cruel appearances of life are the lies, and that joy and grace are the deeper realities. It means that God is with us, that God is for us, even when we feel forsaken, especially when we feel forsaken. It means that our exiled souls can find a home in Bethlehem..."
    - Michael Gerson, A source of hope, even for the grieving

"The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous."
    - Winston S. Churchill

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."
    - Atttributed to Buddha

"Hell has been described in a lot of ways, from a soulless bureaucracy, to a furnace of fire, to a lake of ice. But I think C. S. Lewis put it best in one of his novels when he says that hell is noise. If that's true, and I think it is, then much of the modern life we share we also make hellish, by filling it with discord, confusion, and noise. Every day, every one of our choices is a brick in the structure of the heaven or hell we're building for ourselves in the next life. And we'll never understand that unless we turn off the noise that cocoons us in consumer anxieties and appetites. Silence is water in the desert of modern desire. We don't see the full effects of the good we do in this life. So much of what we do seems a tangle of frustrations and failures. We don't see — on this side of the tapestry — the pattern of meaning that our faith weaves. But one day we'll stand on the other side. And on that day, we'll see the beauty that God has allowed us to add to the great story of his creation, the revelation of his love that goes from age to age no matter how good or bad the times. And this is why our lives matter."
    - Charles J. Chaput

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."
    - Atttributed to Buddha

"Someone to claim us, someone to follow
Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo
Someone to fool us, someone like you
We want you, Big Brother
Big Brother"
    - David Robert Jones

"The question shouldn't be "Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?' The real question is 'Why aren't all the Christians here?'"
    - Joel C. Rosenberg

"The recipe for populism is universal. Find a wound common to many, find someone to blame for it, and make up a good story to tell. Mix it all together. Tell the wounded you know how they feel. That you found the bad guys. Label them: the minorities, the politicians, the businessmen. Caricature them. As vermin, evil masterminds, haters and losers, you name it. Then paint yourself as the savior. Capture the people’s imagination. Forget about policies and plans, just enrapture them with a tale. One that starts with anger and ends in vengeance. A vengeance they can participate in."
    - Andrés Miguel Rondón

"Truth is treason in an empire of lies."
    - Ron Paul

"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy."
    - George Orwell

"And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."
    - Khalil Gibran

"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."
    - Dalai Lama

"These calls for a return to the good old days seem to imply that these sorts of institutions were bastions of morality in some bygone era when people had more "character;" do we have affirmative evidence of that? Maybe neither the old days nor the current days are so wonderful in terms of protecting the vulnerable from the aggressive. (And the old days apparently gave rise to the current ones, so I'm not sure why we should see the old days as not complicit in whatever is ailing us now.) What will get us to situations in which there are no damaged people to damage more people and in which bystanders are no longer so concerned about their group membership? I don't think it's a character issue, I think it's a failure to move beyond putting our fears and desires first, and to do that I think first we need to understand that there actually is a viable way to live that way. I suspect most of us don't know what that looks like and how to live that way -- that we have lost track of the fact that we have in ourselves another gear we can shift into. I would like to see us move forward to something more helpful, not backwards to a flawed model that got us to where we are right now."
    - Unknown

"In this world of information overload, the benumbed citizen no longer reads or thinks; he watches and feels."
    - William Irwin Thompson

"You owe the companies nothing. You especially don't owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs."
    - Bansky

"The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules."
    - Bansky

"There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place."
    - Bansky

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
    - George Bernard Shaw

"The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time."
    - Ben Okri

"Nothing is permanent but change. Character is destiny."
    - Heraclitus of Ephesus

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
    - Howard Aikeny

"I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones."
    - John Cage

"If you don't understand how things are connected, the cause of problems is solutions."
    - Amory B. Lovin