Words to occupy your heart

The World Peace Through Technology Organization knows that quotes can be very useful. They can inspire and motivate, offer insight and persective, and they fit nicely on a poster. They are memes that can be spread easily, each containing a packet of wisdom and understanding. They are like little mind-bombs being launched from all directions, in a battle against apathy and misunderstanding. They can be extremely powerful, especially when put to music.

We'd like to share with you some quotes that may be useful now...

 

QUOTES FROM US:


We've woken up from a long sleep. We're looking around, clear-eyed for the first time since returning from the land of dreams, and we don't like what we see.

No problem created by humans is too big to solve.

Acting only for short-term gain is a crime against humanity. It is a crime against all future humanity.

We are experiencing a new kind of revolution. It is a revolution of the mind, in the way we think and see the world. It is also a revolution of the heart, in the way we see and act towards each other. This is a nonviolent revolution.
 
We've seen how far civilization can take us when we are at war with nature and ourselves. Now let's see how far we can go working together.

The Critic holds up a mirror. The Trickster holds up a window. The Magician turns it into a door. And the Brave jump through it to freedom.

Science should serve the needs of humanity, rather than profit off of it and destroy it.

Science is the product of our intentions, our priorities, our questions about the world around us and ourselves. In order to survive, we need to change our priorities, and see the world as it really is.

Time is speeding up, it's not just you.

No matter how enslaved and deceived and manipulated and controlled we may be, we are still human. And that spirit inside us, which makes us human, is stronger than all the power in the world and all the forces trying to hold it down.

We are all accountable for the world we create.

You have to participate in a democracy, or we end up where we are now.

Corporations are just a collection of real human beings working together on the same goals. The key to change is deciding who gets to determine the goals.
 
There is a theory that 2012 already happened, and it'll take a while to process.

If this was the End Times, and Jesus returned to earth today... what would he have to say about the conditions we're living in and the behavior of our society? I bet he would say the exact same things that the protesters occupying Wall Street are saying. The beliefs and the goals are the same. Jesus would be camping in Zuccotti Park, talking non-stop to the media and people gathered, saying the same basic thing that the other protesters are saying, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Love is the solution to all of the problems we are facing - each individual problem, and the root cause of all of the problems. No solution would be complete without incorporating love in all of our decisions, whether we call it "love" or "respect" or "compassion" or "community" or just doing what is right.

The problem is separation. The solution is love.

 

QUOTES FROM OTHERS:


"To speak a true word is to transform the world."
- Paulo Freire

"The best way to predict the future is to design it."
- Buckminster Fuller

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
- Buckminster Fuller

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change."
- Charles Darwin

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."

"Your imagination is the single most important asset you possess. It's your power to create mental pictures of things that don't exist yet and that you want to bring into being. It's the magic wand you use to shape your future."
- Rob Brezsny

"Reality is all that we imagine."

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope."
- Thomas Merton
 
"The technology we need most badly is the technology of community - the knowledge about how to cooperate to get things done. Our sense of community is in disrepair."
- Bill McKibben

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."
- Paulo Freire

"Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand justice."
- Job 32:9

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
- Leviticus 19:18

"The truth will set you free."

"Light is the best disinfectant."

"If we get rid of the pollution in the human mind, they will get rid of the pollution of the environment."
- Vandana Shiva

"Guns and bombs are children's toys. A true war wages, and you're invited."
- Jed McKenna

"You can use the quantum perspective to see your body as a silent flow of intelligence, a constant bubbling up of impulses that create, control, and become your physical body. The secret of life at this level is that everything in your body can be changed with the flick of an intention."
- Deepak Chopra

"The greatest thing in this life is not so much where we are at any one given moment... but the direction in which we are moving."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"If corporations are people, then anyone who owns a share of stock is a slave owner."

"A corporation does not have a soul."

"We can dream of an America, and a world, in which love and not money are civilization's bottom line."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I'm an extremist for love."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Light obliterates darkness, but darkness cannot penetrate light."

"Everything is alive. Everything is connected. Everthing is related."
- Julia Butterfly Hill

"Be humble or be humiliated."
 
"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."  
- Albert Einstein

"Anonymous is the first internet-based superconsciousness. Anonymous is a group, in the sense that a flock of birds is a group. How do you know they're a group? Because they're travelling in the same direction. At any given moment, more birds could join, leave, peel off in another direction entirely."
- Chris Landers

"If there is going to be change, real change, it will have to work its way from the bottom up, from the people themselves. That's how change happens."
- Howard Zinn

"There are only two powers in this world, the sword and the spirit... in the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit."
- Napoleon I

"Something unexpected is happening. We have begun telling each other our own stories. Sharing our lives, our hopes, our dreams, our demons. As we learn more about our global community a fundamental truth has been rediscovered: We are not so different as we may seem."
- Anonymous collective

"A peaceful revolution, a revolution of ideas, a revolution of creation. The twenty-first century enlightenment. A global movement to create a new age of tolerance and understanding, empathy and respect. An age of sharing ideas and cooperation. We can choose to use new technology for radical positive change or let it be used against us."
- Anonymous collective

"When all is said and done, the only change that will make a difference is the transformation of the human heart."
- Peter Senge

"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another."
- Thomas Merton

"Everything is a sacred relative, nothing is a resource."
- Julia Butterfly Hill

"We are the ancestors of the future."
- Julia Butterfly Hill

"The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human."
- John Naisbitt

"Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior."
- George W. Bush

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, with no escape from reality. Open your eyes and see."
- Queen

"A great industrial nation is controlled by it's system of credit."
- Woodrow Wilson

President Woodrow Wilson near his death, looking back at the creation of the Federal Reserve under his watch, said "I am a most unhappy man, unwittingly I have ruined my country."

"No person can get elected to that high office of president without first agreeing to do everything the powers tell him to do."
- William Randolph Hearst

"If the people of this country knew how their money was being handled, there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
- Henry Ford

"The economy is a fairy tale for the rich."
- Noam Chomsky

"See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it."
- God from the Midrash on Ecclesiastes 7:13

"Due to recent budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off."

"Evil is boring. Cynicism is idiotic. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius."
- Rob Brezsny

"Nothing would be a greater shame than to exist in revolutionary times without revolutionary ideas."
- Andrew Gavin Marshall

"Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth."

"Have you forgotten who you were trying to be?"

"All that you are seeking is also seeking you. It has been waiting for you a long time."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"May we see the whole in every part."

"Nothing is standing still. Everything is moving. Everything is changing. Nothing lasts. Everything is changing into something else."
- Terence McKenna

"We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, that will use technologies that haven't been invented, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet."
- Shift Happens

"We are living in exponential times."

"There is nothing that is hidden that will not be displayed, and there is nothing covered over that will not be uncovered."
- Jesus

"The true revolutionary is guided by deep feelings of love."
- Che Guevara

"Life always delivers the creative energy you need to change into the new thing you must become."
- Rob Brezsny

"It's one trick to manifest exactly what you want. It's another to bring about something even better. Leave the door open. Prepare to be amazed."
- Mike Tut

"One of the strange things in quantum mechanics is that our best description of the world — and this is based on mathematics — suggests that there's no such thing as independent objects. When objects interact, they actually are never separate afterwards. So since things are interacting all the time, it suggests that at some level, everything must always be connected."
- Dr. Dean Radin

"Few are guilty, but all are responsible."
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

"People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state, it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle."
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Half of democracy is showing up."
- Ralph Nader

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be."
- Douglas Adams

"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."
- Oscar Wilde

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Where love reigns the impossible may be attained."
- Indian proverb

"My favorite sign says, 'I care about you.' In a culture that trains people to avoid each other's gaze, to say 'Let them die,' that is a deeply radical statement."
- Naomi Klein

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?"
- Rabbi Hillel

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy."
- Thomas Merton

"People seem to think that it is in some way a proof that no merciful God exists, if we have so many wars. On the contrary, consider how in spite of centuries of sin and greed and lust and cruelty and hatred and avarice and oppression and injustice, spawned and bred by the free wills of men, the human race can still recover, each time, and can still produce man and women who overcome evil with good, hatred with love, greed with charity, lust and cruelty with sanctity."
- Thomas Merton

"Dance is the fastest, most direct route to the truth. We dance to reclaim our brilliant ability to disappear in something bigger."
- Gabrielle Roth

"At such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the newness, the emptiness, and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance."
- Thomas Merton

"We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us."
- Thomas Merton

"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real."
- Thomas Merton

"We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen."
- Thomas Merton

"What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous."
- Thomas Merton

"When ambition ends, happiness begins."
- Thomas Merton

"And the Lord took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to work it and to protect it."
- Genesis 2:15

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
- Native American teaching

"The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination."
- John Schaar

"Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle."
- the seven deadly sins of Mahatma Gandhi

"Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other."
- a Muslim prayer

"How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you're having."
- Eckhart Tolle

"To say it is impossible because it is difficult is again not in consonance with the spirit of the age. Things undreamed of are daily seen; the impossible is ever becoming possible. We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamed-of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I believe that if all the truth were known about everything in the world, it would be a better place to live."
- Andy Rooney's last comment

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power of money should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs."
- Thomas Jefferson

"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt."
- John Adams

"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws."
- Mayer Amschel Rothschild

"Fascism is the merger of corporate and state power."
- Benito Mussolini

"The stuff that works best is driven by passion rather than dollars."
- Craig Newmark

"Forget your lust for the rich man's gold. All that you need is in your soul."
- Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Tolerance begets tolerance."

"A good word accomplishes more than force."

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
- Elie Wiesel

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer

"Keep it real. Keep it simple. Let authenticity guide the day."
- Donna Smith

"The most yielding thing in the world will overcome the most rigid."
- Adbusters

"We need to move forward with a totally different perspective, on what is the purpose of the economy, what is the nature of real democracy."
- David Korten

"The Future is calling and has some serious concerns. Please pick up."

"What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington."
- John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

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