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Quotes

  • "If we make no effort to change direction, we will end up where we are headed." - Chinese Proverb
  • "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." - Robert Kennedy
  • "We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise... It is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations." - The Earth Charter
  • "Among the evil things created by Angro Maynes are noxious grasses that cause pregnant women to drop the womb and die in childbed." - from the sacred books of the Parsees (see Ergot)
  • "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
  • "Questions of public hygiene and medicine are both professional and social. Thus, every physician is by destiny a "political being" in the sense in which the ancients defined the term - viz. a citizen of a commonwealth, with many rights and great responsibilities. The latter grow with increased power, both physical and intellectual. The scientific attainments of the physician and his appreciation of the source of evil enable him to strike at its root by advising aid and remedy..." - Abraham Jacobi
  • "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" -Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters (20 May 1860)
  • "The choice, after all, is ours to make... If we have concluded that we are being asked to take senseless and frightening risks, then we should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals: we should look about and see what other course is open to us." - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962.
  • "The important thing is to not stop questioning." - Albert Einstein
  • "Great scientific discoveries are like sunrises. They illuminate first the steeples of the unknown, then its dark hollows." - the entomologist E.O. Wilson on the works of Charles Darwin
  • "I would say that there exists a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are one. The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves-we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together, we are each other's destiny." - Mary Oliver, Winter Hours (1999)
  • "A sensible guide would surely be to reduce exposure to hazard whenever possible, to accept substantial hazard only for great benefit, minor hazard for modest benefit, and no hazard at all when the benefit seems relatively trivial." - Philip Handler
  • "Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I vow to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicants, or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain T.V. programs, magazines, books, films and conversations. I am aware that to damage my body and my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society, and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion by practicing a diet for myself and for society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self-transformation, and for the transformation of society." - Thich Nhat Hanh, The Five Wonderful Precepts
  • "Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing." - John D. Rockefeller
  • "We are rightly appalled by the genetic effects of radiation; how then, can we be indifferent to the same effect in chemicals we disseminate widely in our environment?" - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
  • "No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. There are orators, politicians, and eloquent men, by the thousand; but the speaker has not yet opened his mouth to speak who is capable of settling the much-vexed questions of the day. We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or any heroism it may inspire..." - Henry David Thoreau,Civil Disobedience (1849)
  • "Reactionary politicians have managed to instill suspicions of all intellectual efforts into the public by dangling before their eyes a danger from without. Having succeeded so far, they are not proceeding to suppress the freedom of teaching and to deprive of their positions all those who do not prove submissive, i.e., to starve them out." - Albert Einstein
  • "What ought the minority of intellectuals to do against this evil? Frankly, I can only see the revolutionary way of noncooperation in the sense of Gandhi's. Every intellectual who is called before one of the committees ought to refuse to testify, i.e., he must be prepared for jail and economic ruin, in short, for the sacrifice of his personal welfare in the interests of the cultural welfare of his country." - Albert Einstein
  • "However, this refusal to testify must not be based on the well-known subterfuge of invoking the Fifth Amendment against possible self-incrimination, but on the assertion that it is shameful for a blameless citizen to submit to such an inquisition and that this kind of inquisition violates the spirit of the Constitution." - Albert Einstein as cited in Ronald W. Clark's "Einstein: The Life and Times" (1971)
  • Socrates: "How you, O Athenians, have been affected by my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that they almost made me forget who I was - so persuasively did they speak; and yet they have hardly uttered a word of truth... I admit that I am eloquent. But in how different a way from theirs! Well, as I was saying, they have scarcely spoken the truth at all; but from me you shall hear the whole truth: not, however, delivered after their manner in a set oration duly ornamented with words and phrases. No, by heaven! But I shall use the words and arguments which occur to me at the moment; for I am confident in the justice of my cause..." Taken from the Dialogues of Plato. Edited by Justin D. Kaplan. (1950)
  • "In disputes, be not so desirous to overcome as to not give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion and submit to the judgment of the major part, especially if they are judges of the dispute." - George Washington. "Rules of Civility." (86th Rule). (1988).
  • "You know I returned to India...at the end of 1914 with a mission which came to me in 1906, namely, to spread truth and non-violence among mankind in the place of violence and falsehood in all walks of life." - MK Gandhi's correspondence with Lord Linlithgow, from The Gandhi Reader: A Sourcebook of his Life and Writings (1956).
  • "For the moment a lot of attention is given to economic concerns, and these problems at hand easily eclipse all others. But the remedies proposed for these problems all come out of outmoded ways of thinking... The remedy? Compassion. The logical feeling that we find in ourselves if we search deeply enough that has to be exercised toward all other living creatures." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, "Toward a Science of the Mind," from Violence and Compassion (1996).
  • "If we are to reach real peace in the world, and if we are to carry on a real war against ware, we shall have to begin with the children." - Mahatma Gandhi
  • "It is sometimes said that science has nothing to do with morality. This is wrong. Science is the search for truth, the effort to understand the world; it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality." - Linus Carl Pauling, from "Scientist for the Ages" (Oregon State)
  • "Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions: the surest poison is time." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do."  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1740-1832)




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