Quotes and Poems


“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.”
“Good government is no substitute for self-government.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“True morality consists, not in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and in fearlessly following it.”
“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
“Freedom and slavery are mental states.”
“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

The Stills Album cover: “Fearless. Honest. Inspired.”

Living Eulogy

she danced.
she sang.
she took.
she gave.
she served.
she loved.
she created.
she dissented.
she enlivened.
she saw.
she grew.
she sweated.
she changed.
she learned.
she laughed.
she shed her skin,
she bled on the pages of her days,
she walked through walls,
she lived with intention.

mary anne radmacher ’97

“WHAT IF our deepest emotions are our greatest opportunities? WHAT IF we consciously choose to believe that those times when we are most fully in our humanness … feeling the depths of our grief, enduring our disappointment, living as brilliantly in our shadow as we do in our light … are the times that chisel our soul’s brilliance into art? What if we choose to love ourselves, allowing the depths and sharp edges of our feelings to be three dimensional … even the ones that ache? What if we chose to love another in the depths of their shadows?”

Carolyn Berry

Return to Life

I waken
And nothing is the same.
For the first time,
I open my eyes,
These eyes of mine
I long believed could see
And find that all I knew as true
Was nothing but a false dream.

Then, like a radiant star
The Angel of Death
The Angel of Life became
And transformed my dream
From a drama of fear
To a joyful comedy.

So surprised, I ask the Angel,
“Am I dead?”
She replies,
“Yes, for these many years,
Though your heart beat on,
Your mind slept in the grave of illusion
Unconscious of your divinity.

Now, with heart beating
And body breathing,
Your mind has wakened from hell.
Renewed, your eyes
Admire the beauty awaiting you.

Your divine awareness wakens
All the love in your being.
Hating and fearing forsaken,
Gone are the guilt and the blame.
Your soul forgives,
Your divinity lives.

My eyes, in fascination,
Stare at the Angel.
Sensing the truth waking in me.
I surrender, willingly,
Without condition.
Humbly receiving
Death and life,
To hell, I release all claim
And with new eyes,
See my eternal love…leaving.

~ Miguel Angel Ruiz
From the book Beyond Fear: Teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz by Mary C. Nelson

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