"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." George Washington (1732-1799), 1st American President, Farewell address, September 17, 1796
"We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar….Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley (1703-1791), 'John Wesley's Rule'
"Creator uncreated, sole one, unique one, who traverses eternity…with millions under his care; Your splendor is like heaven's splendor." Suti and Hor (15th to 14th centuries bce), architects to Amenhotep III, 'First Hymn to the Sun God'
"Like to the greatness of God is the greatness within." Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), 'The Marches of Glynn'
"The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), 'Philosophy of Right'
"We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones to make a better day." Lionel Richie (b. 1950), 'We Are the World'
"Consciousness does not appear to itself chopped up in bits….A 'river' or a 'stream' are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'
"What is (the earth) most like?.....It is most like a single cell." Lewis Thomas (b. 1913), 'The Lives of a Cell'
"Know thyself." Inscription at the Delphic Oracle, from Plutarch's 'Morals' (ca. 650-550 bce)
"There is strong shadow where there is much light." Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe (1749-1832), 'Gotz von Berlichingen', act 1
"Tiny differences in input could quickly become overwhelming differences in output….In weather, for example, this translates into what is only half-jokingly known as the Butterfly Effect – the notion that a butterfly stirring the air today in Peking can transform storm systems next month in New York." James Gleick (b. 1954), 'Chaos', prologue
"From the feelings proper to it, humanity's nature is constituted for the practice of what is good." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. 1:6.5-6
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal." Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), First Women's Rights convention, Seneca Falls, New York, July 19-20, 1848, 'Declaration of Sentiments'
"Soul is the same thing in all living creatures, although the body of each is different." Hippocrates (460-377 bce), 'Regimen', bk. 1, sec. 28
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944
"He is Father. Even more, God is Mother." Pope John Paul I (1912-1978), Sunday Angelus blessing, St. Peter's Square, September 17, 1978
"A land ethic for tomorrow should be as honest as Thoreau's 'Walden', and as comprehensive as the sensitive science of ecology. It should stress the oneness of our resources and the live-and-help logic of the great chain of life." Stewart Lee Udall (b. 1920), 'The Quiet Crisis'
"The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men." John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), Address at the University of California, Berkeley, March 23, 1962
"And what if all of animated nature be but organic harps diversely framed, that tremble into thought, as over them sweeps plastc and vast, one intellectual breeze, at once the Soul of each, and God of All?" Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944
"If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up." Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevski (1821-1881), 'The Brothers Karamazov', bk. II, ch. 6
"Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion." William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), 'W. P. and F. J. T. Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison', vol. III
"O the one life within us and abroad, which meets all motion and becomes its soul, a light in sound, a sound-like power in light, rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?" Aeschylus (525-456 bce), 'Agamemnon', 1.1485