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Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.

~ Karen Armstrong

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Category: Quotations

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· religion · spirituality · change · attitude · truth · tradition · mythology

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

~ Helen Keller

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· persistence · attitude

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

~ Robert Kennedy

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· persistence · attitude · history

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

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· persistence · attitude · history

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

~ William Faulkner

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· persistence · attitude

Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets.

~ Rudyard Kipling

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· life · attitude

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

~ Eleonora Duse

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· life · attitude · gratitude · mindfulness

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.

~ Arthur Ashe

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· faith · action · attitude

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

~ John Dewey

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· failure · learning · attitude

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

~ John Powell

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· failure · learning · attitude

Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.

~ Lloyd Jones

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· failure · attitude

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.

~ Nikki Giovanni

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· failure · learning · attitude

I always try to believe the best of everybody - it saves so much trouble.

~ Rudyard Kipling

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· optimism · attitude

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.

~ Sydney J. Harris

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· hope · attitude

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

~ Winston Churchill

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· hope · attitude · failure · success

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

~ Winston Churchill

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· optimism · attitude

 I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.

~ Lucille Ball

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Category: Quotations

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· life · attitude

The hummingbird saves the world

One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying flat on its back on the ground. The bird's tiny feet were raised up into the air.
"What on earth are you doing, Hummingbird?" asked the elephant.
The hummingbird replied, "I have heard that the sky might fall today. If that should happen, I am ready to do my part in holding it up."
The elephant laughed loudly and mocked the little bird. "Do you think those itty-bitty feet could hold up the sky?"
"Not alone," admitted the hummingbird. "But each of us must do what he can and this is what I can do myself."

Category: Stories

Tradition: None

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology · attitude · influence

Stone Cutters

During the Middle Ages, a traveler once came upon a place in France where a great deal of building work was going on. He began talking with the stone cutters and asking them about their work.
He approached the first worker and asked, "What are you doing?"

The man, very disgruntled, and obviously unhappy in his hard toil, replied, "I'm cutting these huge boulders with the simplest of tools and putting them together in the way I've been told to do. I'm sweating in this heat and my back is hurting. What's more, I'm totally bored, and I wish I didn't have to do this hard and meaningless job."

The traveler moved on quickly to interview a second worker. He asked the same question: "What are you doing?"

The worker replied, "Well, I have a wife and children at home, so I come here every morning and I work these boulders into regular shapes, as I'm told to do. It gets repetitive sometimes, but it helps to feed my family, and that's all I want."

Somewhat encouraged, the traveller went on to a third worker. "And what are you doing?" he asked.

The third worker responded, with shining eyes, as he pointed up to the heavens, "I'm building a cathedral!"

Category: Stories

Tradition: None

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology · Christian · attitude · mindfulness

I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Transcendentalism

· life · attitude · gratitude

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