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To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.

—    Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

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When we see the results of our high-tech, high-risk, and highly toxic economic system, many of us question our frenetic consumer lifestyles. We yearn for a simpler life based not on refusing all technology, but on going back to appropriate technology.

—    Yvon Chouinard

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You can’t ‘face your fear’ as is so often lamely suggested by pundits and gurus. Because fear doesn’t have a face, anymore than it does a telephone number. The only thing you *can* do with fear when it insists on coming along for this or that part of your ride, is to try and keep it in the backseat and never *ever* let it take the wheel.

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

—    Janice Joplin

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

—    Maya Angelou

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Someone asked me what home was and all I could think of were the stars on the tip of your tongue, the flowers sprouting from your mouth, the roots entwined in the gaps between your fingers, the ocean echoing inside of your ribcage.

—    E.E. Cummings

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

—    Mary Anne Radmacher

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