If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.
When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts, it will not be with jackboots, it will be Nike sneakers and smiley shirts. Smiley smiley.
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other."Orestes" (408 BC)
To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.
The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
If you quietly accept and go along no matter what your feelings are, ultimately you internalize what you're saying, because it's too hard to believe one thing and say another. I can see it very strikingly in my own background. Go to any elite university and you are usually speaking to very disciplined people, people who have been selected for obedience. And that makes sense. If you've resisted the temptation to tell the teacher, "You're an asshole," which maybe he or she is, and if you don't say, "That's idiotic," when you get a stupid assignment, you will gradually pass through the required filters. You will end up at a good college and eventually with a good job.
Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything.
Keep your heart clear and transparent And you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought, though, Creates ten thousand distractions. Let myriad things captivate you And you'll go further and further astray. How painful to see people All wrapped up in themselves.
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
(or even "better", make undesired thoughts unthinkable)