"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as real strength." --Ralph Stockman
Give us a blessing so
that our words and actions be one in unity,
and that we be able to listen to each other, in so doing,
we shall with good heart walk hand in hand to face the future.
In the presence of the outside, we are thankful for many blessings.
I make my prayer for all people, the children, the women and the men.
I pray that no harm will come to them,
and that on the great island, there be no war,
that there be no ill feelings among us
From this day on may we walk hand in hand
So be it.
Frank Fools Crow (Oglala Lakota Holy man)
Before the U.S. Senate 1975
“If we don’t end war, war will end us”
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no
longer despair for the future of the human race."
"Our true nationality is mankind."
“From the pine tree
Learn of the pine tree.
And from the bamboo
of the bamboo.”
“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought. Seek the kingdom, not the path to the kingdom.”
man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's
or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me,
for I am involved in mankind,
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.
John Donne (1572-1631)
The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority.
“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Man is the only animal with the intelligence to benefit all beings on this planet and the greed to destroy it for himself”
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”
“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.”
Brooke Medicine Eagle
“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.”
“Respect ... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.”
“The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different tradition”
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survivalRene Dubos
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.
Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air
and giving fresh strength to our people." - Franklin
Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd President of the
"The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart,
away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of
respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of
respect for humans too." - Luther Standing Bear (1868?
Chief, Oglala Sioux
"Evolution has shown us that nothing ever stays the
same: continents drift across the oceans, jungles turn
into deserts, and dinosaurs make way for silky
anteaters. And where the wind and the sun once
dictated the course of evolution, the near future of
this planet resides in the mind and action of man. The balancing of and the struggle between greed, compassion, fear, and intelligence will now determine the destiny of all life on Earth." - Charles Lynn Bragg, nature artist
"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would
regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that
existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to
vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."
~ Edward O. Wilson - "The Father of Biodiversity"
"Farmers are the only indispensable people on the face
of the earth."
— Li Zhaoxing, Ambassador, China
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a
songbird will come."
— Chinese proverb
"Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can
adapt to the destructive effects of our
power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned
population growth, to the dirt, pollution and noise of
a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is
not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but
the quality of human life."
— Dr. René Dubos, quoted in "Life" "
"Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the
ecosystem, we destroy ourselves."
— Jonas Salk , American physician and microbiologist,
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin
and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to
increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in
the days of our children the very prosperity which we
ought by right to hand down to them."
— Theodore Roosevelt
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized
people are beginning to find out that going to the
mountains is going home; that wilderness is a
necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations
are useful not only as fountains of timber and
irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."
— John Muir