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Jul. 27th, 2005 @ 08:07 am
wearingwords
There are seven sins in the world: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.
-Mahatma Gandhi

May. 17th, 2005 @ 04:13 pm
wearingwords
A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Mark the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.
I will give you no hiding place down here.
You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long
Face down in ignorance.
Your mouths spelling words
Armed for slaughter.
The rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.
Across the wall of the world,
A river sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.
Each of you a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more.
Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I
And the tree and stone were one.
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your brow
And when you yet knew you still knew nothing.
The river sings and sings on.
There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing river and the wise rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew,
The African and Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek,
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the tree.
Today, the first and last of every tree
Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the river.
Plant yourself beside me, here beside the river.
Each of you, descendant of some passed on
Traveller, has been paid for.
You, who gave me my first name,
You Pawnee, Apache and Seneca,
You Cherokee Nation, who rested with me,
Then forced on bloody feet,
Left me to the employment of other seekers--
Desperate for gain, starving for gold.
You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot...
You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru,
Bought, sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare
Praying for a dream.
Here, root yourselves beside me.
I am the tree planted by the river,
Which will not be moved.
I, the rock, I the river, I the tree
I am yours--your passages have been paid.
Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,
Need not be lived again.
Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.
Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts.
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.
Do not be wedded forever
To fear, yoked eternally
To brutishness.
The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me,
The rock, the river, the tree, your country.
No less to Midas than the mendicant.
No less to you now than the mastodon then.
Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes,
Into your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning.

-A Rock Cries Out To Us Today, Maya Angelou

yep, it's me again! May. 2nd, 2005 @ 05:10 pm
elysiumbound
"I believe that because of our intellignece we human beings are also capable of developing infinte altruism."
-Dalai Lama-
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

more Dalai Lama Apr. 11th, 2005 @ 12:13 pm
elysiumbound
"Freedom is a human need; it may be even more than human. I have a cat. People feed this cat; they pet this cat; they give the cat everything he needs. But every time the window is open just a little, he runs away."
          .:The Dalai Lama:.



If you don't want me to post these anymore, just speak up and I'll stop...maybe. ;)
If other people would start posting...*ahem* (hint hint)...it wouldn't seem like Dalai Lama overload so much! haha ;P

Current Mood: determined
Current Music: .:dido - do you have a little time for me:.

Mar. 9th, 2005 @ 12:02 pm
glykyskoritsi

elysiumbound

Got this in my inbox this morning, and while it's not exactly a liberal quote, I'd say it's definitely a liberal idea.  ;)

Making People Happy

The President, the First Lady, and Dick Cheney are all flying on Air Force One. George looks at Laura, chuckles and says, "You know, I could throw a $100.00 bill out the window right now and make somebody very happy."  Laura shrugs her shoulders and says," Well, I could throw ten $10.00 bills out the window and make 10 people very happy."  Cheney says, "Of course then, I could throw one-hundred $1.00 bills out the window and make a hundred people very happy." 

The pilot rolls his eyes, looks at all of them and says to his co-pilot, "Such big shots back there...hell, I could throw all of them out the window and make millions happy."


Feb. 10th, 2005 @ 09:38 am
elysiumbound
"A narrow-minded, self-centered attitude is the basis for negative emotions like fear, anxiety, and frustration."
    .:The Dhalai Lama:.

Ain't that the truth.
Current Mood: soresore

from my Words of Wisdom calendar Jan. 19th, 2005 @ 10:15 am
elysiumbound
The Dalai Lama :: "If motivation is sincere, then there is no problem. But if it's politically motivated, that's something different."
Current Mood: BR COLD!!! GR

Jan. 10th, 2005 @ 09:58 am
elysiumbound
This seems related to liberalism... *shrug*

"You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act."
.:Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000:.

Dec. 31st, 2004 @ 12:32 pm
wearingwords
The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

--Gen. Omar Bradley

Dec. 11th, 2004 @ 06:27 pm
xxshamelessxx
"You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists"

-- Abbie Hoffman

Dec. 7th, 2004 @ 11:36 pm
wearingwords
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw

Studying for finals I had to stop and share, because I liked this one. Dec. 6th, 2004 @ 11:06 am
polkadotrose
"What, after all, is unity but the fellowship of people? Too often, unified efforts are created simply to take advantage of people as one special interest group battles another for concessions from the government. America is certainly not a democracy when it is controlled by pressure groups. Rather, it is a pressure cooker waiting to explode when the wrong ingredients come together. Recent events show this tendency all too well."


Vine Deloria, Jr; Indian rights advocate, from his book "Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto" written in 1969.

it's been pretty quiet in here... Dec. 1st, 2004 @ 01:10 pm
elysiumbound
So here's a quote for you all to ponder. ("Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?")

Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.
.:Kurt Vonnegut:.
Current Music: .:imagine that:.ani:.

Nov. 24th, 2004 @ 11:59 pm
wearingwords
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

--Elie Wiesel

Nov. 21st, 2004 @ 11:42 am
elysiumbound
I never dared to be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.

--Robert Frost --
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: just the hissing of the heaters

another one on Americans Nov. 18th, 2004 @ 05:37 pm
elysiumbound
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
--John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

and on censorship Nov. 17th, 2004 @ 03:39 pm
elysiumbound
All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
--George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
Current Music: .:in here:. ani

a couple on Americans Nov. 17th, 2004 @ 03:34 pm
elysiumbound
(I hope it's okay to post two at once.)

I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities - a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
-- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Nov. 16th, 2004 @ 05:03 pm
elysiumbound
If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work. "Hello, can't work today, still queer."
-- Robin Tyler --

haha, I just thought that was really funny.

Nov. 16th, 2004 @ 03:39 pm
wearingwords
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin
Other entries
» (No Subject)
I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

--Tolstoy
» not sure if this will be considered a "liberal quote"
Extreme opposites resemble the other. Each believes that we have only two choices: appeasement or war, suicide or surrender, humiliation or holocaust, to be either Red or dead.
--John F. Kennedy
» i love this quote, thought id share
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
You Learn by Living (1960)
» (No Subject)
History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.

--U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
» (No Subject)
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

--Napoleon Bonaparte
» 11/12/2004 #7: teaching
When I transfer my knowledge, I teach.
When I transfer my beliefs, I indoctrinate.


--Arthur Danto

TBLQE compiled by Martin
» 11/12/2004 #6: freedom
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedoms of others.

---Nelson Mandela

TBLQE, compiled by Martin
» and #5 (discuss!!)
"I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists."
--Jane Fonda--

uh, what?
Sorry, Jane, I'd have to give you a big fat negative on that one.
» #4
We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
» #3
If...the machine of government...is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

-- Henry David Thoreau
» 11/11/04 #2: prejudice and bigotry
I decided to post more than one quote a day for the first few days to get this place goin.


You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

--Anne Lamott

(Taken from The Best Liberal Quotes Ever, compiled by William Martin.
» November 11, 2004 : war and imperialism
Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world.

--Molly Ivins

Taken from The Best Liberal Quotes Ever, compiled by William Martin.


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