Quotation of the Day

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

~Oscar Wilde


Quotation of the Day

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, for what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~Dr. Howard Thurman, American Theologian, Clergyman and Activist (1900-1981)

Howard Thurman - Minister (Portrait)


Quotation of the Day

“Between the head and the heart is the voice, and our voice reflects our choices; the way we reconcile what we think and what we feel; what we know and what we desire. Our voice reaches the world through the manner in which we live — sound is unnecessary; we show others who we are by the way we go through life, and touch everyone we meet with who we are in that moment.” 
 ~Shreve Stockton
compassion, quotations

Some Days

My literature education was bereft of James Baldwin. Recently, I fortuitously saw his poem, Some Days, posted on a nondescript wall. While I find the entire poem comforting, my favorite line is:

I know that love is the only answer.

Go ahead, read the poem for yourself! I hope, like me, you were smiling by the end!

animal rights, compassion, quotations, social justice

Quotation of the Day

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,”

~Desmond Tutu
Tutu also penned the forward to the forthcoming Global Guide to Animal Protection edited by Andrew Linzey, for which Tutu writes,

I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Outside Tuto House, Soweto by Johan Wessels
licensed under CC BY 2.0 
compassion, empathy, quotations

Quotation of the Day: Love Edition

When they criticize you, love them for teaching you humility.
When they heap scorn upon you, love them for helping you discover your resiliency.
When they doubt you, love them for giving your dreams greater courage.
When they point out your faults, love them for their accuracy.
When they wound you, love them for showing you your capacity to forgive.
When they try to stop you, love them for making your resolve even stronger.
When they cast you into darkness, love them for helping you discover your inextinguishable light.
And when you stand victorious, when your love has conquered the impossible challenge, invite them to stand with you so they too can see that love is invincible

~Attributed to Cory Booker
current events, money, quotations, social justice

Quotation of the Day: Nobel Prize Edition

“First of all, it’s not the financial crisis per se, but the most important problem that we are facing now, today, I think, is rising inequality in the United States and elsewhere in the world. This is a problem that has solutions. Many of them are financial solutions. Finance is substantially about risk management, and if it’s supplied right, if it’s democratized, that means if the real tools are made useful to real people and not to just a minority of people, it can help solve these problems.”