Quotes Archive

Weekly Quotes Archive

The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth – Rumi

Goodness and evil cannot be equal. Repel (evil) with something that is better. Then you will see that he with whom you had enmity will become your close friend. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint,- none but persons of the greatest good fortune. [Quran 41: 34-35]

If you find that your striving to be more religious has made you less compassionate and more judgmental, less understanding and more critical, and less merciful and more scornful—and that you’ve cut off close relationships instead of welcomed more into your acquaintance, and that your tongue is busy with the faults of people instead of your heart twisting in agony over your own, then know you have not found the path of religiousness that you are seeking. You’ve only fallen into self-deception and are on the path to spiritual and psychological turmoil and regret – From the journal of Umm Zakiyyah

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime – Mark Twain

As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos – Martin Luther King Jr.

Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear… Violence is much more subtle, much deeper – Jiddu Krishnamurti


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