August MOON Shine

“You shall love the stranger; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Deuteronomy

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats

“One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends.” – Jean Cocteau

“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”  – Shirley Maclaine

“Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.” – Victor Hugo

“At our best we befriend the stranger and his children, we treat them kindly, we hire them, and we defend them. At our worst we demean them, discriminate against them, exploit them, and attack them.” – Ethics Bob

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

“No one ever forgets where they bury the hatchet.” – Anonymous

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.” – Brené Brown

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ― Herman Melville

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” ― William James

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

“Ninety per cent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves—so how can we know anyone else?” —Sydney J. Harris

“I want to live in a place where strangers rush to help someone in distress.” — Ian McEwan

“I looked in the audience. There were no strangers. Everybody was singing and cheering and hugging. That was a beautiful picture to look at.” — Celine Dion

“Tuning in to others is a circular flow: you send yourself out toward people; you receive them as they respond to you.” ― Deepak Chopra

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” ― C.S. Lewis

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.”—Unknown

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia

“Friends are friends because they’ve discovered how much they have in common. Opponents, adversaries, and foes are friends too, who have not yet discovered this.” —Mike Dooley

 

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