February Moon Shine

On forgiveness

“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner.”  —Max Lucado

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”―Oscar Wilde

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”―Mahatma Gandhi

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”―Martin Luther King Jr.

“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim—letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.”―C.R. Strahan

“Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travel little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.” ―C. JoyBell C.

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” – Lily Tomlin

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.”  ―Cherie Carter-Scott

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” ―Nelson Mandela

“Forgiveness is not forgetting; it is simply denying your pain the right to control your life.”  — Corallie Buchanan

“Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who ‘forgives’ you–out of love–takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice. The price you must pay for your own liberation through another’s sacrifice is that you in turn must be willing to liberate in the same way, irrespective of the consequences to yourself.” ―Dag Hammarskjöld

On courage

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”—Rosa Parks

“The voice inside the mountain speaks to me, tells me again not to be afraid, tells me there is only love in this world. Our choice is to be in love, or be in fear. But to choose to be in love means you have to have a mountain inside of you, means to have the heart of the world inside you, means you feel another’s suffering inside your own body and you will weep…You will understand that this pain is your own because you are not separate, from life, or from anyone or anything else.”  —China Galland

“The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.”—Ernesto “Che” Guevara

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ―Lao Tzu

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” —Ambrose Redmoon

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. —Winston Churchill

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” —Anaïs Nin

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” ―Victor Hugo

“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ―Maya Angelou

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ―C. JoyBell C.

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have strength.”―Napoleon Bonaparte

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” ―Mark Twain

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”—Desmond Tutu

“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” ―Amelia Earhart

“Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others … Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”―Katherine Mansfield

On nature “I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn.”  – Nigerian chieftain

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”  — Chief Seattle

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”  — Marshall McLuhan

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” – E. B. White

“For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.”  — Tom McMillan

“Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values… God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.”  — Charles A. Lindbergh

“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

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  — John Muir

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”  — Cree Indian Proverb



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