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"We cannot change the past, but we can change
our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant
forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility.
Exchange love for hate --- thereby, making the
present comfortable and the future promising."
-- Maya Angelou
"We who have been born Buddhist, Hindu, Christian,
Muslim, or any other faith can be very comfortable
in each others temple's, mosques, and churches,
praying or meditating together to create a spiritual
mass of consciousness which can overcome our greed,
hatred, and illusions."
Dr. Ari Ariyaratne
purpose of economic theory is to make those who are
comfortable FEEL comfortable.
-- Lord Balogh
think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We
all try different things, and we find some comfortable
sense of who we are. We look at our parents and
learn and grow and move on. We change.
-- Jamie Lee Curtis
my friends, I am opposed to the system of society
in which we live today, not because I lack the
natural equipment to do for myself but because
I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable
knowing that there are thousands of my fellow
men who suffer for the barest necessities of life.
We were taught under the old ethic that man's
business on this earth was to look out for himself.
That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of
the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter
what may become of your fellow man. Thousands
of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my
brother's keeper?'' That question has never yet
been answered in a way that is satisfactory to
civilized society. Yes, I am my brother's keeper.
I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired,
not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher
duty I owe myself. What would you think me if
I were capable of seating myself at a table and
gorging myself with food and saw about me the
children of my fellow beings starving to death.
-- Eugene V. Debs,
can't comfort the afflicted with afflicting the
-- Princess Diana
just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough
committed fleas biting strategically can make
even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform
even the biggest nation.
friendship comes when silence between two people is
--Dave Tyson Gentry
There are risks and costs to a program of action.
But they are far less than the long-range risks
and costs of comfortable inaction.
"I feel my family's needs are a priority. I'm
not comfortable with the idea of serving the many
and ignoring my family."
-- Susan Sarandon
man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
-- Mark Twain
Wilbur burst into tears. "I dont want to die,"
he moaned. "I want to stay alive, right here in
my comfortable manure pile with all my friends.
I want to breathe the beautiful air and lie in
the beautiful sun."
~ E. B. White
When you're at war, you think about a better life;
when you're at peace you think about a more comfortable
-- Thornton Wilder
are two visions of America. One precedes our founding
fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our
puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable
with diversity, hostile to science, unfriendly to reason,
contemptuous of personal autonomy. It sees America as
a religious nation. It views patriotism as allegiance
to God. It secretly adores coercion and conformity.
Despite our constitution, despite the legacy of the
Enlightenment, it appeals to millions of Americans and
threatens our freedom. The other vision finds its roots
in the spirit of our founding revolution and in the
leaders of this nation who embraced the age of reason.
It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science
and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual.
It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely
religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism
as love of country and of the people who make it strong.
It defends all citizens against unjust coercion and
irrational conformity. This second vision is our vision.
It is the vision of a free society. We must be bold
enough to proclaim it and strong enough to defend it
against all its enemies.
-- Rabbi Sherwin Wine