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Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.
It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character.
Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each of us. To build for man a world without fear, we must be without fear. To build a world of justice, we must be just.
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.
If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.
'Freedom from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, Yes!
For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.
Peacekeeping is not a job for soldiers, but only soldiers can do it.
There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life's point of no return.
Each morning we must hold out the chalice of our being to receive, to carry, and give back. It must be held out empty - for the past must only be reflected in its polish, its shape, its capacity.
Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.
Forgiving is forgetting, in spite of remembering.
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
Only one feat is possible: not to have run away.
Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer.
Everything will be all right - you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves.
It is more important to understand the ground of your own behavior than to understand the motives of another.
The UN wasn't created to take mankind into paradise, but rather, to save humanity from hell.
Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away.
I believe that we should die with decency so that at least decency will survive.
Friendship needs no words.
Here man is no longer the center of the world, only a witness, but a witness who is also a partner in the silent life of Nature, bound by secret affinities of the trees.
You dare your Yes - and experience a meaning...You repeat your Yes - and all things acquire a meaning...When everything has a meaning, how can you live anything but a YES.
Time always seems long to the child who is waiting - for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.
I am the vessel. The draft is God's. And God is the thirsty one.
What you must dare: is to be yourself.
Life yields only to the conqueror.
We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
The longest journeyIs the journey inwards.Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest For the source of his being.
We cannot afford to forget any experience, not even the most painful.
The concept of loyalty is distorted when it is understood to mean blind acceptance. It is correctly interpreted when it is assumed to cover honest criticism.
Life yields only to the conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in. You will be living off stolen goods, and your muscles will atrophy.
Do not look back and do not dream about the future. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward, your destiny, is in the present moment
Perhaps a great love is never returned.
Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us.
In the last analysis, it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us.
Unless there is a spiritual renaissance, the world will know no peace.
It was when Lucifer first congratulated himself upon his angelic behavior that he became the tool of evil.
The longest journey is the journey inward.
Each day the first day: Each day a life.
If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. They will make note of this and not remain in your debt long.
A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume responsibility.
It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
Be grateful as your deeds become less and less associated with your name, as your feet ever more lightly tread the earth.