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Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Community is a place where the connections felt in our hearts make themselves known in the bonds between people, and where the tuggings and pullings of those bonds keep opening our hearts."

Community is a place where the connections felt in our hearts make themselves known in the bonds between people, and where the tuggings and pullings of those bonds keep opening our hearts.




Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "I now know myself to be a person of weakness and strength, liability and giftedness, darkness and light. I now know that to be whole means to reject none of it but to embrace all of it."

I now know myself to be a person of weakness and strength, liability and giftedness, darkness and light. I now know that to be whole means to reject none of it but to embrace all of it.




Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "One of the hardest things we must do sometimes is to be present to another person's pain without trying to "fix" it, to simply stand respectfully at the edge of that person's mystery and misery."

One of the hardest things we must do sometimes is to be present to another person's pain without trying to "fix" it, to simply stand respectfully at the edge of that person's mystery and misery.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "We are here not only to transform the world but also to be transformed."

We are here not only to transform the world but also to be transformed.




Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Self-care is never a selfish act - it is only good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others."

Self-care is never a selfish act - it is only good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you."

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Community doesn't just create abundance - community is abundance. If we could learn that equation from the world of nature, the human world might be transformed."

Community doesn't just create abundance - community is abundance. If we could learn that equation from the world of nature, the human world might be transformed.




Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "At its deepest level, I think teaching is about bringing people into communion with each other, with yourself as the teacher, and with the subject you are teaching."

At its deepest level, I think teaching is about bringing people into communion with each other, with yourself as the teacher, and with the subject you are teaching.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am."

Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "We think it's about little techniques and tricks, but techniques only take you so far. We need teachers who care about kids, who care about what they teach, and who can communicate with kids."

We think it's about little techniques and tricks, but techniques only take you so far. We need teachers who care about kids, who care about what they teach, and who can communicate with kids.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Violence is what happens when we don't know what else to do with our suffering."

Violence is what happens when we don't know what else to do with our suffering.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "I will always have fears, but I need not be my fears, for I have other places within myself from which to speak and act."

I will always have fears, but I need not be my fears, for I have other places within myself from which to speak and act.




Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up."

Each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "A scholar is committed to building on knowledge that others have gathered, correcting it, confirming it, enlarging it."

A scholar is committed to building on knowledge that others have gathered, correcting it, confirming it, enlarging it.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "The spiritual life is about becoming more at home in your own skin."

The spiritual life is about becoming more at home in your own skin.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "The ancient human question 'Who am I?' leads inevitably to the equally important question 'Whose am I?' - for there is no self outside of relationship."

The ancient human question 'Who am I?' leads inevitably to the equally important question 'Whose am I?' - for there is no self outside of relationship.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what's going on inside of himself or herself ... lest the act of leadership create more harm than good."

A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what's going on inside of himself or herself ... lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "In every story I have heard, good teachers share one trait: a strong sense of personal identity infuses their work."

In every story I have heard, good teachers share one trait: a strong sense of personal identity infuses their work.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "When someone says 'I'm so disillusioned', I say 'Congratulations! You've lost another illusion.'"

When someone says 'I'm so disillusioned', I say 'Congratulations! You've lost another illusion.'



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "I like to say that before we can create an external space in which to receive people, we have to create an internal space in which to receive them."

I like to say that before we can create an external space in which to receive people, we have to create an internal space in which to receive them.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "What do I want to let go of and what do I want to give myself to?"

What do I want to let go of and what do I want to give myself to?



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Humility is the only lens though which great things can be seen--and once we have seen them, humility is the only posture possible."

Humility is the only lens though which great things can be seen--and once we have seen them, humility is the only posture possible.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "It's more important to be in right relationship than it is to be right."

It's more important to be in right relationship than it is to be right.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "We need a coat with two pockets. In one pocket there is dust, and in the other pocket there is gold. We need a coat with two pockets to remind us who we are."

We need a coat with two pockets. In one pocket there is dust, and in the other pocket there is gold. We need a coat with two pockets to remind us who we are.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "... the stranger is not a threat but an opportunity to grow in my view of reality, to grow in my own sense of possibility"

... the stranger is not a threat but an opportunity to grow in my view of reality, to grow in my own sense of possibility



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "I want my inner truth to be the plumb line for the choices I make about my life - about the work that I do and how I do it, about the relationships I enter into and how I conduct them."

I want my inner truth to be the plumb line for the choices I make about my life - about the work that I do and how I do it, about the relationships I enter into and how I conduct them.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Mentoring is a mutuality that requires more than meeting the right teacher: the teacher must meet the right student."

Mentoring is a mutuality that requires more than meeting the right teacher: the teacher must meet the right student.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "How easily we get trapped in that which is not essential - in looking good, winning at competition, gathering power and wealth - when simply being alive is the gift beyond measure."

How easily we get trapped in that which is not essential - in looking good, winning at competition, gathering power and wealth - when simply being alive is the gift beyond measure.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "For me, teaching is about weaving a web of connectedness between myself, my students, the subject I'm teaching, and the larger world."

For me, teaching is about weaving a web of connectedness between myself, my students, the subject I'm teaching, and the larger world.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Don't let anyone or anything rob you of the beauty and meaning at the heart of life. It's your birthright gift."

Don't let anyone or anything rob you of the beauty and meaning at the heart of life. It's your birthright gift.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together."

As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Connection and connectedness are other words for community and communion."

Connection and connectedness are other words for community and communion.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference."

The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Is the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me?"

Is the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me?



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Good teachers join self and subject and students in the fabric of life."

Good teachers join self and subject and students in the fabric of life.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them."

The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher."

Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am."

By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "I am not sure that any sight or sound on earth is as exquisite as the hushed descent of a sky full of snow."

I am not sure that any sight or sound on earth is as exquisite as the hushed descent of a sky full of snow.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "The power for authentic leadership is found not in external arrangements, but in the human heart."

The power for authentic leadership is found not in external arrangements, but in the human heart.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "The inner life of any great thing will be incomprehensible to me until I develop and deepen an inner life of my own."

The inner life of any great thing will be incomprehensible to me until I develop and deepen an inner life of my own.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "We listen for guidance everywhere except from within."

We listen for guidance everywhere except from within.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Science requires an engagement with the world, a live encounter between the knower and the known."

Science requires an engagement with the world, a live encounter between the knower and the known.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "I think the church needs to be much more countercultural than that and invite people into slowing down, into a "Be-still-and-know-that-I-am-God" mindset."

I think the church needs to be much more countercultural than that and invite people into slowing down, into a "Be-still-and-know-that-I-am-God" mindset.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Teaching like any truly human activity emerges from one's inwardness."

Teaching like any truly human activity emerges from one's inwardness.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already posses."

Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already posses.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Why does a literary scholar study the world of "fiction"? To show us that the facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination."

Why does a literary scholar study the world of "fiction"? To show us that the facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "Authority is granted to people who are perceived as authoring their own words, their own actions, their own lives, rather than playing a scripted role at great remove from their own hearts."

Authority is granted to people who are perceived as authoring their own words, their own actions, their own lives, rather than playing a scripted role at great remove from their own hearts.



Parker J. Palmer Quotes: "We are participants in a vast communion of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth."

We are participants in a vast communion of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.