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Not to understand a treasure's worth till time has stole away the slighted good, is cause of half the poverty we feel, and makes the world the wilderness it is.
William Cowper
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 4/14/08

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
Maya Angelou
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 4/7/08

The love of one's country is a natural thing. But why should love stop at the border?
Pablo Casals
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 12/17/07

Human beings seldom step outside of themselves to really grasp the needs and fears of others. We often project our own thoughts and beliefs upon strangers, and make judgments based upon how we think they 'should' be living their lives. If only we could experience a few moments inside the feelings of another person, the world would be a much more compassionate and benevolent place.
Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 12/25/06

Hate is like a cancer. It doesn't matter if you have a little cancer or a lot of cancer — it's still cancer!
Author Unknown
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 6/5/06

What I know for sure is that behind every catastrophe, there are great lessons to be learned. Among the many that we as a country need to get is that as long as we play the "us and them" game, we don't evolve as people, as a nation, as a planet.
Oprah Winifrey
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 5/1/06

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Thomas Paine
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 12/26/05

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 12/19/05

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
Mother Teresa
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 9/26/05

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 4/11/05

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.
James Baldwin
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line3/14/05

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.
M. Scott Peck
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line12/6/04

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
Danny Thomas, Entertainer/Humanitarian (1914-1991)
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line11/29/04

If you try to make your circle closed and exclusively yours, it never grows very much. Only a circle that has lots of room for anybody who needs it has enough spare space to hold any real magic.
— Zilpha Keatley Snyder, American Children's Writer (1927- )

Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 3/29/04

If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, Wife of President F. D. Roosevelt, activist, UN diplomat (1884-1962)

Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 1/5/04

We will never know the difference that can be made in our life and the lives of strangers unless we choose to be open to all possibilities.
Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 1/5/04

The unique personality which is the real life in me, I cannot gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others.
— Felix Adler, Ph.D, Ethical Culture Movement (1851-1933)

Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 12/1//03

To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of humankind — this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
Henry Van Dyke, American Educator & Author (1852–1933)
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 11/24//03

Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 9/8/03

Clearly seeing the chances we have to make a difference in the World Within Our Reach is the best way to change the world at large.
Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 5/12//03

Ninety percent 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.
Sydney J. Harris, American Journalist (1917-1986)
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 3/24//03

Every man is to be respected as an absolute end in himself; and it is a crime against the dignity that belongs to him as a human being, to use him as a mere means for some external purpose.
— Immanuel Kant

The highest result of education is tolerance.
— Helen Keller

The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.
— Frederick II, the Great

How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance, the one value that is indispensable in creating community.
— Barbara Jordan

With our thoughts we make the world.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama)

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
— George Washington Carver

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody it saves so much time.
— Rudyard Kipling

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
— Alice Walker

If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
— Thomas á Kempis

It takes a disciplined person to listen to convictions which are different from their own.
— Dorothy Fuldman (A Thousand Friends)

Light came to me when I realized that I did not have to consider any racial group as a whole. God made them duck by duck and that was the only way I could see them.
— Zora Neale Hurston

Man is always inclined to be intolerant towards the thing, or person, he hasn't taken the time adequately to understand.
— Robert R. Brown

Minds are like parachutes they only function when open.
— Sir James Dewar

People are very open-minded about new things as long as they're exactly like the old ones.
— Charles F. Kettering

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.
— Maya Angelou ("Passports to Understanding")

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
— Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre)

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
— H. Jackson Brown

There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.
— Elie Wiesel

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
— Jonathan Swift

Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.
— Napoleon Hill

What is toleration? It is the prerogative of humanity. We are all steeped in weaknesses and errors: Let us forgive one another's follies, it is the first law of nature.
— Voltaire ("Toleration" Philosophical Dictionary)

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves."
— Bonaro Overstreet

Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.
— W.H. Auden

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
— Mother Teresa

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
— Jesse Jackson

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
— John Donne

The goal of compassion is not to care because someone is like us but to care because they are themselves.
Mary Lou Randour

Oppression involves a failure of the imagination: the failure to imagine the full humanity of other human beings.
Margaret Atwood

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
— Albert Schweitzer

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
— Mother Teresa

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