"There is both good and evil in the world, but the line separating them runs not between nations or institutions or groups or even individuals; the line that separates good and evil runs through the core of each nation, each institution, each group, and, most tellingly, through the core of each human being, through each one of us. Cutting through each one of us is the reality of our own limitation. “‘There is a crack in everything God has made,” Emerson observed, and—not least of all—in each one of us."
— Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection
"…the angel in man— has also been my own life-long obsession. In a sense I believe it has always been the problem of the creative being… obsessed… with the idea of re-creating the world in order, as I see it, to re-establish man’s innocence."
— Henry Miller
"The chance of readers coming to tell me that they identified with parts of my work is greatest when I have simply talked about myself in an honest way. Don’t get me wrong, identification is not necessarily the quality a book should aspire to in order to produce good literature. Please, let literature be as many things as possible. But identification remains a facet that large numbers of readers appreciate. And it is possibly a function, one of the many, of literature: assurance through identification, demonstrating that we are unique, but in moderation. That is why I need to write from the ground and never the pulpit… finding myself uninteresting enough to write about or draw on, because the stories that leads to are truer than the stories produced by someone who writes about himself or from his perspective because he considers himself interesting."
— Dimitri Verhulst, Belgian writer and poet
"Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind. We need to think of each other as true brothers and sisters, and to be concerned with each other’s welfare. We must seek to lessen the suffering of others. Rather than working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful, something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity as a whole."
— Dalai Lama (via usgroovykids)
"I’ll not forget that day nor the message of the Christian church that we celebrate each death as an Easter, each dying as a living, each soul, no matter how poor or sinful, as the child of royalty. At its best, the church treats people as beings of eternal worth, no less at their dying than at their birth, no less in their sins than in their virtue, no less for one than for another."
— Carl Scovel (Never Far from Home: Stories from the Radio Pulpit)
"When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind."
Jiddu Krishnamurti (via bwintz)