Quotations On Friendship & Community
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“It’s wonderful to find and share yourself with a creativity community. Enjoy like minded people who share aspirations for poetic higher consciousness.”
“Trust and friendship are essential within a healthy inspiring community.”
“A healthy community widens its higher consciousness as it’s member’s grow: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa
“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” Stendhal
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” Ruth Reichl
“Sharing in community: “We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.” Oliver Sacks
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” Kurt Vonnegut
“People use illegal drugs, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. Some need drugs, apparently, because they have lost their community.” Wendell Berry
“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” Michael Pollan
“The best communities enjoy people from diverse backgrounds: “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.” Gene Roddenberry
“World garden community: “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“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 friend’s 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 bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne, No Man Is An Island
“Be kind with your neighbors. Be accepting of their different view about life style, freedom, and political views.”
Knowing yourself as highly ethical is important, yet not a guarantee you’ll see eye to eye with another who also feels themselves to be ethical. Souls remember agreements differently. We interpret differently. It’s easy for two ethical souls to accuse the other other of being a devil with anger clouding judgement. If you value the relationship, put things in writing. And if you still disagree, stay open minded to mediate with a neutral third person.
“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” Dorothy Day
It is…the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down – sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.
At other times….there are the minutiae, the minnows of this…metaphor of idea chasing. ….Bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.” Terence McKenna
“Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.” Wendell Berry
Much happiness comes from nurturing friendships within a small intimate creative poetic community.
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