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What does your heart say?
- Mixteco greeting (Na ca anun)

Everybody wants to tell their neighbors how to live. But nobody wants to listen to how they feel.
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, Is your love enough, Yell Fire

The golden rule is more and more recognized as the first rule of travel and adventure travel and I'm told that group organizers are rewarded by their customers for observing it.
- Clay Hubbs

Do unto others as they would like to have you do unto them.
- Platinum Rule

Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge . . . is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another's world. It requires profound, purpose-larger-than-the-self kind of understanding.
- Bill Bullard, quoted online Free Will Astrology

We have to look at the things the way they are, painful and overwhelmingly as that may be, for no healing can begin until we are fully present to our world, until we learn to sustain the gaze.
- Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self

It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice, then we can imagine its opposite.
- Paul Keating, (sampled in From little things big things grow)

Who knows, but that the universe is not one vast sea of compassion?
- Jack Kerouac

When things go wrong with you, it hurts me too.
- Grateful Dead

I feel your pain.
- U.S. President Bill Clinton

He who knows all, forgives all.
- Popular expression

What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
- Confucius

Hal: Reese, do you know what empathy is?
Reese: No.
Hal: Well, empathy is putting yourself in other people's shoes so you can feel what they do. If you hurt someone, empathy makes you hurt as well.
Reese: Then why would you want empathy?
- Malcolm in the Middle

Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?
- Tom Lehrer

In an interconnected world we have great need and basic responsibility, for our own survival, to attend to the weakest links. By that I mean those places in the world that suffer, those places in the world where people die because they are too poor to stay alive, those parts of the world which -- by virtue of physical geography, epidemiology, climate stress, rain-fed agriculture and drought-prone savannah climates for example -- face horrific challenges to even get onto the ladder of development. One billion people on the planet are too poor, too hungry, too disease-burdened, too bereft of the most basic infrastructure even to get on the ladder of development. The rich world seems to be believe, despite all the fine speeches (and there have been many), that this doesn't really matter, because the actions of the rich countries don't begin to address this problem. We are leaving ten million people to die every year because they are too poor to stay alive. Fine speeches will not solve that problem.
- Jeffrey Sachs, Reith Lectures 2007: Bursting at the Seams



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