“God does not ask us to save the world – entirely and alone. Instead, God asks us to do what we can when we can. We mend the world one life at a time, one act at a time, one day at a time.”
Jonathan Sacks, Former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom
“The people in power can continue to live in their bubble filled with their fantasies, like eternal growth on a finite plant and technological solutions that will suddenly appear seemingly out of nowhere and will erase all of these crises just like that. All of this while the world is literally burning, on fire, and while the people living on the front lines are still bearing the brunt of the climate crises.”
Greta Thunberg, Swedish Climate Activist
[Vox Sentences 11/5/21]
George Washington’s Rules of Civility
Written when he was just 14 years old, the rules were drawn from an English translation of a French book of maxims.
“Be no flatter; neither play with any that delights not to be played with.”
“Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy.”
“Do not laugh too much or too loud in public.”
“Superfluous compliments and all affectation of ceremony are to be avoided, yet where due, they are not to be neglected.”
“When you see a crime punished, you may be inwardly pleased, but always show pity to the suffering offender.”
Quotes by Mother Teresa
“Work without love is slavery.”
“I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?”
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
“There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”
“When we’re young, we sneak out of our house to go to parties. When we’re old, we sneak out of parties to go home.”
Now that I’m Older…
“Senility has been a smooth transition for me.”
“Just remember, once you are over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
“It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.”
“Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on clothes and leave the house.”
“Coronacoaster: noun; the ups and downs of a pandemic. One day you’re loving your bubble, doing work outs, baking banana bread, and going for long walks and the next you’re crying, drinking gin for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like.”
Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean opposite things?
If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
Why do we wash bath towels? Aren’t we clean when we use them?
Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?