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communication quotes

Adrienne Rich:
Lying is done with words and also with silence.
Alvin Toffler:
In describing today's accelerating changes, the media fire blips of unrelated information at us. Experts bury us under mountains of narrowly specialized monographs. Popular forecasters present lists of unrelated trends, without any model to show us their interconnections or the forces likely to reverse them. As a result, change itself comes to be seen as anarchic, even lunatic.
Ambrose Bierce:
Heaven, n.: A place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good listen with attention while you expound your own. The Devil's Dictionary
Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Clarence Darrow:
Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
Edward R. Murrow:
People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.
Edward R. Murrow:
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.
Edwin H. Friedman:
The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.
Ernest Hemingway:
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
George Bernard Shaw:
The problem with communication ... is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
George Eliot:
[I]t is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.
Hildegard Goos-Mayr:
Generally speaking, the first nonviolent act is not fasting, but dialogue. The other side, the adversary, is recognized as a person, he is taken out of his anonymity and exists in his own right, for what he really is, a person. To engage someone in dialogue is to recognize him, have faith in him. At every step in the nonviolent struggle, at every level we try tirelessly to establish a dialogue, or reestablish it if it has broken down. When I say 'the other side,' that could be a group of persons or a government.
Hubert H. Humphrey:
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
John Dewey:
There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication.... Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.
Jonathan Swift:
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
Joseph Priestley:
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Kin Hubbard:
Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
Marcel Proust:
We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
Margaret Chase Smith:
One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. I always try to think before I talk.
Marie Ebner von Eschenbach:
Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
Michel de Montaigne:
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Pearl S. Buck:
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
Rachel Naomi Remen:
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
Robert Greeleaf:
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
Robert Greenleaf:
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
Rollo May:
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
Rudyard Kipling:
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Sharon Schuster:
When we have the courage to speak out – to break our silence – we inspire the rest of the "moderates" in our communities to speak up and voice their views.
Virginia Satir:
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
Willa Cather:
The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
Woodrow Wilson:
If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.

common sense quotes

Albert Einstein:
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
However, one cannot put a quart in a pint cup.
Harriet Beecher Stowe:
Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
Henry Ward Beecher:
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
Robert Green Ingersoll:
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
Rudyard Kipling:
I always try to believe the best of everybody -- it saves so much trouble.
Will Rogers:
Common sense ain't common.

commitment quotes

Alfred Adler:
We only regard those unions as real examples of love and real marriages in which a fixed and unalterable decision has been taken. If men or women contemplate an escape, they do not collect all their powers for the task. In none of the serious and important tasks of life do we arrange such a "getaway." We cannot love and be limited.
Anne Morriss:
The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating -- in work, in play, in love. (part of a quote from The Way I See It #76, Starbucks Coffee)
Carter Heyward:
Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment, or being "drawn toward." Love is active, effective, a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation with one's friends and enemies.
This entry continued ...Edward Everett Hale:
I am only one,But still I am one.I cannot do everything,But still I can do something.And because I cannot do everythingI will not refuse to doThe something that I can do.
Eugene V. Debs:
Solidarity is not a matter of sentiment but a fact, cold and impassive as the granite foundations of a skyscraper. If the basic elements, identity of interest, clarity of vision, honesty of intent, and oneness of purpose, or any of these is lacking, all sentimental pleas for solidarity, and all other efforts to achieve it will be barren of results.
Francis Bacon:
He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.
High Eagle:
In life, many thoughts are born in the course of a moment, an hour, a day. Some are dreams, some visions. Often, we are unable to distinguish between them. To some, they are the same; however, not all dreams are visions. Much energy is lost in fanciful dreams that never bear fruit. But visions are messages from the Great Spirit, each for a different purpose in life. Consequently, one person's vision may not be that of another. To have a vision, one must be prepared to receive it, and when it comes, to accept it. Thus when these inner urges become reality, only then can visions be fulfilled. The spiritual side of life knows everyone's heart and who to trust. How could a vision ever be given to someone to harbor if that person could not be trusted to carry it out. The message is simple: commitment precedes vision.
Leo Buscaglia:
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
Marian Wright Edelman:
I'm doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I'm really grateful to have something that I'm passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.
Marian Wright Edelman:
You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
Marian Wright Edelman:
A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back -- but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
Marian Wright Edelman:
Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?
Mary Kay Ash:
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
Princess Diana:
Only do what your heart tells you.
Rollo May:
The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.
Stephen Covey:
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
Talmud (attributed):
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
Thomas Jefferson:
We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour. Declaration of Independence
Vince Lombardi:
Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

civilization quotes

Albert Schweitzer:
Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind, independent of the prevalent one among the crowds, and in opposition to it -- a tone of mind which will gradually win influence over the collective one, and in the end determine its character. Only an ethical movement can rescue us from barbarism, and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals.
Ariel and Will Durant:
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Barbara Tuchman:
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Felix Adler:
There is as yet no civilized society, but only a society in the process of becoming civilized. There is as yet no civilized nation, but only nations in the process of becoming civilized. From this standpoint, we can now speak of a collective task of humankind. The task of humanity is to build a genuine civilization.
Henry David Thoreau:
Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
Howard Winters:
Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term 'we' or 'us' and at the same time decreases those labeled 'you' or 'them' until that category has no one left in it.
Martin Luther King, jr.:
We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
Thomas Jefferson:
I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
Vince Lombardi:
Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

cities quotes

A. J. Foyt:
I feel safer on a racetrack than I do on Houston's freeways.
Benjamin Franklin:
He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
Brigid Brophy:
The truth is that the city is a device for reducing stress - by giving humans a free choice of escapes from the pressure (along with the weather) of their environment.
Butch Hancock:
Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.
Dorothy Parker:
As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night.
Frank Lloyd Wright:
Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
Georgia O'Keeffe:
I said to myself -- I'll paint what I see -- what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it -- I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.
Jane Jacobs:
Being human is itself difficult, and therefore all kinds of settlements (except dream cities) have problems.
John F. Kennedy:
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
Lyndon B. Johnson:
The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
From Washington, proverbially "the city of distances," through all its cities, states, and territories, it is a country of beginnings, of projects, of designs, and expectations.

christmas quotes

Agnes M. Pharo:
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.
Arlo Guthrie:
Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, He must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, Must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's smoking?"The Pause of Mr. Claus"
Barbara Ehrenreich:
I was raised the old-fashioned way, with a stern set of moral principles: Never lie, cheat, steal or knowingly spread a venereal disease. Never speed up to hit a pedestrian or, or course, stop to kick a pedestrian who has already been hit. From which it followed, of course, that one would never ever -- on pain of deletion from dozens of Christmas card lists across the country -- vote Republican.
Bart Simpson:
Christmas is the one time of year when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.
Calvin Coolidge:
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Charles Dana:
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.editorial in the New York Sun, 1897, responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon
Charles Dickens:
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Charles Dickens:
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
Dale Evans:
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
Daniel Roselle:
At Christmas time I believe the things that children do.
I believe with English children that holly placed in windows will protect our homes from evil.
I believe with Swiss children that the touch of edelweiss will charm a person with love.
This entry continued ...Dick Gregory:
I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white man would be coming into my neighborhood after dark.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox:
When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,And etched on vacant placesAre half-forgotten facesOf friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know."Christmas Fancies" - Poems of Power
Emily Dickinson:
Before the ice is in the pools, Before the skaters go, Or any cheek at nightfall Is tarnished by the snow, Before the fields have finished,Before the Christmas tree, Wonder upon wonder Will arrive to me!
Erma Bombeck:
There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression
Eva K. Logue:
A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;It makes no noise at all,But softly gives itself away;While quite unselfish, it grows small.
Garrison Keillor:
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
George Bernard Shaw:
Christmas is forced upon a reluctant and disgusted nation by the shopkeepers and the press; on its own merits it would wither and shrivel in the fiery breath of universal hatred.
Grace Noll Crowell:
Let Us Keep ChristmasWhatever else be lost among the years,Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,Let us hold close one day, rememberingIt's poignant meaning for the hearts of men.Let us get back our childlike faith again.
Hamilton Wright Mabie:
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
Harlan Miller:
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
Helen Steiner Rice:
Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And mild and sweet the words repeat, Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had roll'd along th' unbroken song Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bow'd my head: "There is no peace on earth," I said, "For hate is strong, and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men."
This entry continued ...Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon:
Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold!
Kate L. Bosher:
Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times.
Katharine Whitehorn:
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
Kin Hubbard:
Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.
Lenora Mattingly Weber:
Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
Lenore Hershey:
Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.
Oren Arnold:
Christmas gift suggestions:To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
Ralph Sockman:
Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.
Shirley Temple:
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.
Sir Walter Scott:
Heap on the wood!-the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will,We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
W. C. Fields:
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.
W. C. Jones:
The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.
Washington Irving:
Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart

choice/choosing quotes

André Gide:
The most decisive actions of our life ... are most often unconsidered actions.
Barbara De Angelis:
Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.
Barry Lopez:
How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.Arctic Dreams
C. Wright Mills:
Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose.
Carl Rogers:
If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.
Carl Sandburg:
ChooseThe single clenched fist lifted and ready,Or the open hand held out and waiting.Choose:For we meet by one or the other.
Carter Heyward:
Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment, or being "drawn toward." Love is active, effective, a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation with one's friends and enemies.
This entry continued ...Ecclesiastes:
For everything there is a season,And a time for every matter under heaven:A time to be born, and a time to die;A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;A time to kill, and a time to heal;A time to break down, and a time to build up;A time to weep, and a time to laugh;A time to mourn, and a time to dance;A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;A time to seek, and a time to lose;A time to keep, and a time to throw away;A time to tear, and a time to sew;A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;A time to love, and a time to hate,A time for war, and a time for peace.Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Elaine Maxwell:
My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:
I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Elizabeth Dole:
What you always do before you make a decision is consult. The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox:
One ship sails East,And another West,By the self-same winds that blow,Tis the set of the sailsAnd not the gales,That tells the way we go.
This entry continued ...Gerda Lerner:
We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.
Ingrid Bergman:
You must train your intuition -- you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.
John Kenneth Galbraith:
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Kenneth Patton (adapted):
By the choices and acts of our lives, we create the person that we are and the faces that we wear. By the choices and acts of our lives we give to the world wherein our lives are lived, hoping that our neighbors will find our contributions to be of worth, and hoping that the world will be a little more gracious for our time in it.
Leo Buscaglia:
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
Mae West:
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
Margaret Sanger:
When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Consciously or unconsciously we all strive to make the kind of a world we like.
The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all.
Rachel Carson:
Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.
Rene Descartes:
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
Robert Coles:
Abraham Lincoln did not go to Gettysburg having commissioned a poll to find out what would sell in Gettysburg. There were no people with percentages for him, cautioning him about this group or that group or what they found in exit polls a year earlier. When will we have the courage of Lincoln?
Simone Weil:
Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.
Theodore Bikel:
All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
Viktor Frankl:
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
W. H. Auden:
To choose what is difficult all one's days, as if it were easy, that is faith.


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