Human development

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Japan

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Human development means the freedom of people to live and to be who they are.


Paulo Coelho, Brazil

(Submitted by the author)

A human being’s greatest gift is words. With words, dialogue is possible. And dialogue is the path to wisdom.

Try acceptance

Jen M. Stewart, USA

(Submitted by Neil Thomas, Canada)

Ariane de Bonvoisin, author of The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier, has been quoted as saying, "On the other side of acceptance is where peace exists, where the solutions are."

In 27 years of counseling, I have found that what Ms. De Bonvoisin says is always true. Always. No exceptions.

Acceptance is the key to change, and the key to peace.

Do you believe me?

A Universal Base

Shirin Ebadi, Iran

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

If there is a solid common base, there are no conflicts between civilisations - a universal base which is shared by all civilisations which have passed through History. Human rights are what we all have in common.

The Sound of our Times

Candido Mendes, Brazil

(Submitted by the author)

The search for the sound – the 'musical note' – of our times, has become a matter of the utmost urgency, due to the impact of a series of changes worldwide and mankind’s attitude towards change itself. The pervasive syndrome of global fear in recent times, after the fall of the Twin Towers, means that the world’s cultures can no longer continue to co-exist.


Evelin Lindner, Germany

(Submitted by the author)

Pessimism is a luxury of good times. In difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling, self-inflicted death sentence.


Anonymous, Twitter, #Libya, 23/2/2011

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

In the Middle East, overcoming fear has become contagious. Once you stretch your mind, you can't put it back.


Gloria Steinem, USA

(Submitted by John Figueira, USA)

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.


Ted Gup, USA

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

An editor and mentor once told me I was "Wobbly”. I asked who else was in that category and drew comfort from its quirky ranks. They were good people all - open-minded, inquisitive and, yes, confused. We shared a common creed. Our articles of faith all ended with a question mark. I wouldn’t want a whole newsroom, hospital, platoon, or - God forbid - a nation of us.

None but ourselves

Bob Marley, Jamaica

(Submitted by Lars Olesen, Denmark)

None but ourselves can free our minds.

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