Get it done!

Making a difference

Jane Goodall, England

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Every individual makes a difference every single day.

Why Forgive?

Desmond Tutu, South Africa

(Originally published by kind permission of Desmond Tutu in 'The Art of Living')

True enduring peace - between countries, within a country, within a community, within a family - requires real reconciliation between former enemies and even between loved ones who have struggled with one another.

The job of a citizen

Günter Grass, Germany

(Submitted by Ulrike Kellner, Germany)

The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.

The best a man can ever do

Paul Auster, USA

(Submitted by Cindy Redman, USA)

That's all I've ever dreamed of. To make the world a better place. To bring some beauty to the drab humdrum corners of the soul. You can do it with a toaster, you can do it with a poem, you can do it by reaching out your hand to a stranger. It doesn't matter what form it takes. To leave the world a little better than you found it. That's the best a man can ever do.

The apple tree

Martin Luther, Germany

(Submitted by Jens Van de Velde, Belgium)

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

The Art of Living in a Global Village

Travis Rejman, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Interconnectedness is a reality that is gradually dawning. Most are now familiar with the idea of a "Global Village", and many have proclaimed that we now live in such a society. But, in truth, we are not yet a village, if a village means a community where everyone is welcome and valued.

When the ship sinks

José Argüelles, USA

(Submitted by Jill Lopez, USA)

When the ship sinks, there’s no point in trying to mend the engine.

A secret

Yukio Mishima, Japan

(Submitted by Hugh Clawson, New Zealand)

Possessing by letting go of things is a secret of ownership unknown to youth.

Let it be known

Natalie Goldberg, USA

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us. Our details are important. Otherwise, if they are not, we can drop a bomb and it doesn't matter ...

Without delay

Madame Blavatsky, Ukraine

(Submitted by Graham Spalding, England)

Put, without delay, your good intentions into practice, never leaving a single one to remain only an intention.

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