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“To conquer oneself is a greater victory
than to conquer thousands in a battle.”

— His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

“Politicians have a responsibility not to inflame division or misrepresent the facts, and to show leadership to counter views that would demonise asylum seekers or abrogate Australia’s international obligations…The facts are that Australia’s current refugee intake of about 13,750 a year is small by international standards and forms less than 10% of our total permanent migration intake. Boat arrivals deemed to be refugees make up an even smaller proportion of that – less than 2% of all migrants to Australia.”

— Jeff Lawrence , ACTU Secretary, July 2010

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“I am not pro-this people or that. I am pro-justice, pro-freedom. I am anti-injustice, anti-oppression.”

— Naim Ateek, brother of Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town and chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

“…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— Marianne Williamson, ‘A Return To Love’ (1992); quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech.

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are just rearranging their prejudices.”

— William James

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

— Corrie Ten Boom

“The understanding of atomic physics is child’s play, compared with the understanding of child’s play.”

— David Kresh

“It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

— Nelson Mandela

“After thinking long and hard about what life will be like when we die, I’m convinced that so much is dependent on our life now and on our state of mind at the moment of death. To prepare yourself for that inevitable journey you must begin to take responsibility for all that you are in this life, to look at your life with clarity and assess it with truth. It seems that our delusions about what life holds for us in the hereafter arise from our delusions about who we are in the here and now. If we can accept that we are already spirit beings living in a spirit realm, we can accept that death is not so much a journey to a different world but to a different state of mind.”

— Gordon Smith
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