JULY 2019 QUOTATIONS
“People were created to be loved. Things were made to be used. The world is in great chaos today because people are being used and things are being loved.”
— Damascus Road Project
“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people. Yes we can!”
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future….To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
“Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am—a reluctant enthusiast, a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourself and your life for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.
So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.
Enjoy yourself, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: You will outlive the bastards.”