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Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindfulness

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds,...
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Khalil Gibran on Learning

"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers." ...
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The Dalai Lama on Animals

"Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality."...
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Leo Tolstoy on Animals

"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite."...
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Dalai Lama on Animals

"Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures."...
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Sam Harris on Character

"Almost all our suffering is the product of our thoughts. We spend nearly every moment of our lives lost in thought, and hostage to the character of those thoughts. You can break this spell, but it takes training just like it takes training to defend yourself ...
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Lawrence Anthony on Animals

"But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be who...
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Mark Twain on Animals

"I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” ( so called ) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me."...
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Mark Twain on Animals

"Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one… that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for spor...