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    I take the Bible too seriously to read it literally.

    Karl Barth
     
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    If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequence.

     
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    The Dalai Lama once asked a Tibetan monk if he feared anything during his imprisonment and torture. He replied his greatest fear was losing his compassion for the Chinese guards tormenting him. To lose that would be to lose what he prized most.

    Dare to Forgive, by Edward M. Hallowell
     
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    Your problem is you think you have time.

    The Buddha
     
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    We’re all just walking each other home.

    Ram Dass
     
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    For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. “Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break!

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    Congressman Nixon had asked me why, as the son of immigrants who had been treated so well by Americans, as a man who had been treated like a son and been sent to Harvard by an American capitalist, I had been so ungrateful to the American economic system. The answer I gave him was not original. Nothing about me has ever been original. I repeated what my one-time hero, Kenneth Whistler, had said in reply to the same general sort of question long, long ago. Whistler had been a witness at a trial of strikers accused of violence. The judge had become curious about him, had asked him why such a well-educated man from such a good family would so immerse himself in the working class. My stolen answer to Nixon was this: “Why? The Sermon on the Mount, sir.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    Pretend to be good always, and even God will be fooled.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    Where’s evil? It’s that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important. This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional. It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it – who are you?

    Eckhart Tolle
     
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    I don’t feel the least humble before the vastness of the heavens.

    John Maynard Keynes
     

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