A Few Quotes Worth Sharing

Written November 16, 2016(edited 2017)

What started out as looking to see who said the quote below(found in Wikipedia), turned into gathering together what I had in quotes. They are a culmination of what I’ve found throughout the internet and social media in recent months regarding history, lessons learned, love, inspiration, empowerment and even some advice for current events. My hope is to have you, the one reading this, ponder them.

A number of quotes are so profound they have been repeated thru history, even from long forgotten Ancient Greece times. Perhaps the most profound quote, in this writer’s mind, is by Sir Winston Churchill, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.’” Similarly, George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

The first quotes are related to history and by others who have experienced things like TRUE racism, discrimination, war and political correctness. These 3 words go back thru the ages, even millennia, to probably when man first started killing man but knew nothing of those words. History DOES repeat itself if we do not learn from it.. To see how this is true you only need to remember your history lessons in school(if you’re about 35yrs or older), read books, watch shows/movies, or surf the cyber waves on history either in America or the world. Even tho history has been covered up for various reasons and it may be hidden, it can still be found if you look hard enough.

For example, look at your own life. How many times did it take for you to learn a lesson, honestly? Even if you say it only took one time to learn, that may be true today, but what about when you were a child? I’ll be the 1st to admit that even today it’ll take me at least a couple of times repeating a mistake just to make sure.

Here are some quotes for you and others to ponder…

1. “To tame the savageness of man, and make gentle the life of this world” ~Aeschylus, an ancient Greek tragedian(writer of tragedy plays)

“During his presidential campaign in 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy quoted the Edith Hamilton translation of Aeschylus on the night of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy was notified of King’s murder before a campaign stop in Indianapolis, Indiana and was warned not to attend the event due to fears of rioting from the mostly African-American crowd. Kennedy insisted on attending and delivered an impromptu speech that delivered news of King’s death to the crowd.

Acknowledging the audience’s emotions, Kennedy referred to his own grief at the murder of his brother, President John F. Kennedy quoted a passage from the play Agamemnon (in translation) in his speech saying: “My favorite poet was Aeschylus. And he once wrote: ‘Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.’

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness; but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black… Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: ‘To tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.’ The quotation from Aeschylus was later inscribed on a memorial at the gravesite of Robert Kennedy following his own assassination”.(from Wikipedia)

I personally love Native American Quotes. They are not just relatively easier to understand but they speak of truth…

1. “If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace…Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers…”  ~Chief Joseph (Heinmot Tooyalaket) Nez Perce

2. “The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in hand, people in this world, people between people, in the Spirit world, star people, animal people, stone people, river people, tree people…The Sacred Hoop. ” ~Lakota Indian

3. “We don’t have to say or think what we don’t wish to. We have a choice in those things, and we have to realize that and practice using that choice.”  ~Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

4. “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”  ~Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

5. “Ideals are peaceful history is violent”  ~ Brad Pitt

6. “History is only as good as the lessons we learn from it”  ~Unknown

7. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

8.  “Never speak out of anger, never act out of fear, never choose from impatience, but wait…and peace will appear ” ~Guy Finley

9. “Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary feeling ”  ~Unknown

10. “Don’t let others make you insecure of your change… The more good you do, the more bad they’ll try to expose. The brighter your future becomes, the more they’ll try to bring up your dark past. IGNORE IT. Your job is to keep shining and keep growing. No matter who they say you were, just remember who you’re becoming. Rise above the hate.” ~Trent Shelton  #RehabTime

11. “You are not the victim of the world, but rather the master of your own destiny. It is your choices and decisions that determine your destiny.”  ~ Roy T. Bennett

12. “If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business not kindness” ~Unknown

Quotes about inner strength, authenticity and courage:

1.   “Fear.  It will take you far, but you will feel burdened by it. Love.  It will take you everywhere and you will never feel it’s weight.”  ~Unknown

2. “Like a lotus flower that grows out of the mud and blossoms above the muddy water surface, we can rise above our defilements and sufferings of life.”  ~Buddha

3. “Every person, on the foundation of his or her own sufferings and joys, builds for all.”  ~Albert Camus

4. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”   ~Dr Seuss

5.  “It is more profitable to sit at table and break bread. Than it is to wage war over religion, color or greed.”  ~Robert J Etter

6. “One of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can’t please everyone, so don’t try.” ~Chris Colfer

7. “When you stop tryIng to change others and work on changing yourself, your world changes for the better”

8. “One of the hardest decisions you’ll face is life is to either walk away or try harder.” ~Ziad K Abdelnour

Quotes about love:

1.   “Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of men and the earth. “  ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

2. “Love is friendship that lasts. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty thru good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for weakness.”  ~Ann Landers

3. “Evil is the loss of love.”  ~Mother Delores

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About Bella’s Thoughts. This is a project that I began in my mind a number of years ago when I began reading some daily meditations. I had my own thoughts on many occasions and attempted to journal many times without success. It began to take shape when I took on another project for a Spiritual Advisor and dear friend who past away. To learn more about me read my very first blog post. For more daily reflections go to... https://www.facebook.com/Stephanies-Sweetgrass-and-Dancin-1414954615472943/

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