As we enter a new year, let us all take time and reflect on what we have done or have not done for the betterment of man and humankind. It was Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), the French theologian, philosopher, physician and music scholar, who developed the concept of “reverence for life.” This expounded on the idea that the purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.
I suggest that if we wish to make this planet more palatable for the “taste of life,” we should consider some of the great quotations of men and women who have given us guidance in improving this planet earth.

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Bible, Matthew 6:12
“To err is human, to forgive divine.” Alexander Pope
“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.” Elbert Hubbard
“What you do not want done to yourself, do not to others.” Confucius
“Where the heart lies, let the brain lie also.” Robert Browman
“One ought to hold onto one’s heart, for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” Frederick Wilhelm Nietzsche
“In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.” Antonio Prochia
“Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.” Euripides
“You can do anything in the world if you prepare to take the consequences.” W. Somerset Maugham
“When you cannot get a compliment in any other way, pay yourself one.” Mark Twain
“They can do all because they think they can.” Virgil
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” J. F. Kennedy
“A good conscience is the best divinity.” Thomas Fuller
“The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.” Pearl S. Buck
“ Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life, love illuminates it.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break your world by thinking.” Susan Taylor
“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius
“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.: Golda Meir
“What concerns everyone can only be resolved by everyone.” Fredrick Durrenmatt
“You can no more win a war then you can win an earthquake.” Jeannette Rankin
“The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.” George Orwell
“One can enjoy a rainbow without necessarily forgetting th forces that made it.” Mark Twain

The above quotes will help us in the new year to reflect on how we as individuals can make and serve this homestead that we call Earth a space for all living creatures. Blessing to all in 2011!

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