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Quotations on Awareness

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To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.

~ Rachel Carson

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

~ Demosthenes

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.

~ Aldous Huxley

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

~ James Thurber

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.

~ Garrison Keillor

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

~ Henry Miller

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. The Quaker Reader, 1962

~ Jessamyn West

'I have done that,' says my memory. 'I cannot have done that' -- says my pride, and remains adamant. At last -- memory yields.

~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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