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Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.
Helen Keller
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
Helen Keller



Peace is the only battle worth waging.
- Albert Camus

Nonviolence is absolute respect for each human being.
- Adolpho Perez Esquival

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.

I’m laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing.
- Carlos Santana

If you want peace, work for justice.
- Pope Paul VI

Peace, like charity, begins at home.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

That’s all nonviolence is - organized love.
- Joan Baez

A lot of Americans think they got a tax cut, and they didn’t because their local property tax went up, their excise tax went up, their sales tax went up, and their prices went up and everything else, because we failed to invest in some of these other things we ought to be doing. … We are squeezing the middle class, we are losing the middle class, and the gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider and wider, not closing as it used to be.
- Senator John Kerry (Born December 11, 1943)

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Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.
- Alcoholics Anonymous

One man in the right makes a majority.
- Abraham Lincoln

To save one life, it is as if you had saved the world.
- Talmud

Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace
- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Don’t think, just do.
- Horace

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
- Philip K. Dick

Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.
- Marquis de Sade

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.
- Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home.
- William Wordsworth

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A thorn in the foot is hard to find.
What about a thorn in the heart?
If everyone saw the thorn in his heart,
when would sorrow gain the upper hand?
- Mevlana Rumi

Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski

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When will you begin your long journey into yourself?
- Rumi

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
- Blaise Pascal

Peace is a daily,a weekly,a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures
- John F. Kennedy

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
- Marvin Gaye

But more than that, no unloving words were ever spoken, and everything was held up as another small piece of proof that it can be this way, it doesn’t have to be that way; if there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it heavy walls, and we will furnish it with soft red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweler’s felt so that we should never hear it.

Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.
- Jonathan Safran Foer

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is either a daring adventure.. or nothing.
- Helen Keller

The sacred heart is a secret heart.
- Swami Satchidananda

When your thoughts, speech and actions all go together, then they will bear fruit.
- Integral Yoga

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

Today, the values of democracy, open society, respect for human rights, and equality are becoming recognized all over the world as universal values. To my mind there is an intimate connection between democratic values, such as transparency, the rule of law and freedom of information, and the fundamental values of human goodness.
- Dalai Lama

Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats dominate our political, economic and cultural systems.
- Cornel West

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s JOY.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
- Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
- Marvin Gaye

If it’s natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
- Joan Baez

We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.
- Howard Zinn

We always have a choice: we can limit our perception so that we close off vastness, or we can allow vastness to touch us.
- Chögyam Trungpa

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Nothing happens unless first we dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
- Basho

The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it, seems to me the deepest root of all that is evil in the world.
- Max Born (Born December 11, 1882)

The classical Greeks were not influenced by the classical Greeks.
-Principia Discordia

When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.
- Bernard Meltzer

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- Thomas Carlyle

Love as much as you can from wherever you are.
- Thaddeus Golas



Let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his METHOD must inexorably choose falsehood as his PRINCIPLE.

Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory.

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?

I believe that world literature has it in its power to help mankind, in these its troubled hours, to see itself as it really is, notwithstanding the indoctrinations of prejudiced people and parties.

They were mistaken, and will always be mistaken, who prophesy that art will disintegrate, that it will outlive its forms and die. It is we who shall die — art will remain.

Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers — such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a façade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.

I am of course confident that I will fulfil my tasks as a writer in all circumstances — from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer’s pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions — especially selfish ones.

At no time has the world been without war. Not in seven or ten or twenty thousand years. Neither the wisest of leaders, nor the noblest of kings, nor yet the Church — none of them has been able to stop it. And don’t succumb to the facile belief that wars will be stopped by hotheaded socialists. Or that rational and just wars can be sorted out from the rest. There will always be thousands of thousands to whom even such a war will be senseless and unjustified. Quite simply, no state can live without war, that is one of the state’s essential functions. … War is the price we pay for living in a state. Before you can abolish war you will have to abolish all states. But that is unthinkable until the propensity to violence and evil is rooted out of human beings. The state was created to protect us from evil. In ordinary life thousands of bad impulses, from a thousand foci of evil, move chaotically, randomly, against the vulnerable. The state is called upon to check these impulses — but it generates others of its own, still more powerful, and this time one-directional. At times it throws them all in a single direction — and that is war.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Born December 11, 1918)

I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can’t even describe and aren’t even aware of.

Values are not trendy items that are casually traded in.

When we describe what the other person is really like, I suppose we often picture what we want. We look through the prism of our need.

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.
- Ellen Goodman





Our All is at Stake, and the little Conveniencys and Comforts of Life, when set in Competition with our Liberty, ought to be rejected not with Reluctance but with Pleasure.

In all our associations; in all our agreements let us never lose sight of this fundamental maxim — that all power was originally lodged in, and consequently is derived from, the people.
- George Mason (Born December 11, 1725)

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent Van Gogh

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
- Audrey Hepburn

You really can change, your reality is based on the way you think.
- Oprah

The real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Go in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Born December 11, 1931)

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
- Peace Quotes

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“Explanation: Created as planet Earth sweeps through dusty debris from mysterious, asteroid-like, 3200 Phaethon, the annual Geminid Meteor Shower should be the best meteor shower of the year. The Geminids are predicted to peak on the night of December 13/14, but you can start watching for Geminid meteors this weekend. The best viewing is after midnight in a dark, moonless sky, with the shower’s radiant constellation Gemini well above the horizon - a situation that favors skygazers in the northern hemisphere. In this picture from the 2009 Geminid shower, a bright meteor with a greenish tinge flashes through the sky over the Mojave Desert near Barstow, California, USA. Recognizable in the background are bright stars in the northern asterism known as the Big Dipper, framing the meteor streak.”
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The Greatest Stars

The small open star cluster Pismis 24 lies in the core of the NGC 6357 nebula in Scorpius, about 8,000 light-years away from Earth. The brightest object in the center of this image is designated Pismis 24-1 and was once thought to weigh as much as 200 to 300 solar masses. This would not only have made it by far the most massive known star in the galaxy, but would have put it considerably above the currently believed upper mass limit of about 150 solar masses for individual stars.

However, Hubble Space Telescope high-resolution images of the star show that it is really two stars orbiting one another that are each estimated to be 100 solar masses.

In addition, spectroscopic observations with ground-based telescopes further reveal that one of the stars is actually a tight binary that is too compact to be resolved even by Hubble. This divides the estimated mass for Pismis 24-1 among the three stars. Although the stars are still among the heaviest known, the mass limit has not been broken due to the multiplicity of the system.

The images of NGC 6357 were taken with Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 in April 2002.

ImageCredit: NASA, ESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
- William Wordsworth

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“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.”
- Helen Keller

“I do not believe that friendship today can flower out — can come out — of political life. I do believe that if there is something like a political life-to-be — to remain for us, in this world of technology — then it begins with friendship.

The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: educational webs which heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring.

Learned and leisured hospitality is the only antidote to the stance of deadly cleverness that is acquired in the professional pursuit of objectively secured knowledge. I remain certain that the quest for truth cannot thrive outside the nourishment of mutual trust flowering into a commitment to friendship.

I do think that if I had to choose one word to which hope can be tied it is hospitality. A practice of hospitality— recovering threshold, table, patience, listening, and from there generating seedbeds for virtue and friendship on the one hand — on the other hand radiating out for possible community, for rebirth of community.”
- Ivan Illich (Died December 2, 2002)

“Ultimately, leadership requires action: daring to take steps that are necessary but unpopular, challenging the status quo in order to reach a brighter future. And to push for peace is ultimately personal sacrifice, for leadership is not easy. It is born of a passion, and it is a commitment. Leadership is a commitment to an idea, to a dream, and to a vision of what can be. And my dream is for my land and my people to cease fighting and allow our children to reach their full potential regardless of sex, status, or belief.”
- Benazir Bhutto (became first female Prime Minister of Pakistan on 2 December 1988)

“It is not enough to have a beautiful voice. What does that mean? When you interpret a role, you have to have a thousand colors to portray happiness, joy, sorrow, fear. How can you do this with only a beautiful voice? Even if you sing harshly sometimes, as I have frequently done, it is a necessity of expression. You have to do it, even if people will not understand. But in the long run they will, because you must persuade them of what you’re doing.”
- Maria Callas (Born December 2, 1923)

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Hartley 2 Star Cluster Tour
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolando Ligustri (CARA Project, CAST)

Explanation: Early in November, small but active Comet Hartley 2 (103/P Hartley) became the fifth comet imaged close-up by a spacecraft from planet Earth. Continuing its own tour of the solar system with a 6 year orbital period, Hartley 2 is now appearing in the nautical constellation Puppis. Still a target for binoculars or small telescopes from dark sky locations, the comet is captured in this composite image from November 27, sharing the rich 2.5 degree wide field of view with some star clusters well known to earthbound skygazers. Below and right of the comet’s alluring green coma lies bright M47, a young open star cluster some 80 milion years old, about 1,600 light-years away. Below and left open cluster M46 is older, around 300 million years of age, and 5,400 light-years distant. Hartley 2’s short, faint tail even extends up and right toward another fainter star cluster in the scene, NGC 2423. On November 27, Comet Hartley 2 was about 2.25 light-minutes from Earth. Sweeping toward the bottom of this field, by November 28 the comet’s path had carried it between M46 and M47.

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“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
- William Blake (Born November 28, 1757)

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.”
- George Washington



“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.

Security is mostly a superstition… Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
- Helen Keller

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“Where they burn books, sooner or later they will also burn people.”
- Heinrich Heine

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Anticrepuscular Rays Over Colorado
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Explanation: What’s happening over the horizon? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring than a setting Sun and some well placed clouds. Pictured above are anticrepuscular rays. To understand them, start by picturing common crepuscular rays that are seen any time that sunlight pours though scattered clouds. Now although sunlight indeed travels along straight lines, the projections of these lines onto the spherical sky are great circles. Therefore, the crepuscular rays from a setting (or rising) sun will appear to re-converge on the other side of the sky. At the anti-solar point 180 degrees around from the Sun, they are referred to as anticrepuscular rays. Pictured above is a particularly striking set of anticrepuscular rays photographed in 2001 from a moving car just outside of Boulder, Colorado, USA.

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Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.
Helen Keller

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope."
- Helen Keller

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"The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction."
- Helen Keller

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