My Favorite Sayings
“Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies–it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.”Stephanie Marshall
““Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Nothing will work unless you do.”Maya Angelou
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace.”Anonymous
“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical & expecting more than others think is possible.”Striving Towards Excellence Website
“We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience.”Anonymous
“Every encounter should be a ‘sacred encounter’ .”
Josepha Campinha-Bacote
“I think it is healing behavior, to look at something so broken and see the possibility and wholeness in it.””adrienne maree brown
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”Mother Teresa
“A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.”Fr. James Keller
“Just letting someone speak their truth can sometimes be the biggest gift you can give them, to just hold the space for them.”

Amanda Palmer
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter the most.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“You may kill me with your hatefulness, but stil, like air, I rise.”

Maya Angelou
“Give me knowledge so I may have kindness for all.”

Native American Proverb
“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Lilla Watson
“Whenever you fall, pick something up.”Oswald Avery
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”Isaac Newton
“True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.”Edward Frederick Halifax
“I touch my own skin, and it tells me that before there was any harm, there was miracle.”adrienne maree brown
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”Maya Angelou
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”George Washington Carver
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”Maya Angelou
“The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step out of the frame.”Salman Rushdie
“Never be afraid and make some noise and get into good trouble, necessary trouble.”John Lewis
“When you lose; don’t lose the lesson.”Jackson Brown
“The single biggest problem communicating is the illusion it has taken place.”George Bernard Shaw
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”C.S. Lewis
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.”Romans 12:10
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”Andre Lorde
“Cultural encounters are more about ‘being’
than about ‘doing’ where we must ‘hold space’ for the patient.”
Josepha Campinha-Bacote
“Love is, like five loaves and two fish, always too little until you start giving it away.”Anonymous
“Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we have dreamed too little, When we have arrived safely Because we sailed too close to shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when With the abundance of things we possess We have lusted our thirst For the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, We have ceased to dream of eternity And in the efforts to build a new earth, We have allowed our vision Of the new Heaven to dim

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wider seas Where storms will show your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back The horizon of our hopes; And to push into the future In strength, courage, hope and love.”Prayer of Sir Francis Drake -1577

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”Booker T. Washington
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”Maya Angelou
“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that captures the heart.”Native American Proverb
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”Maya Angelou
“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”Charles Dubois
“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?”Marcel Marceau
“With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.”Catherine De Hueck Doherty
“The life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”George Carlin
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”Mother Teresa
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”Will Rogers
“Nothing about us, without us.”-Unknown
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”Albert Einstein
“Getting over a bad experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”Source Unknown
“Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one’s death.”Rollo May
“Peace is not always something you ‘do’; it is a gift you can give.”Madeleine L’Engle
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”Maya Angelou
“When you lose; don’t lose the lesson.”Jackson Brown
“As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.”Benjamin Franklin
“Interestingly, loving care does not require twice the time, but it does require more than twice the presence.”Erie Chapman
“Differences challenge assumptions.”Anne Wilson Schaef
“When he took the time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.”Tibetan Proverb
“Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.”Native American Proverb
“True reconciliation is never cheap, for it is based on forgiveness which is costly.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“When we become aware of our humility, we’ve lost it.” Unknow Author
“It is in the shelter of each other that people live.”Irish Proverb
“It is more important to know what kind of patient has a disease than what kind of disease a patient has.”Osler
“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”Booker T. Washington
“The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.”Anonymous
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”Helen Keller
“We could learn a lot from crayons… Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.”Source Unknown
“Minds are like parachutes – they only function when they are open.”Sir James Dewar
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”Maya Angelou
“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.”Charles Evans Hughes
“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”Maya Angelou
“Racism is a visceral experience, that dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this.”Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”Mother Teresa
“Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.”Rollo May
“Never look down upon anybody unless you are helping them up.”Reverend Jesse Jackson
“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” W. E. B. Du Bois
“Small is good, small is all. (The large is a reflection of the small.) Change is constant. (Be like water.) There is always enough time for the right work. There is a conversation in the room that only these people at this moment can have. Find it. Never a failure, always a lesson. Trust the People. (If you trust the people, they become trustworthy.) Move at the speed of trust. Focus on critical connections more than critical mass—build the resilience by building the relationships. Less prep, more presence. What you pay attention to grows.” adrienne maree brown
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”Andre Lorde
“To learn about other people is science,
to learn to know yourself is intelligence.”
Chinese Proverb
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”Edmund Hillary
“Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.”Source Unknown
“Don’t fear mistakes — fear only the absence of creative, constructive and corrective responses to these mistakes.”Rolf Kerr
“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”Source Unknown
“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desires bring weak results.” Napoleon Hill
“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.”Mason Cooley
“The miracle is this — the more we share, the more we have.”Leonard Nimoy
“Everyone needs a cultural assessment; not people who ‘look like’ they need one.”Josepha Campinha-Bacote
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted…”Albert Einstein
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”Theodore Roosevelt
“Smile at each other…it doesn’t matter who it is… and that will help you to grow in greater love for each other…”Mother Teresa
“If everyone is moving forward together, then sucess takes care of itself.”Henry Ford
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.”Author Unknown
“Triumph is what you get when you add an umph to try. Try it with an umph!”Source Unknown
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.”Rollo May
“The wisest one-word sentence?” Breathe.” Terri Guillemets
“The whole is other than the sum of parts.”Kurt Koffka
“Culturally responsive interventions are based on the premise that we recognize differences, but build upon similarities.”Josepha Campinha-Bacote
“The life, which is not examined, is the life not worth living.”Socrates
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. . . This offers sufficient proof that everything can be taken from man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude, to choose one’s own way.”Viktor Frankl
“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and white notes together on the piano.”Rev. Wade Watts
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”Mahatma Gandhi
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer — it sings because it has a song.”Maya Angelou
“We are never more alive to life than when it hurts.”Fredrick Buechner
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead

“Agape is the love of God operating in the human heart; Agape is overflowing love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless and creative; Agape is disinterested love. It is a love in which the individual seeks not his own good, but the good of his neighbor; Agape is not set in motion by any quality or function of its object; Agape makes no distinction between friends and enemy; it is directed toward both; Agape is love in action and does not stop at the first mile, but goes the second mile; Agape springs from the need of the other person; Agape is willing to forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven; Agape means recognition of the fact that all life is interrelated. All humanity is involved in a single process and all men are brothers; Agape does not begin by discriminating between worthy and unworthy people or any qualities people possess.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; Our deepest fear Is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, That most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I To be brilliant, gorgeous, Talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightening in shrinking So that other people Won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson