We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.
Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.