Quote: “Orwell says this very well in 1984, that true mind control isn’t somebody else controlling your mind. It’s you controlling your own mind, and that’s what a cult does. It teaches you thought-stopping patterns and black-and-white thinking that hampers your ability to objectively evaluate the world.” Jefferson Hawkins, former Scientology staff member of 30 years


“Hope is like a bird that senses dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.”
Author unknown

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.

What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? ….

We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired. For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.

The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference that immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.”
Audre Lorde: Sister Outsider The Crossing Press 1984

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers . . . we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
Alexander Solzehnitsyn

“Abuse victims are always the best actors. They have to be, to live their whole lives with the pain and shame, pretending there is nothing wrong. It’s the greatest performance of all.”
Richard Dreyfuss in “Silent Fall” (1994) (Morgan Creek Productions – Warner Bros.) Written by Akiva Goldsman

“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right Now.”
“Touched By An Angel”, CBS

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Dale Carnegie

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Albert Einstein

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
James Baldwin

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

“Our past is not our potential.”

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
General Schwarzkopf

“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.”
Rebecca Falls

“To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”

“Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past.”
Dr. Joan Borysenko, “Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism”

“We cannot go back and make a new start, but we can start now to make a new ending.”
Author Unknown

“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. ”
Chinese Proverb

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Henri Nouwen, “Out of Solitude”

[concerning sexual exploitation by religious professionals…] “… it is especially offensive when the perpetrator is one whose trusted position would seem to guarantee safety to all those coming in touch with him or her. As one observer noted recently, we seem to be living in a time in which there are institutions which pledge healing but create horror.”
Bishop David Richard, “Discernment and Development of Religious Professionals”, The ISTI Sun, V3N1, January 1997, Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute

“The hardest battle you’re ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.”
Leo Buscaglia

“True commitment begins when we reach the point of not knowing how we can possibly go on, and decide to do it anyway.”
Author Unknown

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”
Albert Einstein

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

“Our background and circumstances may influence who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.”

“The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the strength within you that survives all the hurt.”

“Changing directions in life is not tragic; losing passion in life is.”
Max Lucado

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie Ten Boom

“Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”
Chinese Proverb

“If someone tells you that you cannot do something and you believe it, they are right.”
Carol Burnett

“What does the Lord require but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God?”
Bible: Micah 6:9

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
George Halas

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Albert Pike

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Christians in general are far too eager to urge special exceptions when they hear these charges [of corruption in the church] preferred; far too ready to make out a case for themselves while they admit their application to others; far too ready to think that the cause of God is interested in the suppression of facts. The prophets should have taught us a different lesson. They should have led us to feel that it was a solemn duty, not to conceal, but to bring forward all the evidence which proves, not that one country is better than another, or one portion of the church better than another, but that there is a principle of decay, a tendency to apostasy in all, and that no comfort can come from merely balancing symptoms of good here against symptoms of evil there, no comfort from considering whether we are a little less contentious, a little less idolatrous than our neighbors.”
F. D. Maurice (1805-1872), Prophets and Kings

“A woman is like a teabag… You don’t know how strong she is until she’s in hot water. ”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“The night is far spent; the day draws near. Let us cast off deeds of darkness and put on the armor or light. Let us live honorably, as in daylight.”
Bible – Romans 13:12- 13a

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.”
Henry Ford

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”
Erica Jong

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”
Phillip Brooks

“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
Robert Browning

“As the fly bangs against the window attempting freedom while the door stands open, so we bang against death ignoring heaven.”
Doug Horton

“God provides a time for everything A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”
Thomas Jefferson

“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he gained, when God takes away his soul?”
Job 27:8

“It is said that ‘power corrupts,’ but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”
David Brin

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”
Samuel Adams

“If you really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the laws protection most! – and listens to their testimony.”
James Baldwin, African-American Author, “No Name in the Street”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Let people know what you stand for, and what you won’t stand for.”
H. Jackson Browne

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”
H. Jackson Browne

“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the judgment that there is something more important than fear.”
quote from the movie “The Princess Diaries”

“Everything is always okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.”

When Life goes to pieces, make a quilt.
Sue Hughes

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
Abraham Lincoln

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” Susan B. Anthony 1898

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