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"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death."
Nelson Mandela
"Cynicism is knowing the pricing of everything, and the value of nothing"

Oscar Wilde

"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart…
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement speech, June 2005

"Can we rely on it that a “turning around” will be accomplished by enough people quickly enough to save the modern world? This question is often asked, but no matter what the answer, it will mislead. The answer “Yes” would lead to complacency, the answer “No” to despair. It is desirable to leave these perplexities behind us and get down to work"

E.F. Schumacher, 1911-1977, Last sentence Guide for the Perplexed

"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth,
tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death"

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874-1936 (moment of spirit in memory of the victims of the l'Aquilla earthquake 2009)

"If we weigh virtue by the mere utility and profit that attend it, and not
by its own merit, the virtue which results will be in fact a species of

Marcus Tullius Cicero, The Laws

"If you want to build a ship,
don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
The ship will then certainly follow and the right crew as well."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (posted by prof. Luk Bouckaert, president Euro SPES Forum)

"If ever there's a time for spiritual leadership, it 's now. You must earn the right to lead every day, and spirituality is necessary to do that. Spirituality means to be connected in a real way to life, with the centre, at the core."

Janiece Webb (senior vice president with Motorola Corporation, USA, in: P.Pruzan & K.Pruzan Mikkelsen, Leading with Wisdom, 2007, p.XV.)

"In some sense the most benevolent, generous person in the world seeks his own happiness in doing good to others, because he places his happiness in their good. His mind is so enlarged as to take them, as it were, into himself. Thus when they are happy, he feels it; he partakes with them, and is happy in their happiness....Some, although they love their own happiness, do not place that happiness in their own confined good, or in the good which is limited to themselves, but more in the common good - in that which is the good of others..."

Jonathan Edwards, On Charity and its Fruits¹, 1852

"Hoffnung ist nicht die Uberzeugung,
dass etwas gut ausgeht,
sonder die Gewissheit,
dass etwas Sinn hat,
egal wie es ausgeht."
"Hope is not the conviction,
that something will work,
but it is the belief,
that something is meaningful,
no matter how it turns out."

Vaclav Havel

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