Inspiration

659 – “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”

–anonymous [Multiple Attributions]
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638 – “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

–Ludwig van Beethoven [Attributed, likely apocryphal; See Source Notes for more info]
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602 – John McCain on the State of the World

“The times we live in are alternately derided for their failings and romanticized for their emerging opportunities. It sometimes seems that we now live amid greater violence, greater uncertainty; that the world suffers more conflicts and tragedies; that the poor are poorer and greater in number; that race, ethnicity and nationalism divide us more intractably than ever before.
But that is not so. Human beings are still capable of violence and cruelty. We all succumb to sin. But look back at any preceding century or even just a few decades, and you will see cruelty, violence and misery on a scale that is, with few exceptions, unknown today.”

–John McCain, United States Senator from Arizonia
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584 – Pledges to the Earth and Universe

–Both anonymous

Pledge to the Earth

“I pledge allegiance to the Earth
of our beloved Solar System,
to all of her creatures
for here they dwell.
one Planet
united in harmony
with universal love
and compassion for all”

Pledge to the Universe

“I pledge allegiance to the Universe
and all the
Life which it supports.
One Cosmos
in our care,
irreplaceable,
with sustenance
and respect for all.”

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