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December 1
Neverland is the way I would like real life to be … timeless, free, mischievous, filled with gaiety, tenderness, and magic.
~ Mary Martin ~


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December 2
Some say I have a beautiful voice, some say I have not. It is a matter of opinion. All I can say, those who don't like it shouldn't come to hear me.
~ Maria Callas ~


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December 3
My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel — it is, before all, to make you see. That — and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there according to your deserts: encouragement, consolation, fear, charm — all you demand; and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask.
~ Joseph Conrad ~
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~ The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' ~


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December 4
You need to laugh more. Life is filled with too many problems, to not laugh every day. ... We need to have a sense of humor going into this because it's too tough without it.
~ Ysabella Brave ~


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December 5
The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite.
~ Werner Heisenberg ~


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December 6
The position which believers and unbelievers occupy with regard to their various forms of faith is very much the same all over the world. The difficulties which trouble us, have troubled the hearts and minds of men as far back as we can trace the beginnings of religious life. The great problems touching the relation of the Finite to the Infinite, of the human mind as the recipient, and of the Divine Spirit as the source of truth, are old problems indeed; and while watching their appearance in different countries, and their treatment under varying circumstances, we shall be able, I believe, to profit ourselves, both by the errors which others committed before us, and by the truth which they discovered. We shall know the rocks that threaten every religion in this changing and shifting world of ours, and having watched many a storm of religious controversy and many a shipwreck in distant seas, we shall face with greater calmness and prudence the troubled waters at home.
~ Max Müller ~


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December 7
And I feel that something's coming, and it's not just in the wind.
It's more than just tomorrow, it's more than where we've been,
It offers me a promise, it's telling me "Begin",
I know we're needing something worth believing in.
~ Harry Chapin ~


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December 8
How could I think the brief years were enough
To prove the reality of endless love?
~ Delmore Schwartz ~


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December 9
Accuse not Nature: she hath done her part;
Do thou but thine.
~ John Milton ~


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December 10
Dreams — are well — but Waking's better,
If One wake at morn
If One wake at Midnight — better —
Dreaming — of the Dawn
~ Emily Dickinson ~


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December 11
Existence is a mystery, and one should accept it as a mystery and not pretend to have any explanation. No, explanation is not needed — only exclamation, a wondering heart, awakened, surprised, feeling the mystery of life each moment. Then, and only then, you know what truth is. And truth liberates.
~ Osho ~


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December 12
With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
~ William Lloyd Garrison ~


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December 13
If our animosities are born out of fear, then confident generosity is born out of hope. One of the central lessons I have learned after a half century of working in the developing world is that the replacement of fear by hope is probably the single most powerful trampoline of progress.
~ Aga Khan IV ~


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December 14
Instructors can impart only a fraction of the teaching. It is through your own devoted practice that the mysteries of the Art of Peace are brought to life.
~ Morihei Ueshiba ~


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December 15
In time of crisis, we summon up our strength.
Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap to our quickening, every memory that can make us know our power. And this luck is more than it seems to be: it depends on the long preparation of the self to be used.
In time of the crises of the spirit, we are aware of all our need, our need for each other and our need for our selves. We call up, with all the strength of summoning we have, our fullness.
~ Muriel Rukeyser ~


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December 16
The God to whom depth in philosophy bring back men’s minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them.
~ George Santayana ~


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December 17
You may well ask why I write. And yet my reasons are quite many. For it is not unusual in human beings who have witnessed the sack of a city or the falling to pieces of a people to set down what they have witnessed for the benefit of unknown heirs or of generations infinitely remote; or, if you please, just to get the sight out of their heads.
~ Ford Madox Ford ~


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December 18
Come, Desire of nations, come,
fix in us thy humble home;
rise, the woman's conquering Seed,
bruise in us the serpent's head.
Adam's likeness, Lord, efface;
stamp thine image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"
~ Charles Wesley ~


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December 19
I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.
~ Charles Dickens ~
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~ A Christmas Carol ~


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December 20
Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.
~ David Bohm ~


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December 21
It will happen — a seeing
It is the display of B'olon-Yokte'
in a great investiture.
~ Mayan prophecy relating to 21st December 2012 ~


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December 22
When all's said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it's not so much which road you take, as how you take it.
~ Charles de Lint ~


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December 23
Even happiness itself may become habitual. There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side.
~ Samuel Smiles ~


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December 24
The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.
~ Dana Gioia ~


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December 25
Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.

They will live again in freedom
In the Garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the plough-share,
They will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward!

~ Les Misérables ~


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December 26
We’re creators by permission, by grace as it were. No one creates alone, of and by himself. An artist is an instrument that registers something already existent, something which belongs to the whole world, and which, if he is an artist, he is compelled to give back to the world.
~ Henry Miller ~


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December 27
There is nothing of such force as the power of a person content merely to be himself, nothing so invincible as the power of simple honesty, nothing so successful as the life of one who runs alone.
~ Louis Bromfield ~


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December 28
It is difficult for the matter-of-fact physicist to accept the view that the substratum of everything is of mental character. But no one can deny that mind is the first and most direct thing in our experience, and all else is remote inference — inference either intuitive or deliberate.
~ Arthur Stanley Eddington ~


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December 29
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
~ William Ewart Gladstone ~


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December 30
Never do I hesitate to look squarely at the unexpected face that every passing hour unveils to us, and to sacrifice the false images of it formed in advance, however dear they may be. In me, the love of life in general predominates over love of my own life (that, indeed, would never have sufficed to bear me up). May life herself speak! However inadequate I may be in listening to her, and in repeating her words, I shall try to record them, even if they contradict my most secret desires. In all that I write, may her will, not mine, be done!
~ Romain Rolland ~


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December 31
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
~ Henri Matisse ~


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