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"Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Philo of Alexandria (but it also is attributed to John Watson, under his pseudonym, Ian McClaren)
“One human life is deeper than the ocean. Strange fishes and sea-monsters and mighty plants live in the rock-bed of our spirits. The whole of human history is an undiscovered continent deep in our souls. There are dolphins, plants that dream, magic birds inside us. The sky is inside us. The earth is in us.”        
Ben Okri, The Famished Road
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd. I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition... Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.
~ Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Let us find health and vigor and hope, and the diseased portion of the earth will fall behind of its own doing. For that we need no aggressive strategic plans, no provocation of military hostilities, no showdowns.
George F. Kennan, in a letter to Walter Lippman