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The Sun Magazine



The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.

Joanna Rogers Macy


Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Teilhard de Chardin


There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

G.K. Chesterton


Insofar as man is an animal, he lives by struggle, he lives at the expense of others, whom he fears and hates. Life then is war.

Peace is much harder to define. Peace is neither an original paradisiacal state nor a form of coexistence by mutual consent. Peace is something we do not know; we can only sense and search for it. Peace is an ideal. It is infinitely complex, unstable and fragile — a breath can destroy it. True peace is more difficult and unusual than any other ethical or intellectual achievement.

Hermann Hesse, Reflections On War and Politics


I do not much believe in education, Each man ought to be his own model, however frightful that may be.

Albert Einstein


The strength, vitality, and effectiveness of thought is seldom considered. Thought, you may say, will not stop a war — yet what do you think started such a war? Throughout history the downtrodden have often risen into power, using force, rebelling against their oppressors; and yet, learning little from that experience, they turn and become the new elite, the new power-holders. Their physical conditions may be completely changed. Now theirs, the offices of government, the wealth. Gone are the conditions that, it would seem, caused the uprising. Yet in retaliation they strike out, forming a new class of downtrodden who must in their turn rise and retaliate.

Despite all appearances, conditions of an exterior nature do not cause wars, or poverty, or disease, or any of the unfortunate circumstances apparent in the world. Your beliefs form your reality. Your thoughts generate practical experience. When these change, conditions will change.

Seth, in Jane Roberts’
The Nature of the Psyche


Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

Ruth Rendell


Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learned to walk.



Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.

George Bernard Shaw


Whenever you hear anyone talking about a cultural or even about a human problem, you should never forget to inquire who the speaker really is. The more general the problem, the more he will smuggle his own personal psychology into the account he gives of it.

C.G. Jung