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Sage words from the ages

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Christopher Reeve on Heroes

Crwow
5 days ago

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them."

Christopher Reeve would have been 62-years-old yesterday. Next month will mark the ten-year anniversary of his death.

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Maya Angelou on Empathy

Maya_wow
13 days ago

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." 

- Maya Angelou, from Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993)

 

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Mary Wollstonecraft on Good and Evil

Mw_wow
14 days ago

The English writer Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797) is best known for her early feminist treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published in 1792. Two years earlier, Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Man (are you sensing a theme here?), which argued for republicanism ...