Most folks who know my work or have been involved in training or lectures I have done, know that I am a lover of quotes. I use them often when I share concepts and so I am always on the prowl for a new quote that might help express the core of the topic. Of course, since many of my sessions are on social capital and relationships, there are many quotes that are appropriate. To this end, I wanted to share some thoughts for you to ponder as you think about the social capital in your life.
"Time is too slow for those who wait - too swift for those who fear - too long for those who grieve - too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is eternity." Henry Van Dyke.
"You are the music, while the music lasts" T.S. Elliott
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." J.W. vonGoethe
"To be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved; and therefore unlovable. Loneliness is a taste of death." Jean Vanier
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who re-kindle our inner spirit." Albert Schweitzer
"In the end we are all separate. Our stories, no matter how similar, come to a fork and diverge. We are drawn to each other because of our similarities; but it is our difference we must learn to respect." J.W. vonGoethe
"From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required. And from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded." Luke 12:48
"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much of the greatest is the possession of friendship." Epicurus
"There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more." Robert Hensel
Thanks for thinking about, and working towards a community where each belongs. A successful society needs everyone.