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A Quote by Muhammad Asad on shaykh mustafa al-maraghi, al-azhar, islam, muslims, ijtihad, imitation, reform, and thought

They are like those sacred cows in India which, I am told, eat up all the printed paper they can find in the streets... Yes, they gobble up all the printed pages from books that have been written centuries ago, but they do not digest them. They no longer think for themselves; they read and repeat, read and repeat - and the students who listen to them learn only to read and repeat, generation after generation. ...on the whole, Al-Azhar has lapsed into the sterility from which the whole Muslim world is suffering... If there is to be any change for the better, thinking must be encouraged instead of the present thought-imitation...

~ Shaykh Mustafa al-Maraghi, Quoted by Muhammad Asad in The Road To Mecca

Muhammad Asad

Source: The Road to Mecca

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A Quote by Rob Brezsny on criminals, prisons, reform, and corrections

In the future, judges will send criminals to holy spots where reverence-provoking beauty will overwhelm their addiction to hatred.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 62

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on law, love, justice, reform, and change

One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: "A Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Contributed by: Alina

A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on world, reform, evil, duty, boys, politics, and hatred

Resistance to something was the law of New England nature; the boy looked out on the world with the instinct of resistance; numberless generations his predecessors had viewed the world chiefly as a thing to be reformed, filled with evil forces to be abolished, and they saw no reason to suppose that they had wholly succeeded in the abolition; the duty was unchanged. That duty implied not only resistance to evil, but hatred of it. Boys naturally look on all force as an enemy, and generally find it so, but the New Englander, whether boy or man, in his long struggle with a stingy or hostile universe, had learned also to love the pleasure of hating.
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, had always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

Source: The Education of Henry Adams

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by William S. Ogdon on art, birds, character, clarity, conscience, contentment, control, determination, discovery, economics, effort, enemies, ethics, fashion, goodness, government, happiness, heart, individuality, life, listening, luxury, money,

The Art of Happiness There was never a time when so much official effort was being expended to produce happiness, and probably never a time when so little attention was paid by the individual to creating and personal qualities that make for it. What one misses most today is the evidence of widespread personal determination to develop a character that will, in itself, given any reasonable odds, make for happiness. Our whole emphasis is on the reform of living conditions, of increased wages, of controls on the economic structure-the government approach-and so little on man improving himself. The ingredients of happiness are so simple that they can be counted on one hand. Happiness comes from within, and rests most securely on simple goodness and clear conscience. Religion may not be essential to it, but no one ins known to have gained it without a philosophy resting on ethical principles. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy one's self. It is quiet, seldom found for long in crowds, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It cannot be bought; indeed, money has very little to do with it. No one is happy unless he is reasonably well satisfied with himself, so that the quest for tranquility must of necessity begin with self-examination. We shall not often be content with what we discover in this scrutiny. There is much to do, and so little done. Upon this searching self-analysis, however, depends the discovery of those qualities that make each man unique, and whose development alone can bring satisfaction. Of all those who have tried, down the ages, to outline a program for happiness, few have succeeded so well as William Henry Channing, chaplain of the House of Representatives in the middle of the last century: "To live content with small means; so seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy . . . to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common." It will be noted that no government can do this for you; you must do it for yourself.

William S. Ogdon

Source: New York Times, Editorial Page, Dec. 30, 1945

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Will Rogers on country and reform

Banking and after-dinner speaking are two of the most nonessential industries we have in this country. I am ready to reform, if they are.

Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Wes Alexander on finance, jokes, money, people, politicians, reason, and reform

Campaign finance reform is a joke. The only reason people give politicians money is so they can gain their favor to steal my money. Campaign finance reform wouldn't be needed if politicians quit enriching one group at the expense of another.

Wes Alexander

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on reform

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To reform a man you must begin with his grandmother.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by unknown on jobs, planning, and reform

A fellow who's planning to reform is one step behind - he ought to quit planning and get on with the job.

unknown

Source: The country sage, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by unknown on cities, country, and reform

It is always easy to reform the city if you live in the country.

unknown

Contributed by: Zaady

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