A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on change, humanity, change the world, self, and responsibility

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by e. e. cummings on self, identity, compliance, and conformity

To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962)

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A Quote by Barry Lopez on answers, awareness, compassion, life, light, paradox, questions, self, and stage

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself?  If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.  One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse.  There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions.  You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

Barry Lopez

Source: Arctic Dreams

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A Quote by Amos Bronson Alcott on distrust, guidance, influence, self, spirit, and teachers

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.  He inspires self-distrust.  He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him.  He will have no disciple.

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799 - 1888)

Source: "Orphic Sayings," "The Teacher," 1840.

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