A Quote by Cesar Chavez on suffering, miserable, prayer, service, struggle, justice, and world change

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;

So I will know my people's plight.

Free me to pray for others;

For you are present in every person.

Help me take responsibility for my own life;

So that I can be free at last.

Grant me courage to serve others;

For in service there is true life.

Give me honesty and patience;

So that the Spirit will be alive among us.

Let the Spirit flourish and grow;

So that we will never tire of the struggle.

Let us remember those who have died for justice;

For they have given us life.

Help us love even those who hate us;

So we can change the world


Cesar Chavez

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Sumner Davenport on success, commitment, struggle, manifesting, and life

Struggle ends where commitment begins

Sumner Davenport

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A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on struggle, break-through, transformation, and grief master

It is possible I am pushing
through solid rock,
like the vein of ore
encased, alone.

I am such a long way in
I can see no way through and no space.
Everything is close to my face
and everything close to my face is stone.

I don't have much knowledge yet in grief,
so this darkness makes me feel small.
You, be the Master;
Make yourself fierce; break in.
And then your great transforming will happen to me
And my great grief cry will happen to you.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

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A Quote by W. Michael Gear on suffering, struggle, struggline, and light

Sometimes humans beg for battles to be taken away from them, not realizing that only in struggling with shadows is the Light made manifest.

W. Michael Gear


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A Quote by Thomas Moore on struggle, anxiety, and soul

But this is human life: the war, the deeds, the disappointmrent, the anxiety.  Imaginations struggles, far to nigh, all human; bearing in themselves this good, that they are still the air, the subtle food, to make us feel existence.  This is the "goal" of the soul path - to feel existence; not to overcome lifes struggles and anxieties, but to know life first hand, to exist fully in context.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, Pages: 260

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A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on struggle, loneliness, and love

It is clear that we must embrace struggle.  Every living thing conforms to it.  Everything in nature grows and struggles in its own way, establishing its own identity, insisting on it at all cost, against all resistance.  We can be sure of very little, but the need to court struggle is a surety that will not leave us.  It is good to be lonely, for being alone is not easy.  The fact that something is difficult must be one more reason to do it.

To love is also good, for love is difficult.  For one human being to love another is perhaps the most difficult task of all, the epitome, the ultimate test.  It is that striving for which all other striving is merely preparation.  For that reason young people - who are beginners in everything - cannot yet love; they do not know how to love.  They must learn it.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Source: Letters to a Young Poet, Pages: 62..63

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A Quote by Paul A. Colinvaux on peaceful coexistence, struggle, and competition

Peaceful coexistence
"whenever we find rather similar animals living together in the wild, we do not hink of competition by tooth and claw, we ask ourselves, instead, how competition is avoided. When we find many animals apparently sharing a food supply, we do not talk of struggles for survival; we watch to see by what trick the animals manage to be peaceful in their coexistence.
Peaceful coexistence, not struggle, is the rule in our Darwinian world. A perfectly fashioned individual of a Darwinian species is programmed for a specialised life to be spent for the most part safe from competition with neighbours of other kinds. Natural selection is harsh only to the deviant aggressor who seeks to poach on the niche of another. The peaceful coexistence between species, which results from evolution by natural selection, has to be understood as an important fact in the workings of the great ecosystems around us. It is also, surely, one of the most eartening of the lessons of biology. "

Paul A. Colinvaux

Source: Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare: An Ecologist's Perspective, Pages: 131-132

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A Quote by Joseph Campbell on struggle, difficulty, and meaning

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987)

Source: Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

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A Quote by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on nisargadatta, i am that, i am, limitless being, who am i, struggle, not body, not feelings, not thoughts, not time, not space, not this or that, nothing, concrete or abstract, and not what you perceive

The seeker is he who is in search of himself. Give up all questions except one: "Who am I?" After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The "I am" is certain. The "I am this" is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality. To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not. Discover all that you are not - body, feelings thoughts, time, space, this or that - nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive. The clearer you understand on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realise that you are the limitless being.

Nisargadatta Maharaj


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A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on myths, fear, struggle, strife, dificulty, and transformation

How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples - those myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses.  Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses, only waiting to see us, once beautiful and brave.  Perhaps everything terrible in our lives is, in its deepest being, something helpless, that wants help from us.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Source: Letters to a Young Poet (Vintage)

Contributed by: Tsuya

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