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Words for Reflection

Published On: June 4, 2001         Updated On: January 04, 2003

The truth is more important
Than making us feel good at every turn

- Bill Maher -

People are more
Than the worst things they have ever done.

- Anonymous -

Those with glaring defects of character 
often excel during times of war.

This is because each defect spawns in its wake
A counter-balancing value of exceptional strength.

Without these powerful counter-balancing values,
people with such glaring defects would perish 
before achieving a place in the world.

In times of war, the moderate do not prevail.

This both wins the current war
And guarantees the start of the next.

- Anonymous

If you love your unborn baby, 
stop drinking and using drugs during pregnancy.   

If you can't stop, 
you're probably addicted.  

Get the help you need.  

Treatment can work for you, 
your unborn baby, and your family.  

Terence T. Gorski. (04-06-02)

"The best way to affect supply 
is to reduce the demand for drugs ... 

As demand goes down, 
so will supply ... The two are linked, 

But the reduction in demand 
is central to 
an effective drug control strategy."

George W. Bush (02-12-02)

We must learn to live together as brothers 
or we will perish together as fools.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No person is merely a means to an end.

The life of each person 
is and always must remain 
an end within itself.

To preserve our own dignity, 

By taking away the dignity of any other
We are taking away the dignity of all others.

It is upon this
That the survival of all humanity depends.

- Immanuel Kant

It’s important for people to know what you stand for. 
It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.

- Mary H. Waldrip

You are victims not only of your own actions 
but of the system which employs you.


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

- Anais Nin

I have been driven to my knees many times 
by the overwhelming conviction 
that I had nowhere else to go. 

My own wisdom, 
and that of all about me, 
seemed insufficient for the day.'"

Abraham Lincoln 

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself 
the means of inspiration and survival.

Winston Churchill

On September 11, 2001 the lives of all Americans changed.  

How we conduct our lives; 
how we look at each other, and 
how we treat each other has all been altered. 

The state of our physical, mental and spiritual health has shifted - in small ways for some, 
in larger ways for others.  

The very reality of how we conduct our lives changed -  perhaps forever. 

Charles Curie, Director of SAMHSA

It is when our world within is destroyed,
When it is dead and loveless,

When our loved ones are in fragments,
And we ourselves are in deepest despair.

It is then that we must  recreate our world anew,
reassemble the pieces,
Infuse life into dead fragments,

And by doing so,
Recreate Life itself.

- Hanna Segal (1952)

The highways of life are full of flat squirrels 
who couldn't make up their minds.

- Unknown

If you can’t be a good example, 
then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.

- Catherine Aird

Whatever you do or dream you can do— begin it. 
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

- Johann Goethe

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

- Pamela Vault Starr

The first step towards the solution of any problem is optimism.

- John Baines

Never "for the sake of peace and quiet" 
deny your own experience or convictions.

- Dag Hammarskjold

If you want something you've never had before, 
     You've got to do something you've never done before.

- Drina Ree

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out – 
     It's the grain of sand in your shoe.

- Robert Service

If you think education is expensive – 
     Take a look at the price of ignorance.

- Derek Bok

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.

- Sydney J. Harris

You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a fine spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.  
You impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

- Woodrow Wilson

One man with courage makes a majority.

- Andrew Jackson

Anyone can become angry ---  That is easy.
But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, 
     for the right purpose, and in the right way --- That is not easy.

- Aristotle

Nothing is more destructive to respect for government and its laws than the passage of laws that cannot be enforced.

Albert Einstein

"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever; even if your whole world seems upset. Commend all to God, and then lie still and be at rest in His bosom." 

St. Francis de Sales


"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of it's victims may be the most oppressive ... those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

-- C.S. Lewis

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality."

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) British author

"Few blame themselves until they have exhausted all other possibilities." 


"Declaring a war on drugs to deal with an epidemic of drug addiction is about as effective as declaring a war on sugar to combat an epidemic of diabetes.  

Terence T. Gorski

"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be."

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist

Oh, God! That bread should be so dear, And flesh and blood so cheap!"

Thomas Hood (1799-1845) British poet.

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