About thehecklist

CEO of the New York Peace Institute, Adjunct Professor at New York University's Center for Global Affairs. On twitter @NewYorkPeace.

just sayings.

alice-walker-color Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want. — Alice Walker

stravinsky-yello To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. — Igor Stravinsky

tom-color When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing. — Tom Robbins

cousteau-color People protect what they love. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

elvis-color I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused. — Elvis Costello amanda-yello When we really see each other, we want to help each other. — Amanda Palmer

magrittee-color Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see.  — Rene Magritte

arbus-colorLove involves a peculiar, unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. — Diane Arbus

robynYou can’t censor people/s dreams.  — Robyn Hitchcock

chinua-colorWhen brothers fight to the death, a stranger inherits their father’s estate. — Chinua Achebe

mel-colorEvery human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin.  — Mel Brooks

henson-colorThe most sophisticated people I know — inside they’re all children. — Jim Henson

a quoteload of sketches.

dylan-blueWe have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming. — Bob Dylan (Nobel Laureate!)

dusan-yello-linesGive a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, feed him for a lifetime. But first of all, check if he likes fish. — Dusan Ondrusek (a friend, former colleague and mentor of mine from Slovakia.)

dolly Storms make trees take deeper roots. — Dolly Parton

lynch…anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity. — David Lynch

hammett-color You got to look at the bright side. Even if there ain’t one. — Dashiell Hammett

alda-yello Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come it. — Alan Alda

picasso-colorIt takes a long time to become young. — Pablo Picasso

einsteinPeace cannot be kept by force. IT can only be achieved by understanding. — Albert Einstein

bertrand-color The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. — Bertrand Russell

gertrude-stein-colorEverybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. –Gertrude Stein

asimov-color Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. — Isaac Asimov

nadine-colorRecognize yourself in others. — Nadine Gordimer

rock the quote.

Folks, here are a few more amazing folks and their inspiring and insightful words. bertolt-brecht-yelloYou can make a fresh start with your final breath. — Bertolt Brecht

angela-davis-colorWalls turned sideways are bridges. — Angela Davis

garry-shandling-yellowNice guys finish first. If you don’t know that, then you don’t know where the finish line is. — Garry Shandling

cho-blueTry to love someone who you want to hate, because they are just like you, somewhere inside, in a way you may never expect, in a way that resounds so deeply within you that you cannot believe it.  — Margaret Cho

faulkner-colorForgiveness is giving up on the idea of a better past.  –William Faulkner  (There is some mystery surrounding this quote — it’s been attributed to Lily Tomlin, Oprah Winfrey, and Unknown. Props to anyone who can help me verify!)

lily-colorFor fast-acting relief, try slowing down. — Lily Tomlin

albright-yelloIn order to be a really good negotiator, you have to try to figure out what the other person on the other side of the table has in mind. — Madeleine Albright

bradbury-colorIf you’re embarrassed because you have some notion about how men are supposed to behave, and it doesn’t include weeping, then you have some personal work to do. — Ray Bradbury

cash-yelloYou build on failure, You use it as a stepping stone. — Johnny Cash

whitman-colorBe curious, not judgmental. — Walt Whitman

hawking-colorWe are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.  — Stephen Hawking

mingus-colorMaking the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.  — Charles Mingus

quoth the mavens.

carter-blueUnless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent. — Jimmy Carter

leymah-colorDon’t wait for a Gandhi, don’t wait for a King, don’t wait for a Mandela. You are your own Mandela, you are your own Gandhi, you are your own King.  — Leymah Gbowee

michael-k-williamsChildhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity.  — Michael K. Williams

orwell-yellowOn the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. — GeorgeOrwell

john-cageI can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened by old ones. — John Cage

gloria-steinem-yellowThe first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. — Gloria Steinem

leonard-bernsteinThis will be our reply to violence: to make music more beautifully, more intensely, more devotedly than ever before. — Leonard Bernstein

indira-gandhiYou cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. — Indira Gandhi

kundera-colorHate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.  — Milan Kundera

vonnegut-yellowThere is room enough for an awful lot of people to be right about things and still not agree. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

nick-cave-colorTo sustain hatred is a very difficult thing to do, year after year. It’s exhausting. –Nick Cave

oliver-sacks-colorWe speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought. — Oliver Sacks

nin-blueWe don’t see things as they are, we seem them as we are. — Anais Nin

mahler-yelloI am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way.  — Gustav Mahler

kyi-colorSince we live in this world, we have to do our best for this world. –Aung San Suu Kyi

cyndi-colorI can’t judge the way other people behave. I can only look at myself. — Cyndi Lauper

and i quote.

chavezThere is no such thing as defeat in non-violence. — Cesar Chavez

james-baldwinI imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. — James Baldwin

john-waters-blueJust because something happens, because it is true, because the facts are correct, does not ensure that it is the truth.  — John Waters

gildaLife is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. — Gilda Radner

quote quartet.

bill-watterson-blueHow come we play war and not peace? Not enough role models.  — Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

sidney-poitier-blueI have always been a learner because I knew nothing. — Sidney Poitier

john-cameron-mitchellWe spend so much of our early lives trying to figure out who we really are. And we spend the rest of our lives preparing ourselves to let it go.  — John Cameron Mitchell

poeYears of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute. — Edgar Allen Poe