the wordy dozen.

malalaThe best way to solve problems and fight against war is through dialogue. –Malala Yousafzai

wes-andersonThere’s no story if there isn’t some conflict.  — Wes Anderson

mandelaIf you want to make peace with your enemy you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. — Nelson Mandela

baruch-spinozaPeace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. — Baruch Spinoza

mikhail-baryshnikov Be good. To yourself, to other people, to everything you do. It’s a norm of life by which people should try to live. Don’t waste time. Be interesting and interested. — Mikhail Baryshnikov

spike-jonzeI don’t know what life was like 1,000 years ago, but I imagine there was the same struggle: people trying to connect with each other. — Spike Jonze

jimi-hendrixWhen the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.  — Jimi Hendrix

john-hurtI’m only alive out of curiosity I’m curious where we’re all marching. — John Hurt, RIP

anne-frankDespite everything, I believe people are really good at heart. — Anne Frank

bowieGentleness clears the soul. Love cleans the mind. And makes it free  — Davide Bowie

piet-mondrianThe position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. — Piet Mondrian (Also true for mediators!)

marc-chagallIf I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. –Marc Chagall

honoring Black History Month.

mlk-quote Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

jimi-hendrixWhen the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. — Jimi Hendrix

obamaIf you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking to them in real life. — Barack Obama

anna-deavere-smith-color You have to listen with a heart. I don’t want to sound touchy-feely — it is not. It is very hard work.  — Anna Deavere Smith

john-lewisIf you’re not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you are consistent, you will succeed. — John Lewis

audre-lorde It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize accept and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde

august-wilson Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. — August Wilson

ava-duvernay-color Nonviolence is pretty ballsy, pretty advanced weaponry. — Ava DuVernay

frederick-douglass If there is no struggle, there is no progress. — Frederick Douglass

laverne-cox Every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage everyone to interrogate how we might be an oppressor and how we might become liberator for ourselves and for each other.  — LaVerne Cox

stevie-wonderWe’re stuck in fear and in not wanting to cross that most important bridge of understanding that we’re more alike than not. — Stevie Wonder

mahalia-jackon The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient. — Mahalia Jackson

mingus-color Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple — that’s creativity. — Charles Mingus

rosa-parksIt takes more than one of us to bring about peace. It takes all of us. — Rosa Parks

ornette-colemanHuman existence exists on multiple level, not just on a two-dimensional lefel, not just being identified with what you do and say.  — Ornette Coleman

mos-def-cleanI don’t hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people — and they’re helpless with it.  — Mos Def/Yasiin Bey

bell-hooksWhen we are committed to doing the work of love, we listen even when it hurts. — bell hooks

reggie-watts When in doubt, zoom out. — Reggie Watts

ruby-dee The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.  — Ruby Dee

eubie-blake-color Be grateful for the luck, pay the thunder no mind — listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.  — Eubie Blake

gwen-ifill Change comes from listening, learning, caring and conversation.  — Gwen Ifill

wynton A musician’s whole life is to listen. — Wynton Marsalis

shirley-chisholm Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. — Shirley Chisholm

rza It’s harder to make the glass than break the glass.  –RZA

rupaul You are none of the superficial things that the world deems important. The real you is the energy force that created the universe. — RuPaul

octavia-butler-color Kindness eases change. Love quiets fear.   — Octavia Butler

malcolm-yello There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. — Malcolm X

louis-armstrong I don’t let my mouth say nothing that my head can’t stand. — Louis Armstrong

kareem One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team. But one man cannot make a team.  — Kareem Adbul Jabbar

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

dizzy-color When there’s no mutual respect, there’s trouble. — Dizzy Gillespie

hilton-alsYou’re not teaching anyone unless you’re learning yourself. — Hilton Als

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

ray-charles-color There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities. — Ray Charles

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

russell-simmons-cleanJudgement of the people in the situation is not helpful. How you can help them is the question.  — Russell Simmons

mlk-2Hate is too great a burden to bear. — Martin Luther King, Jr.


words with immigrants, exiles and refugees.

Here’s a collection of people who found, or tried to find, homes away from home.marc-chagall If I create from the heart, nearly everything works. If from the head, almost nothing. — March Chagall

marina-cleanWe always project into the future or reflect in the past but we are so little in the present. — Marina Abramovic

dalai-lamaIT is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance. — Dalai Lama

yo-yo-ma-customThe more tense you are, the less you can hear. — Yo-Yo Ma

anne-frank Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. — Anne Frank

isaac-cleanIf you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet. — Isaac Bashevis Singer

albright-yello 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

einstein-color Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. — Albert Einstein

oliver-sacks-color We 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

curie Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.  — Marie Curie

arthur-rimbaudGenius is the recovery of childhood at will.  — Arthur Rimbaud

quentin-crisp-color Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities, but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster. — Quentin Crisp

mother-teresaPeace begins with a smile. — Mother Teresa

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

bertolt-brecht-yello You can make a fresh start with your final breath. — Bertolt Brecht

vincent-color-copy There is peace even in the storm.  — Vincent Van Gogh

tawakkol-karman In our hearts we are just human beings who want a dignified life. Is that too much to ask for? — Tawakkol Karman

moshin-hamid Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. — Moshin Hamid

regina-spektorThe world is surreal and beautiful and everything is fine. — Regina Spektor

mensches at work.

dalai-lama it is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance. — Dalai Lama

aa-milne-colorThe third rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. — A.A. Milne

brian-eno Every collaboration helps you grow.  — Brian Eno

abraham-lincoln-2 The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. — Abraham Lincoln

moby When people are judgmental and aggressive, all you end up doing is geting other people to turn away in irritation. To change people’s minds you have to respect the people you’re talking to. — Moby

publilius-syrusAn enemy despised is the most dangerous of all enemies. — Publilus Syrus

james-joyceMistakes are portals of discovery. — James Joyce

hilton-alsYou’re not teaching anyone unless you’re learning yourself. — Hilton Als

9 wonders of the word.

mary-tyler-mooreTake chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes courage. RIP Mary Tyler Moore

bell-hooksWhen we are committed to doing the work of love, we listen even when it hurts. — bell hooks

anatole-broyardWhen friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance. — Anatole Broyard

brendan-behanAt the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self. — Brendan Behan

zappaA mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it’s open.

stevie-wonderWe’re stuck in fear and in not wanting to cross that most important bridge of understanding that we’re more alike or not. We all cry, we all laugh.  — Stevie Wonder

aziz-ansariNo matter how many options we have, the real challenge is figuring out how to evaluate them. — Aziz Ansari

captain-beefheartI think most people try to get others to see through their eyes. — Captain Beefheart

francoise-saganCuriosity is the beginning of all wisdom. — Francoise Sagan