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

women in the trenches, women in the sketches

lucinda-cleanHave compassion for everyone, even if they don’t want it. — Lucinda Willlams

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

anais-nin-new-year I made no resolutions for the new year. The habit of making plans, criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life is too much of a daily event for me.  — Anais Nin

angela-davis-color Walls turned sideways are bridges. — Angela Davis

arbus-color Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. — Diane Arbus

cho-blue Try to love someone you want to hate because they are just like you somewhere inside, in a way you may never expect, in a way that resounds deeply within you that you cannot begin to fathom.  — Margaret Cho

patti-smith-clean If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s not to be so judgmental of other people. — Patti Smith

yuri-kochiyama Life is the input of everyone who you touched in your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another. — Yuri Kochiyama

temple-grandin-color The world needs all types of minds. — Temple Grandin

neko-caseI’m too small for the universe to revolve around me. It’s a huge relief. — Neko Case

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

simone-weil-copyHumility is attentive patience. — Simone Weil

fiona-apple The best times are always going to be the most intense, the ones with the highest highs and the lowest lows. — Fiona Apple

esperanza-spalding You don’t have to be fearless to do anything. You can be scared out of your mind. — Esperanza Spalding

mary-mccarthyIn violence, we forget who we are. — Mary McCarthy

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

siouxsie-sioux Sticking labels on you cuts off all other elements of what you are. — Siouxsie Sioux

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

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

carrie-fisherEverything is negotiable. Whether the negotiation is easy is another thing. — Carrie Fisher

willa-catherIt is all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies. But oh, what about forgiving our friends? — Willa Cather

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

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

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

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

amanda-yello When we really see each other, we want to help each other. — Amanda Palmer

aparna-nancherla The only thing ruder than finger pointing is rocket pointing.  — Aparna Nancherla

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

billie-jean-king It’s just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let’s start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences. — Billie Jean King

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

brenda-uelandWhen we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand, our ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life. — Brenda Ueland

cynthia-hopkins There can be mercy in the midst of misery. — Cynthia Hopkins

dolly Storms make trees take deeper roots. — Dolly Parton

eleanorI think at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity. — Eleanor Roosevelt.

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

atwood-cleanWar is what happens when language fails. — Margaret Atwood

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

harper-lee-clean You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. — Harper Lee, in To Kill a Mockingbird

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

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

jane-goodall What makes us human, I think, is our ability to ask questions.  — Jane Goodall

isabel-allendeWe don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. — Isabel Allende

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

kathleen-hanna Think of something you can do as opposed to all the things you can’t — and do that. — Kathleen Hanna  (Apologies for the typo in the drawing. Will fix it, by and by.)

kyi-color Since we live in this world, we have to do our best for this world. — Aung San Suu Kyi

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 liberators for ourselves and each other. — Laverne Cox

leymah-yellow Don’t wait for a Gandhi, don’t wait for a Martin Luther King, don’t wait for a Mandela, you are your own King…  Leymah Gbowee

madeleine-lengleTo be alive is to be vulnerable. –Madeleine L’Engle

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

mother-teresa Peace begins with a smile. — Mother Teresa

nadine-color Recognize yourself in others. — Nadine Gordimer

nin-blue We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.  — Anais Nin

piper-kerman-color If I could forgive, it meant I was a strong good person who could take responsibility for the path I had chosen for myself. — Piper Kerman

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

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

sherman We are all products of what we want to project to the world. — Cindy Sherman

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

ursula To hear, one must be silent. — Ursula LeGuin

virginia-woolf You cannot find peace by avoiding life. — Virginia Woolf

susan-sontagSilence remains, inescapably, a form of speech. — Susan Sontag

yoko-colorSadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative you can get beyond your pain or negativity. — Yoko Ono

nine fine minds opine.

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

howard-zinn Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. — Howard Zinn

simone-weil Humility is attentive patience.  — Simone Weil

fred-astaireBe flexible. Be able to adapt your style to that of your partner. In doing so, you are not surrendering your individuality, but blending it with that of your partner. — Fred Astaire

willa-cather It’s all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies…but oh, what about forgiving our friends?  — Willa Cather

conor-oberstThe fact that anytime you think you really know something, you’re going to find out you’re wrong – that is the rule.  — Conor Oberst

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

alton-brown Laughing brainss are more absorbent.  — Alton Brown

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



Three Kings.

Wishing everyone a reflective and peaceful Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His words are as resonant now as ever.mlk-quote Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.

mlk-2 Hate is too great a burden to bear.

mlk-3We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. 

drawing lines.

…and more people with wise words, etched by yours truly.mary-mccarthy In violence, we forget who we are.  — Mary McCarthy

emerson For every minute you remain angry, you give ups sixty seconds of peace of mind.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

esperanza-spalding You don’t have to be fearless to do anything. You can be scared out of your mind. — Esperanza Spalding

steven-mcdonaldThe only thing wore than receiving a bullet in m spine would have been to nurture revenge in my heart.  — Detective Steven McDonald

fiona-apple The best times are always going to be the most intense, the ones with the highest highs and the lowest lows. — Fiona Apple

john-berger The thing about hope is that it is something that occurs in very dark moments. It is like a flame in the darkness. — John Berger (RIP)

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

jarvis-cockerCreativity can come from any background.  — Jarvis Cocker