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Why we speak

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought,” neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said.

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Are you grateful?

This is a trick question. Somehow, everywhere, we get the message that we’re supposed to be grateful—all the time. The writer Kate Bowler says, “I am here to give you permission. You don’t have to be a permanently grateful person. You can just be you. And sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you’ll have […]

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Set the world on fire

“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire,” St. Catherine of Siena once said.

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Inherently good

“People at birth are inherently good,” says Chloe Zaho, the filmmaker. I am reminded of my friend who teaches courses in child development. Once, when we were talking about a politician who had done somethings we thought were reprehensible, she said, “I wonder about his childhood.” –Joy

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Empower someone

I recently heard Joan Chittister, the nun and author, talk about power in a video presentation. She talked about exploitative power, competitive power and manipulative power. But, she urged her audience to use their power to empower other people. Empowering other people, she stressed, is the best use of power. –Joy

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An empty woman

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. An empty woman is full of herself. Or, as author Edward Abbey once said, “An empty man is full of himself”—as was first quoted by the Chicago Tribune.

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Talk to your enemies

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. Here’s one. “If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends. Talk to your enemies,” Desmon Tutu once said—and was quoted first by the HuffingtonPost.com.

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Be an RBG lady

I found a great RBG quote—a reminder to me that there are different ways of being a proper “lady.” “My mother told me to be a lady,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said. “And, for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” –Joy

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I ask no favors

“I ask no favors for my sex,” wrote Sarah Grimke, who was born in 1792. “All I ask of our brethren is that, they will take their feet from off our necks and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God designed us to occupy.” I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early […]

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Keep growing

“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow,” said Margaret Fuller, writer and women’s rights advocate, who was born in 1810.

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