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Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we ...
by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

We have such a mixture now, such a fusion of different genres.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Cold War in Africa is one of the darkest,
most disgraceful pages in contemporary history,
and everybody ought to be ashamed.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

 

I'll tell you what colonial experience is.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him.
Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death,
because he feared they would rebel.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free;
that for the moment you are not under lock and key:
you have simply been granted a reprieve.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern
tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Cold War was waged in a particularly brutal and cynical way in Africa,
and Africa seemed powerless to do anything to stop it.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I remember that during the period leading up to independence in Angola in 1975,
I was the only correspondent there at all for three months.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Readership was high, and very attentive.
It was people's only source of knowledge about the world.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers:
they treat the text as a part of themselves,
as a possession.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

People were really interested in what was going on
because of the international context of the Cold War.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Amin knew that neither West nor East would criticize
him for fear that he would support the other side.
He felt he was untouchable and he said so openly.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how
much of it is experienced by the party he injured.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Amin managed to invite both the US and Soviet ambassadors
to his palace at the very same time and then deliberately
kept them together in his waiting room.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Underground literature only began in the '70s,
when technical developments made it possible.
Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors.
That was our struggle.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy,
he destroys himself.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Amin hid nothing.
Everybody knew everything.
Yet the American Senate only introduced a resolution
breaking off trade with Amin three months before his overthrow.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

There is a fundamental difference between the Polish
experience of the state and the Russian experience.
In the Polish experience, the state was always a foreign power.
So, to hate the state was a patriotic act.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive,
it is their state, it is part of their fabric,
and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I remember in 1978 meeting two Ugandan captains in
the hotel talking Russian.
They had been educated in Moscow and since they came
from different Ugandan peoples,
it was the only way they could understand one another.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism,
and the killing took place because of these emotions.
But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder,
like the Holocaust.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers -
there were British,
French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a
lot of Italian communities there.
And of course there were a lot of Russians.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In modern Russia, you have no official,
formal assessment of this past.
Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy
of the Soviet government was criminal,
that it was terrible.
No one has ever said this.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively.
First, in the Russian Orthodox religion,
there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

There is a lack of critical assessment of the past.
But you have to understand that the current ruling
elite is actually the old ruling elite.
So they are incapable of a self-critical approach to the past.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

My writing is a combination of three elements.
The first is travel: not travel like a tourist,
but travel as exploration.
The second is reading literature on the subject.
The third is reflection.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Amin is the shame of the whole world.
The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit
so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy
of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Conditions were so hard.
To send the news out, telex was the only means,
but telex was very rare in Africa.
So if somebody was flying to Europe,
we gave him correspondence to send after he arrived.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The official independence celebration was going to
be held over four or five days,
and a group of journalists from all over the world was allowed to fly in,
because Angola was closed otherwise.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein


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