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Yet it is awful to love a person who is a torture to you.
by Agnes Smedley

Yet it is awful to love a person who is a torture to you.
And a fascinating person who loves you and won't hear
of anything but your loving him and living right by
his side through all eternity!
- Agnes Smedley

But I see no reason why a woman should not grow and
develop in all those outlets which are suited to her nature,
it matters not at all what they may be.
- Agnes Smedley

Everybody calls everybody a spy, secretly,
in Russia, and everybody is under surveillance.
You never feel safe.
- Agnes Smedley

Now, being a girl, I was ashamed of my body and my lack of strength.
So I tried to be a man.
I shot, rode, jumped, and took part in all the fights of the boys.
- Agnes Smedley

 

No one yet knows what a man's province is,
and how far that province, as conceived of today,
is artificial.
- Agnes Smedley

Thousands of women are crushed and made inarticulate
by that system and never develop as their natures would
force them to develop were they in a decent environment.
- Agnes Smedley

And the woman who could win the respect of man was
often the woman who could knock him down with her bare
fists and sit on him until he yelled for help.
- Agnes Smedley

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Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign
of weakness to show affection;
to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace,
and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster.
- Agnes Smedley

Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only.
- Agnes Smedley

I feel like a person living on the brink of a volcano crater.
- Agnes Smedley

What a couple.
I'm consumed into ashes.
And he's always raking up the ashes and setting them on fire again.
- Agnes Smedley

I have no objection to a man being a man,
however masculine that may be.
- Agnes Smedley

For the first week of the Sian events I was a first
aid worker in the streets of Sian.
- Agnes Smedley

I hate female men.
- Agnes Smedley

But he like my mother, had certainly come to know that
those who work the most do not make the most money.
It was the fault of the rich, it seemed,
but just how he did not know.
- Agnes Smedley

When I was a girl, the West was still young,
and the law of force, of physical force,
was dominant.
- Agnes Smedley

My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike.
She said little, especially when my father or the men
who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive
and unhesitating sympathy for the miners.
- Agnes Smedley

So I had to be the doctor to these wounded men until
we could remove them to the hospital.
There were fifty-four women and forty little boys with the Red Army prisoners,
and I went daily to take care of them also.
- Agnes Smedley

In the little hall leading to it was a rack holding
various Socialist or radical newspapers,
tracts, and pamphlets in very small print and on very bad paper.
The subjects treated were technical Marxist theories.
- Agnes Smedley

There are many men - such as those often to be found among the Indians -
who are refined until they have qualities often attributed to the female sex.
Yet they are men, and strong ones.
- Agnes Smedley

Germany is in terrible condition this year.
This is particularly true of the working masses,
who are so undernourished that tuberculosis is having a rich harvest,
particularly of adolescent children.
- Agnes Smedley

More and more do I see that only a successful revolution
in India can break England's back forever and free Europe itself.
It is not a national question concerning India any longer;
it is purely international.
- Agnes Smedley

I joined another circle and the leader gave us a little
leaflet in very small print,
asking us to read it carefully and then come prepared to ask questions.
It was a technical Marxist subject and I did not understand
it nor did I know what questions to ask.
- Agnes Smedley

For months it seemed that a revolution was certain.
But instead, slavery seems more likely now.
The working class no longer has the physical resistance for a revolution,
and the Entente is too strong, and Russia is too weak.
- Agnes Smedley

In one hotel, the maid who built the fire fainted in our room.
Exhaustion was the cause.
We talked with her later and learned that she worked
17 hours a day and makes 95 marks a month -
about 50 cents.
- Agnes Smedley

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.
- Lao Tzu

Life is lived in the mists -
little is fully visible, less is certain.
Yet rejoice in the unknowing,
and let all of life be a wonderful adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where are you going? Where does your path lead?
You can never know the future, yet wandering aimlessly
is unlikely to be the source of a fulfilling life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson

In the world there is nothing more
submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong,
nothing can surpass it.
- Lao Tzu

All the darkness of the world cannot
extinguish the light of a single candle,
yet one candle can illuminate all the darkness.
- Jewish Hanukah Prayer

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

What is your dream - your life-dream?
Have you begun to live it yet?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it -
that is the quickest and surest way
ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
- Dale Carnegie

The best is yet to come.
- Ernest Holmes

The Eye-of-the-Storm.
Surrounded by the winds and the rain,
yet peaceful in its own unworldly way -
an unnatural ruddy-cloudy misty-bright kind of way.
Whatever comes next, the eye of the storm is
a moment of serenity among the challenge -
a time for repose and contemplation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all 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.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

There are many answers you have received
but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

We are now at a point where we must educate our children
in what no one knew yesterday,
and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

I am a Paradox - a Duality - and yet an Entirely Unified ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have found out that though the ways in which
I can make myself useful are few,
yet the work open to me is endless.
- Helen Keller

It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline
when you're a winner, when you're number one.
What you've got to have is faith and discipline
when you're not yet a winner.
- Vince Lombardi

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our desires always disappoint us;
for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction,
yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
- Elbert Hubbard

Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love
Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.
- Rumi

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

The sacred altar of all existence
is where we meet our ancestors
and our descendants yet unborn.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am simultaneously ME - an independent BEing
of free-will and bold courage,
and ME - an integral and inseparable element
of the web of timeless creation.
I am a paradox - a duality -
and yet an entirely unified ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past is no more and the future is not yet.
The only right person is one who lives moment to moment,
whose arrow is directed to the moment,
who is always here and now; wherever he is,
his whole consciousness, his whole being,
is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now.
- Osho

I will greet this day with love in my heart.
And how will I do this?
Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again.
I will love the sun for it warms my bones;
yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.
I will love the light for it shows me the way;
yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart;
yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.
I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due;
yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.
- Og Mandino

It is strange to be known so universally
and yet to be so lonely.
- Albert Einstein

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
- Robert Browning

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How strange that nature does not knock,
and yet does not intrude!
- Emily Dickinson

Are we there yet? are we there yet? are we there yet?
- said by Donkey in the movie Shrek 2


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