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Apr 12 08 10:20 PM

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People are stressed, exhausted and traumatized here at Ground Zero, Canterbury. The feeling of shock, sorrow and despair is intense. Some people, as may be expected, remain more resilient than others.

I’ve been working on ways to help - however little they may be - and I thought to myself, I have a lot of beautiful photos from around Canterbury and I could make some into movies, set them to music and write on the photos the text of inspiring and soothing quotes and then distribute them around and put them on Youtube.

So I thought maybe you guys could help me out with some good quotes?

Please keep them very short and simple. I don’t think a lot of people here are really in the right frame of mind to process long pieces of text.

My sincere gratitude,
Emeline

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Apr 12 08 10:36 PM


"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

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"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."

(maybe just the first half of that one by itself is good enough?)

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"The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater."

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"I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil."

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"In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory. "

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"Courage is found in unlikely places."

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"You can only come to the morning through the shadows."

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"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."

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"Oft hope is born when all is forlorn."

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"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."

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these are all Tolkien, mostly from LotR, obviously, but they came to my mind first, to help get things started. this last one is just for you, Em:

A Elbereth Gilthoniel,
silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!
Na-chaered palan-díriel
o galadhremmin ennorath,
Fanuilos, le linnathon
nef aear, si nef aearon!

A Elbereth Gilthoniel!
o menel palan-díriel
le nallon sí di'nguruthos!
A tiro nin, Fanuilos!

A! Elbereth Gilthoniel!
silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!
We still remember, we who dwell
In this far land beneath the trees,
Thy starlight on the Western Seas.

(where is the Smiley for Strength & Courage? we need one of those!)

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Apr 13 08 12:25 AM

Live every day as if it were your last . . . and one day, you'll be right. ; )

Another famous dialogue--

Lady Astor: If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee.
Winston Churchill:  Madam, if I were married to you, I'd drink it.

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Apr 13 08 12:32 AM

I don't know if you're interested in Bible quotes, but these 2 always comfort me.  I think a lot of people, even non-religious people, find it comforting that (even if only perhaps) Someone or some-thing higher and beyond themselves is "out there" to offer love and comfort in disasters and heartbreaking situations such as this.
 
"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10 New International Version
 
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
John 14:27 New International Version

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Apr 13 08 12:34 AM


Lady Astor:            If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee.
Winston Churchill:  Madam, if I were married to you, I'd drink it.

-ericreinhardt2003

Oh YEAH--that is probably my favorite witty quote of all times!  grin

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Apr 13 08 12:51 AM

Just googled and surfed around and found these:

'What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning'


This is too long, I know, but isn't it beautiful?
 
All Is Well
Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household world that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland
1847-1918

This one is too long also, but maybe you could use parts of it?  I especially like the last 2 lines, "For love is eternal/And those we love shall be with us throughout all eternity"

They are not dead,
Who leave us this great heritage of remembering joy.

They still live in our hearts,
In the happiness we knew, in the dreams we shared.

They still breathe,
In the lingering fragrance,windblown, from their favourite flowers.

They still smile in the moonlight’s silver,
And laugh in the sunlight’s sparking gold.

They still speak in the echoes of the words we’ve heard them say again and again.

They still move,
In the rhythm of waving grasses, in the dance of the tossing branches.

They are not dead;
Their memory is warm in our hearts, comfort in our sorrow.

They are not apart from us, but part of us,

For love is eternal,
And those we love shall be with us throughout all eternity.
Anon

May the pain of every living being
Be completely cleared away.
May I be the doctor and the medicine
And may I be the nurse
For all sick beings in the world
Until everyone is healed...
May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed...
--from the Prayer for World Peace by Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
 
Hope is the thing with feathers--
that perches in the soul--
and sings the tune without words--
and never stops--at all--
-Emily Dickinson
 
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
-Ernest Hemingway

 

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Apr 13 08 2:58 AM

Em, this is my favorite for sympathy. I hope it helps you and others around you in their time of need.

A rose once grew where all could see
Sheltered beside a wall,
And as the days passed swiftly by
Its branches spread, straight and tall.
One day, a beam of light shone through
A crevice had opened wide-
The rose bent gently towards its warmth
Then passed to the other side..
Now you who deeply feel its loss
Be comforted...the rose still blooms there-
Its beauty even greater now
Nurtured by God's own loving care.

Well aren't you just a fun little lollipop triple dipped in psycho......

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Apr 13 08 4:22 AM


Keep walking, though there is no place to get to.
Don't try to see through the distances. That's not
for human beings.

Move within, but don't move the way fear makes
you move.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and
frightened.

Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical
instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

(Rumi, date unknown but very old. Coleman Barks trans. 1990ish)

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Apr 13 08 6:41 AM

Those are great guys, thank you all SO much.  I'm using some of them as we speak.............you guys are just the best.

Smile, breathe and go slowly.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Apr 13 08 12:51 PM

I don't know if you're interested in Bible quotes, but these 2 always comfort me.  I think a lot of people, even non-religious people, find it comforting that (even if only perhaps) Someone or some-thing higher and beyond themselves is "out there" to offer love and comfort in disasters and heartbreaking situations such as this. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."Isaiah 41:10 New International Version "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."John 14:27 New International Version

-booklvr777

Then there's also the old classic Psalm 23 that has helped so many.  A snippet:

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Jesus saves, Buddha empties, Krishna recycles.

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Apr 14 08 5:13 AM

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow , I will fear no evil . For I am fucking armed and dangerous [image]

-chesire

<laughing my head off--ouch!>  That's priceless and, may I say, classic Ches!  grin

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Apr 14 08 11:26 AM

Thanks so much booklvr and thanks everyone for the quotes.

The Bible indeed has some beautiful passages, especially the Psalms.  I'm planning on doing something with some of them, starting probably with Psalm 91 and Psalm 23.

Ches, you can always get a big dog or rabbit.

 


 The huge rabbit.


Smile, breathe and go slowly.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Apr 15 08 1:57 AM

I'm not good at inspirational quotes, but here are some from my collection:

The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. - Helen Keller 

 

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Gandhi



Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state. - George Elliott

        "How much suffering and fear, and

        How many harmful things are in existence?

        If all arises from clinging to the "I",

        What should I do with this great demon?" – Shantideva



"I would say that our patients never really despair because of any suffering in itself! Instead, their despair stems in each instance from a doubt as to whether suffering is meaningful. Man is ready and willing to shoulder any suffering as soon as as long as he can see a meaning in it."  - Viktor Frankl



You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation...and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else. - Herman Hesse


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Apr 15 08 2:52 AM

I think my favorite quote of all time comes from Derrick Jensen and pretty much covers damn near everything:

"...we are really, really fucked, and at the same time that life is really, really good."

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Apr 15 08 3:23 AM

The entire quote would be:

"The answer is that life is really, really good. I am a complex enough being that I can hold in my heart the understanding that we are really, really fucked, and at the same time that life is really, really good. I am full of rage, sorrow, joy, love, hate, despair, happiness, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, and a thousand other feelings. We are really fucked. Life is still really good. "
 
Absolutely fits your situation, but maybe isn't as inispirational as you are looking for!

{{{Em}}}

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Apr 19 08 7:24 AM

crying Thank you so very much, still mourning... it is beautiful and I will send it to them later this day. They will like it I am sure, especially from someone that made it in NZ. I was not able to copy it on youtube per the title for some reason... but will send them your youtube page to view it...I do like it and I must remember also all of the things that those who have passed would want us to remember and feel from here on in,

Thank you Emeline so much, I know you are so busy now and I do appreciate this so very much. smile

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