“It’s the people who feel strong and good about themselves who are best able to accept outside difference—their own and others!”
“Being kind means responding to the needs of others—and people can be kind, no matter how old or young we are.”
“All we’re ever asked to do in this life is to treat our neighbor— especially our neighbor who is in need—Exactly as we would hope to be treated ourselves. That’s our ultimate responsibility.”
“Some time in your day today, try to turn off all the noises you can around you, and give yourself some ‘quiet time.’ In the silence, let yourself think about something. ... Or if possible, think about nothing.”
“Neighbors are people who are close to us and friends are people who are close to our hearts. I like to think of you as my neighbor and my friend.”
“Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All parenting. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.”
"the most important learning is the ability to accept and expect mistakes, and deal with the disappointments that they bring."
“I have tried to encourage children to love and care for themselves and to love the parents who care for them.
That’s the way true neighborliness grows—loving others as we first loved ourselves.”
"There isn't anyone you couldn't learn to love once you've heard their story"
“Children have very strong feelings. Children love intensely, and they get angry just as intensely. They can be so happy that they laugh out loud, and they can be so sad that they feel their hearts are breaking. And often the way children look at others depends a lot on how they feel within themselves.”
“The purpose of life is to listen—to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and to God and, when the time comes, to respond in as helpful a way as you can find . . . from within and without.”
"I think one of the greatest gifts that we can give anybody is the gift of one more honest adult in that person’s life ― whether it be a child or an adult"
“Some days, doing “the best we can” may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect—on any front—and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”
“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.”
“There is no person in this whole world who is a mistake, no matter how different that person may seem.”
“The more I think about it, the more I wonder if God and neighbor are somehow One. “Loving God, Loving neighbor”—the same thing? For me, coming to recognize that God loves every neighbor is the ultimate appreciation.”
“By listening you minister to me.”
“Do you get enough quiet?”
"When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”