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" Clean up your own mess. "
" Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions. "
" On a very local scale, a refrigerator is the center of the universe. On the inside is food essential to life, and on the outside of the door is a summary of the life events of the household. "
" The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are. "
" Do you notice that all presidents have a dog? There is always a First Dog. Or two or three. You have to have a dog to be president, I guess. "
" Everything we do in our growing up has been done before. But it needs recognition and validation each time for each one of us - public, private, and secret. "
" To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence, hollering, 'What's it for?' "
" If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. "
" I wanted to be a citizen of the world but not in a superficial way. "
" The examined life is no picnic. "
" It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber. "
" Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts. "
" Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. "
" Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. "
" I've always thought anyone can make money. Making a life worth living, that's the real test. "
" And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together. "
" My secret agenda is to convey my values to my kids. "
" The solution to alone-ness is not more solitude, but companionship and community. "
" Patterns of repetition govern each day, week, year, and lifetime. 'Personal habits' is one term we use to describe the most common of these repeated patterns. But I say these habits are sacred because they give deliberate structure to our lives. Structure gives us a sense of security. And that sense of security is the ground of meaning. "
" I've always made a clear distinction between making a life and making a living. "
" My goal now is to dance all the dances as long as I can, and then to sit down contented after the last elegant tango some sweet night and pass on because there wasn't another dance left in me. "
" You feel like an ant contemplating Chicago. "
" I talk about very serious human affairs but with a lightness of heart. "
" I think my writing is part of my ministry. "
" 'Who do you think you are?' That's the big one, isn't it? A flourishing life depends on how you answer that. "
" I believe in dancing. "
" I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances. "
" I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. "
" Children are sent to school to be civilized, to learn to be part of the social enterprise. "
" Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. "
" The winding down of summer puts me in a heavy philosophical mood. "