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Retro Quote – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless.”

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, On Life and Essays on Religion

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Retro Quote – Charlie Chaplin

“More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”

Charlie Chaplin

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Retro Quote – Dave Barnhart

“‘The unborn’ are a convenient group of people to advocate for.  They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or chronically poor.  They don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct.  Unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare.  Unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural and religious baggage that you dislike.  They allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them because they cease to be unborn.  It’s almost as if – by being unborn – they have died to you.  You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone.  They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.  Prisoners?  Immigrants?  The sick?  The poor?  Widows?  Orphans?  All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible?  They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.”

Pastor Dave Barnhart

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Retro Quote – Brian Weiss

“One of the most important of life’s lessons is to learn independence, to understand freedom.  This means independence from attachments, from results, from opinions, and from expectations.”

Brian Weiss, “Messages from the Masters”

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Retro Quote – Duwamish Community

“There is no death, only a change of worlds.”

Duwamish Proverb

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Retro Quote – Ingmar Bergman

“I am living permanently in my dream, from which I make brief forays into reality.”

Ingmar Bergman, Images: My Life in Film

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Retro Quote – Chris Rock

“I’m sure there were no Black nominees some of those years…say, ’62, ’63.  And Black people did not protest.  Why?  Because we had real things to protest at the time.”

Chris Rock, during his monologue at the 2016 Oscar ceremonies

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Retro Quote – Walt Whitman

“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”

Walt Whitman

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Retro Quote – Lionel Trilling

“What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have.”

Lionel Trilling

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Retro Quote – Claes Oldenburg

“I am for an artist that is political-erotical-mystical; that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.”

Claes Oldenburg

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