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Tenderness is the most modest form of love.

Olga Tokarczuk

In her 2019 Nobel lecture “The Tender Narrator,” Polish author Olga Tokarczuk reflected on her belief that tenderness is an understated but vitally important form of love. “Tenderness,” she said, “appears wherever we take a close and careful look at another being, at something that is not our ‘self.’” Feeling tenderness toward another being, then, is an intrinsic emotion that goes beyond empathy. Tokarczuk called it a “deep emotional concern” that acknowledges the similarities in our shared and fragile existence and honors the bonds between all living things. We are each part of the whole, she suggested, and tenderness is a way of looking at the world as “alive, living, interconnected, cooperating with, and codependent on itself.”

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Very interesting, Angie. I didn't know that Olga Tokarczuk was a Nobel Prize winner. Her view of tenderness is sensitive and interesting. I've read her novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, which is in a class of its own. It's weird, thoughtful, angry and dark in its humor.

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Mona, just saw your post. I am not familiar with her book. Isabel Allende I guess you could say took literary license with her translations! LOL

True friendship withstands time, distance, and silence.

Isabel Allende

Chilean author Isabel Allende is one of the most widely read Spanish-language authors in the world, with a style that combines magical realism, personal experience, and historic events. She began her writing career translating Barbara Cartland novels into Spanish, while surreptitiously adding a few changes to make the female characters more intelligent (a practice that later got her fired). She was a TV personality for a while, wrote for a feminist magazine, worked for the United Nations, and fled Chile to Venezuela following dictator Augusto Pinochet’s coup. She later moved to California, where she still lives and writes today. To say that she was well received in the U.S. would be an understatement: In 2014, Allende was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

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More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.

Charlie Chaplin

When Charlie Chaplin wrote the script for his 1940 film “The Great Dictator,” he was making a bold choice. At a time when Adolf Hitler was in full power, the beloved filmmaker and comedian used satire to stand up for humanity and freedom. Chaplin included this line in the famous speech given at the end of the film. It’s an appeal to prize unity over hate in order to overthrow oppressors and live freely. The sentiment remains significant today: In a world that prizes power and success, it reminds us to value peace, kindness, and empathy.

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"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

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We live under the shadow of a gigantic question mark. Who are we? Where do we come from? Whither are we bound?
~Hendrik Willem van Loon

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...the only possible good in the universe is happiness. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to try and make somebody else so. ~Robert G. Ingersoll, 1888

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Originally Posted by Angie
...The way to be happy is to try and make somebody else so. ~Robert G. Ingersoll, 1888

So true, Angie! Happiness is such an intangible and fleeting thing that many people search for all their lives.

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Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.

Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the children's television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” often focused on helping kids understand their emotions, to know that “feelings are mentionable and manageable.” But Mister Rogers also acknowledged that it can take a lifetime to understand and love ourselves for the complicated, wonderful human beings that we are. This quote reminds us that no matter what stage of life we find ourselves in, self-reflection and kindness are always noble endeavors.

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If you wake up and the day feels broken, just lean into the crack.

Björk

Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk has long been known for her eccentricity — from the genre-bending nature of her music to the infamous “swan dress” she wore to the 2001 Academy Awards. Her first musical release, at the age of 11, was an album of traditional Icelandic songs; she went on to front several anarchist punk bands before striking out as a solo artist. Björk has continued to shun the mainstream, folding everything from traditional Inuit vocalists to interactive apps into her work. With this lyric, from her 2001 song “It’s Not Up to You,” she helps us reframe setbacks as chances to take back agency. When we encounter adversity, we’re forced to think differently — and that can be a powerful source of possibility.

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