"One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people."
— John O’Donohue
Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher, born January 1, 1956

"It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there."
— John O'Donohue
Irish poet and priest, died born January 4, 2008

"We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language."
— Joyce Carol Oates
American author, born June 16, 1938

"Yes We Can!"
— Barack Obama
44th President of the United States, born August 4, 1961

"We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it."
— Barack Obama
First African-American to be elected President of United States, November 4, 2008

"I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world."
— Michelle Obama
American First Lady, born January 17, 1964

"Even though you can’t expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That’s morality, that’s religion. That’s art. That’s life."
— Phil Ochs
American protest singer, born December 19, 1940

"God isn't dead — he's just missing in action."
— Phil Ochs
American protest singer, born December 19, 1940

"It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win."
— Phil Ochs
American protest singer, died April 9, 1976

"If your neighbor looks at you like they don't enjoy the key you're singing in, look right back, bless them, and keep on singing."
— Odetta
American singer, born December 31, 1930

"The blues is celebration, because when you take sorrow and turn it into music, you transform it."
— Odetta
American singer, died December 2, 2008

"Dying only means moving into a nicer house. We have only gone into the next room. We still are what we have always been--we aren’t far away. We are only on the other side of the pathway."
— Hayley Okines
English activist, born December 3, 1997
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