"Your spirit is your true shield."
— Morihei Ueshiba
Japanese martial artist, developed aikido, born December 14, 1883

"One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train."
— Morihei Ueshiba
Japanese martial artist, developed aikido, died April 26, 1969

"Nobody is one block of harmony. We are all afraid of something, or feel limited in something. We all need somebody to talk to. It would be good if we talked to each other, not just pitter patter but real talk. We shouldn't be afraid, because most people really like this contact; that you show you are vulnerable makes them free to be vulnerable too. It's so much easier to be together when we drop our masks."
— Liv Ullmann
Japanese-Norwegian actress, born December 16, 1938

"Oh, those wonder-filled evenings when acting enables me for a short moment to have more life."
— Liv Ullmann
Japanese-Norwegian actress, born December 16, 1938

"Reality can be magnificent even when life is not."
— Liv Ullmann
Japanese-Norwegian actress, born December 16, 1938

"I do not want to arrive at the end of life and then be asked what I made of it and have to answer: 'I acted.' I want to be able to say: 'I loved and I was mystified. It was a joy sometimes, and I knew grief. And I would like to do it all again.'"
— Liv Ullmann
Japanese-Norwegian actress, born December 16, 1938

"I looked into the mirror and saw this middle-aged woman who keeps invading my face."
— Liv Ullmann
Japanese-Norwegian actress, born December 16, 1938

"God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament."
— Evelyn Underhill
English mystic, born December 6, 1875

"God is much in the difficult home problems as in the times of quiet and prayer."
— Evelyn Underhill
English mystic, died June 15, 1941

"The brook would lose its song if the rocks were removed."
— Unknown author

"There are ten strong things in the world, say the rabbis: rock is strong but iron cleaves it; fire melts iron; water extinguishes fire; the clouds bear aloft the water; the wind drives away the clouds; man withstands the wind; fear unmans man; wine dispels fear; sleep overcomes wine; and death sweeps away even sleep. But strongest of all is loving kindness, for it defies and survives death."
— Unknown author

"The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. He's forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free."
— Unknown author
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