Gimme Some Truth

"I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit."

Compiled by Daniel McMullan

 

I’ve had enough of reading things by neurotic psychotic pigheaded politicians.

All I want is the truth, just gimme some truth. — John Lennon

 

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the world…

John Lennon

 

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. — Charles Dickens

 

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.   — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

No one has ever become poor by giving.  — Anne Frank

 

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.     — John Holmes

 

I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.   — Charles de Lint

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.   — John Bunyan

 

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same; with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead. — Mother Teresa

 

Non nobis solum nati sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.) — Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

 

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. — A.A. Milne (Christopher Robin to Pooh)

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” — Luke 14:12-14

 

You were ordered to obey to Allah, and you were created to perform good deeds.  — Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Artwork by Ben Shahn

Artwork by Ben Shahn

 

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” — Haruki Murakami

 

Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend. — Wallace Stegner

 

It is forbidden to kill; therefore, all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. — Voltaire

 

I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. It is a cruel and useless substitute for the elimination of those conditions — poverty, unemployment, homelessness, desperation, racism, greed — which are at the root of most punished crime. The crimes of the rich and powerful go mostly unpunished. — Howard Zinn

 

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. — Mark Twain

 

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…. I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”   — Thomas Jefferson

 

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain

A Life Consecrated to Compassion and Justice

On the bleak streets of the Tenderloin, a sister took a stand against inhumanity. Her solidarity was inspired by the beatitudes and consecrated to the poor.

The Invisible Natural Cathedral of People’s Park

Builders, please go away. Allow the beauty of an Invisible Natural Cathedral to remain, a living shrine of open space that gives refuge to all people.

Street Spirit Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin

This atrocity was happening in a very wealthy city. It was happening right under our noses. It was very visible. And there was not the united voice of the faith community speaking out. That was the spark of Religious Witness. From that moment, I knew what I had to do.

Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin, Part Two

“What’s forming in my mind is Jesus in the temple when he became angry at the unjust and very exclusive systems of society. That is the very reason that there are the poor and the marginalized. It is not enough just to provide food, clothing and housing.”

‘Such Is the Magic and Spirit of People’s Park’

The mayor has no understanding of the awful defeat the loss of People’s Park would be. No comprehension of the cost in lives and the sacrifices people have made for the Park’s ideals. So many still find it a refuge in a country needing a political and spiritual overhaul.

I Remember Who I Am

“And Now Where?” Lithograph by Rockwell Kent

By and by, I calm down. I meditate. I pray. It is a beautiful day. The sun is setting. I weave my way toward the spot where I sleep, where nobody knows where to find me. I look to the stars, and say my prayers to the God who believes in Me.