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It's only when I take the time to collect myself that I can come back into the world with a new sense of purpose and joy.

It's only when I take the time to collect myself that I can come back into the world with a new sense of purpose and joy.
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The way we can learn to embrace faith and trust in our experience emerges from curiosity, imagination, and doubt.

The way we can learn to embrace faith and trust in our experience emerges from experimentation, curiosity, imagination, and doubt. This way of being is at odds with an us-versus-them mentality, as it is flexible and mutable, at once critical and tender.
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Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away.

Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of defiance, defiance isn’t enough reason to hope. But there are good reasons.
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The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

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Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory … will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
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We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves...

We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster, they have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them. They represent a struggle and a victory.

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