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All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Related topics: Spiritual Live-By Unity

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us
to be what we know we could be.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

 

Be the chief but never the lord.
- Lao Tzu

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

A chief event of life is the day in which
we have encountered a mind that startled us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Profit is a by-product of work;
happiness is its chief product.
- Henry Ford

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties.
- Hugh Blair

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
- Chief Seattle

There is no death, only a change of worlds.
- Chief Seattle

Concern for man and his fate must always form
the chief interest of all technical endeavors.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
- Albert Einstein

The home is the chief school of human virtues.
- William Ellery Channing

I hate facts.
I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -
adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth,
I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
- Khalil Gibran

Man does not weave this web of life.
He is merely a strand of it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house,
I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming,
the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.
- Gaston Bachelard

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate,
exercises a public trust.
- Grover Cleveland

A man is simple when his chief care is the wish to be what he ought to be,
that is honestly and naturally human.
- Charles Wagner

The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.
- Menander

Our chief justices have probably had more profound
and lasting influence on their times and on the direction
of the nation than most presidents.
- Richard M. Nixon

President Obama has embraced a partisan,
polarizing strategy since day one when he chose hyper-partisan
Rahm Emanuel to be his White House Chief of Staff.
- Rory Cooper

Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes
which turns them into confusion and is the chief source
of every error in our lives.
- Sarah Fielding

When once an Indian sees that his food is secure,
he does not care what the chief or any one else says.
- George Crook

To get away from one's working environment is,
in a sense, to get away from one's self;
and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Businessmen...
were not born chief executives.
They were often people first.
- Richard Jefferson

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.
- W. H. Auden

The chief function of the city is to convert power into form,
energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art,
biological reproduction into social creativity.
- Lewis Mumford

Soon after I returned to private practice,
former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger called me one day.
- Fred F. Fielding

The chief difference between words and deeds is that
words are always intended for men for their approbation,
but deeds can be done only for God.
- Leo Tolstoy

Bill Clinton is not my commander-in-chief.
- Oliver North

Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Of all the arts in which the wise excel,
nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
- Andre Breton

I think "Hail to the Chief" has a nice ring to it.
- John F. Kennedy

I was no chief and never had been, but because I had
been more deeply wronged than others,
this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to
prove worthy of the trust.
- Geronimo

I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life.
My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.
- Chief Joseph

I'm a storyteller - that's the chief function of a director.
And they're moving pictures, let's make 'em move!
- Howard Hawks

Looking back, my life seems like one long obstacle race,
with me as the chief obstacle.
- Jack Paar

The police chief of Hiroshima welcomed me eagerly as
the first Allied correspondent to reach the city.
- Wilfred Burchett

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on,
is action.
It is by action that an organism develops its faculties,
increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.
- Colin Powell

There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal,
particularly in women.
Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Hope is itself a species of happiness,
and, perhaps, the chief happiness, which this world affords.
- William Samuel Johnson

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
- Don Marquis

My father...
had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.
- Chief Joseph

Ford used to come to work in a big car with two Admiral's flags,
on each side of the car.
His assistant would be there with his accordion,
playing, Hail to the Chief.
- Richard Widmark

I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women
will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above,
and that all people may be one people.
- Chief Joseph

I am fully prepared to be commander in chief...
I don't need on-the-job training.
- John McCain

At this stage, my chief professional goal is simply
to keep on writing and making a living at it.
- Fred Saberhagen

Although...
the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen
by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures,
yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only,
but of the whole people of the United States.
- James K. Polk

My Irish passport makes me look like a chief of staff for the Provisional IRA.
- Jack Higgins

We have grown used to money.
The handling, the increase of it, is the chief business
of life now with most of us.
- Rebecca H. Davis

The three chief virtues of a programmer are:
Laziness,
Impatience and Hubris.
- Larry Wall

There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers,
that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us.
Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?
- Barbara Ehrenreich

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without
being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy,
in our age, can do for those who study it.
- Bertrand Russell

The Secretary of Defense is not a super General or Admiral.
His task is to exercise civilian control over the Department
for the Commander-in-Chief and the country.
- Donald Rumsfeld

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment,
and are always answering questions when the chief relish
of a life is to go on asking them.
- Frank Moore Colby

A key to the mentality of the left is that it judges
itself by its best intentions,
and judges its opponents - America chief among them -
by their worst deeds.
- David Horowitz

Coming out is a means of redefining oneself,
of claiming membership in a lifestyle and a social
order with distinct values.
Chief among these values is honesty.
- Lance Loud

At the conclusion of my argument I received very high
compliments from the Chief Justice and later from other of the Judges.
What they said I do not care to repeat.
- William Henry Moody

Chief executives, who themselves own few shares of their companies,
have no more feeling for the average stockholder than
they do for baboons in Africa.
- T. Boone Pickens

If so many Americans are looking for the government to save them,
then it is hard to have a dignified search for a shepherd in chief.
- James Bovard

At the lodge the chief gave me many particulars which
were relative to the late visit of the Spaniards.
- Zebulon Pike

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
- Eric Hoffer

The chief concern of the French Impressionists was
the discovery of balance between light and dark.
- Stephen Gardiner

All men who have turned out worth anything have had
the chief hand in their own education.
- Walter Scott

Rascals are always sociable, more's the pity!
and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his
character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works.
- Jacques Barzun

All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief.
They are all brothers.
- Chief Joseph

I accept that responsibility and ask only that I be
judged by my performance as its chief executive.
- Jane Byrne


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