Friday Quote

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I have abandoned my Daily Doodle post today to bring you a quote I am on fire for right now.  I encountered this beautiful quote this morning, and immediately it gripped me and I felt the great need to make it a piece of art for my studio.  So, doodles will have to wait for next week, and in the mean time, here is an encouraging thought from Howard Zinn:

The Quote in full:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

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