The first responsibility of leadership is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.
Quotations and epigraphs, offered at the beginning and/or end of an agenda, are an additional tradition at Women Writing for (a) Change. They offer focus, reinforcement and prompts for themes with which you are working. You will note many of these are longer than you might use at one time; but a sentence here or there can provide continuity over several sessions of a single theme. Here is a collection that we hope you will find useful!
Awakeness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment of our weird, unfathomable, ordinary everyday lives.
... the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.
“In art,one must throw one’s life away in order to gain it."
It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death, ought to decide indeed to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.
[Art] is the process by which, in imagining itself and the relation of individuals to one another and to it, a society comes to understand itself, and by understanding, discover its possibilities of growth.
Mankind is interdependent, and the happiness of each depends upon the happiness of all, and it is this lesson that humanity has to learn ...
No human relation gives one possession in another — every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.