At a busy, and now sad, time of year, perhaps these small pieces of wisdom can give you a degree of hope and a degree of peace.
Education today, in this particular social period, is assuming truly unlimited importance…education is the best weapon for peace.
An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking: it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to times in which they live.
Establishing a lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
- Maria Montessori, Education and Peace, 1949 (translated by Helen R. Lane)
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mahatma Ghandi
Now stir the first, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups,
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
- William Cowper, The Task, IV, The Winter Evening, 1785