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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Options
Daemon
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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
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Хорошо сказано, Лёва!
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One must change for the better.
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Daemon wrote:
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)


Everyone knows for sure that it's much easier than other way around...
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We can change if the environment and circumstances change as well.
Vit Babenco
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He never tried to change himself as well...
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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
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pedro
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Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.
Leo Tolstoy

Gustavo de S Consoni
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I just want best politicians in my country!!
Take a look at Petrobras scandal! it is a shame!


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The change that comes from our heart can change the world automatically.
Ozolinsh V.
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Vit Babenco wrote:
He never tried to change himself as well...


Sometimes I wonder, why there is no second Tolstoy, and then I come across your comments and feel irresistible consolation.
Omar Mariani
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That's basic. It is practically a truism.- Absolutely nothing around us can change of its own accord if we do not start by changing ourselves; the world is neutral because the world itself is only the result of the sum of people and it is people, who are not neutral, who have the power of making a better world
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very true...self change is is the main change
Gary98
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Not much are known of the people who are trying to change themselves.
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If your focus is correct even great goals can be achieved.
ssxt
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AnjanaDutt wrote:
We can change if the environment and circumstances change as well.


No offense, but this is an excuse to not transform our lives.

MANY people have risen above their circumstances to empower themselves and those around them.

Me? Not so much.
striker
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first start by looking in the mirror
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No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
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Mehrdad77
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True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
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Mehrdad77
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True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
Leo Tolstoy
NeuroticHellFem
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Mehrdad77 wrote:
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
Robin Williams

This is a misquote! It's by N.H. Kleinbaum from the movie Dead Poets' Society which starred Robin Williams.
Brilliant movie, brilliant quote, but it's not by Robin Williams.
Dr WWWW
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Leo Tolstoy - On State and Christian Socialism, Anarchy, Henry Georgism and the Land Question, Communism, etc.
{From the Private MS, Diary)

from Some Social Remedies, p. 28

Three Methods of Reform

There are three means of alleviating the condition of the labourers and of setting up brotherhood among men,

1. Not to make people work for you; neither directly nor indirectly to demand work of them; not to need such
articles as demand extra labour, — all objects of luxury.

2. To do for oneself and, if possible, for others also that work which is tedious and unpleasant.

3. Not in reality a means, but the result and application of the second, to study the laws of nature and invent
processes for the alleviation of labour — ^machinery, steam, electricity. One will invent what is really needed,
and nothing superfluous, only when one invents in order to lighten one's own labour, or at least labour which one
has oneself experienced.

But at present men are engaged in applying only the third means, and even that incorrectly, for they keep aloof
from the second, and not only are they unwilling to employ the first and second means, but they do not wish even
to hear of them.

There can be only one permanent revolution — a moral one ; the regeneration of the inner man.

How is this revolution to take place? Nobody knows how it will take place in humanity, but every man feels it clearly
in himself. And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.

People abolished slavery and the right of owning slaves, but they continued changing their linen unnecessarily,
and living in ten rooms and having five courses at dinner, and carriages, etc. And yet all these things could not be
if there were no slaves, this is perfectly clear, and yet nobody can see it.

Internet Archive -- Pamphlets - Translated from the Russian

Barnacle Barney Bill
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How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
Just one, but the light bulb must want to change. Whistle
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Old oriental teachings stress the fact that all the changes begin from an individual, affecting family and friends, then groups, society, and the nation.
andrinomarkus
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I think in change myself all the time
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I can't change the world, but I can change the world in me. -- U2
Verbatim
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Daemon wrote:
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)


It's the sight deficiency: Can't see the beam in your eye because the eye is focused on the specks in everybody else's.
Fredric-frank Myers
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So very, very true............
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Daemon wrote:
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)


If all the thinking of "changing the world" should fail, there is always the last resort of bloody, thoughtless revolution, or war.

Changing the world, unlike changing oneself, is impersonal--an excuse for not living up to our own Desiderata.

http://www.businessballs.com/desideratapoem.htm --- this goes for all of us:

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."
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