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Michaela V.

"2012: A Vegan Odyssey"

female, age 24
Speaks: Swedish, English
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Words to live by

"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in" - Derek Sivers

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure" - Paulo Coelho

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"What have you got to lose? You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing" - Monty Python

"There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion" - Carl Jung

"Is going vegan hard? No. Steps: 1. You recognize that we cannot morally justify animal use. 2. You take morality seriously. 3. You stop'" - Gary Francione

"To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man" - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

"Doubt grows with knowledge." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing" - Antaole France

"I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way" - Carl Sandburg

"So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today" - Lawrence Krauss

"The more reasons you have for achieving your goal, the more determined you will become" - Brian Tracy

"I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem" - Unknown

"It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about" - Albert Camus

"A problem thoroughly understood is always fairly simple. Found your opinions on facts, not prejudices. We know too many things that are not true. " - Charles Kettering

"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral" - Leo Tolstoy

"I think I am, therefore I am. I think" - George Carlin

"There is hope, but not for us" - Franz Kafka

"And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point of view, it is usually a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months" - Oscar Wilde

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life." - Charles Darwin

"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented" - Elie Wiesel

"I think that if a person doesn't feel cynical then they're out of phase with the 20th century. Being cynical is the only way to deal with modern civilization, you can't just swallow it whole" - Frank Zappa

"Unmotivated cruelty is something which never ceases to fascinate me; and I'd very much like to know the reason for it" - Ingmar Bergman

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you" - Frank Lloyd Wright

"Think Globally, Act Locally" - Unknown

"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

"Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race" - Thich Nhat Hanh

"To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve" - James Allen

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The wise harm no one" - Buddha

"It's wonderful to be alive and to walk on earth" - Thich Nhat Hanh

"The greatest gain is to give to others
The greatest loss is to greedily receive without gratitude
An invulnerable armor is patience
The best weapon is wisdom" - Buddha

"Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over-animation. One can either see or be seen" - John Updike

"Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?" - Henry David Thoreau

"When you're too mad and too rattled to see straight, you're bound to make mistakes. You can't go on and on for years being miserable about a situation and not have it change you. You get so you can't stand yourself" - Lucille Ball

"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." - Franz Kafka

"A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
'Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.'

Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie,
A fish can't whistle and neither can I.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
'Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.'

Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken, I don't know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
'Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.'"
- The Tao of Pooh

"Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual; a complete rejection of the paradigm of oppression and violence that she has been taught from childhood to accept as the natural order. It changes her life and the lives of those with whom she shares this vision of nonviolence. Ethical veganism is anything but passive; on the contrary, it is the active refusal to cooperate with injustice" - Gary Francione

"You are diseased in understanding and religion.
Come to me, that you may hear something of sound truth.
Do not unjustly eat fish the water has given up,
And do not desire as food the flesh of slaughtered animals,
Or the white milk of mothers who intended its pure draught
for their young, not noble ladies.
And do not grieve the unsuspecting birds by taking eggs;
for injustice is the worst of crimes.
And spare the honey which the bees get industriously
from the flowers of fragrant plants;
For they did not store it that it might belong to others,
Nor did they gather it for bounty and gifts.
I washed my hands of all this; and wish that I
Perceived my way before my hair went gray!"
- Al-Ma’arri

"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'" - Edgar Allan Poe

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