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Patrick Donovan

Brooklyn, NY, USA
male, age 69
married, 1 child
Speaks: English
Joined Feb 27, 2011

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

Animals' Soul

"What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?"  - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show.
When you're born in America, you get a front row seat."  George Carlin  [Thank you to AniMae for posting this as a comment.]

"I'm an atheist, and that's it.  I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other."   Katharine Hepburn

“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.” — Joseph Heller, Catch-22

 "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice."  Bob Marley

“Who feeds a hungry animal, feeds his own soul.”  Charlie Chaplin

   "Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world that does not hurt." 
Love - Meša Selimovic

"'But now,'" says the Once-ler, 'Now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.'"
- Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax"

"To close your eyes, will not ease another's pain."  - Anonymous

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  – Anatole France

"The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.

"On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded....
Your soul will be altered.

"On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.

"On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…

"On a yearly basis…you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.
You’ll learn to mourn.
To grieve.
To sob.
You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You’ll learn to try.
To hope.
To pray.
You’ll learn to fail.
To succeed.
To accept.
You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.

"Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.

"But…here’s the good news… When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…
All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.

"You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.

"In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…
You’ll know how far they’ve come…
You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…
When they’d given up.

"You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…
How they loved you, too.
And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.

"In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…
To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant…in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought: “Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.

"And honestly…no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.

"Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it.
And that’s the honest truth."

~ Ashley Owen Hill

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.”  

- Joseph Heller, Catch 22

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; 
that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."    
-John Kenneth Galbraith

"Not forgiving? It is like drinking rat poison and expecting the rat to die."  Bruce B. Care post

Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower on arms:

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms in not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

"The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
"- It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
"- It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
"- It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
"- We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.
"- We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

"This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

"This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

"Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
*  At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
*  At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
*  At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?'"
- Sufi Saying

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- Jeremy Bentham, philosopher/animal rights activist; 1748-1832.

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- Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax"
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