Necessity will teach the old to run.

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When we deny the poor and the vulnerable their own human dignity and capacity for freedom and choice, it becomes self-denial. It becomes a denial of both our collective and individual dignity, at all levels of society.

Jacqueline Novogratz
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I have arranged your Jabberwocks & other devils in procession according to number & rank, on the piano in the drawing-room, & in that subdued light they take to themselves added atrocities of form & expression, & so make a body’s flesh crawl with pleasure. TWAIN

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“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”



And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms. Book of Mormon ETHER 9:19

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“At a place called ‘The Ark’, I experienced my first real-life glance at about 30 elephants altogether walking up the side of a wooded mountain, unthreatened and undisturbed. I felt truly like I had gone to heaven.”

A letter in Members’ Mailbox, International Wildlife Magazine, Sept/Oct 1997,
from Rita M. Shiver about her trip to Kenya and Tanzania.

“The child’s laughter is pure until he first laughs at a clown.” Angela Carter

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A Clown’s Prayer
As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more cheer than despair. Never let me become so indifferent, that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child, or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged. Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget momentarily, all the unpleasantness in their lives. And in my final moment, may I hear You whisper: “When you made My people smile, you made Me smile.”