The not-so-secret inspirations behind citizen hunter -- well, not secret now anyway since I am sharing them with you!

"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, slowly changing the world!"
-- Anne Frank

Drops that gather one by one finally become a sea.
-- Persian proverb

"A transformational leader stands on the shoulders of his followers, expressing coherently those ideas which lie inchoate in the hearts of the followers -- and in the process makes his followers into new leaders."
-- James MacGregor Burns

This quote I got from an MSNBC viewer, Joe Duran. This quote reminds me of a Chinese saying I always keep in mind: when you are leading you must make sure that you are not too far ahead, people must see you to follow.

Joe is a Sgt. in the Marines, currently stationed in New Orleans, and one of my many e-mail buddies. Joe's thoughtful ideas about his service are showcased on this blog. As if passing on these sage words were not enough, he told me he thought I would make a great Marine! I can think of few better compliments, except that I would make a great mom. For those that know me, don't laugh, Joe only knows me from TV, my columns, and e-mail, in other words has not a clue that I can barely get my self around my own city. If the Marines ever have a division that talks its way out of jams then I might be worthy. Until then, I will let the American Heroes like Joe and others muster the courage that I don't have, and will do my part back here, like we all should, by listening, saying thank you, and figuring out how we can make sure we as a nation, and as a government honor their service with actions and policies that reflect their sacrifice. Also, as parents, and big sisters like me, let's let our kids know that men and women in uniform, our soldiers, cops, firefighters, and our teachers, deserve to be idolized as much as rock stars and athletes.

"You must not expect anything from others. It's you, of yourself, of whom you must ask a lot. Only from oneself has one the right to ask everything and anything. This way it's up to you - your own choices - what you get from others remains a present, a gift."
-- Albert Schweitzer

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that's where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
-- Henry David Thoreau

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children."
-- Sitting Bull

"You have to find the courage to talk to the people you don't know about things they don't want to hear."
-- Ann Richards, Former Governor of Texas

I got this quote from one of my readers, Sgt. Mike Collins, an Army Ranger -he did a tour in Vietnam.
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
-- Helen Keller

"I try to learn as much as I can because I know nothing compared to what I need to know."
-- Muhammad Ali

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
-- Derek Bok

Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined"
-- Toni Morrison, in Beloved

When I posted this originally, commenters also added some quotes, and I also added more in comments. Those are mixed together below - but please add your own in the comments to this post as well!

"Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."
-- Erica Jong

People talk about finding their lives, in reality your life is not somethind you find --it's something you create.
-- David Phelps

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
-- alan keys

A dream without a goal is just a wish
-- Bill cole

we must teach our children to dream with open eyes.
-- Harry Edwards

It's your life--your one and only life --so take excelence very personally.
Scott Johnson

Something wonderful something hidden. A gift unique to you . Find it.

-The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway.
--George W. Bush

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
-- Michelangelo

I need more grace than I thought

Open the window in the center of your chest, and let spirit fly in and out.

We have fallen into the place where everything is music

Let your teacher be love itself

WE listen to words so we can silently reach into the other

Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there.

Observe the wonders as they occur around us.

“But let it not be said that we did nothing. Let not those who love the power of the welfare/warfare state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring. Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty.”
 -- Ron Paul

"The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body,
his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."
 -- Zen Buddhist text

"The unexamined life is one not worth living."
 -- Socrates

A shroud has no pockets
 -- Irish Proverb

Heard Huckabee quote Lincoln the other night and I liked it:
"God must love common folks cause he made a lot of them."
 -- Lincoln

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
 -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I were to say, ''God, why me?'' about the bad things, then I should have said, ''God, why me?'' about the good things that happened in my life.
–Arthur Ashe

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
 -- Chief Seatlle

When you realize the value of life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.
 -- Dian Fossey

To whom should one talk-back in this world, if not to what one loves”
-- Camus

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
 -- Clarence Darrow

"To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love."
 -- Oscar Wilde

"Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among the mysteries."
 -- Theodore Roethke

George D. Hay said to Minnie Pearl when she first started on the Grand Ole Opry - "Just love 'em, honey, and they'll love you right back"

"We do not fear being called meticulous, inclining as we do to the view that only the exhaustive can be truly interesting."
-- Thomas Mann

“Man is, properly speaking, based upon Hope, he has no other possession but Hope; this world of his is emphatically the Place of Hope.”
-- Thomas Carlyle

“As long as man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way”
-- Emerson

“The desire of the moth for a star”
– Shelley

To have a purpose for which one will do almost anything except betray a friend – that is the final patent of nobility, the last formula of the supreme.
 -- Nietzche

Christ said about friendship, there is no greater love than this – that a man lay down his life for his friend

"I believe in the nobility of work. Work allows us to help others and I believe that even the smallest act of kindness, even the most seemingly insignificant work done in the service of others brings us into alignment with our own deepest self and in some mysterious way with that which is greater than ourselves."
-- Kelly Weston

nodding your head will not row the boat
-- Irish Proverb

Beware of young doctors and old barbers.
 -- Benjamin Franklin