The quotes on this page are all from Mahatma Gandhi.
I don't want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be covered.
I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.
It is in an attitude of peaceful silence that the soul finds its path in a clearer
light and what has been elusive resolves itself into crystal clearness.
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Most of the photos on this page were taken in the village of Giethoorn, in the
Netherlands.  Giethoorn owes both its peace and beauty to the settlers of the 13th
century, who started digging up peat-soil to use and sell.  The continual digging of
the peat resulted in hundreds of shallow lakes.  Before long, canals were excavated
to transport the peat and people used the canals to make their way around the village.
They still do -- boats in the warm months and ice skates when the canals are frozen
in winter.  Bicycle paths have been added in recent years, but no roads:  no cars,
no motor bikes, no trucks, no buses.  Even the boats used on the canals (called
"whisper boats") are powered by electric motors and hardly make a sound.  The
people of Giethoorn can boast something most of us can't even imagine:  For over
700 years, there's been nothing to disturb the quiet beauty of their village except
the voices of the people and the songs of the birds.   
-- Nancy
A Peaceful Silence
An eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable
of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
I object to violence because even when it appears to have done
good, the good is only temporary, but the evil it does is permanent.
To befriend someone who regards himself as your
enemy is the quintessence of true religion.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able
to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.
Intolerance is the enemy of understanding and is an
obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by
the way its animals are treated.