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“To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his or her work for peace.”

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source: Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (New York: Doubleday, 2009), 81.

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“Cultures that may seem as durable as stone can break like glass, leaving all the things that held them together unattended. I believe that the craftsman, the artist, the cook, and the silversmith are peacemakers. They instill grace; they lull the world to calm.”

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source: “Remembering Anthony Shadid,” by Philip Bennett, Frontline website, February 17, 2012

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