A Long Way Gone

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Themes List
(Quotations, Mottos, Proverbs and Old Sayings)
Prejudice
• Things are not always as they appear.
• Things are usually not as bad as you think they will be.
• Look for the golden lining.
• Beauty is only skin deep.
• Prejudice leads to: wrong conclusions, violence, false perceptions, a vicious cycle, oppression. o Don’t judge a book by its cover. o Mercy triumphs over judgment.
• Beware of strangers.
• People from other cultures are really very much like us.
• Look before you leap.
Belief
• Believe in yourself. To succeed, we must first believe that we can.
• Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert.
• The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
• One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm.
• As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.
• Moral skepticism can result in distance, coldness, and cruelty.
Change
• People are afraid of change but things always change.
• Things are usually not as bad as you think they will be.
• Knowledge can help us prepare for the future.
• Forewarned is forearmed.
• It is impossible to be certain about things.
Good and Evil
• Good triumphs over evil.
• Evil is punished and good is rewarded.
• Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
• Bullies can be overcome.
• Good manners have positive results.
• Greed leads to negative outcomes: suffering, disaster, catastrophe, evil, callousness, arrogance, megalomania. • It is possible to survive against all odds.
• Jealousy leads to negative outcomes: guilt, resentment, loneliness, violence, madness.
• Good and evil coexist.
Love
• Treat others as you want to be treated.
• Act kindly without seeking ultimate reasons. Practice random acts of kindness.
• Love is blind.
• Love triumphs over all: hate, selfishness, cruelty, tragedy, death
• Love one another.
• Love your neighbor.

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