Saturday, 25 November 2017

Quote Worthy

Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. - Robert T. Kiyosaki

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for. - Socrates

Sometimes ,you have to experience the bad, so that you can learn to appreciate the good things that enter your life. - Unknown

Look at the optimism of Nature. Nothing can stop it. Only the ego makes humans pessimistic, and this causes suffering. - Amma

Poverty devastates families, communities and nations. It causes instability and political unrest and fuels conflict. - Kofi Annan

Do you want to know who you are?  Don’t ask.  Act!  Action will delineate and define you. - Thomas Jefferson

Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it. - Richard Whately

Never be a prisoner of you past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence. - Unknown

Wickedness disrobes any man of his excellency. - Benjamin Whichcote

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. - Benjamin Franklin

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Humility

Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence. - Robert A. Millikan

He that places himself neither higher nor lower than he ought to do, exercises the truest humility. - Charles Caleb Colton

Humility is a healthy balance between pride and self-devaluation. - J. Maurus

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice; and yet everybody is content to hear. - John Selden

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues: hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. - Augustine of Hippo

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self. - T.S. Eliot

Humility is the oil that smooths and soothes relationships. - Richard Warren

Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it. - David Richo

Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. - Henry David Thoreau

If you see anything in yourself which may make you proud, look a little further, and you will find enough to make you humble. - Wellins Calcott

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. - Jane Austen

Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't. - Tom Hiddleston

The artist alone among men knows what true humility means. His reach forever exceeds his grasp. He can never be satisfied with his work. He knows when he has done well, but he knows he has never attained his dream. He knows he never can. - Rheta Childe Dorr

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do. - John Ruskin

The one characteristic of authentic power that most people overlook is humbleness. It is important for many reasons. A humble person walks in a friendly world. He or she sees friends everywhere he or she looks, wherever he or she goes, whomever he or she meets. His or her perception goes beyond the shell of appearance and into essence. - Gary Zukav

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self. - Henri Frederic Amiel

Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. - Bill Wilson

True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue. - Martin Luther

True humility is having the understanding that, even as a small seed, we are still an important part of the greater plan. However, we are not the master planner. - Tanya Copprue

True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be. - Ralph W. Sockman

Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved? - Carl Sagan

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Loneliness

Any decent society must generate a feeling of community. Community offsets loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness. - Alvin Toffler

Don’t feel alone, because there is always someone out there who loves you more than you can imagine. - Anurag Prakash Ray

Friends will keep you sane, love could fill your heart, a lover can warm your bed. But lonely is the soul without a mate. - Unknown

How dear to the mind of the sage are the thoughts that are bred in loneliness; for there is as it were music at his heart, and he talketh within him as with friends. - Martin Farquhar Tupper

I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else. - Joshua Slocum

I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone. - Amy Sedaris

If one's different, one's bound to be lonely. - Aldous Huxley

If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company. - Jean-Paul Sartre

Is it really possible to avoid loneliness, or to keep it in control? Surely. The matter is wholly personal. The way to begin is, oddly enough, by learning how to be impersonal, to stop the eternal concern for oneself, in caring more and more for the things of interest outside. For loneliness, though it may seem unselfish, is really a kind of selfishness. It is emphasis of self even while being a depreciation of self. If the lonely people would only stop thinking about themselves they would cease to be lonely. - John Daniel Barry

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is as true of men as of dogs. - Eric Hoffer

It is strange how the presence of additional people can make you feel more alone. - James Alan Gardner

It’s beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Labour in loneliness is irksome. - Mark Twain

Loneliness doesn’t have much to do with where you are. - Unknown

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. - Paul Tillich

Loneliness is a prerequisite for freedom. Freedom depends on the ability to reflect, and reflection can only begin when one is alone. - Gao XingJian

Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. - Thomas Wolfe

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close proximity with someone who has ceased to communicate. - Germaine Greer

Loneliness is one of the bugbears of mankind. With some people, it is a constant source of unhappiness. They make plans, sometimes exceedingly complex, to keep it at bay. They think that it lies outside. It really lies within their own consciousness. - John Daniel Barry

Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way. - Janet Fitch

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Curiosity

Curiosity in children ... is but an appetite after knowledge and therefore ought to be encouraged in them, not only as a good sign, but as the great instrument nature has provided to remove that ignorance they were born with and which, without this busy inquisitiveness, will make them dull and useless creatures. - John Locke

Curiosity is less to do with cats as it with the natural human need to know new things. In fact, it is arguably the most powerful force we have, as it drives human evolution. The need for novelty, for finding new things, leads us not only into trouble but also into marvellous new discoveries. - Unknown

Curiosity is a result of cognitive conflict or a gap in knowledge that is elicited by the stimuli or situation. For example, children are most curious when they see an outcome of an event that is inconsistent with their expectations. - David Klahr, Bryan Matlen & Jamie Kirout

So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there. - Rene Descartes

The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery every day. The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity. - Albert Einstein

There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is. - Stephen Fry

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Humanity

Human beings are infinitely fallible, completely unreliable. Science is not. Science is absolute. Under strict principles, if you do A and B, then C will occur. This rarely happens if you inject the inefficiencies of humanity into the process. - David Baldacci

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. - Thurgood Marshall

It wants not merely microscopic but telescopic power to know humanity in its essence; a power to discern its grandeur as well as its littleness, the infinity of its relations as well as the meanness of its pursuits. The human soul is a great deep. We must take into view the nebulous possibilities that are brooding and waiting there, and notice the buds and films of light that reveal themselves even in the darkest spaces. - E. H. Chapin

On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate. - R. Buckminster Fuller

Others are affected by what I am, and say, and do. So that a single act of mine may spread and spread in widening circles, through a nation or humanity. Through my vice I intensify the taint of vice throughout the universe. Through my misery I make multitudes sad. On the other hand, every development of my virtue makes me an ampler blessing to my race. Every new truth that I gain makes me a brighter light to humanity. - William Ellery Channing

The darkness of humanity's past threatens to eclipse the brightness of its future. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane. - Mahatma Gandhi

The most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane to one another. - Dean Koontz

The tapestry of the universe is vast and complex, with infinite patterns. While threads of tragedy may form the primary weave, humanity with its undaunted optimism still manages to embroider small designs of happiness and love. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. - H.L. Mencken

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. - Victor Hugo

Under the sublime law of progress, the present outgrows the past. The great heart of humanity is heaving with the hopes of a brighter day. All the higher instincts of our nature prophesy its approach; and the best intellects of the race are struggling to turn that prophecy into fulfilment. - Horace Mann

We are not the only avatars of humanity. Once our computing machines achieved self-consciousness, they became part of this design. - Dan Simmons

We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. - Chinua Achebe

Monday, 20 November 2017

Paraprosdokians

Some days you meet someone and you immediately know you want to spend the rest of your days without them. - Unknown

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot. - Groucho Marx

It’s absolutely unfair for women to say that guys only want one thing: sex. We also want food. - Jarod Kintz

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself. - Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly. - Oscar Wilde

I didn’t find out what happiness means until I got married… and then it was too late. - Unknown

I wasn’t planning on going for a run today … but those cops came of nowhere. - Unknown

I don’t like people who take drugs, customs men for example. - Mick Miller

He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news. - Bertolt Brecht

I’d like to help you out. Which way did you come in? - Unknown

Knowledge isn’t free. You have to pay attention. - Bob Marley

If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. - Unknown

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Happiness

The effects of being charitable to others leads to a measurable increase in happiness. - Myriam Mongrain

The happiest people are the people with the best attitudes, not the best lives. - Bob Lonsberry

The happiness of life, like the light of day, consists not in one brilliant flash, but in a series of mild, serene rays. - Eliza Cook

The happy have whole days, and those they choose. The unhappy have but hours, and those they lose. - Colley Cibber

The happy should not insist too much upon their happiness in the presence of the unhappy. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The only true happiness lies in knowing who you are ... and making peace with it. - Laurel K Hamilton

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. - Marcel Pagnol

The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness. - George Washington

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. - George Sand

To be happy you must be your own sunshine. - Charles Edward Jerningham

To while away the day contemplating evils that might have been is to poison the happiness we already have. - Christopher Paolini

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Quote Worthy

Sometimes, being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. - Octavia Butler

You know you’ve achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away. - Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity. - Yoko Ono

When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet. - Steve Maraboli

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. - Christopher Morley

Kites rise against, not with the wind. No man has ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. - John Neal

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. - Bob Marley

By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

For solitude is sometimes best society, and short retirement urges sweet return. - John Milton

Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. - Samuel Johnson

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. - Voltaire

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Honour

All men of honour are alone. - F. Paul Wilson

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honour is a private station. - Joseph Addison

Dishonour is like a gash on a tree trunk – instead of disappearing with age, it enlarges. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Every post is honourable in which a man can serve his country. - George Washington

Honour – it was transitory and subjective, and often directly opposed to practicality. - Amanda Downum

Honour appears to me to be an object of great importance, since men submit to every kind of labour, and undergo every sort of danger, with the desire of attaining it. - Xenophon

Honour is a luxury for aristocrats, but it is a necessity for hall-porters. - G. K. Chesterton

Honour is infinitely more valuable than positions of honour. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Honour is self-esteem made visible in action. - Ayn Rand

Honour is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food. - Charles Caleb Colton

In whom the love of honour and praise is innate, are those who are elevated most above the brutes, and who are justly named men, and not merely human beings. - Xenophon

Men honour men who honour their fellow men. - Ken Alstad

Next to living with honour is to die with honour. - Christian Nestell Bovee

One cannot seek to uphold honour in a being that has none. - Charles de Lint

The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be. - Socrates

The more honour, the more danger. - Aesop

The nearest way to Honour is for a man so to live that he may be found to be that in truth he would be thought to be. - Wellins Calcott

There are no perfectly honourable men; but every true man has one main point of honour and a few minor ones. - George Bernard Shaw

What good is honour when you are starving. - Yiddish Proverb

When honour comes to you, be ready to take it; but reach not to seize it before it is near. - John Boyle O’Reilly

 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Forgiveness

If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one. - Robert Brault

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. - William Blake

It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. - Steve Maraboli

Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace. - Leo Tolstoy

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave. - Ivern Ball

Never forgive an injury or an insult so long as the offending parties have it in their power to make reparation; since, if they are able to do so, and will not, whatever they may pretend to others, they, up to that time, are only laughing at you, and triumphing in secret. If, however, they have not the power to neutralize an impertinence by explanation, or a fraud by restitution, forgive and forget either – as soon as you can. - Charles William Day

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on. - Bill Cosby

People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than for being right. - Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Sincere forgiveness isn’t coloured with expectations that the other person apologizes or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time. - Sara Paddison

The freedom to be at peace in our own skins – that’s what forgiveness allows. We relinquish this freedom when we hold onto anger and resentment. Enormous amounts of energy are wasted when we hold back our love, hold onto hate, and harbour acrimonious feelings. The only remedy is letting go, and being willing to forgive. - Naomi Drew

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. - Steve Maraboli

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi

To forgive and not to forget is like burying the hatchet with the handle sticking out. - Unknown

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. - Robert Muller

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment. - David Ridge

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies. - Voltaire

We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven. - Martha Kilpatrick

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. - Sir. Francis Bacon

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. - Katherine Ponder

 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Critics

I think it’s unfortunate to have critics for friends. Suppose you write something that stinks, what are they going to say in a review? Say it stinks? So, if they’re honest, they do, and if you were friends you’re still friends, but the knowledge of your lousy writing and their articulate admission of it will be always something between the two of you, like the knowledge between a man and his wife of some shady adultery. - William Styron

On the whole, however, the critic is far less of a professional faultfinder than is sometimes imagined. He is first of all a virtue-finder, a singer of praise. He is not concerned with getting rid of dross except in so far as it hides the gold. In other words, the destructive side of criticism is purely a subsidiary affair. None of the best critics have been men of destructive minds. They are like gardeners whose business is more with the flowers than with the weeds. - Robert Wilson Lynd

You find very few critics who approach their job with a combination of information and enthusiasm and humility that makes for a good critic. But there is nothing wrong with critics as long as people don't pay any attention to them. I mean, nobody wants to put them out of a job and a good critic is not necessarily a dead critic. It's just that people take what a critic says as a fact rather than an opinion, and you have to know whether the opinion of the critic is informed or uninformed, intelligent of stupid – but most people don't take the trouble. - Edward Albee

You worthy critics, or whatever you may call yourselves, are ashamed or afraid of the momentary and passing madness which is found in all real creators, the longer or shorter duration of which distinguishes the thinking artist from the dreamer. Hence your complaints of unfruitfulness, for you reject too soon and discriminate too severely. - Friedrich von Schiller

A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation. - Joseph Addison

All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. - Ernest Hemingway

An author, whether good or bad, or between both, is an animal whom everybody is privileged to attack: for though all are not able to write books, all conceive themselves able to judge them. - Matthew Gregory Lewis

Many critics are like woodpeckers, who, instead of enjoying the fruit and shadow of a tree, hop incessantly around the trunk, pecking holes in the bark to discover some little worm or other. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Honesty

A nod of an honest man is enough. - English Proverb

An honest man is believed without an oath, for his reputation swears for him. - Eliza Cook

An honest man is the man who keeps his own counsel, and will not divide the plunder. - Honore de Balzac

An honest man lives not to the world, but to himself. - Wellins Calcott

An honest man will continue to be so though surrounded on all sides by rogues. - Charles Caleb Colton

An honest man's word is as good as the king's. - Portuguese Proverb

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud

Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them. - Christian Nevell Bovee

Every act of dishonesty has at least two victims: the one we think of as the victim, and the perpetrator as well. Each little dishonesty makes another little rotten spot somewhere in the perpetrator’s psyche. - Lesley Conger

Expressions of affection, like putting your arm around someone’s shoulder, holding hands, or giving a kiss good night, involve the principle of honesty. - John Bytheway

He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, is himself a knave. - George Berkeley

Honest hearts produce honest actions. - Brigham Young

Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten. - Thomas Otway

Honest people are never touchy about the matter of being trusted. - Ayn Rand

Honest people don't hide their deeds. - Emily Bronte

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control. - Don Marquis

Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity. - Stephen Vincent Benet

Honesty is like an icicle – if once it melts that is the end of it. - American Proverb

 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Humorous Quotes

Can officially confirm that the way to a man’s heart these days is not through beauty, food, sex, or alluringness of character, but merely the ability to seem not very interested in him. - Helen Fielding

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. - Unknown

I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better. - Samuel Butler

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. - Oscar Wilde

Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day. - Glen Cook

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman. - Coco Chanel

The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy – give one and take ten. - Mark Twain

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings. - Robert Benchley

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. - Mark Twain

Vegetarianism - You are what you eat, and who wants to be a lettuce? - Peter Burns

Love... a dangerous disease instantly cured by marriage. - Unknown

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it. - Unknown

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Friends and Friendship

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes. - Thomas Jefferson

Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life. - Unknown

Friendship should be more than biting Time can sever. - T.S Eliot

Friendship's eye is often blind. - Edward Counsel

Lonesomeness creates diseases that friendship cures. - Ken Alstad

Friendship must never be buried under the weight of misunderstanding. - Sri Chinmoy

Give me one friend, just one, who meets the needs of all my varying moods. - Esther M. Clark

If your friends don't make fun of you, they're not really your friends. - Unknown

It is by chance that we met, by choice that we became friends. - Unknown

Just because you stopped calling me your friend, doesn't mean I stopped calling you mine. - Unknown

One best book is equal to equal to hundred good friends, a good friend is equal to a library. - Chris Bradford

The courts of kings are full of men, empty of friends. - Seneca

These days flattery wins friends, truth begets hatred. - Terence

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Quote Worthy

Sometimes a wind comes up, blows you off course. You’re not ready for it, but if you’re lucky, you end up in a more interesting place than you’d planned. - Nora Roberts

Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature. - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime. - Mark Twain

When you come right down to it, all you have is yourself. Your self is a sun with a thousand rays in your belly. The rest is nothing. - Pablo Picasso

Positive people also have negative thoughts, they just don’t let those thoughts grow and destroy them. - Unknown

You have to stop worrying about looking foolish, 'cause fear of being humiliated really limits you. - Dean Koontz

Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness. - Goethe

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. - Edward Kennedy

Nature has left this tincture in the blood, that all men would be tyrants if they could. - Daniel Defoe

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days. - Zig Ziglar

No matter how dirty your past is, your future is spotless. - Unknown

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. - William Blake

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Home

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience. - Sydney Smith

A happy home is the single spot of rest which a man has upon this earth for the cultivation of his noblest sensibilities. - Frederick William Robertson

A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met. - David A. Bednar

A house is made with walls and beams. A home is made with love and dreams. - Unknown

A man's house is his castle. - Edward Coke

All exiles carry a map within them that points the way homeward. - Jacqueline Carey

An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed. - Samuel Butler

At home, the very walls lend you strength. - Sergei Lukyanenko

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

From a misgoverned and disordered home, many go forth to make other homes unhappy and miserable. - Walter Matthews

Good food and a warm kitchen are what make a house a home. - Rachael Ray

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration. - Charles Dickens

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to. - John Ed Pearce

Home is an invention on which no one has yet improved. - Ann Douglas

Home is like a bee-hive; there may be much toil, there must be much order, but there will always be a honeyed sweetness. - Ebenezer Coloham Brewer

Home is like a garden, and the elder is the master landscaper, knowledgeable of the seasons, times for planting and pruning, and ritual significance and medicinal properties of flowers, herbs, fruits and leaves. - Graham D. Rowles

Home is the first and most important school of character. It is there that every human being receives his best moral training, or his worst; for it is there that he imbibes those principles of conduct which endure through manhood, and cease only with life. - Samuel Smiles

Home is the place that goes where you go, yet it welcomes you upon your return. Like a dog overjoyed at the door. We've missed you is what you hear, no matter how long you've been gone. - Michael J. Rosen

Home is the place where you are most thoroughly yourself, with no pretences. - Victoria Moran

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Knowledge

Information is not knowledge. - Albert Einstein

Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge. - Aristotle

It does not make much difference what a person studies – all knowledge is related, and the man who studies anything, if he keeps at it, will be learned. - Elbert Hubbard

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. - Thomas Sowell

Knowledge acquired too rapidly and without being personally supplemented is never very productive. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Knowledge alone doth not amount to Virtue; but certainly, there is no Virtue without Knowledge. - Benjamin Whichcote

Knowledge grows exponentially. The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base. - Dan Brown

Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. - Peter Drucker

Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user. - Dan Brown

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. - Frank Herbert

Knowledge is but an instrument, which the profligate and the flagitious may use as well as the brave and the just. - Horace Mann

Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. - George Washington

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise – even in their own field. - Isaac Asimov

Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility. - Robin Morgan

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another. - Joseph Addison

Knowledge itself is power. - Francis Bacon

Knowledge of the world depends on the power of drawing general inferences from individual examples; and he is the most likely to be correct who has the greatest number of facts at his command. - Charles William Day

Knowledge often cuts the root that supports it. - Edward Counsel

Knowledge once gained casts a faint light beyond its own immediate boundaries. There is no discovery so limited as not to illuminate something beyond itself. - John Tyndall

Knowledge shuts a man's mouth. - Erwin Sylvanus

Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference. - Claire Fagin

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. - James Madison

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Food for Thought

'Soul mates’ are fiction and an illusion; and while every young man and young woman will seek with all diligence and prayerfulness to find a mate with whom life can be most compatible and beautiful, yet it is certain that almost any good man and any good woman can have happiness and a successful marriage if both are willing to pay the price. - Spencer W. Kimballc

A good, finished scandal, fully armed and equipped, such as circulates in the world, is rarely the production of a single individual, or even of a single coterie. It sees the light in one; is rocked and nurtured in another; is petted, developed, and attains its growth in a third; and receives its finishing touches only after passing through a multitude of hands. It is a child that can count a host of fathers – all ready to disown it. - Madame Swetchine

We can choose to function at a lower level of awareness and simply exist, caring for our possessions, eating, drinking, sleeping and managing in the world as pawns of the elements, or we can soar to new and higher levels of awareness allowing ourselves to transcend our environment and literally create a world of our own – a world of real magic. - Wayne W. Dyer

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

History

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future. - Robert A. Heinlein

A good knowledge of things past is an armour against events to come. - Edward Counsel

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. - Mahatma Gandhi

All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. - Anne Bronte

All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do. - Edwin H. Land

Anyone can look for history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store. - Robert Wieder

Construed as a means instead of an end, history is the weapon with which we defend the future against the past. - Lewis H. Lapham

Each day is a little bit of history. - Jose Saramago

Each moment in history is a fleeting time, precious and unique. But some stand out as moments of beginning, in which courses are set that shape decades or centuries. - Richard Nixon

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. - Robert Kennedy

Happy nations have no history. - Belgian Proverb

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well. - Frank Herbert

History ... is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. - Edward Gibbon

History allows us to see the obvious – but unfortunately, not until it is too late. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

History can come in handy. If you were born yesterday, with no knowledge of the past, you might easily accept whatever the government tells you. But knowing a bit of history – while it would not absolutely prove the government was lying in a given instance – might make you sceptical, lead you to ask questions, make it more likely that you would find out the truth. - Howard Zinn

History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads. - Charles de Gaulle

History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust? - Washington Irving

History gets reinterpreted as time goes on. Many times, the participants are lost in the retelling of the story. - Buzz Aldrin

History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors and issues. - T. S. Eliot

History is a constant race between invention and catastrophe. - Frank Herbert

History is a relay of revolutions. - Saul Alinsky

History is a vast dust-heap of falsehood with a few pennies of truth scattered through it. - Austin O’Malley

History is full of surprises. - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

History is instructive. And what it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper. Anything they do, however small, becomes part of a much, much larger sort of flow of energy. And when enough people do enough things, however small they are, then change takes place. - Howard Zinn

History is mainly a record of wars, and it has bequeathed the sorry fact that still nations devote more money to armies and navies than they do to education or the arts. - James Platt

History is more or less bunk. - Henry Ford

History is not a suicide note – it is a record of our survival. - Jeanette Winterson

History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends. - Karl Marx

Monday, 6 November 2017

Paraprosdokians

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. - Albert Einstein

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things. - Jilly Cooper

All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays. - Cathy Ladman

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. - Unknown

Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. - Howard Nemerov

Laughter is the best medicine since you don't have health insurance. - Unknown

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied. - Claud Cockburn

When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear. - Mark Twain

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention. - Tom Peters

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. - Mae West

Every morning is the dawn of a new error. - Unknown

There’s a price on your head? Take it! - Unknown

More Paraprosdokians HERE

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Love

Love easily confuses us because it is always in flux between illusion and substance, between memory and wish, between contentment and need. - Tom Robbins

Of the affairs of love ... my only advice is to be honest. That's your most powerful tool to unlock a heart or gain forgiveness. - Christopher Paolini

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love. - Erich Fromm

True love is not the number of kisses, or how often you get them, true love is the feeling that still lingers long after the kiss is over. - Unknown

The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that. - Woody Allen

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. - Maya Angelou

Someone who really loves you sees what a mess you can be, how moody you can get, how hard you are to handle, but still wants you in their life. - Unknown

Loving someone who doesn’t love you back is like hugging a cactus; the tighter you hold on, the more it hurts. - Unknown

Laugh until your body aches, cry until you start to shake, live like the world is yours to take and love as though your heart won’t break. - Unknown

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same. - Helen Keller

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. - Aristotle

A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love. - Yeats

More on Love Here, and the book The Light of Love