Monday, 23 April 2018

All About You - Quotes

Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own. - Carl Gustav Jung

If there is a song in your heart, sing it. If there’s love in your soul, show it. If there are dreams in your mind, chase them. Your life is meant for living, don’t ever be afraid to share the real you. - Steven Aitchison

If you are not good for yourself, how can you be good for others. - Spanish Proverb

If you make yourself into a doormat, people will wipe their feet on you. - Belizean Proverb

If you surround yourself with the good and righteous, they can only raise you up. If you surround yourself with the others, they will drag you down into the doldrums of mediocrity, and they will keep you there, but only as long as you permit it. - Mark Glamack

It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon. - C. JoyBell C.

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. - Jim Rohn

Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about you. Their opinions aren’t your problem. You stay kind, committed to love, and free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say, don’t dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep shining like you do. - Scott Stable

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. - Lucille Ball

Love yourself! Because you’re the only person who’ll be with you your entire life! - Unknown

Never sacrifice who you are just because someone has a problem with it. - Unknown

On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become. - Unknown

People will come and go in life, but the person in the mirror will be there forever. So, be good to yourself. - Unknown

Role models are only of limited use. For no-one is as important, potentially powerful and as key in your life and world as you. - Rasheed Ogunlaru

The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had. Don’t let fear or peer pressure determine your path. Be courageous, take risks, make mistakes, and realize that this is your life. The only person’s approval you truly in need of is your own. - Gavin Nascimento

The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you. - Stephanie Perkins

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. - C.G.Jung

There is nothing wrong with taking a break from everything and concentrating on yourself. You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken. You don’t always have to try making everyone else happy. Make you own happiness and peace of mind a priority. - Unknown

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Success - Quotes

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed. - Booker T. Washington

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility. - Pablo Picasso

It’s very important that people aspire to be successful. The only way you can do it is if you look at somebody who is. - Donald Trump

In all things, success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure. - Conficius

Success is not something you achieve, conquer, climb, or complete. Success is a process; it's a way of life. - Anthony Robbins

Most of us go through life borrowing someone else's definition of success rather than coming up with our own! - Tommy Newberry

People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved. - Anne Sullivan

Success does not mean happiness: it means an unusual number of industrious enemies. - Edgar Watson Howe

Success requires enough optimism to provide hope and enough pessimism to prevent complacency. - David G. Myers

If you can find work, stay healthy, find somebody to share it with, you're the ultimate success. - Dick Clark

It wasn’t until I'd met everyone else’s measure of success that I realized I’d failed myself. - Rick Remender

It is not what happens that is success or failure, but what it does to the heart of man. - Bruce Lee

More on Success Here, and the book The Road to Success

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Quote Worthy

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness-and call it love – true love. - Robert Fulghum

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy? - Mahatma Gandhi

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things. - Niccolò Machiavelli

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. - Thomas Carlyle

Within our perceived weaknesses and imperfections lies the key to realizing our true strength. - Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Sometimes, you just outgrow certain people. Don’t try to fix or repair it, just accept it and move on. - Unknown

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make you peace with that and all will be well. - Jack Kornfield

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. - Karl Marx

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. - Coco Chanel

To the rational being only the irrational is unendurable. - Epictetus

Sometimes, it’s now or never. - Unknown

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 20 April 2018

Passions - Quotes

  A man in a passion, rides a mad horse. - Benjamin Franklin

A man or a woman without passions is like a windmill in a calm – motionless, ghastly, useless. - Abraham Miller

All passion becomes strength when it has an outlet. - George Eliot

As a storm conceals the glories of the sun and defaces the beauty of the landscape, even so do maddening passions deform the soul, bearing along with their impetuous waves both pestilence and death. - William Scott Downey

Check your passions, that you may not be punished by them. - Epictetus

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. - Anthony J. D’Angelo

Each person discovers a field of allurements, the totality of which bears the unique stamp of that person's personality. Destiny unfolds in the pursuit of individual fascinations and interests ... By pursuing your allurements, you help bind the universe together. The unity of the world rests on the pursuit of passion. - Brian Swimme

Everyone's got to be passionate about something, or they're not worth shit. - Joseph Finder

He is a Governor that governs his Passions, and he a Servant that serves them. - Benjamin Franklin

Human passion is a heavy working charge of electricity, which runs safely and profitably through the cable reason; but, if the cable is broken, the current becomes dangerous. - Austin O’Malley

If ardent passions push not men on to lofty enterprise, calm wisdom never will accomplish it. - Vittorio Alfieri

If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it. - Wanda Skyes

If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It is madness to think that we can fix an end to passions which we cannot control at their beginning. - Seneca

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind. - T. S. Eliot

It is only with the passions of others that we are ever really familiar, and what we come to discover about our own can only be learned from them. - Marcel Proust

It is when their age of passions is past that great men produce their masterpieces, just as it is after volcanic eruptions that the soil is most fertile. - Chamfort

Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions. - Benjamin Disreali

Many people in reasoning on the passions make a continual appeal to common sense. But passion is without common sense, and we must frequently discard the one in speaking of the other. - William Hazlitt

Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it. - Paul Newman

Men who act under dishonest passions are like men riding fierce horses: they cannot stop when they will, and they ride to ruin. - Henry Ward Beecher

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. - Edmund Burke

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. - Donald Trump

Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate. - Jon Bon Jovi

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. - E. M. Forster

Our passions are, in truth, like the phoenix. When the old one burns away, the new one rises out of its ashes at once. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Parents - Quotes

Follow your dreams and aspirations, but listen to your parents. Live your life to the fullest, but respect your parents guidance. Make decisions according to your beliefs, but honour your mother and your father. Your life is an extension of your parents. Live it with respect, dignity, trust, and love. - Alvaretta Roberts

A natural parent has only two things principally to consider, the improvement of his son, and the finances to do it with. - George Washington

Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities. - Gary Smalley

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair. - Mitch Albom

Appreciate your parents. You never know what sacrifices they went through for you. - Unknown

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. - Jane D. Hull

By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments. - Eileen Kennedy-Moore

Don’t be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring. - Unknown

Don’t demand respect as a parent. Demand civility and insist on honesty. But respect is something you must earn – with kids as well as with adults. - William Attwood

I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t. - Mitch Albom

I think, one thing that I've really come to appreciate about my parents as I've got older is you know, how wise they really were. As a kid when I was growing up, as any kid, you think you know everything and I was no different to that. I had different opinions on a lot of different things than them but the way they raised me, in hindsight, they were right. - Tiger Woods

If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent. - Bette Davis

If you would have your son to walk honourably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them – not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone. - Anne Bronte

If your children look up to you, you’ve made a success of life’s biggest job. - Unknown

In some sense every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well. - WM. Paul Young

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. - Maya Angelou

It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful. - Roald Dahl

It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. - Joyce Maynard

I've come to realize that making it your life's work to be different than your parents is not only hard to do, it's a dumb idea. Not everything we found fault with was necessarily wrong; we were right, for example, to resent, as kids, being told when to go to bed. We'd be equally wrong, as parents, to let our kids stay up all night. To throw out all the tools of parenting just because our parents used them would be like making yourself speak English without using ten letters of the alphabet; it's hard to do. - Paul Reiser

Listen more to your kids and talk less. - Unknown

Losing a parent is something like driving through a plate-glass window. You didn't know it was there until it shattered, and then for years to come you're picking up the pieces – down to the last glassy splinter. - Saul Bellow

Our parents deserve our honor and respect for giving us life itself. Beyond this they almost always made countless sacrifices as they cared for and nurtured us through our infancy and childhood, provided us with the necessities of life, and nursed us through physical illnesses and the emotional stresses of growing up. - Ezra Taft Benson

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Philosophy - Quotes

A philosopher is one who disengages himself from all former prejudices, masters his passions, and learns to think, speak, and act, according to rule and order. He is ready to teach, but more ready to learn. He is of all, and yet of no sect … If he thinks with few, it is not because they are few, but because there are few that think. - Anne Mary Perceval

It is unfortunately very difficult to describe the nature of philosophy in a small compass; the only satisfaction that an author can draw from the attempt to do so lies in the knowledge that an answer to the question "What is philosophy?" is apt to seem persuasive only to the extent that it is brief. The more one ponders over the qualifications that any reasoned answer must contain, the more one is driven to the conclusion that this question is itself one of the principal subjects of philosophical thinking. - Roger Scruton

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in 'philosophical propositions', but rather in the clarification of propositions. Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good. - Bertrand Russell

Philosophy, like science, consists of theories or insights arrived at as a result of systemic reflection or reasoning in regard to the data of experience. It involves, therefore, the analysis of experience and the synthesis of the results of analysis into a comprehensive or unitary conception. Philosophy seeks a totality and harmony of reasoned insight into the nature and meaning of all the principal aspects of reality. Joseph Alexander Leighton

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Pain - Quotes

A little bit of pain is good for you. Everybody needs struggle. Once you overcome an obstacle, you springboard into the future. Life is interesting and short and it's not supposed to be easy, and if it is, you're probably just in denial and you're existing here like a zombie. - Pamela Anderson

Anybody can laugh in joy, but the bold ones also smile in pain … knowing that pain is just like a zooming train, that will soon pass by. - Unknown

Don't forget that in the midst of all your pain and heartache, you are surrounded by beauty, the wonder of creation, art, your music and culture, the sounds of laughter and love, of whispered hopes and celebrations, of new life and transformation, of reconciliation and forgiveness. - WM. Paul Young

Every nerve that can thrill with pleasure, can also agonize with pain. - Horace Mann

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. - Joseph Campbell

I really believe that all of us have a lot of darkness in our souls. Anger, rage, fear, sadness. I don’t think that’s only reserved for people who have horrible upbringings. I think it really exists and is part of the human condition. I think in the course of your life you figure out ways to deal with that. - Kevin Bacon

It is only through labour and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. - Theodore Roosevelt

It is pain that changes our lives. - Steve Martin

It would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life. - Aeschylus

It's impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments. - Christopher Paolini

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. - Maya Angelou

Never underestimate the pain of a person because the truth is everyone is struggling. It’s just some people hide it better than others. - Will Smith

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. - J.K. Rowling

Of all the things we can feel with our minds and bodies, severe pain is the purest, for it drives everything else from our awareness and focuses us as perfectly as we can ever be focused. - Dean Koontz

Oh, it is easy for the one who stands outside the prison-wall of pain to exhort and teach the one who suffers. - Aeschylus

One will never understand what you’re going through unless he has lived it nor will he know your pain unless he has felt it. - Jacqueline Nambiar

Pain. The Buddhist Monks believe it exists only to be embraced, that we must fold it into our lives alongside pleasure and remember that both are fleeting. - Jim Profit

Pain ... after you've lived with it long enough, isn't pain any more. It's something else. - Samuel R. Delany

Pain and illness, the deaths of those one loves, and discomforts and disappointments mar the happy norm, but they do not alter the fact that happiness is the norm, nor affect the tendency of the continuum to restore it, to heal it, after any disturbance. - Jean Liedloff

Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. - Sarah Jane Smith

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows. - Dean Koontz

Monday, 16 April 2018

Humour

A lady and her 7-year-old son are eating in a restaurant.

In a moment of playfulness, the boy swallows a coin and chokes. The mother tries slapping his back, rubbing his neck, shaking him hard and everything she could think of without success.

The boy begins to turn blue. The desperate mother starts screaming for help.

A man gets up from a nearby table, and with astonishing tranquility, without saying a word, lowers the boy's pants and squeezes his testicles.

The boy yells and spits out the coin. The gentleman with the same tranquility returns to his table without a word.

Soon, the mother calms down and approaches the gentleman to thank him for saving her son's life.

She asks, "Sir, are you a doctor?"

"No, ma'am," comes the reply. "I'm an Assistant Commissioner of the Inland Revenue Authority. We are trained to squeeze everyone's balls to make them cough up the last penny."

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Life - Quotes

Lean forward into your life ... catch the best bits and the finest wind. Just tip your feathers in flight a wee bit and see how dramatically that small lean can change your life. - Mary Anne Radmacher

Life consists in molting our illusions. We form creeds today only to throw them away tomorrow. The eagle molts a feather because he is growing a better one. - Elbert Hubbard

Life doesn’t have a neat beginning and a tidy end; life is always going on. You should begin in the middle and end in the middle, and it should be all there. - V. S. Naipaul

Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another. - Willliam James

Life at the greatest is but a forward child, that must be humor'd and coax'd a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over. - Oliver Goldsmith

Life, too much of it, and not enough. The fear that it will end some day, and the fear that tomorrow will be the same as yesterday. - John Updike

It’s over before you know it. It all goes by so fast. Yeah, the bad nights take forever, and the good nights don't ever seem to last. - Tom Petty

Let us all so live as we shall wish we had lived when we come to die; for that only is well, that ends well. - Benjamin Whichcote

Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning. - Bruce Lee

Life isn't about getting and having, it's about giving and being. - Kevin Kruse

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back. - Charles M. Schulz

It’s your life – but only if you make it so. - Eleanor Roosevelt

More on Life Here, and the book The Mystery of Life - a collection of quotes on and pertaining to life.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Quote Worthy

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

Willpower is not some mythical force that we either have or don't have. Willpower is our decision to use higher-mind thinking instead of lazing around in the clutches of our primal mind. - A. B. Curtiss

Lost – yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever. - Horace Mann

In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain the old pain. - Mary Manin Morrissey

Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all life’s greatest tests alone. - Agnes McPhail

Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder. - Eberhard Arnold

Sometimes, someone says something really small and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart. - Unknown

We are too inattentive or too much occupied with ourselves to understand each other. - Luc de Clapiers

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish. - Quintilian

Purity in the heart is like medicine in the body, it expels disease. - Ich Dien

When nothing is sure, everything is possible. - Margaret Drabble

You cannot put the same shoe on every foot. - Publilius Syrus

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Optimist / optimism

A pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant surprises. - Rex Stout

Although optimism is the result of an illusion, it is a desirable distortion of reality. - Susan C. Vaughan

Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible. - Rodolfo Costa

Faith and optimism are contagious. - Thom S. Rainer

It's not that optimism solves all of life's problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing. - Lucy MacDonald

Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. - Lucille Ball

Like pride, blind optimism may go before a fall. - David G Myers

My optimism is grounded in two worlds, myself and what is about me. I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true. - Helen Keller

Optimism and pessimism are mere matters of optics, of how you look at things, and that can change from day to day, or with a new prescription for your glasses – or with a new set of ideological filters. - George Weigel

Optimism can be prescribed and applied as a medicine, and is a remedy in proportion to its purity and the wisdom displayed in its use. - Horace Fletcher

Optimism inspires, energizes, and brings out our best. It points the mind toward possibilities and helps us think creatively past problems. - Price Pritchett

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. - Noam Chomsky

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. - Nicholas M. Butler

Optimism is life – Pessimism, slow suicide. - William Crosbie Hunter

Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow. - Seth Godin

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. - Brian Tracy

Optimism refuses to believe that the road ends without options. - Robert H. Schuller

Optimism will grow like a flower if the soil be properly prepared. - Arthur Lynch

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Suffering - Quotes

Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches him this. - Simone Weil

All the suffering that humanity ever knew can be traced to the one fact that no man in the history of the Galaxy ... could really understand one another. Every human being lived behind an impenetrable wall of choking mist within which no other but he existed. - Isaac Asimov

As in labour, the more one doth exercise, the more one is enabled to do, strength growing upon work; so with the use of suffering, men's minds get the habit of suffering, and all fears and terrors are not to them but as a summons to battle, whereof they know beforehand they shall come off victorious. - Sir Philip Sidney

It is not permanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent, when they are not. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Many people suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer any more. Mindfulness helps you come home to the present. Life is available only in the present. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Our suffering comes from our attachment to people and things, our repeated attempts to find something lasting where there is nothing lasting to be found. - Philip Martin

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering. - Ben Okri

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. - John Green

Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life. - Angelina Jolie

If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion. - Eckhart Tolle

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Opinions - Quotes

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others. - Douglas Adams

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. - Gore Vidal

Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. - Horace Mann

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. - Steve Jobs

For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion. - Unknown

It is better by assenting to truth to conquer opinion, than by assenting to opinion to be conquered by truth. - Epictetus

It is not advisable ... to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener. - Ayn Rand

It is often very illuminating ... to ask yourself how you got at the facts on which you base your opinion. Who actually saw, heard, felt, counted, named the thing, about which you have an opinion? - Walter Lippmann

It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first. - Jane Austen

Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself. - C. JoyBell C

Most often people seek in life occasions for persisting in their opinions rather than for educating themselves. - Andre Gide

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. - John Locke

Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever. - Georg Christopher Lichtenberg

Opinions, like weapons, are often made for defense as well as offense. - Edward Counsel

Opponents fancy they refute us when they repeat their own opinion and pay no attention to ours. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government. - Abraham Lincoln

Our opinions partake, more or less, of the prejudices of our class, party, or sect. We are all largely pledged, through interest, affection, or passion, to particular classes of opinion, and the strength of efforts to get released from these pledges, is the measure of our advancement. - Christian Nestell Bovee

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent. - Henry Ward Beecher

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. - Henry David Thoreau

Public opinion is the pennant on a nation's mast which shows the politician and the editor how to trim the sails. - Austin O’Malley

Monday, 9 April 2018

Technology - Quotes

All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed. - Max Born

All of our exalted technological progress, civilization for that matter, is comparable to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal. - Albert Einstein

All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness. - Mark Kennedy

All this modern technology just makes people try to do everything at once. - Bill Watterson

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

Anything that is theoretically possible will be achieved in practice, no matter what the technical difficulties are, if it is desired greatly enough. - Arthur C. Clarke

Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all. - Arthur C. Clarke

Can you avoid knowledge? You cannot! Can you avoid technology? You cannot! Things are going to go ahead in spite of ethics, in spite of your personal beliefs, in spite of everything. - Jose M. R. Delgado

Flight from and hatred of technology is self-defeating. The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower. To think otherwise is to demean the Buddha – which is to demean oneself. - Robert M. Pirsig

History demonstrates that the advancement of technology is not a steady upward curve. There are flat periods, upwards spurts, and even reversals. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented. - R. Buckminster Fuller

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. - Albert Einstein

New technology is the true friend of full employment; the indispensable ally of progress; and the surest guarantee of prosperity. - Margaret Thatcher

Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road. - Stewart Brand

Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal. - Albert Einstein

Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate. - Alvin Toffler

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. - Aldous Huxley

Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible. - Alvin Toffler

Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say. - Jonathan Sacks

Technology is an inherent democratizer. Because of the evolution of hardware and software, you’re able to scale up almost anything. It means that in our lifetime everyone may have tools of equal power. - Sergey Brin

Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born. - Alan Kay

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. - Bill Gates

Technology is the engine; the humanities are the steering wheel and the brakes. The humanities don't create nearly as much force for getting things done as technology does, but technology is just plain lousy at directing its energy or managing itself. - James Alan Garnder

Technology should have freed mankind from the burdens of life. Instead, it created new ones. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. - Bill Gates

The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential. - Steve Ballmer

There will always be humans, lots of them, who provide the data that makes the networked realization of any technology better and cheaper. - Jaron Lanier

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. - Douglas Adams

Food for Thought

I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep.... Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go. - May Sarton

Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self-esteem. Being kind is not always easy when dealing with rude people. Kindness is a sign of a person who has done a lot of personal work and has come to a great self-understanding and wisdom. Choose to be kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time because kindness is a sign of strength. - Unknown

Many people cannot allow themselves the time to sit and do nothing but breathe. They consider it to be uneconomical or a luxury. People say “time is money.” But time is much more than money. Time is life. The simple practice of sitting quietly on a regular basis can be profoundly healing. Stopping and sitting is a good way to focus on mindful breathing and nothing else. - Thich Nhat Hanh

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Happiness - Quotes

The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised. - Norman Vincent Peale

We all know by theory that there is no permanent happiness in this life: But the weight of the precept is not felt in the same manner as when it is confirmed to us by a heavy calamity. - Samuel Richardson

Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak. - August Strindberg

Happiness is natural, happiness is a birthright, happiness is free, happiness is a choice, happiness is within, and happiness is being. - Robert Holden

If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door. - Robert Brault

Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. - Henry Van Dyke

Happiness does not depend upon surroundings, but upon disposition. - Charles Edward Jerningham

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Margaret Lee Runbeck

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness. - Unknown

Happiness is just how you feel when you don't feel miserable. - John Lennon

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. - Lady Blessington

More on Happiness Here
The book The Pursuit of Happiness

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Quote Worthy

It is ever thus that the things which we do wrong – although they may seem little at the time, and though from the hardness of our hearts we pass them lightly by – come back to us with bitterness. - Bram Stoker

We spend so much time creating a façade of what we want to project to the world, we almost forget what we ourselves are truly about in the process. - Jason R. Thrift

Above all, the only thing you have to heal is the present thought. Get that right and the whole picture will change into one of harmony and joy. - Eckhart Tolle

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. - Bertrand Russell

When you have the power to screw people over and you don't – well, that's when you get to show who you really are. - Joseph Finder

Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others. - Barry Bonds

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. - Gore Vidal

If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. - E. O. Wilson

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible. - George Horace Lorimer

Sometimes, the person you’d take a bullet for ends up being the one behind the gun. - Unknown

Wise men learn by others' harms; fools by their own. - Benjamin Franklin

You are a leaf that doesn’t know that it is part of a tree. - Unknown

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Nature

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative. - H.G. Wells

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All nature is a vast symbolism: Every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth. - E. H. Chapin

All the time nature is trying to tell us things and we blur her greatness with our little thoughts, our feebleness and flesh. - Jennette Lee

Although Nature needs thousands or millions of years to create a new species, man needs only a few dozen years to destroy one. - Victor Scheffer

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man. - Henry Brooks Adams

Despite our strongly felt kinship and oneness with nature, all the evidence suggests that nature doesn't care one whit about us. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen without the slightest consideration for human inhabitants. - Alan Lightman

Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence. - George Santayana

How Nature delights and amuses us by varying even the character of insects: the ill-nature of the wasp, the sluggishness of the drone, the volatility of the butterfly, the slyness of the bug. - Sydney Smith

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! - Emily Dickinson

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. - Arthur C. Clarke

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us a right. - Henry David Thoreau

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. - Vincent van Gogh

In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous. - Aristotle

In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth. - John Milton

It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little. - Oscar Wilde

It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places after we turn our backs on them. Life is a hungry thing. - Scott Westerfeld

Lay aside all conceit. Learn to read the book of nature for yourself. Those who have succeeded best have followed for years some slim thread which has once in a while broad ended out and disclosed some treasure worth a life-long search. - Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. - Jimmy Carter

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. - Eckhart Tolle

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. - Standing Bear

Mankind, which has always been a part of nature, has reached a point where it is too much for nature to accommodate. - Kobo Abe

Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. - Radhanath Swami

Munificent nature follows the methods of the divine and true, and rounds all things to her perfect law. While nations are convulsed with blood and violence, how quietly the grass grows. - E. H. Chapin

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Reading

A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting. - Walter Mosley

Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. - G. M. Trevelyan

He that loves reading has everything within his reach. - William Godwin

I think you can tell when you meet someone whether they read novels. There’s some hollowness if they don’t. - Philip Hensher

If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write. - Stephen King

In our daily lives, where we’re bombarded by the fake and the trivial, reading serves as a way to stop, shut out the noise of the world, and try to grab hold of something real, no matter how small. - Maureen Corrigan

Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand. - Ezra Pound

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. - Frederick Douglass

Read. Read all the time. Read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life. - David McCullough

Reading ... the best state possible in which to keep absolute loneliness at bay. - William Styron

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. - John Locke

Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, Discourse a clear Man. - Benjamin Franklin

Reading supplies bread for imagination to feed on and bones for it to chew on. - Alex Osborn

Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit. - Neil Gaiman

The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. - Malcom X

The first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone. - Jonathan Franzen

The man who has not the habit of reading is imprisoned in his immediate world. - Lin YuTang

The more imagination the reader has ... the more he will do for himself. He will, at a mere hint from the author, flood wretched material with suggestion and never guess that he is himself chiefly making what he enjoys. - C. S. Lewis

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. - Victor Hugo

What is reading but silent conversation. - Walter Savage Landor

Monday, 2 April 2018

Proverbs / Maxims / Idioms ...

The person who gets stuck on petty happiness, will not attain great happiness. - Tibetan Proverb

The hardest person to awaken is the person already awake. - Tagalog Proverb

The lion believes that everyone shares his state of mind. - Mexican Proverb

The higher the monkey climbs, the more he shows his tail. - John Wycliffe

What good is running when you're on the wrong road. - German Proverb

The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world. - William Ross Wallace

The person afraid of bad luck will never know good. - Russian Proverb

The only thing that's certain is that nothing is for certain. - Joe Dubois

The frog enjoys itself in water but not in hot water. - African Proverb

The crab that walks too far, falls into the pot. - Haitian Proverb

Sorrow doesn't kill, reckless joy does. - West African Proverb

The honey is sweet but the bee has a sting. - Benjamin Franklin

The leopard does not change his spots. - William Shakespeare

Sorrow is to the soul, as worm is to wood. - Turkish Proverb

Tap even a stone bridge before crossing it. - Korean Proverb

The blind person is not afraid of ghosts. - Burmese Proverb

The fall of a leaf is a whisper to the living. - Danish Proverb

The bad ploughman quarrels with his ox. - Korean Proverb

What cannot be cured must be endured. - Edmund Spenser

The person sins, then blames Satan for it. - Afghan Proverb

The master of the people is their servant. - Yemeni Proverb

The second word makes the quarrel. - Japanese Proverb

Spending is quick; earning is slow. - Russian Proverb

The house of the loud talker, leaks. - African proverb

The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak. - Bible

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Love - Quotes

Love is the willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you. - Wagne Dyer

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sensuality often hastens the growth of love so much that the roots remain weak and are easily torn up. - Friedrich Nietzschie

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. - Mignon McLaughlin

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. - Washington Irving

Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy. - Louisa May Alcott

Love life seems to be that factor which requires the largest quantity of magical tinkering. - Isaac Asimov

Love makes a few weeks so rich that all the rest of our lives seems poor in comparison. - Christian Nestell

Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. - H. Jackson Brown

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. - G. K. Chesterton

Love is not enough. But, it is the rock on which all else stands. - Nora Roberts

Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words. - Jerome Cummings

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

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Quote Worthy

Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man. - Erich Fromm

He that thinks he shows boldness or height of mind by a scurrilous reply to a scurrilous provocation measures himself by a false standard, and acts not the spirit of a man, but the spleen of a wasp. - Robert South

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. - Swami Sivananda

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are. - C. S. Lewis

Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind. - Emile Cioran

No one can get the right perspective on himself. Every fact is coloured by imagination and dream. - Clarence Darrow

Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world. - E.A. Bucchianeri

We are all in the same game, just different levels, dealing with the dame hell, just different devils. - Unknown

Defer not till tomorrow to be wise. Tomorrow’s sun to thee may never rise. - William Congreve

Every duty which is bidden to wait, returns with seven fresh duties at its back. - Charles Kinsley

Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. - Tony Hsieh

You’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page. - Tori Amos

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy