Tuesday, 25 April 2017


It's never enough to just tell people about some new insight. Rather, you have to get them to experience it in a way that evokes its power and possibility. Instead of pouring knowledge into people's heads, you need to help them grind a new set of eyeglasses so they can see the world in a new way. - John Seely Brown

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. - George Santayana

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. - Nelson Mandela

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. - Horace Mann

A man is a great bundle of tools. He is born into this life without the knowledge of how to use them. Education is the process of learning their use. - Henry Ward Beecher

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. - Theodore Roosevelt

A people uneducated is like an iron mountain whose ore is unwrought. - Henry Ward Beecher

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. - Henry Brooks Adams

All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing. - Ellen Gilchrist

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously. - Charles F. Kettering

As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe, so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated. - Horace Mann

As education becomes inclusive, introspective, cosmic, promoting whole populations to power and privilege, it enthrones a vast, invisible, personal rule over the common mind. - Amos Bronson Alcott

As farmers believe it most advantageous to sow in mist, so the first seeds of education should fall in the first and thickest most of life. - Jean Paul F. Richter

Better untaught than ill-taught. - Grenville Kleiser

Children should not be coddled in their intellectual training any more than in their physical; and though the studies should be made interesting the interest should arise out of the studies themselves. - Arthur Lynch

Classical education has deformed everything, and has imposed upon us as geniuses men of correct, facile talent, who follow the beaten track. - Emile Zola

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. - Plato

Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character. - Hosea Ballou

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. If we retrench the wages of the schoolmaster, we must raise those of the recruiting sergeant. - Edward Everett

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. - Lawrence J. Peter

Monday, 24 April 2017

Humorous Quotes

It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches. - Daniel Handler

The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again. - Kurt Vonnegut

You'll forgive the flowery talk, won't you? Our family does so love to be told they are beautiful. Vanity is an old and venerable habit. - Catherynne M. Valente

If a man owes me money, I never seem to forget. But if I do the owing, I somehow never remember. - Aristophanes

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework. - Bill Cosby

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it. - H. L. Mencken

I don’t want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment. - Woody Allen

The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store. - Kin Hubbard

You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town. - Anne Lamott

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one. - Leo J. Burke

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

There is a great need for a sarcasm font. - Mackey Miller

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Pursuit of Happiness

A comment on my book 'The Pursuit of Happiness', by a fan.

I’ve followed most of Vincent’s collections of quotations and this is probably his best and most inspiring compilation- because, speaking personally, I’ve never sat down and worked out what made me happy before!

Coming from an upbringing where nearly everything and everybody were viewed negatively and with suspicion, of course this makes me wish I’d read this when I was in my teens!

What comes through strongly in most of the quotes is that we should reflect on what we already have, and appreciate it, and think about the good things which come through not taking others for granted: we are in charge- by what we do and how we live and think we can gain happiness.

I found that the longer quotes in last part of the collection were, for myself, more meaningful and memorable than earlier short one-liners, but it’s good to read these quotes more than once because there really is a common thread through most of the quotes and it’s helped to give me a changing perspective.


Change moves in spirals, not circles. For example, the sun goes up and then it goes down. But every time that happens, what do you get? You get a new day. You get a new one. When you breathe, you inhale and you exhale. But every single time that you do that, you're a little bit different than the one before. We're always changing. And it’s important to know that there are some changes you can't control and that there are others you can. - Dan Dunne

Change. We don't like it. We fear it, but we can't stop it from coming. We either adapt to change or we get left behind. It hurts to grow; anybody who tells you it doesn't is lying. But here's the truth: sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is everything. - Dr. Meredith Greg

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. - Isaac Asimov

It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable – he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated. - Leo Tolstoy

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Quote Worthy

Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself; and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one’s own cherished beliefs. - Gore Vidal

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. - Soren Kierkegaard

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn’t know about yourself. - Shannon L. Alder

Truth is like a surgery; it hurts, but it cures. Lie is like a pin killer; it gives relief immediately, but it gives side effects later. - Unknown

If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back. - Carl Jung

It destroys one’s nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. - Benjamin Disraeli

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. - Albus Dumbledore

The less you respond to negativity, the more peaceful your life becomes. - Unknown

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. - Henry Rollins

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

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. - Socrates

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Friday, 21 April 2017


A cheerful look makes a dish a feast. - George Herbert

A stomach that is seldom empty despises common food. - Horace

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale. - Elsa Schiaparelli

First come, first served. - Henry Brinklow

In eating, a third of the stomach should be filled with food, a third with drink and the rest left empty. - Talmud

Man is what he eats. - Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

No matter how developed you are in any other area of your life, no matter what you say you believe, no matter how sophisticated or enlightened you think you are, how you eat tells all. - Geneen Roth

The most important things in life happen over conversations while eating. - Geoffrey Zakarian

There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining. - Yuan Mei

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What you feel like eating at any given moment is what you should have. - Ferran Adria

When it comes to eating, you can sometimes help yourself more by helping yourself less. - Richard Armour

Thursday, 20 April 2017


The man that loves and laughs must sure do well. - Alexander Pope

The man who laughs has simply not yet had the terrible news. - Bertolt Brecht

The only medicine that needs no prescription, has no unpleasant taste, and costs no money is laughter. - Evan Esar

The problem is that we live in an uptight country. Why don't we just laugh at ourselves? We are funny. Gays are funny. Straights are funny. Women are funny. Men are funny. We are all funny, and we all do funny things. Let's laugh about it. - Bob Newhart

The salvation of the world depends on the men whose laughter destroys the fool instead of encouraging him. - George Bernard Shaw

There is laughter that goes so far as to lose all touch with its motive, and to exist only, grossly, in itself. This is laughter at its best. A man to whom such laughter has often been granted may happen to die in a work-house. No matter. I will not admit that he has failed in life. Another man, who has never laughed thus, may be buried in Westminster Abbey, leaving more than a million pounds overhead. What then? I regard him as a failure. - Max Beerbohm

There is nothing [that] disarms us like laughter. - Henri Bergson

To laugh is proper to man. - Francois Rabelais

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. - Thomas Szasz

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. - William Shakespeare

Without laughter life on our planet would be intolerable. So important is laughter to us that humanity highly rewards members of one of the most unusual professions on earth, those who make a living by inducing laughter in others. This is very strange if you stop to think of it: that otherwise sane and responsible citizens should devote their professional energies to causing others to make sharp, explosive barking-like exhalations. - Steve Allen

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humour in anything, even poverty, you can survive it. - Bill Cosby

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favourite chair and stays as long as it wants. - Stephen King

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Food for Thought

People are known by the company they keep, and it is always wise to select the best, for if the lower is chosen, it is impossible to rise; but if the best is not agreeable, it is easy to come down. Of course we must live worthy of the best associates, otherwise we will be forced down, and our humiliation will be greater than if we had never aspired to associate with the best people. - Nicias Ballard Cooksey

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. - Mother Teresa

Not everything is long lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us. - Emory Allen

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty – the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. - Mark Twain

Duty doesn't need to call; it only needs to whisper. And if you heed the call, no matter what happens, you have no need for regret. - Dean Koontz

Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never do less. - Robert E. Lee

Even the wild beasts have a duty to perform, for duty is the handmaiden of life. All things that have life have a duty, for life itself is duty. When a man has no obligations, he is dead. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

Every duty is great; great, because it tries our principle; great, because for the time being it tries our loyalty to conscience, and our energy and will. - E. H. Chapin

Honour is no phantom. Duty doesn't melt away, no matter how much we might wish it to. - Claudia J. Edwards

If there is to be no satisfaction in pleasure, none in wisdom, none in ambition, none in the golden mean, what then? Ah, where then? In duty. In doing right because it is right. - Lyman Abbott

In doing what we ought, we deserve no praise, because it is our duty. - Joseph Addison

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. - James Allen

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theatre of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty. - Hosea Ballou

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. - Helen Keller

Our duty is wakefulness, the fundamental condition of life itself. The unseen, the unheard, the untouchable is what weaves the fabric of our see-able universe together. - Robin Craig Clark

The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger. - Andrew Jackson

The brave man wants no charms to encourage him to his duty, and the good man scorns all warnings that would deter him from fulfilling it. - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The daily life is so wearisome; yet duty lies that way. - C. W. Leadbeater

The first duty of a man is to think for himself. - José Martí

The journey of life is plain and straight enough if people were trained to make principle their watchword and duty their rule. - James Platt

The superior man is the man who fulfils his duty. - Eugene Ionesco

The want of reward is no warrant for us to dispense with our duty. - Samuel Richardson

There are not good things enough in life to indemnify us for the neglect of a single duty. - Madame Swetchine

Until our duty becomes to us common as breathing, we are poor creatures. - George MacDonald

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. - Pearl Buck

We never fail when we try to do our duty – we always fail when we neglect to do it. - Lord Baden-Powell

What chastity is to woman, duty is to man, the willingly assumed burden of their kind. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

When the destinies of the world are at stake, there comes a point at which private esteem and admiration must give way to the sense of public duty. - William Archer

Monday, 17 April 2017

Humorous Quotes

Men are like chestnuts they sell in the street: they’re all hot and they all smell good when you buy them, but when you take them out of the paper cone you realise that most of them are rotten inside. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Losing a mate to death is devastating but it's not a personal attack like divorce. When somebody you love stops loving you and walks away, it's an insult beyond comparison. - Sue Merrell

If loving someone is putting them in a straitjacket and kicking them down a flight of stairs, then yes, I have loved a few people. - Jarod Kintz

Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. - Mark Twain

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. - Albert Einstein

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. - John Ashbery

I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses. - Victor Hugo

I don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t. - Jules Renard

When money talks, nobody cares what kind of grammar it uses. - Robert Elliott Gonzales

Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits. - Unknown

It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on. - Marilyn Monroe

The easiest way to get a divorce is to be married. - American Proverb

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Sunday, 16 April 2017


I want to do something splendid ... something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead ... I think I shall write books. - Louisa May Alcott

If books are not good company, where will I find it? - Mark Twain

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. - Haruki Murakami

If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely. - Arthur Helps

In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. - Mark Twain

In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius. - Thomas Mann

In perusing the writings of sensible men, we have frequent opportunities of examining our own hearts, and by that means, of attaining a more certain knowledge of ourselves. - Wellins Calcott

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. - Edgar Allan Poe

It is quite too common a practice, both in readers and the more superficial class of critics, to judge a book by what it is not, a matter much easier to determine than what it is. - James Russell Lowell

Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit in selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts. - Jo Walton

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason – they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. - Charles Colton

My last refuge, my books: simple pleasures, like finding wild onions by the side of the road, or requited love. - Tracy Letts

No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books. - Romain Rolland

No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot. - Charles Dickens

No two persons ever read the same book, or saw the same picture. - Madame Swetchne

Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading. - Amos Bronson Alcott

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Quote Worthy

You’re never going to be one hundred percent ready and it’s never going to be just the right time, but that’s the point. It means that EVERY MOMENT is also the RIGHT MOMENT. If you want it, you just have to do it. - Unknown

Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly. - Thomas Jefferson

It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone… And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time. - Mark Cuban

There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself. - Lemony Snicket

The innovator has for enemies all who have done well under the old, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. - Niccolò Machiavelli

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. - Carl Jung

It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered. - Confucius

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. - Carl Jung

We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without. - Immanuel Kant

The earth is the planet that we live on, our world is what we make of it. - Pandajoe

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note. - Doug Floyd

It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back. - Charles Dickens

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Thursday, 13 April 2017


I can’t guarantee the accuracy of all the points. :-)

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

99% of Libya's land mass is covered in desert.

A blue whale's tongue is bigger than an elephant.

A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.

All pandas are owned by China. China rents a pair of giant pandas out to zoos for $1 million a year for a minimum of 10 years.

A cockroach can live 9 days without its head. It only dies because it cannot eat.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

A duck's quack has no echo, and nobody knows why.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

A hedgebog's heart beats an average of 300 times a minute.

Crocodiles cannot stick out their tongue.

A leech has 32 brains.

A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface.

A pair of human feet contain 250,000 sweat glands. There are about a trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

A person's height is determined by the father, and weight is determined by the mother.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Food for Thought

When the rhythms of our body-mind are in synch with nature’s rhythms, when we are living in harmony with life, we are living in the state of grace. To live in grace is to experience that state of consciousness where things flow effortlessly and our desires are easily fulfilled. Grace is magical, synchronistic, coincidental, joyful. It’s that good-luck factor. But to live in grace we have to allow nature’s intelligence to flow through us without interfering. - Deepak Chopra

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. - Anne Lamott

There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird. But I’ll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance. - C. JoyBell C.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017


Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, Doubt (called "the father of inventions" by Galileo), be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins? - Christian Nestell Bovee

Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. - James Allen

Doubt can only be removed by action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt is a sentinel on the watch-tower of the brain, charged with the duty of sounding an alarm, whenever its enemies – superstition, falsehood, ignorance and unreason – attempt to invade the citadel of truth. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is excellent when it is a question of securing what we already possess, but it can be fatal if it impedes us in pursuit of what we seek. - Carlos Fuentes

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

Doubt is not a thing "shot into the soul" from without like "a loaded shell shot into a fortress." It springs up in the soul itself; and the more you attempt to "fling it away" without satisfying it, the deeper and more ineradicable it grows. - A Layman

Doubt is the father of invention. - Galileo Galilei

Doubt is the herald of progress; the genius of reason; the pathway to truth; the advance guard in the contest with intellectual darkness. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is the whetstone of understanding. - John dos Passos

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. - George Iles

Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous. - G. C. Lichtenberg

Doubt, genuine doubt, is a good thing; not as an end, mark you, for so it is deadly, but as a means to an end. - David James Burrell

He is without faith who is afraid of doubters. - J. Donald Johnston

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! - Homer

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. - Richard P. Feynman

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

In the ages of ignorance, it was a crime to doubt; now it is the sign of intelligence. - Andrew Jackson Davis

Monday, 10 April 2017

Humorous Quotes

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be. - Douglas Adams

So, now I've been to see a drug counsellor who told me I need to lay off the drugs and talk about my feelings, and a shrink who heard what I had to say and immediately put me on drugs. - Libby Bray

I wasn't really that informed about the two-year-old. Oh, I'd read about them, and occasionally I'd see documentaries on the Discovery Channel showing two-year-olds in the wild, where they belong. - Ray Romano

Men and women are natural enemies, like cat and dog – only more so. They are forced to live together for a time, or this wonderful race couldn't go on. - Neith Boyce

If your arteries are good, eat more ice cream. If they are bad, drink more red wine. Proceed thusly. - Sandra Byrd

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. - Oscar Wilde

Luck is looking for a needle in a haystack and coming out with the farmer's daughter. - Phyllis Martin

With adolescent egotism and a lot of money one can pretty much rule the world. - Glen Duncan

A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t. - Rhonda Hansome

I don’t believe in the afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear. - Woody Allen

The difference between two men is usually a woman. - Evan Esar

I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time. - Michael Jordan

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Sunday, 9 April 2017


Death fixes forever the relation existing between the departed spirit and the survivors upon earth. - John Quincy Adams

Death happens but once, yet we feel it every moment of our lives; it is worse to dread it than to suffer it. - Jean de La Bruyere

Death has a hundred hands and walks by a thousand ways. - T.S. Eliot

Death has no need to be cruel, taking people's lives is more than enough. - Jose Saramago

Death is a creditor that is never ignored. - Edward Counsel

Death is a distant rumour to the young. - Andy Rooney

Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one. - Theodore Roosevelt

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. - William Penn

Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in. - George Bernard Shaw

Death is just – to the just. - Edward Counsel

Death is never convenient, no matter what the circumstances. - Peter Watts

Death is real. Death changes things. Everything else is filler, merely a message from our sponsor. - Michael Marshall

Death is release, if you've lived all right. - Edward Albee

Death is repose, but the thought of death disturbs all repose. - Cesare Pavese

Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may swell. - Henry Ward Beecher

Death is the end of every worldly pain. - Geoffrey Chaucer

Death is the only sovereign whom no partiality can warp, and no price corrupt. - Charles Caleb Colton

Death is the side of life which is turned away from us. - Rainer Maria Rilke

Death is the supreme festival on the road to freedom. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Death lies dormant in each of us and will bloom in time. - Dean Koontz

Death loses its terror if one dies when one has consummated one's life! - Irvin D. Yalom

Death one appointment we must all keep, and for which no time set. - Charlie Chan

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Quote Worthy

The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong. - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities. - Rodolfo Costa

It is never wise to seek or wish for another’s misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. - Charley Reese

What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else. - Stephanie Klein

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

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. - Ernest Hemingway

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. - Bruce Feirstein

If you live off a man’s compliments, you’ll die from his criticism. - Cornelius Lindsey

Nobody understands another’s sorrow, and nobody another’s joy. - Franz Schubert

It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself. - Don Delillo

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. - Confucius

The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. - Seneca

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Friday, 7 April 2017


[Dogs] are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. - Emily Dickinson

A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own house, but you do not therefore own her, as you do not own the rain, or the trees, or the laws which pertain to them … A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing. - Mary Oliver

A dog does not flee from a bone. - Irish Proverb

A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. - Arthur Conan Doyle

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. - Robert Benchley

A dog that will fetch a bone, will carry a bone. - R. Forby

A dog with a bone knows no friend. - Dutch Proverb

An old dog does not bark in vain. - Spanish Proverb

An old dog will learn no tricks. - Italian Proverb

As the hound, so the pup. - Irish Proverb

Beware of the dog that does not bark. - Portuguese Proverb

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. - Emily Dickinson

Dogs are easy. If their tails are up and their eyes are soft, you're in. - Paula McLain

Dogs are obsessed with being happy. - James Thurber

Dogs are like a gift, a grace undeserved, that releases us into an economy of abundance, where the economic laws of scarcity and therefore competition no longer apply and where instead we feel ourselves the beneficiaries of a wealth that is actualized only as we give it away, and in giving we see something we could not see before. - Stephen H. Webb

Dogs are one of the luxuries of civilization: in uncivilized life they are perhaps more one of the necessities. - H. W. Shaw

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. - Milan Kundera

Dogs are voiceless ... a critical part of having dogs is emotional responsibility: learning how to understand them and, when necessary, to speak and act on their behalf. - Jon Katz

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more. - Agatha Christie

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. - Orhan Pamuk

Thursday, 6 April 2017


My wife said to me: ‘If you won the lottery, would you still love me?’ I said: ‘Of course I would. I’d miss you, but I’d still love you.'

A woman ran after the garbage truck, yelling, “Am I too late for the garbage?”
The garbage man yelled, “No, jump in.” -

Phoebe: I guess we’re oil and water.
Dan: I’d say we’re more like gasoline and a blowtorch.

My mother texted me “What does IDK, LY & TTYL mean?”
I answered: “I don’t know, love you, talk to you later.”
Mother: “OK, I’ll ask your sister.”

Buy a sheep. Name it Relation. Now you have a Relationsheep.

Some asshole looked at my beer belly in the bar last night and sarcastically asked, “Is that Budweiser or Heineken?”
I said, “There’s a tap underneath it, taste it.”

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Food for Thought

The essence of human experience lay not primarily in the peak experiences, the wedding days and triumphs which stood out in the memory like dates circled in red on old calendars, but, rather, in the unself-conscious flow of little things – the weekend afternoon with each member of the family engaged in his or her own pursuit, their crossings and connections casual, dialogues imminently forgettable, but the sum of such hours creating a synergy which was important and eternal. - Dan Simmons

Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out. - Unknown

The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person – without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other. - Osho

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Friends Indeed - Last day to download for free

My Dear Friends,

My latest project Friends Indeed, a collection of quotes on friends and friendship is out on Amazon.com now. If you are interested, you can download a copy, free of charge before the 5th of April. A review of the book would be much appreciated.



A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powell

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. - Farrah Gray

Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that. - Anthon St. Maarten

Dream the dreams that have never been dreamt. - David Bower

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. - H.F. Hedge

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of the week. - William Dement

Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. - Henri Amiel

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. - Marsha Norman

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. - Dale Turner

Dreams are the seedlings of reality. - Napoleon Hill

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams? - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Dreams have but one owner at a time. That is why dreamers are lonely. - Erma Bombeck

Even the loveliest dream bears like a blemish its difference from reality, the awareness that what it grants is mere illusion. - Theodor Wiesengrund

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman

Every morning we have a choice – forget our dreams or live them. - Seth Gabel

Everyone has dreams. But it is what you do with these dreams that is important. Dreams, once you make the decision to act on them can become reality. - Glynis Nunn

Everything starts as somebody’s daydream. - Larry Niven

Follow your dreams, they know the way. - Kobe Yamada

Follow your heart and your dreams will come true. - Unknown

Follow your own particular dreams. We are handed a life by peers, parents and society, you can do that or follow your own dreams. Life is short, be a dreamer but be a practical person. - Hugh Hefner

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


A great doctor kills more people than a great general. - G. W. Leibniz

A wealthy doctor who can help a poor man, and will not without a fee, has less sense of humanity than a poor ruffian, who kills a rich man to supply his necessities. - Joseph Addison

Any physician who advertises a positive cure for any disease, who issues nostrum testimonials, who sells his services to a secret remedy, or who diagnoses and treats by mail patients he has never seen, is a quack. - Samuel Hopkins Adams

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. - Voltaire

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. - Norman Cousins

For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill. - Marcel Proust

Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. - Voltaire

You can't judge the ability of a doctor by the amount of praise the undertakers give him. - Evan Esar