Sunday, 24 September 2017

Love

Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty. To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him of her. - Bertrand Russell

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable. - Joyce Brothers

Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. - Louisa May Alcott

Such as are excited by the gentler influence of Love assume more of affection in their looks, sink their voice into greater softness, and manifest in their gestures greater nobleness of soul. - Xenophon

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. - John Lennon

We should remember that saying ‘I love you’ is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love. - David A. Bednar

What do you do when the one person you want comfort from the most is the one who caused your pain? How can I want so desperately for him to wrap me up in his arms but also want so much for him to leave me alone. - Amanda Grace

What will a man not do when frantic with love? To what baseness will he not demean himself? What pangs will he not make others suffer, so that he may ease his selfish heart? - William Makepeace Thackeray

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Quote Worthy

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. - Charles Dickens

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. - Richard Feynman

We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. - Carl Jung

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. - Pablo Picasso

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. - Amelia Earhart

Sometimes, you need bad things to happen to inspire you to change and grow. - Unknown

It is only through failure and through experiment that we learn and grow. - Isaac Stern

Nothing really known can continue to be acutely fascinating. - H. P. Lovecraft

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear. - Edgar Allan Poe

Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent. - Cicero

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Gossip

A boomerang returns back to the person who throws it. But first, while moving in a circle, it hits its target. So, does gossip. - Vera Nazarian

A gossiper is the devil's postman. - Croft Pentz

Doesn't matter what you do, or how you do it, your neighbours are going to talk about you anyway. - Felder Rushing

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip. - Richard Steele

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker. - George Eliot

Gossip is just a tool to distract people who have nothing better to do from feeling jealous of those few of us still remaining with noble hearts. - Anna Godbersen

Gossip is putting two and two together, and making it five. - Ivan Panin

Gossip is saying behind their back what you would not say to their face. Flattery is saying to their face what you would not say behind their back. - Unknown

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid. - Walter Winchell

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't. - Earl Wilson

Gossip isn't scandal, and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. - Phyllis McGinley

It is easier to dam a river than to stop gossip. - Filipino Proverb

It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenceless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things. - Lawrence G. Lovasik

The widespread interest in gossip is inspired, not by a love of knowledge but by malice: no one gossips about other people's secret virtues, but only about their secret vices. Accordingly, most gossip is untrue, but care is taken not to verify it. Our neighbour's sins, like the consolations of religion, are so agreeable that we do not stop to scrutinise the evidence closely. - Bertrand Russell

Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others, destroy themselves like the serpents in ant-hills. - Chanakya

To speak evil of any one, unless there is unequivocal proofs of their deserving it, is an injury for which there is no adequate reparation. - George Washington

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them. - Cato the Elder

Who brings a tale takes two away. - Irish Proverb

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Books

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer. - Ernest Hemingway

Books! The chosen depositories of the thoughts, the opinions, and the aspirations of mighty intellects; like wondrous mirrors that have caught and fixed bright images of souls that have passed away; like magic lyres, whose masters have bequeathed them to the world, and which yet, of themselves, ring with unforgotten music, while the hands that touched their chords have crumbled into dust. Books! they are the embodiments and manifestations of departed minds – the living organs through which those who are dead yet speak to us. - E. H. Chapin

Every few seconds a new book sees the light of day. Most of them will just be a part of the hum that makes us hard of hearing. Even the book is becoming an instrument of forgetting. A truly literary work comes into being as its creator’s cry of protest against the forgetting that looms over him, over his predecessors and his contemporaries alike, and over his time, and the language he speaks. A literary work is something that defies death. - Ivan Klima

What could be better, really, than to sit by the fire in the evening with a book, while the wind beats against the windowpanes, and the lamp burns?... You forget everything ... and hours go by. Without moving, you walk through lands you imagine you can see, and your thoughts, weaving in and out of the story, delight in the details or follow the outlines of the adventures. You merge with the character; you think you're the one whose heart is beating so hard within the clothes he's wearing. - Gustave Flaubert

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Conflict

Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. - Martin Luther King Jr.

The need for justice grows out of the conflict of human interests. That is to say, if there were no conflict of interests among mankind we should never have invented the word justice, nor conceived the idea for which it stands. - Thomas Nixon Carver

Questions are far more effective than defensive statements. They do not imply agreement, but they do convey interest and a desire to understand and facilitate an environment for peak performance, a central thread of effective leadership.... The next time someone accuses you of virtually anything, ask some questions. Resolving the situation may take more time, but the outcome will likely be more productive for both of you. - Stephen Young

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Seeing Spirits

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Goal

A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at. - Bruce Lee

A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don’t intend to act on. But you can’t have a goal you don’t intend to act on. - Tom Morris

Always strive to aim for the highest peak of the goals in life you have set, this way if you manage to reach even half way toward a goal, landing in the middle is not such a bad place to end up. - Victoria Addino

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. - Aristotle

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. - Brian Tracy

Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them. - Jim Rohn

It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be. - Abraham Maslow

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Most “impossible” goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and then going full speed ahead as if they were routine. - Don Lancaster

My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be. - Dr. Wayne W Dyer

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. - Thomas Jefferson

The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit. - Antoine de Saint

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. - Jordan Belfort

There is no tomorrow and there was no yesterday; if you truly want to accomplish your goals you must engulf yourself in today. - Noel DeJesus

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. - Napoleon Hill

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination. - Fitzhugh Dodson

Without goals, you will end up going nowhere, or, you will end up following someone else’s map! Develop your map today – set your goals and focus! - Catherine Pulsifer

Monday, 18 September 2017

Humorous Quotes

I wonder if Mr. Right really exists? I’ve already met Mr. Player, Mr Psycho, Mr. Lazy, Mr User, Mr. Cheap, Mr. Married, and Mr. Stalker. - Unknown

And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need. - P.G. Wodehouse

Valentine's Day is weird. A nude flying baby that shoots arrows isn't a holiday. It's a horror movie. - Jimmy Kimmel

Most people have five senses, but you are blessed with six senses. An extra sense is NON SENSE. - Unknown

Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that. - George Carlin

No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it. - Elizabeth Peters

Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. - Beverly Jones

I never worry about being driven to drink; I just worry about being driven home. - W. C. Fields

Luck sure didn't look like a lady tonight, more like the bitch she always was. - Rob Thurman

You know you’re an alcoholic when you misplace things for like a decade. - Paul Williams

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. - Vince Lombardi

Women are made to be loved, not understood. - Oscar Wilde

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Success

You can make a lot of money. You can rule kingdoms or run huge businesses or control vast terrain. But if you're just doing it for yourself, you're not really a success. - Anthony Robbins

You can only be successful if you let your mind go beyond the boundaries that other people have set for themselves. - Brian Herbert

You’re bound to succeed if you have ignorance and confidence. - Ken Alstad

The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed. - Henry Ford

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. - John C. Maxwell

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. - Dale Carnegie

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. - David Frost

Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. - Bo Bennett

In order to succeed, you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. - Anthony J. D’Angelo

Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. - Paul J. Meyer

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

The real secret of success is enthusiasm. - Walter Chrysler

I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. - George S. Patton

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down. - Abraham Lincoln

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. - Henry Ford

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Quote Worthy

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. - Viktor Frankl

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. - Henry David Thoreau

As soon as you can say what you think and not what some other person has thought for you, you are on the way to being a remarkable man. - James M. Barrie

Let every student of nature take this as his rule that whatever the mind seizes upon with particular satisfaction is to be held in suspicion. - Francis Bacon

Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime leave behind to conquer time! - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret is to press play. - Jay Asher

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent Van Gogh

Make yourself a priority once in a while. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. - Unknown

Sometimes, you got to remember, everyone wasn’t raised like you. - Unknown

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. - Unknown

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short. - William Shakespeare

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Genius

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. - Charles Bukowski

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows. - Havelock Ellis

Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius. - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race. - Jean de La Bruyere

Genius ain’t anything more than elegant common sense. - Josh Billings

Genius always looks forward, and not only sees what is, but what necessarily will be. - Fluke Greville

Genius has oftenest been the pariah of his time, the unhoused god whom none cared for, unnamed till they whom he first promoted, enriched and honoured, found it honourable to own their benefactor. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Genius holds its universal dominion because it touches the deepest suggestions and utters the multiform experiences of a common nature. - E. H. Chapin

Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart. - Henry Ward Beecher

Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more. - Henry Ford

Genius is knowing to stay silent as others demonstrate their ignorance. - Eric Lau

Genius is mainly an affair of energy. - Matthew Arnold

Genius is often only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it – so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. - Elbert Hubbard

Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience. - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Genius is talent set on fire by courage. - Henry van Dyke

Genius is the accumulated wealth of our humanity – its most intense development concentrated at one point, and then with clearer expression and with mysterious power shot back to us across the galvanic lines of thought and feeling. - E. H. Chapin

Genius makes its observations in short hand; talent writes them out at length. - Christian Nestell Bovee

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. - William James

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. - Charles Bukowski

Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine. - Benjamin Franklin

Genius begins great works; labour alone finishes them. - Joseph Joubert

Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. - Elbert Hubbard

Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains. - Thomas Carlyle

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. - William James

GENIUS, like a planet, takes a wide circuit through the pure expanse of nature, and visits not regions only, but whole worlds, which SENSE does not know to exist. - Fluke Greville

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use. - William Hazlitt

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Knowledge

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. - Kahlil Gibran

A man may do very well with a very little knowledge, and scarce be found out in mixed company; everybody is so much more ready to produce his own than to call for a display of your acquisition. - Charles Lamb

A youth's knowledge is like a cheap shotgun – likely to do as much damage to the owner as to the game. - Austin O’Malley

All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. - T. S. Eliot

All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions. - Leonardo da Vinci

All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self-knowledge. - Bruce Lee

As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it. - Albert Einstein

As with all knowledge, once you knew it, you couldn't imagine how it was that you hadn't known it before. - Margaret Atwood

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. - Bhagavad Gita

By enlarging your knowledge of things, you will find your knowledge of self is enlarged. - Charles de Lint

Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. - David Ben-Gurion

Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from your views in order to be open to receive other’s viewpoints. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times. - Thich Hnat Hanh

Doubt is the key to knowledge. - Iranian Proverb

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. - Thomas Huxley

Great knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been well instructed, but still greater knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been neglected. - Horace Mann

How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in truth! - Sophocles

Humans crave knowledge, and when that craving ends, we are no longer human. - Tim Lebbon

If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a ten-foot chain. - Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

If you are truly wise, you will conceal your knowledge from the world, and let every fool think himself your superior, especially if you have anything to gain by him; for envy is the strongest passion of the weak, and mediocrity is the hot-bed on which all the meaner passions flourish. - Charles William Day

In the pursuit of knowledge, follow it wherever it is to be found; like fern, it is the produce of all climates, and like coin, its circulation is not restricted to any particular class. - Charles Caleb Colton

Information and knowledge: two currencies that have never gone out of style. - Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Compromise

“Compromise” is so often used in a bad sense that it is difficult to remember that properly it merely describes the process of reaching an agreement. Naturally there are certain subjects on which no man can compromise. For instance, there must be no compromise under any circumstances with official corruption, and of course no man should hesitate to say as much. - Theodore Roosevelt

All government – indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act is founded on compromise and barter. We balance inconveniences; we give and take; we remit some rights that we may enjoy others; and we choose rather to be happy citizens than subtle disputants. - Edmund Burke

Compromise is not regarded favourably by everyone. Some have criticized it as a half-hearted attempt to satisfy both parties' interests. Others have suggested that it is a process of caving in (mutual yielding) to escape the hard work of constructive settlement. These criticisms might be valid in some cases. But they seem to be overwhelmingly outweighed by the numerous constructive resolutions of ongoing conflicts achieved every day through exchanging concessions and compromise. - William E. Steckman

Now and then one can stand uncompromisingly for a naked principle and force people up to it. This is always the attractive course; but in certain great crises it may be a very wrong course. Compromise, in the proper sense, merely means agreement; in the proper sense opportunism should merely mean doing the best possible with actual conditions as they exist. A compromise which results in a half-step toward evil is all wrong, just as the opportunist who saves himself for the moment by adopting a policy which is fraught with future disaster is all wrong; but no less wrong is the attitude of those who will not come to an agreement through which, or will not follow the course by which, it is alone possible to accomplish practical results for good. - Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Generoristy

As desire abates, generosity is born. When we are connected and present, what else is there to do but give? - Jack Kornfield

Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed. - Unknown

It is a powerful practice to be generous when you are the one feeling in need. - Allan Lokos

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing. - Alexander Pope

Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left. - Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever. - Margaret Cho

That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing. - Simone de Beauvoir

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. - Albert Camus

Monday, 11 September 2017

Humorous Quotes

I only know I was born on March 5th because someone told me. I don’t remember myself. So, it’s fact based on second hand information and trust. - Jarod Kintz

My girlfriend bought me a collared shirt for my birthday, mainly so I don’t get too far ahead of her when she takes me for a walk. - Jarod Kintz

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. - W. Somerset Maugham

They say love is blind… and marriage is an institution. Well, I’m not ready for an institution for the blind just yet. - Mae West

Pig-headed stubbornness is the perseverance of somebody we don't like. - Robert Elliot Gonzales

You know it’s love when you want to keep holding hands even after you’re sweaty. - Unknown

Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other. - Mark Twain

I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird. - Frank Zappa

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. - Ovid

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. - Julia Child

With fools forbear to argue – better strive to wake the dead. - Bhartrhari

Staying on the fence is safe … until someone shoots you off! - Steven Charles

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Life

Don’t overthink life. Trust that you made the right decision and continue to grow. - Unknown

Sometimes life seems unbearable. Yet, a moment later the very same life feels unbearably beautiful. Life never changes, only your perspective. - Jeff Foster

When thinking about life, remember this: No amount of guilt can change the past. And no amount of anxiety can change the future. - Unknown

Life never seems to be the way we want it, but we live it the best way we can. There is no perfect life, but we can fill it with perfect moments. - Unknown

Life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger. - Unknown

Life doesn’t need to be perfect to be wonderful. - Unknown

Live with cause and leave results to the Great Law of the Universe. - Zengetsu

Life can still be beautiful, meaningful, fun, and fulfilling even if things don’t turn out the way you planned. - Lori Deschene

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. - Joseph Campbell

In the end, we are just humans searching for things to make our lives worthwhile. - Unknown

If you had never tasted a bad apple, you would not appreciate a good apple. You have to experience life to understand life. - Unknown

The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you. - Joel Osteen

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Quote Worthy

The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent. - Smiley Blanton

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. - Louisa May Alcott

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love – and to put its trust in life. - Joseph Conrad

Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us; our hour of triumph is what brings the void. - William James

One man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than everybody else. - Benjamin Franklin

You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best. - Steve Jobs

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

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls. - Carl Jung

If you don't keep an eye towards where you're going, you'll never get there. - Unknown

Sometimes, you need to burn bridges to stop yourself from crossing them again. - Unknown

Ideals are great in theory ... but they don't work too well in real life. - Laurell K. Hamilton

The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. - M. Pancoast

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Gardens

A garden is never so good as it will be next year. - Thomas Cooper

A garden really lives only insofar as it is an expression of faith, the embodiment of a hope and a song of praise. - Russell Page

A garden requires patient labour and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfil good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. - Liberty Hyde Bailey

A garden that one makes oneself, becomes associated with one's personal history and that of one's friends, interwoven with one's tastes, preferences, and character, and constitutes a sort of unwritten, but withal manifest autobiography. - Alfred Austin

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. - May Sarton

Garden: One of a vast number of free outdoor restaurants operated by charity-minded amateurs in an effort to provide healthful, balanced meals for insects, birds and animals. - Henry Beard and Roy McKie

Gardening is a labour full of tranquillity and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity. - John Evelyn

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. - Author Unknown

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. - Lindley Karstens

Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience. - Marina Schinz

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. - David Hobson

It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. - James Douglas

It’s been proven by quite a few studies that plants are good for our psychological development. If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down. Torture victims begin to recover when they spend time outside in a garden with flowers. So, we need them, in some deep psychological sense, which I don’t suppose anybody really understands yet. - Jane Goodall

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. - Karel Capek

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners. - Shakespeare

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. - Alfred Austin

The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman. He modifies the climate around his home. - John R. Whiting

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. - Gertrude Jeky

The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world. - Vita Sackville-West

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. - Audrey Hepburn

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. - Marcelene Cox

When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden. - Minnie Aumonier

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Humans

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in her beauty. - Albert Einstein

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi

As individuals, as families, as neighbours, as members of one community, people of all races and political views are usually decent, kind, compassionate. But in large corporations or governments, when great power accumulates in their hands, some become monsters even with good intentions. - Dean Koontz

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. - Abraham Lincoln

Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. - Plato

Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container. - Wallace Stevens

I tend to regard the whole human race as just a lot of different subspecies of pest. - K. J. Parker

Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. - Abraham Maslow

The human race is divided into two sharply differentiated and mutually antagonistic classes: a small minority that plays with ideas and is capable of taking them in, and a vast majority that finds them painful, and is thus arrayed against them, and against all who have traffic with them. - H. L. Mencken

The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can't believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes. - Stephen Hawking

The human race is just getting started.... The cerebral cortex is only a hundred thousand years old. It's still a baby, sucking teat and eating Cheerios. We might get better, maybe even wise, if we can last another thousand years. - Ellen Gilchrist

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend. - Charles Lamb

The important thing is for humans to come up with a binding agreement to live and act responsibly towards their Planetary neighbours. - Thiong’o Ng’ang’a

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self. - Albert Einstein

The truth is ... that human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment. They hunt in packs. Their packs scour the desert and vanish screaming into the wilderness. - Virginia Woolf

We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too. - Mairead Maguire

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence, it comes about that at their first appearance, innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen. - Aldous Huxley

Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. - Mahatma Gandhi

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The human mind cannot create anything. It produces nothing until having been fertilized by experience and meditation; its acquisitions are the germs of its production. - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. - Ferdinand Foch

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Food for Thought

If your heart hurts a little after letting go of someone or something, that’s okay. It just means that your feelings were genuine. No one likes ends. And no one likes pain. But sometimes we have to put things that were once good to an end after they turn toxic to our wellbeing. Not every new beginning is meant to last forever. And not every person who walks into our life is meant to stay. - Unknown

Law is an imperfect profession in which success can rarely be achieved without some sacrifice of principle. Thus, all practicing lawyers – and most others in the profession – will necessarily be imperfect, especially in the eyes of young idealists. There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics. But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it. - Alan Dershowitz

I believe there is no other difference between those who are called courageous and those who are branded craven than that the second are fearful before the danger and the first after it. No one can be much frightened, certainly, during a period of great and immanent peril – the mind is too much concentrated on the thing itself, and on the actions necessary to meet or avoid it. The coward is a coward, then, because he has brought his fear with him; persons we think cowardly will sometimes amaze us by their bravery, if they have had no forewarning of their danger. - Gene Wolfe

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Teppanyaki Restaurant

At a Teppanyaki Restaurant. My mother would not approve of the way he is playing with the food.

In and Around Bendalmadena

Traffic lights - the green man urging you to hurry as the traffic lights are about to change.

Various pictures taken in and around Bendalmadena

Mijas

A little village which nestles on the mountain side. On a clear day, one can see as far as North Africa. A tourists’ attraction no less, and as with all tourist’s attractions, plenty of shops and cafes.

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A choice of horse or donkey carriages to take you on a tour, if you are too lazy to walk.

Torremolinos

What’s in Torremolinos? You get out of the underground train station and you are in the main square – the heart of the city. Surrounding the square are shops, eateries, hotels, clubs … very touristic … very busy.

The place is touted as a modern city - a place where the young, hip and trendy soak up the sun in the day and/or party all night. It does look clean and modern and has a touch of class about it, compared to Benalmadena. Of course, the prices are classier too. It has a vibrant night life. Clubs open late in the evening and close when the sun comes up. There are many food and beverage outlets.

And then there’s the beach, the eateries, and souvenir shops which cater to the passing tourists. The beach looks neat, polished and upmarket too.

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The second flag on the left is a rainbow flag - living up to Torremolinos reputation of a modern city. It was quite breezy that day and the flags are all entangled.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Gibraltar

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I had been warned that it is just 'a piece of rock', very touristic, over-rated, and expensive. Despite that, the general consensus was that it is one of those ‘must visit’ places if you are in Spain. So, I was forewarned and I was not really disappointed to discover that all the warnings were true.

Gibraltar is about 2 hours’ drive from Benalmadena. We had a tour along the base of the rock. Lots of shops, souvenir shops, and eateries. Very busy, very touristic and of course, very expensive. We didn't go up to the top of the rock, or the caves, because there was a long queue for the cable cars.

Gibraltar has an interesting history, but as a tourist attraction, there was really not much to see. Maybe I am difficult to please.

Ronda

Ronda is one and a half hours’ drive from Benalmadena. It is supposedly one of the loveliest and most historical town of Malaga.

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Plaza de Toros - The Bullring. We didn’t get a chance to look inside as it was closed.


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Offering unforgettable views over the El Tajo gorge. The Puente Nuevo, which means New Bridge in English, was actually completed in 1793 and took forty-two years to build. The bridge joins the old Moorish town and the newer, El Mercadillo parts of the city. It is, by far, Ronda’s most famous landmark.

One of Spain’s most famous Parador hotels sits adjacent to the bridge and is well worth a visit. The views of the El Tajo gorge are unforgettable.

If you have the time, walk down into the gorge along the Camino de los Molinos. The views are the best to be had. In Spring, the whole valley floor is awash with flowers.

Humorous Quotes

Books can also provoke emotions. And emotions sometimes are even more troublesome than ideas. Emotions have led people to do all sorts of things they later regret – like, oh, throwing a book at someone else. - Pseudonymous Bosch

According to a new survey, people who get divorced die early. People who stay married live longer. The difference is they just wish they were dead. - David Letterman

You don’t need to be on the same wavelength to succeed in marriage. You just need to be able to ride each other’s waves. - Toni Sciarra Poynter

They that are fated to be fools, have one consolation, that they are fated also to be ignorant of it. - Norman MacDonald

If you want to kill an idea without being identified as the assassin, suggest that the legal department take a look at it. - Scott Adams

I’m not clumsy! The floor just hates me, the table and chairs are bullies, and the walls get in my way. - Unknown

I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother. - Martha Gellhorn

The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain

Ignorance can be educated. Crazy can be medicated. But there is no cure for stupid. - Unknown

Get a good dog. We have not picked up food in the kitchen in 15 years. - Paul Reiser

Clothes may disguise a fool, but his voice will give him away. - Unknown

Everything comes to him who waits – if he waits till it comes. - Evan Esar

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