Thursday, 27 July 2017

Death

It is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realise the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life. - Herman Melville

Life is the jailer, Death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free. - James Russell Lowell

Man dies. Come from darkness, into darkness he returns, and is reabsorbed, without a trace left, into the illimitable void of time. - Leonid Andreyev

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death? - Plato

No matter how much you've been warned, Death always comes without knocking. Why now? is the cry. Why so soon? It's the cry of a child being called home at dusk. - Margaret Atwood

No matter who you are, you will be put abed at last with a shovel. - Austin O’Malley

Nothing is born which Death makes not subject of his state. - Bhartrhari

O, the one happiness, when, out of breath, our feet slip, and we stumble upon death! - Arthur Symons

One day the ordinariness will be terminally punctuated by the extraordinary full stop of death. - Glen Duncan

Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them. - George Eliot

Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings. - Horace

People living deeply have no fear of death. - Anais Nin

Spending your life concentrating on death is like watching a whole movie and thinking only about the credits that are going to roll at the end. It’s a mistake of emphasis. -Nicholson Baker

Taunting Death ... means pitting oneself against a wily enemy who cannot lose. - J.K Rowling

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? - Edgar Allan Poe

The cure for death is not being born. - K. J. Parker

The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying. - Jean Cocteau

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. - Seneca

The dead's dead ... get 'em in the ground and look to the live ones. - Ken Kesey

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself. - Publilius Syrus

The gate of death is never at rest. - Edward Counsel

The living is a passing traveler; the dead, a man come home. - Li Bai

The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. - Marcus Aurelius

The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life; to regard it, with the understanding and the emotions, as the the inviolable condition of life. - Thomas Mann

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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Action

The only things in which we can be said to have any property are our actions. Our thoughts may be bad, yet produce no poison, they may be good, yet produce no fruit. Our riches may be taken from us by misfortune, our reputation by malice, our spirits by calamity, our health by disease, our friends by death. But our actions must follow us beyond the grave; with respect to them alone, we cannot say that we shall carry nothing with us when we die, neither that we shall go naked out of the world. Our actions must clothe us with an immortality, loathsome or glorious; these are the only title-deeds of which we cannot be disinherited; they will have their full weight in the balance of eternity, when everything else is as nothing; and their value will be confirmed and established by those two sure and stateless destroyers of all other things – Time and Death. - Charles Caleb Colton

Appearances

Appearances are not reality; but they often can be a convincing alternative to it. You can control appearances most of the time, but facts are what they are. When the facts are too sharp, you can craft a cheerful version of the situation and cover the facts the way that you can covered a battered old four-slice toaster with a knitted cozy featuring images of kittens. - Dean Koontz

To judge the appearances we receive of things, we should need a judicatory instrument; to verify this instrument, we should need a demonstration; to rectify this demonstration, we should need an instrument: so here we are arguing in a circle. Seeing the senses cannot decide our dispute, being themselves full of uncertainty, we must have recourse to Reason; there is no reason but must be built upon another reason, so here we are retreating backwards to all eternity. - Michel de Montaigne

Commitment

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fathers

A father is a banker provided by nature. - French Proverb

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. - Frank A. Clark

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. - Billy Graham

A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season. - Unknown

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. - Frank Abagnale

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. - Unknown Author

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. - Anne Geddes

Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee. - Margaret Courtney

Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. - Naveen Jain

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow. - Reed Markham

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadsworth

Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development. - David M. Gottesman

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. - Sigmund Freud

It is a wise father that knows his own child. - William Shakespeare

It’s really bad when dads cry. - Sarah Ockler

One father is more than a hundred school masters. - George Herbert

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. - Confucius

The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road. - Angelo Patri

The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. - Bertrand Russel

The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you're unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it. - John Green

The reservedness and distance that fathers keep, often deprive their sons of that refuge which would be of more advantage to them than a hundred rebukes or chidings. - John Locke

There is probably no more terrible enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man – with human flesh. - Frank Herbert

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway. - Robert Brault

Monday, 24 July 2017

Humorous Quotes

According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men are just grateful. - Robert De Niro

I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today. - George Foreman

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home. - Edgar Watson Howe

The real wonder is that anyone stays together, as impossible to live with and as broken as we all are. - Kyran Pittman

If you want your wife to listen to you, then talk to another woman; she will be all ears. - Sigmund Freud

History, of course, is never real. People either glorify it or horrify it. Or at the very least colour it. - Paula Wall

I think crime pays. The hours are good, you meet a lot of interesting people, you travel a lot. - Woody Allen

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie. - Jim Davis

Disease increases in proportion to the increase in the number of doctors in a place. - Mahatma Gandhi

Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. - Unknown

Don’t mind your make-up, you’d better make your mind up. - Frank Zappa

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. - Groucho Marx

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Love

Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love – now you are love. - Osho

I strongly believe that love is the answer and that it can mend even the deepest unseen wounds. Love can heal, love can console, love can strengthen, and yes, love can make change. - Somaly Mam

If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don’t have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it’s not enough. - Ann Landers

In a time when nothing is more certain than change, the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare. Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced. - Robert Sexton

Love hurts when you break up with some one. Hurts even more when someone breaks up with you. But love hurts the most when the person, you love has no idea how you feel. - Unknown

Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together. - Barbara Cage

Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. - Mark Twain

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. - Ray Bradbury

The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love. - Stephen Kendrick

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. - Oscar Wilde

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Quote Worthy

Successful people have cultivated the habit of never denying to themselves their true feelings and attitudes. They have no need for pretences. - David Harold Fink

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. - Kofi Annan

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect. - Luna Lovegood

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. - William James

Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself. - Robert Louis Stevenson

It takes visions and courage to create. It takes faith and courage to prove. - Owen D. Young

Every time you subtract negative from your life, you make room for more positive. - Unknown

You don’t drown by falling into the water; you drown by staying there. - Edwin Louis

Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him. - Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes, you have to risk it all for a vision no one can see but you. - Unknown

If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path. - Buddha

Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note. - Confucius

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Fate

A man's character is his fate. - Heraclitus

All that is called Destiny or Fate is none other than the result of our thoughtlessness and our mistrust of ourselves; we should know that all that is created on earth is created by its sole Master and Laborer – Man. - Maxim Gorky

All we can control in life is our own choices, how we choose to live and deal with what life has to offer. Everything else is fate. - Mark Puryear

Everyone is more or less master of his own fate. - Aesop

Fate ... is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought – for causes which are unpenetrated. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fate comes by our own agency. It belongs to our underlying spiritual values, because it is unattainable without experience of the world, and therefore differs from one person to the next. - Stelios Ramphos

Fate had a weird way of circling back over paths that were meant to cross. - Gail McHugh

Fate has a way of charting its own course … but before one surrenders to the hands of destiny, one might consider the power of the human spirit and the force that lies in one’s own free will. - Unknown

Fate is a manifestation of natural causes. That’s it. It’s not a conscious entity. It has no plan. - Walter Wykes

Fate is a primitive notion that makes no sense in a land of self-made men and women. - J. Peter Euben

Fate is written in wood, not stone. - Geraint Straker

Fate isn't one straight road ... There are forks in it, many different routes to different ends. We have the free will to choose the path. - Dean Koontz

Fate isn't sentient; it can't make decisions. - Rick Chiantaretto

For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice. - Barack Obama

Great powers may be shaping the general turn of events, but human personalities still determine their own fate. - Dan Simmons

I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. - Ronald Reagan

If anyone does not help himself, fate never can help him. - HuanZhang Chen

Men make their own history; but they make it under given conditions, and they become entangled thereby in a fate which is in part the result of other men having made their own history earlier. - Reinhard Bendix

Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupations of men engaged in rash undertakings. - Cormac McCarthy

Sometimes when one walks away from his fate, it leads one directly to fate’s doorstep. - Unknown

The Book of Fate isn't already written. It's written every day. - Brad Meltzer

The catch-22 is either everything is based on fate or nothing is. - Rhonda Britten

The furnace which melts gold, also hardens clay. Before blaming thy fate, therefore, find whether thou art gold or clay. - Ivan Panin

The future’s not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. - John Connor

The harder thy fate, the softer thine heart. - Ivan Panin

The word "fate" is used by people who have lost sight of who they are. - Clark Kent

There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it. - Diana Trilling

Those who have been indulged by fortune and have always thought of calamity as what happens to others, feel a blind incredulous rage at the reversal of their lot, and half believe that their wild cries will alter the course of the storm. - George Eliot

To bear is to conquer our fate. - Thomas Campbell

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, never to be undone. - William James

We seal our fate with the choices we make. - Gloria Estefan

Whatever be thy fate today, remember, this will pass away! - John Godfrey Saxe

When fate comes in to play, choice sometimes goes out the window. - Unknown

Yet they, believe me, who await no gifts from Chance, have conquer'd Fate. - Matthew Arnold

You can’t outwit fate by standing on the side-lines placing little side-bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win. - Judith McNaught

You cannot leave everything to Fate, she’s got a lot to do. Sometimes you must give her a hand. - Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Books

The plainest row of books that cloth or paper ever covered is more significant of refinement than the most elaborately carved furniture. - Henry Ward Beecher

The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies. - Andre Maurois

The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart. - Moroccan Proverb

The thing one reads and likes, and then forgets, is of no account. The thing that stays, and haunts one, and refuses to be forgotten, that is the sincere thing. - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I haven’t read. - Abraham Lincoln

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. - Charles Dickens

There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different. - Daniel Handler

There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things. - Jeffrey Eugenides

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. - May Ellen Chase

There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you've read only once can't. - Gail Carson Levine

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To buy books as some do who make no use of them, only because they were published by an eminent printer, is much as if a man should buy clothes that did not fit him, only because they were made by some famous tailor. - Alexander Pope

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth. - John Lubbock

We should use a book as a bee does a flower. - Eliza Cook

What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore, it knows it's not fooling a soul. - Neil Gaiman

What makes the success of many books consists in the affinity there is between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public. - Chamfort

You can't tell a book by its cover. - American Proverb

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. - Paul Sweeney

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Adversity

The trials and pressures of life – and how we face them –often define us. Confronted by adversity, many people give up while others rise up. How do those who succeed do it? They persevere. They find the benefit to them personally that comes from any trial. And they recognize that the best thing about adversity is coming out on the other side of it. There is a sweetness to overcoming your troubles and finding something good in the process, however small it may be. Giving up when adversity threatens can make a person bitter. Persevering through adversity makes one better. - John C. Maxwell

There is not unmitigated ill in the sharpest of this world's sorrows; I touch not the sore of thy guilt; but of human griefs I counsel thee, Cast off the weakness of regret, and gird thee to redeem thy loss: Thou has gained, in the furnace of affliction, self-knowledge, patience and humility, And these be as precious ore, that waiteth the skill of the coiner: Despise not the blessings of adversity, nor the gain thou hast earned so hardly, And now thou hast drained the bitter, take heed that thou lose not the sweet. - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Those who choose to make adversity their friend doesn’t enjoy hardship any more than the next person. But there is a world of difference between those who befriend adversity by overcoming it and learning from the experience, and those who give up at the first sign of an obstacle … Adversity is going to happen, and usually in ways you could’ve never foreseen. Knowing this, make a choice right now to look at adversity in a new light the next time it comes your way. Though it may not look so friendly on the surface, realize that adversity is an ally and that it’s here to teach you something of crucial importance. Of course, it’s an unwelcome visitor. But when it presents itself, treat the experience as a unique learning opportunity. Here is your chance to impact positively your human capital development in ways that no seminar, class, or training session can even closely approximate. - J. Barry Griswell & Bob Jennings

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fantasy

All you ever were was a little bit of the universe, thinking to itself. Very specific; this bit, here, right now. All the rest was fantasy. - Iain M. Banks

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it. - Lloyd Alexander

Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on. - Terry Brooks

If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because if you only read fantasy and then you start to write fantasy, all you’re going to do is recycle the same old stuff and move it around a bit. - Terry Pratchett

The problem with fantasy is the greatest benefit of fantasy: it prevents us from living in the present moment. - Geneen Roth

We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay. - Lynda Barry

When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. - Albert Einstein

You always start with a fantasy. Part of the fantasy technique is to visualize something as perfect. Then with the experiments you work back from the fantasy to reality, hacking away at the components. - Edwin H. Land

Monday, 17 July 2017

Humorous Quotes

For a while we pondered whether to take a vacation or get a divorce. We decided that a trip to Bermuda is over in two weeks but a divorce is something you always have. - Woody Allen

Many brief follies – that is what you call love. And your marriage puts an end to many brief follies, with a single long stupidity. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Beauty, of course, is an asset. But the girls who have greenbacks don’t have to worry over not having pink faces. - Robert Elliott Gonzales

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. - Christopher Hampton

I told her I’d wait forever for her, but that was before I found somebody else who’d give me a ride home. - Jarod Kintz

Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think – in a deeper voice. - Bill Cosby

If you were half as funny as you think you are, you’d be twice as funny as you are now. - Cassandra Clare

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. he told me to wear a brown tie. - Rodney Dangerfield

Don't use your bedroom for work, unless you're a prostitute. - David Letterman

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development. - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

You never run out of things that can go wrong. - Edward A. Murphy (Murphy’s Law)

Pride must be a summer thing, because it comes before the fall. - Jarod Kintz

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Friends and Friendship

Friendship is a vase, which, when it is flawed by heat, or violence, or accident, may as well be broken at once; it can never be trusted after. - Walter Savage Landor

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. - Anais Nin

Friendship has been called the sweetener of life. It is a compound made up of truth and kindness, prudence and piety. - John Thorton

Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded on principle, and cemented by time. - Mary Wollstonecraft

Friendship is insipid to those who have experienced love. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Friendship is the perfection of love, and superior to love; it is love purified, exalted, proved by experience and a consent of minds. - Samuel Richardson

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. - Baltasar Gracian

It is never easier to forget friends than when we imagine they have forgotten us – friendship, like love, requires reciprocal assurance of continuity. - Norman MacDonald

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself: we cannot force it any more than love. - William Hazlitt

You need to handle your friends with more diplomacy than you do your enemies. - Lewis F. Korns

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years. - Richard Bach

Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success – yours or his. - Franklin P. Jones

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Quote Worthy

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. - Dennis Prager

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal. - Jerome P. Fleishman

Congratulate yourselves if you have done something strange and extravagant and broken the monotony of a decorous age. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive. - Jamais Cascio

The vulgar herd catches at the gross apparent fact, but the man of insight knows what lies on the surfaces does lie. - Israel Zangwill

Life and Time are the world’s best teachers. Life teaches us the use of Time and Time teaches us the value of Life. - Unknown

It’s not hard to sacrifice something for someone, but it’s hard to find someone who deserves your sacrifice. - Unknown

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. - Elmer Davis

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

Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. - Unknown

Every step of our life we need to accept ourselves all over again. - Jeff Moore

Sometimes, it takes a good fall to really know where you stand. - Unknown

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Humour

English Church Bulletins as they actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services (Adapted from a variety of sources including Funny Church Bulletin Board Notices):

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

Join us tonight for prayers, coffee and fresh beagles.

Pastor is on vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary.

This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

Wednesday the ladies liturgy will meet. Mrs. Johnson will sing “Put me in my little bed accompanied by the pastor.”

This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister’s daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her.

Ushers will eat latecomers.

The service will close with “Little Drops of Water.” One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.

Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible Experience.”

The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.”

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

Wrinkled with burdens? Come to church for a faith lift!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is not a symptom of underlying problems. It is an illness in and by itself, producing its own symptoms. Before the onset of the disease alcoholism, the excessive drinking of alcoholic liquor generally is symptomatic of underlying problems. Once the line has been crossed and the drinker has become an alcoholic drinker, his drinking is then symptomatic of that illness. - Maurice Gelinas

All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. In fine, he that is drunk is not a man: because he is so long void of Reason, that distinguishes a Man from a Beast. - William Penn

Drunkenness being nothing but a voluntary madness, it emboldens men to undertake all sorts of mischief; it both irritates wickedness and discovers it; it does not only make men vicious, but shows them to be so; and the end of it is either shame or repentance. - Wellins Calcott

For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colourful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good. But not so with us in those last days of heavy drinking. - Unknown

I don’t say that the drunk man is the real man, and the sober man merely a shell. But you find out something different about people when they're drunk. Of course, you sometimes find that they're not different at all – that you merely get more of the same, perhaps said rather more loudly and incoherently, but basically the same. - Kingsley Amis

Let us be clear and concise on this point: Alcoholism is a disease. We can never be cured of alcoholism, but we can arrest the disease and pull it up on its tracks. There is no such thing as a cured alcoholic or an ex-alcoholic. They simply don't exist ... the recovering alcoholic is only ever one drink away from relapse. - Tyrone Patrick Fahey

One of the most important facts to remember about alcoholism is its progression. Alcoholism begins in an early stage that looks nothing at all like a life-threatening disease, proceeds into a middle stage where problems begin to appear and intensify, and gradually advances into the late, degenerative stages of obvious physiological dependence, physical and psychological deterioration, and loss of control. - William F. Asbury

The point in regard to alcohol is simple enough. It is a poison, and a poison which, like other poisons, has certain uses; but the limitations in the use of alcohol should be as strict as the limitations in the use of any other kind of poison. Moreover, it is an insidious poison in that it produces effects which seem to have only one antidote – alcohol again. - Alexander Alison

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Fame

Fame and secrecy are the high and low ends of the same fascination. - Don Delillo

Fame is a bright flower, but weeds abound mostly around it. - Edward Counsel

Fame is nothing but an empty name. - Charles Churchill

Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. - Victor Hugo

Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame – to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a hell. - Edward Bulwer Lytton

I think that's the thing about fame or any notoriety. It's an illusion that you don't have to play by the rules anymore, the rules of life. - Tom Waits

Of present fame think little, and of future less. The praises that we receive after we are buried, like the posies that are strewn over our graves, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead; the dead are gone, either to a place where they hear them not, or where, if they do, they will despise them. - Charles Caleb Colton

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do, without a thought of fame. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Were not this desire of fame very strong, the difficulty of obtaining it, and the danger of losing it when obtained, would be sufficient to deter a man from so vain a pursuit. - Joseph Addison

Monday, 10 July 2017

Humorous Quotes

The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets successfully through many a bad night. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Housework is like bad sex. Every time I do it I swear I will never do it again. Until the next time company comes. - Marilyn Sokol

I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair. - Jarod Kintz

It’s always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don’t. - Winnie the Pooh

The two best times to keep your mouth shut are when you’re swimming and when you’re angry. - Unknown

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them. - Phyllis Diller

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him. - Cher

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. - Ambrose Bierce

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you? - Ben Hogan

Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night - Dave Barry

Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages. - Terry Pratchett

Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. - Ray Bradbury

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Success

Success depends on one's general culture, on one's set of values, one's clarity of mind and vivacity. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. - Elbert Hubbard

Action is the foundational key to all success. - Pablo Picasso

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. - Euripedes

Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful. - William Hurt

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live. - Anne Sweeney

Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen

Enthusiasm is the engine of success. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie

Honesty and loyalty are key. If two people can be honest with each other about everything, that’s probably the biggest key to success. - Taylor Lautner

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. - Florence Nightingale

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got. - Walter Cronkite

The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours. - Thomas Alva Edison

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. - Cecil B. De Mille

The squalid cash interpretation put on the word success – is our national disease. - William James

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Quote Worthy

When you've been used to doing things, and they've been taken away from you, it's as if your hands had been cut off, and you felt the fingers as are of no use to you. - George Eliot

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. - Carl Jung

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they're jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights. - Shannon L. Alder

Without communication there is no relationship. Without respect, there is no love, without trust, there is no reason to continue. - Unknown

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. - Albert Einstein

Properly speaking, a man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognise him. - William James

Sometimes, it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing. - Unknown

Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known. - Chuck Palahniuk

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. - Martin Luther King

The wings of transformation are born from patience and struggle. - Janet S. Dickens

It takes two flints to make a fire. - Louisa May Alcott

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Faith

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. - Friedrich Nietzsche

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. - Arthur C. Clarke

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. - Voltaire

Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. - Gregory Peck

Faith I have, in myself, in humanity, in the worthwhileness of the pursuits in entertainment for the masses. But wide awake, not blind faith, moves me. - Walt Disney

Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish. - Bruce Lee

Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man's mind can conceive and believe. - Bruce Lee

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. - J. R. R. Tolkien

People always demand respect for their faith. You’ve noticed this happening. Why should I respect someone who makes enormous claims on no evidence, and when confronted with that fact, says, “Well, I don’t need any evidence, I’ve got faith’. I think that extraordinary claims, such as that they know, not just that there is a god, but that they know his mind, they know his instructions, they’ve had revealed truth from him: a claim like that demands extraordinary evidence. Instead of which, they say, ‘No, how about no evidence at all, and just take me on faith?’ Why am I supposed to respect that? I don’t respect it. I suspect it. - Unknown

The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day. - Amy Gatliff

The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen. - Ralph Marston

The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith. - Ronald Reagan

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. - Thomas Aquinas


You either have faith that a God exists, or you ‘know’. You can’t know and have faith, or have faith and know, you know? - Michael Sherlock

We think of faith as a source of comfort and understanding but find our expression of faith sowing division; we believe ourselves to be a tolerant people even as racial, religious, and cultural tensions roil the landscape. And instead of resolving these tensions or mediating these conflicts, our politics fans them, exploits them, and drives us further apart. - Barack Obama

Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible. - Sir William Osler

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Proverbs, axioms, maxims ...

Don't call the alligator, big mouth until you have crossed the river. - Belizean Proverb

Beware a rickety wall, a savage dog and a quarrelsome person. - Iranian Proverb

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion. - Egyptian Proverb

Have more than you show. Speak less than you know. - William Shakespeare

If you buy what you don't need, you steal from yourself. - Swedish Proverb

Even the best song becomes tiresome if heard too often. - Korean Proverb

Even the largest army is nothing without a good general. - Afghan Proverb

Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon. - Chinese Proverb

Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay. - Matthew Flickstein

Be the first in the field and the last to the couch. - Chinese Proverb

Don't hang your hat higher than you can reach. - Belizean Proverb

Sun is good for cucumbers, rain for rice. - Vietnamese Proverb

Don't sail out farther than you can row back. - Danish Proverb

It's safer to have a good enemy than a bad friend. - Ken Alstad

If you call one wolf, you invite the pack. - Bulgarian Proverb

If you want something done right, do it yourself. - Unknown

It is better to be born a beggar than a fool. - Spanish Proverb

Everyone must row with the oars he has. - English proverb

It takes two men to make one brother. - Israel Zangwill

If you can’t bite, better not show your teeth. - Yiddish

It's an ill bird that fouls his own nest. - Latin Proverb

It's an ill wind that blows no good. - John Heywood

Don't pretend to be something you aren't. - Aesop

Every cloud has a silver lining. - D. R. Locke

It’s always worse than it seems. - Unknown