Tuesday, 31 May 2011

All About You and Yourself - Quotes

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself. - Unknown

A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself. -Adyashanli

A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. - Cullen Hightower

Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets. - Henry A. Kissinger

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. - Judy Garland

As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others. - Robert Schuller

Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. - Wilfred A. Peterson

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. - Dr. Seuss

Be yourself! No one will be disillusioned when they discover the ‘real’ you, if that is what they have known and loved all along. - Unknown

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. - Norman Vincent Peale

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. - George Bernard Shaw

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. - Pope John Xxiii

Do not be awe struck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can. - Norman Vincent Peale

Do not consider yourself more nor less, nor even equal to others, for people are not quantities. Each one is unique and irreplaceable. - Unknown

Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. - Unknown

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. - St. Francis de Sales

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive. - Harold Whitman

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. - William Faulkner

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. - Janis Jopli

Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved. - Michel De Montaigne

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. - John Woode

Enjoy the successes that you have, and don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t do well. Too many times we beat up on ourselves. Just relax and enjoy it. - Patty Sheehan

Everyone sees who you appear to be, but only a select few know who you really are. - Unknown

Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now. You are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality. - Beverly Sills

Feeling good about yourself is essential to feeling good about life. - Unknown

First say to yourself what you would be, then do what you have to do. - Epictetus

If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else. - Nikki Giovanni

If you have enough push, you don’t have to worry about the pull. - Zig Ziglar

If you suffer, it is because of you, if you feel blissful, it is because of you. Nobody else is responsible – only you and you alone. You are you hell and your heaven too. - Osho

If you want to be somebody, somebody really special, be yourself. - Unknown

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself. - Benjamin Franklin

It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship. - Norman Vincent Peale

Just be yourself, and don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Being genuine is more important than getting the approval of others. - Unknown

Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend. - Jeremy Taylor

Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. - Alan Alda

Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept. - Anna Taylor

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try to know someone else and expect them to know you. - Unknown

Never give up on yourself. - Unknown

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning. - Barbara De Angelis 

No one can figure out your worth but you. - Pearl Bailey

No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy – unless you let him. - Napoleon Hill

Prepare yourself for the world, as athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do. - Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher. - Unknown 

The name of the game is taking care of yourself, because you’re going to live long enough to wish you had. - Grace Mirabella

The only person you should ever compete with is yourself. You can not hope for a fairer match. - Unknown

The real contest is always between what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else. - Geoffrey Gaberino

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. - Lao-Tzu

There is power in sincerely being who and what you are instead of mindlessly following the crowd and trying to be someone or something that you are not. You are meant to be YOU. Think for yourself, decided for your self, and walk with your held held high. - Unknown

There has never been anyone like you, nor will there ever be anyone like you again. You are unique, unrepeatable and of precious worth. - John Bradshaw

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To dream too much of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are. - Unknown

Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything. - Unknown

What others think is not important, how you feel about yourself is all that matters. - Unknown

What you think of yourself is more important than what you think others think of you. - Unknown

What you are is a question only you can answer. - Lois Mcmaster Bujold

When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside. - Unknown

When you are content to be simply yourself and do not compare or compete, everybody will respect you. - Lao-Tzu

You are an extremely valuable, worthwhile, significant person even though your present circumstances may have you feeling otherwise. - James R. Newman

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair. - Paul H. Dunn 

You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. - Oprah Winfrey
You are either part of the solution or part of the problem. - Eldridge Cleaver

You are never strong enough that you don’t need help. - Cesar Chavez

You are one of a kind; therefore, no one can really predict to what heights you might soar. Even you will not know until you spread your wings! - Unknown

You are richer today if you have laughed, given or forgiven. - Unknown

You can acquire a lot in life, if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it. - Unknown

You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door. - Robert Collier

You can do small things in a great way. - James Freeman Clarke

You can do what you want to do. You can be what you want to be. There’s no one to stop you but yourself. - Dave Thomas

You can make yourself happy or miserable – it's the same amount of effort. - Ray Bradbury

You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.  - James Whittaker

You can pretend to be serious; you cannot pretend to be witty. - Unknown

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. - The Buddha

You can’t be a legend in your parent’s basement. - Joe Walsh

You can’t fatten the pig on market day. - John Howard

You can’t get ahead while getting even. - Dick Armey

You can’t lead a cavalry if you think that you look funny riding a horse. - John Peers

You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. - Gene Mauch

You can’t regret what you can’t remember. - Lisa Birnbach

You can’t win unless you learn how to lose. - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You cannot afford to make the mistake of thinking you cannot be replaced. And your employer cannot afford to have a man around that he cannot afford to do without. - Frank Irving Fletcher  

You cannot be truly successful while all those around you failed.

You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible! - Ezra Taft Benson

You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself. - Zig Ziglar

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. - Unknown

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

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. - Golda Meir

You can't enjoy light verse with a heavy heart. - Russell Baker

You can't know too much, but you can say too much. - Calvin Coolidge

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. - Gene Mauch

You can't regret what you can't remember. - Lisa Birnbach

You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. - Bonnie Prudden

You can't win unless you learn how to lose. - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You didn’t really lose yourself. You lost who you never were but tried to be. Now all that remains is the real you. Introduce yourself and get to know you better. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. - Unknown

You don’t learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself. - George Bernard Shaw

You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself. - Harry Firestone

You give before you get. - Napoleon Hill

You have all you need within you to become the best version of yourself. - Mastin Kipp

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. - John Morley

You have to be careful about being too careful. - Beryl Pfizer

You just can’t expect a square peg to fit a round hole! - Unknown

You miss a hundred percent of the shots you never take. - Wayne Gretzky

You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective. -
Denis Waitley

You never find yourself until you face the truth. - Pearl Bailey

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. - Hannah Whitall Smith 

You never know until you find out. - Unknown

You never know where bottom is till you plumb for it. - Frederick Laing

You should remember that though another may have more money, beauty, and brains than you, when it comes to the rarer spiritual values such as charity, self-sacrifice, honour, nobility of heart, you have an equal chance with everyone to be the most beloved and honoured of all people. - Archibald Rutledge

You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t. - R. Buckminster Fuller

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. - John Mason

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. - Colette

You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched. - Norman Vincent Peale

You’re not a finished product. You’re still in the process of being created. - Alfred Osmond

Youve got to go out on a limb sometimes because thats where the fruit is. - Will Rogers

Your best is good enough; good enough is not your best. - Gary E. O'Brien 

Your expression is the most important thing you can wear. - Unknown

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. - Roger Ebert

Your worst humiliation is only someone else’s momentary entertainment. - Unknown Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have. - Thomas Edison

Monday, 30 May 2011

Frisbee Trick Shots

Frisbee trick shots by Brodie Smith


Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Universe - Quotes

I am in the process of transferring this 'Label' to my other blog - 'Spiritual, not Religious'.

A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will disappear into nothing at the big crunch. Its glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory. - Paul Davies

Every time you put something positive into the universe, the world changes. Your kindness invites miracles to show up, not just in your world, but in the whole world. - Unknown

Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you. - Douglas Adams

Here we are in this wholly fantastic universe with scarcely a clue as to whether our existence has any real significance. - E. F. Schumacher

In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time. - Edward P. Tryon

In my youth, I regarded the universe as an open book, printed in the language of physical equations, whereas now it appears to me as a text written in invisible ink, of which in our rare moments of grace we are able to decipher a small fragment. - Arthur Koestler

Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don’t know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity. - Wernher Von Braun

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent. - Stanley Kubrick 

The universe is neither good nor evil; rather both moral extremes exist within it. - Unknown

The Universe imparts lessons to ALL so we can learn and grow without exceptions. - Unknown

The universe is a communion and a community. We ourselves are that communion become conscious of itself. - Thomas Berry

The universe is an intricate clock, designed and tended to by the Master Watchmaker. - Anon

The universe is completely balanced and in perfect order. You will always be compensated in full for everything you do. - Brian Tracy

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. - Eden Phillpotts

The universe is like our body, The Cosmos in our hand. Nebulous, formless they remain Manifested in forms without end. - Shao Young

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent. - John Hughes Holmes

The universe is so well balanced that the mere fact that you have a problem also serves as a sign that there is a solution. - Steve Maraboli

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours. - Bertrand Russell

There is no reason that the universe should be designed for our convenience. - John D. Barrow

We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You create your own universe as you go along. - Winston Churchill

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


More good news for coffee drinkers - especially the guys. 

Coffee cuts prostate cancer risk: Study

More is better when it comes to drinking coffee, to ward off the risk of deadly prostate cancer, according to a major United States study.

Men who drank six or more cups of the beverage per day had a 60 per cent lower risk of developing the most lethal type of prostate cancer and a 20 per cent lower risk of forming any type of prostate cancer, compared to men who did not drink coffee, it said.

Even just one to three cups per day was linked to a 30 per cent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer, according to the research carried out at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee can lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer,” said Harvard associate professor and the study’s senior author Lorelei Nucci. 

The effects were the same whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated, leading researchers to believe that the lower risk could be lined to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of coffee.

Prostate cancer is the third-most common cancer affecting men in Singapore. About 2,500 cases are diagnosed each year. A blood test can detect it early, and the caner can be graded on a Gleason score; the higher it is, the more likely the cancer is to spread.

Risk factors are typically lined to high-fat diets, heredity, alcohol and exposure to chemicals.

The study examined 47,911 US men who reported how much coffee they drank every four years from 1986 to 2008.

The lower risk seen in coffee drinkers remained even after researchers allowed for other factors that typically boost risk and were more often seen in coffee drinkers, such as smoking and failure to exercise.

- Agence France-Presse 

Tuesday, 24 May 2011


He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. - Napoleon Bonaparte

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. - John F Kennedy

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult. - Lord Chesterfield

Where the stream runneth smoothest, the water is deepest. - John Lyly

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment. - Hilaire Belloc

When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done. - Robert Burton

The art of pleasing is the art of deception. - Marquis De Vauvenargues

Creditors have better memories than debtors. - Benjamin Franklin

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire. - John N. Mitchell

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. - Harry Truman

Out of the frying pan into the fire. - Quintus Septimius Tertullianus

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater. - William Hazlitt

There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle. - Samuel Butler

An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow. - Benjamin Franklin

A fox should not be of the jury at a goose’s trial. - Thomas Fuller

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. - Confucius

Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. - Henry Ford

There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going. - Beverly Sills

More haste, less speed. Make haste slowly. - Augustus Caesar

Monday, 23 May 2011

Family Problems

Two men were sitting in a bar and discussing about their family problems. 

One man said to the other: "Where I come from, we can't marry the one whom we love. You know my parents are forcing me to get married to this so called homely and domesticated girl from a village whom I haven't even met once. We call this an arranged marriage. I don't want to marry a woman whom I don't love. I told my parents that openly and now have a hell of a lot of family problems." 

The other man said: "Talking about love marriages, where I come from we can marry the one we love. Let me tell you my story. I married a widow whom I deeply loved and dated her for three years. After a couple of years, my father fell in love with my step-daughter and married her, so my father became my son-in-law and I became my father's father-in-law. Legally now my daughter is my mother and my wife is my grandmother. More problems occurred when I had a son. My son is my father's brother and so he is my uncle. The situation turned worse when my father had a son. Now my father's son, my brother, is my grandson. Ultimately, I have become my own grandfather and I am my own grandson. And you say you have family problems?" 

Saturday, 21 May 2011


              Osho was an Indian mystic and spiritual teacher. He was, in his own words, “a mystic who is trying to convey the mysteries that have become available to me.” 
             The following quotes are from him. 

Even if nobody passes by the side of the rose, the fragrance will still be spreading around, moving .... somewhere, somebody may get it. And even if nobody gets it, it doesn't matter; it is simply natural for the flower to explode into fragrance. 

Accept yourself. Respect yourself. Allow your nature to take its own course. Don't force, don't repress. 

Doubt -- because doubt is not a sin, it is the sign of your intelligence. Doubt and go on enquiring until you find. Whosoever enquires, finds. It is absolutely certain; it has never been otherwise. Nobody has come empty-handed from an authentic enquiry. 

I am all in favour of the sceptical mind. Do not believe anything unless you have experienced it. Do not believe anything - go on questioning, however long it takes. 

You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don't leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind. 

Buddha is not to be worshipped, one has to become a Buddha. Except for that, there is no worship, no prayer. You don't need any priest, you don't need any scriptures, you don't need to be in any religious organization, you have to be just yourself - silently, peacefully settling within your home. 

I am not going to give you a destination. I can only give you a direction - awake, throbbing with life, unknown, always surprising, unpredictable. I'm not going to give you a map. I can give you only a great passion to discover. Yes, a map is not needed; great passion, great desire to discover is needed. Then you go on your own. Move into the vast, into the infinite, and by and by, learn to trust it. Leave yourself in the hands of life. 

I am saying something about the ineffable. I am saying something about the ultimate mystery. You can understand it, yet you can never understand it totally. It is elusive, it escapes. It is within reach, but it is not within grasp. You are always coming closer and closer to it, but you never arrive. And the day you arrive, then you are no more there; the distinction between the seeker and the sought disappears. Then you are it. 

I don't want anybody to stand between the individual and existence. No prayer, no priest -- you alone are enough to face the sunrise. You don't need somebody to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is. 

All that you need is just to be silent and listen to existence. There is no need of any religion, there is no need of any God, there is no need of any priesthood, there is no need of any organization. All those things can be removed. Now all that is left to you is a state of meditation which simply means a state of utter silence. Even the word meditation makes it look heavier. It is better to just call it a simple, innocent silence. 

You should be conscious and alert, and respond to every situation with absolute consciousness. Then whatever you do is right. It is not a question of actions being right or wrong, it is a question of consciousness - whether you are doing it consciously or unconsciously like a robot. 

I am simply an individual, the way existence created me. I have kept myself absolutely uninfluenced by any idiotic ideology - religious, political, social, financial. And the miracle is that because I am not burdened with all these glasses on my eyes, and curtains before me, I can see clearly. 

Once you start feeling responsible for your own life you start growing, because then there is no point in wasting time in postponing, in waiting. Nobody is coming to help you. All waiting is futile, all waiting is sheer wastage. 

To me spirituality has a totally different connotation. It needs an honest individuality. It does not allow any kind of dependence. It creates a freedom for itself, whatever the cost. It is never in the crowd but alone, because the crowd has never found any truth. The truth has been found only in people's aloneness. 

I believe in this meaningless, beautiful chaos of existence, and I am ready to go with it wherever it leads. I don't have a goal, because existence has no goal. It simply is, flowering, blossoming, dancing - but don't ask why. Just an overflow of energy, for no reason at all. I am with existence. 

Friday, 20 May 2011


By reminding us of our deep cosmic ignorance, science – far from dulling the mystery of existence – sharpens it the way garlic wafting on the evening breeze whets your appetite. It reminds us that we dwell in a mystery that is ultimately more to be savoured than solved.Unknown

Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. - Henri Poincare

Part of the strength of science is that it has tended to attract individuals who love knowledge and the creation of it. - Phillip Hauge Abelson

In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. - Galileo 

Science may clone a person, but it can never clone his rectitude, which is born out of the choices he made in life. Unknown

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all; the apathy of human beings. - Helen Keller

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Smile - Quotes

A smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. - Unknown

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. - Phyllis Diller

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it. - Unknown

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. - Charles Gordy

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. - Denis Waitley

A smile makes you feel good, and when you feel good, good things happen. -Terri Lynn

A smile on your face will do wonders for your appearance. It will give you youthfulness and optimism that beauty treatments or counselling sessions never could. - Unknown

A smile will gain you ten more years of life. - Chinese Saying

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. - William Arthur Ward

All the statistics in the world cant measure the warmth of a smile. - Chris Hart

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available. - Jim Beggs

Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn't smile back. - Unknown

Do not go for looks; they can deceive. Do not go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile. - Unknown

Draw in the breath of life, and as you breathe, smile. - Unknown

Every smile makes you a day younger. - Chinese Proverb

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. - Mother Teresa

Everyone smiles in the same language. - Unknown

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. - Andy Rooney

If you will force yourself to smile, youll end up laughing. You will be cheerful because you smile. Repeated experiments prove that when man assumes the facial expression of a given mental mood – any given mood –  then that mental mood itself will follow. - Kenneth Goode

Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability. - Joe Brown

Make someone smile whenever you can, you never know how much of a difference you could be making in their life at that moment. - Unknown

Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. - Unknown

Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile! - Unknown

Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world. - Lawrence G. Lovasik

One of the ceaseless wonders of the world is the power of a smile. - Malcom Forbes

Smile at each other, – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. - Mother Teresa

Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them. - Andre Maurois

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybodys heart. - Anthony D'Angelo

Smile, its free therapy. - Doug Horton

Smile. The sunshine of your smile might chase the clouds from someone’s life today. It may be the ray of sunshine that someone needs in an otherwise stormy day. - Unknown

Smiling is one of the highest forms of meditation. - Amma

Sometimes just a smile on our face can help to make this world a better place. - Robert Alan

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling.  And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it! - Unknown

Want a face-lift? Wear a smile. - Unknown

We do not smile because something good has happened; rather something good happens because we smile. - Japanese Proverb

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along lifes pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. - Joseph Addison

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Nose-blowing Could Raise Risk Of Stroke

Stroke, sex and blowing your nose could raise the risk of a type of stroke, said researchers in the Netherlands.

The study on 250 stroke patients identified eight risk factors linked to bleeding the brain, BBC News reported. They included drinking a cup of coffee, which carried the highest risk, exercising, having sex, nose-blowing, straining to defecate, drinking cola and being startled or angry.

They all increased blood pressure, which could result in blood vessels bursting, said the research published in the journal Stroke. The study was led by Dr Monique Vlak, a neurologist.

Stroke is the fourth-most common cause of death, as well as the greatest cause of disability.

Bleeding can happen when a weakened blood vessel, known as a brain aneurysm, bursts.

Researchers found that coffee was responsible for more than one in 10 burst brain aneurysms in the patients they studied.

The Stroke Association said more research was needed to see if the triggers caused the ruptures, BBC News reported.

BBC News 

Monday, 16 May 2011

Thursday, 12 May 2011


The importance of a good night’s sleep

It is important to think of the challenges in your life, but even more important to put them down at the end of the day before you go to sleep. That way, you are not stressed. You wake up every day fresh and strong and can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way.

Sleep, rest of nature, O sleep, most gentle of the divinities, peace of the soul, thou at whose presence care disappears, who soothest hearts wearied with daily employments, and makest them strong again for labour! - Ovid

That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep. - Aldous Huxley

Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night’s repose. - Henry Wadworth Longfellow

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. - John Steinbeck

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. - Ovid

There is only one thing people like that is good for them – a good night’s sleep.

The best eraser in the world is a good night’s sleep. - Orlando A. Battista

Sleep, nurse of our life, care’s best reposer. - Edward Herbert

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.

To be effective in anything, first get a good night’s sleep.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Sunday, 8 May 2011


To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something; to secure it in this world, we must do something. - Charlotte Perkins Gilman 

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it. - William Feather

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. - Henry Ford

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. 

The key to happiness is not that you never get upset, frustrated or irritated. It is how quickly you decide to snap out of it.

Happiness, like an old friend, is inclined to drop in unexpectedly – when you are working hard on something else.

All of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their fullest extent.

If we want to remain happy in spite of the ups and downs of life we have to be real people, honest with and fair to ourselves.

Work, either with the hands or the head. The moment you have something to do, the draughts are open and the chimney draws and you are happy.

The happiest of people do not necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Half the unhappiness in the world is due to the failure of plans which were never reasonable, and often impossible.

If you want to be cheerful and happy, act that way and you will soon find yourself becoming that way.

The best way to secure future happiness is to be as happy as is rightfully possible today.

Saturday, 7 May 2011


True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. - Charles Caleb Colton

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. - Dace Tyson Gentry

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship. - Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette 

The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head. - George Santayana

Those truly linked don't need correspondence, When they meet again after many years apart, Their friendship is as true as ever. - Deng Ming-Dao

True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. - Unknown

We cannot drain the cup of friendship, taking all we can get of care, attention and concern without doing our share to help refill the cup.- Unknown

The gift of friendship – a willingness to listen, a pair of helping hands, a whisper from the heart that someone cares and understands. - Unknown

Hopes are planted in friendship’s garden, where dreams blossom into priceless treasures. - Unknown

Friendships never stay the same; they are like the weather – constantly changing , unpredictable and varying in temperature. - Unknown

Among life’s precious jewels, genuine and rare, the one that we call friendship has worth beyond compare. - Unknown

Do not let your desire to win an argument ruin a friendship. - Unknown

Mutual confidence is the pillar of friendship. - Old Saying

True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks. - St. Jerome 

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship. - Francesco Petrarch

True friendship continues to grow even over the longest distance. - Unknown

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Reading - Quotes

Reading - one of the joys of my life. 

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. - Mason Cooley

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here It is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve ever met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours. - Alan  Bennett

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. - Mary Wortley Montagu 

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good. - Samuel Johnson 

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. - Confucius

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. - Harold Bloom

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own. - Charles Scribner Jr. 

Reading is associated with our ability to understand what other people are thinking and feeling. It is theoretically possible that socially awkward people might become more socially adept it they just read more. - Raymond Mar

A short clear message is always better than a thick report because it is more likely to be read and understood. - Unknown

To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. - Vilhelm Ekelund

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Food For Thought

The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires. Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own furtive of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit; bad thought, bad fruit. - James Allen

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love. - Thomas Merton

It's a matter of seeing the original meaning of all things. The world is full of all kinds of meanings. But our minds are so fettered by the lies and falsehoods they make for themselves, that they cannot see the beauty, goodness, or truth of those meanings. Only a mind that has become free can see such things, and that seeing is also a making. Because what exists, if no one can see it, might just as well not exist at all, but if seeing comes, non-being is turned into utter being. - Yi Mun-yol 

Monday, 2 May 2011

Giving Back To Society

We could all learn something from this guy.