Friday, 30 September 2011

Business


A business-person’s mission is to overcome uncertainty in his business, help others benefit from the products he sells and make a profit at the end of the day. - Unknown

Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other fellow will in the end prove unprofitable for you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated. - B. C. Forbes

Business is the art of extracting money from another man's pocket without resorting to violence. - Max Amsterdam

Business without profit is not business any more than a pickle is candy. - Charles F. Abbott

Businesses are successful because someone makes the sacrifices others are unwilling to. - Ki-Jung Kim 

Competition should not be for a share of the market - but to expand the market. - W. Edwards Deming

I do not believe you can do today's job with yesterday's methods and be in business tomorrow. - Nelson Jackson

If business owners and their employees listened to their customers on a daily basis, there would be no need for expensive formalized surveys and suggestion programs. - Unknown

It is your professional obligation to know your business and know it well, so that you can better serve your customer. - Unknown

Many blunder in business through inability or an unwillingness to adopt new ideas. I have seen many a success turn to failure also, because the thought which should be trained on big things is cluttered up with the burden - some detail of little things. - Philip S. Delaney

No legitimate businessman ever got started on the road to permanent success by any other means than that of hard, intelligent work, coupled with an earned credit, plus character. - F. D. Van Amburgh

People go into business principally for money and freedom. They can lose both without proper discipline of mind. - Unknown

Put yourself in the shoes of a seller when you are buying; and the shoes of a buyer when you are selling. This is the essence of good business insight. - Unknown

Restructuring the company will come to naught in terms of increased productivity when the employees do not share the company’s goals and vision. - Unknown

The customer’s interests always come first because we are in the business of building long-term relationship – and not in the business of selling to suckers. - Unknown

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. - Aristotle Onassis

Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. - Unknown

With marketing skill, you are like a powerful tiger in the business. When knowledge is added, you are like a winged-tiger. - Unknown

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Quote Worthy


A man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind. - Thomas Carlyle

Where I was born and where and how l have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should of interest. - Georgia O'Keeffe

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with the wind. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. - John Neal

The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not. - Niccolo Machiavelli

Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time. - Horace Mann

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. - Henry Miller

The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know. - Napoleon Bonaparte

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. - Alexander Pope

The bodies of those that made such a noise and tumult when alive, when dead, lie as quietly among the graves of their neighbors as any others. - Jonathan Edwards

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. - Charles de Gaulle

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes


Often referred to as the most beloved Buddhist teacher in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings and practices appeal to people from various religious, spiritual, and political backgrounds. The following are some quotes from him.


Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.

I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.

If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.

The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.

Because you are alive, everything is possible.

Life is available only in the present moment.

Our own life has to be our message.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Food For Thought


Do not believe on the strength of traditions even if they have been held in honour for many generations and in many places; do not believe anything because many people speak of it; do not believe on the strength of sagas of old times; do no believe that which you have yourself imagined, thinking a god has inspired you. After investigation, believe that which you yourself have tested and found reasonable, and which is for your good and that of others. - Unknown 

I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expect everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate good. If we will take the good we find, we shall have heaping measures. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I suppose while we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil; and while he has left us, others are coming into the world at the same time, and probably in this our territory. There is a continuous change, an ingress of beings into the world and an egress out of it. - John Taylor

Monday, 26 September 2011

An Inspiring Man



Here’s a man who is an inspiration to all of us!


Sunday, 25 September 2011

Life


When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. - Jimmy Stewart

Most of us will have so little respect for life that we will reach the point of death without ever having lived at all. - Thoreau

It may be true that the unexamined life is not worth living – but neither is the unlived life worth examining. - Dan Millman 

It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you. - Phillips Brooks

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. - Will Rogers

The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labour, and little care. - Philip Sidney

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labours of life reduce themselves. - Edwin Way Teale 

If thou live according to nature, thou wilt never be poor; if according to the opinions of the world, thou wilt never be rich. - Seneca

The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and perturbations; to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future. - Seneca

What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day. - George Bernard Shaw

The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be. - Socrates

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. - Robert Luis Stevenson

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Happiness


The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life. - Brian Tracy

The happiness of too many days is often destroyed by trying to accomplish too much in one day. We would do well to follow a common rule for our daily lives – DO LESS, AND DO IT BETTER. - Dale Turner

Happiness is open to all, since, when you boil it down, it merely consists of contentment with what you have got and doing what you can for other people. - Sir Robert Baden-Powell

He who is happy is rich, but it does not follow that he who is rich is happy. The really rich man is the man who has fewest wants. - Sir Robert Baden-Powell

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time. - Josh Billings

Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. - Dale Carnegie

Our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. - Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt

Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness. - Maurice Maeterlinck

The principle of happiness should be like the principle of virtue: it should not be dependent of things, but be a part of personality [and character]. - William Lyon Phelps 

Maybe it is best to treat happiness like a deer in the forest. Sometimes it will emerge from the woods and pay you a visit. But it dislikes undue attention. And if you chase it, it will run away. 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Quote Worthy


The manner in which one single ray of light, one single precious hint, will clarify and energize the whole mental life of him who receives it, is among the most wonderful and heavenly of intellectual phenomena. - Arnold Bennett

Love, friendship, and smiles are like currency. If they are hoarded, no one gets the benefit of them; if they are kept in circulation, everyone benefits, and, again, like money they always accumulate something in transit. - Nellie Revell 

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused. - Benedict Spinoza

Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time, and emotional, and spiritual energy in explaining why we don’t have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it. - Greg Anderson

Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring. - Henri Frederic Amiel

When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience. - Margaret Stortz 

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment; in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Quotes - Spiritual


Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death. - Horatius

The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually. - Greg Anderson

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. - Joseph Campbell

As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances. - James Allen

The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into numberless waves of flowers. - Rabindranath Tagor

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Trivia


I do not know how true or how accurate these are! 

The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. 

You use 200 muscles to take one step.

The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man.

Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

A pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands.

A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball. 

The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.

At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body.

Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born.

When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Love


The night has a thousand eyes, And the day but one; Yet the light of the bright world dies, With the dying sun. The mind has a thousand eyes, And the heart but one; Yet the light of a whole life dies When love is done. - Francis William Bourdillon

The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years, you will always see the dear face and feel the warm heart union of your eternal love. - Alfred Montapert

The more you love, the more you can love and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just. - Robert Heinlein

But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. - Kahlil Gibran

If you see good in people, you radiate a harmonious loving energy which uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this habit, this energy will turn into a steady flow of love. - Annamalai Swami

Friday, 16 September 2011

Ability


This 'label' - ZQuotesA - has all the quotes on subjects beginning with the Alphabet A. You might want to search the labels on the right hand side of the page too.

Ability

A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations. - William Feather

Ability is a poor man’s wealth. - Mathew Wren

Ability is of little account without opportunity. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Ability is the power of applying knowledge to practical purposes. - George Frederick Graham

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - John Wooden 

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Confucius

As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities. - James Anthony Froude

Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we dont use that ability as best we can. - Gracie Allen

Every man’s ability may be strengthened or increased by culture. - John Abbott

If you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. - Joshua Reynolds

In the last analysis, ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. - Ambrose Bierce

It requires no small degree of ability to know when to conceal one’s ability. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Let each one do according to his ability. - Terence 

Natural abilities are like natural plants, they need pruning by study. - Francis Bacon

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. - Marcus Aurelius

Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities. - Arthur Schopenhauer

No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honour. - Thomas Carlyle

No mans abilities are so remarkably shining as not to stand in need of a proper opportunity, a patron, and even the praises of a friend to recommend them to the notice of the world. - Pliny, the Elder 

Nothing is more destructive of individual character than for a man to lose all faith in his own abilities for the prosecution of his work. - John Gottlieb Fichte

The art of being able to make a good use of moderate abilities wins esteem, and often confers more reputation than greater real merit. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than actual brilliancy. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The desire of appearing persons of ability often prevents our being so. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld 

The superior  man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has. - Confucius 

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability. - Robert Half

To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary – nature, study, and practice. - Aristotle 

To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized. - Simone de Beauvoir

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. - Charlotte Whitton

We rate ability in men by what they finish, not by what they attempt. - Norman MacDonald

What we lack in natural abilities may usually be made up by industry; a dwarf may keep pace with a giant if he will only move his legs fast enough. - G. D. Prentice

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. - Zig Ziglar

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. - Rosalynn Carter

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Quote Worthy


Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow; but crush’d or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around. - Oliver Goldsmith

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. - Oprah Winfrey

Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent. - Winston Churchill

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us. - Robert Luis Stevenson

One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission. - Benjamin Disraeli

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood. - Oliver Goldsmith

No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense. - Thomas Carlyle

True intimacy is a positive force only if it is a combining of strengths and energies with other mature persons for the continued growth of each. - Leo Buscaglia

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Spiritual Mind


In spiritual training, a disciplined mind is everything. 

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few. - Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. - Hans Margolius

A mind ever free of its own process Beholds the True miracle of Absolute Reality. A mind ever lost in its own process sees only the forms of this world. - Tao Te Ching 

It is certain that the nature of the mind is empty and without any foundation whatsoever. Your own mind is insubstantial like the empty sky. - Padmsambhava

Develop the quiet, even state of mind, when praised by some, condemned by others. Free the mind from hate and pride and gently go your way in peace. - The Buddha

If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to you. - Buddha

By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered. - Marcus Aurelius

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Food For Thought


Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. - Alexander Hamilton

Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas of difficulty, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage. - Frederick Pierce

I've continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I've learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright. - Tony Robbins

Monday, 12 September 2011

Jokes


At The Doctor’s

            The octogenarian went to his doctor complaining that he had felt under the weather for quite some time. “I guess it’s old age creeping up on me. What can you do about it, Doc?” he wanted to know.
            “Listen, I can’t perform miracles,” the doctor replied. “I can’t make you young again.”
            “I’m not asking you to make me young again,” snorted the old-timer. “I just want to make sure I keep on getting old.”

A Buyer’s Complain

            A man bought a horse from a farmer, but had not yet made any payment. One day he met the farmer on the street.
            “I’m not at all pleased with that horse,” he complained bitterly.
            “What’s the problem?” the farmer asked.
            “Well, he can’t hold his head up,” said the man.
            “Oh, that’s just pride,” replied the farmer, “once he’s paid for he’ll be fine!”

Nice Try

            Two friends are walking down different ends of a street toward each other, and one is carrying a sack.
            When they meet, one says, “Hey Tommy Ray, what’cha got in th’ bag?”
            “Jus’ some chickens.”
            “If I guesses how many they are, can I have one?”
            “Shoot, ya guesses right and I'll give you both of them.”
            “OK. Ummmmm . . . five?”

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Life


Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. - Henry David Thoreau 

It is who we become, what we contribute . . . that gives meaning to our lives. - Tony Robbins

Man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind. - James Truslow Adams

There is a lot more to this life than just the struggle to make money. - Ann Richards

If we live good lives, the times are good. As we are, such are the times. - Saint Augustine of Hippo 

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning. - Samuel Butler

To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice. - Lord Acton 

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it. - Samuel Butler

Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another. - Marquis De Condorcet

A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well. - Dan Rather

It is normal to give away a little of one’s life in order not to lose it all. - Albert Camus

Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly. - Cicero

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Friends


There is nothing so great that I fear to do it for my friend; nothing so small that I will disdain to do it for him. - Sir Philip Sidney

I am treating you as my friend asking you share my present minuses in the hope I can ask you to share my future pluses. - Katherine Mansfield 

Indeed, we do not really live unless we have friends surrounding us like a firm wall against the winds of the world. - Charles Towne 

How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend. - William E. Rothschild 

Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love. - Socrates 

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings. - Jean De La Bruyere 

There is no distance too far between friends, for friendship gives wings to the heart. - Kathy Kay Benudiz 

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. - Blaise Pascal 

The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away. - Wilson Mizner 

What wealth it is to have such friends that we cannot think of them without elevation. - Henry David Thoreau 

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. - G. Randolf 

We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits. - William Somerset Maugham 

The rain may be falling hard outside, But your smile makes it all alright. I’m so glad that you’re my friend. - Robert Alan 

Friday, 9 September 2011

Accomplishment / Achievement


(1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving,
(2) You're willing to take massive action,
(3) You notice what's working or not, and
(4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way. - Tony Robbins

Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation. - Jack Nicklaus

All enduring accomplishments are created through dedication, persistence and a sense of commitment. - Sherri Bishop

All great accomplishment require time. - David Joseph Schwartz

All great achievement starts from the ground. - Unknown

All personal accomplishment starts in the mind of the individual. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal, or desire is. If you are not clear about this, then write it down, and rewrite it until the words express precisely what you are after. - Unknown

Anyone who has ever accomplished anything of importance – especially to the benefit of others – has had to endure being misunderstood by those who just couldnt get it. - Unknown

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish. - Marcus Aurelius

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. - W. Clement Stone

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

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. - Unknown

Great accomplishments start with great aspirations. - Gary Hamel

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. - Napoleon Hill

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. - Charles F. Kettering

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. - Leonardo da Vinci

It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing. - Rosemarie Rossetti

Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working. - Unknown

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale Carnegie  

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. - Thomas Carlyle

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. - Thomas Carlyle

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. - Unknown

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. Its a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment. - Thomas Carlyle

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. - Tony Robbins

Someone has defined genius as intensity of purpose: the ability to do, the patience to wait. . . . Put these together and you have genius, and you have achievement. - Leo J. Muir 

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. - Vincent Lombardi

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s opportunities and make the most of one’s resources. - Marquis De Vauvenargue

The law of achievement says, ‘you must plough, sow good seeds… and reap the rewards usually much later. - Unknown

The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval. - Denis Waitley

The only worthwhile achievements of man are those which are socially useful. - Alfred Adler

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. - Harold Taylor

The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in mind. - Norman Vincent Peale

The starting point of all achievement is desire. - Napoleon Hill

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. - Arnold J. Toynbee

The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts. - Roopleen

There are four steps to accomplishment: Plan Purposefully. Prepare Prayerfully. Proceed Positively. Pursue Persistently. - Unknown

There is no end to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit. - Florence Luscomb

To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan . . . believe . . . act! - Alfred Montapert

To achieve great things we must live as if we were never going to die. - Marquis de Vauvenargues

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

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. - Plutarch

Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission. - Peter F. Drucker

You can do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish, attain any reasonable objective you may have in mind – not all of a sudden, perhaps, not in one swift and sweeping act of achievement – but you can do it gradually – day by day and play by play – if you want to do it, if you will to do it, if you work to do it, over a sufficiently long period of time. - William E. Holler

You decide what it is you want to accomplish and then lay out your plans to get there, and then you just do it. It is pretty straightforward. - Unknown

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Quote Worthy


I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another. - Emma Goldman

The fear of some divine and supreme powers keeps men in obedience. - Robert Burton

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. - Napoleon Bonaparte

The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential. - Calvin Coolidge

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. - Alexander Pope

It is nothing against you to fall down flat, but to lie there – that is disgrace. - Edmund Vance Cooke

Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement. - Oliver Goldsmith 

Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it. - Balthasar Gracian

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. - Benjamin Franklin

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. - James Howell

It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward. - Dolores Ibarruri

The past is foreign country; they do things differently there. - Lesley P. Hartley

Butterflies


And just when the caterpillar thought the world was over... It became a beautiful butterfly. - Unknown

Butterflies come to pretty flowers. - Korean Proverb

If you want butterflies, build a garden, not a nest. And if we are ever to love a butterfly, we must first care for a few caterpillars. - Unknown

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. - Rabindranath Tagor

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you its going to be a butterfly. - Buckminster Fuller

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. - Maya Angelou

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly. - Lao Tzu

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly on the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. - Unknown

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Thich Nhat Hanh


Often referred to as the most beloved Buddhist teacher in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings and practices appeal to people from various religious, spiritual, and political backgrounds. 

There are always some people who are ready to embrace a doctrine, a notion, a dogma, and they miss the real teaching. - Thich Nhat Hanh 

When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable. - Thich Nhat Hanh

If you touch the phenomenal realm deeply, you touch the ultimate realm which is the realm of no birth and no death. The ultimate is nirvana, it is God, and it is available to us twenty four hours a day. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Life has left her footprints on my forehead.
But I have become a child again this morning.
The smile, seen through leaves and flowers,
is back to smooth away the wrinkles,
as the rains wipe away footprints on the beach.
Again a cycle of birth and death begins. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Food For Thought


Meaning does not exist in the future and neither do I. Nothing will have meaning 'ultimately.' Nothing will even mean tomorrow what it did today. Meaning changes with the context. My meaningfulness is here. It is enough that I am of value to someone today. It is enough that I make a difference now. - Hugh Prather

To be true, I must fully accept that at this moment, I can only be what I am . . . no more, no less; however, with the inevitable passing of each moment of time, I will gradually, but surely change . . . to become more or less, better or worse, stronger or weaker. My choice is the direction of change: it is mine alone. The only true competition is this rivalry with my changing self. It is the very basis of the grand eternal plan. - C. Smith Sumner

You are as much a real person as you are deep. As with the depths of a diamond, the interior is twice as important as the surface. There are people who are all faƧade, like a house left unfinished when the funds run out. They have the entrance of a palace but the inner rooms of a cottage. - Balthasar Gracian

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Friends


Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. -  Margaret Lee Runbeck

We read more deeply, remember more clearly, enjoy events with greater pleasure if we have a friend to share with. -  Pam Brown

It is a good thing to be rich, and good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved by many friends. - Euripides

When you choose your friends, dont be short-changed by choosing personality over character. - William Somerset Maugham

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable. - Jean De La Fontaine

A friend is one who: Pushes you in the swing, Pulls you up the ladder, Pats you on the back, And hugs you good-bye. - Katherine N. Davis

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life. - Pythagoras

Unless you make allowances for your friends foibles, you betray your own. -  Publilius Syrus

Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you. - Elbert Hubbard

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. - William Hazlitt

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. - Aristotle

The man who treasures his friends is usually solid gold himself. - Marjorie Holmes 
 
The surest way to lose a friend is to tell him something for his own good. - Sid Ascher