Sunday, 31 July 2011

Life


Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition. - William Osler 

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. - Lin Yutang 

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life IS worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - James Truslow Adams

One life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities; no second chance to us forever! - Thomas Carlyle

Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do. - Jose Ortega Gasset 

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. - Harold S. Kushner

To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution. - Joe Cordare

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives to his life by the unfolding of his powers. - Erich Fromm

The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the other end in an awful hurry. - John Jensen

If logic tells you that life is a meaningless accident, do not give up on life. Give up on logic. - Shira Milgrom 

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. - Nelson Henderson 

It is not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It is what you do with your life that counts. - Millard Fuller 

A life time is too short for us to spend it accumulating regrets for what we might have done. - Leo Buscaglia

All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either. Unknown

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Happiness



The formula for complete happiness is to be very busy with the unimportant. - A. Edward Newton

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. - Hosea Ballou

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. - Plutarch

You’re as happy as you allow yourself to be – so why be unhappy? - Marilyn Quayle

If you find some happiness inside yourself, you’ll start finding it in lot of other places too. - Gladiola Montana 

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. - Ashley Montagu 

Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself ... True happiness is born of self-reliance. - The Laws Of Manu

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. - Orison Swett Marden

The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts. - Timothy Dwight

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. - Epictetus

There is only one person who could ever make you happy,and that person is you. - David Burns

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. - John Dewey

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. - Hugh Downs

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. - Victor Hugo

Friday, 29 July 2011

Aims


A being without an aim in life is like a cork floating upon the water, driven hither and thither by every wind that blows. - Karl G. Maeser

Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it. - James Allen

Aiming high in life is your responsibility to yourself. The possibility of failure should not be an excuse not to fulfil that responsibility. - Unknown

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding. - Robert Luis Stevenson

An aimless life is always a troubled life. Every individual should have an aim. But do not forget that the quality of your aim will depend on the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others. Whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realized unless you have realized perfection in yourself. - Unknown

If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time. - Zig Ziglar

If you aim low, you hit low. - Gloria Roberson

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it. - Henry Wadworth Longfellow

In the long run, men only hit what they aim at. - Henry David Thoreau

It is better to aim high and miss by a mile than to aim for a mud puddle and score a direct hit. - Unknown

One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low. - Thomas Fuller

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. - Michelangelo

When an archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s-eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim – improve yourself. - Unknown

Who aimeth at the sky shoots higher much than he that means a tree. - George Herbert

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Quote Worthy


It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want. - Aristotle

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. - Edward Abbey

Serenity comes not alone by removing the outward causes and occasions of fear, but by the discovery of inward reservoirs to draw upon. - Rufus M. J ones

Non-acceptance is always suffering, no matter what you are not accepting.
Acceptance is always freedom, no matter what you are accepting. - Cheri Huber

We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-bought experience. - George Washington

To suggest that we all have a right to be pampered now and again without the usual accompanying feelings of guilt is not asking so much. - Leo Buscaglia

I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, – light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. - John Constable

There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go – if there are not doors or windows – he walks through a wall. - Bernard Malamud

Laugh and the world laughs with you; Weep and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, but has trouble enough of its own. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination. - Elbert Hubbard

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Trivia


More Trivia for you. However, I can't guarantee the accuracy of all the points. :-)

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off. 

Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers. That is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight. 

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams. 

In ancient times, strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

Aggression


Aggression is a biological response to a life-threatening situation. When there is an immediate threat to life, aggressive energy provides the power to do what needs to be done. Aggression in normal daily interactions is like activating a smoke alarm when there is no smoke. Actually, it is worse. The ringing alarm would be annoying, but it would do no harm. Aggression at best is annoying, and at worst, itself, becomes life threatening. - Gwen Randall-Young

Aggression is different from anger. Anger is an emotion; aggression is a behaviour. There are better ways to deal with anger than behaving aggressively. Aggressive talk, gestures or behaviours belong to the old way of being. Once we tune in to a higher level of consciousness, aggression is as unnecessary as is the hand-held plough in modern day agriculture. - Gwen Randall-Young

Aggression is not universal; indeed, if we judge by the number of species which are non-aggressive and those which are, the scales might balance in favour of a greater number of non-aggressors, denying the classic aphorism that nature is red in tooth and claw. The big fish eat the little fish, it is true, but elephants, moose, camels, alpacas, llamas, deer, elk, horses, mules, buffalo, hippos and giraffes eat leaves and grass. - Sebastian Sisti

Aggression is part of the masculine design, we are hardwired for it … Little girls do not invent games where large numbers of people die, where bloodshed is a prerequisite for having fun. Hockey, for example, was not a feminine creation. Nor was boxing. A boy wants to attack something – and so does a man, even if it's only a little white ball on a tee. - John Eldredge

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Food For Thought


Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. - Russell Lynes

No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are. - Eric Hoffer

A certain compensation balances every gift and every defect. For every thing you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something… As no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him, so no man had ever a defect that was not somewhere made useful to him… Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults…. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 25 July 2011

Alcohol


A drunkard is like a whiskey-bottle, all neck and belly and no head. - Austin O’Malley

A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can't predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before. - Raymond Chandler

Alcohol addiction stunts the spiritual, emotional and mental growth of a person. For the alcoholic, they literally stop wanting to learn or advance themselves on any level other than the one they are already on. This is why many alcoholics are emotionally stunted and are unable to contain their emotions. Many alcoholics believe that once they are sober for a few months they are cured. Nothing could be further from the truth. An alcoholic is not cured just because they stopped drinking. Remember, "the drinking" for the alcoholic is only a symptom of an underlying problem within him or her. Total sobriety takes more than abstinence –  it takes a spiritual and mental awareness through healing and growth. I have never yet read about, or heard of a case where an alcoholic stopped drinking, but then years later they were able to drink one or two drinks and stop. - Angie Lewis

Alcohol is among humankind's oldest pleasures, so highly regarded that the ancient Greeks and Romans called wine a ‘gift from the gods.’ - Nigel Denby

Alcohol is perfectly consistent in its effects upon man. Drunkenness is merely an exaggeration. A foolish man drunk becomes maudlin; a bloody man, vicious; a coarse man, vulgar. - Willa Cather

Alcoholism is a disease of the whole person. - Maurice Gelinas

Alcoholism is a well-documented pathological reaction to unresolved grief. - David Cook

An aching head and trembling limbs, which are the inevitable effects of drinking, disincline the hands from work. - George Washington

As an alcoholic, you will violate your standards quicker than you can lower them. - Robin Williams

Because alcohol is encouraged by our culture, we get the idea that it isn't dangerous. However, alcohol is the most potent and most toxic of the legal psychoactive drugs. - Beverly A. Potter & Sebastian Orfali

Beware of Drunkenness, lest all good men beware of you. - Wellins Calcott

Drink does not drown Care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster. - Benjamin Franklin

Drunkenness is temporary suicide. - Bertrand Russell

He that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice. - Wellins Calcott

If alcoholism is a disease, it is a strange one, because the alcoholic is the most direct cause of his or her own sickness. If alcoholism is not a disease, then what else might it be?... If alcoholism is defined as a personal failure or a moral weakness, alcoholics are less likely to be viewed with sympathy and compassion. They might be admonished to quit drinking, be put in prison, or be punished in some other way. These responses to their alcoholism would be administered primarily by the legal system rather than the health care system, as medical interventions are not designed to remedy moral failings. - Wayne Weiten 

In my lowest moments, the only reason I didn't commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn't be able to drink any more if I was dead. - Eric Clapton

Men to whom wine had brought death long before lay by springs of wine and drank still, too stupefied to know their lives were past. - Gene Wolfe

Most recovering alcoholics in early sobriety have trouble believing they'll ever have fun again but if they hang in there, it’s amazing how good life can become. - Elizabeth Zelvin

Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane. Respect rather than fear. There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions, who will do anything. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

One key symptom of alcoholism is that the individual comes to need a drink for every mood – one to calm down, one to perk up, one to celebrate, one to deal with disappointment, and so on. - Phyllis A. Balch

Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. - Unknown

The drink made past happy things contemporary with the present, as if they were still going on, contemporary even with the future as if they were about to happen again. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The first step toward recovery from alcoholism is the recognition that a problem exists. Once the problem drinker breaks through denial and admits to having a problem, a range of treatment options become available. - Jeffrey S. Nevid

The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. - Unknown

To a drinker the sensation is real and pure and akin to something spiritual: you seek; in the bottle, you find. - Caroline Knapp

To dispute with a drunkard is to debate with an empty house. - Publilius Syrus

To understand why alcoholism is a disease, it is important to know about the neurological effects of alcohol on the brain. Simply put, heavy drinking over time causes changes in neurotransmitter activity that the brain must adapt to. In people physically predisposed to alcoholism, this adaptation eventually turns into a fixed craving as the body finds it cannot live without the effects of alcohol. Something that started out voluntarily and enjoyable turns into something more serious – a physical dependence that can cause horrible withdrawal symptoms. This explains why alcoholics cannot just quit drinking like their non-addicted counterparts can. Thus, it is not the behaviour of drinking that is defined as an illness. It is only when the craving to drink becomes involuntary that alcoholism can be thought of as a disease. - Maria Gifford

Where Drunkenness reigns, there Reason is an exile, virtue a stranger, God an enemy, blasphemy is wit, Oaths are rhetoric, and secrets are proclamations. - Wellins Calcott

Wine hath drowned more men than the sea. - Thomas Fuller 

Some Jokes


Proud Man

              Lawyer: You say you robbed the grocery store because you were practically starving. Then why didn’t you steal some food rather than clean out the cash register?
              Client: Sir, I’m a proud man and I always pay for whatever I eat.

Nice, But…

              Said one friend to another as they were viewing a small oil painting in a local museum, “It’s a nicely done portrait, I think, but I doubt it will ever get stolen.”

The Reporter

              A car was involved in an accident in a street. As expected, a large crowd gathered.
              A newspaper reporter anxious to get his story could not get near the car. Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, “Let me through! Let me through! I am the son of the victim.”
              The crowd made way for him. Lying in front of the car was a donkey.

Miss Jones

              After the examination, the doctor looked at the patient with a bright smile and announced cheerfully: “Mrs. Jones, I have wonderful news for you!”
              “Excuse me,” said the patient, “it’s Miss Jones.”
              “In that case,” replied the doctor, “I have some bad news for you.”

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Suffering - Quotes


A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. - Seneca

From what is dear to us, suffering arises. - Unknown

If you cling you will suffer. If you let go of that clinging, that suffering disappears. In dependence on clinging, a certain kind of suffering arises. When that dependent condition for suffering goes away, that suffering goes away as well. - Gil Fronsdal

Most of your suffering comes from the lack of understanding of yourself and others. - Thich Nhat Hanh

No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our character, purifies our heart, expands our soul, and makes us more tender and charitable. - Orson Whitney 

Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. - Helen Keller

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. - Edwin Hubble Chapin 

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. - Thich Nhat Hanh

People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. - Aristotle

Suffering follows the evil act as the wheel of the cart follows the foot of the ox that draws it. - Unknown

Suffering is a disease and can therefore be cured completely. - The Buddha

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life. - Horatius

Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

Suffering, I was beginning to think, was essential to a good life, and as inextricable from such a life as bliss. It's a great enhancer. It might last a minute, or a month, but eventually it subsides, and when it does, something else takes its place, and maybe that thing is a greater space. For happiness. Each time I encountered suffering, I believe that I grew, and further defined my capacities--not just my physical ones, but my interior ones as well, for contentment, friendship, or any other human experience. - Lance Armstrong

The Buddha called suffering a holy truth, because our suffering has the capacity of showing us the path to liberation. Embrace your suffering and let it reveal to you the way to peace. - Unknown

The cosmos is indifferent to human suffering, and, it is sheer folly to expect security or eternal happiness while one sojourns in a cosmos subject to constant change. All along it is suffering. Therefore, detachment is the only way to put an end to suffering.K. Sri Dhammananda

The ego says, ‘I shouldn’t have to suffer,’ and that thought makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it. - Eckhart Tolle

The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. - Michel Montaigne

The reward of suffering is experience. - Aeschylus

The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy. - Thich Nhat Hanh

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt. - Thomas Merton

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality. - Seneca

We can put an end to our suffering just by realizing that our suffering is not worth suffering for. - Thich Nhat Hanh

We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others. - William Somerset Maugham

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. - Jim Rohn

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending. - Thich Nhat Hanh

When you learn how to suffer, you suffer much less.-  Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Success - Quotes


Believing in yourself is the first secret to success. - Unknown

No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction. - Charles Kendall Adams

No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals. - Brian Tracy

One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it. - Unknown

Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation. - Unknown

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning. - Denis Waitley

Success is finding satisfaction in giving a little more than you take. - Christopher Reeve 

Success: Peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. - John Wooden

Success isn't overnight. It's when every day you get a little better than the day before. it all adds up. - Unknown

Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step taken just now. - Jonatan Martensson

Successful men usually snatch success from seeming failure. If they know there is such a word as defeat they will not admit it. They may be whipped, but they are not aware of it. That is why they succeed. - A. P. Gouthey

Successful people do what they need to do, whether they feel like it or not. - Unknown

The twin killers of success are impatience and greed. - Unknown

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature , study and practice. - Henry Ward Beecher

True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful. - Paul Sweeney

When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success. - Orison Swett Marden

When a man has done his best, has given his all, and in the process supplied the needs of his family and his society, that man has succeeded. - Mack Douglas

The freedom to fail is vital if you’re going to succeed. Most successful men fail time and time again, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success. - Michael Korda

The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it. - Ray Kroc

No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavours and make success impossible. - Baudjuin

Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. - Dan Millman 

What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace. - Paul Coelho 

Friday, 22 July 2011

Ambition


A slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune. - Bruyere

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. - William Congreve

All ambition owes its attractiveness to effort and desire rather than success. We find the object to which we attached so much value is in itself of little value whatever; it is our effort to obtain it which envalues it. - Anthony Lisle

Ambition begets vexations. - Singhalese Proverb

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude. - Sallust

Ambition by itself never gets anywhere until it forms a partnership with work. - James Garfield 

Ambition can creep as well as soar. - Edmund Burke

Ambition is a commendable attribute, without which no man succeeds. - Unknown

Ambition is a good servant but a bad master. - Unknown

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment. - Thomas Otway

Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth: she begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end. Ambition, in fact is the avarice of power. - C. C Colton

Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. If it means the desire to get ahead of other people – which is what I think it does mean – then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well, then it is good. It isn't wrong for an actor to want to act his part as well as it can possibly be acted, but the wish to have his name in bigger type than the other actors is a bad one. - C. S. Lewis

Ambitious princes value inherited kingdoms not so much as conquered provinces. - Christian Nestell Bovee

Few are more unhappy than those who have great ambition, but little energy to urge it into activity. - Norman MacDonald 

He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss. - Niccolo Machiavelli

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will. - Sallust

It is ordained that to the ambitious, who derive no satisfaction from the gifts of life and the beauty of the world, life shall be a cause of suffering, and they shall possess neither the profit nor the beauty of the world. - Leonardo da Vinci

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Never doubt what small men will do for great power. - Paolo Bacigalupi 

Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition. - Terry Josephson

Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them – that's the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting. - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Say what we will, you may be sure that ambition is an error; its wear and tear of heart are never recompensed, – it steals away the freshness of life, – it deadens its vivid and social enjoyments, – it shuts our souls to our own youth, – and we are old ere we remember that we have made a fever and a labour of our raciest years. - Edward Bulwer Lytton

Seek happiness in tranquillity and avoid ambition even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries. - Mary Shelley

Take away ambition and vanity, and where will be your heroes and patriots? - Seneca

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher. - Henry van Dyke 

They that soar too high, often fall hard. - William Penn

Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues. - Marcus Fabius Quintilian

We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement. - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Quote Worthy


It’s easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. - Tom Brokaw

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

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. - Emory Austin

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. - Bill Bradley

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

It is no disgrace to start all over. It is usually an opportunity. - George Matthew Adams

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. - Marcus Aurelius

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. - Benjamin Franklin

Not everything has to mean something. Some things just are. - Charles De Lint

If you don’t know where you are going. How can you expect to get there? - Basil S. Walsh

An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself. - Minna Antrim

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. - Leo Buscaglia 

Touch is the magic wand of intimacy. Love is keeping in touch. - Denis Waitley

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. - Ellen Parr

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Spiritual Thoughts


Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seed of his being out of which his circumstance grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself. - Anonymous

As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found – in himself. - Erich Fromm

Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all result of a law which cannot err. - Anonymous

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Food For Thought


The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fate may play, we march always in the ranks of honor. - Winston Churchill

To comprehend a man’s life, it is necessary to know not merely what he does but also what he purposely leaves undone. There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; he is still wiser who, from among the things that he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best. - Unknown

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honour. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents; someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. - Unknown

Monday, 18 July 2011

Anger


A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. - Proverbs 29:11

A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. - Proberbs 15:1 

All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long. - Wilson Mizner

An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason. - Publilius Syrus

An angry man is always a stupid man. - Chinua Achebe

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes. - Cato The Elder

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance. - Pythagoras

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. - Robert Ingersoll

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools. - Albert Einstein

Anger is a choice, as well as a habit. It is a learned reaction to frustration, in which you behave in ways that you would rather not. In fact, severe anger is a form of insanity. You are insane whenever you are not in control of your behaviour. Therefore, when you are angry and out of control, you are temporarily insane. - Wayne W. Dyer

Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind. - Unknown

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him. - Louis L ‘Amour.

Anger is a prelude to courage. - Eric Hoffer

Anger is a self-imposed prison that keeps you caged with your past wounds and trauma, robbing you of joy in the now. - Unknown 

Anger is a wound gone mad. - Vanna Bonta

Anger is a weed; hate is the tree. - Saint Augustine of Hippo 

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. - Mark Twain

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest. - Pope Paul Vi  

Anger is brief madness. - Horace

Anger is most constructive when it is used to solve a problem, rather than merely to prove a point or vent your feelings. - Beverly Engel

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. - Benjamin Franklin

Anger is only a natural reaction; one of the mind’s ways of reacting to things that it perceives to be wrong. While anger can sometimes lead people to do shocking things, it can also be an instinct to show people that something isn’t right. - Unknown

Anger is only one letter short of danger. - Unknown

Anger is our reaction to the violation of our boundaries. - Kathleen Dowling Singh

Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed. - Carl Sandburg

Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger. - David McKay

Anger should never be an overnight guest. - Neal Maxwell

Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth. - Cato The Elder

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten. - The Buddha

Anger is one of the commonest causes of murder and it often leads to the infliction of blows, mental or physical, that might easily occasion murder. Oftener still it commits murder without loss of life, by doing to minds and souls mischief irreparable. There are some people who, when they have once yielded to anger, lose all control. They snatch any weapon within reach. If they cannot strike with things they will strike with words, often far more terrible in their effect. - John Daniel Barry

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it. - Seneca

Anybody can become angry – that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybodys power and is not easy. - Aristotle

Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury. - Francis Quarles

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. - Maya Angelou

Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others. - Socrates

Every time you get angry, you poison your own system. - Alfred A. Montapert

Every time you get upset at something, ask yourself if you were to die tomorrow, was it worth wasting your time being angry? - Robert Tew

Explain your anger, don’t express it, and you will immediately open the door to solutions instead of arguments. - Unknown

Explain your anger instead of expressing it, and you will find solutions instead of arguments. - Ritu Ghatourey

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger. - Aristotle

He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing. - Sallust

He who angers you conquers you. - Elizabeth Kenny 

Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves. - Mitch Albom

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. - The Buddha

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. - Marcus Aurelius

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? - Sydney J. Harris

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. - Unknown

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. - The Buddha

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action. - Pythagoras

Others don’t make us angry. There is no force involved. Becoming angry is a conscious choice, a decision. Therefore, we can make the choice not to become angry. We choose! - Lynn G. Robbins

Pent-up anger will either explode uncontrollably or eat away at our hearts and souls until it takes up all of our interior space. Unless and until we deal with our anger, there is no room in us for anything else. - G. Porter Taylor

Stay away from anger. It hurts only you and nobody else. If you are right, then there is no need to get angry. If you are wrong, then you don't have any right to get angry. - Buddhist Quote

The greatest remedy for anger is delay. - Seneca

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. - John Dryden 

The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of living in the present. - Barbara De Angelis 

The right to be angry does not mean the right to be cruel. - Unknown

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves. - Alexander Pope

To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is still better. - Tryon Edwards

You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger. - Buddha

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. - Benjamin Franklin

When anger rises, think of the consequences. - Confucius

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, count a hundred. - Thomas Jeffeson

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man’s life. - Marcus Aurelius

When you are tempted to get angry and feel frustrated with those around you, take a moment to think about your own faults and shortcomings. This will help you to be patient with others. - Unknown

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