Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Food For Thought


Perhaps we're too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin Today. Carry out a random act of seemingly senseless kindness, with no expectation or reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you. - Princess Diana

To be honest, to be kind - To earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered, to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation - above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself - here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy. - Robert Luis Stevenson

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay. - Eric Hoffer

Monday, 29 August 2011

Jokes


Sick Leave

Boss: What’s the idea of calling in sick yesterday? 
Employee: I was sick. 
Boss: You didn’t look sick when I saw you at the racetrack. 
Employee: You should have seen me after the sixth race. 

Medical School

Parent: What is your son doing these days? 
Neighbour: He is at medical school. 
Parent: Oh, what is he studying? 
Neighbour: Nothing, they are studying him. 

A Letter To Himself

The psychiatrist ask his patient what he is writing. 
Patient: A letter. 
Psychiatrist: To whom? 
Patient: To me 
Psychiatrist: What are you writing to yourself? 
Patient: I don’t know, I haven’t received it yet. 

Bad News

Doctor: I have some bad news and some very bad news. 
Patient: Well, might as well give me the bad news first. 
Doctor: The lab called with your test results. They said you have twenty four hours to live. 
Patient: Twenty four hours! That’s terrible! What could be worse? What’s the very bad news? 
Doctor: I’ve been trying to reach you since yesterday.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Life


We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often, “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived”. - M. Scott Peck

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

Every day is a little life, and our whole life is but a day repeated. Therefore live every day as if it would be the last. - Joseph Hall

It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head. - Terry Josephson

Every man’s life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. - Marcus Aurelius

The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose. - Plutarch

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. - John Irving 

To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life. - Smauel Johnson

The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. - Wayne Dyer 

Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing. - Henry Miller

Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for. - David Starr Jordan

Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank. - Ben Irwin

Addiction


Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside. - Jean Kilbourne

Addiction doesn’t kill the addict. It kills the family, kids and people who tried to help! - Unknown

Addiction is a symptom of not growing up. - C. C. DeVille

Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it's like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it's a trap. - Tess Callahan

Addictions ... started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn't seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were ... less intelligent than goldfish. - William Gibson

All the suffering, stress and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. - Jon Kabat-Zinn

At every stage, addiction is driven by one of the most powerful, mysterious, and vital forces of human existence. What drives addiction is longing – a longing not just of brain, belly, or loins but finally of the heart. - Cornelius Platinga

At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain. -  Frank Tallis

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. - Carl Jung

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom. - Edgar Allan Poe

Recovery from addiction requires hard work, a proper attitude and learning skills to stay sober, not drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Successful drug recovery or alcohol recovery involves changing attitudes, acquiring knowledge, and developing skills to meet the many challenges of sobriety. - Dennis Daley

The initial journey towards sobriety is a delicate balance between insight into one's desire for escape and abstinence from one’s addiction. - Debra L. Kaplan

The mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope. - Russell Brand

What fascinates me about addiction and obsessive behaviour is that people would choose an altered state of consciousness that's toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of your normal life, because for a brief moment you feel okay. - Moby

What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood. - Alice Miller

You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let it consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star. - Jean Church

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Happiness


There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. - Henry David Thoreau

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. - Saint Augustine

The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. - Hugo LaFayette Black

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? - Albert Camus

The person who seeks all his applause from outside has his happiness in another’s keeping. - Dale Carnegie 

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being happy except that they are so. - William Inge

It is not the place, not the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable. - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. - Norman Vincent Peale

Few things are needed to make a wise man happy; nothing can make a fool content. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it. - C. P. Snow

So often we want happiness, but the very way we pursue it is so clumsy and unskilful that it brings only more sorrow. - Sogyal Rinpoche

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. - Francis Herbert Bradley

Admiration


Admiration: Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves. - Grenville Kleiser

A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection. - Andre Maurois

Admiration is a very short-lived passion that decays on growing familiar with its object unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries and kept alive by perpetual miracles rising up to its view. - Joseph Addison

Admiration is a youthful fancy which scarcely ever survives to mature years. - H. W. Shaw

Distance is a great promoter of admiration. - Denis Diderot

Fools admire, but men of sense approve. - Alexander Pope

No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of man. - Thomas Carlyle

The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why. - Eleanor Roosevelt

There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day. - Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. - Seneca

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes the edge of admiration. - William Hazlitt

We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire. - Luise von Francois

You always admire what you really don’t understand. - Eleanor Roosevelt 

Friday, 26 August 2011

Adventure


A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. - Bertrand Russell

Adventure is not outside a man; it is within. - David Grayson

Adventure is often the unintentional result of poor planning. - Michael C. Thomsett

Adventure is what might otherwise be called hardship if it were attempted in a different spirit. - Laura Miller

Adventure is when you toss your life on the scales of chance and wait for the pointer to stop. - Murray Leinster

Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive. - Mercedes Lackey 

Adventures are for the adventurous. - Unknown

Adventures are only interesting once you've lived to see the end of them. Before that, they are nothing but fear, and being too cold or too hot or too wet or too hungry, and getting hurt. - Holly Lisle 

An adventure is never an adventure while its happening. Challenging experiences need time to ferment, and adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort recollected in tranquillity. - Tim Cahill

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. - G. K. Chesterton

An adventurous spirit sometimes leads a man into unnecessary difficulties. - Count von Moltke

Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure. - Emily Wing Smith

I have ever been prone to seek adventure and to investigate and experiment where wiser men would have left well enough alone. - Edgar Rice Burroughs

It is invidious to distinguish particular men as adventurers: we are all such. - Christian Nestell

It is men of desperate fortunes on the one hand, or of aspiring, superior fortunes on the other, who go abroad upon adventures, to rise by enterprise, and make themselves famous in undertakings of a nature out of the common road. - Daniel Defoe

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reckless adventure is the fool's hazard. - Tacitus 

The greatest adventure is not going to the moon - the greatest adventure is going to your own innermost core. - Osho

The spirit of adventure, the lure of the unknown, the thrill of a gallant quest. How very grand indeed. - Norton Juster

The test of an adventure is that when you’re in the middle of it, you say to yourself, “Oh, now I’ve got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.” - Thornton Wilder 

The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculatingly to meet and greet unknown fate. - O. Henry

The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. - Jon Krakauer

We are all adventurers in the battle of life; but, alas! how many fall in the struggle. - Eupolis 

We pay for security with boredom, for adventure with bother. - Peter de Vries

When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you are having an adventure you wish you were safe at home. -Thornton Wilder

Without adventure, civilization is in full decay. - Alfred North Whitehead

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Quote Worthy


A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveller on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of home. - Carl Burns

No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusion it may lead. - John Stuart Mill

Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity. - Lord Acton

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. - Mother Teresa 

Out of our beliefs are born deeds; out of our deeds we form habits; out of our habits grows our character; and on our character we build our destiny. - Henry Hancock

A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically. - Diane Ackerman

The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work. - Agha Hasan Abedi

To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do. - Aristotle

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do. - Samuel Butler

Most of the things we decide are not what we know to be the best. We say yes, merely because we are driven into a corner and must say something. - Frank Crane

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Spiritual


              We are so at the mercy of our minds that even when we find that the spiritual teachings strike a chord inside us, and move us more than anything we have ever experienced, still we hold back, because of some deep-seated and inexplicable suspicion. 
              Somewhere along the line, though we have to stop mistrusting. We have to let go of the suspicion and doubt, which are supposed to protect us but never work, and only end up hurting us even more than what they are supposed to defend us from. - Sogyal Rinpoche

Even though flowers fall, don't regret it. Even though weeds grow, don't hate them. Don't arouse the passions of attraction and repulsion, hating and loving. If only we don't arouse the passions, the falling of flowers and the growing of weeds as they are is manifest absolute reality. - Hakuun Yasutani

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Food For Thought


I wonder if the human touch, which people have, is not one of the greatest assets that one can have. You meet some people, and immediately you feel their warmth of mind or heart. The nurse in the hospital, the man who delivers your mail, the clerk behind many a store counter, and the effective minister or public speaker. Without this human touch, hope has little on which to feed or thrive. - George Matthew Adams

Everyone knows that weeds eat out the life of the garden and of the productive fields. The gardener and farmer alike each has to keep the weeding process alive. It's like that in the building and developing of character. No one knows our own faults and tendencies better than we do ourselves, so that it is up to each one of us to keep the weeds out, and to keep all growth vigorous and fruitful. - George Matthew Adams

The man who is slipshod and thoughtless in his daily speech, whose vocabulary is a collection of anemic commonplaces, whose repetitions of phrases and extravagance of interjections act but as feeble disguises to his lack of ideas, will never be brilliant on an occasion when he longs to outshine the stars. Living at one's best is constant preparation for instant use. - William Jordan

Monday, 22 August 2011

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Love


Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy. - Robert Heinlein

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. - George Eliot

To love the one who loves you, To admire the one who admires you, In a word, to be the idol of one’s idol, Is exceeding the limit of human joy; It is stealing fire from heaven. - Delphine De Girardin

Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you. - Wayne Dyer

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism. - Erich Fromm

Love... Force it and it disappears. You cannot will love, nor even control it. You can only guide its expression. It comes or it goes according to those qualities in life that invite it or deny its presence. - David Seabury

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality, the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. - Jose Ortega Gasset

Many people talk about loving others. When you care about the other person’s desires, feelings and well being more than you care about your own, then you know you have love for that person. Until you have that, it’s just talk. - Unknown

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. - Unknown

Friday, 19 August 2011

Adversity


Abused prosperity is oftentimes made the very means of our greatest adversity. - Daniel Defoe

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from impatience. - Bishop Horne

Adversity does teach who your real friends are. - Lois Mcmaster Bujold

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, then, especially, being free from flatterers. - Samuel Johnson

Adversity has made many a man great who, had he remained prosperous, would only have been rich. - Maurice Switzer

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. - Horatius

Adversity is a good test of our resiliency, our ability to cope, to stand back up, to recover from misfortune. Adversity is a painful pedagogue. - Charles R. Swindoll

Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves. - Edmund Burke

Adversity is a soul sister to success. And on the journey to greatness, our willingness to befriend these twin sisters, and know them as one, will have much to do with our greatness. - Noah Benshea

Adversity introduces a man to himself. - Thomas Fuller

Adversity is easier borne than prosperity forgot. -  Unknown

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. - Arthur Golden

Adversity is like the period of the former and of the latter rain – cold, comfortless, unfriendly to man and to animal; yet from that season have their birth, the flower, and the fruit, the date, the rose, and the pomegranate. - Sir Walter Scott

Adversity is never the end point; for those faced with a positive attitude, it's always the beginning. - J. Barry Griswell & Bob Jennings 

Adversity is not a curse, for it is often, if not always, necessary to our welfare and happiness. It is like medicine to the sick, which if it be unpalatable is still salutary. - T. J. Sawyer

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. - Elvis Presley

Adversity is the first path to truth. - Lord Bryon

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then. - John Wooden

Adversity is the true school of the mind. - Katharine Lee Bates

Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it. - Horace 

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. - Horatius

Adversity shows whether we have friends, or only the shadows of friends. - Publilius Syrus

Adversity will surface in every life. How we meet it makes the difference. - Marvin J. Ashton 

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. - Og Mandino

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. - Seneca

For some adversity comes into our life like an ever-changing kaleidoscope and changes the pattern we laid out for our life. Some others are born into adversity and must learn survival tactics. When adversity is conquered, the skills learned, in the doing, are the golden treasures of life's experience. - Barbara B. Bergstrom

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Harnessing adversity is a discipline tailored to a world of unpredictable outcomes – a world where one can disturb, but not wholly direct, a living system. Because the unexpected – adversity – is guaranteed, this discipline is about routinely making lemons into lemon meringue pie. - Richard T. Pascale

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. - Ben Johnson

In estimating the adversities of life, we would seldom have much reason to complain of the evils we suffer, did we understand the dangers we daily escape. - Norman MacDonald 

In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time. - Robert Collier

In the adversity of our best friends we always find something which is not wholly displeasing to us. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

In times of great stress or adversity, its always best to keep busy, to plough your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca

It is your reaction to adversity and not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop. - Unknown

No adversity is in kind or degree peculiar to us; but if we survey the conditions of other men (of our brethren everywhere, of our neighbours all about us), and compare our case with theirs, we shall find that we have many consorts and associates in adversity, most as ill, many far worse bestead than ourselves; whence it must be a great fondness and perverseness to be displeased that we are not exempted from, but exposed to bear a share in the common troubles and burdens of mankind. - Isaac Barrow

Prosperity gathers smiles, while adversity scatters them. - William Scott Downey

Prosperity is apt to prevent us from examining our conduct; but adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is beneficial to us. - Bruce Lee

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends. - Plutarch

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. - Francis Bacon 

Prosperity often presages adversity. - Hosea Ballou 

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. - Zig Ziglar

Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain. So are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon 

Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. - William Shakespeare

The conquering of adversity produces strength of character, forges self-confidence, engenders self-respect, and assures success in righteous endeavour. - Richard G. Scott

The day of adversity is one from which none are absolutely secure. Some, indeed, bring adversity on themselves by their own folly; but the wise as well as the foolish are liable to it, and all should be prepared for it. - Unknown 

The dictionary says that adversity is a condition marked by misfortune, a calamity, or an unfortunate event or circumstance. I say that adversity comes in all shapes and sizes, from life-threatening illnesses, to losing a sale, to failing in business, to rocky relationships. Adversity can be many things according to just when it hits you and under what conditions. Whatever it may be for you, if you have suffered setbacks, hardships, or failures, know that you are not alone. Very few things are true all of the time in all situations, but this is a universal truth: Plans do not become achievements, dreams do not become realities, and ideas do not come to fruition without setbacks, hardships, and failures. - Barry J. Farber

The fire of adversity will melt you like butter, or temper you like steel. The choice is yours. - Unknown

The shade of faith and the cloak of true godliness is the best equipage for the storm of adversity. - William Scott Downey 

The truth is that adversity is a part of most days. Whether you are ultimately weakened or strengthened by each event, or the accumulation of events, will depend on you first mastering the ability to Take It On! - Erik Weihenmayer

The worse our state of wretchedness, the more we are open to receive the blessings of happiness. Adversity is the only tutor of contentment. No man, unless his mouth has been embittered with gall, can taste the true savour of honey. - Anthony Lisle

There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. - Washington Irving

There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. - Washington Irving

There is no education like adversity. - Benjamin Disraeli

To stand alone against all adversity is the most sacred moment of existence. - Frank Herbert

We fail to see the purifying and refining effect wrought by the flames of adversity. These flames are not meant to consume but only to purify us. Disguised as adversity, blessings are showered upon us. - Theodore Tuttle

With every adversity comes a blessing because a shock acts as a reminder to oneself that we must not get stale in routine. - Bruce Lee

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Quote Worthy


Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing. - Confucius

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength. - Charles Caleb Colton 

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther. - J. P. Morgan

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays. - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

In larger things we are convivial; What causes trouble is the trivial. - Richard Armour

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. - Robert Schuller 

Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both. - Tryon Edwards

Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows. - Brad Darrach

Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee. - Michel De Montaigne

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. - Albert Einstein

When you can’t remember why you’re hurt, that’s when you’re healed. - Jane Fonda

We protest against unjust criticism, but we accept unearned applause. - Jose Narosky

There are no original ideas. There are only original people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

A series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. - John William Gardner

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Light and Darkness


Good and evil are typified by light and darkness; therefore, if we bring light into a dark room, the darkness disappears, and inasmuch as a soul is filled with good, evil disappears. - Aurelia Mace

Just as the rising sun dissolves the dark shadows so are all forms of evil put to flight by the rays of positive and constructive thoughts which shine forth from a heart fortified by confidence in oneself. - K. Sri Dhammananda 

In the gloom and darkness of the night, when there is a sudden flash of light, a person will recognize objects; in the same way, the one with a flash of insight sees according to reality. - Anguttara Nikaya

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Food For Thought


I consider a human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it. - Joseph Addison

Believing is a fine thing, but placing those beliefs into execution is a test of strength. Many are those who talk like the roar of the sea, but their lives are shallow and stagnant, like the rotting marshes. Many are those who lift their heads above the mountain tops, but their spirits remain dormant in the obscurity of the caverns. - Kahlil Gibran

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decisions, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, 15 August 2011

Card Trick


Incredible card trick. I wonder how he did it.

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Life


Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. - Viktor E. Frankl

The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one proposes to do. - Pablo Casals

There is still today, and tomorrow fresh with dreams: Life never grows old. - Rita Duskin

The art of living rightly is like all arts: It must be learned and practiced with incessant care. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I shall grow old but never lose life’s zest, Because the road’s last turn will be the best. - Henry van Dyke 

The mere sense of living is joy enough. To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson

If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you. - T S. Eliott

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve ever learned about life: It goes on. - Robert Frost

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. - Victor Hugo

Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. - Benjamin Franklin

The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life. - Immanuel Kant

Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin. - Grace Hanse

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. - Mark Twain

A man who dares to waste an hour of time has not discovered the value of life. - Charles Darwin

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Friends


Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. - Kahlil Gibran

To meet an old friend in a distant land is like refreshing rain after a drought. - Chinese Proverb

Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have lost friends, some by death — others through the sheer inability to cross the street. - Virginia Woolf 

I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about. - William Hazlitt

There can be no friendship without confidence and no confidence without integrity. - Samuel Johnson

Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.- Marechal Villars 

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King Jr 

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two. - Anne Sophie Swetchine

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend until he is unhappy. - Thomas Fuller

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too. - Euripides

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. - Elisabeth Foley

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. - Francesco Guicciardini

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, 12 August 2011

Advertise / Advertisers / Advertising


Advertising is fundamentally persuasion - and persuasion happens to be, not a science, but an art. - William Bernbach

Advertising is legalized lying. - H. G. Wells

Advertising is of the very essence of democracy. An election goes on every minute of the business day across the counters of hundreds of thousands of stores and shops where the customers state their preferences and determine which manufacturer and which product shall be the leader today, and which shall lead tomorrow. - Bruce Barton

Advertising is prima facie evidence that the man who pays believes that advertising is good. It has brought great results to others, it must be good for him. So he takes it like some secret tonic which others have endorsed. If the business thrives, the tonic gets the credit. Otherwise, the failure is due to fate. - Claude C. Hopkins

Advertising is the “wonder” in Wonder Bread. - Jef I. Richards

Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need. - Will Rogers

Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths. - Edgar A. Shoaff

Advertising is the best insurance that you can take out on your business. You can buy fire insurance on your stock of goods, but no company will issue a policy covering your business, the good will as they sometimes call it. You must insure yourself, and the best way to do it is by advertising. Good advertising kept up for a number of years gives you something that no fire can take away. - Frank Farrington

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument, its function is to make the worse appear the better article. A confused competition of all propagandas – those insults to human nature – is carried on by the most expert psychological methods – for instance, by always repeating a lie. - George Santayana 

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it. - Stephen Leacock

Advertising says to people, 'Here's what we've got. Here's what it will do for you. Here's how to get it.' - Leo Burnett

Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief. - Leo Burnett

If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving their products as they do on advertising then they wouldn't have to advertise them. - Will Rogers

If advertising had a little more respect for the public, the public would have a lot more respect for advertising. - James Randolph Adams

In good times, people want to advertise; in bad times, they have to. - Bruce Barton

Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read. - Leo Burnett

Millions of dollars' worth of advertising shows such little respect for the reader's intelligence that it amounts almost to outright insult.- James Randolph Adams

Regardless of the moral issue, dishonesty in advertising has proved very unprofitable. - Leo Burnett

The greatest thing to be achieved in advertising, in my opinion, is believability, and nothing is more believable than the product itself. - Leo Burnett

The most powerful element in advertising is the truth. - William Bernbach

The secret of all effective originality in advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships. - Leo Burnett

We want consumers to say, 'That's a hell of a product' instead of, 'That's a hell of an ad.' - Leo Burnett

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Quote Worthy


Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. - Paul Tillich

Allegories, when well chosen, are like so many tracks of light in a discourse, that make everything about them clear and beautiful. - Joseph Addison

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is. - Joseph Addison 

Of middle age, the best that can be said is that a middle-aged person has likely learned how to have a little fun in spite of his troubles. - Don Marquis

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the remarkable fact that many inventions had their birth as toys. - Eric Hoffer

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment. - Theodore H. White

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. - Abraham Lincoln

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. - Albert Camus

Nothing happens by itself. It all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions. - Ben Stein

Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his acts are right, he’ll get good consequences; if they’re not, he’ll suffer for it. - Harry Browne

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Spiritual Training


Just as in learning to swim or in learning a language, often toiling on with no apparent result, there comes a day when suddenly we realize we can do it, - how we know we know not; so it is in spiritual matters. - Forbes Robinson 

The emphasis in spiritual training is on learning how to listen deeply and not miss that small voice in the midst of the many louder voices and stimulations in human society. Anonymous

Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them. - Albert Schweitzer

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. - Leo Buscaglia

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things. - Dogen 

We're all at different levels of our own development and evolution. What works for one person, certainly doesn't have to work for everyone else. - Anonymous

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one. - M. Scott Peck

Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in man's life, and it is the the sole purpose of being. Is not civilization, in all its tragic forms, a supreme motive for spiritual awakening? - Kahlil Gibran

It is not until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control. - Anonymous

In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body. - Barbara De Angelis

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Food For Thought


The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt 

It has been often said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance and suspicion are the fruits of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. Our healing gift to the weak is the capacity for self-help. We must learn how to impart to them the technical, social and political skill which will enable them to get bread, human dignity, freedom and strength by their own efforts. - Unknown 

Monday, 8 August 2011

Advice


A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. - Ed Howe

Advice from your friends is like the weather, some of it is good; some of it is bad. - Proverb

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take. - Josh Billings

Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Advice is only rarely requested with the intention of being followed. Sometimes, it is requested in order to flatter the adviser. Sometimes, it is requested because it is hoped that the advice given will tell a great deal about the adviser. Sometimes, the request is an excuse for spending time with the adviser, because his or her room is nicer … Occasionally, the request for advice is an introductory sentence, a polite preface to a lengthy statement of the requester's opinion. Asking for advice can also be a way of apologizing for numerous occasions when advice or orders have not been followed in the past. - Norman Sartorius 

Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least. - Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didnt. - Erica Jong

All the advice in the whole will never help you until you help yourself. - Fred Van Amburgh

Ask advice only of your equals. - Danish Proverb

Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise. - Dr. David Seabury

Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life. - Titus Maccius Plautus

Expert advice is a great comfort, even when it is wrong. - Unknown

Give advice; if people don’t listen let adversity teach them. - Ethiopian Proverb 

Giving advice is sometimes only showing our wisdom at the expense of others. - Anthony Shaftesbury

Giving free advice is a sad waste of effort. In the first place, no man will act upon it unless he is already inclined to do so. Secondly, when a man lays his case before you, the idea that he is asking your advice is a polite fabrication. He merely is suggesting that he is doing so, while as a fact his real object is to acquaint you with his personal activity. He wants to talk to somebody, being a natural gossip or gadder, and he plays upon your propensity for ‘giving advice’ in order to get an audience. - William Henry McMasters

Good advice usually works best when preceded by a bad scare. - Al Batt

Good advice is everywhere, but only those people with an open heart will benefit from it. - Unknown

Good advice offering requires knowing a person very, very well. So well, in fact, that you may know more about them than they know about themselves in certain situations. Then, good advice is loving and given out of love. It is never to control or manipulate. Then, it is giving information; just giving, not enforcing, information. And lastly and most importantly, after advice is given, the outcome is let go of completely, trusting that the other person will take it, leave it, or ponder it. - Anne Wilson Schaef

He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it. - Karl von Knebel

If someone gives you advice, it is in his own interest. - Tunisian Proverb

If you can tell the difference between good advice and bad advice, you do not need advice. - Unknown

In a crisis, give help first and then advice. - Aesop 

In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend. - Solon

It is always easier to give advice than to follow it. That does not mean people should not give advice. Drawing a plan for making a plane is always easier than making a plane. But you still need the drawing first. - Unknown

It is easy to give advice from a port of safety. - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted. - Aeschylus

It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously. - Logan Pearsall Smith

Man is never less sincere than when he asks, or offers, advice. When he asks it, he seems to defer to the wisdom of his friend, but really he seeks approval of his own opinion, and to make his friend responsible with him for his actions. When he offers advice, he seems to repay the confidence of his inquirer with disinterested zeal, while really seeking to bolster his own advantage or reputation. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Many receive advice, few profit by it. - Publilius Syrus

Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one. - Ivern Ball

Most people when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected. - Josh Billings

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them. - Kahlil Gibran

Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry. - Spanish Proverb

Never ask for advice and then shoot the person giving it. - Unknown

Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble. - Sidney J. Harri

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. - Aesop

No one can give you better advice than yourself. - Cicero

No one wants advice – only corroboration. - John Steinbeck

Nothing is given so willingly as advice. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Nothing is less sincere than the manner of asking and giving advice. He who asks it seems to have a respectful deference for the opinion of his friend; though he only aims at making him approve his own, and be responsible for his conduct. And he who gives it, repays the confidence reposed in him by a seemingly disinterested zeal; though he seldom means anything by the advice he gives but his own interest or reputation. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

People don’t always need advice. Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand them. - Unknown

The desire to give advice is itself a symptom of disapproval; and further, it is usually the result of a desire to express that disapproval. And we are most moved to give advice to those for whom our affection and regard may be taken for granted, but to whom we would rather express our disapproval. We cannot go to them and say that we disapprove of them. That would not be affectionate, and might lead to reprisals. But we can give them advice in which the disapproval is implied and which yet seems innocently helpful. - John William Mackail

The only thing one can do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. - Oscar Wilde

The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none. - Eden Phillpotts

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right. - Hannah Whitall Smith

There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. - Joseph Addison

To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own. - John Gray

To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it. - John Churton Collins

We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice. - Arthur Helps

We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain. - Tom Stoppard

We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

We sometimes give ourselves admirable advice, but we are incapable of taking it. - Unknown

What’s wrong with advice? Advice is often a basic insult to the intelligence of the other person. It implies a lack of confidence in the capacity of the person with the problem to understand and cope with his or her own difficulties. As Norman Kagan puts it, “In essence, we implicitly say to someone, ‘You have been making a “big deal” out of a problem whose solution is immediately apparent to me – how stupid you are!’” - Robert Bolton

Whatever advice you give, be brief. - Horatius

When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him. - Josh Billings

When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill. - Seneca

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice. - Joseph Louis LaGrange

Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it. - Benjamin Franklin

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. - English Proverb