Friday, 29 June 2012


A determined heart takes no counsel. - Quiros

A resolute determination is the truest wisdom. - Napoleon Bonaparte

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men. - Thomas Fuller

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. - Denis Waitley

Determination is the wake-up call to the human will. - Tony Robbins

Determination is the weapon with which I challenge all my challenges. - Sam Ade

Determination is winning by long strides and easy stages, preparing an advance for each march forward. It is knowledge of the existence of all good; the power that confidence gives. Knowing in advance that no problem evolved by mind cannot be solved by mind, it is that which presses us onward and upward toward that which we desire to accomplish, and which eventually lands us exactly where we wished to be. Often it follows a different route than we mapped out. Often we win by methods never before presented to us, but with full knowledge that we have within us that which can accomplish all things and solve all problems if we persist and follow. - Wesley A. Stanger

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. - Abraham Lincoln

Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable. - Lora Leigh

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. - Og Mandino

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to. - George H. Allen

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. - Tommy Lasorda

The power of fate may be an intimidating force, but it is the power of determination, which opens all doors. - Unknown

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history. - Sonia Johnson

You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. - Ralph Marston

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Quote Worthy

When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others. - Francis Bacon  

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi  

Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it. . . . Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle. - Marcus Aurelius        

If we say a little it is easy to add, but having said too much it is hard to withdraw and never can it be done so quickly as to hinder the harm of our success. -  Francis Saint De Sales  

When you are obliged to make a statement that you know will cause displeasure, you must say it with every appearance of sincerity; this is the only way to make it palatable. - Paul De Gondi  

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Chuang Tzu

Chuang Tzu was a Taoist sage, living sometime before 250 B.C. The book, by the same name, Chuang Tzu, is believed to contain both his own writings and writings by others about him and his teachings.
". . . ‘Chuang-Tzu’ is distinguished by its brilliant and original style, with abundant use of satire, paradox, and seemingly nonsensical stories. Chuang-Tzu emphasizes the relativity of all ideas. . . . He puts forward as the solution to the problems of the human condition, freedom in identification with the universal Tao, or principle of Nature."
- The Columbia Encyclopedia, 4th Edition.

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it. - Chuang Tzu

Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. - Chuang Tzu

I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river. - Chuang Tzu

The Cosmos and I live on forever. All things and I are united as one. - Chuang Tzu

He who knows the activities of Nature lives according to Nature. - Chuang Tzu

He who regards all things as one is a companion of Nature. - Chuang Tzu

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him? - Chuang Tzu

Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education. - Chuang Tzu

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. - Chuang Tzu

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. - Chuang Tzu

Life comes from the earth and life returns to the earth. - Chuang Tzu

Those who realize their folly are not true fools. - Chuang Tzu

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Food For Thought

Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve; we may give somewhat of novelty to that which was old, condensation to that which was diffuse, perspicuity to that which was obscure, and currency to that which was recondite. - Charles Colton 

I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference. - Abraham Lincoln

Part of human nature resents change, loves equilibrium, while another part welcomes novelty, loves the excitement of disequilibrium. There is no formula for the resolution of this tug-of-war, but it is obvious that absolute surrender to either of them invites disaster. - J. Bartlet Brebner

Monday, 25 June 2012

Stunning Senior Moment

           A very self-important college freshman attending a recent football game took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next  to him why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation.
           'You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one,' the student said, loud enough for many of those nearby to  hear. 'The young people of today are much more advanced than people your age. We grew up with television, jet planes, space travel, man walking on the moon and the internet. We have cell phones, nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers, automated manufacturing, amazing technologies, ....and,'  he paused to take another drink of beer.
           The senior took advantage of the break in the student's litany and said, 'You're right, son. We didn't have those things when we were we invented them. Now, you arrogant little shit, what are YOU doing for the next generation?'
           The applause  was resounding...


An apology for the Devil: It must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case. God has written all the books. - Samuel Butler

Do not be dismayed to learn there is a bit of the devil in you. There is a bit of the devil in us all. - Arthur Bryon Cover

If you scratch some saints you will find the devil. - Austin O’Malley

In every man's heart there is a devil, but we do not know the man as bad until the devil is roused. - James Oliver Curwood

It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them. - John Steinbeck

Man creates both his god and his devil in his own image. His god is himself at his best, and his devil himself at his worst. - Elbert Hubbard

Many human beings need no supernatural mentoring to commit acts of savagery; some people are devils in their own right, their tell-tale horns having grown inward to facilitate their disguise. - Dean Koontz

Most men would gladly give their souls to the Devil, were he willing to accept them. - Abraham Miller

Satan was a blunderer ... who made a stupendous failure. If he had succeeded, we should all have been worshipping him, and his portrait would have been more flattering. - George Eliot

The Devil hardly ever made anyone do anything. He didn’t have to. That was what some humans found hard to understand. Hell wasn’t a major reservoir of evil, any more than Heaven ... was a fountain of goodness; they were just sides in the great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind. - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The world is, was, will always be filled with good and evil, because good and evil is the yin and yang of the human condition. - Philip Zimbardo

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. - William Ralph Inge

Sunday, 24 June 2012

A Short Poem

Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.

- John Burroughs


A diamond on a dunghill is a precious diamond still. - American Proverb

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. - Chinese Proverb

A diamond, incarcerated in its subterraneous prison, rough and unpolished, differs not from a common stone. - Charles Caleb Colton

Great virtues may draw attention from defects, they cannot sanctify them. A pebble surrounded by diamonds remains a common stone, and a diamond surrounded by pebbles is still a gem. - Robert G. Ingersoll

It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all. - Mark Twain

No pressure, no diamonds. - Thomas Carlyle

Saturday, 23 June 2012


A dictator's chief problem is keeping the stomachs of his subjects full while keeping their heads empty. - Evan Esar

Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry. - Winston Churchill

Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back! - J. K. Rowling

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens. - William Henry Beveridge

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. - Herbert Hoover

No form of government can survive that excludes dictatorship when the life of the nation is at stake. - Clinton Rossiter

The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not. - Christopher Hitchins

To be sure, dictators are crafty, evil geniuses with awesome firepower at their disposal. They are also brutally efficient at intimidation, terrorism, and mass slaughter. However, a force is able to dominate because the counterforce is either non-existent or weak. - George B. N. Ayittey

You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home – all the more powerful because forbidden – terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. - Winston Churchill


Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. - Michael Pollan

I've been on a diet for two weeks, and all I've lost is 14 days. - Totie Fields

One of the main effects of dieting is that it contributes to actual loss of control over eating. Dieting causes increases in the preoccupation with food, making food more attractive, it alters responses to food, resulting in certain foods becoming "forbidden," which triggers specific states of mind, and it causes mood changes. All these contribute to actual loss of control and result in the dieter eating more than she would have if she hadn't dieted in the first place. - Jane Ogden

One swears by wholemeal bread, one by sour milk; vegetarianism is the only road to salvation of some, others insist not only on vegetables alone, but on eating those raw. At one time the only thing that matters is calories; at another time they are crazy about vitamins or about roughage. The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don’t worry. - Sir Robert Grieve Hutchison

Simple diet is best: for many dishes bring many diseases, and rich sauces are worse than even heaping several meats upon each other. - Pliny

Stop dieting, start living. - Barbara Godfrey

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, is not much better than tedious disease. - George Denison Prentice

Friday, 22 June 2012


A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes. - Thomas H. Huxley

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.- Lao Tzu

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty. - Henri Frederic Amiel

Difficulties make you a jewel. - Japanese Proverb

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. - Seneca

Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted. - William Hastie

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. - Rene Descartes

If one does not climb over the rock of difficulties one cannot reach the plateau of happiness. - Unknown

It is not because it is difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. - Seneca

Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence. - Titus Livius

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. - Theodore N. Vail

Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right. - Unknown

The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve. - Samuel Smiles

The best way out of a difficulty is through it. - Will Rogers

The difficulties we experience always illuminate the lessons we need most. - Unknown

The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path. - Jim Rohn

The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skilful pilots gain their reputations from storms and tempests. - Epictetus

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. - Horace Bushnell

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

The very greatest things – great thoughts, discoveries, inventions – have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty. - Samuel Smiles

The work of many of the greatest men, inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty. - Samuel Smiles

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. - Unknown

To strive with difficulties and to conquer them is the highest form of human felicity. - Samuel Johnson

Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. - Ronald E. Osborn

We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before; and it changed for the better; so I trust it will again; If difficulties arise; we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times. - George Washington

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. - Saint Francis De Sales

If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all. - Dan Rather

Thursday, 21 June 2012


Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy. - Catherine Rippenger Fenwick

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You see through love, and that deludes your sight, as what is straight seems crooked through the water. - John Dryden 

There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyse it, and appropriately act on it. - Stephen R. Covey

Better a dish of illusion and a hearty appetite for life, than a feast of reality and indigestion therewith. - Harry A. Overstreet

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. - Arthur C. Clarke

Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes its letting go. - Sylvia Robinson 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


All celebrated people lose dignity upon close inspection. - Napoleon Bonaparte

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. - Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it. - Laura Hillenbrand
Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart. - Luigi Pirandello

Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it. - Rick Bragg

He who hurries cannot walk with dignity. - Chinese Proverb

If you want to know how little your dignity is worth, take it to the pawnbroker. - Evan Esar

Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you. - Frank Barron

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. - Booker T. Washington

One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered. - Michael J. Fox

Place confers no dignity upon some men; like a balloon, the higher they rise the smaller they look. - G. D. Prentice

To hide feelings when you are near crying is the secret of dignity. - Dejan Stojanovic


All worldly pursuits have but the one unavoidable and inevitable end, which is sorrow: acquisitions end in dispersion; buildings, in destruction; meetings, in separation; births, in death. Knowing this, one should, from the very first, renounce acquisition and heaping up, and building, and meeting; and, faithful to the commands of an eminent guru, set about realizing the Truth. - Milarepa

Language is limited. It cannot be used to express colour to the blind nor sound to the deaf and cannot be used to express truth. Truth, being above the limitations of language, can only be expressed symbolically or by analogy, and the comprehension of truth so expressed is relative to the understanding of the recipient. - Henry N. Gerguson

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. - Mahatma Gandhi

A perception, sudden as blinking, that subject and object are one, will lead to a deeply mysterious understanding; and by this understanding you will awaken to the truth... - Huang Po

When wisdom awakens in you, you will see truth wherever you look. Truth is all there is. - Ajahn Chah

The truth is open for all who can understand. You must be lamps unto your selves. You must depend upon no eternal refuge, depend on no leader, and depend on no teacher. Look within. You are the Buddha.

When wisdom awakens within you, you will see Truth wherever you look. Truth is all there is. It's like when you've learned how to read - you can then read anywhere you go.

Truth is both the way and the goal, the direction to the destination and the destination itself.  

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Food For Thought

Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled by them. - Henry Ward Beecher

An obvious fact about negative feelings is often overlooked. They are caused by us, not by exterior happenings. An outside event presents the challenge, but we react to it. So we must attend to the way we take things, not to the things themselves. - Vernon Howard

Two things, well considered, would prevent many quarrels: first, to have it well ascertained whether we are not disputing about terms rather than things and, second, to examine whether that on which we differ is worth contending about. - Charles Colton 

Monday, 18 June 2012

How the Internet works

Do you know how the internet works? Ever wondered how the internet works? Interested in how the internet works? Well, here’s a chance for you to find out how the internet works – if you are interested. Just click, or copy and paste the link below to find out.

Sunday, 17 June 2012


What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. All day long, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those other things, are his history. These are his life, and they are not written, and cannot be written. Unknown

Our lives are made up of myriad unique experiences. These are tightly woven together to form a tapestry that depicts the story of our lives. And the people we meet in our life’s journey are the threads that would eventually become an intrinsic part of your life's tapestry. Unknown

There is no security in life. You are born a baby and will definitely end up dead – one day. It is more important to make your life meaningful before your time is up, rather than to hold on too tightly to the security you thought you had but never did! Unknown

When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1,000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Unknown


A diplomat is a man who can juggle a hot potato long enough for it to become a cold issue. - Vernon K. McLellan

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. - Zhou Enlai

All war represents a failure of diplomacy. - Tony Benn

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. - Sir Henry Wotton

And a diplomatist is one who lets the other fellow think he's getting his way, while all the time he's having his own. It never does any special harm to let people have their way with their mouths. - George Horace Lorimer

Dexterity is one of the chief weapons of diplomacy; governments rely more upon the supremacy of this instrument, when in the hands of a skilful diplomatist, than in the soundness or justice of their claims. - James Ellis

Diplomacy and virtue do not make easy companions. - Iain Pears

Diplomacy is cutting the other fellow's throat without using a knife. - Vernon K. McLellan

Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest thing in the nicest way. - Isaac Goldberg

If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you. - Sue Monk Kidd

In order to be a diplomat one must speak a number of languages, including double-talk. - Carey McWilliams

It is a principle of diplomacy that one must know something of the truth in order to lie convincingly. - Tom Clancy

Our diplomacy should be direct and frank, neither seeking to obtain more nor accepting less than is our due. - James Buchanan

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. - Will Durant

Saturday, 16 June 2012


It is very difficult to know people. For men and women are not only themselves, they are also the region in which they were born, the city apartment or the farm in which they learned to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives’ tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the things they believed in. You can know them only if you are them.

There are people who are physically attractive on the outside yet emotional wrecks on the inside. There are people who turn us off at first glances, but later on, we found out they are gems on the inside. The point is we only have one opportunity to make a first impression, which is why our physical communication is so important.

There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it, and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.

When people walk away from you, let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you, and it doesn’t mean they are bad people. It just means that their part in your story is over.

Most people – one may say the best sort of people – greatly prefer to do things for themselves, however badly, than to have things done for them, however well.  

People sense how you feel about them. If you want to change their attitudes toward you, change any negative attitudes you may have toward them.

Surround yourself with people who know your worth. You don’t need too many people to be Happy, just a few real ones who appreciate you for exactly who you are.

If people don’t make an effort to be in your life, don’t try so hard to be in theirs; It’s not worth it. - Unknown

People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.

There are people who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened.

Sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you are down will be the ones to help you get back up.

When people are well-informed, they do not just listen to you; they also question you.

There are people who want to be everywhere at once, and they get nowhere.

Don’t worry too much about what people think, because they seldom do.

People who can agree on what's funny can usually agree on other things.

Places don't make people; it is people that make places.

Friday, 15 June 2012


A person without discipline is like a ship without a rudder in the storm of life. - Robert Elias Najemy

A person's attitude toward discipline is the measure of that person's own orientation to order. - Max van Manen

A sense of discipline is like the earth itself. It is the ground from which all good qualities can grow forth. - Tsoknyi Rinpoche

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. - Hebrews 12:11

Always remember that discipline is like a two-edged sword; it is not only to correct children when they are wrong, but to direct them to a way that is right. - James Merritt

Corrective discipline is like surgery – it corrects something that's gone wrong in the body so that more serious injury doesn't result. - Mark Dever & Paul Alenxander

Discipline in its highest notion is not punishment or self-punishment. It is rather something seminal to the self. It is our foundation. It is our architecture. It gives us structure. It allows us to steer our energies and pull our wagon. - Noah Benshea

Discipline is a moral, mental, and physical state in which all ranks respond to the will of the leader. - Unknown

Discipline is a necessity, as a regulator of society, so that those who break its rules may be taught the necessity of obeying them. - Engineer Lockhart

Discipline is important simply because we live in an organized society where, if you have not learned life's requirements at early age, you will be taught later, not by those whose love tempers the lesson but by strangers who could not care less about the harm they do to your personality. - William E. Homan

Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not. - Michael J. Fox

Discipline is learning what to do, when to do it and in what manner it should be done. - Unknown

Discipline is like a vaccine. It inflicts lesser pain now to avoid greater pain later. - Dan Doriani

Discipline is like sandpaper. It feels rough and abrasive when it's in motion, but the final result is a smooth and polished surface. - Jerry L. Parks

Discipline is like spinach. We may not care for it ourselves but feel sure it would be good for everybody else. - Unknown

Discipline is like the helm of a ship; it gives direction. - Zester Hatfield

Discipline is necessary to curb the mind, otherwise there is no peace. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Discipline is something we despise for the moment.... We all look for a place to run, an excuse with which to stall. No one enjoys it. Yet those of us who have endured it know that the fruit it produces and the pain from which it ultimately spares us makes it worth the agony. - Charles F. Stanley Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. - Jim Rohn

Discipline is the duty and the hope of all who would enjoy the benefits of society and of instruction. - John H. A. Bomberger

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. - Roy L. Smith

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all. - George Washington

Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear. - Bernard Montgomery

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. - Brian Tracy

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through. - Zig Ziglar

One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline – and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck. - Carl Zuckmayer

Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly. - Julie Andrews

The best discipline is self-discipline. Without discipline, there is no life at all. - Unknown

The discipline of desire is the background of character. - John Locke

The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen. - Lee Iacocca

The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself. - Unknown

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Quote Worthy

There is no stronger bond of friendship than a mutual enemy. - Frankfort Moore

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. - Bob Edwards

To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil. - Pearl Bailey

When we have done our best, we should wait the results in peace. - John Lubbock

What we really are matters more than what other people think of us. - Jawaharlal Nehru

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. - Thomas Jeffeson

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory. - Miguel de Cervantes
In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. - Miguel de Cervantes

A shocking occurrence ceases to be shocking when it occurs daily. -
Alexander Chase

If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold. - Louis Dembitz Brandeis  

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Dark Chocolates Cut Heart Attack Risk? Not Quite

              If you are thinking of throwing out your cholesterol medication and chomping on dark chocolate instead, don’t.
              A group of cardiologists here has rubbished a recent study in Australia which claims that eating dark chocolate is a cost-effective way of cutting one’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
              The study is flawed, they say.
              Just published in the British Medical Journal, the study claims daily consumption of dark chocolate over 10 years would cut the number of fatal strokes and heart attacks by 15 for every 10,000 people, and the number of non-fatal strokes and hear attacks by 70 for every 10,000 people.
              The team from Monash University said: “Daily dark chocolate consumption could be an effective cardiovascular preventive strategy.
              Flavonoids, found in dark, but not milk chocolate, are known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels – two risk factors for heart attacks.
              The Australian researchers calculated that if the country invested A$40 ($50) a person a year in a “chocolate strategy” with advertisements, education and possibly a subsidy, it would reap good returns.
              Dr Reginald Liew, a cardiologist at Singapore’s National Heart Centre, said while it is true that previous studies have shown the beneficial effects of eating dark chocolate, the researchers did not take into account the large amount of sugar and fat that would also be consumed, “which may undo some benefits found in this study”.
              This is a failing even the Monash team admits.
              Another flaw which limits the usefulness of the result is that the study was based on statistical modelling, meaning that the outcomes are “hypothetical” and not base on “real data”, said Dr Liew.
              He added that even if the findings were real, people would need to eat a lot of dark chocolate daily over 10 years – for “very modest benefits”.
              Dr Pipin Kojodjojo from the National University Heart Centre said: “Before you rush out to stock up on dark chocolate, be aware that the study has many flaws”.
              It is unrealistic to expect people to eat a 100g bar of dark chocolate every day of their lives, he added. Even if one assumes that a chocolate bar cost only $1, it would cost more that $40 million to prevent 70 non-fatal strokes and heart attacks and 15 deaths among 10,000 people.
              Dr Kojodjojo added: “I would argue that we’d prevent more strokes and heart attacks and save more lives if we could get 10,000 people to exercise for 20 minutes daily for 10 years, or 10,000 smokers to stop smoking for 10 years, or 10,000 at-risk patients to eat a healthier diet for 10 years.”

- Salma Khalik

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Food For Thought

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character. -  Albert Schweitzer

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know”, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives. -  Robert Heinlein

A certain degree of physical harmony and comfort is necessary, but above a certain level it becomes a hindrance instead of a help. Therefore the ideal of creating an unlimited number of wants and satisfying them seems to be a delusion and a snare. -  Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, 11 June 2012

At The Supermarket

           A  young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following  him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him.
           She finally overtook him at the checkout, and  she turned to him and said, "I  hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease; it's just that you look so  much like my late son."   
           He answered, "That's okay."
           "I  know it's silly, but if you'd call out "Good bye, Mum" as I leave the  store, it would make me feel so happy."
           She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called  out, "Goodbye, Mum."
           The little old lady waved, and smiled back  at him.
           Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into  someone's day, he went to pay for his groceries.
           "That comes to  $121.85," said the operator.
           "How come so much ... I only bought 5 items.."
           The operator replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said you'd be paying for her things, too."  

Sunday, 10 June 2012


When you talk about your troubles, your ailments, your diseases, your hurts, you give longer life to what makes you unhappy. Talking about your grievances merely adds to those grievances. Give recognition only to what you desire. Think and talk only about the good things that add to your enjoyment of your work and life. If you don’t talk about your grievances, you’ll be delighted to find them disappearing quickly. - Thomas Dreier

The currents of life are always streaming in one direction. They will never change the course of their flow, just as the sun never changes its direction. Man must adapt himself to this flow of life, and as a reward he can find complete harmony. All of man’s ills come from his crossing life’s currents. No man can cross the ocean in a sailing-boat by defying the winds; he must adjust his sails to use them. - K. Sri Dhammananda

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 ones 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

Friday, 8 June 2012


A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. - Albert Von Szent-Gyorgyi

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. - Henry Brooks Adams

A single discovery within a lifetime is a very remarkable thing. Two over the course of a career – why, you’d be very lucky indeed. - Alan Toomre

All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinking. - Charles Henry Parkhurst All we discover has been with us since the sun began to roll; and much we discover, is not worth the discovering. - Herman Melville

Although there are discoveries which are said to have been made by accident, if carefully inquired into, it will be found that there has really been very little that was accidental about them. For the most part, these so-called accidents have only been opportunities, carefully improved by genius. As time goes on, new and remoter aspects of truth are discovered, which can seldom or never be fitted into creeds that are changeless. - Clarence Day

Before you discover, you must explore. - Unknown

Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried. - Unknown

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. - Dr. Albert Szebt-Gyorgyi

Discovery follows discovery, each both raising and answering questions, each enduring a long search, and each providing the new instruments for a new search. - Robert Oppenheimer

Discovery is a two-track process: on one track, we discover places or things or people; on the other track, we discover our own selves. The two tracks are interconnected: our discovery in the external world helps us discover hitherto unknown elements in our internal world, and with a new understanding of our inner self, we discover further possibilities in the external world. These two tracks thus support and reinforce each other. - Unknown

Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. - Noam Chomsky

Everything that we call Invention or Discovery in the higher sense of the word is the serious exercise and activity of an original feeling for truth, which, after a long course of silent cultivation, suddenly flashes out into fruitful knowledge. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fertility of imagination and abundance of guesses at the truth are among the first requisites of discovery. - William Jevons

Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than myself. - Alexander Graham Bell

History shows that new discoveries are always just over the horizon. - Harry Levine

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. - Albert Einstein

I invent nothing. I rediscover. - Auguste Rodin

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent. - Isaac Newton

It is a mortifying truth, and ought to teach the wisest of us humility, that many of the most valuable discoveries have been the result of chance, rather than of contemplation, and of accident rather than of design. - Charles Caleb Colton

It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple. - Georg C. Lichtenberg

Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed. - Stanislaw Lem

One discovers how far one can go only by travelling in a straight line until one is stopped. - Norman Mailer

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. - Andre Gide

The great obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel J. Boorstin

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. - William James

The knack of discovery requires that one be ready to abandon any fixed notion so that a more comprehensive view, a deeper experience of realization, can take its place. - Unknown

The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures. - Humphrey Davy

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke

The real voyage of discovery consists in not seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. - Mike Lancelot

There are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. - Francis Bacon

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. - Samuel Smiles

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. - Thomas Merton

Who never walks save where he sees men’s tracks makes no discoveries. - J. G. Holland

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. - Alan Alda

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Quote Worthy

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is . . . impossible. - Richard Bach  

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. - John Burroughs  

You are not responsible for what people think about you. But you are responsible for what you give them to think about you. - Stanley Ferrand  

Whatever happens at all happens as it should; thou wilt find this true, if thou shouldst watch closely. - Marcus Aurelius  

Let thy chief fort and place of defense be a mind free from passions. A stronger place and better fortified than this, hath no man. - Marcus Aurelius  

Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee. - Marcus Aurelius  

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions. - Chanakya   

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. - Jimi Hendrix   

Wednesday, 6 June 2012


Existence consist in the interplay of a plurality of elements whose true nature is indescribable and whose source is unknown. Combinations of these elements instantaneously flash into existence and instantaneously disappear, to be succeeded by new combinations of elements appearing in a strict causality. - Earle Ernst

A yogi who through perfect mediation has merged his consciousness with the Creator perceives the cosmical essence as light (vibrations of life energy): to him there is no difference between the light rays composing water and  the light rays composing land. Free from matter-consciousness, free from the three dimensions of space and the fourth dimension of time, a master transfers his body of light with equal ease over or through the light rays of earth, water, fire, and air. - Yogananda

Existence is nothing but a vain struggle against decay.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Forgive / Forgiveness - Quotes

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain. - Samuel Johnson

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

Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself. To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the prisoner was you. - Lewis B. Smedes

Forgive everyone everything. - Unknown

Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. - Unknown

Forgive those who have hurt you, betrayed you, or broke your heart, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. - Unknown

Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it. - Unknown 

Forgive yourself for the blindness that put you in the path of those who betrayed you. Sometimes a good heart doesn’t see the bad. - Unknown

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. - Les Brown

Forgiveness does not always lead to a healed relationship. Some people are not capable of love, and it might be wise to let them go along with your anger. Wish them well, and let them go their way. - Unknown

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. - William A. Ward

Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing. - Betty Smith

Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong - Unknown

Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Forgiveness is the fragrance a rose gives to the heel of the boot that crushes it. - Unknown

Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. - Unknown

Forgiveness is the key to freedom. - Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness - it's one of the most precious gifts we can choose to give to ourselves and to others. without it, we are like a barren tree, unable to bear the sweet bounty it was destined to. - Unknown

Forgivers are not doormats; to forgive a person is not a signal that we are willing to put up with what he or she does. - Unknown

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. - Lewis B. Smedes 

Forgiving happens in three stages: we rediscover the humanity of the person who wronged us; we surrender our right to get even; and we wish that person well.
- Unknown

Forgiving is a journey; the deeper the wound, the longer the journey.
- Unknown

Forgiving does not require us to reunite with the person who broke our trust.
- Unknown

Forgiving is not a way to avoid pain but to heal the pain.
- Unknown

Forgiving is the only way to be fair to ourselves.
- Unknown

Forgiving someone may cost you your pride, but not forgiving them will cost you your freedom. - Unknown

Forgiving those who hurt us is the key to personal peace. - G. Weatherly

Hatred in our hearts causes our enemies to triumph over us. Forgiveness causes us to triumph over them. - Unknown

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself. - Thomas Fuller

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. - Henry Ward Beecher

I forgive myself, and then I move on. You can sit there forever, lamenting about how bad you’ve been, feeling guilty until you die, and not one tiny slice of that guilt will do anything to change a single thing in the past. - Wayne Dyer

I forgive, but I also learn a lesson. I won’t hate you, but I’ll never get close enough for you to hurt me again. I can’t let my forgiveness become my foolishness. - Unknown

If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him. - Thomas Fuller

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. - William Blake 

It is not always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes we have to learn to forgive ourselves. How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. - Publilius Syrus

It really doesn’t matter if the person who hurt you deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. You have things to do and you want to move on. - Unknown

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. - Maya Angelou

Know that people are doing the best they can from their level of awareness. accept people for  who they are and always be ready to forgive. - Deepak Chopra

One forgives to the degree that one loves. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Resentment is one burden that is incompatible with your success. Always be the first to forgive; and forgive yourself first always. - Dan Zadra

Sometimes, the first step towards forgiveness is realizing the other person was born an idiot. - Unknown

The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person. - Louise Hay

The first person to benefit from forgiving is the one who forgives.
- Unknown

The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good. - Catherine Ponder

The most creative power given to the human spirit is the power to heal the wounds of a past it cannot change. - Unknown

Vengeance is having a videotape planted in your soul that cannot be turned off. It plays the painful scene over and over again inside your mind. And each time it plays you feel the clap of pain again. Forgiving turns off the videotape of pained memory. Forgiving sets you free. - Lewis B. Smedes

Waiting for someone to repent before we forgive is to surrender our future to the person who wronged us.
- Unknown

We do not forgive because we are supposed to; we forgive when we are ready to be healed.
- Unknown

We do our forgiving alone inside our hearts and minds; what happens to the people we forgive depends on them.
- Unknown

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. - Martin Luther King Jr.

We must recognise that there is great sweetness in forgiveness for it is the balm for the scars of life. - Unknown

When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive. - Alan Paton

When someone has wronged you, repay them with forgiveness and it will be remembered forever. - Unknown

When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. - Bernard Meltzer

Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. - Roberto Assagioli

You are never so strong as when you forgive. - Kimberly Converse

You don’t need to wait to hear the apology to forgive. It may never come. Let forgiveness be a gift that is not dependent on someone else’s behaviour, but on your own generous heart. - Unknown

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well. - Lewis B. Smedes