Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Food For Thought

It is the very wantonness of folly for a man to search out the frets and burdens of his calling and give his mind every day to a consideration of them. They belong to human life. They are inevitable. Brooding only gives them strength. - Henry Ward Beecher

I believe that we are put here in human form to decipher the hieroglyphs of love and suffering. And, there is no degree of love or intensity of feeling that does not bring with it the possibility of a crippling hurt. But, it is a duty to take that risk and love without reserve or defense. - Allen Ginsberg

Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Of the things you have, select the best: and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought if you did not have them. - Marcus Aurelius

Deceit / Deception

Human beings seem to have an almost unlimited capacity to deceive themselves, and to deceive themselves into taking their own lies for truth. - R. D. Laing

In itself, the practice of deception is not particularly exacting; it is a matter of experience, of professional expertise, it is a facility most of us can acquire. - John le Carre

It is best, if possible, to deceive no one; for he that ... begins by deceiving others, will end ... by deceiving himself. - Charles Caleb Colton

It is easier to deceive yourself, and to do so unperceived, than to deceive another. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Men are never so easily deceived as when they are endeavouring to deceive others. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Some people are so much afraid of being deceived, that they never venture to trust; like misers, their avarice destroys their gain. - Norman MacDonald

The best way to deceive a knave is to tell him the truth. - Ivan Panin

There is no killing the suspicion that deceit has once begotten. - George Eliot

Monday, 30 July 2012


A decision is the action an executive must take when he has information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself. - Arthur Radford

A decision made at night may be changed in the morning. - Unknown

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. - Tony Robbins

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. - Bill Cosby

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. - H. L. Hunt

Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. Decision is the courageous facing of issues. It is focusing the powers of intelligence, meditation and prayer on the thing to be decided. - Unknown

Decision need not always be made at once. Deciding to delay making a decision is a decision in itself. Decision awakens the spirit of man. The great decision comes first, and the great work follows. - Unknown

Decisions determine destiny. - Unknown

Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all. - Brian Tracy

Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who don’t have to deal with the results. - Unknown

If decisions were a choice between alternatives, decisions would come easy. Decision is the selection and formulation of alternatives. - Kenneth Burke

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. - Theodore Roosevelt

It is in your moment of decision that your destiny is shaped. - Anthony Robbins

It might be true that there are six billion people in this world and counting, but nevertheless...what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference, first of all, in material terms. It makes a difference to other people and it sets an example. In short, I think the message here is that we should never simply write ourselves off or see each other as a victim of various forces. It's always our decision who we are. - Unknown

It’s easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options. - Robert Half

No one learns to make right decisions without being free to make wrong ones. - Kenneth Sollitt

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. - Napoleon Boneparte

Once the decision has been made, close your ear even to the best counter argument: sign of a strong character. Thus an occasional will to stupidity. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. - Keri Russell

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. - Tony Robbins

That's the thing about freewill: Every decision we make is a choice against something as much as it is for something else. - Rebecca Serle

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. - Sun Tzu

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature. - Sigmund Freud

When possible make the decisions now, even if action is in the future. A reviewed decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment. - Wm. B. Given

Whenever I decided something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. - Maya Angelou

We make our decisions, and then our decisions turn around and make us. - F. W. Boreham

You must know that in any moment a decision you make can change the course of your life forever: the very next person you stand behind in line or sit next to on an airplane, the very next phone call you make or receive, the very next movie you see or book you read or page you turn could be the one single thing that causes the floodgates to open, and all of the things that you've been waiting for to fall into place. - Tony Robbins

You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life. - Joel Osteen

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

How Did It Get So Late So Soon?

How did it get so late so soon?
Its night before its afternoon.
December is here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flown.
How did it get so late so soon?
 - Theodor Geisel

Friday, 27 July 2012


A good deed is never lost. - Unknown

It is only our deeds that reveal who we are. - Carl Jung

Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after. - Marcus Aurelius

Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison. - The Buddha

Our deeds follow us, and what we have been makes us what we are. - John Dykes

Our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel. - Unknown

Small  deeds done are better than big deeds planned. - Peter Marshall

That light we see is burning in my hall. How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. - Shakespeare

The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people will hear today. - Saint Francis of Assisi

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention. - Unknown

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see. - Ella Wilcox 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Quote Worthy

Never ever suggest they don't have to pay you. What they pay for, they'll value. What they get for free, they'll take for granted, and then demand as a right. Hold them up for all the market will bear. - Lois Mcmaster Bujold  

He who confers a favour should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred and to talk of it, is little different from reproach. - Demosthenes  

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself. - Charles Lamb  

Candour is a proof of both a just frame of mind and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman. - James Fenimore Cooper  

Language is one of the greatest gifts man has devised for himself. It ranks, alongside the discovery of fire and the wheel, as a major influence in making modern man what he is today. - Edward Roscoe Murrow   

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Lao Tzu

Quotes by the sage, Lao Tzu

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.

When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Because of a great love, one is courageous.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

He who talks more is sooner exhausted.

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

Silence is a source of great strength.

To lead people, walk behind them.

Nature is not human hearted.

Be the chief but never the lord.

He who is contented is rich.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Food For Thought

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. - Joseph Addison

Because of the law of gravitation the apple falls to the ground. Because of the law of growth the acorn becomes a mighty oak. Because of the law of causation, a man is ‘as he thinketh in his heart’. Nothing can happen without its adequate cause. - Don Carlos Musser

There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, we are now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. - William Shakespeare

Monday, 23 July 2012

Points of View

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Sunday, 22 July 2012


To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done – this is how I desire to spend wisely my days. - Thomas Dreier

Although men have a common destiny, each individual also has to work out his own personal salvation for himself. We can help one another to find the meaning of life no doubt. But in the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for ‘finding himself’. If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence. You cannot tell me who I am, and I cannot tell you who you are. If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you? - Thomas Merton

Friday, 20 July 2012


A defeat to a brave man is only a victory deferred. - James Ellis

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. - Sallust 

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat. - Louis L’amour

A young man is not fitted for life's battle until he has met and survived defeat. - Lewis F. Korns

Always have the situation under control, even if losing. Never betray an inward sense of defeat. - Arthur Ashe

Avoid defeat and you will avoid success. - Chinese Proverb

Be gracious in defeat. - Unknown

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. - Marilyn vos Savant

Defeat begins with the fear that one has lost. - Kobo Abe

Defeat is always momentary. - Peter Jackson

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. - George Edward Woodberry

Defeat isn’t bitter, if you don’t swallow it. - Unknown

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. - Edwin Markham

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. - Josephus Daniels

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus. - Bishop Robert South 

Defeat teaches us life's most valuable lessons. - Chinese Proverb

He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat. - John Steinbeck

Humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. - Ralph Ellison

If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat. - Jean-Paul Sartre

It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. - Henry Ward Beecher

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

One test of strength is the ability to take defeat graciously. - Lewis F. Korns

The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become. - Unknown

The first step in our journey of prosperity often is defeat. - Edward Counsel

The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own. - Bill Bradley

There is no defeat except from within. - American Proverb

To be defeated, but not to give in, is victory. - Neal Ascherson 

True discipline is really just self-remembering; no forcing or fighting is necessary. - Charles Eisenstein

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. - John F. Kennedy

We learn little from victory, much from defeat. - Japanese Proverb

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou

What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better. - Wendell Phillips

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. - Napoleon Hill

When you are defeated, just push forward and keep going, prove to yourself that you’ll never stay down. - Unknown

Where defeat is inevitable, it is expedient to yield. - Roman Proverb 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Quote Worthy

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I woke up, I am reborn - Mahatma Gandhi

Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time. - Eleanor Carroll Chilton

Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may be both wisdom and safety. - Tryon Edwards
He who is humble is confident and wise. He who brags is insecure and lacking. - Lisa Edmondson

A pint cant hold a quart if it holds a pint, it is doing all that can be expected of it. - Margaret Deland

Opposites can attract, as in magnetism. Or explode, as in matter and antimatter. - Peter David

Search not to find things too deeply hid; Nor try to know things whose knowledge is forbid. - John Denham

First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then prepare to improve on the worst. - Dale Carnegie

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Zhuang 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.

If a man is crossing a river and an empty boat collides with his own skiff, even though he be a bad-tempered man he will not become very angry. But if he sees a man in the boat, he will shout at him to steer clear. If the shout is not heard, he will shout again, and yet again, and begin cursing. And all because there is somebody in the boat. Yet if the boat were empty, he would not be shouting, and not angry. If you can empty your own boat crossing the river of the world, no one will oppose you, no one will seek to harm you.... Who can free himself from achievement, and from fame, descend and be lost amid the masses of men? He will flow like Tao, unseen, he will go about like Life itself with no name and no home. Simple is he, without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool. His steps leave no trace. He has no power. He achieves nothing, has no reputation. Since he judges no one, no one judges him. Such is the perfect man: His boat is empty. - Chuang Tzu

You train your eye and your vision lusts after color. You train your ear, and you long for delightful sound. You delight in doing good, and your natural kindness is blown out of shape. You delight in righteousness, and you become righteous beyond all reason. You overdo liturgy, and you turn into a ham actor. Overdo your love of music, and you play corn. Love of wisdom leads to wise contriving. Love of knowledge leads to faultfinding. If men would stay as they really are, taking or leaving these eight delights would make no difference. But if they will not rest in their right state, the eight delights develop like malignant tumors. The world falls into confusion. Since men honour these delights, and lust after them, the world has gone stone-blind. When the delight is over, they still will not let go of it. . . . - Chuang Tzu

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Food For Thought

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. - Joseph Addison

Because of the law of gravitation the apple falls to the ground. Because of the law of growth the acorn becomes a mighty oak. Because of the law of causation, a man is ‘as he thinketh in his heart’. Nothing can happen without its adequate cause. - Don Carlos Musser

There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, we are now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. - William Shakespeare

Monday, 16 July 2012

Very Drunk

              A man had been drinking at a pub all night. The bartender finally said that the bar was closing. So the man stood up to leave and fell flat on his face. He tried to stand one more time; same result. He figured he would crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that would sober him up.
              Once outside he stood up and fell flat on his face. So he decided to crawl the four blocks to his home. When he arrived at the door he stood up and again fell flat on his face. He crawled through the door and into his bedroom. When he reached his bed he tried one more time to stand up. This time he managed to pull himself upright, but he quickly fell right into bed and was sound asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.
              He was awakened the next morning to his wife standing over him, shouting, “So, you’ve been out drinking again!”
              “What makes you say that?’’ he asked, putting on an innocent look.
              “The pub called - you left your wheelchair there again.”

Sunday, 15 July 2012


A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. - Fisher Ames

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. - Thomas Jefferson

A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb. - Emil Cioran

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. - James Madison

All those hints and glimpses of a larger and more satisfying democracy, which literature and our own hopes supply, have a tendency to slip away from us and to leave us sadly unguided and perplexed when we attempt to act upon them. - Jane Addams

Although our interests as citizens vary, each one is an artery to the heart that pumps life through the body politic, and each is important to the health of democracy. - Bill Moyers

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. - Isaac Asimov

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. - Abraham Lincoln

As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences. - Eugene McCarthy

Democracy and so-called human rights are only a window dressing designed to keep the naked facts hidden under a cloak of false decency. - Paula Horan

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what it is you want to hear. - Alan Coren

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. - Irving Kristol

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. - James Russell Lowell

Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. - Plato

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. - George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a double edge sword. - Roger Anderson

Democracy is a form of the state, it represents, on the one hand, the organized, systematic use of force against persons; but, on the other hand, it signifies the formal recognition of equality of citizens, the equal right of all to determine the structure of, and to administer, the state. - Vladimir Lenin

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. - H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a system that gives people a chance to elect rascals of their own choice. - Doug Larson

Democracy is alive, and like any other living thing it either flourishes and grows or withers and dies. There is no in-between. - Saul Alinsky

Democracy is also a single ideology, and, like all such templates, it has its limits. what works in a legislature might not work in a corporation. - Fareed Zakaria

Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation. - Iskander Mirza

Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. - Abbie Hoffman

Everybody’s for democracy in principle. It’s only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections. - Meg Greenfield

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. - Will Rogers

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. - John Adams

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. - Thomas Jefferson

A Short Poem

Oh why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a fast-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
He passes from life to his rest in the grave.
 - Lord Byron

Saturday, 14 July 2012


Let go of people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues. - Unknown

People may not always tell you how they feel about you, but they will always show you. - Unknown

People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road does not mean they are lost. - Dalai Lama

Surround yourself with the right people; people who are on the move, focused, determined and ambitious to achieve more! - Unknown

Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults. Cry behind closed doors and fight battles that nobody knows about. - Unknown

People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older. - Sydney J. Harris

People may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. - Carl W. Buechner

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. - John William Gardner

Some people cause happiness wherever they go. Some people cause happiness whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry. - Oscar Wilde

Be nice to people on your way up because you meet ’em on your way down. - Jimmy Durante 

People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent. - Bob Dylan

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after. - Oliver Goldsmith

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. - George Bernard Shaw

People who take the time to be alone usually have depth, originality, and quiet reserve. - John Miller

People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend. - Walter Savage Landor 

People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader - occasionally in the right direction. - Alexander Chase

The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas. - Lois Wyse

There just isn’t any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying. - Robert Mitchum

If the people will lead, eventually the leaders will follow. - Florence Robinson 

Know people for who they are rather than for what they are. - Anthony D'Angelo

The only normal people are the one’s you don’t know very well. - Alfred Adler

People who make no noise are dangerous. - Jean De La Fontaine

Friday, 13 July 2012


Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer. - Dorothy Rowe

Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It's always there, though. - Jeffrey Eugenides

Depression is one of the few psychological disorders that can be said to be fatal. Of all the consequences, suicide is, of course, the starkest consequence of the individual’s feelings of hopelessness and debility. - Constance Hammen

Depression is the inability to construct a future. - Rollo May

Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say. - Carl Jung

During depression the world disappears ... because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on? - Kate Millett

Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful. - Giles Andrea

I waste at least an hour every day lying in bed. Then I waste time pacing. I waste time thinking. I waste time being quiet and not saying anything because I’m afraid I’ll stutter. - Ned Vizzini

I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does. - Henry Rollins

If depression is creeping up and must be faced, learn something about the nature of the beast: You may escape without a mauling. - R. W. Shepherd

Like those rare conditions which causes a person's own immune system to assault itself, depression is a disorder wherein the self-attacks the self. - Terrence Real

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken. - C.S. Lewis

Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from normal experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain ... it is entirely natural that the victim begins to think ceaselessly of oblivion. - William Styron

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. - Dodie Smith

Perhaps the saddest irony of depression is that suicide happens when the patient gets a little better and can again function sufficiently. - Dick Cavett

Something crucial about depression ... The smarter you were, the worse it was. The sharper your brain, the more it cut you up. - Jeffrey Eugenides

That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. - Elizabeth Wurtzel

The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it. Not ever. - Nina LaCour

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds. - Laurel K. Hamilton

There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, "There now, hang on, you'll get over it." Sadness is more or less like a head cold – with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer. - Barbara Kingsolver

When you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. - Dr. Seuss

You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone. - Fiona Apple


A desert is a place without expectation. - Nadine Gordimer

I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch. - Ella Maillart

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In the desert, the line between life and death is sharp and quick. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

In the desert, the only god is a well. - Vera Nazarian

Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul. - Edward Counsel

Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light. - Joyce Carol Oates

Water, water, water.... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be. - Edward Abbey

Design - Quotes

A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense. - Bruno Munari

A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do. - Niklaus Wirth

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. - Charles Eames

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs

Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking. - Chris Pullman

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all… good design must primarily serve people. - Thomas J. Watson

Good design doesn’t date. Bad design does. - Paul Rand

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design. - Charles Eames

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before. - Herodotus

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. - Walt Disney


A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand

A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves. - Swami Sivananda

A desire scorned and neglected is an enemy lying in wait with bared dagger. - Abraham Miller

A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. - John Adams

All human activity is prompted by desire. - Bertrand Russell

All movement, of every creature, comes from the desire after something better. - Charles Buxton

Before we passionately desire a thing, we should examine the happiness of its possessor. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Concentrate all your thoughts on the great desire in your life. This concentration must be continuous, unceasing – every minute; every hour; every day; every week. - Charles E. Popplestone

Desire builds new victory out of temporary defeat. - Unknown

Desire is a teacher: When we immerse ourselves in it without guilt, shame, or clinging, it can show us something special about our own minds that allows us to embrace life fully. Mark Epstein

Desire is the creator; desire is the destroyer. - Hari Da Baba

Desire is the ingredient that changes the hot water of mediocrity to the steam of outstanding success. - Zig Ziglar 

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. - Napoleon Hill

Desire is this absurdity that holds open the infinity of possibility. Ever optimistic, ever resourceful, desire tells us what it sees as it speeds ahead on its divine wings. What we cannot see, desire describes, and then it goads us to travel on until we have given birth to Joy. - Wendy Farley

Desire is neither good nor bad. It initiates greatness as well as undermining it. Desire is like water for it seeks the lowest point in man. Control it like a dam controls a mighty river and you can harness enough power to change the world. - Stephen Maniscalco

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. - Napoleon Hill

Desire is the very essence of man. - Benedict de Spinoza

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence. - William Blake

He who destroyed craving has overcome all sorrow. Conquer your desires or they will conquer you. - Unknown

I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now. - Peter Mcwilliams

In all your desires, let reason go before you, and do not set your hopes beyond the bounds of probability; so shall success attend all your undertakings, and your heart will not be vexed with disappointments. - Unknown

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents. - Eric Hoffer

It will not do, my friend, to grant an easy indulgence to natural appetite and desire, for they ever seek to be our masters. - T. S. Arthur

Many a talented individual failed because they lacked desire. Many victories have been snatched by the underdog because they wanted it more. So if you desire ‘intensely’ and you act upon it, then everything stands within your reach. - Unknown

Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire. - Dan Brown

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment. - Eric Butterworth

Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation. - Elbert Hubbard

The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed. - John McDonald

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. - Napoleon Hill

There are two tragedies in life. One is not get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it. - George Bernard Shaw

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves. - Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none. - Christian Bovee

Where perception is, there also are pain and pleasure, and where these are, there, of necessity, is desire. - Aristotle

On another note ...

Desires are egotistic cravings. - Shui-ch'ing Tzu

He who desires is always poor. - Claudius

To have more, desire less. - Unknown