Friday, 30 March 2012

Charity - Quotes

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog. - Jack London

A charitable man is like an apple tree – he gives his fruit and is silent; the philanthropist is like the successful hen. - Austin O’Malley

As the furnace purifies the silver, so does charity rid wealth of its dross. - William Scott Downey

As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity. - Chanakya 

Charity begins at home, but should not end there. - Thomas Fuller

Charity begins at home. - Terence

Charity is ... a universal remedy against discord, and an holy cement for mankind. - William Penn

Charity need not be in the form of money. It could also be your time and energy to a worthwhile community project, or the loving-kindness you extend daily to others mentally. - Unknown

Charity sees the need not the cause. - German Proverb

Charity starts from the heart, and is expressed in actions. - Unknown

Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her egg and then cackles. - Henry Ward Beecher

Generosity is a sharing of pleasure. But real charity is always accompanied by a willing sacrifice. - Unknown

He who hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none. - Lancelot Andrewes

If you combine all the spectral rays into a single beam, you get white light; and, if you combine all the virtues into a single beam, you get charity. - Austin O’Malley

In charity there is no excess. - Francis Bacon

Nothing contributes more to make men polite and civilized, than true and genuine Charity. - Wellins Calcott

Some men mistake generosity for charity: these flatter themselves that they are giving gratuitously, whilst they are merely rewarding secret services offered their vanity. - Norman MacDonald

That charity which longs to publish itself ceases to be charity. - Eliza Cook

The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation. - William Hutton

The living need charity more than the dead. - George Arnold

The small charity that comes from the heart is better than the great charity that comes from the head. - Ivan Panin

True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense. - Emanuel Swedenborg

We should be sure, when we rebuke a want of charity, to do it with charity. - Christian Nestell Bovee

When our cup runs over, we let others drink the drops that fall, but not a drop from within the rim, and call it charity; when the crumbs are swept from our table, we think it generous to let the dogs eat them; as if that were charity which permits others to have what we cannot keep. - Henry Ward Beecher

When we do any good to others, we do as much, or more, good to ourselves. - Benjamin Whichcote

Where charity keeps pace with gain, industry is blessed. - William Penn

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Quote Worthy

Each of us has to work out his salvation in his own way. The most that another can do is to be able to give a helping hand. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Playing safe is probably the most unsafe thing in the world. You cannot stand still. You must go forward. - Robert Collier 

Let your own Discretion be your tutor; suit the action to the word, the word to the action. - Shakespeare

No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time. - James Baldwin 

If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present. - Les Brown

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. - Lauren Bacall 

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny. - Plutarch

It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived. - Rene Descartes

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


 An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity. - Michelde Montaigne

Chastity is oftener owing to diffidence and shame, than to fortitude of reason or virtue. - Norman MacDonald

You can put a chastity belt around the body, but you cannot put it around the mind. - Evan Esar

Fat Facts

Myth: All types of fat are the same and equally bad for you.
Fact: Saturated fat and trans fat are bad for you because they raise your level of ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase our risk for heart disease.
But monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat are good for you, lowering your ‘bad’ cholesterol level and your risk of heart disease.

Myth: Lowering the amount of fat intake is what counts.
Fact: The mix of types of fat eaten, rather than the total amount in the diet, is what matters most. The key is to eat more good types of fat and less bad types of fat.

Myth: Fat-free equals being healthy.
Fact: Many types of fat-free food are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and calories.

Myth: Eating a low-fat diet is the key to weight loss.
Fact: Cutting calories is the key to weight loss and since fat is filling, it can help curb overeating.

Myth: All body fat is the same.
Fact: Where you carry your fat matters. The health risks are greater if your weight tends to accumulate around your abdomen, as opposed to your hips and thighs.
A lot of belly fat is stored deep below the skin surrounding the abdominal organs and liver, and having too much of belly fat is closely linked to insulin resistance and diabetes.

Source: Helpguide, a non-profit website in collaboration with Harvard Health Publications, the consumer health publishing division of Harvard Medical School.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Food For Thought

He who is silent is forgotten; he who does not advance falls back; he who stops is overwhelmed; he who ceases to grow becomes smaller; he who leaves off, gives up; the condition of standing still is the beginning of the end. - Henri Frederic Amiel

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. - Louisa May Alcott

The man who is fond of complaining likes to remain amid the objects of his vexation. He will most strongly revolt against every means proposed for his deliverance. This is what suits him. He asks nothing better than to sigh over his position and to remain in it. - Francois Guizot

Monday, 26 March 2012

Drive Carefully

A video for everyone who has the keys to a vehicle. It is perhaps one of the most intense commercials that I've ever seen and very well made - very moving and very life like. It should have a very strong impact.

A five minute retrospective of the road safety campaigns produced by the TAC over the last 20 years has been compiled. The montage features iconic scenes and images from commercials that have helped change they way we drive, all edited to the moving song Everybody Hurts by REM.

This campaign is a chance to revisit some of the images that have been engraved on our memories, remember the many thousands of people who have been affected by road trauma and remind us all that for everyone’s sake; please, drive safely.

Transport Accident Commission Victoria.

Sunday, 25 March 2012


A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation... is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run. - George Matthew Adams

Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life. - John Ruskin

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body. - Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. - Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness removes the rust from the mind, lubricates our inward machinery, and enables us to do our work with fewer creaks and groans. If people were universally cheerful, there wouldnt be half the quarreling or a tenth part of the wickedness there is. Cheerfulness, too, promotes health and morality. Cheerful people live longest here on earth, afterward in our hearts. - Unknown

Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us. - Charlotte Bronte

How true it is that, if we are cheerful and contented, all nature smiles, the air seems more balmy, the sky clearer, the earth has a brighter green. . . the flowers are more fragrant. . . and the sun, moon, and stars all appear more beautiful, and seem to rejoice with us. - Orison Swett Marden

The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer up somebody else. - Mark Twain

The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith. - Ella Wilcox 

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance. The cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it better, and will preserve it longer. - Thomas Carlyle


Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multi-dimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience – to appreciate the fact that life is complex. - M. Scott Peck 

Like a morning dream, life becomes brighter the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end. - Jean Paul Richter

One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering. - Ida Scott Taylor

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Chess - Quotes

Chess is in its essence a game, in its form an art, and in its execution a science. - Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand Und Der Lasa

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind. - Pascal

Chess is too troublesome a game for some men's brains; it is too full of anxiety, all but as bad as study; besides it is a testy, choleric game, and very offensive to him that loseth the mate. - Robert Burton

Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent's mind. - Bobby Fischer

In the game of chess we see illustrated the game of life and its vicissitudes – success and failure. - Opoix

It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to. - Kazoo Ishiguro

The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. By playing at Chess then, we may learn: 1st, Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action ... 2nd, Circumspection, which surveys the whole Chess-board, or scene of action: - the relation of the several Pieces, and their situations; ... 3rd, Caution, not to make our moves too hastily. - Benjamin Franklin

Friday, 23 March 2012


A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often. - Unknown

A child building a sandcastle is not "working hard". It doesn’t seem to him to be a task. It simply fills his imagination at the time it’s going on, and anything else is an irritant. - Jonathan Miller

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice - but as yet unstained. - Lyman Abbott

A child is an uncut diamond. - Austin O’Malley

A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit. - Francois Rabelais

A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes –  and it will come – may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system. - Jane Smiley

A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passer-by leaves a mark. - Chinese Saying

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. - Unknown

Before children can learn how to resolve conflict, they must empty their cup with respect to believing that aggression should always be met with aggression. - Terrence Webster-Doyle

By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments. - Eileen Kennedy-Moore

Children are a comfort to men because the youngsters cannot contradict them. - Abraham Miller

Children are natural mimics. They act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners. - Grenville Kleiser

Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them into imbeciles like ourselves, with high I.Q.’s if possible. - R. D. Laing

Children are poor mens riches. - English Proverb

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision. - Aldous Huxley

Children are the boldest philosophers. They enter life naked, not covered by the smallest fig leaf of dogma, absolutes, creeds. This is why every question they ask is so absurdly naïve and so frighteningly complex. - Yevgeny Zamyatin

Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they're not treating them as possessions or toys. - Charles de Lint

Children are the great gamble. From the moment they are born, our helplessness increases. Instead of being ours to mould and shape after our best knowledge and endeavour, they are themselves. - Josephine Hart

Children aren’t colouring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favourite colours. - Khaled Hosseini

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us. - Unknown

Children have never been any good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. - James Baldwin 

Children learn more from what you are than what you teach. - W. E. B DuBois

Children need models more than they need critics. - Joseph Joubert

Dont handicap your children by making their lives easy. - Robert Heinlein

Dont limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. - Rabbinical Saying

Every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends toward the formation of character. - Hosea Ballou

I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should. Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. - Walt Disney

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. - Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. - L. R. Knost

It is important to communicate to children about what we are going through. We often speak in half truths. We don't frame the truth or explain our experience in terms they can understand. We need to take time to do this. What has to happen is that more people have to get involved with more children. Focus energy on the child. Children are raising themselves these days in all sorts of strange ways. - James Redfield

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. - Ann Landers

Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. - Jim Henson

Look at the world through a child’s eyes and see if that would not bring a little zest for living back into your life. - Unknown

No child is born a criminal: no child is born an angel: he’s just born. - Sir Sydney Smith

Some people never learn how to talk to kids. They turn up the volume and enunciate with extra care, as if talking to a partially deaf immigrant. They sound as if they're reading lines somebody else wrote for them, or as if what they're saying is really for the benefit of other adults listening and not just for the child. Kids sense that and turn off. - F. Paul Wilson

Spend time with children. Learn more about laughter, spontaneity, curiosity, acceptance, resilience, trust, determination, and your imagination. They are here to teach us. - Unknown

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe. - Jean Paul Richter

The greatest gifts you can give your children are … the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. - Denis Waitley

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. - Stephen Nachmanovitch

The native and untaught suggestions of inquisitive children do often offer things, that may set a considering man's thoughts on work. And I think there is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men, who talk in a road, according to the notions they have borrowed, and the prejudices of their education. - John Locke

Train your child as if you were preparing a prince for his future reign, for he will grow up to be one of the forces that shapes the future of mankind. - Unknown

We teach children to save their money. As an attempt to counteract thoughtless and selfish expenditure, that has value. But it is not positive; it does not lead the child into the safe and useful avenues of self-expression or self-expenditure. To teach a child to invest and use is better than to teach him to save. - Henry Ford

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that the is someone today. - Stacia Tauscher

Whatever you teach a child, whether it is through your words or through your actions, lives on forever in his or her heart. - Unknown

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart. - Horace Mann

When people talk about wanting to "have children someday," what they really mean is that they want babies. Nobody wants an angry adolescent. Nobody wants an obnoxious seven-year-old trying to wear out dirty words they just learned in school that day. What they really want is cute, adorable babies who love you and need you. The bad stuff is just the price you agree to pay for having the good stuff. - Paul Reiser

You cannot fail to parent your children at home, then expect teachers to work miracles with them in the classroom. - Unknown

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Quote Worthy

What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out. - William Wordsworth

The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us. - Quentin James Reynolds

No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port. - Michel De Montaigne

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

I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. - Tom Landry

It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. - Gerard Patrick Roeling

He who lives without folly is not so wise as he imagines. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented. - Andre Gide

To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind. - Theophile Gautier

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

The King And The Sage

              A king asked a sage to explain the Truth. In response the sage asked the king how he would convey the taste of a mango to someone who had never eaten anything sweet. No matter how hard the king tried, he could not adequately describe the flavour of the fruit, and, in frustration, he demanded of the sage, "Tell me then, how would you describe it?" 
              The sage picked up a mango and handed it to the king saying "This is very sweet. Try eating it!"

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Food For Thought

The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such. - Og Mandino

The longer I live and the more experience I have of the world, the more I am convinced that, after all, the one thing that is most worth living for – and dying for, if need be – is the opportunity of making someone else more happy and more useful. - Booker T. Washington

The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be. - Robert Fulghum

Childhood - Quotes

Childhood is like being drunk; everyone remembers what you did, except you. - Unknown

Childhood is that wonderful time of life when all you need to do to lose weight is take a bath. - Grenville Kleiser

Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good. - Katherine Anne Porter

Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul. - Dave Pelzer

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. - Tom Stoppard

It was strange how some of childhood's words and ways fell at the wayside and were left behind, while others clamped tight and rode for life, growing the heavier to carry as time passed. - Stephen King

So the first step out of childhood is made all at once, without looking before or behind, without caution, and nothing held in reserve. - Ursula K. le Guin

The young remember most deeply … When we are old and failing, it is the memories of childhood which can be summoned most clearly. - Dan Simmons

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. - Graham Greene

When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind. - Patrick Rothfuss

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood. - Sam Ewing

You can go through life and make new friends every year – every month practically – but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel. - Alexander McCall Smith

You get the feeling that childhood does not last as long as it used to. Innocence gets harder to hold on to as the world gets older, as it accumulates more experience, more mileage and more blood on the tracks. - Martin Amis

Monday, 19 March 2012


Examination Grades

            Student: Sir, I have a complaint. I do not believe I deserve a zero on this exam.
            Professor: Neither do I, but it is the lowest grade I can give.

Be Pragmatic

            Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.

Job Applicant

            Manager: Sorry, but I can’t give you a job. I don’t need much help.
            Job Applicant: That’s all right. In fact, I’m just the right person in this case. You see, I won’t be of much help anyway!

Crime In The City

            Crime was getting so bad in a city. A burglar told the police that he only robs stores in the daytime “….because I’m afraid to be out on the streets at night with so much money.”

Sunday, 18 March 2012


Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices. - Dr. Paul Tournier

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until, nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means. - Robert Luis Stevenson

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. - Pope Paul Vi

Friday, 16 March 2012


A man cannot directly chose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it. You can not travel within and stand still without. - James Allen

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. Man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the maker of himself, the shaper and author of environment. - James Allen

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise. - Unknown

Dwell upon the brightest parts in every prospect, and strive to be pleased with the present circumstances. - Unknown

Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. It is character which builds an existence out of circumstance. From the same materials one man builds palaces, another hovels; one warehouses, another villas; bricks and mortar are mortar and bricks until the architect can make them something else. - Thomas Carlyle

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they cannot find them, make them. - George Bernard Shaw

The good or bad is not in the circumstance, but only in the mind of him that encounters it. - James Allen

We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice. - Dalai Lama 

We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within. - Earl Nightingale

What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way. - Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Quote Worthy

The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. - Rene Descartes 

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The question is not why good people have trials, but how shall good people respond when they are tried? - Marion D. Hanks

Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being. - Rumi

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell 

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. - Hilaire Belloc

Everything - a horse, a vine - is created for some duty... For what task, then, were you yourself created? - Marcus Aurelius

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable. - Rene Descartes

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Good Thoughts And Good Deeds

Good thoughts and good deeds send rays of illumination to others and are far more important and helpful than we realize. The realization of loving thoughts and a compassionate understanding towards others has a subtle but tremendous influence, whatever it is directed. Therefore we should use these tools of the spiritual self for the advancement of ourselves and others. Our visualized ideals, good thoughts and practical works are the means whereby we advance daily.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Food For Thought

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity. - Christopher Morley

As you grow, you develop the ideal of where your true belonging could be – the place, the home, the partner, and the work. You seldom achieve all the elements of the ideal, but it travels with you as the criterion and standard of what true belonging could be. - John O'Donohue

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player. - Albert Einstein

Monday, 12 March 2012

The Fire Truck

              A fire started on some grassland near a farm. The county fire department was called to put the fire out. The fire was more than the county fire department could handle. 
              Someone suggested that a nearby volunteer bunch be called. Though there was doubt that the volunteer outfit would be of any assistance, the call was made. 
              The volunteers arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They rumbled straight towards the fire and stopped in the middle of the flames. 
              The firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the centre of the fire, breaking the blaze into two easily controllable parts. 
              Watching all this, the farmer was so impressed with the volunteer fire department’s work and was so grateful that his farm had been spared, that right there on the spot he presented the volunteers with a check for one thousand dollars. 
              A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what the department planned to do with the funds. “That oughta be obvious,” he responded, wiping ashes off his coat. “The first thing we’re gonna do is get the brakes fixed on that darn fire truck!”

Sunday, 11 March 2012


Do not carry the burden of the past; do not live in the future. The only important thing is that one lives in the present authentically and fully. Whatever your current life is, be the most you can be by living in the moment. - Chan Chih

If each of us can be helped by science to live a hundred years, what will it profit us if our hates and fears, our loneliness and our remorse will not permit us to enjoy them? What use is an extra year or two to the man who ‘kills’ what time he has? - David Neiswanger

No rule for higher living will help a man in the slightest until he reaches out and appropriates it for himself, until he makes it practical in his daily life, until that seed of theory in his mind blossoms into a thousand flowers of thought and word and act. - William Jordan

Friday, 9 March 2012


Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos. - Will Durant

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities. - Mark Twain

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. - Jane Addams

Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades. - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. - Ayn Rand

Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest. - Emile Zola

Civilization wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere. - Richard Bach 

Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing. - Robert E. Howard

Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces. - Frank Herbert

Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. - Eugene Victor Debs

It is the business of future to be dangerous … The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur. - Alfred North Whitehead

One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person. - William Feather

Since the same human mire remains beneath, does not all civilisation reduce itself to the superiority of smelling nice and living well? - Emile Zola

The future of civilisation depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness and hopelessness that characterizes the thoughts of men today. - Albert Schweitzer

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men. - Havelock Ellis

The man who first abused his fellows with swear-words instead of bashing their brains out with a club should be counted among those who laid the foundations of civilization. - Sir John Denham

The same old hypocrisy. Life is a fight, and the strongest wins. All civilization does is hide the blood and cover up the hate with pretty words! - Ursula K. Le Guin

We are all civilized people, which means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behaviour. - Tennessee Williams

You can tell a lot about a civilization by the quality of the people found in its jails. - David Gerrold

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Quote Worthy

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. - Confucius

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen. - Aldous Huxley 

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged. - Helen Keller

No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way. - Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Non-violence is not a cover for cowardice, but it is the supreme virtue of the brave. Exercise of non-violence requires far greater bravery than that of swordsmanship. Cowardice is wholly inconsistent with non-violence. - Mahatma Gandhi 

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Two Wolves

              An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”
              The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
              The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Food For Thought

If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust. - Lord Chesterfield

It is not enough to have a dream, unless you are willing to pursue it. It is not enough to know what is right, unless you are strong enough to do it. It is not enough to learn the truth, unless you also learn to live it. It is not enough to reach for love, unless you care enough to give it. - Samuel Smiles

Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to. - Greg Anderson

Monday, 5 March 2012

A Balancing Act

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Colours - Quotes

A world without colour is an impossible conception. It would be a world of mental darkness, of frustration, and no other gifts of civilization could, in any wise, compensate us for the loss of chromatic values. We should go mad in a colourless world. - Unknown

A world without colour would definitely be a dull place. Black-and-white photography is a fun exercise in aesthetics, but imagine if one day we all woke up to find flowers that were only shades of grey! Or fall colour that was as hue-less as rainy-day clouds. - Rob Sheppard

Colour is a highly subjective and powerful means of communicating ideas. - Paul Martin Lester

Don't think of colour as a little thing. Think of it as one of the greatest we know, and rejoice in it, train yourself to see it everywhere, to know its perfect harmonies and splendid contrasts, its delicate gradations, its depth and power. A deal of our happiness comes through colour, and much more can come if we will let it. - Hildegarde Hawthorne

The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you. - Coco Chanel

Sunday, 4 March 2012


All is well. You did not come here to fix a broken world. The world is not broken. You came here to live a wonderful life. And if you can learn to relax a little and let it all in, you will begin to see the universe present you with all that you have asked for. - Abraham

Were you to live three thousand years, or even thirty thousand, remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment; and furthermore, that he can have no other life except the one he loses... - Marcus Aurelius

Every man is the architect of his own life. He builds it just the way he wants it. However, after he has built what he wants, he sometimes decides that he doesn’t like what he has built and looks for someone or something to blame instead of changing himself. - Sydney Madwed

Saturday, 3 March 2012


People’s lives change. To keep all your old friends is like keeping all your old clothes – pretty soon your closet is so jammed and everything so crushed you can’t find anything to wear. Help these friends when they need you; bless the years and happy times when you meant a lot to each other, but try not to have the guilts if new people mean more to you now. - Helen Gurley Brown

Someone has said that a friend is a bank of credit on which we can draw supplies of confidence, counsel, sympathy, help, and love. And that is true, for if you have a genuine friend, you possess riches greater than silver or gold. Which, of course, brings us to the other side of the question: Are you, and am I, the kind of friend that others can treasure? - Esther Baldwin York

There is no friend like the old friend who has shared our morning days, No greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise; Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection. - Jean Paul Richter

Friday, 2 March 2012


A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance. - Unknown

Commitment is a binding, but happy, response to duty. It is at once peaceful yet compelling, for it obligates one to action. It is essential to the good life. It is doing what everyone can do. - James M. Paramore

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism. - Unknown

Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the ‘right stuff’ to turn our dreams into reality. - James Womack

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt. - Rollo May 

The secret  of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. - Lin Yutang

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that 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 decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers. - Les Brown