Thursday, 31 May 2012

Quote Worthy

When chickens quit quarrelling over their food they often find that there is enough for all of them. I wonder if it might not be the same with the human race. - Don Marquis  

The most centred and happy among us are those who embrace life, love, people, food, music, art – even the challenges of frustrations, aging and death – with a passion. - Leo Buscaglia   

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. - Alexander Graham Bell  

There are three things necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. - St Thomas  

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance. - Akhnaton  

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Cosmos

The Cosmos is a body of chi. Chi has the properties of yin and yang. When chi is spread out, it permeates all things; when it coalesces it becomes nebulous. When this settles into form it becomes matter. When it disintegrates it returns to its original state. - Zhang Dai

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations - each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. - Ruth Bernhard

We are the living links in a life force that moves and plays around and through us, binding the deepest soils with the farthest stars. - Alan Chadwick

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Food For Thought

Whenever I see an erring man, I say to myself I have also erred; when I see a lustful man I say to myself, so was I once; and in this way I feel kinship with everyone in the world and feel that I cannot be happy without the humblest of us being happy. - Mahatma Gandhi

The effects of our actions may be postponed but they are never lost. There is an inevitable reward for good deeds and an inescapable punishment for bad. Meditate upon this truth, and seek always to earn good wages from Destiny. - Wu Ming Fu

There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance. - Arthur Helps


Divorce is an embarrassing public admission of defeat. - Tracy Letts

Divorce is like cutting off a gangrened arm to save the rest of the body. - David Knox & Caroline Schacht

Divorce is one of the most stressful life events anyone goes through. Only the loss of a loved one and moving are even in its class, difficulty-wise – and divorcing generally involves both of those as well. Even when you are the one initiating the divorce, the enormous changes that result are bound to throw you off and leave you feeling, at the very least, a bit lost. - Emily Doskow

Divorce is the result of a lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as teammates in an intimate relationship. - Gary Chapman

Divorce isn't such a tragedy. A tragedy's staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce. - Jennifer Weiner

Divorce lawyers stoke anger and fear in their clients, knowing that as long as the conflicts remain unresolved the revenue stream will keep flowing. - Craig Ferguson

For a couple with young children, divorce seldom comes as a “solution” to stress, only as a way to end one form of pain and accept another. - Fred Rogers

Going through a divorce is like having every aspect of your life played back. Anything you have mishandled or regretted is talked about by everyone as they try to figure out who was right and who the innocent party really is. The comfort you once experienced is gone completely. There are many choices for new comfort, but most of them have no value except introducing new addictions or pounds of fat or guilt. - Kandace Cooper

Grown-ups are worried that they're going to ruin their children's lives, but divorce is just a life experience and you learn from it. - Evan Stern

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find and continue to find grounds for marriage. - Robert Woodruff Anderson

I've been through divorce and will always be a "divorced kid".... For me, my parent's divorce was hard at first, but I overcame my sadness and my fears about it. I know that my parents are happier apart. And I'm happy with the way things are, too.... Divorce can sometimes be for the better. You may end up with happier parents, and you will definitely learn a lot about yourself! And that's the whole point of growing up. So if you think about it, there are reasons to be happy about this experience, if you can learn and grow from it. - Zoe Stern

Many divorces are not really the result of irreparable injury but involve, instead, a desire on the part of the man or woman to shatter the setup, start out from scratch alone, and make life work for them all over again. They want the risk of disaster, want to touch bottom, see where bottom is, and, coming up, to breathe the air with relief and relish again. - Edward Hoagland

No matter how you slice it, divorce is expensive and time-consuming. The most important variable is how well you and your spouse are able to put aside your anger and grief and cooperate on the big issues of money and children. The better you are at working together to make decisions for your changing family structure, the better for your bank account and for your chances of emerging from the divorce with a decent relationship with your ex. - Emily Doskow

The best advice I have for other parents going through a divorce is that the kids need to know that both of their parents are good people. It’s easy to set the example of kindness and love and respect when the things are good. So if you can do that when things are hard, and wholeheartedly support their relationship with the other parent – you're showing them a certain kind of resiliency. - Bradly Whitford

The divorced person is like a man with a black patch over one eye: He looks rather dashing but the fact is that he has been through a maiming experience. - Jo Coudert

The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage. If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, 28 May 2012


There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. 

One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God without with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about. The letter read:
Dear God,
I am an 63 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension payment. Next week is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope.
Can you please help me?
The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. They all dug into their wallets and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Betty and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.
Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God. All the  workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
It read:
Dear God,
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful Gift.
By the way, there was $4 missing. I think it might have been those bastards at the post office.


All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. - J.R.R. Tolkien

Do anything, but let it produce joy. - Walt Whitman

Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work. - William Arthur Ward

Do or do not. There is no try. - Yoda

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. - Oprah Winfrey

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. - Oprah Winfrey

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. - William Blake

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. - Maya Angelou

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. - Leonardo da Vinci

If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walt Disney

If you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone. - Richard Yates

It's easy to know what the right thing to do is, but it's not always easy to actually do it. - Phil Alden

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. - George Bernard Shaw

Let us do or die. - John Fletcher

There is always going to be someone who does things the easy way, but that should not stop you from doing things the right way. - Unknown

What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things. - Margaret Meade

What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us. - Henry van Dyke

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. - Confucius

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. - Jimmy Carter

Sunday, 27 May 2012


Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if, at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle, he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. - William Golding 

Except for some rather vague, broad and nebulous guidelines, none of us is ever taught how to live. We are not told the value of life nor what it means to be fully alive. We have no idea of the wonders we can take from life or of the responsibility we have to give it something in return. We are born into our world, educated to adjust to it according to the dominant and accepted mores and then pretty much left to sink or swim. -  Leo Buscaglia

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. -  Henry Miller


A great doctor kills more people than a great general. - G. W. Leibniz

A wealthy doctor who can help a poor man, and will not without a fee, has less sense of humanity than a poor ruffian, who kills a rich man to supply his necessities. - Joseph Addison

Any physician who advertises a positive cure for any disease, who issues nostrum testimonials, who sells his services to a secret remedy, or who diagnoses and treats by mail patients he has never seen, is a quack. - Samuel Hopkins Adams

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. - Voltaire

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. - Norman Cousins

For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill. - Marcel Proust

Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. - Voltaire

You can't judge the ability of a doctor by the amount of praise the undertakers give him. - Evan Esar

Friday, 25 May 2012


[Dogs] are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. - Emily Dickinson

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. - Washington Irving

A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own house, but you do not therefore own her, as you do not own the rain, or the trees, or the laws which pertain to them … A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing. - Mary Oliver

A dog does not flee from a bone. - Irish Proverb

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings

A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. - Arthur Conan Doyle

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. - Robert Benchley

A dog that will fetch a bone, will carry a bone. - R. Forby 

A dog wags its tail with its heart. - Unknown

A dog with a bone knows no friend. - Dutch Proverb

A hungry dog will eat dirty puddings. - Latin Proverb

A living dog is better than a dead lion. - Unknown

A man may smile and bid you hail, yet wish you to the devil; But when a good dog wags his tail, you know he’s on the level. - Unknown

An old dog does not bark in vain. - Spanish Proverb

An old dog will learn no tricks. - Italian Proverb

Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. - Franklin P. Jones

As the hound, so the pup. - Irish Proverb

Barking dogs seldom bite. - Unknown

Beware of the dog that does not bark. - Portuguese Proverb

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. - Emily Dickinson

Dogs are easy. If their tails are up and their eyes are soft, you're in. - Paula McLain

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras

Dogs are like a gift, a grace undeserved, that releases us into an economy of abundance, where the economic laws of scarcity and therefore competition no longer apply and where instead we feel ourselves the beneficiaries of a wealth that is actualized only as we give it away, and in giving we see something we could not see before. - Stephen H. Webb

Dogs are one of the luxuries of civilization: in uncivilized life they are perhaps more one of the necessities. - H. W. Shaw 

Dogs are obsessed with being happy. -  James Thurber

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. - Milan Kundera

Dogs are voiceless ... a critical part of having dogs is emotional responsibility: learning how to understand them and, when necessary, to speak and act on their behalf. - Jon Katz

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more. - Agatha Christie

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. - Orhan Pamuk

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. -Sigmund Freud

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. - Ann Landers

Dumb dogs are dangerous. - Unknown

Every dog must have his day. - Jonathan Swift

He is very imprudent, a dog; he never makes it his business to inquire whether you are in the right or the wrong, never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint. You are his pal. That is enough for him. - Jerome Klapka Jerome

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. - Alexander Pope

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven – and very, very few persons. - James Thurber

If our dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise. - Unknown

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. - Mark Twain

My Goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. - Unknown

No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich. - Louis Sabin

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why. - Unknown

Properly trained, a Man can be Dog’s best friend. - Corey Ford

Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job. - Franklin P. Jones

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. - Andy Rooney
The dog that trots about finds a bone. - Golda Meir

The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend. - Lord Bryon

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. - Unknown

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. - Ben Williams

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. - M. Facklam

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, what counts is the size of the fight in the dog. - Mark Twain

When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news. - Charles Anderson Dana

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Quote Worthy

At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. - Ralph Waldo Emerson  

If you wish to make a man your enemy, tell him simply, 'You are wrong.' This method works every time. - Henry C. Link  

In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought. - Gilbert Chesterton  

It is enough that I am of value to someone today. It is enough that I make a difference now. - Hugh Prather   

No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately. - Michel De Montaigne   
Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one. -  William Penn  

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. - Saint Jerome  

Preventives of evil are far better than remedies; cheaper and easier of application, and surer in result. - Tryon Edwards  

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


The person, the individual, the ego, is but an object of perception, it is only habit or error that we identify ourselves with our perceptions and this is itself the cause of all our suffering. - Jean Klein

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It's very important to be aware of them every time they come up. - Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Food For Thought

If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life, that we give to the question of what to do with two weeks vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days. - Dorothy Canfield Fisher 

Its not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely. - Leo Buscaglia

To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. - Helena Petrova Blavatsky

Monday, 21 May 2012


              Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
              A: No.
              Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
              A: No.
              Q: Did you check for breathing?
              A: No.
              Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
              A: No.
              Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
              A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
              Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
              A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

Sunday, 20 May 2012


I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret. - Tony Robbins

Three rules of life:
(1) Out of clutter, find simplicity;
(2) From discord, find harmony;
(3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

Three facts in life:
1. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
3. If you don not step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

Friday, 18 May 2012


A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. - Arthur Golden 

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. - Ambrose Bierce

By doubting, we come at the truth. - Cicero

Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, Doubt (called "the father of inventions" by Galileo), be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins? - Christian Nestell Bovee

Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. - James Allen

Doubt can only be removed by action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door. - Benjamin Jowett

Doubt is a sentinel on the watch-tower of the brain, charged with the duty of sounding an alarm, whenever its enemies – superstition, falsehood, ignorance and unreason – attempt to invade the citadel of truth. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way. - Hosea Ballou

Doubt is excellent when it is a question of securing what we already possess, but it can be fatal if it impedes us in pursuit of what we seek. - Carlos Fuentes

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. - Voltaire

Doubt is not a thing "shot into the soul" from without like "a loaded shell shot into a fortress." It springs up in the soul itself; and the more you attempt to "fling it away" without satisfying it, the deeper and more ineradicable it grows. - A Layman

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. - George Iles

Doubt is the father of invention. - Galileo Galilei

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. - George Iles

Doubt is the herald of progress; the genius of reason; the pathway to truth; the advance guard in the contest with intellectual darkness. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass, before they can enter into the temple of truth. - Charles Caleb Colton

Doubt is the whetstone of understanding. - John dos Passos

Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous. - G. C. Lichtenberg

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. - Christian Bovee

Doubt, genuine doubt, is a good thing; not as an end, mark you, for so it is deadly, but as a means to an end. - David James Burrell

Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth. - Ambrose Bierce

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. - Thomas Carlyle

Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any, but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own. - Johann Von Goethe

He is without faith who is afraid of doubters. - J. Donald Johnston

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! - Homer

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. - Richard P. Feynman

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. - Wilson Mizner 

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. - John Lubbock

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. - Rene Descartes

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. - Bertrand Russell

In the ages of ignorance, it was a crime to doubt; now it is the sign of intelligence. - Andrew Jackson Davis

It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth - Peter Abelard

Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way. - Unknown

Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt. - Shakespeare

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. - Lewis Cass

The best way is to forget doubts and set about the task in hand. - Robert Silliman Hillyer

The great experimental principle, then, is doubt, that philosophic doubt which leaves to the mind its freedom and initiative, and from which the virtues most valuable to investigators in physiology and medicine are derived. - Claude Bernard

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. - The Buddha

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When in doubt, back out on a technicality. - Walter Shapiro

When in doubt, do without. - Hofni Samuel

When in doubt, Don’t. - Unknown

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. - Cynthia Heimel

When in doubt, strategize; if it doesn't work, reorganize. - Srini Rangan

When in doubt, take it as a compliment. - Angie Lyman

When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing. - Joseph Roux

Who knows most, doubts most. - Robert Browning

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow. - Ambrose Bierce

You cannot be a man of faith unless you know how to doubt. - Thomas Merton

Your own doubt is your opponent’s greatest strength. - Unknown

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Quote Worthy

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

Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost. - John Babsone Soule 

A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package. - Harry Emerson Fosdick 

Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore. - Benjamin Franklin 

Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change. - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller 

For the resolute and determined there is time and opportunity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do. -
Marquis De Vauvenargues 

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. - Samuel Johnson 

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. - James Howell 

You can make yourself happy or miserable – it's the same amount of effort. - Ray Bradbury 


Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty – the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. - Mark Twain

Duty doesn't need to call; it only needs to whisper. And if you heed the call, no matter what happens, you have no need for regret. - Dean Koontz

Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never do less. - Robert E. Lee

Even the wild beasts have a duty to perform, for duty is the handmaiden of life. All things that have life have a duty, for life itself is duty. When a man has no obligations, he is dead. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

Every duty is great; great, because it tries our principle; great, because for the time being it tries our loyalty to conscience, and our energy and will. - E. H. Chapin

Honour is no phantom. Duty doesn't melt away, no matter how much we might wish it to. - Claudia J. Edwards

If there is to be no satisfaction in pleasure, none in wisdom, none in ambition, none in the golden mean, what then? Ah, where then? In duty. In doing right because it is right. - Lyman Abbott

In doing what we ought, we deserve no praise, because it is our duty. - Joseph Addison

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. - James Allen

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theatre of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty. - Hosea Ballou

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. - Helen Keller

Our duty is wakefulness, the fundamental condition of life itself. The unseen, the unheard, the untouchable is what weaves the fabric of our see-able universe together. - Robin Craig Clark

The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger. - Andrew Jackson

The brave man wants no charms to encourage him to his duty, and the good man scorns all warnings that would deter him from fulfilling it. - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The daily life is so wearisome; yet duty lies that way. - C. W. Leadbeater

The first duty of a man is to think for himself. - José Martí

The journey of life is plain and straight enough if people were trained to make principle their watchword and duty their rule. - James Platt

The superior man is the man who fulfils his duty. - Eugene Ionesco

The want of reward is no warrant for us to dispense with our duty. - Samuel Richardson

There are not good things enough in life to indemnify us for the neglect of a single duty. - Madame Swetchine

Until our duty becomes to us common as breathing, we are poor creatures. - George MacDonald

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. - Pearl Buck

We never fail when we try to do our duty – we always fail when we neglect to do it. - Lord Baden-Powell

What chastity is to woman, duty is to man, the willingly assumed burden of their kind. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

When the destinies of the world are at stake, there comes a point at which private esteem and admiration must give way to the sense of public duty. - William Archer

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bodhidharma On Looking for the Buddha

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century and is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Zen to China.

To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the Buddha. And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares. If you don't see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you'll never find a Buddha. The truth is, there's nothing to find. But to reach such an understanding you need a teacher and you need to struggle to make yourself understand. . . . If you don't find a teacher soon, you'll live this life in vain. It's true, you have the Buddha-nature. But without the help of a teacher you'll never know it. Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help. If, though, by the conjunction of conditions, someone understands what the Buddha meant, that person doesn't need a teacher. Such a person has a natural awareness superior to anything taught. But unless you're so blessed, study hard, and by means of instruction you'll understand. - Bodhidharma

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Food For Thought

One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is, you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve. -  George Allen 

Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! -  Lawrence G. Lovasik

Look at the stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two and I know it was not the last blow that did it but all that had gone before. -  Jacob August Riis

Monday, 14 May 2012

The Mafia’s Bookkeeper

              A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper has cheated him out of ten million bucks. His bookkeeper is deaf.
              That was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that a deaf bookkeeper would not hear anything that he might have to testify about in court.
              When the Godfather goes to confront the bookkeeper about his missing $10 million, he brings along his attorney, who knows sign language.
              The Godfather tells the lawyer, “Ask him where the 10 million bucks he embezzled from me is.”
              The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the money is.
              The attorney tells the Godfather: “He says he doesn’t know what you’re talking about.”
              The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to the bookkeeper’s temple and says, “Ask him  again!”
              The attorney signs to the bookkeeper: “He’ll kill you if you don’t tell him!”
              The bookkeeper signs back: “OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo’s backyard in Queens!”
              The Godfather asks the attorney: “Well, what’d he say?”
              The attorney replies: “He says you don’t have the balls to pull the trigger.”

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Optimist Creed

Originally published in 1912 in a book titled Your Forces and How to Use Them, this famous creed by Christian D. Larson is worth reading every morning and evening.

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are bout your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.
To give so much time to improving yourself that  you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.