Friday, 31 August 2012

Experience


A little experience often upsets a lot of theory. - Samuel Parkes Cadman 

Anyone who has had a long life of experiences is worth listening to, worth emulating, and worth tying to as a friend. No one can have too much experience in any line of endeavor. We readily welcome to our group of friends that one who talks with the voice of experience and common sense. We know that we are safe in his hands. He is not going to get us into trouble. Rather is he going to point out the pitfalls and mistakes that experience has taught him to avoid. There is no experience but what carries its lasting good for us along with it. And you dont have to discard experience. It’s a coat for life! It never wears out. - George Matthew Adams

Borrowing other people’s experience to do things does not necessarily make you unoriginal. You can always find new and better ways of applying an old method. - Unknown

Each experience through which we pass operates ultimately for our good. This is a correct attitude to adopt and we must be able to see it in that light. - Raymond Holliwell

Every crucial experience can be regarded as a setback – or the start of a new kind of development. - Mary Rinehart

Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us. - Orison Swett Marden

Every experience is a form of exploration. - Ansel Adams

Every experience you have is designed to make you stronger. - Unknown

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them. - Edward Roscoe Murrow 

Experience increases our wisdom but doesnt reduce our follies. - Josh Billings

Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it. - Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Experience is a good school. But the fees are high. - Heinrich Heine

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. - Unknown

Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been. - Josh Billings

Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other. - Judy Collins

Experience is not always the kindest of teachers, but it is surely the best.

Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you. - Aldous Huxley

Experience is one thing you cannot get for nothing. - Oscar Wilde

Experience is something you get too late to do anything about the mistakes you made while getting it. - Unknown

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. - Franklin P. Jones

Experience is the best of school masters, only the school fees are heavy. - Thomas Caryle

Experience is the extract of suffering. - Arthur Helps

Experience is what you get when you do not get what you want. - Unknown

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. - Benjamin Franklin

Experience seems to be the only thing of any value thats widely distributed. - William Feather

Experience, the name men give to their mistakes. - Oscar Wilde

Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience. - Randolph S. Bourne

Good judgment comes from experience. And where does experience come from? Experience comes from bad judgment. - Mark Twain

He who neglects to drink of the spring of experience is likely to die of thirst in the desert of ignorance. - Lin Po

Humans hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn – when they do, which isnt often – on their own, the hard way. - Robert Heinlein

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires. - Abigail Van Buren

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept. - Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Information is pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience. - Unknown

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience. - Jonathan Swift

Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost. - William Ellery Channing

One thing about experience is that when you don't have very much you're apt to get a lot. - Franklin P. Jones

The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom. - Samuel Smile

The experience may have been costly, but it was also priceless. - Peter G. Peterson

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences. - Jacques Rousseau

Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible. - Hosea Ballou

There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience. - Unknown

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. - Eleanor Roosevelt

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. - George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Quote Worthy


We must accustom ourselves to the follies of others and not be astonished at the foolishness that takes place in our presence. - Magdeleine Sable

The follies which a man regrets the most in his life are those which he didnt commit when he had the opportunity. - Helen Rowland

The first step to towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. - John Pierpont Morgan

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. - William James

Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich. - Nicolas Chamfort

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

Every man has his follies – and often they are the most interesting thing he has got. - Josh Billings

A dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. - W. C. Fields

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Xun Zi


            Xun Zi or  Hsün Tzu was a Chinese Confucian philosopher who lived during the Warring States Period and contributed to one of the Hundred Schools of Thought. Xun Zi believed man’s inborn tendencies need to be curbed through education and ritual, counter to Mencius’s view that man is innately good. He believed that ethical norms had been invented to rectify mankind.
           Educated in the state of Qi, Xun Zi was associated with the Confucian school, but his philosophy has a pragmatic flavour compared to Confucian optimism. Some scholars attribute it to the divisive times.
            Xun Zi was one of the most sophisticated thinkers of his time.
- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Some quotes from Xun Zi

A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned.

A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.

Human nature is such that people are born with a love of profit. If they follow these inclinations, they will struggle and snatch from each other, and inclinations to defer or yield will die.

If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others.

If what the heart approves conforms to proper patterns, then even if one's desires are many, what harm would they be to good order?

In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.

I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place.

If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest.

Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion

If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.

I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.

Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Food For Thought


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

There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence. - Maria Edgeworth

Your beloved and your friends were once strangers.  Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. - John O'Donohue

Monday, 27 August 2012

Married


           A couple had only been married for two weeks and the husband, although very much in love, couldn't wait to go out on the town and party with his old buddies.  So, he said to his new wife, "Honey, I'll be right back."
            "Where are you going, Coochy Coo?" asked the wife.
            "I'm going to the bar, Pretty Face," he answered. I'm going to have a beer."
           The wife said, "You want a beer, my love?" She opened the door to the refrigerator and showed him 25 different kinds of beer, brands from 12 different countries: Germany, Holland, Japan, India, etc.
            The husband didn't know what to do, and the only thing that he could think of saying was, "Yes, Lollipop... but at the bar... You know...they have frozen glasses... "
           He didn't get to finish the sentence, because the wife interrupted him by saying, "You want a frozen glass, Puppy Face?" She took a huge beer mug out of the freezer, so frozen that she was getting chills just holding it.
           The husband, looking a bit pale, said, "Yes, Tootsie Roll, but at the bar they have those hors d'oeuvres that are really delicious... I won't be long. I'll be right back. I promise. OK?"
           "You want hors d'oeuvres, Poochie Pooh?" She opened the oven and took out 5 dishes of different hors d'oeuvres:  chicken wings, pigs in blankets, mushroom caps, and little quiches.
           "But my sweet honey... at the bar.... you know there's swearing, dirty words and all that..."
           "You want dirty words, Cutie Pie? LISTEN UP CHICKEN SHIT! SIT YOUR ASS DOWN, SHUT THE HELL UP, DRINK YOUR BEER IN YOUR FROZEN MUG AND EAT YOUR HORS D'OEUVRES BECAUSE YOUR MARRIED ASS ISN'T GOING TO A DAMNED BAR! THAT SHIT IS OVER, GOT IT, JACKASS?"

And ... they lived happily ever after.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Life


You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul. Once you find that out, not with logic, not with the intellect, but because you can feel that Life - you find out that you are the force that makes the flowers open and close, that makes the hummingbird fly from flower to flower. You find out that you are in every tree, and you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves the wind and breathes through your body. The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are. You are Life. -  Don Miguel Ruiz

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Humans


Ever since I was a child, I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential. - Bruce Lee

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. - William James 

Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You don't have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman. - Eldridge Cleaver

The human brain is a most unusual instrument of elegant and as yet unknown capacity. - Stuart Seaton

The human mind is as driven to understand as the body is driven to survive. - Hugh Gilmore

No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another’s happiness. - Graham Greene 

There can be no word large enough to encompass the wonder of a human being. - Leo Buscaglia

Human nature, like fruit, is ripened by time. Only then is its true flavour apparent. - Validivar

There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise. - Francis Bacon

The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy. - Ben Stein

“A complete human being is the one who is physically healthy, emotionally mature, intellectually alert, and spiritually aware.”

“One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes.”

“It is a predisposition of human nature to consider an unpleasant idea untrue and then it is easy to find arguments against it.”

“Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.”

“It is human nature to keep doing something as long as it is pleasurable and you can succeed at it.”

“All we are asked to bear, we can bear. The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.”

“The deepest principle of Human Nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”

Friday, 24 August 2012

Experts


An expert gives an objective view. He gives his own view. - Morarji Ranchhodji Desai

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. - Niels Bohr

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less. - Nicholas Murray Bulter

An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame. - Unknown

An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore. - Edward De Bono

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them. - Werner Heisenberg

Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience. - Denis Waitley

The expert at anything was once a beginner. - Hayes

When experts are wrong, it’s often because they’re experts on an earlier version of the world. - Paul Graham

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Quote Worthy


Perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. - Thomas Carlyle

One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true or false. It comes to be the dominating thought in one's mind. - Robert Collier

The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters. - Walter Lippmann

Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. - Gary Ryan Blair 
 
We all have voices in our heads which talks to us on an almost constant basis. Our voices give us messages continually, and what they say to us affects us. - Juliene Berk 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Happiness


You never find happiness until you stop looking for it. My greatest happiness consists precisely in doing nothing whatever that is calculated to obtain happiness: and this, in the minds of most people, is the worst possible course... If you ask "what ought to be done" and "what ought not to be done" on earth in order to produce happiness, I answer that these questions do not have an answer. There is no way of determining such things. Yet at the same time, if I cease striving for happiness, the "right' and the "wrong" at once become apparent all by themselves. Contentment and well-being at once become possible the moment you cease to act with them in view, and if you practice non-doing (wu wei), you will have both happiness and well-being. - Chuang Tzu

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Food For Thought


You can never do merely one thing. The law applies to any action that changes something in a complex system. The point is that an action taken to alleviate a problem will trigger several effects, some of which may offset or even negate the one intended. - Garrett Hardin

Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind’ even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth. - Gandhi

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair. - Douglas Adams

Monday, 20 August 2012

Explanations


A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation. - Saki

Don’t waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear. - Paulo Coelho

Few explanations ever explained the necessity of making one. - Elbert Hubbard

Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. - Elbert Hubbard

All Puns Intended


1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married.
The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar.
The bartender says, "I'll serve you, But don't start anything."

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar,
And one was a salted.

4. An invisible man marries an invisible woman.
The kids were nothing to look at either.

5. A man walks into a bar  with a slab of asphalt under his arm,
And says: "A beer please, And one for the road."

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown.
One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

7. Deja-Moo:
The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.
Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially Inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," says Dolly.
"It's true; no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9. What do you call a fish with no eyes?
A fsh.

10. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other
and says, "Dam!"

11. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire.
Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

12. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse.
"But why," they asked, as they moved off.
"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Life


There is meaning in every one’s life:
A man who had been condemned to a life of forced labor for wrong doings, was shipped to devil’s island. On the high seas a fire broke out on the steamer, the convict, a strong man, was released from his handcuffs to help and he saved the lives of ten persons. His sentence was commuted for the act of heroism. If one had asked him before if his life was worth saving, he probably would have shook his head.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Friends


They love you, but they are not your lover.
They care for you, but they are not from your family.
They are ready to share your pain, but they are not in your blood relation.
They are  … FRIENDS!

A true friend …
Scolds like a dad,
Cares like a mom,
Teases like a sister,
Irritates like a brother,
And finally, loves you more than a lover.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Eyes


An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy. . . . One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness. - Margaret Atwood

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. - Desiderius Erasmus

Keep your eyes on the stars, keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again. - Alex Tan

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands. - Benjamin Franklin

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. - Henri Bergson

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing. - Publius Syrus

The eyes of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is. - Kahlil Gibran

What could be any more correct for any people than to see with their own eyes? - Molefi Kete Asante

You see with your eyes. This means you can be misled by charm, by outward appearance. By webs of glamour, by surface pretences. - Neil Gaiman

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Quote Worthy


The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence. - Charles Bukowski

Don’t be distracted criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bit out of you. - Zig Ziglar

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

Do not rely completely on any other human being; however, dear. We meet lifes greatest tests alone. - Agnes Machphail

A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times. - Lord Acton Dalberg

Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good. - Norman Schwarzkopf

Dont put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow. - James Albert Michener

Id rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. - Robert Schuller

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Lao Tzu



Lao Tzu, also Laozi and other variations was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching. His association with the Tao Te Ching has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism"). Lao Tzu translated literally from Chinese means "old master" or "old one", and is generally considered honorific.

A central figure in Chinese culture, both nobility and common people claim Lao Tzu in their lineage. Throughout history, Lao Tzu's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.
-  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Why not simply honor your parents, love your children, help your brothers and sisters, be faithful to your friends, care for your mate with devotion, complete your work cooperatively and joyfully, assume responsibility for problems, practice virtue without first demanding it of others, understand the highest truths yet retain an ordinary manner? That would be true clarity, true simplicity, true mastery.

Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.

The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.

Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honoured by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.

The highest truth cannot be put into words. Therefore the greatest teacher has nothing to say. He simply gives himself in service, and never worries.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

Because clarity and enlightenment are within your own nature, they are regained without moving an inch.

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.

At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Food For Thought


Poor is the man who does not know his own intrinsic worth and tends to measure everything by relative value. A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth. - Sydney Madwed

You may know for a certainty that if your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you; for work is an inanimate thing and can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself into it. Your job is only as big as you are. - George C. Hubbs 

It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry ‘I could have thought of that’ is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn’t, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too. - Douglas Adams

Monday, 13 August 2012

A Couple Of Jokes


No Gimmick

              A woman offered a brand-new car for sale for a price of ten dollars. A man answered the advertisement, but he was slightly sceptical. “What’s the gimmick?’’ he inquired.
              “No gimmick,” the woman answered. “My husband died, and in his will he asked that the car be sold and the money go to his secretary.’’

A Witness

             When defending his client in an assault case, a shrewd lawyer manipulated a witness into admitting that he had not actually seen the crime.
              “So,” the attorney snickered, “you say you didn’t actually see the defendant bite off this man’s ear?”
              “Naw,” the witness growled, “I didn’t see him bite it off. I just seen him spit it out on the ground!”

Sunday, 12 August 2012

A Thousand Cults, A Thousand Creeds


A thousand cults, a thousand creeds,
Is one a rose and the rest all weeds?
Or is each one suited to meet one’s needs?
Is your own so great that the rest seem small?
Then keep it, and live it.
That’s all!

- Edward Cooke

Dance - Quotes

Looking for a quote on a particular subject? I have categorized the quotes to make the search easier. This 'label' - ZQuotesD - has all the quotes on subjects beginning with the Alphabet D. You might want to search the labels on the right hand side of the page too.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham 

Dance, dance, as long as ye can, We must travel through life, but why make a dead march of it? - Eliza Cook 

Dancing is an active motion of the body, which proceedeth from the lightness of the heart. - A. Fandango

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words. - Ruth St. Denis

I will tell you a secret: If you do not join the dance, we will know you are a fool. But if you dance, we will think well of you for trying. If you dance badly to begin and we laugh, what is the sin in that? We will begin there. - Robert Fulghum

If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing. - Melody Carstairs

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance. - Confucius

We view dance as a marriage of the representational capacity of language and the rhythmicity of music. This interaction allows people not only to tell stories using their bodies but to do so while synchronizing their movements with others' in a way that fosters social cohesion. - Steven Brown

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. - Japanese Proverb

Whatever music you beat on your drum there is somebody who can dance to it. - Chinua Achebe

Friday, 10 August 2012

Danger

A danger foreseen is half avoided. - Thomas Fuller

At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other even more reasonable says that it is too painful and harassing to think of the danger, since it is not a man's power to provide for everything and escape from the general march of events; and that it is therefore better to turn aside from the painful subject till it has come, and to think of what is pleasant. In solitude a man generally yields to the first voice; in society to the second. - Leo Tolstoy

Danger is an aphrodisiac. - Tobsha Learner

Danger was the grindstone on which the swordsman whetted his spirit. - Eiji Yoshikawa

Danger, the spur of all great minds. - George Chapman 

Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself. - Daniel Defoe

Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls. - Victor Hugo

He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard. - Publilius Syrus

He who shares the danger ought to share the prize. - Aesop 

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it. - George Bernard Shaw

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. - Charles Caleb Colton

It sometimes requires courage to fly from danger. - Maria Edgeworth

Nearly everything that was fun, of course, was also a little dangerous: riding roller coasters, skydiving, gambling, sex. - Dean Koontz

Our courage is greater to dare a visible than an imagined danger. A visible danger rouses our energies to meet or avert it; a fancied peril appeals from its presenting nothing to be resisted. Thus, a panic is, usually, a sudden going over to the enemy of our imagination. All is then lost, for we have not only to fight against that enemy, but our imagination as well. - Christian Nestell Bovee

Some dangers are to be courted – courted and braved as a coy mistress is to be wooed, with all the more vigour as the day makes against us. - Christian Nestell Bovee

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. - Alfred Adler

The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly. - Jawaharlal Nehru

The sense of danger is never, perhaps, so fully apprehended as when the danger has been overcome. - Arthur Helps

To be dexterous in danger is a virtue; but to court danger to show it, is weakness. - William Penn

We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous. - Abraham Lincoln

What seems dangerous often is not – black snakes, for example, or clear-air turbulence. While things that just lie there ... are loaded with jeopardy. - Amy Hempel

When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavouring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. - Mark Rutherford

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Quote Worthy


And yet the true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention. - Aristotle

Beware what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Jonathan Swift

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

Instead of loving your enemies – treat your friends a little better. - Edward W. Howe

Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day. - Benjamin Franklin

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. - John Ruskin

Our greatest glory consists not in falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you. - Saint Bartholomew

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Lao Tzu


Quotes by the sage, Lao Tzu

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.

The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.

Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.