Sunday, 30 September 2012


A hungry man is not a free man. - Adlai Stevenson

A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom. - Michel Montaigne

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan

All men are born free: just not for long. - John le Carre

Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death. - Gen Michel Aoun

Freedom and constraint are two aspects of the same necessity. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Freedom is born of self-discipline. No individual, no nation, can achieve or maintain liberty without self-control. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses. - Alan Valentine

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men. - Mortimer Jerome Adler

Freedom is the recognition of necessity. - Friedrich Engels

Freedom, after all, is simply being able to live with the consequences of your decisions. - James X. Mullen

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Robert Heinlein

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. - Leo Buscaglia

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. - John Stuart Mill

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. - H. L. Mencken

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom. - Albert Einstein

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela

For you who no longer possess it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion. - Emil Cioran

Freedom can be a frightening thing when you are not used to it. - Zana Muhsen

Freedom is an inside job. - Sam keen

Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash. - Harriet Rubin

Freedom is an elusive concept. Some men hold themselves prisoner even when they have the power to do as they please and go where they choose, while others are free in their hearts, even as shackles restrain them. - Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Freedom is greatest when the boundaries are clearly defined. - Chuck Coonradt

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be. - James Baldwin

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. - Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is the crux of self-respect. It is difficult to feel good about ourselves when we are unnaturally dependent on someone or something. - David J. Lieberman

Freedom is the illusion of an imprisoned mind. - Leonid S. Sukhorukov

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent. - Alan Dershowitz

Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets. - Nelson Mandela

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Robert A. Heinlein

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. - James Madison

I was enclosed in the four walls of my new freedom. - Thomas Merton

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. - Noam Chomsky

It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come. - Malcolm X

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else that prevents men from living freely and nobly. - Unknown

It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom. - Chanakya

It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. - Chuck Palahniuk

I've read and heard a lot of unbelievable stuff about those times when people lived in freedom – that is, in disorganized wildness. - Yevgeny Zamyatin

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. - George Washington

Man is born free and is everywhere in chains. - Peter Carey

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. - Voltaire

Man is free, but not if he doesn't believe it. - Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingalt

Man is not fully free unless he is master of himself. - Epictetus

No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will. - Euripides

One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you. - Unknown

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. - Soren Kierkegaard

Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work, does what he wants to do. - Robin G. Collingwood

Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization. - Charles Lindbergh

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. - Eric Hoffer

The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry. - James Truslow Adams

The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves, to express ourselves. - Don Miguel Ruiz

The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself. - Saul David Alinsky

The human animal needs a freedom seldom mentioned: freedom from intrusion. He needs a little privacy quite as much as he wants understanding or vitamins or exercise or praise. - Unknown

The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances. - Sigmund Freud

The moment we desire to be something, we are no longer free. - Zen Proverb

The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse. - Jules Renard

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish. - Robert Jackson

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. - Maximilien Robespierre

The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government. - Eleanor Roosevelt

The way to final freedom is within thyself. - Unknown

There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. - Charles Kingsley

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. - Don Miguel Ruiz

There is no greater freedom than letting go. - April Grisham

To free your world, free your mind. - Bryon Katie

To really be free, you need to be free in the mind. - Alexander Loutsis

Total freedom is never what one imagines and, in fact, hardly exists. It comes as a shock in life to learn that we usually only exchange one set of restrictions for another. The second set, however, is self-chosen, and therefore easier to accept. - Anne Lindbergh

True freedom surfaces when you reach a stage when it no longer matters to you whether you are free or not. - Unknown

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. - Eric Hoffer

You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. - Richard Bach

You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts. - Philip Arnold

You’ll never understand true freedom until you experience the freedom of being completely true to yourself. - Unknown


Every guilty person is his own hangman. - Seneca

Grief and guilt. A powerful combination. Guilt like a liquid, a thin liquor, seeping everywhere, informing everything, saturating the whole – corrosive, like seawater, scented with the rich stench of ordure and corruption, and carrying with it hard, abrasive shards of grief. - Simon Mawer

Guilt is a useless feeling. It's never enough to make you change direction – only enough to make you useless. - Daniel Naveri

Guilt is always present to the mind (of the guilty). - Edward Counsel

Guilt is anger directed at ourselves – at what we did or did not do. - Peter Mcwilliams 

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death. - Coco Chanel

Guilt is the source of sorrows; 'tis the fiend, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings. - Nicholas Rowe

Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal. - Bishop Robert South

He who flees from trial confesses his guilt. - Publilius Syrus

He who helps the guilty, shares the crime. - Publilius Syrus

Innocence is the weakest defense. Innocence has a single voice that can only say over and over again, "I didn't do it." Guilt has a thousand voices, all of them lies. - Leonard F. Peltier

It is only too easy to compel a sensitive human being to feel guilty about anything. - Morton Irving Seiden

No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it. - Stefan Zweig

No love or pity, pardon or excuse should soften the sharp pang of reparation for the guilty man. - Louisa May ALcott

None seem to bear the imputation of supposed guilt with greater intolerance than such as are, on other occasions, obviously culpable of vice or crime. - Norman MacDonald

Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt. - Titus Maccius Plautus

Shame is closely related to guilt, but there is a key qualitative difference. No audience is needed for feelings of guilt, no one else need know, for the guilty person is his own judge. Not so for shame. The humiliation of shame requires disapproval or ridicule by others. If no one ever learns of a misdeed there will be no shame, but there still might be guilt. Of course, there may be both. The distinction between shame and guilt is very important, since these two emotions may tear a person in opposite directions. The wish to relieve guilt may motivate a confession, but the wish to avoid the humiliation of shame may prevent it. - Paul Ekman

The difference between guilt and shame is very clear – in theory. We feel guilty for what we do. We feel shame for what we are. - Lewis B. Smedes

The guilty think all talk is of themselves. - Geoffrey Chaucer

The hands of the guilty don't necessarily tremble; only in stories does a dropped glass betray agitation. Tension is more often shown in the studied action. - Graham Greene

The problem with guilt is that it cements you to the past. - Kevin Leman

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. - Ayn Rand

To spare the guilty is to injure the innocent. - Publilius Syrus

Women are raised to feel guilty if they don't do everything they should do. Men are more likely to feel guilty if they do something they shouldn't. - Georgia Witkin-Lanoil

Saturday, 29 September 2012


A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. - Albert Einstein

A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. - Eric Hoffer

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. - Unknown

Change is the process by which the future invades our lives. - Alvin Toffler

Compulsive perfectionism polishes the past when bold new skills are needed to unlock future. -  Dag Hammarskj√∂ld

Do not let the future be held hostage by the past. - Neal Maxwell

Every second that passes is like a door that opens to allow in what has not yet happened, what we call the future, but, to challenge the contradictory nature of what we have just said, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the future is just an immense void, that the future is just the time on which the eternal present feeds. - Jose Saramago

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. - Wayne Dyer

He only is anxious about the future, to whom the present is unprofitable. - Seneca

How can anyone ever predict the future?... It's mind boggling. The only explanation that makes sense is that the events have already occurred in one way or another. - Ly de Angeles

I don't know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future. - Ralph Abernathy

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. - Albert Einstein

If you do not think about your future, you cannot have one. - John Galsworthy

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer

It is today that we must create the world of the future. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Just as our present is the result of our past, so our future will be the result of our present. Every minute of every day we are weaving threads that will make the cloth of future. - Anne Spencer Parry

Just remember, when you think all is lost, the future remains. - Dr. Robert H Goodard

Look to the future because that’s where you are going to spend the rest of your life. - Unknown

Man is better without knowledge of things to come, for what is to be will be, and man can neither avert nor hasten. It is better to go in the dark when the road must pass a lion and there is no other road. - Robert E. Howard

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.  - Marcus Aurelius

Nobody knows what the future will bring, but it's a good bet that there will be a delivery charge. - Tom Wilson

Of the future, man knows least; yet, about this, he worries most. - Ivan Panin

Our future will be shaped by the assumptions we make about who we are and what we can be. - R. M. Kanter

Our moral responsibility is not to stop future, but to shape it… to channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition. - Alvin Toffler

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future. - Charles F. Kettering

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. - Albert Camus

The best possible preparation for the future is a well lived present. George H. Brimhall

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. - Abraham Lincoln

The future always arrives too fast – and in the wrong order. - Alvin Toffler

The future belongs to him that does and dares. - Berton Braley

The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out. - Unknown 

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. - John Scully

The future depends on what you do today. - Mahatma Gandhi

The future enters into us, in order to transform us, long before it happens. - Rainer Maria Rilke

The future has a way of arriving unannounced. - George F. Will

The future is always beginning now. - Mark Strand

The future is an illusion, a type of dream which in most cases never comes to pass as dreamed. -  Leo Buscaglia

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face. - Jim Bishop

The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment. - Pema Chodron

The future is endowed with essential unpredictability, and this is the only prediction we can make. - Paul Valery

The future is like heaven –  everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now. - James Baldwin 

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. - C. S. Lewis

The future is the past returning through another gate. - Arnold Glasgow

The future never just happened. It was created. - Will Durant

The future you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it. - Aeschylus

The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. - Unknown 

The trouble with the future is that is usually arrives before were ready for it. - Arnold H. Glasgow

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it. - Anne Lindbergh

There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns. Look forward to the beauty of the next moment, the next hour, the promise of a good meal, sleep, a book, a movie, the likelihood that tonight the stars will shine and tomorrow the sun will shine. Sink roots into the present until the strength grows to think about tomorrow. - Ardis Whitman

This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one. - Arthur C. Clarke

To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past. - Charles J. Givens

Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. - Peter F. Drucker

We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are. - Henry A. Kissinger

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there. - Charles Kettering 

When all else is lost, the future still remains. - Christian Bovee

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened. - John M. Richardson 

Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret is how much I believed in the future. - Jonathan Safran Foer

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own. - Mark Victor Hansen

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. You are the one who must choose your place. - Unknown

Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past. - Gary Ryan Blair

Friday, 28 September 2012


A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. - Charles Schwab

All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene. - William Ellery Channing

Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle. - Norman Vincent Peale

Enthusiasm for one’s goal lessens the disagreeableness of working toward it. - Thomas Eakins

Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks. - James Baldwin

Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set afire. - George Matthew Adams

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius. - Isaac Disraeli

Enthusiasm is the baking powder of life. Without it, you are flat; with it, you rise. - Unknown

Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit. Enthusiasm is natural; it is being alive, taking the initiative, seeing the importance of what you do, giving it dignity and making what you do important to yourself and to others. - Unknown

Enthusiasm is the force that leads us to the final victory. - Paulo Coelho

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the propelling force necessary for climbing the ladder of success. It is the father of excellence. - Unknown

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. - Henry Ford

Enthusiasm moves stones and charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it. - Unknown

Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action. - Samuel Smiles

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power, and influence. - Harry Chester

Fires cant be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. - James Baldwin

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie

It is energy – the central element of which is will – that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action. - Samuel Smiles

Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch. - Ivern Ball

Live with enthusiasm! Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. - Douglas MacArthur

Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant. - Charles A. Cerami

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. - Henry David Thoreau

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes, another for thirty days, but it is the man who has it for thirty years who makes a success of his life. - Unknown

Opposition always inflames the enthusiast, never converts him. - Friedrich Von Schiller

The simplest man, fired with enthusiasm, is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success. - H. W. Arnold

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. - Norman Vincent Peale

Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you. - Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Quote Worthy

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei

The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; The realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward 

Loyalty is the most important thing you can give someone. Truth, trust, friendship and very often love all depend on it. - Elvis Presley

We are all here for some  special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. - Robin Sharma

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. - Albert Einstein

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Quotes by Confucius

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbours.

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

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

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

The object of the superior man is truth.

The cautious seldom err.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Food For Thought

Although it is said that we are a product of our environment, do not let environment control you; instead, make sure that you control your environment. Choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyse your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back? Avoid situations, acquaintances, associates, who tend to hold you back. - Napoleon Hill

“Complacency is a blight that saps energy, dulls attitudes and causes a drain on the brain. The first symptom is satisfaction with things as they are. The second is rejection of things as they might be. ‘Good enough’ becomes today’s watchword and tomorrow’s standard. Complacency makes people fear the unknown, mistrust the untried and abhor the new. Like water, complacent people follow the easiest course – downhill. They draw false strength from looking back.”

Monday, 24 September 2012

False Alarm

Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighbourhood.

They parked their truck at one end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house an older woman was looking out her kitchen window watching the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley and back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from the last house was huffing and puffing right behind them.

They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I see two gas men running as hard as you two were, I figure I’d better run too!’’

Sunday, 23 September 2012


A weak mind is ambitious of envy, a strong one of respect. - E. Wigglesworth

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man. - Chrysostom

Certainly, envy is no monopoly of the poor; it makes itself felt in all sections of society; it haunts the court, the library, the barrack-room, even the sanctuary; it is provoked in some unhappy souls by the near neighbourhood of any superior rank or excellence whatever. - Henry Parry Liddon

Envy and jealousy, twin sisters, come with the cunning of the fox to steal away our peace and happiness. - Nicias Ballard Cooksey

Envy does not allow humanity to sleep. - Carl Jung

Envy does not enter an empty house. - Danish Proverb

Envy eats nothing but its own heart. - German Proverb

Envy generally admires and abhors out of proportion. - Edward Counsel

Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner. - Austin O’Malley

Envy is a kind of praise. - John Gay

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded. - William Hazlitt

Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self-worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has. - Unknown

Envy is its own tormentor. - Andrada

Envy is not only an insult to oneself, it is also a waste of time. - Unknown

Envy is one of the great enemies of active spirituality. It keeps us from loving our neighbours, from functioning with others in community, and from affirming people’s unique worth. It also steals contentment from the heart. - Charles R. Swindoll

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. - Harold Coffin

Envy is the coward side of Hate, and all her ways are bleak and desolate. - Henry Abbey

Envy is counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. - Unknown

Envy like fire always makes for the highest points. - Livy

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole. - Unknown

Envy never enriched any man. - Unknown

Envy nobody. It is the true secret of happiness, or at least the only one I know. - Peter S. Beagle

Envy ought in strict truth to have no place whatever allowed it in the heart of man; for the goods of this present world, are so vile and low, that they are beneath it; and those of the future world, are so vast and exalted, that they are above it. - Charles Caleb Colton

Envy was a treasure-hoarding dragon, dainty and diabolical. - Holly Cupala

Envy, among other ingredients, has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune. - William Hazlitt

Envy, like a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form. - Norman MacDonald

Envy’s a coal comes hissing hot from hell. - Philip James Bailey

Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy. - Aeschylus

Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns too soon to hatred. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who envies me, makes my virtue his vice, and my happiness his torment. - H. Hooker

He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. - The Buddha

If envy is rankling in your bosom, declare war against it at once; a war of extermination; no truce, no treaty, no compromise. Like the pirate on the high seas, it is an outlaw, an enemy to all mankind, and should be hung up at the yard arm until it is dead. - Levi Carroll Judson

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. - Charley Reese

In particular, it is absurd to hope to banish envy of other people's possessions or fortunes, if only because the spirit of envy can lead to emulation and ambition and have positive consequences. - Christopher Hitchens

In the sea of malice envy frequently gets out of her depth; and whilst she is expecting to see another drowned, she is either drowned herself or dashed against a rock. - Giovanni Battista Basile

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Our envy of others devours us most of all. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause. - Baltasar Graci√°n

The only thing more certain than the hatred of enemies is the envy of friends. - Evan Esar

There is no disappointment so numbing ... as someone no better than you achieving more. - Joseph Heller

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy. - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

There was never envy that was not bloody: for if it eat not another's heart, it will eat our own. - Joseph Hall

They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it. - Sallust

What a day it is when we must envy the men in their graves. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Saturday, 22 September 2012


A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. - Milton Friedman

All men are born equal, but some of them outgrow it. - Evan Esar

All men are equal: it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference. - Voltaire

Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges. - H. L. Mencken

Equality begins in the grave. - American Proverb

Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. - Tom Robbins

Equality lies only in human moral dignity... Let there be brothers first, then there will be brotherhood, and only then will there be a fair sharing of goods among brothers. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbour’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. - Carl Shurz

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

If all things were equally in all men, nothing would be prized. - Thomas Hobbes

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. - John James Ingalls

It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has made nothing equal; her sovereign law is subordination and dependence. - Luc de Clapiers

Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal. - James Anthony Froude

Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies. - Will Durant

No one enjoys being equal. - David Mamet

Nothing is so unequal as equality. - Pliny The Elder

So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other. - Samuel Johnson

The only place where you can find equality is in the cemetery. - Evan Esar

The true meaning of the word "Equality" is – "No one better off than I am." - Eliza Cook

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. - Aristotle

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour. - Maya Angelou

We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained. - Derrick A. Bell

Were all men equal to-night, some would get the start by rising an hour earlier to-morrow. - Elizabeth Gaskell


Eternity is an ocean, whereof we never see the shore; it is a deep, where we can find no bottom; a labyrinth, from whence we cannot extricate ourselves, and where we shall ever lose the door. - Thomas Boston

Eternity is but time continued. - F. V. Mothe

Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. - Joseph Campbell

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them, and that is eternity. - Edvard Munch

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds. - Robert Green Ingersoll

It is eternity now. I am in the midst of it. It is about me in the sunshine; I am in it as the butterfly in the light-laden air. Nothing has to come; it is now. Now is eternity; now is the immortal life. - Richard Jefferies

O, dread and dire word. Eternity! What mind of man can understand it? - James Joyce

The best way to deal with eternity is by living it one day at a time. - Alyson Noel

This day is not a sieve, losing time. With each passing minute, each passing year, there's this deepening awareness that I am filling, gaining time. We stand on the brink of eternity. - Ann Voskamp

This world which stretches out before you, is but the vestibule of an immortal life. These deeds that are taking place around you, touch upon chords that extend by a thousand connections, visible and invisible, and vibrate in eternity. - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

When you can live forever what do you live for? - Stephenie Meyer


A mans errors are his portals of discovery. - James Joyce 

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. - Andrew V. Mason

Admitting error clears the score, and proves you wiser than before. - Arthur Guiterman

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. - Syrus

It is the nature of every man to err, but only a fool perseveres in error. - Cicero

Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf. - William James

The error of one moment becomes the sorrow of a lifetime. - Chinese Proverb

The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error. - Seneca

To err is human; to admit it, superhuman. - Doug Larson

Friday, 21 September 2012

Ethics / Morals

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. - Albert Camus

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. - Potter Stewart

Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling. - Valdemar W. Setzer

History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them. - B. R. Ambedkar

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so. - Immanuel Kant

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. - H. G. Wells

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right. - Unknown

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. - Oscar Wilde

Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country. - Samuel Butler

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. - Isaac Asimov

No moral system can rest solely on authority. - A. J. Ayer

The genuine moral progress of an individual is the result of efforts which he himself initiates. - Henry N. Gerguson

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi

True morality consists, not in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and in fearlessly following it. - Mahatma Gandhi

What is moral is what you feel good after. - Ernest Hemingway

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike. - Alfred North Whitehead

Without civic morality, communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value. - Bertrand Russell

Without ethics, man has no future. This is to say, mankind without them cannot be itself. Ethics determine choices and actions and suggest difficult priorities. - John Berger


A great cause of evil in the world is that men seldom think themselves criminal if they offer the same injustice to others that has been successfully practiced on themselves. - Norman MacDonald

A man that does nothing but watch evil, never will overcome it. - Henry Ward Beecher

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. - Thomas Hardy

All concerns of men go wrong when they wish to cure evil with evil. - Sophocles

All men are more wicked in thought than action. - Norman MacDonald

All things truly wicked start from an innocence. - Ernest Hemingway

Apathy is the glove in which evil slips its hand. - Unknown 

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. - Confucius

Being against evil doesn't make you good. - Ernest Hemingway

By the fruit the tree is to be known. An evil tree cannot bring forth good fruit. - Abraham Lincoln

Conquer thy own evils before you judge others. - Edward Counsel

Do not imagine that the good you intend will balance the evil you perform. - Norman MacDonald

Don't be in a hurry to change one evil for another. - Aesop

Don’t let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter. - Oliver Goldsmith

Even an evil man can have principles – he can be true to his own evil, which is not always so easy. - Norman Mailer

Evil endures a moment's flush, and then – leaves but a burnt out shell. - Elise Pumpelly Cabot

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else. - Mencius

Evil is retributive: every trespass slips fetters on the will, holds the soul in durance till contrition and repentance restore it to liberty. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Evil is the canker of life. - Edward Counsel

Evil is the plague of the soul. - Edward Counsel

Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table. - W. H. Auden

Evil lurks in the heart of man, and anonymity tends to bring it out. Internet flamers would never say the jagged things they do if they had to sign their names. - Garrison Keillor

Evil prevails when good people do nothing. - Erin Gruwell

Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost. - Aesop

Evils are the breathings of the unjust. - Edward Counsel

Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers on their road - Both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived. - Charles Colton 

Evils which we think ended are often displaced by worse ones. - Edward Counsel

For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand. - Miguel de Cervantes

How often the fear of one evil leads us into a worse. - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil. – Aeschylus

If a man should do wrong, let him not do again nor take pleasure in it, for painful is  the accumulation of evil. - Unknown

If evils come not then our fears are in vain; and if they do, fear but augments the pain. - Benjamin Franklin 

If you have been tempted into evil, fly from it. It is not falling into the water, but lying in it, that drowns. Unknown

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false. - Bertrand Russell

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. - Baltasar Gracian

Sometimes you do evil to prevent greater evil. - Theodore Postol

The doing evil to avoid an evil cannot be good. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The evil which assails us is not in the localities we inhabit but in ourselves. - Seneca

The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul. - Andre Maurois   

There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless. - William Somerset Maugham 

They that know no evil will suspect none. - Ben Johnson

To correct in ourselves what we condemn in others would remove most of the evils of life. - Lemuel K. Washburn

Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers. - James Henry Leigh Hunt