Friday, 30 November 2012

Quote Worthy

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention. -Sharon Salzberg

Men keep agreements when it is to the advantage of neither to break them. - Solon

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. - Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. - Benjamin Franklin

A false friend and a shadow stay around only while the sun shines. - Benjamin Franklin

One never goes so far as when one doesn’t know where one is going. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not so much what a person says, but what makes him say it. - Karl G. Maeser

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. - Hermann Hesse

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity. - Sa'Di

Thursday, 29 November 2012


A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace. - Ovid

A man may well bring a horse to the water but he cannot make him drink. - John Heywood

All lay loads on a willing horse. - Unknown

Better lose the saddle than the horse. - Unknown

Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest. - Thomas Fuller

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. - Abraham Lincoln

It is too late to shut the stable after the horse is stolen. - Unknown

Never swap horses crossing a stream. - American Proverb 

One may lead a horse, but twenty cannot make it drink. - Unknown

The burden is equal to the horse’s strength. - Unknown

The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run ever faster if encouraged. - Ovid 

The wildest colts make the best horses. - Plutarch


A family in harmony will prosper in everything. - Chinese Proverb

A family needs to work as a team, supporting each other's individual aims and aspirations. - Buzz Aldrin

A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold. - Chinese Proverb

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. - George Bernard Shaw

All happy families resemble each other, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Leo Tolstoy

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair. - Mitch Albom

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. - John Paul II

Better a loving single-parent family than a 'conventional' family where the parents hate each other and the father is a demagogue. - Moby

Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance. - Milton R. Saperstein

Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse… and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum. - Rick Riorda

Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. - Brad Henry
Families aren't easy to join. They're like an exclusive country club where membership makes impossible demands and the dues for an outsider are exorbitant. - Erma Bombeck

Families ties are cherished things, forged in childhood days, by love of parents, deep and true, and sweet familiar ways. - Terri Burritt

Families, doing everything for each other out of imagined obligation and always getting in each other's way, what a tangle. - John Updike

Family – like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. - Unknown

Family is the most important thing in the world. - Princess Diana

Family is what grounds you. - Angelina Jolie

Family isn't something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else. - Sarah Dessen

Family life contributes immensely to an individual’s happiness. Only in a happy home life can complete contentment be found. - Dorothea S. Koppliln

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. - David Ogden Stiers

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world. - Susan Lieberman

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. - Virginia Satir

If the family were a boat, it would be a canoe that makes no progress unless everyone paddles. - Letty Cottin Pogrebin

If the world around us is chaotic and sometimes incomprehensible, then the family is an oasis, an anchor of reliability and loyalty, a place where we are important because we are there. - Susan Lieberman

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Practice of Tao

What is essential to practice the Tao is to get rid of cravings and vexations. If these afflictions are not removed, it is impossible to attain stability. This is like the case of the fertile field, which cannot produce good crops as long as the weeds are not cleared away. Cravings and ruminations are the weeds of the mind; if you do not clear them away, concentration and wisdom do not develop. - Chang San-feng 

The Tao is supreme goodness. It has no form and is limitless. It is formless because there is no visible trace of its existence. The Tao is that energy that has existed from the beginning when there was neither structure nor differentiation. It is the source of life in heaven and on earth. It creates and end all things. - Shui-ch'ing Tzu

Riches, fame, and fortune are as ephemeral as lightning, The passion of sexual love and childish piety will vanish like flames. Do not crave and be the master of your own life, Cultivate the Tao and there will be gods to help your karma. Do not lose your original nature and the dust of the earthly realm will vanish, The sky will reveal the circular bright moon. - Shui-ch'ing Tzu

When the mortal mind is dead, the mind of Tao can live. - Shui-ch'ing Tzu

The Tao is near and people seek it far away. - Mencius

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Quote Worthy

A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. - Albert Schweitzer

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. - Les Brown

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends. - Charles Colton  

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. - Abraham Lincoln

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. - Pete Seeger

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. - Isaac Asimov

Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy. - George S. Patton


All you ever were was a little bit of the universe, thinking to itself. Very specific; this bit, here, right now. All the rest was fantasy. - Iain M. Banks

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it. - Lloyd Alexander

Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on. - Terry Brooks

If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because if you only read fantasy and then you start to write fantasy, all you’re going to do is recycle the same old stuff and move it around a bit. - Terry Pratchett

The problem with fantasy is the greatest benefit of fantasy: it prevents us from living in the present moment. - Geneen Roth

We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay. - Lynda Barry

When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. - Albert Einstein

You always start with a fantasy. Part of the fantasy technique is to visualize something as perfect. Then with the experiments you work back from the fantasy to reality, hacking away at the components. - Edwin H. Land

Monday, 26 November 2012

A Minute A penny

Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God.  Looking up, he asks the Lord... "God, what does a million years mean to you?"

The Lord replies, "A minute."

Smith asks, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?"

The Lord replies, "A penny."

Smith asks, "Can I have a penny?"

The Lord replies, "In a minute."

Sunday, 25 November 2012


A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic. - George Bernard Shaw

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

Fashion can be bought, style one must possess. - Unknown

Fashion is what you adopt when you do not know who you are. - Unknown

If you ride a trend, make sure you can spot its tail. Many people failed because they did not see the impending change in trend. - Unknown

The fashion wears out more apparel than the man. - William Shakespeare


A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. - Seneca

A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present. - Thomas Fuller

A pat on the back and a sympathetic ear are valuable gifts you can give to those you work, and live with. Times of crisis only increase their value. - Unknown

Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. - Franz Kafka

Every one has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend. - Marian Anderson

Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package. - Wolfgang Riebe

It is a gift to be simple. - Unknown

Love the giver more than the gift. - Brigham Young

Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing. - Charles Lamb

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. - Charles Dudley Warner

The greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. - Cindy Lew

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. - Brian Tracy

The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention. - Anthony D'Angelo

The greatest gift you can give someone is your time, your attention, your love, your concern. - Joel Osteen

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. - Thich Nhat Hanh

The most precious gifts you can give your loved ones are loving words and deeds, of compassion, forgiveness, appreciation, understanding, and acceptance. - Unknown

The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him and which worthily used will be a gift also to his race. - John Ruskin

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our special light. - Mary Dunbar

With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing. - Catherine De Hueck

You have three gifts you control: your thoughts, your speech and your behaviour. With these three, you can change your whole life and the whole world. - Unknown

Saturday, 24 November 2012


A man's character is his fate. - Heraclitus

All that is called Destiny or Fate is none other than the result of our thoughtlessness and our mistrust of ourselves; we should know that all that is created on earth is created by its sole Master and Laborer – Man. - Maxim Gorky

All we can control in life is our own choices, how we choose to live and deal with what life has to offer. Everything else is fate. - Mark Puryear

Blame it on a simple twist of fate. - Bob Dylan

Even human being is the artificer of his own fate … Events, circumstances, etc., have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown. - H. D Thoreau

Everyone is more or less master of his own fate. - Aesop

Fate ... is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought – for causes which are unpenetrated. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fate comes by our own agency. It belongs to our underlying spiritual values, because it is unattainable without experience of the world, and therefore differs from one person to the next. - Stelios Ramphos

Fate had a weird way of circling back over paths that were meant to cross. - Gail McHugh

Fate has a way of charting its own course … but before one surrenders to the hands of destiny, one might consider the power of the human spirit and the force that lies in one’s own free will. - Unknown

Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. - Anne Lamott

Fate is a manifestation of natural causes. That’s it. It’s not a conscious entity. It has no plan. - Walter Wykes

Fate is a primitive notion that makes no sense in a land of self-made men and women. - J. Peter Euben 

Fate is written in wood, not stone. - Geraint Straker

Fate isn't one straight road ... There are forks in it, many different routes to different ends. We have the free will to choose the path. - Dean Koontz

Fate isn't sentient; it can't make decisions. - Rick Chiantaretto

Fate is for those too weak to determine their own destiny. - Kamran Hamid

Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on. - Citium Zeno

Fate leads the willing, drags the unwilling. - Cleanthes

Fate only takes you so far. The rest is up to you. - Unknown

Fate will find a way. - Virgil

For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice. - Barack Obama

Great powers may be shaping the general turn of events, but human personalities still determine their own fate. - Dan Simmons 

Heaven from all creatures hides the book of Fate, All but the page prescrib'd, their present state. - Alexander Pope

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is. - Wilhelm Von Humboldt

I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. - Ronald Reagan

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. - G.K Chesterton

If anyone does not help himself, fate never can help him. -  HuanZhang Chen

If you cant change your fate, change your attitude. - Charles Revson 

Men make their own history; but they make it under given conditions, and they become entangled thereby in a fate which is in part the result of other men having made their own history earlier. - Reinhard Bendix

Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupations of men engaged in rash undertakings. - Cormac McCarthy

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes when one walks away from his fate, it leads one directly to fate’s doorstep. Unknown 

The Book of Fate isn't already written. It's written every day. - Brad Meltzer

The catch-22 is either everything is based on fate or nothing is. - Rhonda Britten

The furnace which melts gold, also hardens clay. Before blaming thy fate, therefore, find whether thou art gold or clay. - Ivan Panin

The future’s not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. - John Connor

The harder thy fate, the softer thine heart. - Ivan Panin

The word "fate" is used by people who have lost sight of who they are. - Clark Kent

There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it. - Diana Trilling

Those who have been indulged by fortune and have always thought of calamity as what happens to others, feel a blind incredulous rage at the reversal of their lot, and half believe that their wild cries will alter the course of the storm. - George Eliot

To bear is to conquer our fate. - Thomas Campbell

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, never to be undone. - William James

We seal our fate with the choices we make. - Gloria Estefan

Whatever be thy fate today, remember, this will pass away! - John Godfrey Saxe

When fate comes in to play, choice sometimes goes out the window. - Unknown 

When fate shuts a door, come in through the window. - Unknown

While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned. - Seneca

Yet they, believe me, who await no gifts from Chance, have conquer'd Fate. - Matthew Arnold

You can’t outwit fate by standing on the side-lines placing little side-bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win. - Judith McNaught

You cannot leave everything to Fate, she’s got a lot to do. Sometimes you must give her a hand. - Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, 23 November 2012

Quote Worthy

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. - Herodotus

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself: "It all depends on me." - Andre Gide
Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life. - Joan Lunden

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere. - Charles F. Kettering

I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. - Tony Robbins

Thursday, 22 November 2012


A warm hug from a loved one is a little bit of Heaven on Earth. - Unknown

Stretch out your arms and give your loved one a hug today; it will do both of you a world of good. - Unknown

They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything. - Unknown

Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money but long on hugs. - Robert Heinlein


A father is a banker provided by nature. - French Proverb

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. - Frank A. Clark

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. - Billy Graham

A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season. - Unknown

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. - Frank Abagnale

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. - Unknown Author

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. - Anne Geddes

Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee. - Margaret Courtney

Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. - Naveen Jain

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow. - Reed Markham

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadsworth

Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development. - David M. Gottesman

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. - Sigmund Freud

It is a wise father that knows his own child. - William Shakespeare

It’s really bad when dads cry. - Sarah Ockler

One father is more than a hundred school masters. - George Herbert

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. - Confucius

The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road. - Angelo Patri

The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. - Bertrand Russel

The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you're unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it. - John Green

The reservedness and distance that fathers keep, often deprive their sons of that refuge which would be of more advantage to them than a hundred rebukes or chidings. - John Locke

There is probably no more terrible enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man – with human flesh. - Frank Herbert

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway. - Robert Brault

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Lao Tzu, the Patriarch of Taoism

Empty the heart, fill the abdomen.
Relax, and empty your mind and heart of all thoughts. Breathe in gently and deeply, so that the incoming cosmic energy fills the energy centre at your abdomen. - Lao Tzu

The supreme good is like water,
Which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.
- Lao Tzu

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.
- Lao Tzu

When the highest type of men hear Tao,
They diligently practice it.
When the average type of men hear Tao,
They half believe in it.
When the lowest type of men hear Tao,
They laugh heartily at it.
- Lao Tzu

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Quote Worthy

Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness. - Hosea Ballou
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you. - Richard Bach

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. - Honore De Balzac

How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people. - Edward Frederic Benson 

There are no such things as incurable. There are only things for which man has not found a cure. - Bernard Baruch

Dont be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. - Richard Bach

You dont get to choose how youre going to die, or when. You can only decide how youre going to live. Now. - Joan Baez

In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are. - Gamaliel Bradford

Monday, 19 November 2012


The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen.

After several minutes, the older worker had had enough.

“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?” he said. “I will bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that building that you won’t be able to wheel back.’’

“You’re on, old man,” the young guy replied.

The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then he turned to the young man and said, “Alright. Get in.”

Sunday, 18 November 2012


All that is given cheerfully and generously to another comes back to you and enriches your life in unexpected ways. - Unknown

Give alms, if thou can; if not, a sweet and gentle word. - Unknown

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot. - Nigerian Proverb

Give to those in need. One day you may benefit from the kindness of someone who does likewise. - Unknown

It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. - Ethel Percy Andrus

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding. - Kahlil Gibran

No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank

The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated. - Baltasar Gracian

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving. - Max Beerbohm

When you give yourself, you receive more than you give. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. - Robert Louis Stevenson

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. - Khalil Gibran

Saturday, 17 November 2012


A readiness to excuse some faults, shows a disposition to commit others. - Norman MacDonald

A sure way to hear of your faults is to boast of your virtues. - Norman MacDonald

And oftentimes excusing of a fault Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse, As patches set upon a little breach, Discredit more in hiding of the fault Than did the fault before it was so patchd. - Shakespeare

Certain faults are necessary to the individual if he is to exist. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Consider not one fault where there are many virtues. - Edward Counsel

Easily seen are other's faults; hard indeed it is to see one's own faults. - Unknown

Every one fault seeming monstrous till his fellow fault came to match it. - Shakespeare

Faults are more easily recognized in the works of others than in our own. - Leonardo da Vinci

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. - Benjamin Franklin

If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone. - Epictetus

If you feel you have no faults, that makes another one. - Unknown

In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes. - John Ruskin

It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice. - Unknown

Men sometimes reproach themselves with fancied faults, that they may be thought less guilty of real ones. - Norman MacDonald

Men's graces must get the better of their faults as a farmer's crops do of the weeds – by growth. When the corn is low, the farmer uses the plough to root up the weeds; but when it is high, and shakes its palm-like leaves in the wind, he says, "Let the corn take care of them," for the dense shadow of growing corn is as fatal to weeds as the edge of the sickle. - Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing is easier than to find a fault, and nothing more difficult than the ability to substitute the proper correction. - Norman MacDonald

Nothing shows our weakness more than to be so sharp-sighted at spying other men's faults, and so purblind about our own. - William Penn

Oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. - William Shakespeare

One of the greatest and also the commonest of faults is for men to believe that, because they never hear their shortcomings spoken of, or read about them in cold print, others can have no knowledge of them. - Georg G. Christoph Lichtenberg

Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales. - Unknown

Some people find fault like there is a reward for it. - Unknown

Some people have a way of making their faults pleasing, while others have a way of making their virtues repulsive. - Lewis F. Korn

The easiest thing to find is fault. - Unknown

The faults that are visible in ourselves should, at least, teach us tenderness with respect to those we imagine in others. - Norman MacDonald

The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. - Dale Turner

To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it. - Publilius Syrus 

We are often more agreeable through our faults than our good qualities. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We confess small faults to insinuate that we have no great ones. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

We must not be timid from a fear of committing faults: the greatest fault of all is to deprive oneself of experience. - Luc de Clapiers

We often appear unconscious of our faults, merely from frequency of viewing them. - Norman MacDonald

We should not be much concerned about faults we have the courage to own. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones. - Benjamin Franklin

Friday, 16 November 2012

Quote Worthy

In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest. - Aesop

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

I like the dream of the future better than the history of the past. - Thomas Jefferson

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so. - Sir Walter Scott

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end. - Benjamin Disraeli

Only those who risk going too far can find out how far one can go. - T.S. Elliot

There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one’s self. - John Gay

The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for. - Arthur Schopenhauer 

Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. - James Allen

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. - Johann Von Goethe

Thursday, 15 November 2012


A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain. - Unknown

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. - Martin Luther King Jr

Human beings are infinitely fallible, completely unreliable. Science is not. Science is absolute. Under strict principles, if you do A and B, then C will occur. This rarely happens if you inject the inefficiencies of humanity into the process. - David Baldacci

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. - Thurgood Marshall

It wants not merely microscopic but telescopic power to know humanity in its essence; a power to discern its grandeur as well as its littleness, the infinity of its relations as well as the meanness of its pursuits. The human soul is a great deep. We must take into view the nebulous possibilities that are brooding and waiting there, and notice the buds and films of light that reveal themselves even in the darkest spaces. - E. H. Chapin On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate. - R. Buckminster Fuller

One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that. - Joseph Campbell 

Others are affected by what I am, and say, and do. So that a single act of mine may spread and spread in widening circles, through a nation or humanity. Through my vice I intensify the taint of vice throughout the universe. Through my misery I make multitudes sad. On the other hand, every development of my virtue makes me an ampler blessing to my race. Every new truth that I gain makes me a brighter light to humanity. - William Ellery Channing

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender. - Henri Frederic Amiel

The cannon thunders... limbs fly in all directions... one can hear the groans of victims and the howling of those performing the sacrifice... it's Humanity in search of happiness. - Charles Baudelaire

The darkness of humanity's past threatens to eclipse the brightness of its future. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane. - Mahatma Gandhi

The most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane to one another. - Dean Koontz

The tapestry of the universe is vast and complex, with infinite patterns. While threads of tragedy may form the primary weave, humanity with its undaunted optimism still manages to embroider small designs of happiness and love. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. - H.L. Mencken

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. - Victor Hugo

Under the sublime law of progress, the present outgrows the past. The great heart of humanity is heaving with the hopes of a brighter day. All the higher instincts of our nature prophesy its approach; and the best intellects of the race are struggling to turn that prophecy into fulfilment. - Horace Mann

We are not the only avatars of humanity. Once our computing machines achieved self-consciousness, they became part of this design. - Dan Simmons

We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. - Chinua Achebe

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Lao Tzu, the Patriarch of Taoism

There are two paths leading to oneness with the Tao. The first is the path of acceptance. Affirm everyone and everything. Freely extend you goodwill and virtue in every direction, regardless of circumstances. Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it. The second path is that of denial. Recognize that everything you see and think is a falsehood, an illusion, a veil over the truth. Peel all the veils away, and you will arrive at the Oneness. Though these paths are entirely different, they will deliver you to the same place: spontaneous awareness of the Great Oneness. -Lao Tzu

Do you think that you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent meditation? This makes your mind narrow, not clear. Integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times. That is true meditation. The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the world. -Lao Tzu

Acting without design, occupying oneself without making a business of it, finding the great in what is small and the many in the few, repaying injury with kindness, effecting difficult things while they are easy, and managing great things in their beginnings: this is the method of Tao. - Lao Tzu

Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing. . . . If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don't get caught up in spiritual superficialities. - Lao Tzu

Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom and oneness with the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious self-transformation and self-evolution. - Lao Tzu

Worlds and particles, bodies and beings, time and space: All are transient expressions of the Tao. - Lao Tzu

Everything comes from That which cannot be named nor described because it its beyond man’s comprehension; but for convenience it is called Tao. - Lao Tzu

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Quote Worthy

It is difficult to say who does you the most mischief: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best. - Edward G. E. Bulwer-Lytton

The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility. - Charles Colton 

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture. - Charles Colton 

Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey; hardship our garment; constancy and valor our only shield. - Winston Churchill

We need not worry so much about what man descends from – its what he descends to that shames the human race. - Hal Boyle

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. - Robert Brault

What is past is past. There is a future left to all men who have the virtue to repent, and the energy to atone. - Edward G. E. Bulwer-Lytton

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

Monday, 12 November 2012


Forget the favours you give; remember the favours you received. - Unknown

However often you may have done them a favour, if you once refuse, they forget everything except your refusal. - Pliny The Younger

If you ask for a favour, make sure it does not develop into an obligation on the other person. - Unknown

Let him who has given a favor be silent; let he who has received it tell it. - Seneca

The person who receives the most favours is the one who knows how to return them. - Publilius Syrus

All Puns Intended

Q: What has ears, but never hears a thing?
A: A cornfield.
Q: What has four wheels and flies?
A: A garbage truck!

Q: What do you call the chicken who walked across the road?
A: Poultry in Motion
Q: A horse and a duck went to dinner one night together. Who paid?
A: The duck because he has the bill!

Q:What do you call a cow that lies down?
A:"Ground" Beef!

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road, roll around in the dirt, and cross the road again?
A: He wanted to be a dirty double crosser!

Q: What room does a horse stay in at a hotel?
A: In the bridle suite.

Q: You know what it's called when a cow quits giving milk?
A: An udder failure.

Q: What do you get from a pampered cow?
A: Spoiled milk.

Q: What did one penny say to the other penny?
A: Lets get together and make some cents!!

Sunday, 11 November 2012


Tis foolish to fear what you cannot avoid. - Publilius Syrus

A fearless man thrives on far horizons. - Unknown

A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it. - J. R. R. Tolkien

A man who will not get scared on some occasions, lacks good sense. - Edgar Watson Howe

Constant exposure to the object of fear immunizes against the fear. - Maxwell Maltz

Do not let fear confine your life inside a shell of doubt; A turtle never moves until his head is sticking out. - Charles Ghigna 

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. - Mark Twain

Do what you fear and fear disappears. - Shakespeare

Don’t be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self. - Ed Helms

Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it. - C. JoyBell C.

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. - Edmund Burke

Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully. - Frances Moore Lappe

Fear begins and ends with the desire to be secure; inward and outward security, with the desire to be certain, to have permanency. The continuity of permanence is sought in every direction, in virtue, in relationship, in action, in experience, in knowledge, in outward and inward things. To find security and be secure is the everlasting cry. It is this insistent demand that breeds fear. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. - Eric Hoffer

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. - Les Brown

Fear flies through fancy's door. - Edward Counsel

Fear follows crime and its punishment. - Voltaire

Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light. - Dorothy Thompson

Fear has never helped anybody make good choices. It leads to clinging when we should be walking. - Harriet Lerner

Fear hath a numerous progeny. - Edward Counsel

Fear invites aggression – do not show it to a predator. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. - Usman B. Asif

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. - Marian Anderson 

Fear is a destructive emotion that can deal a fatal blow to any attempt on your part to build total self-confidence. If you allow your fears to run your life, it will be impossible to create the life you truly desire. - Robert Anthony

Fear is a distorting mirror in which anything can appear as a caricature of itself, stretched to terrible proportions; once inflamed, the imagination pursues the craziest and most unlikely possibilities. What is most absurd suddenly seems the most probable. - Stefan Zweig

Fear is a fantastic marketing tool. - Daniel Gardner

Fear is a great poseur. Men especially are loath to admit that they're scared, even to themselves. Instead they convert anxiety into more acceptable feelings (anger, usually). - Ralph Keyes

Fear is a message – sometimes helpful, sometimes not – but often conveying critical information about our beliefs, our needs, and our relationship to the world around us. - Harriet Lerner

Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles. - Jean Toomer

Fear is a quicksand that slows and grips and strangles, leaving its victims unable to act, too timid to do what life requires. - Bob Lonsberry

Fear is a sneaky thief, stealing away precious moments of your life. - Elizabeth Lesser

Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival. - Hannah Arendt

Fear is an injurious state of mind because it paralyses your faculty of reason and ruins your gift of imagination. - Unknown

Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear is another emotion that is strongly suppressed. We cannot afford to be afraid, and so we don't allow ourselves to sense and feel the fear within us. We lower our brows to deny it, set our jaws to defy it, and smile to deceive ourselves. But inwardly we remain scared to death. - Alexander Lowen

Fear is contagious. You can catch it. - Neil Gaiman

Fear is good in small amounts, but when it is a constant companion, it cuts away at who you are and makes it hard to do what you know is right. - Christopher Paolini

Fear is never a good counsellor and victory over fear is the first spiritual duty of man. - Nicolas Berdyaev

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. - Aristotle

Fear is something to be moved through, not something to be turned from. - Peter Mcwilliams 

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. - Samuel Butler

Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. - Michael Pritchard

Fear is the highest fence. - Dudley Nichols

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life. - Bertrand Russell

Fear is the mother of foresight. - Thomas Hardy

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. Yoda

Fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. - Unknown

Fear may be the first serious enemy you have to face in our society. It is the most destructive emotional bogyman there is. Cold feet, panic, depression and violence are all symptoms of fear – when it is out of control. But this feeling, ironically can also trigger courage, alertness, objectively. You cannot surrender to fear, but you can use it as a kind of fuel. Once you learn to control fear – to make it work for you – it will become one of your best friends. - Unknown

Fear to let fall a drop and you spill a lot. - Unknown

Having no fear does not mean you have to prove it by acting rashly. Remember that fearlessness is a cousin sister of recklessness. The former represents courage; the latter, stupidity. - Unknown

He that fears not the future may enjoy the present. - Thomas Fuller

He who fears he shall suffer already suffers what he fears. - Michel de Montaigne

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him. - Eleanor Roosevelt

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as part of life specifically fear of change and fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says, turn back, turn back, youll die if you venture too far. - Erica Jong

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. - Robert Schuller

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. - Dale Carnegie

It is torture to fear what you cannot overcome. - Anacharsis

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. - Robert Luis Stevenson

Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger. - Francis Quarles

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. - Bertrand Russell

No man has fear until fear come to him. - Unknown

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. - Edmund Burke

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Unknown

Of all base passions, fear is most accursed. - Shakespeare

Since fear is mostly about ignorance, the best part is that its as temporary as you choose. - Christine Comaford

Since fear is nothing more than a state of mind, it can be controlled and directed if you will it to. - Unknown

The ambitious man climbs up high and perilous stairs, and never cares how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall. - Thomas Adams

The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure – fearlessness and achievement. - Joseph Campbell 

The fears we don’t face becomes our limits. - Unknown

The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom. - Osho

The man who fears nothing is as powerful as he who is feared by everybody. - J. C. F. von Schiller

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety. - H. L. Mencken

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. - Aung San Suu Kyi

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place. - Aeschylus

There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear. - George Patton

There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable. - Christian Nestell Bovee

There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.  - Jawaharlal Nehru

Thinking will not overcome fear, action will. - Unknown

To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind. - Seneca

To overcome a fear, here's all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway. - Peter Mcwilliams

To overcome your fear, you must take away its power by confronting it with courage. - Unknown

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. - Les Brown

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. - David Sarnoff

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. - Christian Nestell Bovee

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes. - John F Kennedy

What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy. - Unknown

When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. - Les Brown

When you fear something, think, – how long do you want to carry that fear in your mind. - Unknown

Where fear is, happiness is not. - Seneca

You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. - Mary Manin Morrissey

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesnt exist anywhere except in the mind. - Dale Carnegie

You gain strength, experience and confidence every time you stop to look fear in the face. - Unknown