Thursday, 28 February 2013


A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It
s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. Its seeing what other people dont see and pursuing that vision. - Howard Schultz

An ounce of luck is better than a pound of wisdom. - Unknown

Chance may throw a fortune into anyone’s lap, but what is termed luck usually is the fruit of shrewdness and persistency. - Baltasar Gracian

Good luck is often with the man who does not include it in his plans. - Unknown

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson
Ive found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. - Brian Tracy

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application. - Samuel Smiles

Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it. - Unknown

Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise. - Baltasar Gracian

Luck can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation at the right moment, It is possible to ‘make’ your luck by being always prepared. - Michael Korda

Luck is good planning, carefully executed. - Unknown

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men. - E. B. White

Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny. - Unknown

Luck is the crossroads where preparation and opportunity meet. - Unknown

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. - Seneca

Luck is what you have left over after you give one hundred percent. - Langston Coleman

Luck may win a few deals, but in the long run it is the better player who scores the highest. - Unknown

Most of the folks I know who have good luck seem to have good judgment too. - Unknown

The difference between bad luck and good luck is the difference in our attitude toward circumstances and events. - Adelaide Hensley

The more you know the better your luck. - Unknown

The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck. - Channing Pollock

The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. - Wilson Mizner

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. - Harry Golden

There is no substitute for incomprehensible good luck. - Unknown

There may be luck in getting a good job – but theres no luck in keeping it. - J. Ogden Armour 

You just dont luck into things as much as youd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether its friendships or opportunities. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Scientific Power Of Thought

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Quote Worthy

The art of loving yourself begins with self-acceptance. They are essentially the same. You begin loving yourself when you stop rejecting yourself. - John Ruskan

It is not the strongest of the species of that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. - Robert G Ingersoll

Nobody can teach you love. Love you have to find yourself, within your being by raising your consciousness to higher levels. - Osho

There is no shortage of opportunity. There is only a shortage of those who will apply themselves to the basics that success requires. - Jim Rohn

When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about. - Haruki Murakami

Remember in the depth and even the agony of despondency, that very shortly you are to feel well again. - Abraham Lincoln

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion, or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there? - Buddha

Monday, 25 February 2013

His Last Request

Mary Clancy goes up to Father O’Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she is in tears.

He says, “So what’s bothering you, dear?”

She says, “Oh, Father, I’ve got terrible news. My husband passed away last night.”

The priest says, “Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?”

She says, “That he did, Father...”

The priest says, “What did he ask, Mary?”

She says, “He said, ‘Please, Mary, put down the Goddamn gun...’”

Sunday, 24 February 2013


It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people dont care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done. - Bishop Robert South

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company. - Jeremy Collier

Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness. - Thomas Carlyle

The ruin of most men dates from some idle moment. - George S. Hilliard

Saturday, 23 February 2013


A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s life. - Unknown

Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know. - Unknown

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. - Albert Schweitzer

Do not consider any act of kindness insignificant, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face. - Unknown

Do not underestimate a moment of kindness. It has the power to change lives in ways you may never know. - Unknown

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. - George Sand

If you can't be kind, be quiet. - Unknown

In the end only kindness matters. - Jim Garnett

It is kindness in a person, not beauty that wins our love. - Unknown

It is not genius, nor glory, nor love that reflects the greatness of the human soul; it is kindness. - Unknown

Kindness always happens at the beginning of a smile. - Robert Clancy

Kindness and courtesy can make an average person superior; indifference and lack of concern can make a superior person average. - Unknown

Kindness begets kindness. - Unknown

Kindness comes back, like a boomerang, to those who are kind. Perhaps its return takes years. Perhaps the kindness returns from a different direction than that which we sent out kindness. But it will return. It is never lost. - John Marks Templeton

Kindness comes in all sizes. Sometimes it is only a little thing we give – a trifle, a smile, a piece of fruit, a hug, and a kind word. If it is given willingly, the kindness is doubled. - Syrus

Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. - Joseph Joubert

Kindness doesn’t take much effort, just a choice within your heart. - Robert Clancy

Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down into a weary heart and making it shine like the rising sun. - Unknown

Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, and kindness in giving creates love. - Lao Tzu

Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do. - Emanuel Swedenborg

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. - Theodore Isaac Rubin

Kindness is more persuasive than force. - Aesop

Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person. - C. Neil Strait

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain.

Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it's being done to him or by him. - Frank A. Clark

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. - Mencius

Never regret the right things you’ve done, even for the wrong persons. Kindness should be universal, not selective. - Unknown

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness – it is usually returned. - Cort R. Flint

That best portion of a good mans life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. - William Wordsworth

The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you. - Anita Roddick

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. - Oscar Wilde

There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. - Scott Raymond Adams

Whatever you sow in the way of kindness and joy, you will regain many times over, for in kindness, to give is to gain. - Unknown

Wherever there is a human being, there is the opportunity for a kindness. - Seneca

You are always given the opportunity to make someone feel appreciated. It makes a world of difference to someone who feels empty or ignored. When it comes to kindness, nothing is ever small. - Dodinsky

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. - Publilius Syrus

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, 22 February 2013

Quote Worthy

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. - Dolly Parton

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat. - Jane Wagner

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. - Arthur F. Lenenhan

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. - Basho

The only people mad at you for speaking the truth are those living a lie. - Gaskin Jr

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

To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all. - Lyndon Baines Johnson

Leisure without literature is death, or rather the burial of a living man. - Seneca
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift. - Franklin Roosevelt

Thursday, 21 February 2013


A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak. - Michael Garrett Marino

A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows. - George Gurdjieff

Acquiring knowledge is not an end in itself, but only a means to an end. Knowledge without purpose can be a destructive tool. - Unknown

All men by nature desire knowledge. - Aristotle

All study reveals a personal vacuum, which knowledge alone can fill. - Validivar

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price. - Carl Jung

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

As knowledge advances, as the secrets of nature are explored and revealed, the more aware are we that we live in a mysterious universe.  - Unknown

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. - Charles Morgan

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious. - Albert Schweitzer

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. - George Bernard Shaw

Having a little knowledge of a subject is liken to seeing a ‘tree’ or ‘a few trees’ of a forest. It is dangerous to assume that what you saw represents the ‘whole forest’! - Unknown

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. - Confucius

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? - Thomas Huxley

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. - Isaac Asimov

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. - Thomas Fuller

If your knowledge teaches you not the value of things, and frees you not from the bondage to matter, you shall never come near the throne of Truth. - Kahlil Gibran

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information. - Anthony D'Angelo

Knowledge has no value unless you use and share it. - Unknown

Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in advanced age, and if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old. - Phillip Chesterfield

Knowledge is an antidote to fear. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is like a deep well, fed by perennial springs, and the mind of man is like a bucket that is dropped into it. He will get as much as he can assimilate.K. Sri Dhammananda

Knowledge is like a rare gem; the more facets it has, the greater its brilliance. - Validivar

Knowledge is like money: the more one gets, the more one craves. - Josh Billings

Knowledge is meant for sharing. The goodness multiplies when it is shared with people and diminishes when kept to oneself. - Unknown

Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion. - Daniel J. Boorstin 

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it. - Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is power. - Unknown

Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another. - Joseph Addison

Knowledge is the antidote to fear. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is the best eraser in the world for disharmony, distrust, despair, and the endless physical deficiencies of man. - Orlando A. Battista 

Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations. - Sigmund Freud

Knowledge is the key to a high path. Knowledge is that which brings calmness and peace to life, which renders man indifferent to the storms of the phenomenal world. - Unknown

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power. - Alvin Toffler

Knowledge is two-fold, and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true, but in the negation of that which is false. - Charles Colton 

Knowledge paves the road to riches – when you know which road to take. - Unknown

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. - Homer

Knowledge without application is simply knowledge. Applying the knowledge to one’s life is wisdom – and that is the ultimate virtue. - Unknown

Knowledge, without common sense, is folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism. But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with charity, it is beneficence. - Austin Farrar

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them. - Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it. - Chuang Tzu

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. - Sandra Carey

No matter what else, we can be daily grateful we have been put in touch with knowledge, for its source is inexhaustible. - Unknown

Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rare knowledge, like gold, must be dug for; but in scholarly tomes, not soil! - Validivar

Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance. - Confucius

Real knowledge, like everything else of value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for, studied for, and, thought for. - Thomas Arnold 

Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment. - Wendell Phillips

Self-knowledge is worth seeking by virtue of its being knowledge and not by virtue of its pertaining to self. - Unknown

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle. - Dr. Robert Anthony

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. - Frank Herbert

The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. - Unknown

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. - Ralph W. Sockman

The one self-knowledge worth having is to know ones own mind. - Francis Herbert Bradley

The passionate controversies of one era are viewed as sterile preoccupations by another, for knowledge alters what we seek as well as what we find. - Fred Adler

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. - Anais Nin

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. - Isaac Asimov

The true method of knowledge is experiment. - William Blake 

The utmost extent of man’s knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing. - Joseph Addison

There is a simple answer to the problems that you face today. It is to be found in knowledge. Yet, to find Knowledge you must become still and observant and learn to disengage from fear and anxiety. - Unknown

Those who have knowledge, don't predict. those who predict, don't have knowledge. - Lao Tzu

Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows this double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow. - The Buddha

To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light. - Benjamin Franklin

We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. - Maria Mitchell

We owe almost all of our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed. - Charles Colton 

We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge. - Rutherford D. Rogers

When a mans knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion. - Herbert Spencer

Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it, is like one who ploughs a field but does not sow it. - Unknown

You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. - Saint Bernard


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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. - Thomas Paine

A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit. - Desiderius Erasmus

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page. - Hosea Ballou

Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steadily gains in strength. At first it may be but as the spiders web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel. - Tryon Edwards

Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow. - Unknown

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of. - Unknown

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them. - Agatha Christie

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain

Habit is the best of servants, or the worst of masters. - Nathaniel Emmons

Habit with its iron sinews, clasps us and leads us day by day. - Alphonse De Lamartine

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. - Saint Augustine

He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place. - Unknown

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. - Benjamin Franklin

Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. - Confucius

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act. - Orison Swett Marden

The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it. - Leo Aikman

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. - Smauel Johnson

The second half of a mans life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones. - William Somerset Maugham

To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behaviour. - Maxwell Maltz

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. - John Dryden

Weaken a bad habit by avoiding everything that occasioned it or stimulated it, without concentrating upon it in your zeal to avoid it. Then divert your mind to some good habit and steadily cultivate it until it becomes a dependable part of you. - Paramahansa Yogananda

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Birds Of Paradise

Words couldn’t describe my awe at seeing these beautiful birds.

The "Birds of Paradise" project

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Everybody is ignorant only on different subjects. We are all ignorant about different things. - Will Rogers

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. - Galileo Galilei

Ignorance is the cause of fear. - Seneca

Ignorance is the deepest darkness. - Unknown

Ignorance is the necessary condition of life itself. If we knew everything we could not endure existence for a single hour. - Anatole France

Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star. - Confucius

Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance. - Sydney J. Harris

Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil. - Plato

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin 

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. - Arnold H. Glasgow

Mystery is another name for our ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain. - Tryon Edwards

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about. - Wayne Dyer

The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along. - Arnold Glasgow

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

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. - Benjamin Disraeli

To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Quote Worthy

If you have built castles in the air your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. - Henry David Thoreau

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. - George Bernard Shaw

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labour and an invisible labour. - Victor Hugo

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The things to avoid is being a bore to oneself. - Gerald Brenan

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume its addressed to someone else. - Ivern Ball

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great. - Comte Debussy-Rabutin

Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. - Aaron Levenstein 

Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. - William Cowper

Monday, 18 February 2013

Free Lollipops

A store was giving away free lollipops to all the children. But when one little boy asked if he could have two of them, the clerk said, “Sorry. Only one to a customer. But do you have a brother at home who might like one?”

The boy did not want to tell a lie, but he did want another lollipop. “No, I don’t have a brother at home,” he admitted, but then added hopefully, “my sister does, though, and I want one for him.”

Sunday, 17 February 2013


A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality. - Christian Nestell Bovee

Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. - Mark Twain

Illusion is the dust the devil throws in the eyes of the foolish. - Minna Antrim

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces. - Sigmund Freud

Modern mans difficulties, dangerous beliefs and feelings of loneliness, spiritual emptiness, and personal weakness are caused by his illusions about, and separation from, the natural world. - Benjamin Hoff

The trouble with illusions is that you do not realize you have them till they are shattered. - Unknown

Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be - like the reality of yesterday - an illusion tomorrow. - Luigi Pirandello

Saturday, 16 February 2013


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A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. - Robert A. Heinlein

Do not waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you are ahead, sometimes you are behind. The race is long and, in the end, it is only with yourself. - Unknown

Jealousy comes from counting others' blessings instead of our own. - Unknown

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening. - Maya Angelou

Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy ones self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing. - Emma Goldman

Jealousy is the anger of the weak. - Osho

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive. - Henry Havelock Ellis

Jealousy, the jaundice of the soul. - John Dryden 

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves. - Unknown

The jealous bring down the curse they fear upon their own heads. - Unknown

Friday, 15 February 2013

Quote Worthy

Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men. - John Stuart Mill

If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and colour, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon. - George Aiken

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet. - Charles Colton

The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever  been. - Albert Einstein

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken. - Homer

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Hate / Hatred

Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. - Richard Nixon

Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance. - Seneca

Dont hate, its too big a burden to bear. - Martin Luther King Jr.

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. - Socrates

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. - Maya Angelou

Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured. - Ann Landers

Hate is the coward's revenge for being humiliated. - George Bernard Shaw

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. - Unknown

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love, this is the eternal rule - The Buddha

Hatred is the great blazing fire. - Unknown

Hatred will take up expensive rental space in your heart, and not in the heart of the person you hate. - Unknown

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law. - James Baldwin 

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared. - Cicero

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hate so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. - James Baldwin 

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. - Booker T. Washington

It is better to give love. Hatred is a low and degrading motion and is so poisonous that no man is strong enough to use it safely. The hatred we think we are directing against some person or thing or system has a devilish way of turning back upon us. When we seek revenge we administer slow poison to ourselves. When we administer affection it is astonishing what magical results we obtain. - Thomas Dreier

Love, friendship, respect, will never unite people as much as a common hatred for something. - Anton Pavlovich Chekho

Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred. This is the law Eternal. - Unknown

Take care that no one hates you justly. - Publilius Syrus

The hatred youre carrying is a live coal in your heart – far more damaging to yourself than to them. - Lawana Blackwell

When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil. - Dale Carnegie

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Quote Worthy

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. - Francis Bacon

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly; and it would seem that the same is true of the good. - Bertrand Russell

Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. - William Feather

There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled? - Sophocles 

We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves? - Morris Adler

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. - Ambrose Bierce

A slander is like a hornet; if you cant kill it dead the first time, better not strike at it. - Josh Billings

The squeaking wheel doesn’t always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced. - Vic Gold

Monday, 11 February 2013

A Foreigner’s View Of Singapore

I am always pleased when a foreigner has nice things to say about my homeland - Singapore.

Glenn Connley: Singapore’s rules liberate, they don't oppress!

Getting to flush… you name it.

I suppose it’s a little bit funny. But it’s a gross exaggeration. In fact, these days, it’s practically a myth. In cases where rules still exist to curb marginally harmful anti-social behavior, they are rarely, if ever, enforced.

The serious side to the fine joke is that it represents an entirely inaccurate attitude which many in the big wide world out there continue to hold about Singapore: that its desperately oppressed citizens live under the heavy burden of rules which govern even the most intimate aspects of their daily lives.

How do I say this without offending? It’s total BS.

An extension to this misnomer is when foreign commentators –- some of whom have never set foot outside Changi Airport –- take pot shots at Singapore’s harsh penalties for violations like vandalism or crimes against property which, in their countries, are considered minor offences.

The most celebrated case, of course, is that of American Michael Fay, whose sorry teenage backside was reddened by four strokes of the cane after he was found guilty of spray painting cars back in 1994.

Who could forget then-President Bill Clinton’s impassioned (yet ultimately unsuccessful) plea to keep Fay’s pristine butt cheeks in tact?

We saw it all again last year when Swiss national Oliver Fricker was jailed and caned after breaking into a depot and spray painting a train with British accomplice Lloyd Alexander, who has since fled the country.

While the bleeding hearts were bleating about cases like Fricker and Fay, I was applauding.

The thing I love most of all about Singapore is the low tolerance to the moronic behavior which is ruining other cities. I love feeling secure wherever I go.

I love that there is no graffiti and I appreciate that all of the city’s wonderful amenities and facilities are used, not abused.

I use the MRT most days. I live quite close to the Circle Line. For me, train travel is far more pleasant than taking a taxi. It’s cheap, cool, spotlessly clean and efficient beyond any public transport system I’ve ever seen anywhere else on this earth.

Recently I visited my beloved hometown of Melbourne, Australia, a city that regularly tops surveys which claim to measure the world’s “most liveable” locales.

I had cause (if not the desire) to use the metropolitan train system back home. Aside from being unreliable, slow, weighed down by a billion-dollar ticketing system which still doesn’t work and being desperately overloaded, the carriages are old, covered in graffiti, littered with rubbish and uncomfortably hot.

More recently, I read of a new problem sweeping the city’s train system. There is, apparently a “train surfing epidemic.”

“Train surfing?” you may ask. It’s exactly as it sounds. Mindless teenagers! -– and a few moronic 20-somethings -- get their kicks by climbing onto the roof or the outside of a suburban train and try to stay aboard as it hurtles through the network of tracks and tunnels.

“Metro busts more than 20 a month for train surfing in Melbourne” reported the city’s most popular daily newspaper (and my old employer), the Herald Sun last month.

Okay, 20 is hardly an epidemic. But, to state the obvious, it is dangerous. Deadly, in fact. In 2008, a teenage boy died after being electrocuted while allegedly surfing a train in the city’s western suburbs.

It all got me thinking back to Singapore’s marvellous MRT. Train surfing simply couldn’t, and wouldn’t, happen here.

I recently wrote a column bemoaning the “ kiasu curse” of locals barging onto trains without waiting for their fellow travelers to get off first. That’s about as bad as it gets on the MRT.

Compare that to the problems confronting commuters in London, Paris, Munich or New York, which all have similar issues to Melbourne.

In England and the United States these days you also have the added nuisance of foul-mouthed, disrespectful teenagers intimidating their fellow commuters aboard suburban and inter-city trains.

Give me a group of Singaporean kids lah-ing and ah-ing any day. At least the only thing they’re damaging is the English language.

Linguistics aside, I have never for one second been uncomfortable on the MRT, even when it’s packed.

I have never spotted a single swipe of spray paint and I’m convinced there are more dear old uncles sweeping invisible dust off the walkways than there are actual specs of dust in the system.

So, sure, you can mock this fine country and all its rules. You can exaggerate them, lie about them and throw them in my face whenever I travel to a so-called “more civilized” country.

You can criticize the penalties and regurgitate the tired old arguments about a brutal, medieval corporal punishment which treats young offenders as hard criminals when they themselves are the victims of a heartless society.

My heart bleeds.

But I’ll tell you one thing ... the system works.

I’ve got the T-shirt to prove it.