Sunday, 30 June 2013


Debt is the worst poverty. - Thomas Fuller

From poverty to wealth is a troublesome journey, but the way back is easy. - Unknown

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. - Seneca

It is not poverty so much as pretence that harasses a ruined man – the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse – the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end. - Washington Irving

One who is by nature daring and is suffering from poverty will not long be law-abiding. - Confucius 

Poor and content is rich and rich enough. - Shakespeare

Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult. - Samuel Johnson

Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient. - Sydney Smith

Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings. - Nelson Mandela

Poverty is the mother of crime. - Marcus Aurelius

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. - Aristotle

Poverty is the root of all evils. - Unknown

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character. - Antisthenes

Poverty is the step-mother of genius. - Josh Billings

Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim. - James Garfield 

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul impossible. - Michel Montaigne

Poverty of purpose is far worse than poverty of purse. - Unknown

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright. - Benjamin Franklin

The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty. - George Bernard Shaw

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. - Mother Teresa

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. - Seneca

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind o of poverty. - Mother Theresa

What a devil art thou, Poverty! How many desires – how many aspirations after goodness and truth – how many noble thoughts, loving wishes toward our fellows, beautiful imaginings thou hast crushed under thy heel, without remorse or pause! - Walt Whitman

When poverty comes in at doors, love leaps out at windows. - John Clarke

Saturday, 29 June 2013


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A mans own good breeding is the best security against other peoples ill manners. - Lord Chesterfield

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other peoples bad manners. - H. Jackson Brown

Manners are like the zero in arithmetic; they may not be much in themselves but they are capable of adding a great deal to the value of everything else. - Unknown

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. - Fred Astaire

The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones. - Wendell Lewis Willkie

Friday, 28 June 2013

Quote Worthy

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their depth. - Gerald Burrill

There is no place more delightful than ones own fireplace. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love. - Leo Buscaglia

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Only the open-minded get to experience the world form many perspectives. - Unknown

A lion does not lose sleep over the opinion of a sheep. - Unknown

Don’t regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many. - Unknown

To be the best  you must be able to handle the worst. - Unknown

Thursday, 27 June 2013


Danger can never be overcome without taking risks. - Unknown

Do not be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave. - Unknown

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. - Muhammad Ali

I don't think about risks much. I just do what I want to do. If you gotta go, you gotta go. - Lillian Carter

If you risk nothing, then you risk everything. - Unknown

Only by great risks can great results be achieved. - Xerxes

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. And only those who dare to take risks are likely to be great. - Unknown

Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down. - Kobi Yamada

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. - George Patton

Taking risks means reaching out in spite of fears and anxieties. We cannot expect our anxieties to just disappear. Only after we experience reaching out are anxieties and fears apt to diminish. - Jerry Greenwald 

The key to successful risk-taking is to calculate your chances and possible losses. If they weigh in your favour or you can afford the losses – take it. - Unknown

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk being called sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, hes forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free. - Leo Buscaglia

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Life is the toughest school. You never know what class you are in, what exam you will have next and you can’t cheat because nobody else has the same question paper. - Unknown

Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t turn out – just take another shot. - Unknown

Life has many doors that can be opened and closed. What you make of your life depends on the doors you choose to close and the doors you choose to open. - Unknown

The flow of life propels us ever forward. It is only when we keep re-creating the same thing that it looks like we’re not moving. - Sue Krebs

Life is like a book. Some persons are in there for a page, some are there for a chapter, but true ones are there throughout the whole story. - Unknown

Life is not for the serious; for the serious is the grave. Life is for those who are festive, who know how to celebrated. - Osho

We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It’s up to us to make it good or bad. - Unknown

Life is not meant to be perfect, it’s meant to be lived with all its imperfections. - Unknown

Life has a way of teaching us lessons that no one ever could. - Unknown

Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring. - Unknown

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Quote Worthy

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the first step. - Unknown

Don’t be concerned that things appear to be falling apart: this has to happen in order for something new and wonderful to emerge. - Unknown

There’s hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words. - Dorothy Parker

It is not what you have in your pocket that makes you rich, but what you have in your heart. - Unknown

A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself. - Adyashanli

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. - Benjamin Franklin

Don’t take anything personally. Nothing other people do is because of you it is because of themselves. - Unknown

Every second you spend dwelling on the past is a second of your present that you are missing. - Unknown

Monday, 24 June 2013


A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. - Andre Maurois

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. - Mignon McLaughlin

Before you marry keep both eyes open; after marriage keep one eye shut. - Jamaican Proverb

Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together. - Unknown

In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body. - William Penn

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. - Friedrich Nietzsche

It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure. - Unknown

Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see  him leave.  Martin Luther

Marriage does not guarantee you will be together forever, it’s only paper. It takes love respect, trust, understanding, friendship and faith in your relationship to make it last. - Unknown

Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning, all you need is two Hearts and a Diamond. By the end, you wish you had a Club and a Spade. - Aunty Acid

Marriage is like a house. When a light bulb burns out you don’t not go and buy a new house, you fix the light bulb. - Unknown

Marriage is like a public toilet. Those waiting outside are desperate to get in and those inside are desperate to come out. - Unknown

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. - Unknown

Most people get married believing a myth that marriage is a beautiful box full of all the things they have longed for: companionship, intimacy, friendship, etc. The truth is that marriage at the start is an empty box. You must put something in before you can take anything out. There is no love in marriage. Love is in people. And people put love in marriage. There is no romance in marriage. You have to infuse it into  your marriage. A couple must learn that the art and form the habit of giving, loving, serving, praising keeping the box full. If you take out more than you put in, the box will be empty. - Unknown

One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague. - Robert Burton

The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters. - Harold Nicolson

There is no such thing as a solid marriage. Marriage is more like an airplane than a rock. You have to commit the thing to flight, and then it creaks and groans, and keeping it air borne depends entirely on attitude. Working at it, though, you can fly forever. Only you and your partner know how hard it has been, or how worthwhile. - Unknown

Those who enter into marriage, must be fully prepared to establish their marriage, as the first priority in their lives. - James E. Faust

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. - Leo Tolstoy

At The Vets

A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. “My dog is cross-eyed. Is there anything you can do for him?”
“Well,” says the vet, “Let’s have a look at him.” He picks up the dog and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says, “I am going to have to put him down.”
“What? – because he’s cross-eyed?"
“No, because he’s really heavy.”

Sunday, 23 June 2013


All human power is a compound of time and patience. - Honore de Balzac

And herein lies the secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband your resources, and concentrate them, at any moment, upon a given point. - James Allen

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you are not. - Unknown

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. - Rene Descartes

No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. - Plutarch

Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through conscious thoughts. - Tony Robbins

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominance. - Joseph Addison

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. - George Bernard Shaw

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best. - Edward Abbey

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. - Saul David Alinsky

Power is what men seek, and any group that gets it will abuse it. It is the same story. - Lincoln Steffens

Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within it bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes. - Andrew Hamilton

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. - Unknown

Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power. - Charles Colton 

The greatest power is often simple patience. - E. Joseph Cossman

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. - Edmund Burke

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it. - Chinese Proverb

The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness. - Unknown

Those who sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. -  John F Kennedy

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it. - Alexander Graham Bell

What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement. - Napoleon Hill

You see what power is – holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them! - Amy Tan

Saturday, 22 June 2013


Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isnt the mountain ahead that wears you out – its the grain of sand in your shoe. - Robert Service

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul. - William Ernest Henley

If one does not reflect, one thinks oneself master of everything. When one reflects thereon, one sees that one is master of nothing. - Unknown

No man is free who is not master of himself. - Unknown

The man who gives me employment, which I must have or suffer, that man is my master, let me call him what I will. - Henry George

We are masters of what we keep to ourselves and slaves of what we say. - Unknown

We nearly always make ourselves masters of those whom we know well, because he who is thoroughly understood is in some sense subject to those who understand him. - Magdeleine Sable

Friday, 21 June 2013

Quote Worthy

Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled his faith. - Thomas Merton 

I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesnt, luckily, have to bother about that. - Agatha Christie

You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions. - Gary Ryan Blair

Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. - Unknown

Everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right. And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. - Unknown

Thursday, 20 June 2013


A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to turn. - Unknown

Don’t think you’re on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path. - Unknown

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. - John Ray

He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there. - Sterling Holloway

May you remember that though the roads we take can sometimes be difficult, those are often the ones that lead to the most beautiful views. -  Doris Dillon

No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back. - Unknown

No road is long with good company. - Turkish proverb

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides. - Margaret Thatcher

The road to success is always under construction. - Jim Miller

The royal road to a mans heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most. - Dale Carnegie

The safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. - C. S. Lewis

There are roads out of the secret place within us on which we must all move as we go to touch others. - Romare Howard Bearden

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures. - Josiah Gilbert Holland

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. - Unknown

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

We most often go astray on a well trodden and much frequented road. - Seneca

What appears to be the end of the road may simply be a bend in the road. - Robert Schuller

When alls said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So its not so much which road you take, as how you take it. - Charles De Lint

When we are sure that we are on the right road, there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead; no need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. - Orison Swett Marden

You know more of a road by having travelled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. - William Hazlitt

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Food For Thought

Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humour, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humour has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack. - Dr Seuss

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment. - Yamamoto Tsunetomo from Hagakure; The Book fo the Samurai

This is your time. So fly away and chase all your dreams remember life is like a play. You must act each scene with passion embracing and enjoying the part. if you should ever get lost along the way look to the stars. Take a deep breath and follow your heart. - Unknown

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Quote Worthy

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense. - Jonathan Swift

He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again. - Cornelius Tacitus

A tree as big around as you can reach starts with a small seed; a thousand-mile journey starts with one small step. - Lao-tse

He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. - Orison Swett Marden

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece. - Miguel de Cervantes

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just dont want the other person to forget that we forgave. - Ivern Ball

Dont carry a grudge. While youre carrying the grudge, the other guys out dancing. - Buddy Hackett

The world is full of possibilities; and as long as there are possibilities, there is hope. - Leo Buscaglia

Sunday, 16 June 2013


A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success. - Alec Waugh

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

And those that paint them truest praise them most. - Joseph Addison

Enjoy the praises that come your way – just make sure you do not need them or be too attached to them! - Unknown

He who praises everybody praises nobody. - Samuel Johnson

Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit. - Marquis De Vauvenargues

Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead. - Charles Colton 

Praise can give criticism a lead around the first turn and still win the race. - Unknown

Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing. - Arnold Glasgow

Praise is only of use to the man who knows how to value censure too. - Unknown

Praise loudly; blame softly. - Unknown

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. - Samuel Johnson

The shame that comes to us as we see ourselves praised when we are unworthy of it often gives us the occasion to accomplish things that we might never have achieved without such undeserved praise. - Magdeleine Sable

There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise. - Roger Ascham

They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment. - Pietro Aretino

To withhold deserved praise lest it should make its object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly. - George Bernard Shaw

You cant let praise or criticism get to you. Its a weakness to get caught up in either one. - John Wooden

Saturday, 15 June 2013


‘Age’ is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years. - Unknown

A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. - Eleanor Roosevelt

In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in ‘maturer’ years, for every one we lose. - Unknown

It is sad to grow old, but nice to ripen. - Unknown

Maturity begins when were content to feel were right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else wrong. - Sydney J. Harris

Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you have had and what you have learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you have celebrated. - Unknown

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values. - Joshua L. Liebman

Maturity is not when we start speaking big things. It is when we start understanding small things. - Unknown

Maturity is the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even. - Unknown

Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things dont go well. - Jim Rohn

Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations. - Samuel Ullman

One of the most important phases of maturing is that of growth from self-centering to an understanding relationship to others. A person is not mature until he has both an ability and a willingness to see himself as one among others and to do unto those others as he would have them do to him. - Sir Walter Scott

The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back. - Unknown

To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes. - Fritz Kunkel

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity. - William Arthur Ward

To recognize the shortfall in our life’s achievement, and still delight in being alive – this is the happiness of the mature. - Unknown

Friday, 14 June 2013

Quote Worthy

We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments. - Edward G. E. Bulwer-Lytton

Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword. - Edward G. E. Bulwer-Lytton

Sometimes, what you’re are looking for comes when you’re not looking at all. - Unknown
Everyone is hungry for praise and starving for honest appreciation! - David Brandt Berg 

As lousy as things are now, tomorrow they will be somebody
s good old days. - Gerald Barzan 

Optimism empowers your systems to act; pessimism derails it. - Unknown

An optimist laughs to forget, a pessimist forgets to laugh. - Unknown
Follow your heart, but take your brain with you. - Unknown

Gratitude is the path to wisdom. - Marinela Reka

We rise by lifting others. - Robert Ingersoll

Thursday, 13 June 2013


A rumour goes in one ear and out many mouths. - Chinese Proverb

A rumor is one thing that gets thicker instead of thinner as it is spread. - Richard Armour

A rumour without a leg to stand on will get around some other way. - John Tudor

Never make negative comments or spread rumours about anyone. It depreciates their reputation and yours. - Brian Koslow

Rumours are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots. - Unknown  

Trying to squash a rumour is like trying to unring a bell. - Shana Alexander

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Food For Thought

If someone comes into your life and has a positive impact on you, be thankful that your paths crossed. And even if they can’t stay for some reason, be thankful that they somehow made you happy, even if it was just for a short while. - Unknown

The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last. - Nicholas Sparks

Don’t change just to impress and please someone. Change because it makes you a better person and it leads you to a better future. When you have to start compromising yourself or your morals for the people around you, it’s probably time to change the people around you. - Unknown

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Quote Worthy

What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander but is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the guinea hen. - Alice B. Toklas  

What you do in this world is of no consequence. The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority; the test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. - Rev. Ralph W. Sockman

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. - Sir Winston Churchill

Some people have self-esteem issues of their own, they use criticism of others as a defence mechanism to make themselves better. - Unknown
There is little point in attempting to change external conditions. You must first change inner beliefs then outer conditions will change accordingly. - Brain Adams

Those who discourage you from your dreams have most likely already abandoned their own. - Unknown

A moment of anger can destroy a lifetime of work, where as a moment of love can break barriers that took a lifetime to build. - Leon Brown

Monday, 10 June 2013

Chances Of Success

Patient: Doctor, I want to undergo a ‘by-pass surgery’, what is the probability of success?

Doctor: One hundred per cent

Patient: But how can you be so sure of achieving one hundred per cent success?

Doctor: On the day of Convocation, my professor told me that when you practise medicine, chances of failure will be ninety nine per cent and success one per cent. I have already attended ninety nine patients and failed to cure them. And you are the hundredth.

Sunday, 9 June 2013


Daily prayers can help us keep on the path that leads to eternal life. We are very unlikely to stray if we offer a humble, simple prayer at least each morning and evening to express thanks and to seek divine guidance. - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. - John F Kennedy

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. - Satchel Paige

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray. - Aesop

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. - Rabindranath Tagor

Nature is impartial; it cannot be flattered by prayers. It does not grant any special favours on request. - Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera 

Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask but when we are challenged to be what we can be. - Morris Alder

Pray for a good harvest, but keep on plowing. - Unknown

Pray not for lighter burdens but for stronger backs. - Unknown

Pray to God, but hammer away. - Spanish Proverb

Prayer changes things? No! Prayer changes people, and people change things. - Burton Hillis

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. - Hippocrates

Prayer is not a ‘spare wheel’ that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a ‘steering wheel’ that directs the right path throughout. - Unknown

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. - George Herbert

Prayers don't change the situation, but it changes our attitude towards the situation. - Unknown

Properly understood, prayer is a mature activity indispensable to the fullest development of personality – the ultimate integration of mans highest faculties. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind and spirit which gives the frail human reed its unshakable strengths. - Dr. Alexis Carrel

Some people just do not seem to realize, when they are moaning about not getting prayers answered, that ‘no’ is the answer. - Nelia Gardner White

The exercise of prayer, in those who habitually exert it, must be regarded by doctors as the most adequate and normal of all the pacifiers of the mind and ‘calmers’ of the nerves. - Unknown

The prayer of the monk is not perfect until he no longer realises himself or the fact that he is praying. - Unknown

When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t. - William Temple

Who cared if there was really any Being to pray to? What mattered was the sense of giving thanks and praise, the feeling of a humble and grateful heart. - Oliver Sacks

Saturday, 8 June 2013


A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. - Doug Larson

As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape. - John Lancaster Spalding

Every man’s memory is his private literature. - Aldous Huxley

Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. - Diane Ackerman

If you remember the day’s blessings and forget the day’s troubles, then you have a good memory. - Unknown

Memories are the treasures that we keep locked deep within the storehouse of our souls, to keep our hearts warm when we are lonely. - Becky Aligada

Memory builds a pathway that goes winding through the heart and keeps friends close together even though they are far apart. - Unknown

Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing. - Thomas Fuller

Memory feeds imagination. - Amy Tan

Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things. - Pierce Harris

Memory is an instrument that constantly refines the past into a narrative, accessible and acceptable to oneself. - Unknown

Memory is like a purse, if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof. - Thomas Fuller

Memory is the best of all gardens. Therein, winter and summer, the seeds of the past lie dormant, ready to spring into instant bloom at any moment the mind wishes to bring them to life. - Unknown

Memory is the personal journalism of the soul. - Richard Schickel

Memory is the scribe of the soul. - Aristotle

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. - Cicero

Memory: what wonders it performs in preserving and storing up things gone by - or rather, things that are. - Plutarch

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. - Abraham Lincoln

No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations. - Louis L'Amour

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. - Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory. - Franklin Pierce Adams

One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one. - Unknown

The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor. - James Howell

The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases. -Montaigne

The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds. - Tryon Edwards

The true art of memory is the art of attention. - Samuel Johnson

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. - Aeschylus

To understand a man, you must know his memories. The same is true of a nation. - Anthony Quayle

You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories. - Stanislaw Lec

Your memory is a monster; you forget – it doesnt. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you – and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you! - John Irving

Friday, 7 June 2013

Quote Worthy

If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you. - Mahatma Gandhi

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement. - Golda Meir

It starts with a dream. Add faith, and it  becomes belief. Add action, and it  becomes a part of life. Add perseverance, and it becomes a goal in sight. Add patience and time,  and it ends with a dream come true. - Doe Zantamata

Thursday, 6 June 2013


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A little explained, a little endured, a little forgiven, the quarrel is cured. - Mary H. Waldrip

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. - Seneca

In quarreling, the truth is always lost. - Publilius Syrus

It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it. - Matthew Prior

Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards. - E.M.Forster

The test of a man or womans breeding is how they behave in a quarrel. - George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures. - Michel De Montaigne

A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood. - Chinese Proverb

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it. - Rabindranath Tagore

A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe. - Wayne Dyer

A mind grows by what it feeds on. - Josiah Gilbert Holland

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. - Unknown

A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation. - Cicero

A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if ones life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself. - Louis L 'Amour

A narrow mind has a broad tongue. - Arabian Proverb

A negative mind will never give you a positive life. - Unknown

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. - Charlotte Bronte

All the resources we need are in the mind. - Theodore Roosevelt

All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil. - Ovid

An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out. - Virginia Hutchinson

At certain times, a silent mind is very important, but ‘silent’ does not mean closed. The silent mind is an alert, awakened mind; a mind seeking the nature of reality. - Lama Yeshe

Control of the mind is the key to happiness. It is the kind of virtue and the force behind all true achievement. It is owing to lack of control that various conflicts arise in man’s mind. If he is to control them, he must learn not to give free rein to his longings and inclinations and should try to live a self-governed, pure and calm life. -  K. Sri Dhammananda

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. - The Buddha

Do not let trifles disturb your tranquillity of mind. The little pin-pricks of daily life when dwelt upon and magnified, may do great damage, but if ignored or dismissed from thought, will disappear from inanition. - Grenville Kleiser 

Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do. - Edgar F. Roberts

Everything is in the mind. That is where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step towards getting it. - Mae West

Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. - Alfred Whitehead

Gallantry of the mind is saying the most empty things in an agreeable manner. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Great minds are like eagles, and build their nest in some lofty solitude. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. - Washington Irving

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. - Gerry Spence

If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind – follow your mind. - Ayn Rand

If the mind is not contrived, it is spontaneously blissful, just as water, when not agitated, is by nature transparent and clear. - Unknown

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. - Lao Tzu

If you don't control your mind, someone else will. - John Allston

If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear.  If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear. - Unknown

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen: even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind. - Leonardo da Vinci

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. – The Buddha

It is only when the mind is controlled and is kept to the right road of orderly progress that it becomes useful for its possessor and for society. A disorderly mind is a liability both to its owner and to others, all the havoc wrought in the world is wrought by men who have not learned the way of mind control, balance and poise.K. Sri Dhammananda

It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free. - Dilgo Rinpoche 

It is our minds that make our lives so homeless. - John O'Donohue

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle

It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul. - Ovid

Keep your mind humble, and open to new ideas. You will learn much more in the process, and continue to develop as a human being. - Unknown

Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality. - Joseph Addison

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. - Washington Irving

Man has amazing potentialities of mind but like treasure hidden in the mountain they are of little use to him until he has cleared away the dense matter that keeps them concealed from himself.K. Sri Dhammananda

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind. -Franklin Roosevelt

Mind is the Master-power that moulds and makes, and Man is Mind, and ever more he takes the Tool of Thought, and shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills-He thinks in secret and it comes to pass; Environment is but his looking-glass. - James Allen

Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open. - Lord Thomas Dewar

Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Minds that have nothing to confer find little to perceive. - William Wordsworth

My mind to me a kingdom is, Such present joys therein I find, That it excels all other bliss. - Edward Dyer

No matter where the body is, the mind is free to go elsewhere. - W.H. Davies

No mind can run continually and remain effective. Remember, even a paddy field needs a good rest after a harvest in order to produce quality crops in the future. - Unknown

Quiet people have the loudest minds. - Stephen Hawking

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. - Eckhart Tolle

No mind is much employed upon the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments. - Smauel Johnson

No mind, however loving, could bear to see plainly into all the recess of another mind. - Arnold Bennett

Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it. - Seneca

Nothing mattered except states of mind, chiefly our own. - John Maynard Keynes

Nurture your mind with great thoughts. - Benjamin Disraeli

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. - John Quincy Adams

One cannot have a mind that is empty of all thoughts, but one can have a mind that is content with whatever thoughts fill it at the moment. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One man that has a mind and knows it, can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t. - George Bernard Shaw

One’s mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do. - Arthur C. Benson

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. - Hans Margolius

Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite. - Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Our Minds can be wonderful, but at the same time they can be our very worst enemy. - Sogyal Rinpoche

Paradoxically, as the mind becomes simpler, it can perceive greater complexity. - William Hamilton

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock in a thunderstorm. - Robert Luis Stevenson

Research has clearly demonstrated that the subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought-impulses, and will drive our actions based on the material we used in nourishing it. - Unknown

Since  everything is a reflection of our minds … everything can be changed by our minds. - The Buddha

Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set. - Unknown

Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion. - Pythagoras

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. - Thomas Huxley

The empires of the future are empires of the mind. - Winston Churchill

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. - Rene Descartes

The hardest thing in the world to open is a closed mind. - Unknown

The human mind is seldom at stay: If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse. - Samuel Richardson

The idle mind knows not what it wants. - Ennius

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift. - Albert Einstein

The knowing mind is active in attending, selecting and interpreting; but it must attend to, select from and interpret what is presented to it; and therefore, it must be passive as well as active. - Unknown

The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it. - Michel Montaigne

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. - Eckhart Tolle

The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. - John Milton

The mind is more vulnerable than the stomach, because it can be poisoned without feeling immediate pain. - Unknown

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. - Plutarch

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it – as long as you really believe 100 percent. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you can understand the mind, everything else is included. - Bodhidharma

The mind is unstable and flighty. It wanders wherever it desires. Therefore it is good to control the mind.  A disciplined mind brings happiness. - Buddha

The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up. - William Hazlit

The mind of man is like an unbroken horse that would go anywhere except where you wanted it to. - Unknown

The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest. - Seneca

The most disastrous times have produced the greatest minds. The purest metal comes of the most ardent furnace; the most brilliant lightning come of the darkest clouds. - Francois Rene Chateaubriand

The most distinctive mark of a cultured mind is the ability to take anothers point of view; to put ones self in anothers place, and see life and its problems from a point of view different from ones own. To be willing to test a new idea; to be able to live on the edge of difference in all matters intellectually; to examine without heat the burning question of the day; to have imaginative sympathy, openness and flexibility of mind, steadiness and poise of feeling, cool calmness of judgment, is to have culture. - A. H. R. Fairchild

The only prison we need to escape from is the prison of our own minds. - Unknown

The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body. - Unknown

The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a mans ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company. - Seneca

The subconscious mind is a mental fireless cooker where ideas simmer and develop. - Unknown

The treacherous, unexplored areas of the world are not in continents or seas; they are in the minds and hearts of men. - Unknown

There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet. - Eric Hoffer

There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. - Napoleon Hill

There are so many powers within the mind of man that have yet to be tapped, that thinking of its possible limitations may be considered a joke.  - Unknown

'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures. - Michel De Montaigne

To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Turn your mind to yourself, and try to find pleasure within yourself, and you will always find therein an infinite source of pleasure ready for your enjoyment.K. Sri Dhammananda

We cannot see things that stare us in the face until the hour comes that the mind is ripened. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide. - Marcus Fabius Quintilian 

What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears. -  Alice Walker

What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve. - Napoleon Hill

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. - Dorthea Brande

Within our impure mind the pure one is to be found. - Hui Neng

Your mind is like a garden. Tend it well by filling it with positive, encouraging, and faith-building thoughts throughout the day. Disorder sets in when the garden is not tended to for some time; the same goes for our mind if we neglect it too long. - Unknown

Your mind can be your best friend and your worst enemy. - Marinela Reka

Your mind is what makes everything else work. - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission. - Arnold Bennett