Wednesday, 31 July 2013


Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business. What we are asked to do is to love and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbours worthy. - Thomas Merton

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. - Paulo Coelho

Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself. - Paramahansa Yogananda

The best love is the one that makes you a better person, without changing you into someone other than yourself. - Unknown

Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it. - Swedish  Proverb

Real love begins where nothing is expected in return. - Unknown

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Quote Worthy

Worry about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are, and your reputation is who people think you are. - John Wooden

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing. - William Arthur Ward

Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself. - Unknown

Sometimes the universe doesn’t give us exactly what we want when we want it, because there’s something better down the road. - Sandra Anne

The short term pain of accepting the truth is much better than the long term pain of believing an illusion. - Unknown

Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what’s done is done. Embrace your dreams through the night. Tomorrow comes with a whole new light. - Unknown

You are  not responsible for other people’s behaviour. You are only responsible for how you behave in response to other people’s behaviour. - Unknown

As you grow older, you gradually realize the precious things in life. You know what you need and what to leave behind. - Brigitte Nicole

Pity - Quotes

He best can pity who has felt the woe. - John Gay

If Pity come as Pity, bid her stay; but if in guise of Love, chase her away. - Richard Garnett

If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity? - Italian Proverb

It is only at first that pity, like morphine, is a solace to the invalid, a remedy, a drug, but unless you know the correct dosage and when to stop, it becomes a virulent poison. The first few injections do good, they soothe, they deaden the pain. But the devil of it is that the organism, the body, just like the soul, has an uncanny capacity for adaptation. Just as the nervous system cries out for more and more morphine, so do the emotions cry out for more and more pity, in the end more than one can give. Inevitably there comes a moment when one has to say 'no', and then one must not mind the other person's hating one more for this ultimate refusal than if one had never helped him at all. - Stefan Zweig

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us. - George Eliot

Pity is a hierarchical concept. It implies a looking down upon another. It is condescension. Pity arises out of the maintenance of distance between people. It has nothing of the adventure of intimacy and commitment that are essential to compassion. - Andrew Purves

Pity is more spectator-like than compassion; we can pity people while maintaining a safe emotional distance from them. - Aaron Ben-Ze’ev

Pity the laden one; this wandering woe may visit you and me. - George Eliot

The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption. - Dean Koontz

Those who do not complain are never pitied. - Jane Austen

To be the object of pity is a situation very humiliating. For although Pity is said to be fitter to love, and a certain degree of tender affection is always mixed with it, there is no doubt at the same time such an inferiority in being pitied as is not consistent with dignity of character. - Unknown

Monday, 29 July 2013

Glorious Insults

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words. Some of them anyway.

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The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband I'd poison your tea."
He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response

He had delusions of adequacy. - Walter Kerr

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. - Winston Churchill

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. - Clarence Darrow

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary. - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.. - Oscar Wilde

He has Van Gogh's ear for music. - Billy Wilder

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts.. . for support rather than illumination. - Andrew Lang

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork. - Mae West

I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. - Mark Twain

I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here. - Stephen Bishop

He loves nature in spite of what it did to him. - Forrest Tucker 

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it. - Groucho Marx

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde 

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it. - Moses Hadas

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it? - Mark Twain

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Plans / Planning

A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow. - George Patton

A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there. - H. Stanley Judd

All time management begins with planning. - Tom Greening

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action. - Napoleon Hill

Every well built house started in the form of a definite purpose plus a definite plan in the nature of a set of blueprints. - Napoleon Hill

Failing to plan is planning to fail. - Alan Lakein

If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace, it with a new plan; if this new plan fails to work, replace it in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which does work. - Unknown

If you do not plan, it is all right – just as long as you are not surprised when you finally fail. - Unknown

If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough. - Edward Everett Hale

If your plans have failed, ask yourself if there is a better plan waiting to be discovered. - Unknown

It is a bad plan that cannot be changed. - Publilius Syrus

Lay plans for the accomplishment of the difficult before it becomes difficult; make something big by starting with it when small. - Lao-tzu

No one plans to fail, many fail to plan. - Unknown

Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever; but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow. - Ibn Gabirol

Plan for tomorrow but live for today. - Unknown

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. - Alan Lakein

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. - Peter Drucker

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others. - Pliny The Elder

The most intelligent man living cannot succeed in any undertaking without plans which are practical and workable. Just keep this fact in mind and remember, when your plans fail, that temporary defeat is not permanent failure. It may only mean that your plans have not been sound. Build other plans. Start all over again. - Unknown

The purpose of planning is to reduce the uncertainty of the future. It is not meant to eliminate it. - Unknown

You can never plan the future by the past. - Edmund Burke

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. - Mandy Hale

Saturday, 27 July 2013


Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. - Henry Wadworth Longfellow

It is difficult for sorrow to intrude on a busy life. - Unknown

No sorrows befall him who has nothing. - Unknown

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them. - Jean Paul Richter

There is no greater sorrow than to be mindful of the happy time in misery.  - Dante Alighieri

There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow. - Alfred De Musset

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

Friday, 26 July 2013

Quote Worthy

We are slaves of the law so that we may be able to be free. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. - Unknown

There is always something you can be thankful for – just to be alive is one. - Unknown

We cannot go ahead without leaving something behind. - Lemuel K. Washburn  

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. - Flora Whittemore

Don’t fear pressure, for pressure is what turns rough stones into diamonds. - Unknown

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

Oil all the wheels on your wagon, not just the squeaky one. - Gladiola Montana

To hide the key to your heart is to risk forgetting where you placed it. - Timothy Childers

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. - Francis Bacon

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Retirement is not the closing of an old door, but the opening of a new one. It is an exciting approach to an infinite variety of new testing of a man’s ability, new stretchings of his mind, new releases for his energies and abilities. All that is required is that he must recognize new challenge when it presents itself, and accept it zestfully. If he has been doing this all his life, it will be easier for him in the later years, but in one form or another the opportunity awaits everyone, if he will only seek it. - Clarence Randall

Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. - Malcom Forbes

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


If you don’t like where you are headed …  you are always free to choose another path, to change your mind, to take a detour, to turn around or forge ahead in a new direction. It’s time to realize that YOU are in command as the driver of your own vehicle on the freeway of life. Get comfortable behind the wheel and enjoy the journey… love your life. - Unknown

A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated, or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being strong, and being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others. It is only then that we could have a full, happy and contented life. - Mar Razalan

The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change. So that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger, but in wisdom, understanding and love. - Unknown

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Quote Worthy

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. - Gandhi

Don’t be too shy that your presence isn’t noticed or too bold that your absence isn’t felt. - Unknown

Never forget what someone says to you when they’re angry because that is when the truth comes out. - Unknown

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is wonderful stroke of luck. - The Dalai Lama

Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows. - Unknown

It helps if you remember that everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness. - Deepak Chopra

Drama does not just walk into your life. You either create it, invite it, or you associate with people who love to bring it into you life. - Unknown

It’s good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. - Rumi

Monday, 22 July 2013

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

The video is staged, but the message is quite clear. Be careful what you wish for.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Pleasures - Quotes

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. - Walter Gagehot

Anticipation of pleasure is, in itself, a very considerable pleasure. - David Hume

As a grim skull lies covered beneath the fairest face; so does an abyss of torment lie beneath the surface of the glittering sea of sensual pleasure and dissipation. - William Scott Downey

As an experience, pleasure is ... a filling up of the cup, the supplying of a need. And the deeper the draft upon vital resources, the greater the fulfilment of desire. - William Ernest Hocking

Do not be in a hurry to rush into the pleasures of the world like the young antelope who danced herself lame when the main dance was yet to come. - Chinua Achebe

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. - Thomas Jeffeson

During the course of our life we now and then enjoy some pleasures so inviting, and have some encounters of so tender a nature, that though they are forbidden, it is but natural to wish that they were at least allowable. - Jean de la Bruyere

Every moment of pleasure in life has to be purchased by an equal moment of pain. - Danilo O’Dell

Every nerve that can thrill with pleasure, can also agonize with pain. - Horace Mann

Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire. - Marcus Fabius Quintilian

If by giving up small pleasures, great happiness is to be found, the wise should give up small pleasures, seeing the prospect of great happiness. - The Buddha

If pleasure is what you want, do not suppress the desire. Seek it intelligently. - Huston Smith

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. - Honor De Balzac

Man will endure a lot of pain to obtain a little pleasure. - Unknown

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it. - Benjamin Franklin

People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure. - Russell Baker

Past pleasures are of as little comfort to a man as the money in his neighbour’s pocket. - Abraham Miller

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short. - Iago

Pleasure and pain seem to have been accidentally cast in the same mould. - Lewis F. Korns

Pleasure is a harmony – that is, a fitting together – a fitting of an external object with a mood or want within ourselves. - Herbert Maxwell

Pleasure is a hedonistic reflex, a burning impulse to abandon rational thought altogether and immerse oneself in the moment. - Gene Wallenstein

Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within. - Eckhart Tolle

Pleasure is labour too, and tires as much. - William Cowper

Pleasure is the business of the young, business the pleasure of the old. - Fluke Greville

Pleasure is the flower that fades, remembrance is the lasting perfume. - Bruce Lee

Pleasure is the physical manifestation of joy. - Cherie Carter-Scott

Pleasure is the sun of the morning, the cloud of the meridian, and the storm of the evening. - William Scott Downey

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. The flowers which scatter their odours from time to time in the paths of life, grow up without culture from seeds scattered by chance. - Samuel Johnson

Pleasure derived from labor is the sweetest of all pleasures. - Richard L. Evans

Pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man. - Muhammad Ali

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. - Samuel Johnson

Pleasure, like a kind of bait, is thrown before everything which is really bad, and easily allures greedy souls to the hook of perdition. - Epictetus 

So called pleasures, when they go beyond a certain limit, are but punishments. - Seneca

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. - Henry David Thoreau

The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. - Martin Farquhar Tupper

The excess of delight palls our appetites rather than pleases. - Wellins Calcott

The fact that all animals and men pursue pleasure is some indication that it is in some way the highest good. - Aristotle

The majority of mankind would seem to be beguiled into error by pleasure, which, not being really a good, yet seems to be so. So that they indiscriminately choose as good whatsoever gives them pleasure, while they avoid all pain alike as evil. - Aristotle 

The more a man finds his sources of pleasure in himself, the happier he will be. . . . The highest, most varied and lasting pleasures are those of the mind. - Arthur Schopenhauer

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves. - Eric Hoffer

The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight. - Epictetus

They that seldom take pleasure, seldom give pleasure. - Fluke Greville

True pleasures are paid for in advance; false pleasures afterwards, with heavy and compound interest. - John Lubbock

We are prone to seek immediate pleasure or good, however small, rather than remote pleasure or good, however vast. - Horace Mann

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. - Alan Watts 

When happiness was a matter of pleasure, and pleasure a matter of taste, one could be happy simply by rolling in filth. - Darrin M. McMahon

Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations. - Jane Austen

Saturday, 20 July 2013


A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance. - Benjamin Disraeli

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. - Orison Swett Marden

Happy is the soul that has something to look backward to with pride, and something to look forward to with hope. - Oliver G. Wilson 

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it foregoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury. - Edwin Hubble Chapin

Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite. - Edwin Hubble Chapin

The soul is the captain and ruler of the life of morals. - Sallust

The soul that is within me no man can degrade. - Frederick Douglas

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on. - Josiah Gilbert Holland

The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little. - William Rounseville Alger

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. - Frederick William Faber

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offence cannot reach it. - Rene Descartes

You need a change of soul rather than a change of climate. - Seneca

Friday, 19 July 2013

Quote Worthy

The big things that come our way are seldom the result of long thought or careful planning, but rather they are the fruit of seed planted in the daily routine of our work. - William Feather
We are what we think; as we desire so do we become! By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descend to suffer and learn. - J.Todd Ferrier 

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood. - Tryon Edwards 

Give yourself permission to immediately walk away from anything that gives you bad vibes. There is no need to explain or make sense of it. Just trust what you feel. - Unknown

Sometimes all you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best. - Unknown

Thursday, 18 July 2013


Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. - Confucius 

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior. - Francis Bacon

Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindness. - Thomas Fuller

Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst. - Walter Weckler 

Revenge... is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion. - Albert Schweitzer

The best revenge is always to just happily move on and let karma do the rest. - Unknown

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. - Josh Billings

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. - Francis Bacon

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Happiness - Quotes

Our notions of happiness entrap us. We forget they are just ideas; our ideas of happiness can actually prevent us from being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form. - Thich Hanh

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. - Thomas Jefferson

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. - Unknown

Happiness cannot be owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. - Denis Waitley

Happiness blossoms where seeds of kindness have been thoughtfully planted. - Unknown

The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out everyday. - Unknown

Happiness is always knocking on your door; you just have to invite it in. - Unknown

I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health. - Voltaire

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. - Salvatore Quasimodo

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. - Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth – the true poet is very near the oracle. - Edwin Hubble Chapin

We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. - Percy Shelly

Quote Worthy

Some people see things as they are and say ‘Why?’ Some people dream things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?’ - George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people. - Unknown

Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small. - Lao Tzu

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time. - Chilon

An optimist expects his dreams to come true; a pessimist expects the same of  his nightmares. - Unknown

Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who  you become. - Unknown

If you fall, just get back up and keep going. There is no sense in just sitting there. - Unknown

Monday, 15 July 2013


Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. - Thomas Sowell

Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense. - Sydney Smith

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying. - Mary Wilson Little

True politeness consists in being easy one’s self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can. - Alexander Pope

Impatient To Get Home

Two guys were leaving the office.
“I can’t wait to get home,” says one to the other. “As soon as I get in the door, I’m gonna rip my wife’s panties off.”
“I know the feeling,” says the other.
“No, I’m serious,” says the first guy. “These things are killing me!”

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Politics / Politicans

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. - H. L. Mencken

A politician is a person who can make waves and then make you think he's the only one who can save the ship. - Ivern Ball

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. - H. L. Mencken

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. - John Quincy Adams

An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. - Eugene J. McCarthy 

An honest politician is one, who, when he is bought, will stay bought. - Simon Cameron 

In politics nothing is contemptible. - Benjamin Disraeli

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. - George Macdonald

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. - Thomas B. Macaulay

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game. - Henry Adams

Politics is the art of obtaining money from the rich and votes from the poor on the pretext of protecting each from the other. - Oscar Ameringer

Politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage. - Ambrose Bierce

Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions. - Jonathan Swift

The bedfellows politics made are never strange. It only seems that way to those who have not watched the courtship. - Marcel Achard

The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class. - Aristotle

The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice. - Theodore Roosevelt

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. - Eugene J. McCarthy

The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority. - Will Durant

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time. - Franklin Pierce Adams

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. - Benjamin Disraeli

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. - Aristotle

What this country needs is more unemployed politicians. - Angela Davis

When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them. - Franklin P. Adams

Saturday, 13 July 2013


A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience’s time – more than four days – which should be a hanging offence. - Unknown

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action. -Demosthenes

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish. -Demosthenes

Austerity of speech consists in speaking truthfully and beneficially and in avoiding speech that offends. - Bhagavad Gita 

Do not speak unless you can improve on the silence. - Unknown

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. - Barbara Kingsolver

For every time we regret keeping our tongue still there are about ten times we regret speaking up. - Unknown

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. - Confucius

If nobody said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth. - Sir Alan Patrick Herbert

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life. - Seneca

Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - George Sala

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. - Unknown

Speak not harshly to anyone; Those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Painful indeed is language violent; Blow for blow will pursue thee. - The Buddha

Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon-balls, and tomorrow speak what you think in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak when youre angry, and youll make the best speech youll ever regret. - Ambrose Bierce

Speaking much is a sign of vanity; for he that is lavish in words is a niggard in deed. - Sir Walter Ralegh

Speaking without mindfulness is dangerous. Therefore we must reflect on our intentions and formulations both before and while we are speaking, and not talk too much. - Dagyab Rinpoche

Speaking without thinking is shooting without aim. - Unknown

Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he. - Publilius Syrus

Speech is hard, but who can keep quiet? - Unknown

Speech is like the colour of a flower and silence like its fragrance. - Unknown

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other peoples minds. - Walter Bagehot

Three things matter in a speech: who says it, how he says it, and what he says, and of the three, the last matters least. - Unknown

To say little is often to tell more than to say a great deal. - Unknown

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. - Will Durant

We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less. - Diogenes

When you have nothing to say, say nothing. One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say. - Unknown

Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also. - Seneca

Friday, 12 July 2013

Quote Worthy

I will study and prepare and perhaps my chance will come. - Abraham Lincoln

He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche

There is always room for improvement. It is the biggest room in the house. - Unknown

Your worst humiliation is only someone else’s momentary entertainment. - Unknown

If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will. - Abraham Lincoln

For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. - Abraham Lincoln

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. - Washington Irving 

Crises bring out the best in the best of us, and the worst in the worst of us. - Unknown

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive. - Thomas C. Haliburton

A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance. - Unknown

Thursday, 11 July 2013


An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. - Maurice Maeterlinck

In activity we must find our joy as well as glory; and labour, like everything else that is good, is its own reward - Edwin Percy Whipple

It is universal law that those who seek to serve others selflessly will receive the greatest reward at the end. - Unknown

No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward. - Booker T. Washington

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. - John Ruskin

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. - Unknown

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The tougher the job, the greater the reward. - George Allen

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


It is better to slow down and get there than never to arrive at all. - Unknown

Speed only becomes an issue after the right direction to your goal has been determined. - Unknown

When you are in too much of a rush, you are liable to pass more than you catch up with. - Unknown


A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao-tze

A little step may be the beginning of a great journey. - Unknown

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

It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble back. - Proverb

Some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to really figure out where you need to be. - Mandy Hale

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

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult. - Marquise Du Deffand

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. - Ben Stein

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


Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, you give that person a chance to suffer less. If you want to help him to correct his perception, you wait for another time. For now, you don’t interrupt. You don’t argue. If you do, he loses his chance. You just listen with compassion and help him to suffer less. One hour like that can bring transformation and healing. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Quote Worthy

When you’ve done something wrong, admit it and be sorry. No one in history has ever choked to death from swallowing his pride. - Unknown

Never forget yesterday, but always live for today because you never know what tomorrow can bring, or what it can take away. - Unknown

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. - Eckhart Tolle

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. - William Hazlitt

The more you know, the more you realise how much you don’t know – the less you know, the more you think you know. - David T. Freeman

The way people treat you, is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you. - Unknown

There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. - G K Chesterton


And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. 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

Do not seek storms. They will find you. - Sterling G. Ellsworth

Storms make oaks take deeper root. - George Herbert

Monday, 8 July 2013


Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize youre really strangers. - Mary Tyler Moore

Strangers are friends you have yet to meet. - Unknown

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


“I’m not happy with the photos you took of me,” said the man to the photographer. “They don’t do me justice.”

“You don’t want justice, mister,” cracked the photographer. “You want mercy!”

Sunday, 7 July 2013


A man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor. - Alexander Smith

If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from the sum of his desires. - Seneca

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. - Bertrand Russell

Saturday, 6 July 2013


Admitting that you need help does not mean you are weak. In fact, it is a sign of strength, maturity and a willingness to learn from others. - Unknown

Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of. - Jonathan Swift

Anyone can give up. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do, but to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength. - Unknown

Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. - Richard E. Byrd

Giving up does not always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. - Unknown

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity. - Unknown

It is a sign of strength, not of weakness, to admit that you don’t know all the answers. - John P. Lougbrane

Knowing what you believe and sticking by it is a sign of strength. - Unknown

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there. You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength. - Ralph W. Sockman

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. - Unknown

Real strength is the capacity to yield when necessary and to resume one’s position without compromising the ideal. - Unknown

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. - Napoleon Hill

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. - Mahatma Gandhi

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Strength doesn't come from what you can do. it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. - Unknown

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy. - Arthur Helps

Strength is when you have so much to cry for but you prefer to smile instead. - Unknown

Strength isn't about bearing a cross of grief or shame. Strength comes from choosing your own path, and living with the consequences. - Jennifer Armintrout

Strength shows, not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

We are always looking outside ourselves for strength and confidence but strength and confidence comes from within. They are there all the time. - Anna Freud

When you are at your lowest point, you are open to the greatest change. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t do. - Unknown