Sunday, 30 June 2013


Any strategy to reduce intergenerational poverty has to be centred on work, not welfare – not only because work provides independence and income but also because work provides order, structure, dignity, and opportunities for growth in people's lives. - Barack Obama

Better poverty without care, than riches with. - Aesop

Debt is the worst poverty. - Thomas Fuller

Few things in this world trouble people more than poverty, or the fear of poverty; and indeed it is a sore affliction; but, like all other ills that flesh is heir to, it has its antidote, its reliable remedy. The judicious application of industry, prudence, and temperance is a certain cure. - Hosea Ballou

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

He that would be content with a mean condition must not cast his eye upon one that is in a far better estate than himself, but let him look upon him that is lower than he is, and, if he see that such a one bears poverty comfortably, it will help to quiet him. - Anne Bradstreet

If rich, it is easy enough to conceal our wealth; but, if poor, it is not quite so easy to conceal our poverty. We shall find that it is less difficult to hide a thousand guineas, than one hole in our coat. - Charles Caleb Colton

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. - Charles Darwin

It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty. - Juvenal 

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 breeds discontent. - Unknown

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 a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for man. - Native American Proverb

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 is to happiness what appetite is to food – poverty enables us to enjoy the simplest pleasures; appetite, the simplest fare. - Charles Edward Jerningham

Poverty is very good in poems ... in maxims and in sermons, but it is very bad in practical life. - Henry Ward Beecher

Poverty keeps the vision pure. - Robert Leighton 

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

Poverty often hides her charms under an ugly mask; yet thousands have been forced into greatness by their very struggle to keep the wolf from the door. - Orison Sweet Marden

Poverty too often turns the milk of human kindness into gall. - Eliza Cook

Poverty, the most fearful monster that ever drew breath. - Aristophanes

Poverty, therefore, was comparative. One measured it by a sliding scale. One was always poor, in terms of those who were richer. - Margaret Dabble

The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still. - Billy Sunday

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

Truly, whoever possesses little is that much less possessed: praised be a little poverty! - Friedrich Nietzsche

We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition. - William James

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

When you have a spiritual foundation, you look at poverty differently then. - Dennis Banks

Where poverty ceases, avarice begins. - Honore de Balzac

You can never have international peace as long as you have national poverty. - Stephen Leacock

You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money. - P. J O'Rourke

You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich. - Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, 29 June 2013


Looking for a quote on a particular subject? I have categorized the quotes to make the search easier This 'label' - ZQuotesM - has all the quotes on subjects beginning with the Alphabet M. You might want to search the labels on the right hand side of the page too.


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 good marriage is good for you. That isn't just a platitude. Mounting research shows that it is the literal truth. When your marriage is healthy, your body and mind are healthier. - Cliff Isaacson

A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences. - Dave Meurer

A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created. - Fawn Weaver

A happy man marries the girl he loves; a happier man loves the girl he marries. - Unknown

A happy marriage doesn’t mean you have a perfect spouse or a perfect marriage. It simply means you’ve chosen to look beyond the imperfections in both. - Fawn Weaver

A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life. - Joseph Addison

A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. - Robert Quillen

A husband and wife ought to continue so long united as they love each other. Any law which should bind them to cohabitation for one moment after the decay of their affection, would be a most intolerable tyranny, and the most unworthy of toleration. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

A long-lasting marriage is built by two people who believe in – and live by – the solemn promise they made. - Darlene Schacht

A man never has good luck who has a bad wife. - Henry Ward Beecher

A single life is doubtless preferable to a married one, where prudence and affection do not accompany the choice; but where they do, there is no terrestrial happiness equal to the married state. - Wellins Calcott

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

All of us, at least unconsciously, marry in the hope of healing our wounds. Even if we do not have a traumatic background, we still have hurts and unfilled needs that we carry inside. We all suffer from feelings of self-doubt, unworthiness, and inadequacy. No matter how nurturing our parents were, we never received enough attention and love. So in marriage we look to our spouse to convince us that we are worthwhile and to heal our infirmities. - Leslie L. Parrott

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

Being in a long marriage is a little bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning – I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it. - Stephen Gaines

But marriage goes in waves. You’ve got to be patient. People bail and give up on their marriages way too early. They just don’t put the work and the effort into it. You’ve got to suck up your ego a lot of times, because that can be a big downfall. - Anna Benson

Car manufacturer’s formula for a successful marriage: Stick to one model! - Unknown

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last –more than passion or even sex. - Simone Signoret

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford

Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull Play. - William Congreve

Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship. - Marilyn Monroe

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

An empire built on power cannot attract the affections and loyalty that men bestow willingly on a regime of ideas and beauty. - Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

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

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken. - Abigail Adams

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. - George Washington

Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny. - Jacques Maritain

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

Do not mistake the rule of force for true power. Men are not shaped by force. - Euripides

Even the wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face of the same colour. - Walter Savage Landor

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

Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does light? - Ursula K. le Guin

He who looks for great power searches for perils. - Edward Counsel

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. - Thomas Jefferson

If people don't think they have the power to solve their problems, they won't even think about how to solve them. - Saul Alinsky

If you are born to power, you must prove you deserve it through good works – or give it up. To do any less is to act without conscience. - Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

If you are to stay in the good graces of the powerful, you had best, however unobtrusively, please the servants of the powerful. - Samuel R. Delany

It is a mistake, that a lust for power is the mark of a great mind; for even the weakest have been captivated by it; and for minds of the highest order, it has no charms. - Charles Caleb Colton

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. - Aung San Suu Kyi

Men in great place are thrice servants; servants of the sovereign state, servants of fame, and servants of business; so as they have no freedom, neither in their persons, nor in their actions, nor in their times. It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self. - John Locke

Men in power are always interested in greater power. - Dan Brown

Never doubt what small men will do for great power. - Paolo Bacigalupi

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

Nothing unmasks a man like his use of power. - Elbert Hubbard

One of the things about powerful people is they have the ability to make it look easy. - Ice-T

One uses power by grasping it lightly. To grasp too strongly is to be taken over by power, and thus to become its victim. - Frank Herbert

Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who ... have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. - J. K. Rowling

Power – a currency that never went out of style. - Dan Simmons 

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it. - Frank Herbert

Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. - Frank Herbert

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

Power deludes the ones who wield it. - Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

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

Mathematics - Quotes

He that gives a portion of his time and talent to the investigation of mathematical truth, will come to all other questions with a decided advantage over his opponents. - Charles Caleb Colton

I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics, for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense. - Charles Darwin

It was mathematics, the non-empirical science par excellence, wherein the mind appears to play only with itself, that turned out to be the science of sciences, delivering the key to those laws of nature and the universe that are concealed by appearances. - Hannah Arendt

Like music or art, mathematical equations can have a natural progression and logic that can evoke rare passions in a scientist. Although the lay public considers mathematical equations to be rather opaque, to a scientist an equation is very much like a movement in a larger symphony. Simplicity. Elegance. These are the qualities that have inspired some of the greatest artists to create their masterpieces, and they are precisely the same qualities that motivate scientists to search for the laws of nature. Like a work of art or a haunting poem, equations have a beauty and rhythm all their own. - Michiokaku

Mathematical Knowledge adds a manly Vigour to the Mind, frees it from Prejudice, Credulity, and Superstition. - John Aebuthnot

Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there. - Marcus du Sautoy

Mathematics may not teach us how to add happiness or how to minus sadness, but it does teach one important thing – every problem has a solution. - Unknown

Mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. - Bertrand Russell

There are very few things which we know, which are not capable of being reduced to a Mathematical Reasoning; and when they cannot it's a sign our knowledge of them is very small and confused; and when a Mathematical Reasoning can be had it's as great a folly to make use of any other, as to grope for a thing in the dark, when you have a Candle standing by you. - John Arbuthnot

Those who assert that the mathematical sciences say nothing of the beautiful or the good are in error. For these sciences say and prove a great deal about them; if they do not expressly mention them, but prove attributes which are their results or definitions, it is not true that they tell us nothing about them. The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree. - Aristotle

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


Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies. - C. Jeff Miller

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. - Voltaire

In the sick room, ten cents’ worth of human understanding equals ten dollars’ worth of medical science. - Martin H. Fischer

Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician’s interest, but that all seek the good of their patients? For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not? - Plato

It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has. - William Osler

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates

Mediocre medicine cures diseases; superior medicine prevents them. - Nei Jing

Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. - Voltaire

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine…. Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants. - William Osler

People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness they still remain in his debt. - Seneca

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. - Voltaire

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. - Napoleon

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. - Thomas Edison

The FDA protects the big drug companies, and is subsequently rewarded, and using the government’s police powers, they attack those who threaten the big drug companies.  People think that the FDA is protecting them.  It isn’t.  What the FDA is doing, and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day. - Dr. Herbert Ley

The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease. - William Osler

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty – it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. - Mother Teresa

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated. - Plato

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription. - Norman Cousins

The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness. - Chinese proverb

Time is generally the best doctor. - Ovid

We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do. - Atul Gawande