Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year


All too soon, the year has come to an end. Time to send off the old and usher in the new.

I hope you have had a good year. If not, never mind, next year will surely be better.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND ALL THE BEST IN THE YEAR 2014!


An evergreen by ABBA – Happy New Year. Enjoy!


Monday, 30 December 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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I dote on his very absence. - William Shakespear

I don’t make jokes – I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers

I drink to make other people interesting. - George Jean Nathan

I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. - Rowan Atkinson

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. - Robert Mccloskey

I like to think positive. I’m positive you don’t know what the hell you are talking about. - Unknown

I never forget a face but in your case, I’ll make an exception. - Groucher Marx

I never liked you, and I always will. - Samuel Goldwyn

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion. - Robert Luis Stevenson

I see no point in arguing with you. You do a fine job of proving your complete ignorance on your own. - Unknown

I understand a fury in your words, But not the words. - William Shakespeare

If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay - in solid cash - the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy. - Aldous Huxley

If that is not enough, will you please politely indicate that she can go to hell. - Rudolf Bing

It was as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of the rope. - Arthur Baer

It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism. - George Eliot

Mom always tell me if I can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all. And some people wonder why I’m so quiet around them. - Unknown

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Quote Worthy


Good results are sometimes owing to a failure of judgment, because the faculty of judgment often hinders us from undertaking many things which would succeed if carried through without thinking. - Magdeleine Sable

Obstinacy is will asserting itself without being able to justify itself. It is persistence without a reasonable motive. It is the tenacity of self-love substituted for that of reason and conscience. - Henri Frederic Amiel

When bad things happen, you cannot ignore the pain. But you can choose to interpret it as a lesson, and learn from it. It is not what happens to you that matter, it is what you decide to do with it. - Unknown

Retreating a step when faced with an apparently hopeless situation often enables us not only to get out of the difficult situation effectively but also to see possible solutions to the problem. - Unknown

We think highly of men when we do not know the extent of their capabilities, for we always suppose that more exists when we only see half. - Magdeleine Sable

You cannot build strength and stamina by sleeping; and you cannot rest by running. Each function has a place in our life. The key is to keep them in equilibrium. - Unknown

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Words


A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. - Robert Burton

A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever. - Jessamyn West

A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress; a loving word may heal and bless. - Unknown

A single word can scar another. - Unknown

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. - Henrik Ibsen

A word from the wise is like a sign post telling us where to go when we are lost. - Unknown

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

A word of encouragement is as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot summer day. - Unknown

A word once let out of the cage cannot be whistled back again. - Horatius

A word or a simple expression may be a key to the door, an opening to a new understanding. - Everett E. Bishop

A word to the wise is sufficient. - Terence

All too often we say the cruel and destructive things, because it is so much easier to be clever than to be kind. But in the long run, proud and abusive words are the ones that cause trouble for us. - Unknown

Although words exist for the most part for the transmission of ideas, there are some which produce such violent disturbance in our feelings that the role they play in the transmission of ideas is lost in the background. - Albert Einstein

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. - Orson Rega Card

An honest, kind word spoken in love lifts the spirit and refreshes the soul. A kind word not spoken leaves an empty hole. - Unknown

Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten. - Unknown

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it. - Thomas Fuller

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. - The Buddha

By words the mind is winged. - Aristophanes

Cold words freeze people, hot words scorch them, bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men’s souls; they soothe, quiet, and comfort the hearer. - Unknown

Consider carefully before you say a hard word to a man, but never let a chance to say a good one go by. - George Horace Lorimer 

Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all. - Mandy Hale

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been!” - John Greenleaf Whittier

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say. - Confucius

Four swiftest horses cannot overtake the word once spoken. - Chinese Proverb

Good words are worth much, and cost little. - George Herbert

Good words cool more than cold water. - John Ray

If words are to enter men’s minds and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men’s defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. - J. B. Phillips

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. - Chinese Proverb

It doesn’t pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke. For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke. Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he’ll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn’t say. - Jules Renard

It is easier to swallow angry words than to have to eat them. - Unknown

Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world. - Lawrence G. Lovasik

Keep your words soft and tender, because tomorrow, you may have to eat them. - Unknown

Kind words are the music of the world. - Unknown

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa

Like a beautiful flower that is colorful but has no fragrance, even well spoken words bear no fruit in one who does not put them into practice. - The Buddha

Look out how you talk about others for these words, empty and arrogant, hit back at you even harder than they may hit them. - Unknown

Many a true word is spoken in jest. - English Proverb

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. - Henry Adams

Oaths are but words, and words are but wind. - Samuel Butler

One kind word can warm three winter months. - Unknown

One man’s word is no man’s word; we should quietly hear both sides. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Pay attention to the words spoken. Sometimes, people accidentally say what they mean. - Unknown

Pretty words are not always true. True words are not always pretty. - Unknown

Provoking, isn't it? that when one is most in need of sensible words, one finds them not. - Charlotte L. Forten Grimke

Some words are like rays of sunshine, others like barbed arrows or the bite of a serpent. And if hard words cut so deep, how much pleasure can kind ones give? - Sir John Lubbock

Someone of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. - Unknown

Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. - Unknown

Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts. - Robert Fulghum

Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons. - Aldous Huxley

The best way to get the last word is to apologise. - Unknown

The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit. - Fnelon

The oldest, shortest words – “yes” and “no” – are those which require the most thought. - Pythagoras

The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat into victory and to save an empire. - Emile De Girardin 

The sharpest sword is a word spoken in wrath. - Gautama Buddha.

The unspoken word never does harm. - Louis Kossuth 

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

The words you speak become the house you live in. - Hafiz

There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. - Baltasar Gracian

To utter pleasant words without practicing them, is like a fine flower without fragrance. - The Buddha

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. - Lao Tzu

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. - Abigail Adams

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. - The Buddha

When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. - Buddha

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it. - Arabian Proverb

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him? - Chuang Tzu

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. - Arthur Helps  

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. - Confucius

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Words are but pictures of our thoughts. - John Dryden 

Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall. - Jodi Picoult

Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them. - Samuel Butler

Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have of our words, the more successful our adjustment will be. - Unknown

Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little. - Unknown

Words are free. It’s how you use them, that may cost you. - Unknown

Words are seductive and dangerous material to be used with caution. - Unknown

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. - Elie Wiesel

Words differently arranged have a different meaning and meanings differently arranged have a different effect. - Blaise Pascal

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. - The Buddha

Words have the power to build, to store and create, as well as tear down and destroy. We think with words, we organize our world with words, we communicate with words, we inform with words, we build relationships with words. - Leo Buscaglia

Words of comfort, skilfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man. - Louis Nizer

Words provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. - Jim Rohn

Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision. - Joseph Joubert

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled. - Unknown

You cannot unsay a cruel word. - Unknown

Friday, 27 December 2013

Quote Qorthy


Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance. - Anthony D'Angelo

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. - Benjamin Disraeli

Things without all remedy Should be without regard: what's done is done. - William Shakespeare

Good times become good memories. Bad times, become good lessons. - Unknown

Every disappointment in life can be a stepping stone to greater things. - Unknown

We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life. - Carl Jung

The race is not always to the swift but to those who keep on running. - Unknown

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. - Adelle Davis

Lots of people know a good thing the minute the other fellow sees it first. - Unknown

I demolish my bridges behind me – then there is no choice but forward. - Unknown

Sometimes a break from your routine is the very thing  you need. - Unknown

And the things that we dear are a weapon to be held against us. - Ian Rush

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Teachers


A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. - Patricia Neal

A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops. - Henry Adams

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. - Horace Mann

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. - John Lubbock

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. - Albert Einstein

Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning. - Bruce Lee

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. Curriculum is necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. - Carl Jung

Teachers open the door, but you enter by yourself. - Unknown

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. - William Arthur Ward

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. - Khalil Gibran

The teacher who transmits his meaning to the understanding of the other person, and impels that individual to action, he is the successful teacher. - Unknown

The teacher, however great, can never give his knowledge to the pupils …although …he can kindle the light if the oil is in the lamp. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

The teachers task is not to implant facts but to place the subject to be learned in front of the learner and, through sympathy, emotion, imagination and patience, to awaken in the learner the restless drive for answers and insights which enlarge the personal life and give it meaning. - Nathan M. Pusey

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. - Alexandra Trentor

There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just give you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies. - Robert Frost

When you pay attention, everything is your teacher. - Ezra Bayda

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Carl Sagan on ancient Greek mathematician Eratosthenes


Popular science communicator Carl Sagan presents the many incredible discoveries made by ancient Greek mathematician Eratosthenes. In this clip from "Cosmos", Sagan shows how Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth.
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Quote Worthy


Worry will not take you anywhere you haven’t already been. While hope can take you places you haven’t even imagined. - Unknown

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. - Denis Diderot

The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing you cannot have them.  - Unknown

It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself. - Thomas Szasz

Do what you can with what you have and where you are. Bloom where you are planted. - Unknown

Little drops of water, little grains of sand – make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land. - Unknown

You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. - Zig Ziglar

The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t. - Unknown

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior. - Juvenal

Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it. - Nabokov

Monday, 23 December 2013

Did they actually say this?


A magazine recently ran a 'Dilbert Quotes' contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life Dilbert-type managers. These were voted the top ten quotes in corporate America.

I left out the names to protect the guilty parties.

As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.

What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.

E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.

This project is so important we can't let things that are more important interfere with it.

Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.

No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them.

Quote from the Boss:  ‘Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.’

We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.

My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, 'That would be better for me.'

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Quote Worthy


One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. - Socrates

When a wise man is advised of his errors, he will reflect on and improve his conduct. When his misconduct is pointed out, a foolish man will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error. - Unknown

Often the desire to appear competent impedes our ability to become competent, because we are more anxious to display our knowledge than to learn what we do not know. - Magdeleine Sable

It is a waste of time trying to reinvent the wheel when someone has already done the ground. That, however, does not prevent you from improving it. - Unknown

If you suffer, it is because of you, if you feel blissful, it is because of you. Nobody else is responsible – only you and you alone. You are you hell and your heaven too. - Osho

Even successfully proven strategies can be obsolete over time. It is good sense not to depend on past performance as a definite yardstick for future plans. - Unknown

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Work


A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work. - Geoffrey Norman

By the work one knows the workman. - Jean de La Bruyere 

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating work works too. - Robert Half

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence. - Unknown

Every noble work is at first impossible. - Thomas Carlyle

Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited. - Napoleon Hill

Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. - Harvey B. Mackay

Hard work is the price we must pay for success. - Vince Lombardi

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some do not turn up at all. - Sam Ewig

I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation. - Charles Evans Hughe

If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven and Earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done. - Dale Carnegie

If you don’t want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work. - Ogden Nash

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. - Charles Baudelaire

It is the eternal, inescapable law that growth comes only from work and preparation, whether the growth be material, mental, or spiritual. Work has no substitute. - J. Reuben Clark

It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours. - Sam Ewing

Just as there are no little people or unimportant lives, there is no insignificant work. There is no labour a man can do that is undignified, if he does it right. - Unknown

Labour is often the father of pleasure. - Unknown

Let your work brag about you. - Unknown

Light is the task where many share the toil. - Homer

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose. - Leonardo da Vinci

Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. - Unknown

Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep. - Catherine O 'Hara

No other technique for the conduct of life attaches the individual so firmly to reality as laying emphasis on work; for his work at least gives him a secure place in a portion of reality, in the human community. - Sigmund Freud

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results. It produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last. - Hamilton Holt

Often times two people working together find easy that which seems insurmountable to one alone. - Unknown

One must, however, not just work hard. One must work smart. As the saying goes, the efficient person gets the job done right, the effective person gets the right job done. - John-Roger

Only work which is the product of inner compulsion can have spiritual meaning. - Walter Gropius

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. - Frederick Douglass

The daily grind of hard work gets a person polished. - Unknown

The hardest work of all – doing nothing. - Malcom Forbes

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. - Steve Jobs

The right standard of work is perfection. You cannot attain it, but strive to go as near it as you can. - Unknown

There is a perennial nobleness, and even sacredness, in work. Were he never so benighted, forgetful of his high calling, there is always hope in a man that actually and earnestly works: in idleness alone there is perpetual despair. - Thomas Carlyle

Thinking is the hardest work, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it. - Unknown

Those who claimed they work smart had merely transferred the hard work from their physique to their brain. - Unknown

Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other. - Seneca

Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame. - Euripides

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. - Earl Nightingale

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery. - Maxim Gork

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies. - Albert Camus

Work and thou canst escape the reward; whether the work be fine or course, planting corn or writing epics, so only it be honest work, done to thine own approbation, it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work banishes those three great evils – boredom, vice and poverty. - Unknown

Work for wealth, and if fame comes along as a result of your work, just accept it graciously. But always be on guard never to let them become a source of your misery. - Unknown

Work has a bitter root but a sweet fruit. - Unknown

Work is honorable. It is good therapy for most problems. It is the antidote for worry. It is the equalizer for deficiency of native endowment. Work makes it possible for the average to approach genius. What we may lack in aptitude, we can make up for in performance. - J. Richard Clarke

Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man. - Theodore Martin

Work is what you do so that some time you will not have to do it any more. - Alfred Polgar

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results. - James Allen

Work provides us our daily bread and our daily purpose. - Studs Terkel

Work so hard that one day your signature will be called an autograph. - Unknown

Work to live, don't live to work. - Hank Kimball

Working hard is not a problem. Motivation to work hard is the problem. - Unknown

Friday, 20 December 2013

Quote Worthy


Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. - Rudyard Kipling

Once the game is over the king and the pawn go back into the same box. - Unknown

Do not just look at the circumstances; look above and beyond them! - Unknown

The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting. - Ovid

Midnight shout and revelry, Tipsy dance and jollity. - John Milton

Seeing it once is better than being told a hundred times. - Unknown

When you betray somebody else, you betray yourself. - Unknown

For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. - Pope Alexander

Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife. - Thomas Gray

If you count all your assets you always show a profit. - Unknown

You just can’t expect a square peg to fit a round hole! - Unknown

One of the best ways to win is to forget to keep score. - Unknown

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Teaching


Even while they teach, men learn. - Seneca

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre. Gail Goldwin

If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn. - Unknown

If you want to build a ship, dont drum up people to collect wood and dont assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others. - Tryon Edwards

No teaching is done well unless the pupil understands. Simple language is required for comprehension. Cloudy or vague expressions, ideas couched in unfamiliar terms, unclear thinking, are but obstacles in the way of learning. - Unknown

To teach is to learn twice. - Joseph Joubert

To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully. - Tryon Edwards

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. - Galileo Galilei

Whatever you want to teach, be brief. - Horace

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Lion Whisperer


The GoPro production crew takes a trip to South Africa to explore the Kingdom of the White Lion animal sanctuary with zoologist Kevin Richardson. In this video, Kevin reveals the gentler side to lions and how their future as a species looks grim.
This video is from www.wimp.com

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Quote Worthy


May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going, and the insight to know when you’re going too far. - Irish Blessing

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain. - Unknown

If you look at what you do not have in life, you do not have anything. If you look at what you have in life, you have everything. - Unknown

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you: the one to slander you and the other to bring the news to you. - Unknown

If you dont get what you want, its a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price. - Rudyard Kipling

I believe that every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity an obligation, every possession, a duty. - J.D. Rockefeller 

“I am proud of you” are five of the most precious words you can ever use to make another person feel important. - Unknown

Communication from the heart is a precious expression of love. Write that letter or make that call today. - Unknown

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke

Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you and our life, not what’s best for everyone else. - Unknown

Monday, 16 December 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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He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody. - Joseph Heller

He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow. - George Eliot

He was not merely a chip off the old block, but the old block itself. - Edmund Burke

He'd be sharper than a serpent's tooth, if he wasn't as dull as ditch water. - Charles Dickens

He’s turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed. - David Frost

Her only flair is in her nostrils. - Pauline Kael

He's big as a gorilla and strong as a gorilla. Now, if he was smart as a gorilla, he’d be fine. - Unknown

His acrid words Turn the sweet milk of kindness into curds. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

His designs were strictly honourable, as the phrase is; that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage. - Henry Fielding

His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful. - Sydney Smith

His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket, and there was hardly a hole in it anywhere. - Mark Twain

I am only responsible for what I say not for what you understand. - Unknown

I can’t criticize what I don’t understand. If you want to call this art, you’ve got the benefit of all my doubts. - Charles Rosin

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. - Jane Austen

I could dance with you 'til the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows when you came home. - Unknown

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. - Jane Austen

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Quote Worthy


Constantly reminding a man of the favors he has received from you almost cancels the debt. The care of the statistics should be his privilege; you are usurping his prerogative when you recall them. - William Jordan

An idealist believes the short run doesnt count. A cynic believes the long run doesnt matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. - Sidney J. Harris

Give us the fortitude to endure the things which cannot be changed, and the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other. - Oliver J. Hart

When the same problem keeps occurring in your life, you are either creating it, not learning form it, or allowing others to cause it. Either way, the solution lies with you. - Unknown

Conditions are never just right. Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor the best opportunities; they will never come. There is no precisely ‘right’ moment. Just do it. - Unknown

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. - Unknown

Saturday, 14 December 2013

World


A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding. - Douglas MacArthur

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. - Muhammad Ali

All men come into this world alone and leave it alone. - Thomas De Quincey

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. - William Shakespeare

At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey. - Lemony Snicket.

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. - James Joyce

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning. - Lao Tzu

Do not expect the world to look bright, if you habitually wear gray-brown glasses. - Charles Eliot

Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe the world to be a beautiful place. - Kurt Vonnegut 

Don't worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive, - Howard Thurman

Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously. - Norman Vincent Peale

Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly. - James Russell Lowell

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. - Dennis Waitley

Help the world to become better. Don’t leave the world just the same as you have found it – make it a little better, make it a little more beautiful. - Osho

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing I can do, or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now and not defer it. For I shall not pass this way again. - Stephen Grellet 

I soon found out you can’t change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it. - Henry Miller

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. - Lucy Larcom

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself. - J. Krishnamurti

It is a good viewpoint to see the world as a dream. When you have a nightmare, you will wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream. It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this. - Unknown

It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. - Oscar Wilde

Most of us have a pretty clear idea of the world we want. What we lack is an understanding of how to go about getting it. - Hugh Gibson

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking. - Ruth Benedict

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. - Charlie Chaplin

Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good. - Saadi

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness could we but see – and to see we have only to look. - Giovanni Giocondo

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head. - Robert M. Pirsig

The real world is ‘as is.’ Our internal paradigm creates the reality we see in it. It is important to keep in mind that our reality is not necessary the reality. - Unknown

The reality of the world changes with the lenses you wear on your eyes. If they are dark, the world turns dark; and if they are red, the world turns red. If is only by putting away the lens that you can see the world as it really is.  - Unknown

The visible world is the invisible organization of energy. - Physicist Heinz Pagels

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. - Albert Einstein

The world belongs to the energetic. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool. - William McFee

The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows. - Unknown

The world has so many wrongs; it is inconceivable that we can ever right all of them. Concentrate on what you can do for the betterment of yourself, your family and society at large and you will have done your part.  - Unknown

The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going. - Napoleon Hill

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. - Saint Augustine

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it. - Lord Chesterfield

The World is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the World will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The World is what you are. - Thomas Dreier

The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it in turn will look sourly at you; laugh at it, and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion. - William Thackeray

The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right. - Benjamin Disraeli

The world is as beautiful as you perceive it to be. - Unknown

The world is as it is, irrespective of what we think of it. The one who can succeed is not the person who complains about the changing world, but the one who can rise above its problems. - Unknown

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. - Paulo Coelho

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. - Bertrand Russell

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. - Benjamin Disraeli

The world is incomprehensible. We won’t ever understand it; we won’t ever unravel its secrets. Thus we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery. - Carlos Castaneda

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. - Helen Keller

The world is not a problem; the problem is your unawareness. - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order. - Henry Miller

The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story. - Bryon Katie

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. - Unknown

The world is so constructed, that if you wish to enjoy Life’s pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Whether you like it or not, you cannot have one without the other. - Swami Brahmananda 

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The world is what you believe it to be, and it changes as you change. - Bryon Katie

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The world we see tends to be the world we look for. - Richard J. Leider

The world will be a much better place to live in, if people endeavour to discover their similarities while treasuring their differences. - Unknown

The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves. - Sidney Madwed

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. - Thomas Carlyle

Throughout history the world has been laid waste to ensure the triumph of conceptions that are now as dead as the men that died for them. - Henry De Montherlant

To realize that what the world is going to demand of us may be a good deal more than what we are entitled to demand of it – this is a hard lesson. - Bruce Catton

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world. - Unknown

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. - Jawaharlal Nehru

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.
- Orison Swett Marden

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms. - Stephen R. Covey

What I put out into the world, I receive back from the world. - Unknown

What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. - Michael LeBeuf 

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. - Tuli Kupferberg

When the world seems large and complex, we need to remember that great world ideals all begin in some home neighborhood. - Konrad Adenauer

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut. - Maxwell Maltz