Thursday, 31 July 2014

Quote Worthy

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.  - Joseph Addison

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. - Theodore Roosevelt

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either. - Leo Burnett

As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. - Denis Waitley

What you do not know will not hurt you. It is what you suspect that causes all of the trouble. - Unknown

Some people are like wheelbarrows; useful only when pushed, and very easily upset. - Vance Havner

A man is never so weak as when some woman is telling him how strong he is. - Unknown

Its so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. - Annie Gottlier

If you cant feed a hundred people, then feed just one. - Mother Teresa

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. - Unknown

If you cannot do the time, do not commit the crime. - Unknown

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


At the end of the way is freedom. Till then, patience. - Buddha

Hard it is to be born,
Hard it is to live,
Harder still to hear of the way,
And hard to rise, follow, and awaken.
Yet the reaching is simple.

Do what is right. Be pure.
At the end of the way is freedom.
Till then, patience.

If  you wound or grieve another,
You have not learned detachment.
Offend in neither word nor deed.
Eat with moderation,
Live in your heart.
Seek the highest consciousness.

Master yourself according to the dharma.
This is the simple teaching of the awakened.

The rain could turn to gold
And still your thirst would not be slaked.
Desire is unquenchable
Or it ends in tears, even in heaven.

He who wishes to awaken
Consumes his desires joyfully

The Dhammapada
The Dhammapada is a collection of the sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist Scriptures.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Quote Worthy

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion. - Matthew Arnold

We do not think that we know a thing until we are acquainted with its primary conditions or first principles, and have carried our analysis as far as its simplest elements. - Aristotle

Great is he who enjoys his earthenware as if it were plate, and not less great is the man to whom all plate is no more than earthenware. - Seneca

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

It is always wise to look ahead, but sometimes it is difficult to look farther than we can see. - Unknown

Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person. - Unknown

To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail. - Abraham Maslow

Truth is, great things take time. So, either you wait or you settle for less. - Unknown

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

Trade expectation for appreciation and your whole world changes. - Tony Robbins

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. - Leo Tolstoy

Desire and hope will push us on toward the future. - Unknown

Monday, 28 July 2014

Humorus Quotes

Quotes which are funny, ironical, as well as simply, or profoundly true.

He spoke with a certain what-is-it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled. - P. G. Wodehouse

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals. - Georg C. Lichtenberg

He who laughs last is generally the last to get the joke. - Terry Cohen 

He who’s always blowing a fuse is usually in the dark. - Franklin P. Jones

He worked like hell in the country so he could live in the city, where he worked like hell so he could live in the country. - Don Marquis

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. - William Congreve

Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again. - Unknown

Heredity is a splendid phenomenon that relieves us of responsibility for our shortcomings. - Unknown

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other. - Laurence Peter

His only fault is that he has none. - Pliny the Younger 

His voice was as intimate as the rustle of sheets. - Dorothy Parker

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Winston Churchill

Holland lies so low they’re only saved by being dammed. - Thomas Hood

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. - Franklin P. Jones

Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense. - Steve Landesberg

Hot water is my native element. I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since. - Edith Sitwell

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Quote Worthy

Give and Take . . . For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life. And to the flower, a bee is a messenger of love. And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy. - Kahlil Gibran

A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand. - Bertrand Russell

The common characteristics of people make a community possible, but it is their uncommon qualities that make it better. - John H. Fischer 

All that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable. - Unknown

He that does good for goods sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end. - William Penn

You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it. - Unknown

If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf. - R. Buckminster Fuller

Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. - Edward H. Harriman

Patience and time do more than strength or passion. - Jean De La Fontaine

Of all the acts of man, repentance is the most divine. - Thomas Carlyle

A clear rejection is always better than a fake promise. - Unknown

When the river is deepest, it makes least noise. - Unknown

Friday, 25 July 2014


A couple of short poems

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

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
- Leonard Cohen

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Quote Worthy

It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake or pretend to do what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious. - Plutarch

I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could. - Mahatma Gandhi

Sometimes it’s very hard to move on, but once you move on, you’ll realize it was the best decision you’ve ever made. - Unknown

When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Relax, breathe, let go, and just live. - Unknown

Sometimes doing what’s expected is more effective than doing the unexpected. - Malcom Forbes

No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Somebody is always doing something that somebody else said couldn’t be done. - Evan Esar

Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. - John Fairchild

He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know. - Lao-Tzu

What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end. - Warren Buffett

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

It is possible to be different and still be all right. - Unknown

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Quote Worthy

To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead. - Og Mandino

The height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. . . . And this law is the expression of eternal justice. - Leonardo da Vinci

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. - Unknown

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. - Thomas Jeffeson

Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native lustre about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited. - Benjamin Franklin

Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess. - Smauel Johnson 

You probably will not worry about what people think of you if you knew how seldom they do. - Unknown

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little. - Epicurus

It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow. - Aesop

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. - Benjamin Franklin

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. - Unknown

The largest university in the world is life itself. - Unknown

Monday, 21 July 2014

Humorous Quotes

Quotes which are funny, ironical, as well as simply, or profoundly true.

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. - Edward Abbey

Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. - Alphonso the Wise

Hard work never killed anybody but why take the chance? - Edgar Bergen

Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a moron. - George Carlin

Have you heard of the garlic diet? You don't lose much weight, but from a distance your friends think you look thinner. - Unknown

Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute. Or you might not write the paragraph at all. - Franklin Pierce Adams

Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee. - David Frost

He and I had an office so tiny that an inch smaller and it would have been adultery. - Dorothy Parker

He could not see a belt without hitting below it. - Margot Asquith

He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt. - Joseph Heller

He in a few minutes ravished this fair creature or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him. - Henry Fielding

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike. - William Shakespeare

He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then, when sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. - Abraham Lincoln

He shifted his weight from foot to foot, but it was equally uncomfortable on each. - Douglas Adams

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Tao / Taoism

I am in the process of transferring this 'Label' to my other blog - 'Spiritual, not Religious'.

What is Tao 

Tao De Ching

Explanation of the Tao - from 1.25min onwards.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Quote Worthy

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. - Aristotle

I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep so much as the fear... that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived. - Harold Kushner

Listen carefully to how a person speaks about other people to you. This is how they will speak about you to other people. - Unknown

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. - John Quincy Adams

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. - Albert Einstein

Replace excuses with effort, laziness with determination and everything else will fall into place. - Unknown

Sometimes being pushed to the wall gives you the momentum necessary to get over it! - Peter De Jager

An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity. - Michel De Montaigne

You never know where bottom is till you plumb for it. - Frederick Laing

The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory. - Confucius

When the mouth stumbles it is worse than the foot. - Unknown

Learning is discovering that something is possible. - Unknown

Friday, 18 July 2014

Food For Thought

You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance. You don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behaviour and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and ‘continues’ to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go. - Unknown

You are currently on a 4.5 billion year-old spaceship. A self-sufficient, organic, complex spaceship. You are orbiting a power source that is a million times larger than your ship. There are 200 billion more power sources, possibly with ships like yours, in your group. There are 40 more groups in your particular neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood is moving at 2 million miles per hour to an object that is 150 million light years away. Welcome to life. It’s more exciting when you think on a larger scale. - Unknown

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Quote Worthy

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. - Washington Irving

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. -
Dale Carnegie

Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble. - Arabic Parable

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. - Robert Louis Stevenson

All human things are subject to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey. - John Dryden

One thing nice about telling a clean joke is there is a good chance no one has heard it before. - Unknown

It takes a lot of thought and effort and downright determination to be agreeable. - Unknown

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. - James Allen

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. - Leonardo da Vinci

No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. - Unknown

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. - Henry Adams

He who rides a tiger finds it hard to dismount. - Unknown

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Quote Worthy

It is your work to clear away the mass of encumbering material of thoughts, so that you may bring into plain view the precious thing at the centre of the mass. - Robert Collier 

If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings. - Unknown

When someone says, “That’s a good question,” you can be sure it is a lot better than the answer you are going to get. - Unknown

Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. - Smauel Johnson

A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him. - William James

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Spring is seldom as slushy as the poetry it inspires. - Unknown 

No ghost was ever seen by two pair of eyes. - Thomas Carlyle

It is a blind goose that cometh to the foxs sermon. - John Lyly

Fashion can be bought, style one must possess. - Unknown

Monday, 14 July 2014

Humorous Quotes

Quotes which are funny, ironical, as well as simply, or profoundly true.

For you to be successful, sacrifices must be made. It's better that they are made by others but failing that, you'll have to make them yourself. - Rita Mae Brown

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense. - Robert Frost

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. - John F Kennedy

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. - Laurence Peter

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing. - Unknown

Get the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything. - Frank Dane

God cannot alter the past, though historians can. - Samuel Butler

God is love, I dare say. But what mischievous devil love is. - Samuel Butler

God put me on Earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I'm so far behind I will never die! - Unknown

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. - Mark Twain

Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today. - John C. Maxwell

Good fences make good neighbors. - Robert Frost

Good manners involve the habit of skilful insincerity - the habit of saying “good morning” to those whose mornings you would rather blight, and of passing the butter to those you would rather starve. - Roger Scruton

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed. - Pierre Teilhard De Chardin 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

11 Awesome British Phrases

Here are the definitions and backstories of several common British phrases that should definitely be added to your arsenal of idioms if they're not already...

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Quote Worthy

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven. - Edward de Bono 

He who receives an idea from me receives instruction for himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me. - Thomas Jeffeson

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. - George Washington Carver

There is nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head. - Unknown

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

Skill is fine, and genius is splendid, but the right contacts are more valuable than either. - Sir Archibald McIndoe

A never failing way to get rid of a fellow is to tell him something for his own good. - Unknown

Insanity and Genius are two sides of the same street. - Odie Henderson

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy. - Von Clausewitz

Do not envy a sinner; you dont know what disaster awaits him. - Bible

The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles. - Unknown

An apology is a good way to have the last word. - Unknown

Friday, 11 July 2014

Food For Thought

It doesn’t so much matter where you’ve been. All that’s left to discover is where you’re going. A little bit of trust and ‘letting it unfold’ combined with a little bit of muscle and ‘making it happen’ will enhance the outcome tremendously. - Paul S. Boynton

There will be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. Always pick being respected. That love without respect was always fleeting – but that respect could grow into real, lasting love. - Unknown

You can’t let people scare you. You can’t go your whole life trying to please everyone else. You can’t go through life worried about what everyone else is going to think. Whether it’s your hair, clothes, what you have to say, how you feel, what you believe and what you have. You can’t let the judgment of others stop you from being you. Because if you do, you’re no longer you. You’re someone everyone else wants you to be. - Unknown

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Quote Worthy

How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state? - Plato

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. - Confucius

Don’t get discouraged by what you’re going through. Your time is coming. Be patient. Where you are is not where you’re going to stay. - Unknown

One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering. - Jane Austen

Rich people stay rich by living like they’re broke. Broke people stay broke by living like they’re rich. - Unknown

Prosperity doth best discover Vice, but Adversity doth best discover Virtue. - Francis Bacon

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants. - J. Botherto

No one is perfect, that is why pencils have erasers. - Unknown

To disagree, one does not have to be disagreeable. - Unknown

Where facts are few, experts are many. - Donald R. Gannon

There are two sides to every story - at least. - Ann Landers

The more you know the less you need to say. - Jim Rohn

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Quote Worthy

As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify. - Arthur Conan Doyle

Never ignore a person who loves you, cares for you, and misses you, because one day, you might wake up and realize, you lost the moon while counting the stars. - Unknown

To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it. - Bunker Hunt

Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown proposd as things forgot. - Alexander Pope

The wise may not always understand but a person with a loving heart understands beyond reasons. - Unknown

We are very good lawyers for our own mistakes, but very good judges for the mistakes of others. - Unknown

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. - Mark Twain

Even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. - Maya Angelou

Imagination can take you anywhere you want to go. - Unknown

Heal the past. Live the present. Dream the future. - Unknown

Crime is naught but misdirected energy. - Emma Goldman

He preaches well that lives well. - Miguel de Cervantes

Monday, 7 July 2014

Humorous Quotes

Quotes which are funny, ironical, as well as simply, or profoundly true.

Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor. - Laurence Peter

Everyone has two sides - good and evil. How you treat me will determine which side of me you see. - Unknown

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend. - John Singer Sargent

Everybody is somebody elses weirdo. - C. A. Dykstra

Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens. - Nick Diamos

Everybody wants to help Save The Earth, but nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes. - Tom McMahon

Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. - Prince Philip

Everything happens for a reason, but sometimes the reason is that you’re stupid and  you make bad decisions. - Unknown

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film. - Steven Wright

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else. - Will Rogers

Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it. - Henry Ford

First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don’t come, I choose the ones that pay the rent. - Michael Caine

For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen. - Douglas Adams

For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news. - Gloria Borger

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

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Happiness - Quotes

Happiness can be as simple as a cup of coffee and the right attitude. - Unknown

Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing. - Unknown

Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead. - Scottish Proverb

Be happy with what you have while working for what you want. - Unknown

Be happy. It is one way of being wise. - Unknown

Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that is happiness. - Russell Bertrand

The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Simply put; you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make  yourself unhappy. - Wayne Dyer

Happiness is the highest form of health. - Dalai Lama

Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind. - Unknown

Happiness starts with you – not with your relationships, not with your job, not with your money, but with you. - Unknown

Simplicity is the key to happiness. - Paramhansa Yogananda

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Quote Worthy

Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth. - Edith Hamilton

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue. - Erich Fromm

Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which youre not really interested in order to get where youre going. - Christopher Morley

Sometimes, when a tiny series of the most unpredictable events occur that make no sense at all, something big is about to happen. - Unknown

Most people mess up something good, by looking for something better just to end up with something worse. - Unknown

The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you. - Kin Hubbard

The sole cause of mans unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room. - Blaise Pascal

Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again. -Buddha

Take heed. You do not find what you do not seek. - Unknown

What can be done at any time is never done at all. - Unknown

No moral system can rest solely on authority. - A. J. Ayer

To pull together is to avoid being pulled apart. - Bob Allisat