Sunday, 31 December 2017


The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do, without a thought of fame. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way. - Robert Kiyosaki

The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent. - Smiley Blanton

Those who succeed can't forgive a fellow for being a failure, and those who fail can't forgive him for being a success. - George Horace Lorimer

To attain ‘success’ without attaining positive self-esteem is to be condemned to feeling like an impostor anxiously awaiting exposure. - Nathaniel Branden

Today we define success by publicity and bank accounts. But that's not really success at all. Don't believe the hype. Success is ephemeral. You have to define it yourself. - Chris Noth

Trees are bowed down with weight of fruit, clouds big with rain hang low. So good men humbly bear success, nor overweening grow. - Bhartrhari

True success is the experience of the miraculous. It is the unfolding of the divinity within us. - Deepak Chopra

Unless you have courage, a courage that keeps you going, always going, no matter what happens, there is no certainty of success. It is really an endurance race. - Henry Ford

Yet there seemed to be some truth in the law of probability, according to which the chance of success is directly proportionate to the number of repetitions. - Kobo Abe

Success is not measured by how well you fulfil the expectations of others, but y how honestly you live up to your own expectations. - Linda Principle

The vast majority of things are distractions, and very few really matter to your success. - Evan Williams

More on Success Here, and the book The Road to Success

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Quote Worthy

It is fatal to know too much at the outset: boredom comes as quickly to the traveller who knows his route as to the novelist who is over certain of his plot. - Paul Theroux

Sometimes the easiest way to get through today, is to simply have something to look forward to tomorrow. - Tyconis D. Allison Ty

We do not become righteous by doing righteous deed but, having been made righteous, we do righteous deeds. - Martin Luther

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. - Anatole France

Perspective is everything. You only paint the picture what your mind chooses to see. - Unknown

With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation. - Edison Haines

Nothing is as it seems, but something is everything it is made out to be. - Carroll Bryant

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible. - Frank L. Gaines

Sometimes, I just agree with people so that they can stop talking. - Unknown

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder. - M. C. Escher

Mediocrity bears but one flower – ENVY. - Charles William Day

Sometimes, pain helps you to rise up even stronger. - Unknown

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Teachers / Teaching

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning. - Brad Henry

A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others. - Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson. - John Henrik Clarke

A key to growing as a teacher is to keep company mainly with teachers who uplift you, whose presence inspire you and whose dedication drives you. - Robert John Meehan

A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those minds a compass so that that knowledge doesn’t go to waste. - Mr. Holland’s Opus

A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils. - Ever Garrison

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. - Thomas Carruthers

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

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn. - Ruth Beechick

A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. - Unknown

An instructor should exemplify the things he seeks to teach. It will be of great advantage if you yourself can do all you ask of your students and more. - Bruce Lee

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. - Carl Gustav Jung

Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be! - Arthur C. Clarke

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be versed in ancient lore, and familiarize yourself with the modern; then may you become teachers. - Confucius

Compassionate teachers fill a void left by working parents who aren’t able to devote enough attention to their children. Teachers don’t just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills. - Charles Platt

Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. - Marva Collins

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. - Solomon Ortiz

Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbour. Often times it is a teacher. - Joe Manchin

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system. - Sidney Hook

Everyone you meet has something to teach you. - Unknown

Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it. - Polly B. Berends

First let a man teach himself, and then he will be taught by others. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don’t want to learn much. - W.C. Stellar

Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. - Bob Talbert

Wednesday, 27 December 2017


A man becomes a philosopher by reason of a certain perplexity, from which he seeks to free himself. - Arthur Schopenhauer

He is but a poor philosopher who holds a view so narrow as to exclude forms not to his personal taste. - John Galsworthy

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches. - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I think that the task of philosophy is not to provide answers, but to show how the way we perceive a problem can be itself part of a problem. - Slavoj Zizek

Man is a philosopher in spite of himself. - John Grier Hibben

Philosophy is concerned with that which is, in contrast with that which seems to be. Its aim is to reveal the reality which underlies appearance. - John Grier Hibben

Philosophy is reason with the eyes of the soul. - William Gilmore Simms

Philosophy unravels the knots in our thinking; hence its results must be simple, but its activity is as complicated as the knots that it unravels. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

The business of philosophy is to circumnavigate human nature. - Julius Charles Hare

The philosopher strives to find the liberating word, that is, the word that finally permits us to grasp what up to now has intangibly weighed down upon our consciousness. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next. - Henry Ward Beecher

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. - Abraham Lincoln

Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher; and philosophy begins in wonder. - Plato

You can't do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know. - Maxim Gorky

Tuesday, 26 December 2017


An intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. - Ernest Hemingway

Brains in the head saves blisters on the feet. - Ken Alstad

I would much rather have people think I’m stupid, and shock them, than have people think I’m smart, and disappoint them. - Mike Bronson

Intellectual force is qualitatively the first and foremost productive force, and concern for its rapid growth should be the ardent concern of all classes. - Maxim Gorky

Intelligence is power; it is the flame behind the spark of intrigue. Find out all the facts and stamp out the fire. Demystify. - Tobsha Learner

Intelligence is the art of good guesswork. - H. B. Barlow

It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

No human is more intelligent than the other … just more adept at certain areas of intelligence. - Siddharth katragadda

Nothing whets the intelligence more than a passionate suspicion, nothing develops all the faculties of an immature mind more than a trail running away into the dark. - Stefan Zweig

Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man. - Erich Fromm

The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing – to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party. - John Keats

There are some with brains and some without. It makes for a better division of labour. - Bertolt Brecht

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course powerful muscles, but no personality. - Albert Einstein

You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn't annihilate human nature. - Philip Roth

Monday, 25 December 2017


In a way, I was incredibly proud of her - not that I had any intention of letting it show while I was beating the crap out of her. - Meg Cabot

Stupidity isn't punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop. - Laurell K. Hamilton

How we all want so badly to divorce reality, but that bitch just won’t sign the papers. - Christopher Poindexter

No matter how big a hammer you use, you can’t pound common sense into stupid people. - Unknown

Sometimes, I wonder what happened to people who ask me for directions. - Unknown

Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice. - Charlotte Brontë

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. - Unknown

Children go through life with same tact as tornado. - Charlie Chan

Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. - Albert Einstein

Few men are admired by their servants. - Michel de Montaigne

Clever as the Devil and twice as pretty. - Holly Black

Reality continues to ruin my life. - Bill Watterson

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

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Life quotes

Once in a while, it really hits people that they don’t have to experience life in the way they have been told to. - Unknown

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. - Simone de Beauvoir

People meet; that is well. They part; that is well, too. Life is life. - Octave Mirbeau

Pursue whatever it is that you want to do with your life. It is the only secret to happiness that I know except for maybe true love. - Lewis Black

The day you realize that complaining will not get you anywhere, that will be the day your life will begin to look better. - E. Broome

The most important things in life are your friends, family, health, good humour and a positive attitude towards life. If you have these then you have everything! - Unknown

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. - Albert Schweitzer

The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavour. - Sherman Alexie

To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals. - Benjamin Franklin

We all go through life bristling at our external limitations, but the most difficult chains to break are inside us. - Bradley Whitford

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. - Thornton Wilder

We live counterfeit lives in order to resemble the idea we first had of ourselves. - Andre Gide

More on Life Here, and the book The Mystery of Life - a collection of quotes on and pertaining to life.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Quote Worthy

Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have. - H.G. Wells

The most beautiful experience is the mysterious. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe is as good as dead. His eyes are closed. - Albert Einstein

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. - Arthur Koestler

Sometimes the best thing to do is be silent and watch how things play out … saves you from unnecessary arguments. - Unknown

The danger from lightning is gone when the thunder is heard, and the worst is over when misfortune has arrived. - Ivan Panin

However bad a man, he will have some friends: however good, he will have some enemies. - Ivan Panin

A man's enemies are those he should endeavour first to make his friends. - Norman MacDonald

The longer you live in the past, the less future you have to enjoy. - Unknown

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. - Edward Bulwer Lytton

Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation. - Amadeus Wolfe

Destroy your enemy by making him your friend. - Abraham Lincoln

Storms make trees take deeper roots. - Dolly Parton

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 22 December 2017


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

A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy. - Jean Baudrillard

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. - Robert A. Heinlein

Comparison is a very foolish attitude, because each person is unique and incomparable. Once this understanding settles in you, jealousy disappears. - Osho

Do not waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you are ahead, sometimes you are behind. The race is long and, in the end, it is only with yourself. - Unknown

Envy and jealousy, twin sisters, come with the cunning of the fox to steal away our peace and happiness. - Nicias Ballard Cooksey

If you go on condemning, your condemnation shows that somewhere there is a wound, and you are feeling jealous – because without jealousy there can be no condemnation. You condemn people because somehow, somewhere, unconsciously you feel they are enjoying themselves and you have missed. - Osho

In jealousy, there is more love of self than of anyone else. - Eliza Cook

It’s silly to think the left eye would envy the right or that one foot would be jealous of the other, and yet so often it is the case. - Richelle E. Goodrich

Jealousy comes from counting others' blessings instead of our own. - Unknown

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening. Maya Angelou

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. - Robert A. Heinlein

Jealousy is always born with love, but doesn't always die with it. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one’s self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing. - Emma Goldman

Jealousy is not proof of how much you love a person, but a proof of your insecurities. - Unknown

Jealousy is nothing more than a fear of abandonment. - François de la Rochefoucauld

Jealousy is one of the wickedest of all the passions. It is that which has been the most fruitful mother of tragedies, murders, and wars. But reprehensible though it is, jealousy is almost rather to be pitied than blamed – its first victims are those who harbour the feeling. - Arthur Lynch

Jealousy is the anger of the weak. - Osho

Jealousy seems the absolute reversal of love. It is the swinging from the sunny warmth of the Equator to the frigid cold of the North Pole. - Elbert Hubbard

Jealousy, in spite of the mad frenzy of its most splendid displays, is a vice of weakness; it arises from a mind whose aspirations and desires are inferior to its accomplishments; it is the child of baulked vanity and failure of courage. - Arthur Lynch

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive. - Henry Havelock Ellis

Jealousy, the jaundice of the soul. John Dryden 

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. - H.G. Wells

Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude. - Aphra Behn

People is, I think, it’s their nature – some people’s nature, in a way, to be angry or jealous or just spiteful about somebody else’s blessings. - Jill Scott

People who make the choice to study, work hard or do whatever they endeavour is to give it the max on themselves to reach to the top level. And you have the people who get envy and jealous, yet are not willing to put that work in, and they want to get the same praise. - Evander Holyfield

Surrounded by the flames of jealousy, the jealous one winds up, like the scorpion, turning the poisoned sting against himself. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time. - Johann Kaspar Lavater

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves. - Unknown

The jealous bring down the curse they fear upon their own heads. - Unknown

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars. - Gary Allan

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


A good smile is the sunshine of wisdom. - Hosea Ballou

A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. - Unknown

A smile means a lot more than laughter because it is a true reflection of emotions. Laughter is just a by-product of humour. - Tiela Selepe

A smile is so sexy, yet so warm. When someone genuinely smiles at you, it’s the greatest feeling in the world. - Mandy Moore

All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile. - Chris Hart

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. - Lord Byron

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. - Charles Reade

Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process. - Arian Foster

If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. - Thich Nhat Hanh

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers. - Maya Angelou

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. - Andy Rooney

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. - Yoko Ono

Smile, even if it’s a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile. - Unknown

Smiling has the power of relaxing the mind, delighting the heart, boosting the immune system, slowing the heartbeat and breathing rate. - Dr T.P.Chia

Smiling speaks to people charmingly without saying a word. - Dr T.P.Chia

Sometimes when you smile, it's not because you're happy. It's because you're strong. - Pamela Anderson

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. - Mother Teresa

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. - Carmelo Anthony

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Instincts / Intuitions

For all the talk you hear about knowledge being such a wonderful thing, instinct is worth forty of it for real unerringness. - Mark Twain

I call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you’ve got to hook the fish. - Richard Buckminster Fuller

I’m saying that we should trust our intuition. I believe that the principles of universal evolution are revealed to us through intuition. And I think that if we combine our intuition and our reason, we can respond in an evolutionary sound way to our problems. - Jonas Salk

Instinct is something that transcends knowledge. - Nikola Tesla

Instinct leads, logic does but follow. - William James

Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside the province of reason. - Carl Gustav Jung

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover. - Henri Poincaré

No matter how deep a study you make. What you really have to rely on is your own intuition and when it comes down to it, you really don't know what's going to happen until you do it. - Konosuke Matsushita

The disclosure of a new fact, the leap forward, the conquest over yesterday’s ignorance, is an act not of reason but of imagination, of intuition. - Charles Nicolle

Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice. - Sophocles

Like birds of passage, the instincts drift the soul adventurously beyond the horizon of sensible things, as if intent on convoying it to the mother country from whence it had flown. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in man, and finds the readiest response. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Monday, 18 December 2017

Oxymoronic Quotes

Having, then, once introduced an element of inconsistency into his system, he was far too consistent not to be inconsistent consistently, and he lapsed ere long into an amiable indifferentism which to outward appearance differed but little from the indifferentism. - Samuel Butler

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room. - Dr. Strangelove

He hasn't a single redeeming vice. - Oscar Wilde

Health food makes me sick. - Calvin Trillin

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? - Satchel Paige

I did my best to go in a circle, hoping in this way to go in a straight line. - Samuel Beckett

I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. - Socrates

I made a wrong mistake. - Yogi Berra

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. - Michael Jordan

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered. - Edgar Allan Poe

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. - Yogi Berra

Sunday, 17 December 2017


Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy. - Robert Anthony

My friends’ happiness forms part of my own. - Pedro Alexis Tabensky

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. Acceptance is the key to everything. - Michael J. Fox

Neither rejoice nor lament prematurely; for whatever may happen, all will be well if we only have health; for happiness exists – merely in the imagination. - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness. - Andre Gide

One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world's end somewhere. - Daniel Gilbert

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. - Rita Mae Brown

Our happiness depends chiefly upon the estimate we form of life, and the efforts we make to bring ourselves into harmony with its laws. - Christian Nestell Bovee

Past happiness augments present wretchedness. - Publilius Syrus

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. - Leo Tolstoy

That is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their un-escapable social destiny. - Aldous Huxley

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Quote Worthy

A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get. - L. Frank Baum

A man who is ready to converse but has nothing to say worth hearing, is a well without water; he that is rich in knowledge but reserved is a well without a bucket. - John Thornton

In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a pre-requisite. - Barak Obama

If we want good work from others or wish to accomplish anything ourselves, it will never do to harbour a doubt as to the result of an enterprise. - Nellie Bly

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance. - William Ellery Channing

Don’t wait for things in your life to change before you feel better. Feel better now and watch the things in your life change. - Unknown

You need power when you want to do something harmful. Otherwise love is enough to get things done. - Charlie Chaplin

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. - Oscar Wilde

Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity. - Unknown

Sometimes the eyes can say more than the mouth. - Unknown

Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom. - Horace

To be great is to be misunderstood. - Oscar Wilde

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Thursday, 14 December 2017


A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it. - Francis Bacon

A man who misses his opportunity, and monkey who misses his branch, cannot be saved. - Hindu Proverb

An opportunity is a conjunction of circumstances by which one may improve his condition of life or his equipment for life. - William de Witt Hyde

Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed. - Lily Tomlin

Don’t be so thirsty for opportunity that you drink from every cup handed to you. That’s how you get poisoned. - Unknown

Equality of opportunity is the essence of social justice. - A. M. Honore

Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door. - Unknown

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. - Bob Feller

Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. - Unknown

Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom. - Mignon McLaughlin

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has opportunities. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on. - Samuel Goldwyn

If the window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade. - Tom Peters

In all your dealings, remember that today is your opportunity; tomorrow some other fellow's. - George Horace Lorimer

It is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, and seize the opportunities. - Woody Allen

It is sad, indeed, to see how man wastes his opportunities. How many could be made happy, with the blessings which are recklessly wasted or thrown away. - John Lubbock

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. - Hugh Allen

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. - Unknown

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity. - H. Jackson Brown JR.

One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them. - Rosamund Lehmann

Opportunities ... fall in the way of every man who is resolved to take advantage of them. - Samuel Smiles

Opportunities are a tricky crop, with tiny flowers that are difficult to see and even more difficult to harvest. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Opportunities are presented to us each and every day, but do we see them. - Catherine Pulsifer

Opportunities come but do not linger. - Nepalese Proverb

Opportunities fly by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost, and the happiness that comes to us we heed not, because of the happiness that is gone. - Jerome K. Jerome

Opportunities? They are all around us - there is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it. - Orison Swett Marden

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Food for Thought

There is a sad propensity in our fallen nature to listen to the retailers of petty scandal. With many, it is the spice of conversation, the exhilarating gas of their minds. Without any intention of doing essential injury to a neighbor, a careless remark, relative to some minor fault of his, may be seized by a babbler, and, as it passes through the babbling tribe, each one adds to its bulk, and gives its color a darker hue, until it assumes the magnitude and blackness of base slander. Few are without visible faults – most persons are sometimes inconsistent. Upon these faults and mistakes petty scandal delights to feast. - Henry F. Kletzing & Elmer L. Kletzing

Our world is one of terrible contradictions. Plenty of food, but one billion people go hungry. Lavish lifestyles for a few, but poverty for too many others. Huge advances in medicine while mothers die every day in childbirth, and children die every day from drinking dirty water. Billions spent on weapons to kill people instead of keeping them safe. - Ban Ki-moon

I've seen weapons of mass destruction in our cities. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction, homelessness, a weapon of mass destruction, racism, a weapon of mass destruction, fear, a weapon of mass destruction. We must disarm these weapons. - Dennis Kucinich

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

Monday, 11 December 2017


It’s not that diabetes, heart disease and obesity runs in your family. It’s that no one runs in your family. - Unknown

Beds last on an average much longer than marriages. - Michel Houellebecq

Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep, nine if you’re ugly. - Betty White

Never use a big word when a little filthy one will do. - Johnny Carson

Marriage does not unite two people; it entangles them. - Abraham Miller

Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves. - Phyllis Diller

One hundred percent of divorces start with a marriage. - Mark Gungor

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. - Lee Mildon

Just remember, if the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off. - Unknown

Lawyers are fleas on the hide of human nature. - Stephen King

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. - Michael Crichton

Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway. - Unknown

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Love Quotes

Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means. - Leo Buscaglia

If you have love in you, it's a strength. But if you are in love, it's a weakness. - Sergei Lukyanenko

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. - Morrie Schwartz

The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person. - Chuck Palahniuk

The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it … - Nicholas Sparks

Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love. - Mahatma Gandhi

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. - Sophocles

Love is a master key which opens the gate of happiness. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life without Love is as a flower without fragrance. - Richard Garnett

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love doesn’t need to be perfect; it just needs to be true. - Unknown

More on Love Here, and the book The Light of Love

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Quote Worthy

Let your anger, hurt, and problems of the day go down with the sun each evening. Let joy, happiness and hope rise in your heart with the sun each morning. Be at peace with yourself. Be at peace with the world. - Unknown

Nobody ever really knows how much anyone else is hurting. You could be standing next to somebody who is completely broken and you wouldn’t even know it. That’s why you should always try to be kind. - Unknown

Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you. I am I. - Osho

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think. The wise reject what they think, not what they see. - Huang Po

Sometimes you just have to turn around, give a smile, throw the match, and burn that freaking bridge. - Unknown

Even in the midst of life’s many storms. We have the capacity to stand in the centre of our own peace. - Unknown

The wise man learns more from his enemies than the fool does from his friends. - Benjamin Franklin   

A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant. - Unknown

Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The wise and the brave dares own that he was wrong. - Benjamin Franklin

Make no judgement where you have no compassion. - Anne McCaffrey

Sometimes, you have to love people from a distance. - Robert Tew

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 8 December 2017


A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing. - Charles M. Schwab

A strong imagination begetteth opportunity. - Michel de Montaigne

A prison is never narrow when the imagination can range in it as it will. - Marguerite of Navarre

And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them into shapes and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name. - William Shakespeare

As the imagination is set to look into the invisible and immaterial, it seems to attract something of their vitality; and though it can give nothing to the body to redeem it from years, it can give to the soul that freshness of youth in old age which is even more beautiful than youth in the young. - Henry Ward Beecher

Beware of minimizing imagination by equating it to a game of pretend. Every single creation in existence, from The Great Wall of China to the first flight to the moon, was a by-product of imagination. - Teal

Few people have the imagination for reality. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For every person who can imagine a possibility there are tens of thousands who are stuck in the greased grooves of history. - Gary Hamel

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture… Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. - Norman Vincent Peale

Great imaginations are apt to work from hints and suggestions, and a single moment of emotion is sometimes sufficient to create a masterpiece. - Margaret Sackville

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein

If the winds of fortune are temporarily blowing against you, remember that you can harness them and make them carry you toward your definite purpose, through the use of your imagination. - Napoleon Hill

Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create. - Maria Montessori    

Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. - L. Frank Baum

Imagination is the deceptive part in man, the mistress of error and falsehood. - Blaise Pascal

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life. - Simone Weil

Imagination is an almost divine faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives everything: the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies. - Charles Baudelaire

Imagination is essential and it comes first, for without imagination we are aimless. - Cyril Northcote Parkinson

Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein

Imagination is not to be divorced from the facts. It is a way of illuminating the facts. - Alfred North Whitehead

Imagination is the cornerstone of human endeavour. - Alex Osborn

Imagination is the eye of the soul. - Joseph Joubert

Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly. - Lauren Bacall

Imagination is the living power and prime agent of all human perception. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Imagination is the means of deep insight and sympathy, the power to conceive and express images removed from normal objective reality. - William Wordsworth

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will. - George Bernard Shaw

Imagination sometimes has to stand in for experience. - Steve Martin

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later – no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover or how much we learn or forget – we will return. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

It is with books as with new acquaintances. At first, we are highly delighted, if we find a general agreement – we are pleasantly moved on any of the chief sides of our existence. With a closer acquaintance differences come to light; and then reasonable conduct mainly consists in not shrinking back at once, as may happen in youth, but in keeping firm hold of the things in which we agree, and being quite clear about the things in which we differ, without on that account desiring any union. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them – with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. - Eudora Welty

The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn't have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell it to you again when you're fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you're reading a whole new book. - Ursula K. Le Guin

The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding – which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together – blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labour that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author. - Daniel Handler

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Debt, however courteously it be offered, is the cup of a siren, and the wine, spiced and delicious though it be, an eating poison. The man out of debt, though with a flaw in his jerkin, a crack in his shoe-leather, and a hole in his hat, is still the son of liberty, free as the singing lark above him; but the debtor, though clothed in the utmost bravery, what is he but a serf out upon a holiday – a slave to be reclaimed at any instant by his owner, the creditor? - Douglas Jerrold

Don't tell me debt is not a big deal. Debt will cut off your legs and laugh at you as you grovel in the dirt begging for mercy. If you don't need it, don't get it. If you can't afford it, don't get it. If you're already in debt, get out quickly. If you think you'll never get out, you're right, you won't. - Osayi Osar-Emokpae

Once in debt, interest is your companion every minute of the day and night; you cannot shun it or slip away from it; you cannot dismiss it; it yields neither to entreaties, demands, or orders; and whenever you get in its way or cross its course or fail to meet its demands, it crushes you. - J. Reuben Clark

There is nothing more to be dreaded than debt; when a person, whose principles are good, unhappily falls into this situation, adieu to all peace and comfort; the reflection embitters every meal, and drives from the eyelids refreshing sleep. - Jeremy Taylor

Think, think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty. If you cannot pay at the time, you will be ashamed to see your creditor; you will be in fear when you speak to him; you will make poor, pitiful, sneaking excuses, and by degrees come to lose your veracity, and sink into base, downright lying; for the second vice is lying, the first is running in debt. - Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Ignorance is more costly to any state than education. - Booker

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. - Charles Darwin

Nothing is worse than active ignorance. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. - Socrates

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. - Doug Larson

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. - Benjamin Franklin

All you've got to do is own up to your ignorance honestly, and you'll find people who are eager to fill your head with information. - Walt Disney

Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession: their ignorance. - Hendrik Willem van Loon

Be not ashamed to own thy ignorance of some things. - Edward Counsel

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. - Benjamin Franklin

Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it. - Publilius Syrus

Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know. - Eoin Colfer

I would far rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evil. - Aeschylus

Ignorance is better than knowledge misapplied. - Norman MacDonald

Ignorance is blinding. We fall in love with what we believe, and become resistant to change, to seeing a different viewpoint, to the point of not even acknowledging that there may even be another valid viewpoint. When that happens, we're blind – blind to ourselves, to others, to what matters. - Jeanette Angell

Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and it will set the pace tomorrow. - Frank Dane

Ignorance is not lack of intelligence, nor knowledge a proof of genius. - Luc de Clapiers

Ignorance is often the blindness of the soul. - Edward Counsel

Ignorance is the mother of all evils. - Francois Rabelais

Ignorance isn't bliss, but sometimes ignorance makes it possible for us to sleep at night. - Dean Koontz

It doesn't matter if you are ignorant so long as you can find people to know stuff for you. - K. J. Parker

It would be difficult to dispel ignorance unless there is freedom to pursue the truth unfettered by fear. - Aung San Suu Kyi

Losing our ignorance can be dangerous because our ignorance is a shield. - Dan Simmons

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

On entering this world our starting-point is ignorance. None, however, but idiots remain there. - Horace Mann

The darkest night is ignorance. - Gautama Buddha

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. - Albert Camus

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes. Ignorance is the womb of monsters. - Henry Ward Beecher

The insolence of the vulgar is in proportion to their ignorance. They treat everything with contempt which they do not understand. - William Hazlitt

The most violent element in society is ignorance. - Emma Goldman

The only thing worse than human ignorance is human pride in that ignorance. - George Takei

The reason there’s so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it. - Frank A. Clark

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. - Elbert Hubbard

The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate. - Dr. Wayne Dyer

The unprepared will eventually be destroyed; ignorance is no hiding place. - Tony Ballantyne

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion. - Lord Acton

There is no darkness, but ignorance. - William Shakespeare

What we call evil, it seems to me, is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark. - Henry Ford

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. - Walter Cronkite

Monday, 4 December 2017

Oxymoronic Quotes

A best friend is someone who, when they don't understand, they still understand. - Nancy Werlin

A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can’t. - Unknown

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere. - Charles F. Kettering

All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. - T. S. Eliot

Always look beyond what you can see - Mark A. Cooper

Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else. - Alison Boulter

An original artist is unable to copy. So, he has only to copy in order to be original. - Jean Cocteau

An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. - Stephen Fry

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. - Pablo Picasso

Being uncool is being pretty much the coolest you can be. - Rufus Wainwright

Book publishing would be so much easier without the authors. - Dan Brown

Free advice is often overpriced. - E. C McKenzie

Sunday, 3 December 2017


Success is a cooperative effort; it’s dependent upon those who stand beside you. - Jon M. Huntsman

To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well. - Isaac Asimov

The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you. - Bette Midler

There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it. - Mario Cuomo

The truth is, everybody I've ever met who's successful is a workaholic. - ICE-T

The worst use that can be made of success is to boast of it. - Arthur Helps

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. - Benjamin Disraeli

True success requires passion and a vision. Not just dollars and sense. - Jack Garrison

The key to success is not through achievement, but through enthusiasm. - Malcolm Forbes

The successful draw us up to their level; the unsuccessful down to theirs. - Charles Edward Jerningham

Overnight success happens only in fairy tales, trashy novels, and bad movies. - Ernie J. Zelinski

The greater success a man has made, the more he fears a climb down. - Lin YuTang

More on Success Here, and the book The Road to Success

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Quote Worthy

The difference between a wise and foolish man is this – the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks. - William Scot Downey

The freedom to fail is vital if you’re going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success. - Michael Korda

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. - Kofi Annan

Sometimes tears are a sign of unspoken happiness … and a smile is a sign of silent pain. - Unknown

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule. - Charles Dickens

Understand that the tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes – never! - Mikhail Bulgakov

The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages. - Roger Bacon

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. - Les Brown

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note. - Doug Floyd

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. - Abraham Lincoln

You have to have a darkness for the dawn to come. - Harrison Ford

Optimism is life – Pessimism, slow suicide. - William Crosbie Hunter

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Thursday, 30 November 2017


A few drops of science will often disinfect an entire barrel full of ignorance and prejudice. - Hendrik Willem van Loon

A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms. - George Wald

All of science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking. - Albert Einstein

All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have. - Albert Einstein

An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer. - Max Planck

Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory. As philosopher of science Karl Popper has emphasized, a good theory is characterized by the fact that it makes a number of predictions that could in principle be disproved or falsified by observation. Each time new experiments are observed to agree with the predictions the theory survives, and our confidence in it is increased; but if ever a new observation is found to disagree, we have to abandon or modify the theory. - Stephen Hawking

As long as men are free to ask what they must – free to say what they think – free to think what they will – freedom can never be lost and science can never regress. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox. - Galileo Galilei

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. - Edwin Powell Hubble

Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver … in the end, the fresh air brings vigour, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own. - Bertrand Russell

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. - John Dewey

False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often long endure; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, as everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened. - Charles Darwin

However far modern science and technics have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson: Nothing is impossible. - Lewis Mumford

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. - Carl Sagan

I venture to define science as a series of interconnected concepts and conceptual schemes arising from experiment and observation and fruitful of further experiments and observations. The test of a scientific theory is, I suggest, its fruitfulness. - James Bryant Conant

In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last. - Hugh Walpole

In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in. - Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil

In science one achieves the greatest impact (and often the greatest headlines) not by going along with the herd, but by bucking against it. - Lawrence M Krauss

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. - Paul Dirac

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science. - Carl Sagan

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover. - Henri Poincaré

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Shadow of the Light

It has been written that, “A glass of wine once lost a kingdom; a nail turned the tide of a mighty battle, and a woman’s smile once destroyed the homes of a million people.” So, It happens that little things have at times changed the course of human events. And a legend also relates that the untiring determination of a tiny spider spinning a web in an old barn gave Robert Bruce of Scotland renewed courage to return to battle and thus succeed in his mission.

But the majority of us are not marked for such historical destinies and the role we play upon the stage of life may make little impression upon the tides of a nation’s progress. Yet who can say how much the little things we do today may deeply affect the tomorrow of someone we may never know?

Greatness does not always mean fame, wealth, or power. Greatness requires more than these trappings. It is that subtle something in the innermost recesses of the self which glows like a ray from an invisible candle shedding the light of illumination into the dark night, and leaving in its wake an unforgettable essence only the heart can comprehend.

- Merle A Allison

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought


Tuesday, 28 November 2017


A good idea turns every cog in your mind, making you scared of bed in case the whole machine grinds to a halt. - Trevor Baylis

A good idea is like a lighted match, easily blown out by the cold winds of rigid management. - Richard Kinder

A man is not clever simply because he has many ideas, just as he is not necessarily a good general because he has many soldiers. - Chamfort

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. - Mary Kay Ash

A new idea is a light that illuminate presences which simply had no form before the light fell on them. - Susan Langer

A person who can create ideas worthy of note is a person who has learned much from others. - Konosuke Matsushita

A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it. - Marcel Proust

A powerful new idea can kick around unused in a company for years, not because its merits are not recognized, but because nobody has assumed the responsibility for converting it from words into action. - Theodore Levitt

A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on. - William McFee

All great ideas are dangerous. - Oscar Wilde

Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced. - Alfred North Whitehead

Almost everyone who has had an idea that's somewhat revolutionary or wildly successful was first told they're insane. - Larry Page

An idea is like a cold germ: sooner or later someone always catches it. - Stephen King

An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor. - Robert Frost

An idea is salvation by imagination. - Frank Lloyd Wright

An idea must not be condemned for being a little shy and incoherent; all new ideas are shy when introduced first among our old ones. We should have patience and see whether the incoherency is likely to wear off or to wear on, in which latter case the sooner we get rid of them the better. - Samuel Butler

An idea, like a ghost must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. - Charles Dickens

But having had your bright, fresh, original idea, the really hard part is turning it into a successful product. That’s what takes all the sweat. - Trevor Baylis

Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. - Harvey Firestone

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one has no time to write down. - Hector Berlioz

Every idea appears at first as a strange visitor, and when it begins to be realized, it is hardly distinguishable from fantasy. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every man believes that if he could get capital interested, he could set the world on fire with his ideas. - Edgar Watson Howe

Every really new idea looks crazy at first. - Alfred North Whitehead

Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas; he must burst it open, and that in his youth, and so try to test his ideas on reality. - Albert Einstein

Few ideas are in themselves practical. It is for want of imagination in applying them that they fail. The creative process does not end with an idea – it only starts with an idea. - John Arnold

Get a good idea and stay with it. Do it, and work at it until it’s done right. - Walt Disney

Good ideas do not need to be shouted. They can take care of themselves. - John Daniel Barry

Great ideas are the fuel of progress. - Unknown

Great trees are of slow growth; and great ideas have to be before the mind and in the heart a long time before they are sufficiently familiar to have the face of friends. - Reuen Thomas

History, if it has taught us anything at all, has taught us that the strange ideas we deride today will one day be our celebrated truths. - Dan Brown

Monday, 27 November 2017

Humorous Quotes

The happiest marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain’t never killed nobody. - Moms Mabley

Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something. - Robert A. Heinlein

Home is where you can say anything you please, because nobody pays any attention to you anyway. - Joe Moore

They love their hair because they’re not smart enough to love something more interesting. - John Green

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction. - Ken Alstad

I meditate. I burn candles. I drink green tea. And I still want to smack some people. - Unknown

You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither. - Steve Martin

My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch. - Jack Nicholson

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. - Albert Einstein

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

Sometimes, too much to drink is barely enough. - Mark Twain

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Life Quotes

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

As the spokes of a wheel are attached to the hub, so all things are attached to life. - Sanskrit Proverb

Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. - Phillips Brooks

Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. - Amit Ray

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. - Simone de Beauvoir

Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it. - Brian Tracy

Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? - Rumi

Every day of your life is a page of your history. - Arabic Proverb

Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel. - Rhonda Byrne

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. - Thomas Carlyle

Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret. - Robert E. Lee

Give yourself the freedom to explore the possibility of life without limits. Goals are dreams with deadlines, a means to an end but not the ultimate purpose of life. - Glynis Nunn

More on Life Here, and the book The Mystery of Life - a collection of quotes on and pertaining to life.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Road to Success

It is always pleasing to have a favourable review, to know that someone appreciates my book, enjoys it, and cares enough to take the time to review it.

The Road to Sucess

"This is a book which is guaranteed to make you re-evaluate your life, to think where you're going and to plan achievements, whereas Vincent Thnay's recent collections make you think about how to treat friends and develop decent values and a moral compass.

The strongest theme, for me, in this collection of quotations is that it's wise to have a life plan- an aim which will lead to self-actualisation; in other words, start with deciding what you enjoy the most and what your talents are, and set yourself targets, and your own perseverance will see you through the hard times. Given a strong resolve, all the setbacks, mistakes, wrong decisions and the criticisms from others which you'll inevitably encounter will simply be part of the learning process on your road to your own personal success- it's your determination which counts and pulls you through the bad times.

Have a target, an aim in life, have tenacity and steadfastness and success will come. The quotes will make you think (a lot!) and re-evaluate your life, and we're never too old to do this!"

Quote Worthy

Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. - Robert T. Kiyosaki

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for. - Socrates

Sometimes ,you have to experience the bad, so that you can learn to appreciate the good things that enter your life. - Unknown

Look at the optimism of Nature. Nothing can stop it. Only the ego makes humans pessimistic, and this causes suffering. - Amma

Poverty devastates families, communities and nations. It causes instability and political unrest and fuels conflict. - Kofi Annan

Do you want to know who you are?  Don’t ask.  Act!  Action will delineate and define you. - Thomas Jefferson

Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it. - Richard Whately

Never be a prisoner of you past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence. - Unknown

Wickedness disrobes any man of his excellency. - Benjamin Whichcote

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. - Benjamin Franklin

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 24 November 2017


Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence. - Robert A. Millikan

He that places himself neither higher nor lower than he ought to do, exercises the truest humility. - Charles Caleb Colton

Humility is a healthy balance between pride and self-devaluation. - J. Maurus

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice; and yet everybody is content to hear. - John Selden

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues: hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. - Augustine of Hippo

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self. - T.S. Eliot

Humility is the oil that smooths and soothes relationships. - Richard Warren

Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it. - David Richo

Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. - Henry David Thoreau

If you see anything in yourself which may make you proud, look a little further, and you will find enough to make you humble. - Wellins Calcott

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. - Jane Austen

Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't. - Tom Hiddleston

The artist alone among men knows what true humility means. His reach forever exceeds his grasp. He can never be satisfied with his work. He knows when he has done well, but he knows he has never attained his dream. He knows he never can. - Rheta Childe Dorr

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do. - John Ruskin

The one characteristic of authentic power that most people overlook is humbleness. It is important for many reasons. A humble person walks in a friendly world. He or she sees friends everywhere he or she looks, wherever he or she goes, whomever he or she meets. His or her perception goes beyond the shell of appearance and into essence. - Gary Zukav

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self. - Henri Frederic Amiel

Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. - Bill Wilson

True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue. - Martin Luther

True humility is having the understanding that, even as a small seed, we are still an important part of the greater plan. However, we are not the master planner. - Tanya Copprue

True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be. - Ralph W. Sockman

Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved? - Carl Sagan

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Any decent society must generate a feeling of community. Community offsets loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness. - Alvin Toffler

Don’t feel alone, because there is always someone out there who loves you more than you can imagine. - Anurag Prakash Ray

Friends will keep you sane, love could fill your heart, a lover can warm your bed. But lonely is the soul without a mate. - Unknown

How dear to the mind of the sage are the thoughts that are bred in loneliness; for there is as it were music at his heart, and he talketh within him as with friends. - Martin Farquhar Tupper

I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else. - Joshua Slocum

I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone. - Amy Sedaris

If one's different, one's bound to be lonely. - Aldous Huxley

If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company. - Jean-Paul Sartre

Is it really possible to avoid loneliness, or to keep it in control? Surely. The matter is wholly personal. The way to begin is, oddly enough, by learning how to be impersonal, to stop the eternal concern for oneself, in caring more and more for the things of interest outside. For loneliness, though it may seem unselfish, is really a kind of selfishness. It is emphasis of self even while being a depreciation of self. If the lonely people would only stop thinking about themselves they would cease to be lonely. - John Daniel Barry

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is as true of men as of dogs. - Eric Hoffer

It is strange how the presence of additional people can make you feel more alone. - James Alan Gardner

It’s beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Labour in loneliness is irksome. - Mark Twain

Loneliness doesn’t have much to do with where you are. - Unknown

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. - Paul Tillich

Loneliness is a prerequisite for freedom. Freedom depends on the ability to reflect, and reflection can only begin when one is alone. - Gao XingJian

Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. - Thomas Wolfe

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close proximity with someone who has ceased to communicate. - Germaine Greer

Loneliness is one of the bugbears of mankind. With some people, it is a constant source of unhappiness. They make plans, sometimes exceedingly complex, to keep it at bay. They think that it lies outside. It really lies within their own consciousness. - John Daniel Barry

Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way. - Janet Fitch

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Curiosity in children ... is but an appetite after knowledge and therefore ought to be encouraged in them, not only as a good sign, but as the great instrument nature has provided to remove that ignorance they were born with and which, without this busy inquisitiveness, will make them dull and useless creatures. - John Locke

Curiosity is less to do with cats as it with the natural human need to know new things. In fact, it is arguably the most powerful force we have, as it drives human evolution. The need for novelty, for finding new things, leads us not only into trouble but also into marvellous new discoveries. - Unknown

Curiosity is a result of cognitive conflict or a gap in knowledge that is elicited by the stimuli or situation. For example, children are most curious when they see an outcome of an event that is inconsistent with their expectations. - David Klahr, Bryan Matlen & Jamie Kirout

So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there. - Rene Descartes

The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery every day. The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity. - Albert Einstein

There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is. - Stephen Fry

Monday, 20 November 2017


Some days you meet someone and you immediately know you want to spend the rest of your days without them. - Unknown

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot. - Groucho Marx

It’s absolutely unfair for women to say that guys only want one thing: sex. We also want food. - Jarod Kintz

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself. - Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly. - Oscar Wilde

I didn’t find out what happiness means until I got married… and then it was too late. - Unknown

I wasn’t planning on going for a run today … but those cops came of nowhere. - Unknown

I don’t like people who take drugs, customs men for example. - Mick Miller

He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news. - Bertolt Brecht

I’d like to help you out. Which way did you come in? - Unknown

Knowledge isn’t free. You have to pay attention. - Bob Marley

If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. - Unknown

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Sunday, 19 November 2017


The effects of being charitable to others leads to a measurable increase in happiness. - Myriam Mongrain

The happiest people are the people with the best attitudes, not the best lives. - Bob Lonsberry

The happiness of life, like the light of day, consists not in one brilliant flash, but in a series of mild, serene rays. - Eliza Cook

The happy have whole days, and those they choose. The unhappy have but hours, and those they lose. - Colley Cibber

The happy should not insist too much upon their happiness in the presence of the unhappy. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The only true happiness lies in knowing who you are ... and making peace with it. - Laurel K Hamilton

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. - Marcel Pagnol

The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness. - George Washington

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. - George Sand

To be happy you must be your own sunshine. - Charles Edward Jerningham

To while away the day contemplating evils that might have been is to poison the happiness we already have. - Christopher Paolini

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Quote Worthy

Sometimes, being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. - Octavia Butler

You know you’ve achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity. - Yoko Ono

When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet. - Steve Maraboli

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. - Christopher Morley

Kites rise against, not with the wind. No man has ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. - John Neal

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. - Bob Marley

By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

For solitude is sometimes best society, and short retirement urges sweet return. - John Milton

Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. - Samuel Johnson

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. - Voltaire

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

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Friday, 17 November 2017


All men of honour are alone. - F. Paul Wilson

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honour is a private station. - Joseph Addison

Dishonour is like a gash on a tree trunk – instead of disappearing with age, it enlarges. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Every post is honourable in which a man can serve his country. - George Washington

Honour – it was transitory and subjective, and often directly opposed to practicality. - Amanda Downum

Honour appears to me to be an object of great importance, since men submit to every kind of labour, and undergo every sort of danger, with the desire of attaining it. - Xenophon

Honour is a luxury for aristocrats, but it is a necessity for hall-porters. - G. K. Chesterton

Honour is infinitely more valuable than positions of honour. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Honour is self-esteem made visible in action. - Ayn Rand

Honour is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food. - Charles Caleb Colton

In whom the love of honour and praise is innate, are those who are elevated most above the brutes, and who are justly named men, and not merely human beings. - Xenophon

Men honour men who honour their fellow men. - Ken Alstad

Next to living with honour is to die with honour. - Christian Nestell Bovee

One cannot seek to uphold honour in a being that has none. - Charles de Lint

The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be. - Socrates

The more honour, the more danger. - Aesop

The nearest way to Honour is for a man so to live that he may be found to be that in truth he would be thought to be. - Wellins Calcott

There are no perfectly honourable men; but every true man has one main point of honour and a few minor ones. - George Bernard Shaw

What good is honour when you are starving. - Yiddish Proverb

When honour comes to you, be ready to take it; but reach not to seize it before it is near. - John Boyle O’Reilly


Thursday, 16 November 2017


If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one. - Robert Brault

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. - William Blake

It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. - Steve Maraboli

Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace. - Leo Tolstoy

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave. - Ivern Ball

Never forgive an injury or an insult so long as the offending parties have it in their power to make reparation; since, if they are able to do so, and will not, whatever they may pretend to others, they, up to that time, are only laughing at you, and triumphing in secret. If, however, they have not the power to neutralize an impertinence by explanation, or a fraud by restitution, forgive and forget either – as soon as you can. - Charles William Day

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on. - Bill Cosby

People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than for being right. - Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Sincere forgiveness isn’t coloured with expectations that the other person apologizes or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time. - Sara Paddison

The freedom to be at peace in our own skins – that’s what forgiveness allows. We relinquish this freedom when we hold onto anger and resentment. Enormous amounts of energy are wasted when we hold back our love, hold onto hate, and harbour acrimonious feelings. The only remedy is letting go, and being willing to forgive. - Naomi Drew

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. - Steve Maraboli

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi

To forgive and not to forget is like burying the hatchet with the handle sticking out. - Unknown

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. - Robert Muller

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment. - David Ridge

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies. - Voltaire

We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven. - Martha Kilpatrick

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. - Sir. Francis Bacon

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. - Katherine Ponder