Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Education

It's never enough to just tell people about some new insight. Rather, you have to get them to experience it in a way that evokes its power and possibility. Instead of pouring knowledge into people's heads, you need to help them grind a new set of eyeglasses so they can see the world in a new way. - John Seely Brown

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. - George Santayana

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. - Nelson Mandela

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. - Horace Mann

A man is a great bundle of tools. He is born into this life without the knowledge of how to use them. Education is the process of learning their use. - Henry Ward Beecher

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. - Theodore Roosevelt

A people uneducated is like an iron mountain whose ore is unwrought. - Henry Ward Beecher

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. - Henry Brooks Adams

All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing. - Ellen Gilchrist

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously. - Charles F. Kettering

As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe, so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated. - Horace Mann

As education becomes inclusive, introspective, cosmic, promoting whole populations to power and privilege, it enthrones a vast, invisible, personal rule over the common mind. - Amos Bronson Alcott

As farmers believe it most advantageous to sow in mist, so the first seeds of education should fall in the first and thickest most of life. - Jean Paul F. Richter

Better untaught than ill-taught. - Grenville Kleiser

Children should not be coddled in their intellectual training any more than in their physical; and though the studies should be made interesting the interest should arise out of the studies themselves. - Arthur Lynch

Classical education has deformed everything, and has imposed upon us as geniuses men of correct, facile talent, who follow the beaten track. - Emile Zola

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. - Plato

Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character. - Hosea Ballou

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. If we retrench the wages of the schoolmaster, we must raise those of the recruiting sergeant. - Edward Everett

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. - Lawrence J. Peter

Monday, 24 April 2017

Humorous Quotes

It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches. - Daniel Handler

The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again. - Kurt Vonnegut

You'll forgive the flowery talk, won't you? Our family does so love to be told they are beautiful. Vanity is an old and venerable habit. - Catherynne M. Valente

If a man owes me money, I never seem to forget. But if I do the owing, I somehow never remember. - Aristophanes

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework. - Bill Cosby

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it. - H. L. Mencken

I don’t want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment. - Woody Allen

The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store. - Kin Hubbard

You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town. - Anne Lamott

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one. - Leo J. Burke

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

There is a great need for a sarcasm font. - Mackey Miller

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Pursuit of Happiness

A comment on my book 'The Pursuit of Happiness', by a fan.

I’ve followed most of Vincent’s collections of quotations and this is probably his best and most inspiring compilation- because, speaking personally, I’ve never sat down and worked out what made me happy before!

Coming from an upbringing where nearly everything and everybody were viewed negatively and with suspicion, of course this makes me wish I’d read this when I was in my teens!

What comes through strongly in most of the quotes is that we should reflect on what we already have, and appreciate it, and think about the good things which come through not taking others for granted: we are in charge- by what we do and how we live and think we can gain happiness.

I found that the longer quotes in last part of the collection were, for myself, more meaningful and memorable than earlier short one-liners, but it’s good to read these quotes more than once because there really is a common thread through most of the quotes and it’s helped to give me a changing perspective.

Change

Change moves in spirals, not circles. For example, the sun goes up and then it goes down. But every time that happens, what do you get? You get a new day. You get a new one. When you breathe, you inhale and you exhale. But every single time that you do that, you're a little bit different than the one before. We're always changing. And it’s important to know that there are some changes you can't control and that there are others you can. - Dan Dunne

Change. We don't like it. We fear it, but we can't stop it from coming. We either adapt to change or we get left behind. It hurts to grow; anybody who tells you it doesn't is lying. But here's the truth: sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is everything. - Dr. Meredith Greg

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. - Isaac Asimov

It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable – he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated. - Leo Tolstoy

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Quote Worthy

Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself; and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one’s own cherished beliefs. - Gore Vidal

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. - Soren Kierkegaard

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn’t know about yourself. - Shannon L. Alder

Truth is like a surgery; it hurts, but it cures. Lie is like a pin killer; it gives relief immediately, but it gives side effects later. - Unknown

If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back. - Carl Jung

It destroys one’s nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. - Benjamin Disraeli

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. - Albus Dumbledore

The less you respond to negativity, the more peaceful your life becomes. - Unknown

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. - Henry Rollins

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. - H. G. Wells

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. - Socrates

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Eating

A cheerful look makes a dish a feast. - George Herbert

A stomach that is seldom empty despises common food. - Horace

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale. - Elsa Schiaparelli

First come, first served. - Henry Brinklow

In eating, a third of the stomach should be filled with food, a third with drink and the rest left empty. - Talmud

Man is what he eats. - Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

No matter how developed you are in any other area of your life, no matter what you say you believe, no matter how sophisticated or enlightened you think you are, how you eat tells all. - Geneen Roth

The most important things in life happen over conversations while eating. - Geoffrey Zakarian

There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining. - Yuan Mei

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What you feel like eating at any given moment is what you should have. - Ferran Adria

When it comes to eating, you can sometimes help yourself more by helping yourself less. - Richard Armour

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Laughter

The man that loves and laughs must sure do well. - Alexander Pope

The man who laughs has simply not yet had the terrible news. - Bertolt Brecht

The only medicine that needs no prescription, has no unpleasant taste, and costs no money is laughter. - Evan Esar

The problem is that we live in an uptight country. Why don't we just laugh at ourselves? We are funny. Gays are funny. Straights are funny. Women are funny. Men are funny. We are all funny, and we all do funny things. Let's laugh about it. - Bob Newhart

The salvation of the world depends on the men whose laughter destroys the fool instead of encouraging him. - George Bernard Shaw

There is laughter that goes so far as to lose all touch with its motive, and to exist only, grossly, in itself. This is laughter at its best. A man to whom such laughter has often been granted may happen to die in a work-house. No matter. I will not admit that he has failed in life. Another man, who has never laughed thus, may be buried in Westminster Abbey, leaving more than a million pounds overhead. What then? I regard him as a failure. - Max Beerbohm

There is nothing [that] disarms us like laughter. - Henri Bergson

To laugh is proper to man. - Francois Rabelais

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. - Thomas Szasz

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. - William Shakespeare

Without laughter life on our planet would be intolerable. So important is laughter to us that humanity highly rewards members of one of the most unusual professions on earth, those who make a living by inducing laughter in others. This is very strange if you stop to think of it: that otherwise sane and responsible citizens should devote their professional energies to causing others to make sharp, explosive barking-like exhalations. - Steve Allen

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humour in anything, even poverty, you can survive it. - Bill Cosby

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favourite chair and stays as long as it wants. - Stephen King

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Food for Thought

People are known by the company they keep, and it is always wise to select the best, for if the lower is chosen, it is impossible to rise; but if the best is not agreeable, it is easy to come down. Of course we must live worthy of the best associates, otherwise we will be forced down, and our humiliation will be greater than if we had never aspired to associate with the best people. - Nicias Ballard Cooksey

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

Not everything is long lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us. - Emory Allen

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Duty

Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty – the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. - Mark Twain

Duty doesn't need to call; it only needs to whisper. And if you heed the call, no matter what happens, you have no need for regret. - Dean Koontz

Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never do less. - Robert E. Lee

Even the wild beasts have a duty to perform, for duty is the handmaiden of life. All things that have life have a duty, for life itself is duty. When a man has no obligations, he is dead. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

Every duty is great; great, because it tries our principle; great, because for the time being it tries our loyalty to conscience, and our energy and will. - E. H. Chapin

Honour is no phantom. Duty doesn't melt away, no matter how much we might wish it to. - Claudia J. Edwards

If there is to be no satisfaction in pleasure, none in wisdom, none in ambition, none in the golden mean, what then? Ah, where then? In duty. In doing right because it is right. - Lyman Abbott

In doing what we ought, we deserve no praise, because it is our duty. - Joseph Addison

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

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theatre of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty. - Hosea Ballou

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. - Helen Keller

Our duty is wakefulness, the fundamental condition of life itself. The unseen, the unheard, the untouchable is what weaves the fabric of our see-able universe together. - Robin Craig Clark

The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger. - Andrew Jackson

The brave man wants no charms to encourage him to his duty, and the good man scorns all warnings that would deter him from fulfilling it. - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The daily life is so wearisome; yet duty lies that way. - C. W. Leadbeater

The first duty of a man is to think for himself. - José Martí

The journey of life is plain and straight enough if people were trained to make principle their watchword and duty their rule. - James Platt

The superior man is the man who fulfils his duty. - Eugene Ionesco

The want of reward is no warrant for us to dispense with our duty. - Samuel Richardson

There are not good things enough in life to indemnify us for the neglect of a single duty. - Madame Swetchine

Until our duty becomes to us common as breathing, we are poor creatures. - George MacDonald

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. - Pearl Buck

We never fail when we try to do our duty – we always fail when we neglect to do it. - Lord Baden-Powell

What chastity is to woman, duty is to man, the willingly assumed burden of their kind. - Janice Manning & Marshall Masters

When the destinies of the world are at stake, there comes a point at which private esteem and admiration must give way to the sense of public duty. - William Archer

Monday, 17 April 2017

Humorous Quotes

Men are like chestnuts they sell in the street: they’re all hot and they all smell good when you buy them, but when you take them out of the paper cone you realise that most of them are rotten inside. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Losing a mate to death is devastating but it's not a personal attack like divorce. When somebody you love stops loving you and walks away, it's an insult beyond comparison. - Sue Merrell

If loving someone is putting them in a straitjacket and kicking them down a flight of stairs, then yes, I have loved a few people. - Jarod Kintz

Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. - Mark Twain

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. - Albert Einstein

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. - John Ashbery

I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses. - Victor Hugo

I don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t. - Jules Renard

When money talks, nobody cares what kind of grammar it uses. - Robert Elliott Gonzales

Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits. - Unknown

It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on. - Marilyn Monroe

The easiest way to get a divorce is to be married. - American Proverb

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Books

I want to do something splendid ... something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead ... I think I shall write books. - Louisa May Alcott

If books are not good company, where will I find it? - Mark Twain

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. - Haruki Murakami

If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely. - Arthur Helps

In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. - Mark Twain

In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius. - Thomas Mann

In perusing the writings of sensible men, we have frequent opportunities of examining our own hearts, and by that means, of attaining a more certain knowledge of ourselves. - Wellins Calcott

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. - Edgar Allan Poe

It is quite too common a practice, both in readers and the more superficial class of critics, to judge a book by what it is not, a matter much easier to determine than what it is. - James Russell Lowell

Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit in selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts. - Jo Walton

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason – they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. - Charles Colton

My last refuge, my books: simple pleasures, like finding wild onions by the side of the road, or requited love. - Tracy Letts

No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books. - Romain Rolland

No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot. - Charles Dickens

No two persons ever read the same book, or saw the same picture. - Madame Swetchne

Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading. - Amos Bronson Alcott

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Quote Worthy

You’re never going to be one hundred percent ready and it’s never going to be just the right time, but that’s the point. It means that EVERY MOMENT is also the RIGHT MOMENT. If you want it, you just have to do it. - Unknown

Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly. - Thomas Jefferson

It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone… And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time. - Mark Cuban

There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself. - Lemony Snicket

The innovator has for enemies all who have done well under the old, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. - Niccolò Machiavelli

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. - Carl Jung

It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered. - Confucius

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. - Carl Jung

We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without. - Immanuel Kant

The earth is the planet that we live on, our world is what we make of it. - Pandajoe

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

It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back. - Charles Dickens

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Trivia

I can’t guarantee the accuracy of all the points. :-)

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

99% of Libya's land mass is covered in desert.

A blue whale's tongue is bigger than an elephant.

A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.

All pandas are owned by China. China rents a pair of giant pandas out to zoos for $1 million a year for a minimum of 10 years.

A cockroach can live 9 days without its head. It only dies because it cannot eat.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

A duck's quack has no echo, and nobody knows why.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

A hedgebog's heart beats an average of 300 times a minute.

Crocodiles cannot stick out their tongue.

A leech has 32 brains.

A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface.

A pair of human feet contain 250,000 sweat glands. There are about a trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

A person's height is determined by the father, and weight is determined by the mother.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Food for Thought

When the rhythms of our body-mind are in synch with nature’s rhythms, when we are living in harmony with life, we are living in the state of grace. To live in grace is to experience that state of consciousness where things flow effortlessly and our desires are easily fulfilled. Grace is magical, synchronistic, coincidental, joyful. It’s that good-luck factor. But to live in grace we have to allow nature’s intelligence to flow through us without interfering. - Deepak Chopra

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. - Anne Lamott

There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird. But I’ll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance. - C. JoyBell C.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Doubt

Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, Doubt (called "the father of inventions" by Galileo), be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins? - Christian Nestell Bovee

Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. - James Allen

Doubt can only be removed by action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt is a sentinel on the watch-tower of the brain, charged with the duty of sounding an alarm, whenever its enemies – superstition, falsehood, ignorance and unreason – attempt to invade the citadel of truth. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is excellent when it is a question of securing what we already possess, but it can be fatal if it impedes us in pursuit of what we seek. - Carlos Fuentes

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

Doubt is not a thing "shot into the soul" from without like "a loaded shell shot into a fortress." It springs up in the soul itself; and the more you attempt to "fling it away" without satisfying it, the deeper and more ineradicable it grows. - A Layman

Doubt is the father of invention. - Galileo Galilei

Doubt is the herald of progress; the genius of reason; the pathway to truth; the advance guard in the contest with intellectual darkness. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is the whetstone of understanding. - John dos Passos

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. - George Iles

Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous. - G. C. Lichtenberg

Doubt, genuine doubt, is a good thing; not as an end, mark you, for so it is deadly, but as a means to an end. - David James Burrell

He is without faith who is afraid of doubters. - J. Donald Johnston

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! - Homer

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. - Richard P. Feynman

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. - Bertrand Russell

In the ages of ignorance, it was a crime to doubt; now it is the sign of intelligence. - Andrew Jackson Davis

Monday, 10 April 2017

Humorous Quotes

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be. - Douglas Adams

So, now I've been to see a drug counsellor who told me I need to lay off the drugs and talk about my feelings, and a shrink who heard what I had to say and immediately put me on drugs. - Libby Bray

I wasn't really that informed about the two-year-old. Oh, I'd read about them, and occasionally I'd see documentaries on the Discovery Channel showing two-year-olds in the wild, where they belong. - Ray Romano

Men and women are natural enemies, like cat and dog – only more so. They are forced to live together for a time, or this wonderful race couldn't go on. - Neith Boyce

If your arteries are good, eat more ice cream. If they are bad, drink more red wine. Proceed thusly. - Sandra Byrd

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. - Oscar Wilde

Luck is looking for a needle in a haystack and coming out with the farmer's daughter. - Phyllis Martin

With adolescent egotism and a lot of money one can pretty much rule the world. - Glen Duncan

A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t. - Rhonda Hansome

I don’t believe in the afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear. - Woody Allen

The difference between two men is usually a woman. - Evan Esar

I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time. - Michael Jordan

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Death

Death fixes forever the relation existing between the departed spirit and the survivors upon earth. - John Quincy Adams

Death happens but once, yet we feel it every moment of our lives; it is worse to dread it than to suffer it. - Jean de La Bruyere

Death has a hundred hands and walks by a thousand ways. - T.S. Eliot

Death has no need to be cruel, taking people's lives is more than enough. - Jose Saramago

Death is a creditor that is never ignored. - Edward Counsel

Death is a distant rumour to the young. - Andy Rooney

Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one. - Theodore Roosevelt

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. - William Penn

Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in. - George Bernard Shaw

Death is just – to the just. - Edward Counsel

Death is never convenient, no matter what the circumstances. - Peter Watts

Death is real. Death changes things. Everything else is filler, merely a message from our sponsor. - Michael Marshall

Death is release, if you've lived all right. - Edward Albee

Death is repose, but the thought of death disturbs all repose. - Cesare Pavese

Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may swell. - Henry Ward Beecher

Death is the end of every worldly pain. - Geoffrey Chaucer

Death is the only sovereign whom no partiality can warp, and no price corrupt. - Charles Caleb Colton

Death is the side of life which is turned away from us. - Rainer Maria Rilke

Death is the supreme festival on the road to freedom. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Death lies dormant in each of us and will bloom in time. - Dean Koontz

Death loses its terror if one dies when one has consummated one's life! - Irvin D. Yalom

Death one appointment we must all keep, and for which no time set. - Charlie Chan

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Quote Worthy

The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong. - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities. - Rodolfo Costa

It is never wise to seek or wish for another’s misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. - Charley Reese

What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else. - Stephanie Klein

They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. - Ernest Hemingway

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. - Bruce Feirstein

If you live off a man’s compliments, you’ll die from his criticism. - Cornelius Lindsey

Nobody understands another’s sorrow, and nobody another’s joy. - Franz Schubert

It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself. - Don Delillo

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. - Confucius

The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. - Seneca

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Dogs

[Dogs] are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. - Emily Dickinson

A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own house, but you do not therefore own her, as you do not own the rain, or the trees, or the laws which pertain to them … A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing. - Mary Oliver

A dog does not flee from a bone. - Irish Proverb

A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. - Arthur Conan Doyle

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. - Robert Benchley

A dog that will fetch a bone, will carry a bone. - R. Forby

A dog with a bone knows no friend. - Dutch Proverb

An old dog does not bark in vain. - Spanish Proverb

An old dog will learn no tricks. - Italian Proverb

As the hound, so the pup. - Irish Proverb

Beware of the dog that does not bark. - Portuguese Proverb

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. - Emily Dickinson

Dogs are easy. If their tails are up and their eyes are soft, you're in. - Paula McLain

Dogs are obsessed with being happy. - James Thurber

Dogs are like a gift, a grace undeserved, that releases us into an economy of abundance, where the economic laws of scarcity and therefore competition no longer apply and where instead we feel ourselves the beneficiaries of a wealth that is actualized only as we give it away, and in giving we see something we could not see before. - Stephen H. Webb

Dogs are one of the luxuries of civilization: in uncivilized life they are perhaps more one of the necessities. - H. W. Shaw

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. - Milan Kundera

Dogs are voiceless ... a critical part of having dogs is emotional responsibility: learning how to understand them and, when necessary, to speak and act on their behalf. - Jon Katz

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more. - Agatha Christie

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. - Orhan Pamuk

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Jokes

My wife said to me: ‘If you won the lottery, would you still love me?’ I said: ‘Of course I would. I’d miss you, but I’d still love you.'

A woman ran after the garbage truck, yelling, “Am I too late for the garbage?”
The garbage man yelled, “No, jump in.” -

Phoebe: I guess we’re oil and water.
Dan: I’d say we’re more like gasoline and a blowtorch.

My mother texted me “What does IDK, LY & TTYL mean?”
I answered: “I don’t know, love you, talk to you later.”
Mother: “OK, I’ll ask your sister.”

Buy a sheep. Name it Relation. Now you have a Relationsheep.

Some asshole looked at my beer belly in the bar last night and sarcastically asked, “Is that Budweiser or Heineken?”
I said, “There’s a tap underneath it, taste it.”

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Food for Thought

The essence of human experience lay not primarily in the peak experiences, the wedding days and triumphs which stood out in the memory like dates circled in red on old calendars, but, rather, in the unself-conscious flow of little things – the weekend afternoon with each member of the family engaged in his or her own pursuit, their crossings and connections casual, dialogues imminently forgettable, but the sum of such hours creating a synergy which was important and eternal. - Dan Simmons

Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out. - Unknown

The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person – without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other. - Osho

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Friends Indeed - Last day to download for free

My Dear Friends,

My latest project Friends Indeed, a collection of quotes on friends and friendship is out on Amazon.com now. If you are interested, you can download a copy, free of charge before the 5th of April. A review of the book would be much appreciated.

Cheers!

Dreams

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powell

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. - Farrah Gray

Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that. - Anthon St. Maarten

Dream the dreams that have never been dreamt. - David Bower

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. - H.F. Hedge

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of the week. - William Dement

Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. - Henri Amiel

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. - Marsha Norman

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. - Dale Turner

Dreams are the seedlings of reality. - Napoleon Hill

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams? - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Dreams have but one owner at a time. That is why dreamers are lonely. - Erma Bombeck

Even the loveliest dream bears like a blemish its difference from reality, the awareness that what it grants is mere illusion. - Theodor Wiesengrund

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman

Every morning we have a choice – forget our dreams or live them. - Seth Gabel

Everyone has dreams. But it is what you do with these dreams that is important. Dreams, once you make the decision to act on them can become reality. - Glynis Nunn

Everything starts as somebody’s daydream. - Larry Niven

Follow your dreams, they know the way. - Kobe Yamada

Follow your heart and your dreams will come true. - Unknown

Follow your own particular dreams. We are handed a life by peers, parents and society, you can do that or follow your own dreams. Life is short, be a dreamer but be a practical person. - Hugh Hefner

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Doctors

A great doctor kills more people than a great general. - G. W. Leibniz

A wealthy doctor who can help a poor man, and will not without a fee, has less sense of humanity than a poor ruffian, who kills a rich man to supply his necessities. - Joseph Addison

Any physician who advertises a positive cure for any disease, who issues nostrum testimonials, who sells his services to a secret remedy, or who diagnoses and treats by mail patients he has never seen, is a quack. - Samuel Hopkins Adams

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

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. - Norman Cousins

For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill. - Marcel Proust

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

You can't judge the ability of a doctor by the amount of praise the undertakers give him. - Evan Esar

Monday, 3 April 2017

Humorous Quotes

If we give all of the people who filed incorrect tax returns the benefit of the doubt and assume that every single one of them simply made an honest mistake, then doesn't common sense tell us that maybe the tax code is just a little too complex? - Glenn Beck

There are four stages to marriage. First there's the affair, then there's the marriage, then children, and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce. - Norman Mailer

It's been projected that Americans will spend over $13 billion this Valentine's Day. And guys who forget Valentine's Day will spend over $100 billion. - Conan O’Brien

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one – particularly if he plays golf, which he usually does. - Bertrand Russell

When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch. - Bette Davis

The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it. - Woody Allen

They keep saying the right person will come along. I think mine was hit by a truck. - Unknown

I do like men who come out frankly and own that they are not gods. - Louisa May Alcott

If a glass of wine is good for you, just imagine what a whole bottle could do. - Unknown

A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones who need advice. - Bill Cosby

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television. - Gore Vidal

In our family we don't divorce our men – we bury them. - Ruth Gordon

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Success - Quotes

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. - Henry David Thoreau

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counsellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. - Joseph Addison

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to. - George E. Allen

So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win. - Og Mandino

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. - David Rockefeller

Success isn't outscoring someone, it's the peace of mind that comes from self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best. Success is a journey, not a destination – half the fun is getting there. - Gita Bellin

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility… In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility. - Michael Korda

Success treads on the heels of every right effort; and though it is possible to overestimate success to the extent of almost deifying it, as is sometimes done, still in any worthy pursuit it is meritorious. - Samuel Smiles

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Quote Worthy

A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones. - Abraham Lincoln

The moth unwitting rushes on the fire, through ignorance the fish devours the bait, we men know well the foes that lie in wait, yet cannot shun the meshes of desire. - Bhartrhari

There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. - Napoleon Bonaparte

When you fully trust someone without any doubt, you finally get one of two results: A person for life or a lesson for life. - Unknown

Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules. - Douglas Adams

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system. - Marie Lu

What a weary time those years were – to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability. - Charles Bukowski

If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow. - Unknown

Everything important has been said before by somebody who did not discover it. - Alfred North Whitehead

The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. - Warren Buffett

It ain't no use putting up your umbrella till it rains! - Alice Caldwell Rice

The greater idiot ever scolds the lesser. - Herman Melville

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Do

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. - J.R.R. Tolkien

Do anything, but let it produce joy. - Walt Whitman

Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work. - William Arthur Ward

Do or do not. There is no try. - Yoda

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. - Oprah Winfrey

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. - Oprah Winfrey

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. - William Blake

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. - Maya Angelou

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. - Leonardo da Vinci

If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walt Disney

If you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone. - Richard Yates

It's easy to know what the right thing to do is, but it's not always easy to actually do it. - Phil Alden

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. - George Bernard Shaw

Let us do or die. - John Fletcher

There is always going to be someone who does things the easy way, but that should not stop you from doing things the right way. - Unknown

What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things. - Margaret Meade

What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us. - Henry van Dyke

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. - Confucius

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. - Jimmy Carter

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Garlic

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Food for Thought

Man is not willingly a political animal. The human male associates with his fellows less by desire than by habit, imitation, and the compulsion of circumstance; he does not love society so much as he fears solitude. He combines with other men because isolation endangers him, and because there are many things that can be done better together than alone; in his heart he is a solitary individual, pitted heroically against the world. - Will Durant

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy-the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. - Brené Brown

Some men of a secluded and studious life, have sent forth from their closet or their cloister, rays of intellectual light that have agitated courts, and revolutionized kingdoms; like the moon, that far removed from the ocean, and shining upon it with a serene and sober light, is the chief cause of all those ebbings and flowings which incessantly disturb that world of waters. - Charles Caleb Colton

The brave man is intelligent; he faces danger because he understands it and is prepared to meet it. The drunkard who runs, in the delirium of intoxication, into a burning house is not brave; he is only stupid. But the clear-eyed hero who makes his way, with every sense alert and every nerve strung, into the hell of flames to rescue some little child, proves his courage. - Henry van Dyke

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Humorous Quotes

The socially redeeming aspect of golf lies in the vast number of lawyers and bankers and managers who play it, and when you think of the damage they would do if they were at the job instead, you can see why golf courses are a wise investment for any municipality. - Garrison Keillor

I was depressed ... I was suicidal. As a matter of fact, I would have killed myself but I was in analysis with a strict Freudian and if you kill yourself they make you pay for the sessions you miss. - Woody Allen

I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood? - Fran Lebowitz

My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That's what happens when you haven't been home in eighteen years. - Lee Trevino

There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will. - Robert Frost

If I told you I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, I’d be lying, because I have no idea where I am right now. - Jarod Kintz

A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view. - Sophia Loren

I decided as long as I was going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly. - Edward Cullen

Money Can’t Buy Happiness but It Beats the Hell out of Poverty. - Sharon Law Tucker

Twins are so practical … it's always so nice to have a spare! - Liza Prescott

The family that stays together probably has only one car. - Knofel Staton

The past is always tense, the future perfect. - Zadie Smith

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Life

In life, friendships change, divorces happen, people move on, others die. Money and jobs will come and go. Live long enough and your health and body will change. It goes with the territory of being human. The fact that you are still here gives you an advantage. Don’t look back. Look straight ahead! Decide to use all of your knowledge, skills, experiences and your life lessons from your mistakes, defeats and setbacks to start over again. Life changes. You may not have the same life as before, but you can still enjoy your life. - Les Brown

You create everything that happens to you.... If you want to be really successful, and I know you do, then you will have to give up blaming and complaining and take total responsibility for your life – that means all your results, both your successes and your failures. That is the prerequisite for creating a life of success. It is only by acknowledging that you have created everything up until now that you can take charge of creating the future you want. - Jack Canfield

Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favour by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil. - Walt Disney

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Quote Worthy

You’re never going to be 100% ready and it’s never going to be just the right time, but that’s the point. It means that EVERY MOMENT is also the RIGHT MOMENT. If you want it, you just have to do it. - Unknown

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. - Orson Welles

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming. - Søren Kierkegaard

When we're young we have faith in what is seen, but when we're old we know that what is seen is traced in air and built on water. - Maxwell Anderson

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. - Voltaire

These days, the problem isn't how to innovate; it's how to get society to adopt the good ideas that already exist. - Douglas Engelhard

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. - Doug Larson

At any given moment you have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end. - Unknown

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

The present is pregnant with the future. - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up. - Unknown

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Discretion

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it. - Christian Nestell Bovee >br>

Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any of man's other inventions. - William O. Douglas

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit. - American Proverb

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice. - Unknown

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order. - Francis Bacon

Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is. - Philip Stanhope

Let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action. - Hamlet

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable. - Jean De La Fontaine

Of all the virtues, discretion began to seem the most rewarding: it kept people guessing and sometimes, by default, admiring. - Julia Glass

Thursday, 23 March 2017

About Laughter

Laughter is what makes a home warm, and what makes a work place human. - Catherine Pulsifer

Laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness - the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living. - Sean O'Casey

Laughter rises out of tragedy when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage. - Erma Bombeck

Laughter would appear to be a physical reflex, although even if it is, this still leaves unanswered the question of why the human response to humour is a convulsive spasm of the respiratory mechanism rather than a crossing of the eyes or a waving of the arms. - Steve Allen

Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it. - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be. - William Hazlitt

No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defences are down. It's very Zen-like, that moment. They are completely open. - George Carlin

Nothing is more silly than silly laughter. - Catullus

Social laughter is momentary, soon burns itself out and passes away like the fire and smokes of straw, but genius shakes the very skies with its lasting, inextinguishable laughter. - Boris Sidis

Take bread away from me, if you wish, take air away, but do not take from me your laughter. - Pablo Neruda

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. - Carl Sagan

The joke loses everything when the joker laughs himself. - Friedrich Schiller

The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms – hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal. - James Thurber

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Food for Thought

We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it. - S.J. Watson

What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating from college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have. - Marina Keegan

When we consider the incidents of former days, and perceive, while reviewing the long line of causes, how the most important events of our lives originated in the most trifling circumstances; how the beginning of our greatest happiness or greatest misery is to be attributed to a delay, to an accident, to a mistake; we learn a lesson of profound humility. - Arthur Helps

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny. - Paulo Coelho

Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Jones’s do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either. - Walt Disney

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Discoveries

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. - Henry Brooks Adams

Who never walks save where he sees men’s tracks makes no discoveries. - J. G. Holland

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. - Alan Alda

A single discovery within a lifetime is a very remarkable thing. Two over the course of a career – why, you’d be very lucky indeed. - Alan Toomre

All we discover has been with us since the sun began to roll; and much we discover, is not worth the discovering. - Herman Melville

Although there are discoveries which are said to have been made by accident, if carefully inquired into, it will be found that there has really been very little that was accidental about them. For the most part, these so-called accidents have only been opportunities, carefully improved by genius. As time goes on, new and remoter aspects of truth are discovered, which can seldom or never be fitted into creeds that are changeless. - Clarence Day

Discovery follows discovery, each both raising and answering questions, each enduring a long search, and each providing the new instruments for a new search. - Robert Oppenheimer

Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. - Noam Chomsky

Everything that we call Invention or Discovery in the higher sense of the word is the serious exercise and activity of an original feeling for truth, which, after a long course of silent cultivation, suddenly flashes out into fruitful knowledge. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fertility of imagination and abundance of guesses at the truth are among the first requisites of discovery. - William Jevons

Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than myself. - Alexander Graham Bell

History shows that new discoveries are always just over the horizon. - Harry Levine

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. - Albert Einstein

I invent nothing. I rediscover. - Auguste Rodin

It is a mortifying truth, and ought to teach the wisest of us humility, that many of the most valuable discoveries have been the result of chance, rather than of contemplation, and of accident rather than of design. - Charles Caleb Colton

It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple. - Georg C. Lichtenberg

Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed. - Stanislaw Lem

Monday, 20 March 2017

Humorous Quotes

It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party. - Nick Hornby

There are too many stupid people in the world. I’m not saying we should kill them all or anything. Just take the warning labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself. - Unknown

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it. - Lyndon B. Johnson

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night. - Charles M. Schulz

An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault. - William Castle

If I saw you hitchhiking, I’d smile and return your thumb’s up, just for you doing such a great job of being a positive roadside influence. - Jarod Kintz

They tell you that you’ll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don’t tell you is that you won’t miss it very much. - Malcolm Cowley

A woman will always cherish the memory of the man who wanted to marry her. A man, of the woman who he didn't. - Grenville Kleiser

I could study all my life and not think up half the amount of funny things they can think of in one Session of Congress. - Will Rogers

Dear life, when I asked if my day could get any worse, it was a rhetorical question, not a challenge. - Unknown

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before. - Mae West

The older I got, the smarter my teachers became. - Ally Carter

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Happiness Quotes

When the mind goes beyond the thought of ‘the me,’ the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words. - Elizabeth Gilbert

Happiness means loving yourself and being less concerned with the approval of others. - Owen Campbell. Jr

Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness. - Pear S. Buck

Money is Numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end. - Bob Marley

Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital. - The Dalai Lama

The happiest people in life are able to be themselves. But you cannot be yourself, until you accept yourself. - Jeff Moore

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius

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

The secret if happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles. - Unknown

The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. - Carl Jung

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

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The book The Pursuit of Happiness

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Quote Worthy

Awareness is fire; it burns all that is wrong in you. It burns your ego. It burns your greed, it burns your possessiveness, it burns your jealousy – it burns all that is wrong and negative, and it enhances all that is beautiful, graceful, divine. - Osho

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. - Hunter S. Thompson

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

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. - C.G. Jung

This miracle of me is mine to own and keep, and mine to guard, and mine to use, and mine to kneel before. - Ayn Rand

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. - Jim Rohn

You will regret many things in life, but you will never regret being too kind or too fair. - Unknown

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Visionaries and dreamers have always been dusted with a little oddity. - Trevor Baylis

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. - Anatole France

One lie is enough to question all truths. - Unknown

Be the difference that make the difference. - Unknown

More Quotes Here And the book Quote Worthy

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Trivia

Famous Failures. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of all the points. :-)

Beethoven’s music teacher once told him that as a composer, he was hopeless.

Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade.

John Creasy, the English novelist who wrote 564 books, was rejected 753 times before he became established.

Charles Darwin’s father told him he would amount to nothing and would be a disgrace to himself and his family.

Walt Disney was fired by the editor of a newspaper because he, Disney, had "no good ideas".

When Thomas Edison was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything.

Einstein was four-years-old before he spoke. He spoke haltingly until nine years of age. He was advised to drop out of High School. And his teachers told him he would never amount to much.

Henry Ford’s first two automobile businesses failed.

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard’s early failed products included a lettuce-picking machine and an electric weight-loss machine.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

Ray Krok failed as a real estate salesperson before discovering the McDonald’s idea.

R.H. Macy failed 7 times before his store in New York caught on.

Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka sold only 100 of an automatic rice cooker which burned the rice. Later, they built a cheap tape recorder for Japanese schools. This was the foundation of Sony Corp.

Isaac Newton failed at running the family farm and did poorly in school.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times (but he also hit 714 home runs).

Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school in his sophomore year. He was persuaded to come back and placed in a learning disabled class. He lasted a month.

The artist Whistler failed chemistry, failed at West Point and failed at engineering before turning his hand to art.

F. W. Woolworth got a job in a dry good store when he was 21, but his employer would not let him wait on customers because he "didn’t have enough sense."

The great baseball pitcher Cy Young lost almost as many games as he won.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Food for Thought

There's just something unsettling about studying your reflection. It's not a matter of being dissatisfied with your face or of being embarrassed by your vanity. Maybe it's that when you gaze into your own eyes, you don't see what you wish to see--or glimpse something that you wish weren't there. - Dean Koontz

Think Positive. Life is good. Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting pure gold. Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to always happen, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for the moment. So keep smiling and keep staying true to your heart. Someday the negative voice inside you will have nothing left to say. - Unknown

Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour. - Tom Hanks

We can choose to function at a lower level of awareness and simply exist, caring for our possessions, eating, drinking, sleeping and managing in the world as pawns of the elements, or we can soar to new and higher levels of awareness allowing ourselves to transcend our environment and literally create a world of our own – a world of real magic. - Wayne W. Dyer

We know that the outcasts and misfits are the children most likely to become violent, so it only follows that we must pull them into the arms of love and/or acceptance, and find a place where they fit. If our system doesn't have a place where a child fits, there's something wrong with the system, not the child. - William G. Defoore

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Discipline

A person without discipline is like a ship without a rudder in the storm of life. - Robert Elias Najemy

A person's attitude toward discipline is the measure of that person's own orientation to order. - Max van Manen

A sense of discipline is like the earth itself. It is the ground from which all good qualities can grow forth. - Tsoknyi Rinpoche

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. - Hebrews 12:11

Always remember that discipline is like a two-edged sword; it is not only to correct children when they are wrong, but to direct them to a way that is right. - James Merritt

Corrective discipline is like surgery – it corrects something that's gone wrong in the body so that more serious injury doesn't result. - Mark Dever & Paul Alenxander

Discipline in its highest notion is not punishment or self-punishment. It is rather something seminal to the self. It is our foundation. It is our architecture. It gives us structure. It allows us to steer our energies and pull our wagon. - Noah Benshea

Discipline is a moral, mental, and physical state in which all ranks respond to the will of the leader. - Unknown

Discipline is a necessity, as a regulator of society, so that those who break its rules may be taught the necessity of obeying them. - Engineer Lockhart

Discipline is important simply because we live in an organized society where, if you have not learned life's requirements at early age, you will be taught later, not by those whose love tempers the lesson but by strangers who could not care less about the harm they do to your personality. - William E. Homan

Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not. - Michael J. Fox

Discipline is learning what to do, when to do it and in what manner it should be done. - Unknown

Discipline is like a vaccine. It inflicts lesser pain now to avoid greater pain later. - Dan Doriani

Discipline is like sandpaper. It feels rough and abrasive when it's in motion, but the final result is a smooth and polished surface. - Jerry L. Parks

Discipline is like spinach. We may not care for it ourselves but feel sure it would be good for everybody else. - Unknown

Discipline is like the helm of a ship; it gives direction. - Zester Hatfield

Discipline is necessary to curb the mind, otherwise there is no peace. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Discipline is something we despise for the moment.... We all look for a place to run, an excuse with which to stall. No one enjoys it. Yet those of us who have endured it know that the fruit it produces and the pain from which it ultimately spares us makes it worth the agony. - Charles F. Stanley

Discipline is the duty and the hope of all who would enjoy the benefits of society and of instruction. - John H. A. Bomberger

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all. - George Washington

Monday, 13 March 2017

Humorous Quotes

I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night. - Marie Corelli

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. - Charles Caleb Colton

When kids hit 1 year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit. - Johnny Depp

Failure is regarded in Hollywood as practically a contagious disease; people will literally cross the road to avoid someone who is tainted with it. - Barry Norman

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. - Erma Bombeck

Growing up is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. - Margaret Thatcher

You can’t judge the ability of a doctor by the amount of praise the undertakers give him. - Evan Esar

They're all mistakes, children! Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one. - Agatha Trunchbull

A woman likes a strong, silent man because she thinks he is listening. - Croft M. Pentz

If I was as ugly as you were, I wouldn’t say Hi to folks, I’d say BOO! - Unknown

I can read lips. Especially if they have words tattooed on them. - Jarod Kintz

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Love

The truth about love is that it is ever changing. Throughout the life of a relationship, individuals change and life itself changes. Love has to be flexible enough to accommodate new information, new roles, and new ways of loving one another. - Patricia Love

There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light, and every kind of love makes a glory in the night. There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest, but the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best. - Henry van Dyke

There is nothing like young love. It is exciting, it is stimulating, and it is often the most complicated. Why? Because the two of you are still on a path of self-discovery, defining yourselves and trying to define a combined relationship at the same time. - Zane

To love is for the Soul to choose a companion, and travel with it along the perilous defiles and winding ways of life; mutually sustaining, when it is rugged with obstructions, and mutually rejoicing, when rich broad plains and sunny slopes make journeying delight. - George Henry Lewes

Maybe I was destined to forever fall in love with people I couldn’t have. Maybe there’s a whole assortment of impossible people waiting for me to find them. Waiting to make me feel the same impossibility over and over again. - Carol Rifka Brunt

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

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Quote Worthy

An emotion is only an emotion. It’s just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you’re aware of that, you won’t be afraid of your emotions. - Thich Nhat Hanh

There are indeed times when one should trust blindly, just as there are times when one should not. Wisdom consists in being able to tell one from the other. - Daniel Quinn

This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls – to the liberal minded the whole world is a family. - Virchand Gandhi

They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who’s content with his lot. - Dutch Proverb

We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. - Roderick Thorp

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. - Anais Nin

If our words are not consistent with our actions, they will never be heard above the thunder of our deeds. - H. Burke Peterson

You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. - Timber Hawkeye

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. - Tommy Lasorda

All doubt, despair and fear become insignificant once the intention of life becomes love. - Rumi

It is difficult to esteem a man as highly as he would wish. - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Until you spread your wings, you’ll never know how far you can fly. - Unknown

More Quotes Here And the book Quote Worthy

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Humour

Definitions You Won’t See In The Dictionary

Man: an animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. - Ambrose Bierce

Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two. - Ambrose Bierce

Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery. - John Ralston Saul

Philosophy: a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. - Ambrose Bierce

Politics: a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. - Ambrose Bierce

Politics: the art of appearing candid and completely open while concealing as much as possible. - Frank Herbert

Quotation: the act of repeating erroneously the words of another. - Ambrose Bierce

Sailing - the fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet and miserable. - Irv Heller

Science: the creation of dilemmas by the solution of mysteries. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together. - Sam Levenson

Spouse: someone who’ll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn’t have had if you’d stayed single. - Unknown

Tennis: a racquet sport in which two players compete to see who has the shortest temper, the worst memory, the poorest eyesight, and the slowest watch. - Unknown

Tomorrow: a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored. - Unknown

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Light of Love

‘The Light of Love’ is the third in a series of five books – the other two being, ‘The Mystery of Life’ and ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’.

It is a compilation of quotes on Love. In this book, poets, writers, philosophers, and sages share their thoughts on love, true love and what it means to love. Read all about it here.

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Food for Thought

The mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with similar energy. It would not perhaps be too fanciful to say that a new idea is the most quickly acting antigen known to science. If we watch ourselves honestly we shall often find that we have begun to argue against a new idea even before it has been completely stated. - Wilfred Batten Lewis Trotter

The reality is that we don’t forget, move on, and have closure, but rather we honour, we remember, and incorporate our deceased children and siblings into our lives in a new way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey. - Harriet Schiff

There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways. - Mother Teresa

There is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one. - Dean Koontz

There is an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much, but which will not show itself, until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it; its powers may be compared to those vehicles whose springs are so contrived that they get on smoothly enough when loaded, but jolt confoundedly when they have nothing to bear. - Charles Caleb Colton

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

Monday, 6 March 2017

Videos

I have been playing around with the video creator on YouTube. Still finding my way around. Here are two of my initial efforts - quotes related, of course.

The quotes in the video are taken from the eBooks. If you like them, check out my eBooks at Amazon.com

The Mystery of Life

The Pursuit of Happiness