Thursday, 25 May 2017

A Couple of Jokes

An inspirational speaker said, “The best days of my life were the days I spent with another man’s wife.”
Audience were in shock and silence. He added, “and she is my mother.”
A big round of applause and laughter followed.
One man who listened to the speech decided to crack this at home. After dinner, he said to his wife, “the best days of my life were the days I spent with another man’s wife …”
After a moment he tried to recall the second line …
By the time he regained his senses, he was in hospital bed, recovering from burns of hot water poured by his wife …
Moral of the lesson: Don’t copy if you cannot paste.

A cop pulled me over and said, “Your eyes are red, have you been drinking?”
I replied, “Your eyes look glazed, have you been eating donuts?”
We laughed and we laughed. I need bail money.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Pictures of Singapore in the Early Days

I came across a link which showcases pictures of Singapore in the early days. A rare fine indeed.

Singapore in the early days

Food for Thought

The prudent man is always sincere, and feels horror at the very thought of exposing himself to the disgrace which attends upon the detection of falsehood. But though always sincere, he is not always frank and open; and though he never tells anything but the truth, he does not always think himself bound, when not properly called upon, to tell the whole truth. As he is cautious in his actions, so he is reserved in his speech; and never rashly or unnecessarily obtrudes his opinion concerning either things or persons. - Adam Smith

The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think, the way they see themselves, the way they see the world, you can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create. - Chuck Palahniuk

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Equality

A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. - Milton Friedman

All men are born equal, but some of them outgrow it. - Evan Esar

All men are equal: it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference. - Voltaire

Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges. - H. L. Mencken

Equality begins in the grave. - American Proverb

Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. - Tom Robbins

Equality lies only in human moral dignity... Let there be brothers first, then there will be brotherhood, and only then will there be a fair sharing of goods among brothers. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbour’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. - Carl Shurz

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

If all things were equally in all men, nothing would be prized. - Thomas Hobbes

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. - John James Ingalls

It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has made nothing equal; her sovereign law is subordination and dependence. - Luc de Clapiers

Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal. - James Anthony Froude

Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies. - Will Durant

No one enjoys being equal. - David Mamet

Nothing is so unequal as equality. - Pliny The Elder

So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other. - Samuel Johnson

The only place where you can find equality is in the cemetery. - Evan Esar

The true meaning of the word "Equality" is – "No one better off than I am." - Eliza Cook

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. - Aristotle

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour. - Maya Angelou

We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained. - Derrick A. Bell

Were all men equal to-night, some would get the start by rising an hour earlier to-morrow. - Elizabeth Gaskell

Monday, 22 May 2017

Humorous Quotes

Humour is associated with intelligence and honesty. This is why we are more attracted to people who can make us laugh. - Unknown

Some men are like a church-organ – you can play on them for a lifetime and always find new harmonies; others are like a music-box – they have four or five thin jingles. - Austin O’Malley

You can't argue with all of the fools in the world. It's easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they're not paying attention. - Christopher Paolini

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven today, and we don't know where the hell she is. - Ellen Degeneres

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. - Erma Bombeck

The problem with winter sports is that – follow me closely here – they generally take place in winter. - Dave Barry

It's the perfect marriage. There's nothing to fight about if you never talk about anything. - Dr. Eric Foreman

Where there is a will to conquer a man, there is a way to conquer a man. - Delilah Marvelle

If sex were shoes, I’d wear you out. But I wouldn’t wear you out in public. - Jarod Kintz

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love. - Charlie Brown

I guess if everybody went crazy together nobody would notice. - Cormac McCarthy

There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out. - Mae West

The only people who like change are wet babies. - Unknown

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Happiness

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You never know which footstep will bring a good twist in life. So keep on walking. Happiness comes when it is most unexpected. That’s life! - Unknown

Your attitude to life is far more important in determining your happiness than your money, appearance, social status or talent. - Stephanie Dowrick

Thousands of happiness can’t remove one pain in heart. But one pain can remove thousands of happiness in heart. That’s life. - Unknown

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. - Ramana Maharshi

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is. - Mandy Hale

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. - Robert Brault

The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day. - Unknown

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations. - Jodi Picoult

When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment. - Oscar Wilde

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Be happy, and a reason will come along. - Robert Brault

Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness. - Buddha

Being happy never goes out of style. - Lilly Pulitzer

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Quote Worthy

Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force. - Carl Jung

We need to make the world safe for creativity and intuition, for it is creativity and intuition that will make the world safe for us. - Edgar Mitchell

Truth is so obscured nowadays and lies so well established that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it. - Blaise Pascal

The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff – it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel. - Abrahams Hicks

In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do. - Dorothea Dix

It is easier to make our wishes conform to our means than to make our means conform to our wishes. - Robert E. Lee

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. - William Faulkner

Sometimes, what you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are. - John Green

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable. - Mark Twain

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. - Marcus Aurelius

If you put good apples into a bad situation, you'll get bad apples. - Philip Zimbardo

Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind. - David Ehrenfeld

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Envy

A weak mind is ambitious of envy, a strong one of respect. - E. Wigglesworth

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man. - Chrysostom

Certainly, envy is no monopoly of the poor; it makes itself felt in all sections of society; it haunts the court, the library, the barrack-room, even the sanctuary; it is provoked in some unhappy souls by the near neighbourhood of any superior rank or excellence whatever. - Henry Parry Liddon

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

Envy does not allow humanity to sleep. - Carl Jung

Envy does not enter an empty house. - Danish Proverb

Envy eats nothing but its own heart. - German Proverb

Envy generally admires and abhors out of proportion. - Edward Counsel

Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner. - Austin O’Malley

Envy is a kind of praise. - John Gay

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded. - William Hazlitt

Envy is its own tormentor. - Andrada

Envy is one of the great enemies of active spirituality. It keeps us from loving our neighbours, from functioning with others in community, and from affirming people’s unique worth. It also steals contentment from the heart. - Charles R. Swindoll

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. - Harold Coffin

Envy is the coward side of Hate, and all her ways are bleak and desolate. - Henry Abbey

Envy like fire always makes for the highest points. - Livy

Envy nobody. It is the true secret of happiness, or at least the only one I know. - Peter S. Beagle

Envy ought in strict truth to have no place whatever allowed it in the heart of man; for the goods of this present world, are so vile and low, that they are beneath it; and those of the future world, are so vast and exalted, that they are above it. - Charles Caleb Colton

Envy was a treasure-hoarding dragon, dainty and diabolical. - Holly Cupala

Envy, among other ingredients, has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune. - William Hazlitt

Envy, like a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form. - Norman MacDonald

Envy’s a coal comes hissing hot from hell. - Philip James Bailey

Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns too soon to hatred. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who envies me, makes my virtue his vice, and my happiness his torment. - H. Hooker

If envy is rankling in your bosom, declare war against it at once; a war of extermination; no truce, no treaty, no compromise. Like the pirate on the high seas, it is an outlaw, an enemy to all mankind, and should be hung up at the yard arm until it is dead. - Levi Carroll Judson

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. - Charley Reese

In particular, it is absurd to hope to banish envy of other people's possessions or fortunes, if only because the spirit of envy can lead to emulation and ambition and have positive consequences. - Christopher Hitchens

In the sea of malice envy frequently gets out of her depth; and whilst she is expecting to see another drowned, she is either drowned herself or dashed against a rock. - Giovanni Battista Basile

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause. - Baltasar Gracián

The only thing more certain than the hatred of enemies is the envy of friends. - Evan Esar

There is no disappointment so numbing ... as someone no better than you achieving more. - Joseph Heller

There was never envy that was not bloody: for if it eat not another's heart, it will eat our own. - Joseph Hall

What a day it is when we must envy the men in their graves. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Proverbs

Even though you have ten thousand fields, you can eat but one measure of rice a day. - Chinese Proverb

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. - African proverb

The price of your hat is not always the measure of your brain. - African American Proverb

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. - Irish Blessing

If you neglect the pot, it boils over and extinguishes the fire. - Nigerian Proverb

The afternoon knows what the morning never expected. - Swedish Proverb

Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake. - Sara Raasch

Talkin' 'bout fire doesn't boil the pot. - African American Proverb

The person with burnt fingers asks for tongs. - Samoan Proverb

He that fears not future may enjoy the present. - Thomas Fuller

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune. - English Proverb

The continuous drip polishes the stone. - Peruvian Proverb

Better late than never, but never late is better. - Unknown

Anything with scales counts as a fish. - Malay Proverb

No man fears what he has seen grow. - African Proverb

Take it straight from the horse's mouth. - Francis Iles

A little bait catches a large fish. - John Taylor Wood

Hasty climbers have sudden falls. - Robert Greene

The blind see what they want to see. - Dan Brown

Anything cracked will shatter at a touch. - Ovid

A grudge is a heavy thing to carry. - Unknown

The belly rules the mind. - Spanish Proverb

A false tale often betrays itself. - Aesop

Time discovers truth. - Lucius Seneca

Strike while the iron is hot. - Chaucer

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Food for Thought

Round about what is, lies a whole mysterious world of might be, - a psychological romance of possibilities and things that do not happen. By going out a few minutes sooner or later, by stopping to speak with a friend at a corner, by meeting this man or that, or by turning down this street instead of the other, we may let slip some great occasion of good, or avoid some impending evil, by which the whole current of our lives would have been changed. There is no possible solution to the dark enigma but the one word, "Providence." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Negativity sucks away energy. If part of the negativity stems from your attitude or perspective, commit yourself at the beginning of each day and each activity to find something positive in yourself and in others around you. If the people around you are negative and you can't change that, either remove yourself from the situation or view it simply as one obstacle you face in pursuing your own potential. Stay focused on your own goals and make the best of the situation. - Terry Orlick

Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities. - Fred Rogers

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Environment - Quotes

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. - John James Audubon

All our efforts to defeat poverty and pursue sustainable development will be in vain if environmental degradation and natural resource depletion continue unabated. - Kofi Annan

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. - Bill Gates

Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us. - Bill Nye

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. - Aldo Leopold

Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented. - Barry Commoner

Even when the pioneer didn't rape Nature, he divorced her a little too easily: he missed the great lesson that both ecology and medicine teach - that Man's great mission is not to conquer nature by main force but to cooperate with her intelligently but lovingly for his own purposes. - Lewis Mumford

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live. - Maurice Maeterlinck

If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn; and if the individual permits it, the environment will teach him everything it has to teach. - Viola Spolin

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace. - Wangari Maathai

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. - Ansel Adams

It is time for a sustainable energy policy which puts consumers, the environment, human health, and peace first. - Dennis Kucinich

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier. - Anton Chekhov

People ‘over-produce’ pollution because they are not paying for the costs of dealing with it. - Ha-Joon Chang

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. - Stewart Udall

Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever. - Leonardo DiCaprio

The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. I urge you to be sensitive to the many issues affecting the land and the whole environment, and to unite with each other to seek the best solutions to these pressing problems. - Pope John Paul II

The environment is the infrastructure of our communities. As a nation, as a civilization, it's our obligation to create communities for our children that provide them with opportunities for dignity and good health. When we destroy nature, we diminish ourselves and impoverish our children. We ignore that at our own peril. - Bobby Kennedy

The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. - Lady Bird Johnson

The magnificence of mountains, the serenity of nature – nothing is safe from the idiot marks of man's passing. - Loudon Wainwright

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved. - Richard Rogers

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment. - Margaret Mead

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. - Mahatma Gandhi

When environment changes, there must be a corresponding change in life. - Charles Lindbergh

When the last tree is cut and the last fish killed, the last river poisoned, then you will see that you can't eat money. - John May

Monday, 15 May 2017

Humorous Quotes

People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you’ll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow. - Erma Bombeck

You can’t be a Real Country unless you have a BEER and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a BEER. - Frank Zappa

Where there's a doctor it's always a bad sign. Even when they are not doing the killing themselves it means a death is close, and in that way they are like ravens or crows. - Margaret Atwood

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. - Paulo Coelho

She looked like the kind of woman I could fall in love with. Trouble is, she was standing next to the kind of woman I’d like to make love to. - Jarod Kintz

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

The girl who is chaste is probably a virgin; the girl who is chased is probably not. - Evan Esar

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him. - Groucho Marx

If anyone calls you old, hit them with your cane and throw your teeth at them! - Unknown

I get my exercise running to the funerals of my friends who exercise. - Barry Gray

There is no love sincerer than the love of food. - George Bernard Shaw

You'll never catch a nudist with his pants down. - David Letterman

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Love

The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories that it has come to be disbelieved. Few people daresay nowadays that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet that is the way love begins, and only that way. - Victor Hugo

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding. - Ellen G. Whit

Unrequited love does not die; it’s only beaten down to a secret place where it hides, curled and wounded. For some unfortunates, it turns bitter and mean, and those who come after pay the price for the hurt done by the one who came before. - Elle Newmark

Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It's like the tide going out, revealing whatever's been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. - Margaret Atwood

Love is basically for teenagers, and when it comes to real life for grown-ups, you're far better off with someone who's moderately pleased to see you when you're around, but leaves you in peace when you've got things to do. - K. J. Parker

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

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Quote Worthy

By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own. - Mark Victor Hansen

You are a piece of the puzzle of someone Else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you. - Bonnie Arbon

We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally. - Dalai Lama

The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown. - Albert Einstein

We waste our whole life preparing for the future, not realizing that the only way to be happy is to embrace each moment. - Unknown

The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still. - Unknown

Anyone can stand adversity but to test a person’s character, give them power. - Abraham Lincoln

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top. - Arnold Bennett

Sometimes, the best therapy is to be silent … and away from everyone. - Unknown

If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing. - Melody Carstairs

Those who do not complain are never pitied. - Jane Austen

He who limps is still walking. - Stanislaw Lec

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Enemy

A conquered foe should be watched. - Edgar Watson Howe

A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him. - Aesop

A man falling off a cliff to certain death will stretch out a hand even to his worst enemy. - Robert Jordan

A man with no enemies is a man with no character. - Paul Newman

An enemy will train us in watchfulness; for if he be wary to seize on every error and trip us, we shall be more heedful to expose nothing, and this will drive us to prudence and thoughtfulness. - James Vila Blake

Beware of meat twice boil'd, and an old foe reconcil'd. - Benjamin Franklin

By a few soft words and pleasant looks enemies have been made friends, and old attachments renewed that had been annulled for years. - Nicias Ballard Cooksey

Enemies don't fight with such determined passion. That kind of focus is reserved for friends at odds with one another. - Heather Brewer

Enemies make us watchful of ourselves and induce self-examination; for we must argue thus: our foe hates us with reason or without reason; if without reason, then he not really hates us, but some other sort of person for whom he mistakes us; but if with reason, then it is plain we should improve, and remove the reason. - James Vila Blake

Enemies were teachers in disguise. - Eiji Yoshikawa

Every man is his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner. - Sir Thomas Browne

Fear not, too much, an open enemy; he is consistent – always at his post; But watchful be of him who holds the key of your own heart, and flatters you the most. - Andrew Downing

Fear of an enemy can often blind men to other hazards, not least the shape which they themselves make in the world. - Cormac McCarthy

He makes no friends who never made a foe. - Alfred Tennyson

He who has his enemy's love and trust is in a far better position to attack, later, when the time is right. - K. J. Parker

I have only one real and true enemy on earth, and that is myself. - Christian Morgenstern

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is easy to crush an enemy outside oneself but impossible to defeat an enemy within. - Eiji Yoshikawa

It is noteworthy that in Japanese pop culture, enemies are not always villains. It is acknowledged that an enemy is simply the person fighting for the other side of the conflict and that if the story were told from his point of view, he would be the hero of the tale. - Robin E. Brenner

It's great to have an enemy. Sharpens your senses. - John Updike

Love your enemies but keep your gun oiled. - Ken Alstad

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. - Laird Hamilton

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Trivia

I cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the points.

A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Fingernails grow nearly four times faster than toenails.

About one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. (Excluding those who had cataract surgeries).

All polar bears are left handed.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

At 188 decibels, the whistle of the blue whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal.

At Japan's Yunessun Spa Resort, visitors can go for a swim in their favorite beverage, such as in the Japanese Sake Spa, Green Tea Spa, Coffee Spa and Wine Spa. A massive 2 meter tall teapot with real green tea, real coffee made with hot spring water, a huge 3.6 meter tall wine bottle with real red wine, a huge cask filled with real Japanese sake, pours out the desired rejuvenating elixirs into the spa.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

Because it takes so long for their light to reach Earth, many of the stars you see at night are long gone.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world.

Brass doorknobs automatically disinfect themselves in about 8 hours.

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w the film down so you could see his moves.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

By 60 years of age, 60% of men and 40% of women will snore.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 72 mph.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Food for Thought

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget. - Arundhati Roy

We all experience many freakish and unexpected events – you have to be open to suffering a little. The philosopher Schopenhauer talked about how out of the randomness, there is an apparent intention in the fate of an individual that can be glimpsed later on. When you are an old guy, you can look back, and maybe this rambling life has some through-line. Others can see it better sometimes. But when you glimpse it yourself, you see it more clearly than anyone. - Viggo Mortensen

Smart people underestimate themselves; ignorant people think they’re brilliant. It’s a cognitive bias called the Dunning-Kruger effect, where the highly skilled assume that things they find easy are also easy for others, and the unskilled are so incompetent that they can’t recognize their own stupidity. - Unknown

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Endurance

Endurance is a much better test of character than any single act of heroism, however noble. - John Lubbock

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. - Philip Yancey

Endurance is the queen of all virtues. - Chrysostom

Endurance: It is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope. It is the quality which keeps a man on his feet with his face to the wind. It is the virtue which can transmute the hardest trial into glory because beyond the pain it sees the goal. - Unknown

For it is in our nature to endure patiently the decrees of fate, but not the ill-will of others. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

He conquers who endures. - Persius

He that endures is not overcome. - George Herbert

Heroism is endurance for one moment more. - George Kennan

No matter how much falls on us, we keep ploughing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear. - Greg Kincaid

Sometimes you just wait for the night to be over and endure. - Kaya Mclaren

Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Suffering produces the very endurance that will enable you to reach the finish line of the race set before you. - Catherine Marin

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have most need to know. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

What cannot be cured must be endured. - Francois Rabelais

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Road to Success

Dear Friends,

The eBook / Kindle version of ’The Road to Success, is now available for free download on Amazon.com till the 10th of May 20017. Feel free to go and download a copy. A preview of the book would be greatly appreciated if you find it worthy of your time.

’The Road to Success, is a compilation of quotes on, or pertaining to success. It is the last of five books in the series called “Essence of Life’. The other four being The Mystery of Life, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Light of Love, and Friends Indeed.

All are available on Amazon.com now.

Humorous Quotes

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. - Aldo Leopold

I’m glad I don’t have any foreskin, because at a nude beach I’d feel overdressed. (It’d be the only time I could feel overdressed by showing too much skin). - Jarod Kintz

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. - Mark Twain

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. - Albert Einstein

Tomorrow night I'm giving a lecture on silence and invisibility. Don't be surprised if I don't show up. - Jarod Kintz

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead. - Erma Bombeck

I don't understand men. I don't even understand what I don't understand about men. - Maureen Dowd

You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins. - Mae West

When you make your mark in the world, watch out for the envious with erasers. - Evan Esar

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. - Unknown

The three chief causes of divorce are men, women, and marriage. - Evan Esar

Think before you speak, unless it’s urgent. - Benny Bellamacina

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Friends

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - C. S. Lewis

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. - Washington Irving

If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere. - Zig Ziglar

Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks. - Waqar Ahmed

Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. - Robert Brault

My friends are my ‘estate’. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them. - Emily Dickinson

New friends ... can often have a better time together than old friends. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. -Thomas Aquinas

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies. - Richelle Mead

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. - Hubert H. Humphrey

Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. - Bill Watterson

No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend. - Benjamin Franklin

More quotes on Friends and Friendship Here - And the book, Friends Indeed

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Quote worthy

The truth is that the way other people treat us isn’t about us – it’s about them and their own struggles, insecurities, and limitations. You don’t have to allow their judgment to become your truth. - Daniell Koepke

Wickedness goes to great lengths and depths where it is not checked and restrained by the free and continuous expression of the indignation of good men. - Henry Ward Beecher

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur. - Vince Lombardi

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. - Henry David Thoreau

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. - William Hazlitt

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator. - Francis Bacon

Sometimes, the bad times in our life put us on a direct path to the very best times in our life. - Unknown

Not everyone that fights you is your enemy. Not everyone that helps you is your friend. - Unknown

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. - Charles F. Kettering

We are all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding. - Unknown

When you let go, you create space for something better. - Unknown

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. - George Washington

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Church Bulletins

English Church Bulletins as they actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services (Adapted from a variety of sources including Funny Church Bulletin Board Notices):

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’

Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hello’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.

Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: ‘Break Forth Into Joy.’

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October Tewenty-four in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 p.m. – prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done. Source unknown

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Food for Thought

For me, it is as though at every moment the actual world had completely lost its actuality. As though there was nothing there; as though there were no foundations for anything or as though it escaped us. Only one thing, however, is vividly present: the constant tearing of the veil of appearances; the constant destruction of everything in construction. Nothing holds together, everything falls apart. - Eugene Ionesco

I have approximate answers and possible beliefs in different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything, and of many things I don't know anything about, but I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. - Richard Feynman

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. - Ben Franklin

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

Monday, 1 May 2017

Humorous Quotes

Somebody knocked, and I’m glad it wasn’t her. I mean I want her to come, but I thought it was him, so I ignored the knock and that’s why I’m glad it wasn’t her. I wouldn’t want to have ignored the very person I wanted to show up. - Jarod Kintz

You can say this for ready-mixes – the next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make. - Earl Wilson

Choose a degree in something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life, because that field probably isn’t hiring. - Unknown

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen

Listen to your elders’ advice. Not because they are always right but because they have more experience of being wrong. - Unknown

If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed, if you do read the newspapers, you are misinformed. - Mark Twain

Ah, yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet. - Robin Williams

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. - Jerry M. Wright

When some men dance they’re all feet, and when they stop they’re all hands. - Evan Easr

I told my girlfriend she drew her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised. - Unknown

There's a new wine I want to try. I heard about it through the grapevine. - Jarod Kintz

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. - Abe Lemons

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Creativity

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. - Arthur Koestler

Creativity is an incremental process – the instant Big Idea does not exist. - Andy Green

Creativity is discontent translated into arts. - Eric Hoffer

Creativity is discovering the elegant patterns of meaning across diverse areas of our knowledge and experience. - Michael A. West

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. - Mary Lou Cook

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. - Charles Mingus

Creativity is never just doing something different. It is doing something different that is significant at that precise point in the cultural tradition. - Mark Amsler

Creativity is no less challenging or exciting when the mystery is stripped from the creative process. The most beautiful flowers grow under careful cultivation from common soil. - Herbert Simon

Creativity is not simply a property of exceptional people but an exceptional property of all people. - Ron Carter

Creativity is not to be located in one state of mind, one room, one type of person, one individual. Rather it lies in the transition points between different ways of thinking. If we close the doors, we will never hear the full story. - Chris Bilton

Creativity is one of the main foundations on which human progress is built up. - A. N. P. Ummerkutty

Creativity is one of the most positive, life-affirming traits of humanity, and people in all walks of life report that they feel at their peak and in flow when they are being their most creative. - Robert Keith Sawyer

Creativity is purposeful and involves effort to make something work, to make something better, more meaningful, or more beautiful. - Alane J. Starko

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us put out more and better ideas if our efforts are truly appreciated. - Alex Osborn

Creativity is that delicate combination of elements that result in new ideas and innovations. - Alfreda Doyle

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature. - Eric Hoffer

Creativity is the defeat of habit by imposing originality and change. - Andy Law

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Creativity is the marvellous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition. - Max Ernst

Creativity is the spark of life, the vitality that stirs desires to improve and change the status quo – meaningfully, responsibly, wisely, and with impact. - Marci Segal

Creativity is the steam that powers the locomotive of progress. - Danny Cox

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Quote Worthy

Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. what others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dram. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. - Unknown

Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: Follow the calmness, the absence of pride. - Buddha

Sometimes, some problems can only be solved if you are willing to shut your mouth and learn how to open your ears, heart and head. - Unknown

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now. - Paulo Coelho

Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake. - Paramhansa Yogananda

Everything is temporary. Emotions, thoughts, people and scenery. Do not become attached, just flow with it. - Unknown

It is better to enjoy the cool breeze of others waving your flag, than to suffer the sweat of doing it yourself. - L.D. Seese

Love is nothing without action. Trust is nothing without proof. And sorry is nothing without change. - Unknown

No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. - Roger Bannister

Never judge people by their past. People learn. People change. People move on. - Unknown

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. - Epictetus

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 28 April 2017

Effort

All the effort in the world won't matter if you're not inspired. - Chuck Palahniuk

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. - Liane Cardes

Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of effort involved in getting there – or failing to get there. - Max Lerner

Earnest effort leads to success. - American Proverb

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. - Jose Ortega Y. Gasset

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. - Napoleon Hill

If it required some effort to go from today to tomorrow, some people would always remain in yesterday. - Evan Esar

If there is effort, there is always accomplishment. - Jigoro Kano

In this world, the only easy path is the course of least resistance. This is the path always taken by a stream of water as it seeks lower and lower ground. It will never go over an obstacle, and even when it has to go around one, water will always find the easiest way around, the way that requires as little work as possible. This, you have noticed, is what makes rivers crooked, and it makes men and women crooked too. The easy path never goes anywhere but downward, and spiritually, that is not the direction we want to go. Worthwhile destinations always take extra effort. - Gary Henry

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. - Vince Lombardi

It is only through labour and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. - Theodore Roosevelt

Much effort, much prosperity. - Euripides

Sometimes it takes a pound of effort to gain an ounce of gold. - Jon R. Stone

The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The most enviable power on earth is the power for making efforts. - E. P. Day

The reward of a work is to have produced it; the reward of effort is to have grown by it. - Antonin Sertillanges

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle. - William Osler

Walls don't fall without effort. - Neal Shusterman

We must adapt our efforts to the express object which we seek to attain. - Mary Willard

When your efforts run in the face of conventional wisdom and accepted mastery, persistence can look like madness. If you succeed in the end, this extreme originality reformulates into a new level of mastery, sometimes even genius; if you fail in the end, you remain a madman in the eyes of others, and maybe even yourself. When you are in the midst of the journey ... there’s really no way of knowing which one you are. - Hilary Austen

You can accomplish more with less effort if you schedule important tasks at the time of day when you perform them most effectively. - Michael Leboeuf

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Puns

What is a Pun?
A Pun is a joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.

Police were called to a day care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. - Unknown

The barber opened up a shavings account. - Unknown

The batteries were given out free of charge. - Unknown

The guy that fell into the glass making machine made a spectacle of himself. - Unknown

The man put his name on the neck of his shirt so he would have collar ID. - Melman, Kentucky

The phone call interrupted my nap, and I never did get the rest. - Unknown

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground. - Unknown

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. - Unknown

Time heals all wounds, but time also wounds all heels. - Unknown

Venison for dinner? Oh deer! - Unknown

Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms! - Unknown

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye. - Unknown

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A. - Unknown

When you’ve seen one shopping centre, you’ve seen a mall. - Unknown

Will this computer last five years? Obsoletely! - Unknown

Women are women and can’t help themselves. - William John Locke

You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish. - Unknown

Dad: Be careful standing near those trees.
Daughter: Why? The Sky’s clear.
Dad: I don’t know. They look kind of shady to me.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Food for Thought

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. - Leo Tolstoy

Individuals who break through by inventing a new paradigm are almost always either very young men or very new to the field whose paradigm they change. These are the men who, being little committed by prior practice to the traditional rules of normal science, are particularly likely to see that those rules no longer define a playable game and conceive another set that can replace them. - Thomas S. Kuhn

Far from being sources of agony and dread, hard choices are precious opportunities for us to celebrate what is special about the human condition, that the reasons that govern our choices as correct or incorrect sometimes run out, and it is here, in the space of hard choices, that we have the power to create reasons for ourselves to become the distinctive people that we are. And that’s why hard choices are not a curse but a godsend. - Ruth Chang

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

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

More on Change Here

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

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

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

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

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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