Friday, 28 July 2017

Faults

A readiness to excuse some faults, shows a disposition to commit others. - Norman MacDonald

A sure way to hear of your faults is to boast of your virtues. - Norman MacDonald

Certain faults are necessary to the individual if he is to exist. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Consider not one fault where there are many virtues. - Edward Counsel

Faults are more easily recognized in the works of others than in our own. - Leonardo da Vinci

If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone. - Epictetus

It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice. - Unknown

Men sometimes reproach themselves with fancied faults, that they may be thought less guilty of real ones. - Norman MacDonald

Men's graces must get the better of their faults as a farmer's crops do of the weeds – by growth. When the corn is low, the farmer uses the plough to root up the weeds; but when it is high, and shakes its palm-like leaves in the wind, he says, "Let the corn take care of them," for the dense shadow of growing corn is as fatal to weeds as the edge of the sickle. - Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing is easier than to find a fault, and nothing more difficult than the ability to substitute the proper correction. - Norman MacDonald

Nothing shows our weakness more than to be so sharp-sighted at spying other men's faults, and so purblind about our own. - William Penn

Oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. - William Shakespeare

One of the greatest and also the commonest of faults is for men to believe that, because they never hear their shortcomings spoken of, or read about them in cold print, others can have no knowledge of them. - Georg G. Christoph Lichtenberg

Some people have a way of making their faults pleasing, while others have a way of making their virtues repulsive. - Lewis F. Korn

The faults that are visible in ourselves should, at least, teach us tenderness with respect to those we imagine in others. - Norman MacDonald

We are often more agreeable through our faults than our good qualities. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We confess small faults to insinuate that we have no great ones. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

We must not be timid from a fear of committing faults: the greatest fault of all is to deprive oneself of experience. - Luc de Clapiers

We often appear unconscious of our faults, merely from frequency of viewing them. - Norman MacDonald

We should not be much concerned about faults we have the courage to own. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones. - Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Death

It is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realise the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life. - Herman Melville

Life is the jailer, Death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free. - James Russell Lowell

Man dies. Come from darkness, into darkness he returns, and is reabsorbed, without a trace left, into the illimitable void of time. - Leonid Andreyev

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death? - Plato

No matter how much you've been warned, Death always comes without knocking. Why now? is the cry. Why so soon? It's the cry of a child being called home at dusk. - Margaret Atwood

No matter who you are, you will be put abed at last with a shovel. - Austin O’Malley

Nothing is born which Death makes not subject of his state. - Bhartrhari

O, the one happiness, when, out of breath, our feet slip, and we stumble upon death! - Arthur Symons

One day the ordinariness will be terminally punctuated by the extraordinary full stop of death. - Glen Duncan

Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them. - George Eliot

Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings. - Horace

People living deeply have no fear of death. - Anais Nin

Spending your life concentrating on death is like watching a whole movie and thinking only about the credits that are going to roll at the end. It’s a mistake of emphasis. -Nicholson Baker

Taunting Death ... means pitting oneself against a wily enemy who cannot lose. - J.K Rowling

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? - Edgar Allan Poe

The cure for death is not being born. - K. J. Parker

The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying. - Jean Cocteau

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. - Seneca

The dead's dead ... get 'em in the ground and look to the live ones. - Ken Kesey

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself. - Publilius Syrus

The gate of death is never at rest. - Edward Counsel

The living is a passing traveler; the dead, a man come home. - Li Bai

The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. - Marcus Aurelius

The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life; to regard it, with the understanding and the emotions, as the the inviolable condition of life. - Thomas Mann

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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Action

The only things in which we can be said to have any property are our actions. Our thoughts may be bad, yet produce no poison, they may be good, yet produce no fruit. Our riches may be taken from us by misfortune, our reputation by malice, our spirits by calamity, our health by disease, our friends by death. But our actions must follow us beyond the grave; with respect to them alone, we cannot say that we shall carry nothing with us when we die, neither that we shall go naked out of the world. Our actions must clothe us with an immortality, loathsome or glorious; these are the only title-deeds of which we cannot be disinherited; they will have their full weight in the balance of eternity, when everything else is as nothing; and their value will be confirmed and established by those two sure and stateless destroyers of all other things – Time and Death. - Charles Caleb Colton

Appearances

Appearances are not reality; but they often can be a convincing alternative to it. You can control appearances most of the time, but facts are what they are. When the facts are too sharp, you can craft a cheerful version of the situation and cover the facts the way that you can covered a battered old four-slice toaster with a knitted cozy featuring images of kittens. - Dean Koontz

To judge the appearances we receive of things, we should need a judicatory instrument; to verify this instrument, we should need a demonstration; to rectify this demonstration, we should need an instrument: so here we are arguing in a circle. Seeing the senses cannot decide our dispute, being themselves full of uncertainty, we must have recourse to Reason; there is no reason but must be built upon another reason, so here we are retreating backwards to all eternity. - Michel de Montaigne

Commitment

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fathers

A father is a banker provided by nature. - French Proverb

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. - Frank A. Clark

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. - Billy Graham

A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season. - Unknown

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. - Frank Abagnale

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. - Unknown Author

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. - Anne Geddes

Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee. - Margaret Courtney

Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. - Naveen Jain

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow. - Reed Markham

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadsworth

Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development. - David M. Gottesman

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. - Sigmund Freud

It is a wise father that knows his own child. - William Shakespeare

It’s really bad when dads cry. - Sarah Ockler

One father is more than a hundred school masters. - George Herbert

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. - Confucius

The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road. - Angelo Patri

The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. - Bertrand Russel

The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you're unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it. - John Green

The reservedness and distance that fathers keep, often deprive their sons of that refuge which would be of more advantage to them than a hundred rebukes or chidings. - John Locke

There is probably no more terrible enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man – with human flesh. - Frank Herbert

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway. - Robert Brault

Monday, 24 July 2017

Humorous Quotes

According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men are just grateful. - Robert De Niro

I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today. - George Foreman

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home. - Edgar Watson Howe

The real wonder is that anyone stays together, as impossible to live with and as broken as we all are. - Kyran Pittman

If you want your wife to listen to you, then talk to another woman; she will be all ears. - Sigmund Freud

History, of course, is never real. People either glorify it or horrify it. Or at the very least colour it. - Paula Wall

I think crime pays. The hours are good, you meet a lot of interesting people, you travel a lot. - Woody Allen

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie. - Jim Davis

Disease increases in proportion to the increase in the number of doctors in a place. - Mahatma Gandhi

Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. - Unknown

Don’t mind your make-up, you’d better make your mind up. - Frank Zappa

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. - Groucho Marx

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Love

Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love – now you are love. - Osho

I strongly believe that love is the answer and that it can mend even the deepest unseen wounds. Love can heal, love can console, love can strengthen, and yes, love can make change. - Somaly Mam

If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don’t have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it’s not enough. - Ann Landers

In a time when nothing is more certain than change, the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare. Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced. - Robert Sexton

Love hurts when you break up with some one. Hurts even more when someone breaks up with you. But love hurts the most when the person, you love has no idea how you feel. - Unknown

Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together. - Barbara Cage

Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. - Mark Twain

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. - Ray Bradbury

The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love. - Stephen Kendrick

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. - Oscar Wilde

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Quote Worthy

Successful people have cultivated the habit of never denying to themselves their true feelings and attitudes. They have no need for pretences. - David Harold Fink

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

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect. - Luna Lovegood

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. - William James

Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself. - Robert Louis Stevenson

It takes visions and courage to create. It takes faith and courage to prove. - Owen D. Young

Every time you subtract negative from your life, you make room for more positive. - Unknown

You don’t drown by falling into the water; you drown by staying there. - Edwin Louis

Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him. - Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes, you have to risk it all for a vision no one can see but you. - Unknown

If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path. - Buddha

Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note. - Confucius

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Fate

A man's character is his fate. - Heraclitus

All that is called Destiny or Fate is none other than the result of our thoughtlessness and our mistrust of ourselves; we should know that all that is created on earth is created by its sole Master and Laborer – Man. - Maxim Gorky

All we can control in life is our own choices, how we choose to live and deal with what life has to offer. Everything else is fate. - Mark Puryear

Everyone is more or less master of his own fate. - Aesop

Fate ... is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought – for causes which are unpenetrated. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fate comes by our own agency. It belongs to our underlying spiritual values, because it is unattainable without experience of the world, and therefore differs from one person to the next. - Stelios Ramphos

Fate had a weird way of circling back over paths that were meant to cross. - Gail McHugh

Fate has a way of charting its own course … but before one surrenders to the hands of destiny, one might consider the power of the human spirit and the force that lies in one’s own free will. - Unknown

Fate is a manifestation of natural causes. That’s it. It’s not a conscious entity. It has no plan. - Walter Wykes

Fate is a primitive notion that makes no sense in a land of self-made men and women. - J. Peter Euben

Fate is written in wood, not stone. - Geraint Straker

Fate isn't one straight road ... There are forks in it, many different routes to different ends. We have the free will to choose the path. - Dean Koontz

Fate isn't sentient; it can't make decisions. - Rick Chiantaretto

For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice. - Barack Obama

Great powers may be shaping the general turn of events, but human personalities still determine their own fate. - Dan Simmons

I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. - Ronald Reagan

If anyone does not help himself, fate never can help him. - HuanZhang Chen

Men make their own history; but they make it under given conditions, and they become entangled thereby in a fate which is in part the result of other men having made their own history earlier. - Reinhard Bendix

Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupations of men engaged in rash undertakings. - Cormac McCarthy

Sometimes when one walks away from his fate, it leads one directly to fate’s doorstep. - Unknown

The Book of Fate isn't already written. It's written every day. - Brad Meltzer

The catch-22 is either everything is based on fate or nothing is. - Rhonda Britten

The furnace which melts gold, also hardens clay. Before blaming thy fate, therefore, find whether thou art gold or clay. - Ivan Panin

The future’s not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. - John Connor

The harder thy fate, the softer thine heart. - Ivan Panin

The word "fate" is used by people who have lost sight of who they are. - Clark Kent

There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it. - Diana Trilling

Those who have been indulged by fortune and have always thought of calamity as what happens to others, feel a blind incredulous rage at the reversal of their lot, and half believe that their wild cries will alter the course of the storm. - George Eliot

To bear is to conquer our fate. - Thomas Campbell

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, never to be undone. - William James

We seal our fate with the choices we make. - Gloria Estefan

Whatever be thy fate today, remember, this will pass away! - John Godfrey Saxe

When fate comes in to play, choice sometimes goes out the window. - Unknown

Yet they, believe me, who await no gifts from Chance, have conquer'd Fate. - Matthew Arnold

You can’t outwit fate by standing on the side-lines placing little side-bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win. - Judith McNaught

You cannot leave everything to Fate, she’s got a lot to do. Sometimes you must give her a hand. - Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Books

The plainest row of books that cloth or paper ever covered is more significant of refinement than the most elaborately carved furniture. - Henry Ward Beecher

The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies. - Andre Maurois

The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart. - Moroccan Proverb

The thing one reads and likes, and then forgets, is of no account. The thing that stays, and haunts one, and refuses to be forgotten, that is the sincere thing. - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I haven’t read. - Abraham Lincoln

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. - Charles Dickens

There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different. - Daniel Handler

There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things. - Jeffrey Eugenides

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. - May Ellen Chase

There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you've read only once can't. - Gail Carson Levine

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To buy books as some do who make no use of them, only because they were published by an eminent printer, is much as if a man should buy clothes that did not fit him, only because they were made by some famous tailor. - Alexander Pope

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth. - John Lubbock

We should use a book as a bee does a flower. - Eliza Cook

What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore, it knows it's not fooling a soul. - Neil Gaiman

What makes the success of many books consists in the affinity there is between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public. - Chamfort

You can't tell a book by its cover. - American Proverb

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. - Paul Sweeney

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Adversity

The trials and pressures of life – and how we face them –often define us. Confronted by adversity, many people give up while others rise up. How do those who succeed do it? They persevere. They find the benefit to them personally that comes from any trial. And they recognize that the best thing about adversity is coming out on the other side of it. There is a sweetness to overcoming your troubles and finding something good in the process, however small it may be. Giving up when adversity threatens can make a person bitter. Persevering through adversity makes one better. - John C. Maxwell

There is not unmitigated ill in the sharpest of this world's sorrows; I touch not the sore of thy guilt; but of human griefs I counsel thee, Cast off the weakness of regret, and gird thee to redeem thy loss: Thou has gained, in the furnace of affliction, self-knowledge, patience and humility, And these be as precious ore, that waiteth the skill of the coiner: Despise not the blessings of adversity, nor the gain thou hast earned so hardly, And now thou hast drained the bitter, take heed that thou lose not the sweet. - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Those who choose to make adversity their friend doesn’t enjoy hardship any more than the next person. But there is a world of difference between those who befriend adversity by overcoming it and learning from the experience, and those who give up at the first sign of an obstacle … Adversity is going to happen, and usually in ways you could’ve never foreseen. Knowing this, make a choice right now to look at adversity in a new light the next time it comes your way. Though it may not look so friendly on the surface, realize that adversity is an ally and that it’s here to teach you something of crucial importance. Of course, it’s an unwelcome visitor. But when it presents itself, treat the experience as a unique learning opportunity. Here is your chance to impact positively your human capital development in ways that no seminar, class, or training session can even closely approximate. - J. Barry Griswell & Bob Jennings

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fantasy

All you ever were was a little bit of the universe, thinking to itself. Very specific; this bit, here, right now. All the rest was fantasy. - Iain M. Banks

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it. - Lloyd Alexander

Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on. - Terry Brooks

If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because if you only read fantasy and then you start to write fantasy, all you’re going to do is recycle the same old stuff and move it around a bit. - Terry Pratchett

The problem with fantasy is the greatest benefit of fantasy: it prevents us from living in the present moment. - Geneen Roth

We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay. - Lynda Barry

When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. - Albert Einstein

You always start with a fantasy. Part of the fantasy technique is to visualize something as perfect. Then with the experiments you work back from the fantasy to reality, hacking away at the components. - Edwin H. Land

Monday, 17 July 2017

Humorous Quotes

For a while we pondered whether to take a vacation or get a divorce. We decided that a trip to Bermuda is over in two weeks but a divorce is something you always have. - Woody Allen

Many brief follies – that is what you call love. And your marriage puts an end to many brief follies, with a single long stupidity. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Beauty, of course, is an asset. But the girls who have greenbacks don’t have to worry over not having pink faces. - Robert Elliott Gonzales

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. - Christopher Hampton

I told her I’d wait forever for her, but that was before I found somebody else who’d give me a ride home. - Jarod Kintz

Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think – in a deeper voice. - Bill Cosby

If you were half as funny as you think you are, you’d be twice as funny as you are now. - Cassandra Clare

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. he told me to wear a brown tie. - Rodney Dangerfield

Don't use your bedroom for work, unless you're a prostitute. - David Letterman

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development. - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

You never run out of things that can go wrong. - Edward A. Murphy (Murphy’s Law)

Pride must be a summer thing, because it comes before the fall. - Jarod Kintz

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Friends and Friendship

Friendship is a vase, which, when it is flawed by heat, or violence, or accident, may as well be broken at once; it can never be trusted after. - Walter Savage Landor

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. - Anais Nin

Friendship has been called the sweetener of life. It is a compound made up of truth and kindness, prudence and piety. - John Thorton

Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded on principle, and cemented by time. - Mary Wollstonecraft

Friendship is insipid to those who have experienced love. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Friendship is the perfection of love, and superior to love; it is love purified, exalted, proved by experience and a consent of minds. - Samuel Richardson

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. - Baltasar Gracian

It is never easier to forget friends than when we imagine they have forgotten us – friendship, like love, requires reciprocal assurance of continuity. - Norman MacDonald

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself: we cannot force it any more than love. - William Hazlitt

You need to handle your friends with more diplomacy than you do your enemies. - Lewis F. Korns

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years. - Richard Bach

Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success – yours or his. - Franklin P. Jones

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Quote Worthy

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. - Dennis Prager

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal. - Jerome P. Fleishman

Congratulate yourselves if you have done something strange and extravagant and broken the monotony of a decorous age. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive. - Jamais Cascio

The vulgar herd catches at the gross apparent fact, but the man of insight knows what lies on the surfaces does lie. - Israel Zangwill

Life and Time are the world’s best teachers. Life teaches us the use of Time and Time teaches us the value of Life. - Unknown

It’s not hard to sacrifice something for someone, but it’s hard to find someone who deserves your sacrifice. - Unknown

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. - Elmer Davis

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. - William Butler Yeats

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

Every step of our life we need to accept ourselves all over again. - Jeff Moore

Sometimes, it takes a good fall to really know where you stand. - Unknown

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Humour

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 pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

Join us tonight for prayers, coffee and fresh beagles.

Pastor is on vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary.

This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

Wednesday the ladies liturgy will meet. Mrs. Johnson will sing “Put me in my little bed accompanied by the pastor.”

This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister’s daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her.

Ushers will eat latecomers.

The service will close with “Little Drops of Water.” One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.

Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible Experience.”

The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.”

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

Wrinkled with burdens? Come to church for a faith lift!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is not a symptom of underlying problems. It is an illness in and by itself, producing its own symptoms. Before the onset of the disease alcoholism, the excessive drinking of alcoholic liquor generally is symptomatic of underlying problems. Once the line has been crossed and the drinker has become an alcoholic drinker, his drinking is then symptomatic of that illness. - Maurice Gelinas

All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. In fine, he that is drunk is not a man: because he is so long void of Reason, that distinguishes a Man from a Beast. - William Penn

Drunkenness being nothing but a voluntary madness, it emboldens men to undertake all sorts of mischief; it both irritates wickedness and discovers it; it does not only make men vicious, but shows them to be so; and the end of it is either shame or repentance. - Wellins Calcott

For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colourful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good. But not so with us in those last days of heavy drinking. - Unknown

I don’t say that the drunk man is the real man, and the sober man merely a shell. But you find out something different about people when they're drunk. Of course, you sometimes find that they're not different at all – that you merely get more of the same, perhaps said rather more loudly and incoherently, but basically the same. - Kingsley Amis

Let us be clear and concise on this point: Alcoholism is a disease. We can never be cured of alcoholism, but we can arrest the disease and pull it up on its tracks. There is no such thing as a cured alcoholic or an ex-alcoholic. They simply don't exist ... the recovering alcoholic is only ever one drink away from relapse. - Tyrone Patrick Fahey

One of the most important facts to remember about alcoholism is its progression. Alcoholism begins in an early stage that looks nothing at all like a life-threatening disease, proceeds into a middle stage where problems begin to appear and intensify, and gradually advances into the late, degenerative stages of obvious physiological dependence, physical and psychological deterioration, and loss of control. - William F. Asbury

The point in regard to alcohol is simple enough. It is a poison, and a poison which, like other poisons, has certain uses; but the limitations in the use of alcohol should be as strict as the limitations in the use of any other kind of poison. Moreover, it is an insidious poison in that it produces effects which seem to have only one antidote – alcohol again. - Alexander Alison

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Fame

Fame and secrecy are the high and low ends of the same fascination. - Don Delillo

Fame is a bright flower, but weeds abound mostly around it. - Edward Counsel

Fame is nothing but an empty name. - Charles Churchill

Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. - Victor Hugo

Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame – to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a hell. - Edward Bulwer Lytton

I think that's the thing about fame or any notoriety. It's an illusion that you don't have to play by the rules anymore, the rules of life. - Tom Waits

Of present fame think little, and of future less. The praises that we receive after we are buried, like the posies that are strewn over our graves, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead; the dead are gone, either to a place where they hear them not, or where, if they do, they will despise them. - Charles Caleb Colton

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

Were not this desire of fame very strong, the difficulty of obtaining it, and the danger of losing it when obtained, would be sufficient to deter a man from so vain a pursuit. - Joseph Addison

Monday, 10 July 2017

Humorous Quotes

The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets successfully through many a bad night. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Housework is like bad sex. Every time I do it I swear I will never do it again. Until the next time company comes. - Marilyn Sokol

I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair. - Jarod Kintz

It’s always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don’t. - Winnie the Pooh

The two best times to keep your mouth shut are when you’re swimming and when you’re angry. - Unknown

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them. - Phyllis Diller

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him. - Cher

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. - Ambrose Bierce

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you? - Ben Hogan

Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night - Dave Barry

Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages. - Terry Pratchett

Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. - Ray Bradbury

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Success

Success depends on one's general culture, on one's set of values, one's clarity of mind and vivacity. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. - Elbert Hubbard

Action is the foundational key to all success. - Pablo Picasso

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. - Euripedes

Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful. - William Hurt

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live. - Anne Sweeney

Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen

Enthusiasm is the engine of success. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie

Honesty and loyalty are key. If two people can be honest with each other about everything, that’s probably the biggest key to success. - Taylor Lautner

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. - Florence Nightingale

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got. - Walter Cronkite

The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours. - Thomas Alva Edison

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. - Cecil B. De Mille

The squalid cash interpretation put on the word success – is our national disease. - William James

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Quote Worthy

When you've been used to doing things, and they've been taken away from you, it's as if your hands had been cut off, and you felt the fingers as are of no use to you. - George Eliot

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. - Carl Jung

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they're jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights. - Shannon L. Alder

Without communication there is no relationship. Without respect, there is no love, without trust, there is no reason to continue. - Unknown

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. - Albert Einstein

Properly speaking, a man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognise him. - William James

Sometimes, it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing. - Unknown

Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known. - Chuck Palahniuk

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. - Martin Luther King

The wings of transformation are born from patience and struggle. - Janet S. Dickens

It takes two flints to make a fire. - Louisa May Alcott

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Faith

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. - Friedrich Nietzsche

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. - Arthur C. Clarke

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. - Voltaire

Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. - Gregory Peck

Faith I have, in myself, in humanity, in the worthwhileness of the pursuits in entertainment for the masses. But wide awake, not blind faith, moves me. - Walt Disney

Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish. - Bruce Lee

Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man's mind can conceive and believe. - Bruce Lee

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. - J. R. R. Tolkien

People always demand respect for their faith. You’ve noticed this happening. Why should I respect someone who makes enormous claims on no evidence, and when confronted with that fact, says, “Well, I don’t need any evidence, I’ve got faith’. I think that extraordinary claims, such as that they know, not just that there is a god, but that they know his mind, they know his instructions, they’ve had revealed truth from him: a claim like that demands extraordinary evidence. Instead of which, they say, ‘No, how about no evidence at all, and just take me on faith?’ Why am I supposed to respect that? I don’t respect it. I suspect it. - Unknown

The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day. - Amy Gatliff

The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen. - Ralph Marston

The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith. - Ronald Reagan

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. - Thomas Aquinas


You either have faith that a God exists, or you ‘know’. You can’t know and have faith, or have faith and know, you know? - Michael Sherlock

We think of faith as a source of comfort and understanding but find our expression of faith sowing division; we believe ourselves to be a tolerant people even as racial, religious, and cultural tensions roil the landscape. And instead of resolving these tensions or mediating these conflicts, our politics fans them, exploits them, and drives us further apart. - Barack Obama

Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible. - Sir William Osler

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Proverbs, axioms, maxims ...

Don't call the alligator, big mouth until you have crossed the river. - Belizean Proverb

Beware a rickety wall, a savage dog and a quarrelsome person. - Iranian Proverb

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion. - Egyptian Proverb

Have more than you show. Speak less than you know. - William Shakespeare

If you buy what you don't need, you steal from yourself. - Swedish Proverb

Even the best song becomes tiresome if heard too often. - Korean Proverb

Even the largest army is nothing without a good general. - Afghan Proverb

Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon. - Chinese Proverb

Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay. - Matthew Flickstein

Be the first in the field and the last to the couch. - Chinese Proverb

Don't hang your hat higher than you can reach. - Belizean Proverb

Sun is good for cucumbers, rain for rice. - Vietnamese Proverb

Don't sail out farther than you can row back. - Danish Proverb

It's safer to have a good enemy than a bad friend. - Ken Alstad

If you call one wolf, you invite the pack. - Bulgarian Proverb

If you want something done right, do it yourself. - Unknown

It is better to be born a beggar than a fool. - Spanish Proverb

Everyone must row with the oars he has. - English proverb

It takes two men to make one brother. - Israel Zangwill

If you can’t bite, better not show your teeth. - Yiddish

It's an ill bird that fouls his own nest. - Latin Proverb

It's an ill wind that blows no good. - John Heywood

Don't pretend to be something you aren't. - Aesop

Every cloud has a silver lining. - D. R. Locke

It’s always worse than it seems. - Unknown

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Aggression

The human capacity for aggression is staggering. It has been estimated that 58 million humans were killed by other humans (an average of nearly one person per minute) during the 125-year period ending with World War II. War, homicide, riots, family violence, assassination, rape, assault, forcible robbery, and other violent acts offer sad testimony to the realities of human aggression. - Dennis coon & John O. Mitterer

The men who are to protect the community against violent aggression easily turn into the most dangerous aggressors. They transgress their mandate. They misuse their power for the oppression of those whom they were expected to defend against oppression. The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty. - Ludwig von Mises

The vast majority of the peoples of the world are against war and against aggression. If they make their wishes known and effective, war can be stopped. It all depends on whether they are willing to make the effort necessary for the purpose. For, that it will require an effort, no one who considers the history of the world on these subjects can doubt. - Robert Cecil

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Failure

A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. - B. F. Skinner

Companies fail when they continue doing for too long that which made them successful in the past. - John Young

Do not thin of today’s failure, but of the success that may come tomorrow. - Helen Keller

Don’t be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again. - Sir Richard Branson

Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing. - H. Stanley Judd

Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share. - Steve Harvey

Failure is not the enemy, but a life-changing experience. It is a human experience, and it prepares the way for us to grow and transform our lives. - Sobonfu Somé

Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success. - Leigh Mitchell Hodges

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. - John Dewey

Failure is just another part of the culture of innovation. Accept it and become stronger. - Albert Yu

Failure is not the enemy, but a life-changing experience. It is a human experience, and it prepares the way for us to grow and transform our lives. - Sobonfu Somé

Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress. - Calvin Coolidge

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. - Mary Pickford

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. - Thomas J. Watson, Snr

It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again. -Charles Kettering

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. - George Washington Carver

Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are… To everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on. - Jerry Zucker

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. - Edward Eggleston

Remember that failure is an event, not a person. - Unknown

The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by failures. - Sir Humphry Davy

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. - Buddha

The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure. - Unknown

Monday, 3 July 2017

Humorous Quotes

Fate does not invite ugly boring people to save the world; and if you do try to save the world (without being beautiful, strong, clever, or wise), you will soon die pointlessly and how much adventure is there in that? - James Alan Gardner

By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time. - Samuel Johnson

Ever since it started snowing my husband is standing in front of the window and watching. If the snow gets much worse, I might let him inside the house. - Unknown

If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you. - Paul Newman

I took a speed reading course and read ‘War and Peace’ in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. - Woody Allen

You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm. It’s really funny. - Brandon Sanderson

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough. - Mark Twain

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once. - Jennifer Unlimited

Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill. - Christopher Parker

Joy and sorrow are like milk and cookies. That's how well they go together. - Neil Gaiman

The snag about marriage is, it isn't worth the divorce. - Suzanne Finnamore

Women diet to retain their girlish figures or their boyish husbands. - Evan Esar

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Life

Find balance in your life. Work hard but don’t let work take over your life, you will lose yourself. Love, but love for the right reasons. Life is too short for anything mediocre. Know who you are and know that you are worthy of reaching your dreams and that I is never too late to start creating that life you have always dreamed of. Do not compare yourself to others, that’s just deadly. No two souls are the same. You are your own person, you are beautiful and you are unique. But your trust in the universe. Some things are just meant to happen, and some are not. Let go of whatever is stealing your happiness, it’s hard but it is worth it. Embrace change. Embrace life. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust and let go. - Charlotte Freeman

A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with – that’s poverty – but how efficiently we can put first things first … When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. - Victoria Moran

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. - Walter Anderson

In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. Simplify, simplify. - Henry David Thoreau

Life just doesn’t care about our aspirations, or sadness. It’s often random, and it’s often stupid and it’s often completely unexpected, and the closures and the epiphanies and revelations we end up receiving from life, begrudgingly, rarely turn out to be the ones we thought. - Khaled Hosseini

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Quote Worthy

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. - Dalai Lama

No one in this world is pure and perfect. If you avoid people for their mistakes, you will be alone in this world. So judge less and love more. - Unknown

Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom. - Zen Proverb

It’s easy to win forgiveness for being wrong; being right is what gets you into real trouble. - Bjarne Stroustrup

To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked. - Vittoria Alfieri

The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Instead of wiping your tears, wipe away the people who create them. - Unknown

If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. - Abraham Lincoln

What doesn't slumber under the shells of us all? One just needs courage to uncover it and be oneself. - Cesare Pavese

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are. - Cherie Carter-Scott

You’ll never regret writing any letter out of love. However, it’s a good idea to reread anything you’ve written in anger. - Mary Matalin

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. - George Orwell

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Facts

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. - Edward Teller

A man never gets anywhere if facts and his ledgers don't square. - William Faulker

A wise and honest man looks to broad facts, and forms his judgment from them; a rogue endeavours to lead your attention off the true scent, away to details, that he may puzzle and confound you with minutiae always difficult to detect, and sometimes impossible to deny, but which, nevertheless, are nothing more than stakes laid in your path to trip you up, that he may plunder you at his convenience. If, therefore, the broad facts appear suspicious, doubt, but if details be brought to aid them, be sure, that you are in the high road to be deceived. - Charles William Day

Any fact becomes important when it's connected to another. - Umberto Eco

Basic facts tend always to be those most easily overlooked. - Doris Lessing

Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. - Charles Dickens

Facts are lonely things. - Don Delillo

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams

Facts may speak for themselves. - George Washington

Facts, therefore, have merely a potential and, as it were, subsequent value, and the only advantage of possessing them is the possibility of drawing conclusions from them; in other words, of rising to the idea, the principle, the law which governs them. Our knowledge is composed not of facts, but of the relations which facts and ideas bear to themselves and to each other; and real knowledge consists not in an acquaintance with facts, which only makes a pedant, but in the use of facts, which makes a philosopher. - Henry Thomas Buckle

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. - Mark Twain

It is not the number of facts he knows, but how much of a fact he is himself, that proves the man. - Christian Nestell Bovee

It is wiser and better always to face facts, never to ignore them. Interrogate them; ask them what they mean, and what they have to teach. - Reuen Thomas

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. - Thomas Henry Huxley

Sometimes, legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts. - Salman Rushdie

Sometimes, fact mixed with fiction so thoroughly that, though no lies were told, it was hard to remember what was strictly true. - Stephenie Meyer

The totality of facts determines both what is the case, and also all that is not the case. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

There are no facts, only interpretations. - Friedrich Nietzsche

To no circumstance is the wide diffusion of error in the world more owing than to our habit of adopting conclusions from insufficiently established data. An indispensable preliminary, then, in every investigation, is to get at facts. Until these are arrived at, every opinion, theory, or system, however ingeniously framed, must necessarily rest upon an uncertain basis. - Christian Nestell Bovee

We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it. - George Eliot

What are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history"--what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future, facts are your single clue. - Robert A. Heinlein

When facts speak, the wise man listens. - Stephen King

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Trivia

I cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the points.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Chicks, like humans, count from left to right.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

Chopsticks originated from China approximately 4,000 years ago.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

Dogs and Humans are the only animals with prostates.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

Due to earth's gravity, it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (Hippos and Rhinos have only two knees and can jump. Elephants have four knees).

Emus cannot walk backwards.

Every three days, a human stomach gets a new lining.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter Ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia, Australia and South America.

Giant tortoises from the Galapagos can survive without food or water for up to a year.

Give me the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef, i.e. give me your feedback.

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it is buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Graphene, the world's strongest material, is a million times thinner than paper, but 200 times stronger than steel.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Advertising

Advertisers like to tell parents that they can always turn off the TV to protect their kids from any of the negative impact of advertising. This is like telling us that we can protect our children from air pollution by making sure they never breathe. Advertising is our environment. We swim in it as fish swim in water. We cannot escape it. Unless, of course, we keep our children home from school and blindfold them whenever they are outside of the house. And never let them play with other children. Even then, advertising's messages are inside our intimate relationships, our homes, our hearts, our heads. - Jean Kilbourne

Advertising, in fact, is the effort of business men to take charge of consumption as well as production. They are not content to supply a demand, as the text-books say; they educate the demand as well. In the end, advertising rests upon the fact that consumers are a fickle and superstitious mob, incapable of any real judgment as to what it wants or how it is to get what it thinks it would like. A bewildered child in a toy shop is nothing to the ultimate consumer in the world market of today. To say, then, that advertising is merely a way of calling attention to useful goods is a gorgeous piece of idealization. Advertising is in fact the weed that has grown up because the art of consumption is uncultivated. - Walter Lippmann

Good, careful advertising of the steady, never-let-up sort will positively win. It isn't the fisherman who goes thrashing along and fishes the whole length of a stream in an afternoon that gets the fish. It's the quiet chap who finds a likely looking hole and camps out right by it until he gets his fish and then tries another in the same careful way. More than that, this careful fisherman does not get discouraged because Mr. Fish fails to snap up the hook at the first cast. He tries the bait and he tries the flies, and he changes his lure and his point of view until he hits it right. If the business doesn't respond to the advertising, change the advertising. Don't lay it up to the public that your bait doesn't tempt them. - Frank Farrington

In contemporary society, advertising is everywhere. We cannot walk down the street, shop, watch television, go through our mail, log on to the Internet, read a newspaper or take a train without encountering it. Whether we are alone, with our friends or family, or in a crowd, advertising is always with us, if only on the label of something we are using. - Guy W. D. Cook

It is this emphasis on value which for many people excludes ads from admission into the canons of art. The value of art, moreover, especially in literature, is often associated with opposition to our detachment from the dominant values of society. In comparison with literature, ads accept and glorify the dominant ideology while literature often rejects and undermines it. The simple fact that ads answer the brief of their clients’ accounts for the common perception that while art is a vehicle of honesty, advertising is more likely to be a vehicle of deceit. - Guy W. D. Cook

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Experts

An expert is a person that has his ignorance organized. - Jim O’Bryon

An expert is someone who takes something you already know and makes it sound confusing. - Evan Esar

Experts often possess more data than judgment. - Colin Powell

If you would be an expert, keep company with experts. - Hindustani Proverb

In order to be a world-class expert in anything, be it audiology, drama, music, art, gymnastics, whatever, one needs to have a minimum of 10,000 hours of practice. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean that if you put in 10,000 hours that you will become an expert, but there aren't any cases where someone has achieved world-class mastery without it! So, the time spent at the activity is indeed the most important and influential factor. - Daniel J. Levitin

The only thing worse than an expert is someone who thinks he's an expert. - Aly A. Colon

There are as many opinions as there are experts. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Monday, 26 June 2017

Humorous Quotes

It’s useless to hold a person to anything they say when they are in love, drunk, or running for office. - Shirley MacLaine

The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies. - Laurel K. Hamilton

Truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with a seat missing, but it hurts. - Lt. Frank Drebin

I tried to read the Bible, I did, but it always felt like a much less awesome Lord of the Rings. - Kevin Nealon

Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty. - George Eliot

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play. - William Congreve

I was brought up to respect my elders, so now I don’t have to respect anybody. - George Burns

The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Elison

My wife was in beauty saloon for two hours. That was only for the estimate. - Unknown

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. - Saki

Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes. - Mae West

Trouble with modern children, they do not smart in right place. - Charlie Chan

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Happiness

If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, and those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. - Thich Nhat Hanh

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. - Seneca

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

Pain and illness, the deaths of that one love, and discomforts and disappointments mar the happy norm, but they do not alter the fact that happiness is the norm, nor affect the tendency of the continuum to restore it, to heal it, after any disturbance. - Jean Liedloff

Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. - Ralph Marston

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Quote Worthy

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else. - Sara Blakely

Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on. - Criss Jami

Starting over is not a sign of failure, but a mark of courage, of the willingness to give yourself, and your life, another chance. - Unknown

Close some doors today, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere. - Paulo Coelho

Try is a small word that makes a lot of difference. If we try, we only risk failure. But if we don’t even try we ensure it. - Unknown

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. - Thomas Huxley

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. - Rumi

Maybe that is why young people make success. They don’t know enough. - Richard P. Feynman

Sometimes, there is nothing you can do but let it rain and wait for the sunshine. - Unknown

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. - Robert Louis Stevenson

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. - Henry David Thoreau

Set your goals, take the action, live your dreams. - Catherine Pulsifer

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Experience

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment. - Eudora Welty

As experience widens, one begins to see how much upon a level all human things are. - Joseph Farrell

Experience alone can decide on truth. - Albert Einstein

Experience is a pocket-compass that few think of consulting until they have lost their way. - Eliza Cook

Experience is a truer guide than the words of others. - Leonardo da Vinci

Experience is another word for mistakes. - Ken Alstad

Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. - Henry James

Experience is retrospect knowledge. - Hosea Ballou

Experience is the best teacher. - Latin Proverb

Experience is the mother of wisdom. - Unknown

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. - Oscar Wilde

Experience is the only good 'tis safer to borrow than to buy. - Ivan Panin

Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get. - L. Frank Baum

Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you. - Katherine Anne Porter

Experience teaches only the teachable. - Aldous Huxley

Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes. - James Anthony Froude

Experience, if we only learn by it, is cheap at any price. - Ivan Panin

Experience, the universal Mother of Sciences. - Miquel de Cervantes

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Creativity

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things. - Theodore Levitt

Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth. - Abraham Maslow

Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority. - Bill Hewlett

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. In is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea. - Arthur C. Clarke

Creativity is more than mere imagination. It is imagination inseparably coupled with both intent and effort. - Alex Osborn

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

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things. - Theodore Levitt

Creativity means learning where the rules exist, and then breaking them! Saying, "It's better this way." But you have to know the rules in order to break them with any grace. - Alan Arkin

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. - Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Creativity perpetually invents itself. - Paul Palnik

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. - Erich Fromm

Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth. - Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. - George Kneller

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. - Leo Burnett

Diversity is a great force towards creativity. - Michael Eisner

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. - Isaac Bashevis Singer

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. - Pablo Picasso

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

For creativity to flourish [requires] the embrace of loss, the oldest and most constant of human experiences. - Julie Burstein

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Beauty

Beauty itself soon fades, and when a woman has beauty and nothing else, well, it's like putting all the goods in the shop window, isn't it? And the moment she loses her good looks – poor creature! What is she? Just a mere bit of faded finery to be thrown aside. - Henry Arthur Jones

People who are always in praise and pursuit of the beautiful are an embarrassment, like people who make a constant display of their religious faith. Somehow, we feel such things should be kept for our exalted moments, and not paraded in company, or allowed to spill out over dinner. - Roger Scruton

Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, and profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, and chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do not perceive it. - Roger Scruton

Monday, 19 June 2017

Humorous Quotes

I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up! - Mark Twain

I've finally reached the age where my Wild Oats have turned into All-Bran! - Tom Wilson

It's terribly hard to be married ... harder than anything else. I think you have to be an angel. - August Strindberg

I’m gonna go take a hot shower. It’s like a normal shower, but with me in it. - Unknown

In my dream, I was drowning my sorrows, but my sorrows they’d learned to swim. - U2

I’m not mean, I just give people a good reason to hate me. - Haresh Daswani

I’m so ugly my father carries around a picture of the kid who came with his wallet. - Rodney Dangerfield

I’ve given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can’t divorce a book. - Gloria Swanson

I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police. - Keith Richards

I'm always diplomatic when heavily outnumbered by armed strangers. - S. M. Stirling

I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal. - Groucho Marx

The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right. - Mark Twain

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Love

We cannot hold anything back from love: there must be a willingness to offer all of ourselves into the fire – even if it breaks our hearts; even if we are devastated by the power and immensity of its beauty, there must be the willingness to allow love to ravage us. - Brandon Bays

Among men and women, those in love do not always announce themselves with declarations and vows. But they are the ones who weep when you’re gone. Who miss you every single night, especially when the sky is so deep and beautiful, and the ground so very cold. - Alice Hoffman

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. - Pearl S. Buck

The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself. The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment. - James E. Faust

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. - Ann Landers

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love. - Robert Fulghum

You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love. - Richelle Mead

Don’t fall in love so easily; it’s best to take your time. Love is built on trust, and trust is built on acceptance. Acceptance is built on friendship and a strong friendship takes time to build. - Unknown

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Quote Worthy

To wish that others should learn by our experience, is sometimes as idle as to think that we can eat and they be filled; but when we find that we have eaten poison, it is doubtless mercy to warn others against the dish. - Eliza Cook

What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity. - J. Sidlow Baxter

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

Now that we have learned to fly in the air like birds and dive in the sea like fish, only one thing remains – to learn to live on earth like humans. - George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes, you have to let go just to hold on to your sanity. There are people that have mastered making you believe you’re the crazy one. - Unknown

Whether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. - Unknown

The thing about chameleoning your way through life is that it gets to where nothing is real. - John Green

There is simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion. - Daniel Dennett

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials. - Bruce Lee

If you have much, give your wealth. If you have little, give your heart. - Arab Proverb

There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. - Jessica Hatchigan

Those who command themselves, command others. - William Hazlitt

The more you reason the less you create. - Raymond Chandler

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Change

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. - Alan Cohen

Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed. - John Dewey

The people who keep back change are often exasperating. But they have their work to perform, highly important work, too. Their very opposition, besides helping to weed out the weak ideas, gives the true ideas greater strength. For an idea is not worth much unless it can sturdily make its way through opposition and display toughness of fibre. - John Daniel Barry

The sad thing is that, even though we know our lives aren't working in certain areas, we are still afraid to change. We are locked into our comfort zone, no matter how self-destructive it may be. Yet, the only way to get out of our comfort zone and to be free of our problems and limitations is to get uncomfortable. - Robert Anthony

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Advice

Advice is not often asked of seeming idlers: it is most common to interrupt the busy by such requests; and naturally enough, since those who attend most carefully to their own concerns, are generally thought best qualified, by experience, to judge for others. - Unknown

Another problem with advice is that the advisor seldom understands the full implications of the problem. When people share their concerns with us, they often display only the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ The advisor is unaware of the complexities, feelings, and the many other factors that lie hidden beneath the surface. - Robert Bolton

Before you give advice, that is to say advice which you have not been asked to give, it is well to put to yourself two questions – namely, what is your motive for giving it, and what is it likely to be worth? If these questions were always asked, and honestly answered, there would be less advice given. - John William Mackail

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Expectations

A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment. - Douglas Adams

A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes. - Mark Twain

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Alexander Pope

Consciously or unconsciously, you always get what you expect. - Robert Anthony

Do a little more every day than you are expected to do, and soon you will be expected to do more. - Evan Esar

Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected. - Norton Juster

Expectations are blossoms; few only mature in fruit. - Emperor Ye-Wang

Expectations are dangerous when they are both too high and unformed. - Lionel Shriver

Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack. - Brandon Sanderson

From lean meat do not expect fat broth. - Turkish Proverb

He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that. - Robert Jordon

If you expect to have it all, you will have nothing. Learn to be happy with nothing - and you will have it all! - Ernie J. Zelinski

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. - Bruce Lee

In a little place is hid a great treasure, and in a small hope a boundless expectation. - J. Bodenham

In expectation there is happiness. - Shi-Ka-Shiu

Nothing in this world is so fatal to the development of the intellectual powers of the young, as what are commonly called expectations. - Arster

Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality. - Brian Tracy

Promising is the very air o' the time; it opens the eyes of expectation. - William Shakespeare

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations. - Eli Khamarov

The crane, hoping to eat dried fish when the sea dried up, wasted away in expectancy. - Indian Proverb

There is abundant reason to believe that optimism – big, little, and in between – is useful to a person because positive expectations can be self-fulfilling. - Christopher Peterson

There is only one kind of shock worse than the totally unexpected: the expected for which one has refused to prepare. - Mary Renault

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. - Oscar Wilde

We love to expect, and when expectation is disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. - Samuel Johnson

Monday, 12 June 2017

Humorous Quotes

They ought to do away with divorce settlements. Instead, both parties should flip a coin. The winner gets to stay where he or she is and keep everything. The loser goes to Paraguay. - Suzanne Finnamore

In elementary school, in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a single file line from smallest to tallest. What is the logic? Do tall people burn slower? - Warren Hutcherson

Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. - George Carlin

I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one's life, the foundation of happiness or misery. - George Washington

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. - Oscar Wilde

The longer you go by yourself the weirder you get, and the weirder you get the longer you go by yourself. - Jim Shepard

One problem with being an expert on everything is that you cannot turn to anyone else for advice. - Gary W. Smith

You don’t need to know all the answers. No one is smart enough to ask you all the questions. - Unknown

An alcoholic is anyone you don't like who drinks more than you do. - Dylan Thomas

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. - Erma Bombeck

If you want to be different nowadays, just act normal. - Evan Esar

I’m so broke, I can’t even pay attention. - Unknown Click Here for more humorous quotes, or Here for the book ‘Of Wit ‘n’ Humour’

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Friends and Friendship

True friendship is an unconditional, unselfish, reciprocal service not by lips, but heart to never let its in-built trust to ever fall apart. - Anuj Somany

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. - George Washington

Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends. - William Butler Yeats

When an intimate friend turns from us, we often find him the most inveterate enemy. - William Scott Downey

As the circle of friends is enlarged, the bonds of friendship are relaxed and weakened. - John Thornton

A real friendship ought to introduce each person to unexpected weirdness in the other. - Jaron Lanier

Whoever neglects old friends for the sake of new deserves what he gets if he loses both. - Aesop

We must make friends in prosperity, if we would have their help in adversity. - Aesop

A hungry cat will not acknowledge the friendship of a rat. - Edward Counse

A friendship that can be ended didn't ever start. - Mellin de Saint-Gelais

A friend is never known till a man have need. - John Heywood

Be a friend, and thou shalt have friends. - Ivan Panin

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