Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Government

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. - Gerald R. Ford

A government is a living organism. Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive. You hit it, it will fight back. - Robert A. Heinlein

A government is the complexion of the people – healthy as they are healthy, diseased as they are diseased. - Austin O’Malley

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R Murrow

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labour the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

All government is an ugly necessity. - G. K. Chesterton

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. - Frank Herbert

Contempt for government undermines its ability to protect all citizens. Good government should be based on facts. It should invest in maintenance of basic services, whether infrastructure repairs or public health, and be prepared for crises. Above all, it should attract the best and most professional people to public service. Unless we believe that public service is an honourable calling, we will never motivate talented people to join or achieve high performances. But none of this is possible unless those in positions of public trust carry out their jobs honourably, with respect for the institutions and the public they serve. - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective. - Pratibha Patil

Despotic governments do not recognize the precious human component of the state, seeing its citizens only as a faceless, mindless – and helpless – mass to be manipulated at will. It is as though people were incidental to a nation rather than its very life-blood. - Aung San Suu Kyi

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O’Rourke

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. - Ronald Reagan

Government has almost always been a barrier against which intellect has had to struggle; and society has made its chief progress by the minds of private individuals, who have outstripped their rulers, and gradually shamed them into truth and wisdom. - William E. Channing

Government has no rights; it is a delegation from several individuals for the purpose of securing their own. It is therefore just, only so far as it exists by their consent, useful only so far as it operates to their well-being. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. - Mark Twain

Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. - George Washington

Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth stupid fumbling. - Robert A. Heinlein

Governments have a tendency not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. - Ronald Reagan

I am for doing good to the poor, but…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. I observed… 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. - Benjamin Franklin

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. - James Madison

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost. - Barack Obama

In a change of government, the poor change nothing but the name of their master. - Aesop

In a healthy nation, there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny. - Albert Einstein

Monday, 25 September 2017

Humorous Quotes

Violence stinks no matter which side of it you're on. But now and then there's nothing left to do but hit the other person over the head with a frying pan. - Tom Robbins

Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times. - Betsey Johnson

Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Twenty-one is the age of responsibility. Give it a few months and you will be wondering why you are in such a hurry to get here. - Unknown

Golf ... combines two favourite American pastimes: taking long walks and hitting things with a stick. - P. J. O’Rourke

During a test, people look up for inspiration, down in desperation, and left and right for information. - Unknown

I hate flowers – I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move. - Georgia O’Keeffe

If you surround yourself with clowns don’t be surprised if your life becomes a circus. - Unknown

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. - Mark Twain

In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. - Unknown

Marry someone you want to annoy for the rest of your life. - Unknown

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Love

Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty. To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him of her. - Bertrand Russell

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable. - Joyce Brothers

Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. - Louisa May Alcott

Such as are excited by the gentler influence of Love assume more of affection in their looks, sink their voice into greater softness, and manifest in their gestures greater nobleness of soul. - Xenophon

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. - John Lennon

We should remember that saying ‘I love you’ is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love. - David A. Bednar

What do you do when the one person you want comfort from the most is the one who caused your pain? How can I want so desperately for him to wrap me up in his arms but also want so much for him to leave me alone. - Amanda Grace

What will a man not do when frantic with love? To what baseness will he not demean himself? What pangs will he not make others suffer, so that he may ease his selfish heart? - William Makepeace Thackeray

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Quote Worthy

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. - Charles Dickens

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. - Richard Feynman

We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. - Carl Jung

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. - Pablo Picasso

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. - Amelia Earhart

Sometimes, you need bad things to happen to inspire you to change and grow. - Unknown

It is only through failure and through experiment that we learn and grow. - Isaac Stern

Nothing really known can continue to be acutely fascinating. - H. P. Lovecraft

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear. - Edgar Allan Poe

Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent. - Cicero

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Gossip

A boomerang returns back to the person who throws it. But first, while moving in a circle, it hits its target. So, does gossip. - Vera Nazarian

A gossiper is the devil's postman. - Croft Pentz

Doesn't matter what you do, or how you do it, your neighbours are going to talk about you anyway. - Felder Rushing

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip. - Richard Steele

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker. - George Eliot

Gossip is just a tool to distract people who have nothing better to do from feeling jealous of those few of us still remaining with noble hearts. - Anna Godbersen

Gossip is putting two and two together, and making it five. - Ivan Panin

Gossip is saying behind their back what you would not say to their face. Flattery is saying to their face what you would not say behind their back. - Unknown

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid. - Walter Winchell

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't. - Earl Wilson

Gossip isn't scandal, and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. - Phyllis McGinley

It is easier to dam a river than to stop gossip. - Filipino Proverb

It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenceless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things. - Lawrence G. Lovasik

The widespread interest in gossip is inspired, not by a love of knowledge but by malice: no one gossips about other people's secret virtues, but only about their secret vices. Accordingly, most gossip is untrue, but care is taken not to verify it. Our neighbour's sins, like the consolations of religion, are so agreeable that we do not stop to scrutinise the evidence closely. - Bertrand Russell

Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others, destroy themselves like the serpents in ant-hills. - Chanakya

To speak evil of any one, unless there is unequivocal proofs of their deserving it, is an injury for which there is no adequate reparation. - George Washington

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them. - Cato the Elder

Who brings a tale takes two away. - Irish Proverb

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Books

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer. - Ernest Hemingway

Books! The chosen depositories of the thoughts, the opinions, and the aspirations of mighty intellects; like wondrous mirrors that have caught and fixed bright images of souls that have passed away; like magic lyres, whose masters have bequeathed them to the world, and which yet, of themselves, ring with unforgotten music, while the hands that touched their chords have crumbled into dust. Books! they are the embodiments and manifestations of departed minds – the living organs through which those who are dead yet speak to us. - E. H. Chapin

Every few seconds a new book sees the light of day. Most of them will just be a part of the hum that makes us hard of hearing. Even the book is becoming an instrument of forgetting. A truly literary work comes into being as its creator’s cry of protest against the forgetting that looms over him, over his predecessors and his contemporaries alike, and over his time, and the language he speaks. A literary work is something that defies death. - Ivan Klima

What could be better, really, than to sit by the fire in the evening with a book, while the wind beats against the windowpanes, and the lamp burns?... You forget everything ... and hours go by. Without moving, you walk through lands you imagine you can see, and your thoughts, weaving in and out of the story, delight in the details or follow the outlines of the adventures. You merge with the character; you think you're the one whose heart is beating so hard within the clothes he's wearing. - Gustave Flaubert

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Conflict

Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. - Martin Luther King Jr.

The need for justice grows out of the conflict of human interests. That is to say, if there were no conflict of interests among mankind we should never have invented the word justice, nor conceived the idea for which it stands. - Thomas Nixon Carver

Questions are far more effective than defensive statements. They do not imply agreement, but they do convey interest and a desire to understand and facilitate an environment for peak performance, a central thread of effective leadership.... The next time someone accuses you of virtually anything, ask some questions. Resolving the situation may take more time, but the outcome will likely be more productive for both of you. - Stephen Young

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Seeing Spirits

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Goal

A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at. - Bruce Lee

A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don’t intend to act on. But you can’t have a goal you don’t intend to act on. - Tom Morris

Always strive to aim for the highest peak of the goals in life you have set, this way if you manage to reach even half way toward a goal, landing in the middle is not such a bad place to end up. - Victoria Addino

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

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. - Brian Tracy

Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them. - Jim Rohn

It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be. - Abraham Maslow

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Most “impossible” goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and then going full speed ahead as if they were routine. - Don Lancaster

My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be. - Dr. Wayne W Dyer

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. - Thomas Jefferson

The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit. - Antoine de Saint

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. - Jordan Belfort

There is no tomorrow and there was no yesterday; if you truly want to accomplish your goals you must engulf yourself in today. - Noel DeJesus

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. - Napoleon Hill

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination. - Fitzhugh Dodson

Without goals, you will end up going nowhere, or, you will end up following someone else’s map! Develop your map today – set your goals and focus! - Catherine Pulsifer

Monday, 18 September 2017

Humorous Quotes

I wonder if Mr. Right really exists? I’ve already met Mr. Player, Mr Psycho, Mr. Lazy, Mr User, Mr. Cheap, Mr. Married, and Mr. Stalker. - Unknown

And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need. - P.G. Wodehouse

Valentine's Day is weird. A nude flying baby that shoots arrows isn't a holiday. It's a horror movie. - Jimmy Kimmel

Most people have five senses, but you are blessed with six senses. An extra sense is NON SENSE. - Unknown

Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that. - George Carlin

No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it. - Elizabeth Peters

Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. - Beverly Jones

I never worry about being driven to drink; I just worry about being driven home. - W. C. Fields

Luck sure didn't look like a lady tonight, more like the bitch she always was. - Rob Thurman

You know you’re an alcoholic when you misplace things for like a decade. - Paul Williams

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. - Vince Lombardi

Women are made to be loved, not understood. - Oscar Wilde

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Success

You can make a lot of money. You can rule kingdoms or run huge businesses or control vast terrain. But if you're just doing it for yourself, you're not really a success. - Anthony Robbins

You can only be successful if you let your mind go beyond the boundaries that other people have set for themselves. - Brian Herbert

You’re bound to succeed if you have ignorance and confidence. - Ken Alstad

The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed. - Henry Ford

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. - John C. Maxwell

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. - Dale Carnegie

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. - David Frost

Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. - Bo Bennett

In order to succeed, you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. - Anthony J. D’Angelo

Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. - Paul J. Meyer

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

The real secret of success is enthusiasm. - Walter Chrysler

I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. - George S. Patton

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down. - Abraham Lincoln

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. - Henry Ford

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Quote Worthy

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. - Viktor Frankl

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

As soon as you can say what you think and not what some other person has thought for you, you are on the way to being a remarkable man. - James M. Barrie

Let every student of nature take this as his rule that whatever the mind seizes upon with particular satisfaction is to be held in suspicion. - Francis Bacon

Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime leave behind to conquer time! - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret is to press play. - Jay Asher

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent Van Gogh

Make yourself a priority once in a while. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. - Unknown

Sometimes, you got to remember, everyone wasn’t raised like you. - Unknown

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

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short. - William Shakespeare

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Genius

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. - Charles Bukowski

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows. - Havelock Ellis

Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius. - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race. - Jean de La Bruyere

Genius ain’t anything more than elegant common sense. - Josh Billings

Genius always looks forward, and not only sees what is, but what necessarily will be. - Fluke Greville

Genius has oftenest been the pariah of his time, the unhoused god whom none cared for, unnamed till they whom he first promoted, enriched and honoured, found it honourable to own their benefactor. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Genius holds its universal dominion because it touches the deepest suggestions and utters the multiform experiences of a common nature. - E. H. Chapin

Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart. - Henry Ward Beecher

Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more. - Henry Ford

Genius is knowing to stay silent as others demonstrate their ignorance. - Eric Lau

Genius is mainly an affair of energy. - Matthew Arnold

Genius is often only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it – so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. - Elbert Hubbard

Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience. - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Genius is talent set on fire by courage. - Henry van Dyke

Genius is the accumulated wealth of our humanity – its most intense development concentrated at one point, and then with clearer expression and with mysterious power shot back to us across the galvanic lines of thought and feeling. - E. H. Chapin

Genius makes its observations in short hand; talent writes them out at length. - Christian Nestell Bovee

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. - William James

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. - Charles Bukowski

Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine. - Benjamin Franklin

Genius begins great works; labour alone finishes them. - Joseph Joubert

Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. - Elbert Hubbard

Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains. - Thomas Carlyle

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. - William James

GENIUS, like a planet, takes a wide circuit through the pure expanse of nature, and visits not regions only, but whole worlds, which SENSE does not know to exist. - Fluke Greville

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use. - William Hazlitt

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Knowledge

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. - Kahlil Gibran

A man may do very well with a very little knowledge, and scarce be found out in mixed company; everybody is so much more ready to produce his own than to call for a display of your acquisition. - Charles Lamb

A youth's knowledge is like a cheap shotgun – likely to do as much damage to the owner as to the game. - Austin O’Malley

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

All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions. - Leonardo da Vinci

All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self-knowledge. - Bruce Lee

As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it. - Albert Einstein

As with all knowledge, once you knew it, you couldn't imagine how it was that you hadn't known it before. - Margaret Atwood

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. - Bhagavad Gita

By enlarging your knowledge of things, you will find your knowledge of self is enlarged. - Charles de Lint

Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. - David Ben-Gurion

Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from your views in order to be open to receive other’s viewpoints. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times. - Thich Hnat Hanh

Doubt is the key to knowledge. - Iranian Proverb

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

Great knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been well instructed, but still greater knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been neglected. - Horace Mann

How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in truth! - Sophocles

Humans crave knowledge, and when that craving ends, we are no longer human. - Tim Lebbon

If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a ten-foot chain. - Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

If you are truly wise, you will conceal your knowledge from the world, and let every fool think himself your superior, especially if you have anything to gain by him; for envy is the strongest passion of the weak, and mediocrity is the hot-bed on which all the meaner passions flourish. - Charles William Day

In the pursuit of knowledge, follow it wherever it is to be found; like fern, it is the produce of all climates, and like coin, its circulation is not restricted to any particular class. - Charles Caleb Colton

Information and knowledge: two currencies that have never gone out of style. - Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Compromise

“Compromise” is so often used in a bad sense that it is difficult to remember that properly it merely describes the process of reaching an agreement. Naturally there are certain subjects on which no man can compromise. For instance, there must be no compromise under any circumstances with official corruption, and of course no man should hesitate to say as much. - Theodore Roosevelt

All government – indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act is founded on compromise and barter. We balance inconveniences; we give and take; we remit some rights that we may enjoy others; and we choose rather to be happy citizens than subtle disputants. - Edmund Burke

Compromise is not regarded favourably by everyone. Some have criticized it as a half-hearted attempt to satisfy both parties' interests. Others have suggested that it is a process of caving in (mutual yielding) to escape the hard work of constructive settlement. These criticisms might be valid in some cases. But they seem to be overwhelmingly outweighed by the numerous constructive resolutions of ongoing conflicts achieved every day through exchanging concessions and compromise. - William E. Steckman

Now and then one can stand uncompromisingly for a naked principle and force people up to it. This is always the attractive course; but in certain great crises it may be a very wrong course. Compromise, in the proper sense, merely means agreement; in the proper sense opportunism should merely mean doing the best possible with actual conditions as they exist. A compromise which results in a half-step toward evil is all wrong, just as the opportunist who saves himself for the moment by adopting a policy which is fraught with future disaster is all wrong; but no less wrong is the attitude of those who will not come to an agreement through which, or will not follow the course by which, it is alone possible to accomplish practical results for good. - Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, 11 September 2017

Humorous Quotes

I only know I was born on March 5th because someone told me. I don’t remember myself. So, it’s fact based on second hand information and trust. - Jarod Kintz

My girlfriend bought me a collared shirt for my birthday, mainly so I don’t get too far ahead of her when she takes me for a walk. - Jarod Kintz

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. - W. Somerset Maugham

They say love is blind… and marriage is an institution. Well, I’m not ready for an institution for the blind just yet. - Mae West

Pig-headed stubbornness is the perseverance of somebody we don't like. - Robert Elliot Gonzales

You know it’s love when you want to keep holding hands even after you’re sweaty. - Unknown

Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other. - Mark Twain

I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird. - Frank Zappa

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. - Ovid

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. - Julia Child

With fools forbear to argue – better strive to wake the dead. - Bhartrhari

Staying on the fence is safe … until someone shoots you off! - Steven Charles

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Life

Don’t overthink life. Trust that you made the right decision and continue to grow. - Unknown

Sometimes life seems unbearable. Yet, a moment later the very same life feels unbearably beautiful. Life never changes, only your perspective. - Jeff Foster

When thinking about life, remember this: No amount of guilt can change the past. And no amount of anxiety can change the future. - Unknown

Life never seems to be the way we want it, but we live it the best way we can. There is no perfect life, but we can fill it with perfect moments. - Unknown

Life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger. - Unknown

Life doesn’t need to be perfect to be wonderful. - Unknown

Live with cause and leave results to the Great Law of the Universe. - Zengetsu

Life can still be beautiful, meaningful, fun, and fulfilling even if things don’t turn out the way you planned. - Lori Deschene

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. - Joseph Campbell

In the end, we are just humans searching for things to make our lives worthwhile. - Unknown

If you had never tasted a bad apple, you would not appreciate a good apple. You have to experience life to understand life. - Unknown

The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you. - Joel Osteen

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Quote Worthy

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

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. - Louisa May Alcott

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love – and to put its trust in life. - Joseph Conrad

Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us; our hour of triumph is what brings the void. - William James

One man may be more cunning than another, but not more cunning than everybody else. - Benjamin Franklin

You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best. - Steve Jobs

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

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls. - Carl Jung

If you don't keep an eye towards where you're going, you'll never get there. - Unknown

Sometimes, you need to burn bridges to stop yourself from crossing them again. - Unknown

Ideals are great in theory ... but they don't work too well in real life. - Laurell K. Hamilton

The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. - M. Pancoast

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 8 September 2017

Gardens

A garden is never so good as it will be next year. - Thomas Cooper

A garden really lives only insofar as it is an expression of faith, the embodiment of a hope and a song of praise. - Russell Page

A garden requires patient labour and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfil good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. - Liberty Hyde Bailey

A garden that one makes oneself, becomes associated with one's personal history and that of one's friends, interwoven with one's tastes, preferences, and character, and constitutes a sort of unwritten, but withal manifest autobiography. - Alfred Austin

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. - May Sarton

Garden: One of a vast number of free outdoor restaurants operated by charity-minded amateurs in an effort to provide healthful, balanced meals for insects, birds and animals. - Henry Beard and Roy McKie

Gardening is a labour full of tranquillity and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity. - John Evelyn

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. - Author Unknown

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. - Lindley Karstens

Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience. - Marina Schinz

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. - David Hobson

It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. - James Douglas

It’s been proven by quite a few studies that plants are good for our psychological development. If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down. Torture victims begin to recover when they spend time outside in a garden with flowers. So, we need them, in some deep psychological sense, which I don’t suppose anybody really understands yet. - Jane Goodall

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. - Karel Capek

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners. - Shakespeare

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. - Alfred Austin

The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman. He modifies the climate around his home. - John R. Whiting

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. - Gertrude Jeky

The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world. - Vita Sackville-West

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. - Audrey Hepburn

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. - Marcelene Cox

When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden. - Minnie Aumonier

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Humans

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in her beauty. - Albert Einstein

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi

As individuals, as families, as neighbours, as members of one community, people of all races and political views are usually decent, kind, compassionate. But in large corporations or governments, when great power accumulates in their hands, some become monsters even with good intentions. - Dean Koontz

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. - Abraham Lincoln

Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. - Plato

Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container. - Wallace Stevens

I tend to regard the whole human race as just a lot of different subspecies of pest. - K. J. Parker

Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. - Abraham Maslow

The human race is divided into two sharply differentiated and mutually antagonistic classes: a small minority that plays with ideas and is capable of taking them in, and a vast majority that finds them painful, and is thus arrayed against them, and against all who have traffic with them. - H. L. Mencken

The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can't believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes. - Stephen Hawking

The human race is just getting started.... The cerebral cortex is only a hundred thousand years old. It's still a baby, sucking teat and eating Cheerios. We might get better, maybe even wise, if we can last another thousand years. - Ellen Gilchrist

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend. - Charles Lamb

The important thing is for humans to come up with a binding agreement to live and act responsibly towards their Planetary neighbours. - Thiong’o Ng’ang’a

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self. - Albert Einstein

The truth is ... that human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment. They hunt in packs. Their packs scour the desert and vanish screaming into the wilderness. - Virginia Woolf

We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too. - Mairead Maguire

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence, it comes about that at their first appearance, innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen. - Aldous Huxley

Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. - Mahatma Gandhi

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The human mind cannot create anything. It produces nothing until having been fertilized by experience and meditation; its acquisitions are the germs of its production. - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. - Ferdinand Foch

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Food for Thought

If your heart hurts a little after letting go of someone or something, that’s okay. It just means that your feelings were genuine. No one likes ends. And no one likes pain. But sometimes we have to put things that were once good to an end after they turn toxic to our wellbeing. Not every new beginning is meant to last forever. And not every person who walks into our life is meant to stay. - Unknown

Law is an imperfect profession in which success can rarely be achieved without some sacrifice of principle. Thus, all practicing lawyers – and most others in the profession – will necessarily be imperfect, especially in the eyes of young idealists. There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics. But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it. - Alan Dershowitz

I believe there is no other difference between those who are called courageous and those who are branded craven than that the second are fearful before the danger and the first after it. No one can be much frightened, certainly, during a period of great and immanent peril – the mind is too much concentrated on the thing itself, and on the actions necessary to meet or avoid it. The coward is a coward, then, because he has brought his fear with him; persons we think cowardly will sometimes amaze us by their bravery, if they have had no forewarning of their danger. - Gene Wolfe

More Food for Thought Here and the book Food for Thought

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Teppanyaki Restaurant

At a Teppanyaki Restaurant. My mother would not approve of the way he is playing with the food.

In and Around Bendalmadena

Traffic lights - the green man urging you to hurry as the traffic lights are about to change.

Various pictures taken in and around Bendalmadena

Mijas

A little village which nestles on the mountain side. On a clear day, one can see as far as North Africa. A tourists’ attraction no less, and as with all tourist’s attractions, plenty of shops and cafes.

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A choice of horse or donkey carriages to take you on a tour, if you are too lazy to walk.

Torremolinos

What’s in Torremolinos? You get out of the underground train station and you are in the main square – the heart of the city. Surrounding the square are shops, eateries, hotels, clubs … very touristic … very busy.

The place is touted as a modern city - a place where the young, hip and trendy soak up the sun in the day and/or party all night. It does look clean and modern and has a touch of class about it, compared to Benalmadena. Of course, the prices are classier too. It has a vibrant night life. Clubs open late in the evening and close when the sun comes up. There are many food and beverage outlets.

And then there’s the beach, the eateries, and souvenir shops which cater to the passing tourists. The beach looks neat, polished and upmarket too.

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The second flag on the left is a rainbow flag - living up to Torremolinos reputation of a modern city. It was quite breezy that day and the flags are all entangled.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Gibraltar

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I had been warned that it is just 'a piece of rock', very touristic, over-rated, and expensive. Despite that, the general consensus was that it is one of those ‘must visit’ places if you are in Spain. So, I was forewarned and I was not really disappointed to discover that all the warnings were true.

Gibraltar is about 2 hours’ drive from Benalmadena. We had a tour along the base of the rock. Lots of shops, souvenir shops, and eateries. Very busy, very touristic and of course, very expensive. We didn't go up to the top of the rock, or the caves, because there was a long queue for the cable cars.

Gibraltar has an interesting history, but as a tourist attraction, there was really not much to see. Maybe I am difficult to please.

Ronda

Ronda is one and a half hours’ drive from Benalmadena. It is supposedly one of the loveliest and most historical town of Malaga.

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Plaza de Toros - The Bullring. We didn’t get a chance to look inside as it was closed.


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Offering unforgettable views over the El Tajo gorge. The Puente Nuevo, which means New Bridge in English, was actually completed in 1793 and took forty-two years to build. The bridge joins the old Moorish town and the newer, El Mercadillo parts of the city. It is, by far, Ronda’s most famous landmark.

One of Spain’s most famous Parador hotels sits adjacent to the bridge and is well worth a visit. The views of the El Tajo gorge are unforgettable.

If you have the time, walk down into the gorge along the Camino de los Molinos. The views are the best to be had. In Spring, the whole valley floor is awash with flowers.

Humorous Quotes

Books can also provoke emotions. And emotions sometimes are even more troublesome than ideas. Emotions have led people to do all sorts of things they later regret – like, oh, throwing a book at someone else. - Pseudonymous Bosch

According to a new survey, people who get divorced die early. People who stay married live longer. The difference is they just wish they were dead. - David Letterman

You don’t need to be on the same wavelength to succeed in marriage. You just need to be able to ride each other’s waves. - Toni Sciarra Poynter

They that are fated to be fools, have one consolation, that they are fated also to be ignorant of it. - Norman MacDonald

If you want to kill an idea without being identified as the assassin, suggest that the legal department take a look at it. - Scott Adams

I’m not clumsy! The floor just hates me, the table and chairs are bullies, and the walls get in my way. - Unknown

I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother. - Martha Gellhorn

The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain

Ignorance can be educated. Crazy can be medicated. But there is no cure for stupid. - Unknown

Get a good dog. We have not picked up food in the kitchen in 15 years. - Paul Reiser

Clothes may disguise a fool, but his voice will give him away. - Unknown

Everything comes to him who waits – if he waits till it comes. - Evan Esar

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Costa de Sol or Coast of the Sun

The coastline of Malaga province is popular for its beaches, miles and endless miles of them - which is why it is also known as ‘Costa del Sol’ – Coast of the Sun, in English. This is a very popular destination for tourists in the warmer months. The season starts in May and slows down around September. It is a flourishing period for the hotels, restaurants, eateries, bars and gift shops on the beach front along the coast.

At night, the sidewalks come alive with peddlers peddling their wares - usually shoes, tee-shirts, handbags, wallets, belts and toys.

Malaga

Supposedly the 6th largest city of Spain after Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Serville and Zaragoza.

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As with any city centre, this is where the big brands make their presence felt. So, if you are into shopping, you would like it here. Otherwise, you can do what I did. Have a tour of the city, and in between the walking, have a spot of lunch, a drink here, and a coffee there. Find a nice restaurant or nice café – no lack of these in Malaga - and just relax and people-watch, until you are ready to explore another corner of the city.

I enjoyed the day - nice day, nice company. What more could one ask for?

Our first stop. Had a Sherry straight from the cask at this establishment, which is as old as Malaga.

Happiness

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. - Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. - Robert A. Heinlein

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. - Heraclitus

The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick. - Sophie Swetchine

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. - Andre Maurois

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. - Martha Washington

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. - Anne Frank

To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness. - Mary Stuart

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. - Anne Frank

More on Happiness Here
The book The Pursuit of Happiness

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Quote Worthy

We may think that we fully control ourselves. However, a friend can easily reveal something about us that we have absolutely no idea about. - Carl Jung

It matters not from what stock we are descended so long as we have virtue; for that alone is true Nobility. - Wellins Calcott

Those who do the least themselves are always the severest critics upon the noble achievements of others. - Elias Lyman Magoon

You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results. - Mike Hawkins

Sometimes in this life, under the stress of an exceptional emotion, people do say what they think. - Marcel Proust

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination. - Christian Nevell Bovee

The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them. - Criss Jami

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

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. - Benedict de Spinoza

Bitter people are not interested in what you say, but what you hide. - Shannon L. Alder

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long. - Unknown

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it. - Ted Williams

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Spain

I have just returned from a wonderful two-month vacation in Spain – Benalmadena, Malaga, to be exact – and I have some pictures and brief narratives to share. Follow my blog to see them – if you are interested.

I stayed with my friend Roger, who moved to Spain at the beginning of the year, in a quiet residential area, about a ten-minute walk to the city centre on one side, and a twenty-minute walk to the beach cum tourist area on the other. It is an area of serviced apartments and holiday homes. Residents here are a mix of locals and expatriate pensioners, making it quieter and more laid back.

Spain is very hilly – in fact it’s the second-most mountainous country in Europe. All roads go up and down, slopes and hills, hills and slopes – rarely level for long. It is hot and dry during summer months – it hit a high of 38° Celsius when I was there – and it gets much higher as you go inland – Cordoba hit a high of 47° Celsius this summer.

Siesta hours are from two to five pm and most shops are closed during this time. Dinners are usually quite late, since people don’t finish work until 9.00-10.00 pm.

The Spanish are very friendly, easy going, and laid back. “Holas” (Hellos) are a norm. You will get one as long as there is eye contact. And, if they know you well, they will grab you and peck you on both cheeks.

Spain is famous for their Tapas Bars

These can be small cafés or eateries. If you see the word ‘Tapas’ on their sign, it means when you order a drink, they will serve a small snack with the drink. A different snack for every drink you order. So, if you drink enough, you don’t have to have meals.

Other things which Spain is known for are olives, wines and fortified wines, cheese, and leather. Malaga is, of course, famous for its ‘Costa de Sol’ (Coast of the Sun), where there are miles and miles of endless beaches.

Compared to other European countries, Spain is very affordable indeed. The economy is not in the best of shape. There seemed to be more shops and eateries than there were customers. I did my best to boost their economy while I was there, but there is only so much a poor pensioner can do 😊

All in all, I had a wonderful time in Spain. Home-stay holidays suit me best. You get to understand a bit of the people, their culture and their way of life. Going to a country, rushing from one tourist attraction to another, and coming back with souvenirs to prove that you have been there is not my idea of a holiday. I am not keen on shopping, and I am not excited about tourist attractions. Besides, tourist attractions do not necessarily mean that you will be impressed by them.

However, on days when I was not too lazy, and had the adventurous spirit in me, I did venture out, (got taken out), to a few tourist attractions. Places I covered included Gibraltar, Ronda, Malaga, Torremolinos and Mijas. Introductions later.

A couple of complaints – if you will permit me. First was the smell of dog urine, on the streets – all over – and having to watch out for dog poo. Dogs are a common sight in the evenings when they are taken out for walks – when their owners have finished work, and when the weather is cooler. Most dog owners do make the effort to pick up after their dogs, but there’s nothing they can do about the urine and hence, there is a pervasive smell of urine in the air. The hot and dry weather did not help. House flies were another annoyance.

Apartments in the area where I stayed.

On the ground level of the apartment blocks are shops, cafes, and restaurants. So, one does not have to walk far for basic necessities.

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A note to my friends in Spain. Please feel free to correct me if I am mistaken.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Freedom

A hungry man is not a free man. - Adlai Stevenson

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan

All men are born free: just not for long. - John le Carre

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

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela

For you who no longer possess it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion. - Emil Cioran

Freedom is an elusive concept. Some men hold themselves prisoner even when they have the power to do as they please and go where they choose, while others are free in their hearts, even as shackles restrain them. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be. - James Baldwin

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. - Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is the crux of self-respect. It is difficult to feel good about ourselves when we are unnaturally dependent on someone or something. - David J. Lieberman

Freedom is the illusion of an imprisoned mind. - Leonid S. Sukhorukov

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent. - Alan Dershowitz

Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets. - Nelson Mandela

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Robert A. Heinlein

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. - James Madison

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. - Noam Chomsky

It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come. - Malcolm X

It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom. - Chanakya

It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. - Chuck Palahniuk

I've read and heard a lot of unbelievable stuff about those times when people lived in freedom – that is, in disorganized wildness. - Yevgeny Zamyatin

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. - George Washington

Man is born free and is everywhere in chains. - Peter Carey

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. - Voltaire

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Health

A fit, healthy body – that is the best fashion statement. - Jess C. Scott

A little health now and again is the ailing person’s best remedy. - Friedrich Nietzsche

A Man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he love you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy. - Lauren Bacall

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. - Hippocrates

As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself. - Adelle Davis

Before healing others, heal yourself. - Gambian Proverb

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health. - Dalai Lama

Eat your vegetables. Brush your teeth. Sweat once in a while. Get plenty of rest. Don’t smoke. Laugh more. There are certain tenets to health that are pretty commonsensical and that we all know we should practice routinely. - David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg

Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body. - Jeanette Jenkins

Feed a cold and starve a fever. - C. Morley

From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health. - Catalan Proverb

Give a man health and a course to steer; and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not. - George Bernard Shaw

Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings. - Publilius Syrus

Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account. - Anne Wilson Schaef

Health does not always come from medicine. Most of the time it comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, peace of soul. It comes from laughter and love. - Unknown

He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not. - Italian Proverb

He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors. - Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Communication

For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. The essential substance of every thought and feeling remains incommunicable, locked up in the impenetrable strong-room of the individual soul and body. Our life is a sentence of perpetual solitary confinement. - Aldous Huxley

Leaders who make it a practice to draw out the thoughts and ideas of their subordinates and who are receptive even to bad news will be properly informed. Communicate downward to subordinates with at least the same care and attention as you communicate upward to superiors. - L. B. Belker

You can talk with someone for years, every day, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever… connections are made with the heart, not the tongue. - C. JoyBell C.

People don't get along because they fear each other. People fear each other because they don't know each other. They don't know each other because they have not properly communicated with each other. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act. - James Thurber

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Fortune

A Change of Fortune hurts a wise Man no more than a Change of the Moon. - Benjamin Franklin

A fool having enjoyed good fortune like intoxication to a great amount becomes more foolish. - Epictetus

A wise man turns chance into good fortune. - Thomas Fuller

Behind every great fortune there is a crime. - Honore de Balzac

By working one can bend fortune. She is fond of crafty men. - Gustave Flaubert

Change yourself and fortune will change. - Portuguese Proverb

Chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands. - Francis Bacon

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance. - Virgil

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. - Benjamin Disraeli

Fortune and misfortune are two buckets in the same well. - German Proverb

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered. - William Shakespeare

Fortune favours the audacious. - Desiderius Erasmus

Fortune favours the prepared mind. - Louis Pasteur

Fortune has been considered the guardian divinity of fools; and, on this score, she has been accused of blindness; but it should rather be adduced as a proof of her sagacity, when she helps those who cannot help themselves. - Charles Caleb Colton

Fortune has often been blamed for her blindness; but fortune is not so blind as men are. Those who look into practical life will find that fortune is usually on the side of the industrious, as the winds and waves are on the side of the best navigators. - Samuel Smiles

Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away. - Charles V

Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us. - Vincent Voiture

Fortune is like glass – the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken. - Publilius Syrus

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave. - James Russell Lowell

Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighbouring saloon and does not hear her. - Mark Twain

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

Fortune makes a fool of him whom she favours too much. - Publilius Syrus

Fortune may flatter us, but she herself is not to be flattered. - Edward Counsel

Fortune may raise up or abuse the ordinary mortal, but the sage and the soldier should have minds beyond her control. - Sir Walter Scott

Fortune never seems so blind to any as to those on whom she bestows no favours. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door. - Goethe

Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favours; or we go empty away. - Amelia E. Barr

Fortune sides with him who dares. - Virgil

Fortune sometimes knocks like a schoolmistress, but then she teaches when she does. - Edward Counsel

Fortune, in the distribution of her gifts, resembles a good fellow throwing pennies into the air for children to scramble after. She does not cast to this and to that one according to their respective merits, but leaves chance and their own activity to determine who shall get the most of her bounty. Christian - Nestell Bovee