Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Individuality

Each man must have his "I"; it is more necessary to him than bread; and if he does not find scope for it within the existing institutions he will be likely to make trouble. - Charles Horton Cooley

If you are different from the rest of the flock, they bite you. - Vincent O’Sulliva

It is precisely those who are apparently aloof from the world who build for themselves a remarkable and thoroughly individual world in miniature, using their own special equipment, termite-like. - Stefan Zweig

I'm an oddity of one, my strangeness too complicated to explain or share. - Libba Bray

Individuality is that which you bring into the world. - Osho

Individuality is the expression of the uniqueness of every soul and the sublime manifestation of its evolution. - Avikal Costantino

Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route. - Tom Robbins

The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself. - Saul Alinsky

The thing is not to follow a pattern. Follow your own pattern of feeling and thought. The thing is to accept your own life and not try to live someone else’s life. Look, the thumbprint is not like any other, and the thumbprint is what you must go by. - Katherine Anne Porter

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. - Anais Nin

We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honour him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement. - Hermann Hesse

Monday, 11 December 2017

Humour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway. - Unknown

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Love Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Quote Worthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Imagination

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

A strong imagination begetteth opportunity. - Michel de Montaigne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

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

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

Imagination is the cornerstone of human endeavour. - Alex Osborn

Imagination is the eye of the soul. - Joseph Joubert

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Books

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Debt

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Ignorance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ignorance is better than knowledge misapplied. - Norman MacDonald

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

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

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

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

Ignorance is the mother of all evils. - Francois Rabelais

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

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

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

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

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

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

The darkest night is ignorance. - Gautama Buddha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no darkness, but ignorance. - William Shakespeare

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

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

Monday, 4 December 2017

Oxymoronic Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free advice is often overpriced. - E. C McKenzie

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Quote Worthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Hypocrite / Hypocrisy

A hypocrite is in himself both the archer and the mark, in all actions shooting at his own praise or profit. - Thomas Fuller

Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every veil secretly desires to be lifted, except the veil of Hypocrisy. - Richard Garnett

Hypocrisy is folly; for it is much easier, safer, and pleasanter to be the thing which a man seems to appear, than to keep up the appearance of being what he is not. - Lord Burleigh

Hypocrisy is the resin that holds the plywood of society together. - Scott Meyer

It does not follow that a man is a hypocrite because his actions give the lie to his words. If he at one time seems a saint, and at other times a sinner, he possibly is both in reality, as well as in appearance. A person may be fond of vice and of virtue too; and practice one or the other, according to the temptation of the moment. - William Hazlitt

Those are greatly mistaken who think that they can obtain permanent glory by hypocrisy, vain pretence, and disguised words and looks. True glory strikes its roots deep, and spreads them on all sides; everything false disappears quickly, like spring flowers, nor can anything, that is untrue, be of long duration. - Cicero

We are all hypocrites. We cannot see ourselves or judge ourselves the way we see and judge others. - Jose Emilio Pacheco

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Shadow of the Light

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

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

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

- Merle A Allison

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All great ideas are dangerous. - Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

An idea is salvation by imagination. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great ideas are the fuel of progress. - Unknown

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

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

Monday, 27 November 2017

Humorous Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Life Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Road to Success

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


The Road to Sucess

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

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

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

Quote Worthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wickedness disrobes any man of his excellency. - Benjamin Whichcote

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

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 24 November 2017

Humility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Loneliness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labour in loneliness is irksome. - Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Curiosity

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

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

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

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

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

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