Friday, 28 October 2016

Confidence - Quotes

A person without confidence is like a jumbo jet sitting on the runway with an empty fuel tank. - Keith Johnson

Confidence and doubt are like two bulls in a car – either confidence is going to stay or your doubts or insecurities are going to stay, but there is not room for both to remain. - Keith Johnson

Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication. - Roger Staubach

Confidence is a fine trait. Overconfidence isn't. - Laurel K Hamilton

Confidence is a natural life force designed to overcome dark times. - Sheenah Hankin

Confidence is almost all about perception. Very few people are wholly confident in every area of their life. Those who appear to be so are probably good at acting – with themselves as the audience. - Kate Burton & Brinley N. Platts

Confidence is conqueror of men; victorious both over them and in them; the iron will of one stout heart shall make a thousand quail; a feeble dwarf, dauntlessly resolved, will turn the tide of battle, and rally to a nobler strife the giants that had fled. - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. - Cicero

Confidence is the bridge connecting expectations and performance, investment and results. - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Confidence is the hinge on the door to success. - Mary O’Hara Dumas

Confidence is the mark of a hopeful disposition. - Aristotle

Confidence is you've been on that bull before and you know you're gonna ride 'im. - Anna Deavere Smith

Confidence, like money, only becomes a problem when it disappears. - Kate Burton & Brinley N. Platts

False confidence is the precursor of disaster. - David Noonan

Thursday, 27 October 2016


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


A man in Thailand was arrested with more than 10,000 pairs of stolen underwear. Legal experts are expecting a brief trial. - Jimmy Fallon

A pun is the lowest form of humour, unless you thought of it yourself. - Doug Larson

Divorce is the price people pay for playing with matches. - Evan Esar

Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end. - June Carter Cash

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It’s literary suicide. - Erma Bombeck

I doubt Vodka is the answer, but it’s worth a shot. - Unknown

If there were an international butt competition, Eric would win, hands down – or cheeks up. - Charlaine Harris

She used to be a schoolteacher, but she has no class now. - Fred Allen

As we understand it, the surest way to make a living by the pen is to raise pigs. - Robert Elliott Gonzales

Why should you never iron a four leaf clover? You don't want to press your luck. - Unknown

A bicycle can't stand alone. It's two tired. - Unknown

A boiled egg is hard to beat. - Unknown

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail. - Unknown

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. - Unknown

A new type of broom came out, it is sweeping the nation. - Unknown

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Food for Thought

Humility does not mean that conceit doesn't arise in the mind; it means that conceit is met with the wisdom of not taking the inflation personally. Usually when we are feeling inflated and conceited, we believe the ego's insistence that we are better or worse than others. Humility is a practice that allows us to override that insistence and arrive at a wise relationship to the ego. It takes constant vigilance, because the mind is constantly creating (and attempting to give permanence to) a self out of that aspect of our experience that we call ego, constantly creating conceit. - Noah Levine

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away. - Douglas MacArthur

The way we respond to criticism pretty much depends on the way we respond to praise. If praise humbles us, then criticism will build us up. But if praise inflates us, then criticism will crush us; and both responses lead to our defeat. - Warren Wiersbe

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Conceit - Quotes

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed. - Channing Pollock

Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works. - William Shakespeare

Conceit is a strange disease: it makes everyone sick except the person who has it. - Evan Esar

Conceit is just as natural a thing to human minds as a centre is to a circle. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Conceit is pride and arrogance on steroids. - Michelle Singletary

Conceit is the most contemptible and one of the most odious qualities in the world. It is vanity driven from all other shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for admiration. - William Hazlitt

Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve. - Alexander Pope

Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up. - John Ruskin

I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them. - George Eliot

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity. - Robert Half

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit. - Aesop

Those who are talentless themselves are the first to talk about the conceit of others; for mediocrity bears but one flower – ENVY. - Charles William Day

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. - Louisa May Alcott

Monday, 24 October 2016

Humorous Quotes

Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear. - Dave Barry

A new study found that most people can't go 10 minutes without lying. But since the study took 20 minutes nobody knows what to believe. - Jimmy Fallon

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. - Josh Billings

Men have a better time than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier. - H. L. Mencken

Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright. - Laurell K. Hamilton

Love is what you make it. Unfortunately, I can’t make it today, as I have a doctor’s appointment. - Jarod Kintz

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library. - Frank Zappa

Dating a tennis player is risky - love means nothing to us. - Anna Kournikova

It’s a street food vendor! Stop asking for the health score rating. - Regina Griffin

I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing. - Mae West

A good loser is all right, but it isn't so much fun to beat him. - Evan Esar

Marriage is grand. Divorce is about twenty grand. - Jay Leno

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

ABC of Quotes

It is always nice, very nice indeed, to hear from people who bought my books. Especially when they have enjoyed the book. Here is a comment from a gentleman on my book , ‘ABC of Quotes.’

“I read your book ‘ABC of Quotes’, on Scribd, then purchased it at Lulu. And I wish to thank you a million for your nice efforts. Raouf.”

Feedback and comments on my books meant a lot to me. They motivate me more than anything else.

Wisdom - Quotes

Luck never made a man wise. - Lucius Seneca

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. - James Boswell

Observation, not old age, brings wisdom. - Publilius Syrus

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. - Albert Einstein

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. - Solomon Ibn Gabriol

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. - Socrates

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom; for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough. - William Blake

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. - Chinese Proverb

Be wise today so you don’t cry tomorrow. - E.A. Bucchianeri

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. - Epictetus

The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control. - Pythagoras

The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. - George Santayana

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Quote Worthy

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special gift. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance combined with self-critique have brought me my ideas. - Albert Einstein

As you get older you will understand more and more that it’s not about what you look like or what you own, it’s all about the person you’ve become. - Unknown

People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people. - Charles F. Kettering

If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light. - Victor Hugo

He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees. - Benjamin Franklin

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A. A. Milne

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. - Frederick Douglass

How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it. - Paulo Coelho

Sometimes the things that hurt you the most, teach you the greatest lessons. - Unknown

Never Let anyone tell you that you can’t; show them that you can. - Gloria Mallette

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. - Martin Rees

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Definitions You Won’t See In The Dictionary

Mosquito: an insect that makes you like flies better. - Unknown

Nillionaire: a person with little or no money. - Unknown

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. - Unknown

Raisin: a grape with a sunburn. - Unknown

Secret: something you tell to one person at a time. - Unknown

Tomorrow: one of the greatest labor saving devices of today. - Unknown

Toothache: the pain that drives you to extraction. - Unknown

Transvestite: a guy who likes to eat, drink and be Mary. - Unknown

Wrinkles: something other people have, similar to my character lines. - Unknown

Yawn: an honest opinion openly expressed without a word. - Unknown

Academe: an ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. - Ambrose Bierce

Academy: a modern school where football is taught. - Ambrose Bierce

Acquaintance: a person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. - Ambrose Bierce

Ambition: an overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. - Ambrose Bierce

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Food for Thought

We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society. - Alan W. Watts

So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. - Stephen Chbosky

We can help a person to be himself by our own willingness to steep ourselves temporarily in his world, in his private feelings and experiences. By our affirmation of the person as he is, we give him support and strength to take the next step in his own growth. - Clark Moustakas

We have come out of the time when obedience, the acceptance of discipline, intelligent courage, and resolution were most important, into that more difficult time when it is a man’s duty to understand his world rather than to simply fight for it. - Ernest Hemingway

Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not. - Ashton Kutcher

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Humorous Quotes

Adam was but human – this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent. - Mark Twain

I like to call in sick to work at places where I've never held a job. Then when the manager tells me I don't work there, I tell them I'd like to. But not today, as I'm sick. - Jarod Kintz

My grandfather’s a little forgetful, but he likes to give me advice. One day, he took me aside and left me there. - Ron Richards

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

Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them! - Margaret Mitchell

Many a wedding takes place when a man can't afford to go steady with a girl any longer. - Evan Esar

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. - Henrik Ibsen

It’s been so long since I made love, I can’t even remember who gets tied up. - Joan Rivers

If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough. - Mario Andretti

Lawyers are men whom we hire to protect us from lawyers. - Elbert Hubbard

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. - W.C. Fields

Artificial plants grow best in artificial light. - Regina Griffin

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Change - Quotes

All times are changing times, but ours is one of massive, rapid moral and mental transformation. Archetypes turn into millstones, large simplicities get complicated, chaos becomes elegant, and what everybody knows is true turns out to be what some people used to think. - Ursula K. Le Guin

Change does not change tradition, it strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat. - Prince Philip

Change does not fail to occur because of insincerity. The heart patient is not insincere about his wish to keep living, even as he reaches for another cigarette. Change fails to occur because we mean both things. It fails to occur because we are a living contradiction. - Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey

Change doth unknit the tranquil strength of men. - Matthew Arnold

Change has to come for life to struggle forward. - Helen Hollick

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim. - I Ching

Change is inevitable. Change is constant. - Benjamin Disraeli

Change is mandatory for extraordinary results. - Unknown

Change is never easy … there’s always a cost. - Unknown

Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life. - Alvin Toffler

Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be. - Unknown

Change is the end result of all true learning. - Leo Buscaglia

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Quote Worthy

No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. - Epictetus

It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little; a great deal may rouse you to remove, what a little will only accustom you to endure. - Fluke Greville

To make one person the centre of your world is bound to end in disaster. There are too many factors outside your control. - Alexandra Adornetto

A lot of people get so hung up on what they can’t have that they don’t think for a second about whether they really want it. - Lionel Shriver

People who do not understand you will never settle for any proof, and people who appreciate you do not need any proof. - Seth

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin

One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once. - Samuel Butler

I will not follow where the path may lead; instead I will go where there is no path and leave a trail. - Muriel Strode

No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself. - Conrado I. Generoso

The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine. - Benjamin Franklin

He who would greatly deserve must greatly dare. - Washington Irving

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. - J.K. Rowling

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Friday, 14 October 2016


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Thursday, 13 October 2016

On Laughter

[I am] persuaded that every time a man smiles, but much more so when he laughs ... it adds something to this fragment of life. - Laurence Sterne

A hearty laugh lengthens your life. - Swedish Proverb

A laugh a day keeps the psychiatrist away. - Evan Esar

A laugh to be joyous must flow form a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy. - Thomas Carlyle

A laugh's the wisest, easiest answer to all that’s queer. - Herman Melville

A well-developed sense of humour is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life. - William Arthur Ward

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. - Mark Twain

Always find a reason to laugh. It may not add years to your life but will surely add life to your years. - Unknown

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh. - W. H. Auden

Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not. - Vaclav Havel

But to die of laughter – this, too, seems to me a great euthanasia. - Max Beerbohm

Even in despair, man must laugh. - Lin Yu Tang

He is a wise man who always knows what to laugh at, and a bold man that always dare laugh at what is laughable. - Edward Parsons Day

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Food for Thought

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and perceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow and wax strong, we grow and wax weak; and at last some crisis shows us what we have become. - Canon Westcott

Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life. - George Washington

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it – and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again – and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. - Mark Twain

Were the life of man prolonged, he would become such a proficient in villainy, that it would become necessary again to drown or to burn the world. Earth would become an hell; for future rewards when put off to a great distance, would cease to encourage, and future punishments to alarm. - Charles Caleb Colton

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Communication - Quotes

Communication sometimes is not what you first hear, listen not just to the words, but listen for the reason. - Catherine Pulsifer

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. - Charles Dickens

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. - Walt Disney

Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience. - Steve Burnett

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. - Stephen King

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversations is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than about what others are saying, and we never listen when we are eager to speak. - Francois La Rochefoucauld

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. - William Butler Yeats

We take communication for granted because we do it so frequently, but it’s actually a complex process. - Joseph Sommerville

You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. - Zig Ziglar

Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers. - Les Brown

Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. - Hermann Hesse

Monday, 10 October 2016

Humorous Quotes

Men do communicate, often very directly, but women sometimes cannot accept how simple what we have to say is. We seldom play games – we aren't that sophisticated. - Chris Abani

No one should ever expect happiness from marriage. A few quiet moments, perhaps, if one is lucky...and an occasional day that doesn't incite you to murder. - Lili

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam. I looked into the soul of the boy next to me. - Woody Allen

In its purest form, dating is auditioning for mating (and auditioning means we may or may not get the part). - Joy Browne

It’s hard to understand why people who have enough time to play chess want to spend it playing chess. - Evan Esar

Marriage is just fancy word to adopt an over grown male child who is no more handled by his parents. - Unknown

A doctor is a man who writes prescriptions, till the patient either dies or is cured by nature. - John Taylor

No one ... appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does. - Christopher Morley

How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb? How many can you afford? - Blanche Knott

If you could read my mind you’d back away slowly then run for your life. - Unknown

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. - Mark Twain

Don't lend money to friends – it causes amnesia. - Unknown

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Books - Quotes

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. - Anna Quindlen

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. - Oscar Wilde

A book is like a garden carried in a pocket. - Chinese Proverb

A book should be an axe to chop open the frozen sea inside us. - J. M. Coetzee

A good book is the purest essence of a human soul. - Thomas Carlyle

A good book praises itself. - German Proverb

A good book, in the language of the booksellers, is a saleable one; in the language of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructful one.- Eliza Cook

A library is a repository of medicine for the mind. - Greek Proverb

A man’s bookcase will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about him. - Walter Mosley

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. - Unknown
Book are a uniquely portable magic. - Stephen King

Books admitted me to their world open-handedly, as people for their most part, did not. The life I lived in books was one of ease and freedom, worldly wisdom, glitter, dash and style. - Jonathan Raban

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Quote Worthy

He who has got more than that is required to fulfill his basic need spends his resources, more often than not, on the people and the products that he does not actually need. - Anuj Somany

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. - Arthur Schopenhauer

If you are ever called upon to chasten a person, never chasten beyond the balm you have within you to bind up. - Brigham Young

When a creature has developed into one thing, he will choose death rather than change into his opposite. - Frank Herbert

There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin colour, or religion. - Malala Yousafzai

People only realize what they had after they lose it, so hold onto what you have and never let it go. - Unknown

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. - Frederick Douglass

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

It is at all times more easy to make enemies than friends. - George Washington

One must learn to know oneself before knowing anything else. - Soren Kierkegaard

He who would greatly deserve must greatly dare. - Washington Irving

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Heart Attack

Worth keeping this in mind.

One month before a heart attack, your body will warn you. Here are the 6 signs

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Food for Thought

People know your name, not your story. They’ve heard what you’ve done, but not what you’ve been through. So take their opinions of you with a grain of salt. In the end, it’s not what others think, it’s what you think about yourself that counts. Sometimes you have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else. - Les Brown

It has been observed that a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant will see farther than the giant himself; and the moderns, standing as they do on the vantage ground of former discoveries and uniting all the fruits of the experience of their forefathers, with their own actual observation, may be admitted to enjoy a more enlarged and comprehensive view of things than the ancients themselves. - Charles Caleb Colton

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. It is plain that an ignorant person thinks everything he does know important, and he tells it to everybody. But a well-educated man is not so ready to display his learning; he would have too much to say, and he sees that there is much more to be said, so he holds his peace. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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