Friday, January 24, 2014

trust yourself

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

same direction

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. 

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

great men

Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

don't settle

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.

Don't settle.

- Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005

key to immortality

The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering.

- Bruce Lee

two great days

There are two great days in a person's life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.

- William Barclay

silence within

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

harder life

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.

- Albert Schweitzer

the road

Where you end up is not the most important thing. It's the road you take to get there. The road is what you'll look back on and call your life.

- Tim Willey


The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

- Pierre de Courbertin


Our life is frittered away by details...Simplify, simplify.

- Henry David Thoreau

Monday, September 23, 2013


Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.

- Wayne Dyer

Sunday, September 22, 2013


You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.

- Arthur Ashe


Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by coming more.

- Anthony Robbins


It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

- Joseph Campbell


Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.

- Booker T. Washington 


Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries. Only in proportion as we are desirous of living more do we really live.

- José Ortega y Gasset

tireless minority

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. 

- Samuel Adams

real disloyalty

Most dissent is not disloyalty. Real disloyalty is keeping quiet when something needs to be said. 

- Steve Smith, Author, Thought Leader on Business


Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

- James Joyce
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

Mohandas Gandhi

good work

Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.

- Edward H. Harriman


No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune. 

- Plutarch


The one thing that matters is the effort. It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands


Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.

- Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook

100 percent

I've got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. 

- Larry Bird

winds and waves

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

- Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire


Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.

- Paul Meyer

up and down

The way up and the way down are one and the same.

- T.S. Eliot

greatest glory

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

- Confucius

requisites for success

Courage to start and willingness to keep everlasting at it are the requisites for success.

- Alonzo Newton Benn

firm foundation

A successful man is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.

- David Brinkley

achieve greatly

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert Kennedy

man's finest hour

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.

- Vince Lombardi

lack of will

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

- Vince Lombardi

change others

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. 

- Benjamin Franklin

a few milimeters away

When it seems impossible, when it seems like nothing is going to work, you're usually only a few millimeters away from making it happen.

- Tony Robbins

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

- Democritus 


Obstacles are a golden opportunity to quickly forge an inner self that is as indestructible as a diamond, able to endure for eternity.

- Daisaku Ikeda

born ignorant

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

- Benjamin Franklin

dream no small dreams

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

the ultimate test

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

knowledge vs ignorance

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.

- Karl Popper

attitude of gratitude

I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I am pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

- Maya Angelou

reason & passion

Men of reason have endured; men of passion have lived.

- Nicolas Chamfort

better know nothing

Better know nothing than half-know many things

- Nietzsche

real character

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

- Thomas Babington Macaulay, author & statesman (1800-1859)


There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

- Howard Zinn

unparalleled beauty

To smile when confronted with the most severe oppression, is an act of Resistance rooted in unparalleled beauty.

- Jonathan Azaziah, political activist

what we leave behind

What we leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

- Pericles

meaning of things

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

war on terrorism

How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?

- Howard Zinn


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

- Abraham Lincoln


A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.

- Jack Dempsey


O, it is excellent To have a giant's strength! But it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.

- William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure, Act II, Scn. II


So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice...

- William Faulkner

great minds

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

foundation of integrity

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. 

- Keshavan Nair

Monday, October 31, 2011

don't follow

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.

- Joan Rivers

never too late

It's never too late to be what you might have been.

- TS Elliott

unjust law

An unjust law is no law at all.

- St. Augustine of Hippo, "On Free Choice Of The Will"


Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

- Confucius

silence of the good people

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.


I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.

- Mark Twain


You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.

- Dr. Seuss

what lies

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

sheep nation

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

Edward R. Murrow


Courage is the most valuable of all the virtues, because without it you cannot practice any of the others.

- Maya Angelou


Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.

- Henry Ward Beecher


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness.

- George Orwell

kindness to strangers

You can tell more about a person from their kindness to strangers than you can from any words they might say.

- Gail Lynne Goodwin


It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human makeup, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.

- Victor Frankl, Psychoanalyst

Saturday, October 29, 2011

white man

If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.

- Teton Sioux 

wisdom of ages

Always seek wisdom of the ages over knowledge of the moment.

- Jeff Einstein

wings to fly

It's only when you have the courage to step off the ledge that you'll realize you've had wings all along.

- Gail Lynne Goodwin

burning desire

When your burning desire for success is greater than your deepest fear of failure, you can create anything in your life!

- Gail Lynne Goodwin


When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.

- Japanese Proverb

character building

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

- Eleanor Roosevelt


Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

- Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.

- Harriet Tubman


Modernity; we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur.

- Nassim Taleb

final revolution

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.

- Aldous Huxley, California Medical School, 1961


Think of yourself and say, I wish I were a candle in the darkness.

- Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet


Do not hold the delusion that your advancement is accomplished by crushing others.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero,106-43 B.C.


No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

- Mary Wollstonecraft

reason and right

At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For
to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right.

- Miguel de Unamuno, 12th October 1936

power of love

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

- Jimi Hendrix


We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.

- Marshall McLuhan

clever, wise man

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

- Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian author

everything else is secondary

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what ou...truly
want to become. Everything else is secondary.

- Steve Jobs


I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost.

- Malcolm X