Quotes by great thinkers  Compiled by Reza Ganjavi

Don't worry about the grade; just enjoy the class. Dr. James Christian, Philosophy Professor, Author

Moreover, a man who habitually speaks and writes correctly is one who has cured himself, not merely of conscious and deliberate lying (and the task is much more difficult and at least as important) of unconscious mendacity. -- Aldous Huxley, Words and Their Meanings

'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes'. Marcel Proust

They asked the great Persian sage Loghman whom he learned manners from - he replied "form the un-mannered"...

Towards the end of his life Emerson said he now sees that most of his worries were unfounded.

If you have love you have the most important thing in a humans life. Angela Jaggi

To give power to another is to destroy oneself - Macchhiavelli

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character - Horace Greely

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system." Niccolo Macchhiavelli 1513

If you take away jealousy, most people will be left with nothing. Catherine's grandmother.

A good reason to reach out to others: to share our warmth and caring and love - S. Jeffers

Traveling is good. Even if you don't have such a good time when you return home you enjoy: "ah, home sweet home" - Manna

Have no fear. The world was changed by courageous people. Peyman Azad

Treat every day as if it were your last. Shahryar Khorsandi

"The First Amendment has to be strong enough to protect scumbags like me; if it will protect me, then it will protect all of you, because I'm the worst." -- Larry Flynt

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. L.Ron Hubbard

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." Oscar Wilde

Proverb: Don't throw your pearls before the swine. (Precious things to you don't throw it to people who won't appreciate it or quash it or be jealous...)

Honorable Pregerson: [wrote this as he spoke it -- may have slight wording inaccuracies].

He said if this is what being a lawyer is, I don't want to be a lawyer.... lot of money spent because people couldn't work out some basic things that can be worked out.

"No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power." (Jacob Bronowski)

morghi ke anjir mikhoreh mengharesh kajeh (a chicken which eats figs has crooked beak) -- Persian

Don't hurry. Life always gives you enough time to do what you need to do. Reza Afshar

Shut up if you don't have anything good to say!  Dr. Shadi Ganjavi

I don't need the world. Basically the world is trashy. Dr. James Christian

Higher education is an invalidation of the individual, telling him that he does not count without it. - G.Gautama

Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think - John Stuart Mill

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Anonymous

This cat has no money -- she is completely poor -- she relies on me. Jackie Griffiths

They will not say big things unless there is little things. Persian.

Being tired is not a good excuse for being tired. Phil Maynes.

"People are so geeky about their computer because we forced them to be (thanks to Bill)............

gang, it's all about the ride not about assembling that stuff". Scott McNealy

Civilizatinmeans, above all, an unwilingness to inflict unnecessary pain. Harold Laski

"The only thing of importance will be the traces of love we have left behind, when all of a sudden we need to depart." Albert Schweitzer, Humanitarian (1875-1965)

The idea that there is one people in possession of the truth, one answer to the world's ills, or one solution to humanity's needs has done immense harm throughout history. Kofi Annan.

A lot can be accomplished with 3 magic words: I "respect" you, I "appreciate" you, I "agree" with you. - Marty Nemko (

don't you understand that for the first time we're seeing what we should be seeing. You don't have a black role - you have an equal role." Dr. M.L.King told the woman black actor in Star Trek. Next day she went back to work (she wanted to quit after the first season to go work in musical theatre).

"If, then, we are to be true to our own faith, we must attend to others when they speak, as deeply and as alertly as we hope they will attend to us." -- Huston Smith 1919-2016

The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth. ~ Rumi

“Kelogg cereal is so bad because it has so much sugar.” (wife of a Kelogg employee).

It's always a good time to cook. Justyna Soszka

As Wagner used to say:!" Genius is the result of three main factors: patience, patience, patience!"

Land of the free and home of the brave.

"My father was one of the wisest men I have ever known.  And he taught me repeatedly, from the youngest age until well in my adulthood, never to strip another person of their dignity.  But this is really what Trump does...  constantly…" Ranger Pete

"There are 3 things that are merciless when they get out of hand water,fire and the mob"...John Gower 14th century English poet and moralist.

running away from the boss? ya, waiting for the bus :)

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Dr. Martin Luther King

life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans John Lennon...  Good luck!

My father and I are one. (a fact).

a's hire a's and b's hire c's

"they can only hurt you as much as you're in conflict with yourself." Sarah Satz

"Let us bid once and for all farewell to wars, to threats, to human misery. Let us bid farewell to enmity, and may there be no more victims on either side." -- Peres, in accepting the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize

You should never be so occpied not to have time to live. (german saying)

"Out of clutter, find simplicity - From discord find harmony - In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

"Those who kill and eat animals for food will be more prone than Vegetarians to torture and kill their fellow man." "For as long as men massacre Animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap Joy and Love." Pythagoras of Samos, Greek philosopher

"The only way out is through" Robert Frost

It only takes a second to be nice - Estrada (actor)

It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human and disorder is our worst enemy. Hesoid, 8th Century BC

Next time bring me in your guitar - CNW

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know that place for the first time. -- TS Eliot

"A work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity." Rainer Maria Rilke

"Risk taking is at the heart of learning". Jack Miller

"Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow". -Proverbs 25:18

Take the middle path. Gautama Buddha

Listen to people's words, (examine it), and take the good ones. - The Koran

Simplicity is geniosity. Farhang Nejadpour

John Locke wrote: "New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."

"I guess the world is dominated by barbarians pretending to be civilized." Sitanshu Kumar

there are only happy champions in the saanenland. patrick lang (gstaad my love)

you are responsible for each drop of water not the wave. (a guitar teacher)

"How come the Mac group produced Mac and the people at IBM produced the PCjr? We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn't build Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren't going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build."  -- Steve Jobs, Feb.1985

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo

"that's the best, if people talked together we'd have no war - if they just talked together"  HANHART LAURA

Indeed, anything you ask in my name, I will do!" John 14:12-14

Whoever has more roof, has more snow. (Persian)

Each person, his own work, his own load, and fire to his own barn. (Persian children game)

There's a thin line between richn and poor, wise and foolish, lucky and unlucky. Bamdad Shakiba

You only have to think as long as the time is not right - Eva Maria Joelli

`Never stand in the way of a falling piano' - said a trader from a U.S. bank in London of the euro's demise.

I am so hungry I can eat a goldfish (Terri's grandma).

He's as old as god's dog (Terri's grandpa).

Whereever there's an artist theres always a creation !!!!! Anu D.

Answer of the fools is silence...  Javabe ablahan khamooshist.

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own <3

Whatever is done from love always occurs beyond good and evil. Friedrich niche

I can't give you right directions b/c you might go the wrong way. (Heathrow staff)

Overeating makes one dumb (F. Maseeh)

"don't try to fight the market makers. it is an uneven playing field. One smart geezer told me it was like the wild west only the mm's have the guns and there ain't no sherrif." x

thinking is curiosity - Lilia Karimi (12 )

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. - Aristotle

wow 400 mails, and there is so much more to say... -- Angela Jaggi

You only teach who you are. Dr. Kathleen Kesson

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

What you are is so loud that I can't hear what you say.  Thorou?

I have 2 rules for my friends when they come to visit at "my" home: 1) completely ignore me (because I may be working) and 2) make yourself completely at home - which means help yourself to everything...  Rob Warren

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it's only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That's  relativity.  - Albert Einstein

Don't become needy of anyone - Manna

"People don't have perspective -- they're all looking at what happened in the past." Doug Foreman

Never make a enemy -- even an ant might bite. Dad.

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

I am not young enough to know everything. - Oscar Wilde

To be in love is not love. "iceberg"

"After 20 years of legal studies I can say definitively that with a correct interpretation of Islam human rights can be respected. The problem is the interpretation," "Children are the future, the hope. When they learn to question things, things can change," she said in her small office surrounded by law books and bouquets sent by well-wishers. Shirin Ebadi

Promise of a good man is an obligation - Italian saying

The amount of love that gets exchanged between the kids and the grandparents and their aunt is just unbelievable!:)

Network computing is one word, if you can't have one without the other! Scott McNealy.

Some people take your energy, some people give you energy, and with some people there's a synergy: creating energy together - G. Gautama

The miracle of this land (India) is that the poor still smile.

"If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you will be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life."  Abraham Maslow

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince

Gloria used to tell her kids: if you are bored you are boring - do something about it. take care of your problem.

A person with alertness will never be jobless and hence be without resources or without viability. G. Gautama

"No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long." Lyndon Johnson

The worst weakness is to be hardheaded and not listen. My dad

Out here everyone is nice to you but they don't mean it. Jonathan Byrnside -- about the West Coast

Success is only possible in a good team . Angela Jaggi

Peace Pilgrim says what one needs in life is an avenue of work to earn a livelihood, an avenue of exercise to the body fit and an avenue of service.Third, if you haven't yet found your avocation, explore in an inexpensive manner, not paying a fortune.

"Investors have time on their side..... so be patient with your selling......and, be patient with your buying as well." Blockstogo

"I have a 90 year old grandmother who can do everything better than every woman I know." Eva Joelli

The world is 2 days - a Persian saying.

Planning is everything; the plan is nothing. Dwight D. Eisenhower

" It is my view that the Vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of Humankind." Albert Einstein (from his letter to THE VEGETARIAN WATCH-TOWER)

"The type of (real) patients do not matter, what matters is the needs of WS - the 55million shorted ARNA shares are the suffering people that we need to assist." Sarcasm by prophet_of_profits

This one is a real shame, it perfectly portrays the corruption and criminal nature of Wall Street: "But what's important when you're in that hedge fund mode is to not do a thing remotely truthful, because the truth is so against your view that it's important to create a new truth to develop a fiction." Jim Cramer

"Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful, and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory," Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said.

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate, In fact violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive

out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute." Charles Darwin, naturalist - from Descent of Man

"you can tell a guy to go to hell tomorrow, you don't give up the right, just keep your mouth shut today and see if you feel the same way tomorrow." A tip given to Warren Buffet.


"Thou shalt not kill, for life is given to all by God, and that which God has given, let not man take away. For I tell you truly, from one Mother proceeds all that lives upon the earth. Therefore, he who kills, kills his brother. And from him will the Earthly Mother turn away, and will pluck from him her quickening breasts. And he will be shunned by her angels, and Satan will have his dwelling in his body. And the flesh of slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death. For in his blood every drop of their blood turns to poison; in his breath their breath to stink; in his flesh their flesh to boils; in his bones their bones to chalk; in his bowels their bowels to decay; in his eyes their eyes to scales; in his ears their ears to waxy issue. And their death will become his death." (from Book One The Essene Gospel of Peace (Found In Vatican Library 1930))


"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"-  Mark Twain

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." -   Oscar Wilde

We don't think about not winning, so you know, it's hard for me to get my head wrapped around giving up on something. Pat Russo

I will never *retire* because there is too much work to be done to help others have what I have and to save what we take for granted for others in the future. - Larry Deack

"All you need in life is a credit card and a luggage - not even a luggage really". Eva Maria Joelli

When the father's poor, the son is skillful. When father is skillful, the son is rich. When father is rich, the son is stupid. When the father is stupid, the son is poor. (back to the top) - Angelo Gilardino

"All happy families are happy alike, all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way". So begins Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina


"I have, from an early age, renounced eating meat. The time will come when we will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of humans." Leonardo da Vinci

Would bring the ditching student to school on Friday [like western Sunday]

"The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads global economy" Obama


"You're here on this planet to follow your dream". Victoria Boutenko

There was another poem from an old Persian poet (may be Sa'di) that read:

Teachers' lessons, if whispered with affection

Compare each person's today with his yesterday.

Don't compare person with person.

Kids, fruits that get ripe in different times.

Dr. Yamini-Sharif

"He who works with his hands is a workman.

He who works with his hands and his head, is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart, is an artist." Francis of Assisi

"Yeki bood yeki nabood" (one was one wasn't) (used as "once upon a time" to start stories).

You have to have a healthy ego before you can transcend your ego - Kathleen Kesson

"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government -- toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' -- than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America... In my opinion, it makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get at Osama bin Laden" Al Gore (10Nov2003)

"Noteworthy are not only the serious acts of great and noble men: I believe that what they do in hours of recreation and play is also worthy of attention." - Xenophon, "The Feast of Kallias"

Life is a high-risk occupation - David Purpel

"I know that you hate the whole state of Texas. I do to," she wrote to Jacqueline Kennedy from Austin in January 1964. "I wish I lived in Washington, D.C. where maybe I could maybe see you standing on your porch. I am determined to move there as soon as I can. I would feel safer there."  (Jane Dryden, a dogged and dramatic 11-year-old who churned out a letter a week for six months straight.)

Successful people are the ones who stick with it. Shadi Ganjavi

 "Success is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride." Anonymous

All religions start as critiques of society - David Purpel

"I have to believe in god because I need it for living" - Angela Mancina

If you eat melon you have to put up with the shiver. - Persian saying

"Pursue the small utopias... nature, music, friendship, love" Kupferberg

"It's a luxury to not have a car" - Marianne Hubscher

Francis Bacon's dictum:  "Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man; writing an exact man"

We don't want gold, we want health. -- Mom

if you have love you have the most important thing in a humans. Angela Jaggi

It is as natural for the eye to see as it is for the mind to aquire knowledge, and any effort in either case not only is useless but defeats the end in view. Dr. William Bates

Pavarotti was the best-selling classical artist, with more than 100 million records sold since the 1960s, and he had the first classical album to reach No. 1 on the pop charts.

I wish the whole world could be Brockwood. Michael R. Rogers

Struggling is putting pressure in the wrong spot. Angel Romero

Part of being a romantic fool is the risk you're taking and enjoying the risk Rik G.

Be casual, have good time, don't act out of greed, listen to your heart, pay attention, don't let your mind confuse your heart. Reza Jozi

"Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to the passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete bestiality, and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself." From The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

In response to "Bert Wilkison", winkles59 wrote: "Meanwhile, out here in the real world those of us not glued to video monitors all day hold real jobs, travel to real places, accomplish real things. Oh, and rimchimp: no, Trade's yacht isn't real but your obsession with a complete stranger with an imaginary yacht IS real. Who is more pathetic?

"Grammer is not something that's against you." Sibylle Felix

How do you listen to others?  As if they were your Master speaking his cherised last words.


my schedule is free for the rest of my life until I fill it. Babak cyrus

I could live anywhere with a partner. Cindy s.

"dominion and liberty are two incompatible words..." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

From the power that binds all creatures none is free except the man who wins self-mastery! Goethe

It''s rainning, it's peaceful day, what else can I want? - Alkis Yannakopoulos

"All the sisters of mercy they are not departed or gone, they were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on..." Leonard Cohen

>A great teacher passed three things on to me, which I now offer to Reza:

>1.  Always take your work seriously.

>2.  Always take others seriously.

>3.  Never take yourself too seriously.

I told her an old county (at least here in Texas) expression that I grew up hearing:

"You can't win a puking contest with a buzzard."  She kept trying, though.

Silence is sign of consent (Persian saying).

However, prosecutor Manuela Comodi said violent crimes can lack a motive. "We live at a time where violence is purposeless," she told the jury at the American, Amanda Knox trial in Italy.

Persistence pays.

Love is god, god is love. Jesus Christ

A relationship with trust makes all the difference. Dr. James Christian

My teaching is easy to understand, yet no one understands it; my practice is easy to practice, yet no one practices it -- Lao Tzu in Tao Te Ching

I don't know what makes me happy - I exclude what makes me unhappy. Farhang Nejadpour

We are what we think, having become what we thought. The Dhammapada.

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. Confucius.

Live life to its tears. Albert Camus

A friend may well be reckoned a masterpiece of nature. Emerson.

From joy springs all creation, By joy it is sustained, Towards joy it proceeds, And unto joy it returns. - The Upanishads.

Freedom is found in no form of government; it is in the heart of the free man. He takes it with him everywhere. The vile man takes his servitude everywhere. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Whoever is planted in the Tao, will not be rooted up. Whoever embraces the Tao, will not slip away. Her name will be held in honor, from generation to generation. Let the Tao be present in your life and you will become genuine. Let it be present in your family and your family will flourish. Let it be present in your country and your country will be an example to all countries in the world. Let it be present in the universe and the universe will sing. How do I know this is true? By looking inside myself. (Written by Lao-tzu From a translation by S. Mitchell)

Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" "I am in great distress," Saul said. "The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has turned away from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do." -------- Samuel 28:15  He said, "Listen to my words: "When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. Numbers 12:6

"The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." Barbara Pletcher

Kas nakharad poshte man joz nakhoone angoshte man (no-one will scratch my back except the nail of my finger)

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow. Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. Martin Luther King - Why we can't wait

"we have a responsibility to protect those who are not present" Steven Covey (not verified)

Never attack in anger. Zorro

The greatest sin is fear. The greatest courage is patience. Ali-ebne-abitaleb

"Never argue with a fool, because bystanders can't tell you apart." Chet's old colleague

"The minority is always right." Friedrich Nietzsche

Let's see how high we can fly before the sun melts the wax in our wings. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

"Talents are best nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious ... Whosoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed." Albert Einstei

Plan your work and work your plan. Andre Aghassi

"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach become critics."

"I wanna find myself a girl ... Who can show me what laughter means" - Jackson Brown

Mans Mind; stretched to a new idea never goes back to it's original dimension. Unknown

The Tibetan monk said that all you really need is a robe, a bowl, and maybe, a pair of chopsticks

What's the difference between LA and yogurt? Yogurt has an active culture.

All technology should be treated as guilty unless proven innocent. Jerry Mander

Have sex only if you love the person - Beatrice Wood

 "It accumulates drop by drop - suddenly becomes a sea." Persian

"Noone will scratch my back except the nail of my finger." Persian

 "I'm consistently humbled by the generosity of the American public. Every year I ask, and without blinking, you open your hearts and wallets," Lewis said (The Jerry (news - web sites) Lewis (news) Labor Day Telethon received a record $60.5 million in nationwide pledges during its annual fund-raising drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.)

Las palabras se las lleva el viento, lo escrito queda. (words are taken away by the wind, what is written remains).

By keeping its positions ambiguous -- and its options open until the last possible moment -- Russia has achieved so much with so little. Doug Birch (AP)

"Wash the pages if you're our lesson-mate, since the lesson of love is not in a book" (beshooy oragh agar hamdarse maii - ke darse eshgh dar daftar nabashad). Hafez.

If you can solve it why get angry, if you can't solve it, why get angry - Dalai lama (translated from Farsi quote)

It's very important to spend time with onself -- you can learn a lot -- and relax. C.A.

Usually if you cant explain things you gotto look (for the reason) either in sex or money - Robert Vandenberg

The split-second which lays between  the bud and the Rose can know only those, who became Rose. Reshad Field

Love - and you don't need any laws. Love - and all what you do will be right. Love - and you know. (Katharina Vogel and Augustinus).

"A merry heart does good as a medicine" Melinda quoting Proverbs

"Within 10 minutes I saw 10 people I hadn't seen for 20 years". John Van Soest (about high-school reunion)

"Do good and throw in Dajled (river) and god will give it back to you in the desert"... Persian

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." William Morris.

"a measure of a man is by his generosity" Sholeh Alagheband Veiseh

"Programmers continue to find a more intricate way of solving a problem that didn't exist before." Andreas Ludwig

Your confessions are everybody's confessions. Luis Perez.

Nietzsche described his position in life as: against meaninglessness and against moral value judjments.

"I really didn't know what the hell I wanted to do with my life...I said no, I couldn't. I looked sloppy and disheveled. But she insisted and so I did. I

took a test and did OK." - John Backus (inventor of FORTRAN in 1954) on interviewing for IBM.

You can not eat an apple all at once, you'll choke if you do.

It's so beautiful to study and not work. Shadi

 Since when do you need money to buy airline tickets? [Tom G]

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind...War

will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys

the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."  -- John F.


The prosperity of a community of human beings working together is the greater the less the single person claims for himself the proceeds of his labor - that is, the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow workers and the more of his own requirements are met not out of his own work, but out of the work done by others. Rudolf Steiner

With enought inside information and a million dollars,you can go broke in a year. Warren Buffet.

Failure inspires winners. And failure defeats losers. Robert Kiyosaki

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. John D. Rockefeller

Don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. Bumper-sticker.

Worry is like a rocking chair. It keeps you busy but gets you nowhere.

Time flies and you too! Katharina Vogel.

People are unfaithful for a reason. People don't just fall into bed with someone else for no reason.  If she loves you, then you have

nothing to worry about. Emotional infidelity is much more serious than physical infidelity ... that is one thing I am sure about. -- A Friend

My prayers for guidance for you and wisdom to recognize the path that is right for you. Sister Kilian.

Money comes and goes. As long as you have your health you can always make money. Reza Jozi

Looking forwards to one of the best years yet. (Nothing wrong with thinking big, is there?) Dr. Graham King - January 2, 2001

'if you don't appreciate what you have now, it won't do any good to have more.'  wayne dyer.

Communication is central to Knowledge Management. Data is not information until it is processed. Information is not intelligence until it is efficiently communicated...  David Vine (KMWorld)

[ Philosophy means Friend of Wisdom (Philos = friend (male), Sophia = wisdom (female)) - Sophos = wiseman]

My grandmother used to say, when you find something good, share it with others because there's no telling how far it can go. - The Education of Little Tree (need to verify)

Work as if you don't need the money. Love as if you've never been hurt. And dance as if noone's watching." - Larry and Chic Todaro

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions. Anthony Jay.

You tend to get what you expect from others. James P. Lewis

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

Feeling responsibility is a human's most noble characteristic. - mom

He who goes slow goes far. Italian saying

The boss is not here so I don't have any problems. HRP

The secret is being able to facilitate change - A project management professional

The mountain may look big but if you take 1 step at a time it'll look small. Whatever you don't get done today - that's what tomorrow's for. Bono's friend.

"All religions value life, justice, compassion. Terrorists do not." British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [2001]

I am not even afraid of my dad. Dad

History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme. Mark Twain

History repeats itself because nobody paid attention the first time. Woody Allen

A dollar at work is better than a man at work. Dave's grandpa (Fort Worth)

"As long as you get a good night sleep you can put with any kind of day." Ferouza talking about the weather.

"ta goosale gav shavad - dele sahebash aab shavad" - By the time a calf grows to be a cow, the owner's heart, melts (it's a lot of work to se a kid grow)...

You can eat properly, you can drink properly but if you don't take time for yourself you're overloading your body. Brigitte Sommer. [You can bring in a lot of alkaline in form of food and drink which is good for the body but if you don't take time for yourself, to relax, etc., you're bringing a lot of acidity to your system which is destructive].

To give your best to the child so that he can give his best to other people. Yvonne Ross.

Don't trouble with trouble until trouble troubles you. An English Saying

The hardest thing to do, is to do nothing, to sit patiently and wait. Jesse Livermore

"Share by default, restrict by exception" - A corporate document security policy

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

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old"

Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgement upon anything new. Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642), The Assayer

Life is an unending question. Gisele Balleys

The secret of life is good sleep :-) Gisele Balleys

The way you approach life is a great indicator of your understanding. Gisele Balleys

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty. George Burns (1896 - 1996)

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. Abraham Lincoln

Thank God, we have a system of labor where there can be a strike. Abraham Lincoln

Literature is mostly about having sex, and not much about having babies; life is the other way around. David Lodge

Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expedience asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right... Martin Luther

This nation should never go to war because it wants to, but only because it has to. John F.Kerry

In a series of experiments, Drs. Ernst Fehr and Bettina Rockenbach discovered that people will punish others if they believe they have been threatened, but will reward a person who they believe has trusted them. SOURCE: Nature 2003;422:137-140,125-126.

It's human nature to keep doing something as long as it's pleasurable and you can succeed at it -- which is why the world population continues to double every 40 years. Peter Lynch

This was in a news item about the main analyst behind Bin Laden capture: "That ability to spot the importance of seemingly insignificant details, to weave disparate strands of information into a meaningful story, gave him a particular knack for hunting terrorists."

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.... Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. Buddha

Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height. Buddha

"Women can-not receive even the most palpably judicious suggestion without arguing it; that is, married women". Mark Twain

We'll all be alright. John Mather   [after the mass lay off - he later passed away]

The most important thing is to do the best you can under the circumstances. Tish Whitney

"We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."  Plato

Sticks and stones, may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Chris Sawyer

In a word....litigation sucks. Jeff Linnetz, Attorney.

"Never dies one whose heart lived with love; Registered in the universe I remain"

Hafez, the 13th century (A.D) Persian poet

Quotes by Dr. Paco:

Sometimes life beats you like a drum

Rota: there are more people here than dishes

Cooking spinach is like throwing van gouge in a washing machine


Chinese proverb has it, when the wrong person does the right thing, it's the wrong thing.

"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole

book." - Nietzsche.

I have an idea that the phrase ëweaker sex' was coined by some women to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm. Ogdan Nash

"Life exists so you can write - right?" - Randi Caryn Shapiro

"Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so the other half may reach you." Khalil Gibran 1927

"I learned it very easily but then I stopped because I hated the teacher" Claudia Wellen

"I am part-time Iraninan - Full time human" Peyvand

"Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me." Sigmund Freud

I vaguely remember saying something about being a "7 year old inside". You're one of the few people who actually listen and appreciated it. Whoopie! I almost gave up on my youthful message to the world  :^) - P.S.  I like your perky, positive, energectic attitude !!!! Bruce Weimer

"The essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer." (Jacob Bronowski - The Ascent of Man)

You don't need his signature, you need his "comments and possible approval". I've known our general manager for 20 years. JP

" takes a busy person to get things done.  Remember that!"  Arline Bronzaft

The best law is that which is applied equally without discrimination. Dad

Let us not pretend to deny in our philosophy what we know in our hearts to be true. --Edward 0. Wilson

Take those cinammon rolls back and give us a better price. (Michael Dell to vendor).

Hardworking people go to Mecca 10 times a day. (message therapist in Tehran).

> Time is not a friend you can trust. Sometimes running, sometimes sneaking...

> Master clock is not bribable, but dominates our lives.

> For Heaven's sake there are no clocks on the moon

Petra Ammann

The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.

If i had to do it again I'd never get married and I'd never buy property. Al.

"We try to never forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear." George W. Merck

"So let it be written. So let it be done."

Warren Buffett in a way that only he can do summarized my disdain for short term trading when he said that "Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac's talents didn't extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, 'I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.' If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases."

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd." - Bertrand Russell

Leopold stokowski: A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their picture on silence.

"I am not sure of everything I say. However, there is one thing I would fight for; in both word and deed, right to the end if I could: The belief that it is possible to find out what we don't know, and that we will be better human beings, braver and more fulfilled, if we try our might to do so" --SOCRATES

"The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Martin Luther King Jr.

I can't believe that we're living under these clouds! Angela Jaggi

"The test of success is not what you do when your on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." - General George S. Patton,

AMTRAK: 1 hour connection time may not be enough

Even stones had beatle haircut for fuck sake. Pete townshend

A waltz is at the end of the universe. Pete townshend

Put in beef or index Nothing can benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. Albert Einstein

The problem with going to law school is that you become a lawyer afterwards.

Ackman's investment strategy is to bet on just a few ideas and then to apply pressure to turn those concepts into reality. "We're elephant hunters looking for big returns, rather than just bird watchers, content with making small arbitrage profits. With just 10 stocks, we can get 85% of the benefit of diversification, so why not just restrict our involvement to my very best ideas?" he asks. Barrons re: William Ackman

"Joy is man's passage from a less to a greater perfection."  --Spinoza

Money and art, are far apart - Langston Hughes

"It's one of the most important countries in the world right now. It's a regional powerhouse," Woodruff said. "It's a country we need to understand. It's big, it's powerful, it's wealthy, and it's right next to Iraq."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed and third it is accepted as being self-evident. - unknown

People ask you for criticism but they only want praise. - Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Dive in and learn as you go. - unknown

Flexible people don't get bent out of shape. - unknown

Never say never and never say always. - D. Hawks

"You only have what you give. By spending yourself you become rich." Isabel Allende

 "Las Vegas: the greatest nonsense I've ever seen" Dr. Norbert Satz

"The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a strtanger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, is at the center of true religion."   Albert Einstein

Have patience. Everything is difficult before it is easy. - Saadi

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius

Time opens every door to him who waits. Chinese proverb

Profoundly stable and calm like a gigantic mountain you can not be disturbed by cravings or external conditions. Zen master Ying-an

The way is not difficult, only there must be no wanting or not wanting  Chao chou

Mao Tse-Tung  : "The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue"

if you seek vengeance dig two graves. Proverb

once you have prevailed be as if you have not. Art of war

the man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action. samuri maxim

Everybody is so hooked on money that they don't get on with life -- they work as hard as possible get money as much as possible - to be secure to do what you want - life becomes a money battle -- and they have no time to understand , to get in touch with life's meaningfulness. Elsie R. (87)

You'll never see the light, you'll only see what it reveals

Petra Ammann

When you really walk in the light, you don't need to keep it for yourself, because you will always have plenty of it.

"DON'T TAKE ON RESPONSIBILITIES THAT NO ONE HAS GIVEN TO YOU" William Schweitzer. (... don't do things that you're not asked to do because then noone will thank you for them). [I wasn't sure if I agreed with this but it seems to be true).

When I have a problem with somebody it's not their problem but it's mine. Princess Camilla

All writing comes by the grace of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Experience

"harche pish ayad khosh ayad" (whatever comes is welcome) Persian

" Holy Quran says; God never changes the destiny of a society if the individuals do not change themselves.", Hamid Ashoori

"I have never regretted it, not for a second. It gives me a sense of victory over animal instinct. If you want to be a writer, which is a vatigial profession at best, there are already so many little gremlins poking out from behind the sofa to thwart you. So why would you put one there yourself? I think having children would have eaten up all my time and I wouldn't have been a good father. I would have had someone to blame my failures on." Richard Ford "He stole the election - well, the Democrats fundamentally let him steal the election, thanks to the ludicrous intervention of Nader. I saw Nader at the airport and I yelled at him." regarding his habit of yelling at people like Kissinger and Shultz in the airports: "it's totally useless, they're so insulated from things like that... it's just my inner child coming out." Richard Ford

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution. Bertrand Russell, Mariage and Morals.

Werther: "It's enough if you can't make people happy. You also don't have to take their pleasures away. " Goethe (Die Leiden des jungen)

He is almost always a slave who cannot live on little. Horace, Satires

20% do something. 80% think or talk about it.

You may have many friends that you can talk to but you surely have very few that you can be silent with. Claudia Barreto

A common man marvels at uncommon things; a wise man marvels at the commonplace. Confucius

Lack of money is the root of all evil. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman "Maxims for Revolutionists"

If we were that bad we wouldn't have the money to pay you. HW to a expenensive consulting org.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama ".

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desparate to get out. Montaige, Essays

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, nature's chief masterpiece is writing well. John Sheffield, Essay on Poetry

Money is like an arm or leg: use it or lose it. Henry Ford, The New York Times, Nov 8, 1931

The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper. Pable Casals, Conversations.

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." (Albert Einstein)

Where there's music, there can be no evil. Cervantes, Don Quixote.

When the new comes to the market, the old becomes heart-bothering (unattractive) -- Persian.

Unmask their dirty games because you're not going to use the same weapons, and have a way to backslash without playing their game, and the truth has such strength. Ester Delafruente.

"I didn't tell half of what I saw, because no one would have believed me." Marco Polo (1254-1324) on his death bed.

I have 2 advice to my children: 1) be human (being responsible, not bothering others, being kind...)  2) be educated   Mohammad Saadati

Niyattol Moomen Khairan men amale (arabic - means: "the intention of a religous person is better than his/her action" which is the same saying is: "it's the thought that counts").

Looks to have things move forward, delivers, easy to deal with, no hidden adgenda, streight shooter (no hidden gun), readable (you know how he feels and why), trustworthy, reliable. JPB's description of a non-problem-person.

PS courage is almost always rewarding in one way or another, even if the attempted feat was not the success originally aimed at...... Graham King

One never knows how long a stone can roll. Gisele Balleys

Crisis in Chinese means 1) danger (to the false) and 2) opportunity (for something new to come into being) - Rajesh Dalal.

"Are you a God?" they asked the Buddha. "No," he replied. "Are you an angel, then?" "No." "A saint?" "No." "Then what are you?" Replied the Buddha, "I am awake."

Kiss it better. (An English expression after a body part is hurt).

A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks. Hazrath Ali (AS)

"He's a nice guy just impossible to work with" William M.

"Everytime we put him in a position of responsibility, he starts writing code" William M.

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breath more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours [Swedish Proverb]

"I am not interested in cars - they're too loud, too stinky - they're not useful" Claudia Wellen

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. --Shakespeare

A year that's good s evident by its spring -- Persian

I do little but write, love Lori, care tenderly for our cat-people, and alternately despair at, and give thanks to, the strange world we live in. Affectionately, Jim (Christian)

A good wife is treasure. Highest riches is good child.

A good book is that which a friend returns. Kamal K.

Tea is good. Warm things in a mug is always great. Julie Archer

Feel the power of angels and get carried by them. B.Sommer SMS

Life is the longest thing you do. Aarthi B.

The doctor says  it's broken. Another says it's not. So I've chosen the second one. JeanPhillip F.

If you pay penuts you get monkeys. English Saying

Never say no to nuts. Sarah Satz

I died with my essay. Camilla NW

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. Margaret Lee Runbeck (Author)

A good looking man will never be faithful. (German saying)

She's waiting for someone to come, take a photo of her, and make her famous! (X regarding her daughter)

If you want a job done, ask a busy man. - Anonymous

Describing Paris: "angry rude people, agitated, shoving and hitting, cars and bipeds competing in breaking traffic laws, dirty air (this from a smoker!), and joy is

achieved through vanity, voyerism, and consumption. I miss my swans." Joubin H.

The only time of the year to travel to Europe is from May through summer. Dad

Before you sleep, think, in this day, did I learn something? Did I do something good? Did I not bother anyone? If so, that day counts. (aunt about mom's dad)

``What has happened to us, '' he said, ``is that our execution and processes have broken down under the white-hot heat of driving for quarterly revenue growth.'' (Schacht, CEO of Lucent Technologies)

Sarajevo was proof that culture is as necessary for human beings as bread. They held theatre performances in candle light while there was bombing outside. Joni Bader

I made a mistake when I was 18, I thought I have to have a tattoo. [now she can't get rid of them - at age 30]. Tanja.

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.", Albert Einstein

"If he has a cute butt, that's all right," Jessica Simpson regarding her ideal man.

I only gave promises to my mom when I was a small boy. Vladimir Putin

A terabyte can hold the text of roughly 1 million books, 250 hours of high-definition video, or a quarter million songs.

[Oct 2007] President Vladimir Putin, in his latest jab at Washington, suggested Thursday that the U.S. military campaign in Iraq was a "pointless" battle against the Iraqi people, aimed in part at seizing the country's oil reserves.

Paul McCartney : "It's been a difficult time," he said. "But music is a great healer. Music is the therapy for me. In fact, going through difficulties has only concentrated my desire to make good music."

"I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use." - Galileo Galilei

I have this idea that if people disagree with K they didn't understand what he was saying. And even if they agree as well. Princess Camilla.

"he looks for limits, otherwise, he doesn't feel secure" Yvonne R. about a roudy 5 year old.

Evening is pregnant, yet to be seen what the dawn will give birth to. Persian saying. (shab abestan-ast ta che zayad sahar). (also a related saying is that you toss an apple up and it turns many times before it comes down.)

"If man could be crossed with a cat, It would improve man but deteriorate the cat" Mark Twain

<>"For a woman living under the cover, hope is the day that she'll be seen" From "Trip To Ghandehar" a.k.a. Kandahar"

I dont read a lot of k - its not a matter of reading - if i start reading [a lot] it's like the other stuff. Ester Delafuente

He who cuts a tree gets doomed by god. Imam Jafar Sadegh Alayhe-salam

Follow me I'm right behind you. Peter Sellers (?) from Pink Panther

How can they have an all out war with a country that doesn't exist! James Wood

Looking for happiness outside is like waiting for the sun in a north oriented cave. Tibetan saying

"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame."  I believe the author was Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but I'm checking for you. We are overjoyed at Alex's presence in our lives.  Bringing a child into the world brings out the child in us again.  It is unbelievable to view the world once again through the eyes of a child...especially one who is seeing everything for the first time! Hope all is well with you.  Alex looks forward to meeting you someday. Love, Chris and Maureen.


Abr-o-baad-o-mah-o-khorsid-o-falak dar karand - ta to nani be kaf aari - o - be gheflat nakhori

Cloud, wind, moon, sun, and sky are at work so that you get a bread in your palm and not to eat it in ignorance. [Persian Poet and Mystic Saadi]

Cloud and wind, moon and sun move in the sky, that thou mayest gain bread, and not eat it unconcerned.  For thee all are revolving and obedient. It is against the requirements of justice if thou obeyest not.


"All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it's truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy." - Dennis Prager, late 20th-century American radio host and author

"Most modern businesses recognise the ability to facilitate change as one of the most important capabilities for successful managers... X helps turn business managers into business facilitators." A process mapping software vendor.

"Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours.... never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness.... Your success and happiness lie in you.... The great enduring realities are love and service.... Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." - Helen Keller, 20th-century American Nobel Prize-winning social activist, public speaker and author

"Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty." - Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher

"better to be thought a damn fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt... "

"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others." - Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (in letter to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1811)

"I believe... that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another." - Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (in a letter to John Adams, 1816)

"People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life." - Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher (from the Nichomachean Ethics)

"The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have." - Woody Allen, 20th-century American humorist and filmmaker

Golden Rule - Treat others as you wish to be treated. Platinum Rule - Treat others as they wish to be treated.

Good, Fast, Cheap, pick any two.

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde

Never take know for an answer. Poet-Philosopher Jonathan Williams

Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury

The first step toward wisdom is mastering the obvious. David Johnson

Curiosity is my mantra.  It is also my profession.   Curiosity offers novel lenses for looking at the world.  And the most high-powered lens I've discovered is variation. Author, Tom Peters

Theory is when you know everything and nothing is working. Organization is when nothing is working and everyone knows why. Practice is when everything is working and no one knows why. Anonymous

This is part of what I consider dialogue--for people to realize what is on each other's minds without coming to any conclusions or judgments.

Physicist, David Bohm

When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Zen proverb

In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.

Author, Eric Hofer

"anybody who has so much love for anything, I don't care what it is, they will be successful". Farid Larijani

The larger the island of knowledge, the greater the shoreline of wonder.

Writer, Ralph Sockman

You can't be an effective teacher unless you're a constant learner.

Fairfax VA teacher Philip Bigler

Reflection is the opposite of blame.

Writer Otto Sharmer

The more you know, the less you need.

Australian Aboriginal saying

The mountains, always the mountains, held the old man's gaze. There is fascination about them that it is not necessary to be a kurd or persian to be able to acquire. To mesopotamia and kurdistan in disguise.


Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus is found in J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts

Motto. It means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon.

*** ANCIENT ***

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul. Plato

wie man in den Wald hineinruft, so schallt es heraus (the way you shout into the forest is the way it comes back.) (german saying).

But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy: that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly. -- Plato

Know thyself. -- Plato

"...perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens  for one who desires to see it,  and having seen it,  to find one in himself." Plato

The first and the best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile. -- Plato

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. -- Aristotle

Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty. --


Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is

not easy. -- Aristotle (from the Nicomachaen Ethics)

Beauty is a gift of God. -- Aristotle

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato

How can you be proud of something you haven't done. Marina Peterhans [we were speaking about problems with pride, and how it is the worst turn-off, ,even for the most outwardly beautiful]

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids. -- Aristotle

Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead. -- Aristotle

It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others. -- Aristotle

Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never- failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime. -- Aristotle

People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life. -- Aristotle (from the

Nichomachean Ethics)

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. Gratitude includes the remembering of friendships and of services rendered by others, and the desire to requite them.   Marcus Tullius Cicero

As emperor, Rome is my city and my country; but as a human being I belong to the world. -- Marcus Aurelius

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose you self-respect. -- Marcus Aurelius


I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. -- Socrates

Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth" --  Archimedes

For nothing is so conducive to greatness of mind as the ability to examine systematically and honestly everything that meets us in life. -- Marcus Aurelius

Whatever man thou meetest, put to thyself at once this question: What are this man's convictions about good and evil? Marcus Aurelius

For greed, all nature is too little. -- Seneca, Roman statesman and author

I criticize by creation, not by finding fault. -- Cicero (Marcus Tullius), Roman orator, philosopher and statesman

Character is fate. -- Heraclitus, ancient Greek historian

The desire for friendship comes quickly; friendship does not," Aristotle

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. -- Aesop, ancient Greek moralist

There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us. -- Sophocles, ancient Greek dramatist

Everytime we seem to have found a proper organization somebody wants to change it. A Greek General

Beloved Pan, and all ye other gods who haunt this place, make me beautiful within, and grant that what-ever happens outside of me will help my soul to grow. May I always be aware that true wealth lies in wisdom, and may my "gold" be so abundant that only a wise man can lift and carry it away. For me that is prayer enough. -- Socrates

The best state should be greatly concerned with virtue - Aristotle: Politics, Book III.

Buddha: Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.

"Commonwealths fall and perish when good citizens cannot be distinguished from bad." Antisthenes ( b. 444? B.C., d. after 371 B.C., Greek philosopher,) quoted by Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers Book VI.

More quotes by Antisthenes:

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education

As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy.

On being praised by some wicked men, I am sadly afraid that I must have done some wicked thing.

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.

We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.

When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life

*** ART / MUSIC ***

"you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me" Leonard Cohen

One can come across endless harmonies, but just one happens to suit the kind and temperament of the melodies. Beethoven

In no other art did the Bach miracle occur. To strip human nature down to its divine core; to endow with spiritual fervour that is most universally human; to giv divine wings to the flight of the ethereal; to render the human divine, and the divine human; this is Bach: the highest, purest musical pinnacle of all time." Pablo Casals

It takes a long time to grow young. -- Pablo Picasso, 20th-century Spanish artist

I was made to work. If you're equally industrious, you will be equally successful. J.S. Bach

"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to." - Elvis Presley -

"Music is spiritual. The music business is not." - Van Morrison -

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." - Ludwig van Beethoven -

"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end." - Igor Stravinsky

"I despise a world which does not feel that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy" Ludwig van Beethoven

Emerson: "A poet is he who through the eyes of a man preserves the eyes of a child",

"It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them." Hilaire Belloc

The aim and final reason of all music is none else but the glory of God. J.S. Bach

"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." Ludwig van Beethoven - See more at:

"Music, the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below." Joseph Addison

"The music is between your ears." Jamey Aebersold

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." Woody Allen

"There's a lot of different forms of communication, but music is absolutely the purest one." Duane Allman

"When words fail, music speaks." Hans Christian Anderson

"I often discover that what sounds great at home sounds hideous in public." Tuck Andress

"If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough." Mario Andretti

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." Maya Angelou

"If they act too hip, you know they can't play shit!" Louis Armstrong

"Each man has his own music bubbling up inside him." Louis Armstrong

"Man, all music is folk music. You ain't never heard no horse sing a song, have you?" Louis Armstrong

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Berthold Auerbach

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." Emory Austin

"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music." J.S. Bach

"The aim and final reason of all music is none else but the glory of God." J.S. Bach

"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." Leonard Bernstei

"The only good thing to come out of religion is music." George Carlin

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels." Thomas Carlyle

"I never wanted to be famous, I only wanted to be great." Ray Charles

"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." Chinese Proverb

"Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two." Fredric Chopin

"These days, there is more rhythm in our lives than harmony." Jeff Clayton

"Art is science made clear." Jean Cocteau

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." Miles Davis

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas

"Composers shouldn't think too much -- it interferes with their plagiarism." Howard Dietz

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air, you can never capture it again." Eric Dolphy

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein

"You are the music while the music lasts." T.S. Eliot

"If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!" Duke Ellington

"Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing." John Erskine

"It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play." Dizzy Gillespie

"In the midst of creating, a person is raised to another level of consciousness." Charlie Haden

"Notes are an intelligent way of moving from one silence to another." Jim Hall

"I play the guitar because it lets me dream out loud." Michael Hedges

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand." Frank Herbert

"You can't be digging deep and expect not to come up with shit on your face once in awhile." Allan Holdsworth

"Always be smarter than the people who hire you." Lena Horne

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." Victor Hugo

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Huxley

"To me a guitar is kind of like a woman. You don't know why you like ëem but you do." Waylon Jennings

"To teach is to learn twice." Joseph Joubert

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B. King

"That's kind of my goal: to build a new row of meaningful tones." Lee Konitz

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." Henry C. Link

"The truth is more important than the facts." Frank Lloyd Wright

"When you let your own light shine, you unconsciously give others permission to do the same." Nelson Mandela

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." Bob Marley

"Perseverance is a great substitute for talent." Steve Martin

"Only become a musician if there is absolutely no other way you can make a living." Kirke Mecham

"The main thing in my that I really need to go home and practice." Pat Metheny

"Most guys at Berklee are going to wind up truck drivers." Pat Metheny

"In my music, I'm trying to play the truth of what I am." Charles Mingus

"Anybody talented in any way -- they're called eccentric." Thelonious Monk

"Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going." Wes Montgomery

"Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts." Jim Morrison

"Feel is a lot more important than accuracy." Peter Mulvey

"Without music, life would be an error." Friedrich Nietzsche

"In music, the passions enjoy themselves." Friedrich Nietzsche

"I am a devout musician." Charlie Parker

"Listen, listen, listen." Joe Pass

"Art is the elimination of the unnecessary." Pablo Picasso

"Music gives a soul to the universe." Plato

"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" Harry Potter

"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to." Elvis Presley

"There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres." Pythagoras

"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." Sergei Rachmaninov

"You don't get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour." John Rohn

"Like a boxer's punch, one good note is all it takes." Angel Romero

"If you are touched by music you are touched by love in a very pure way." Pepe Romero

"The guitar is a meditative tool to touch God and find love within yourself." Pepe Romero

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Wes Montgomery played impossible things on the guitar because it was never pointed out to him that they were impossible." Ronnie Scott

"The guitar is a small orchestra. Every string is a different color, a different voice." Andres Segovia

"If music be the food of love, play on." Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

"As long as you've got your horn in your mouth, you're developing." Zoot Sims

"Sometimes, you don't need a $5,000 guitar -- you need $5,000 worth of lessons." Chris Smither

"My main goal is to tell a story." Stephen Sondheim

"A lot of people approach risk as if it's the enemy when it's really fortune's accomplice." Sting

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." Leopold Stokowski

"Imitate, assimilate, and innovate." Clark Terry

"Music is a form of prayer." Toru Takemitsu

"My teachers are Duke Ellington and nature." Toru Takemitsu

ëFrom the heart -- may it return to the heart! Beethoven, at end of Missa Solemnis

"I am a gardener of infinite time." Toru Takemitsu

"You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it!" Art Tatum

"Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life." Leo Tolstoy

"I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else." Lily Tomlin

"The hippest thing you can do is not play at all. Just listen." Lennie Tristano

"Any problem you can't solve with a good guitar is either unsolvable or isn't a problem." Unknown

"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." Vincent van Gogh

"All the Strats have personalities of their own and feel completely different." Stevie Ray Vaughan

"The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music." Kurt Vonnegut

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." Willy Wonka

"Do or do not. There is no try." Yoda

"Words are the pen of the heart, but music is the pen of the soul." Shneur Zalman

"My job is to awaken possibility in other people." Benjamin Zander

"Shut up ën play yer guitar." Frank Zappa

"Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny." Frank Zappa

"Paths cannot be taught, they can only be taken." Zen Proverb

"If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing." Zimbabwean Proverb

"We're not on the outside looking in, we're on the outside looking out." John Zorn

I can not eat with my gloves :) Angela Jaggi

I want to make of my life something that is straight and simple, like a hollow reed, so that god may fill it with music.

Mrs. Ida Presti (Genius guitarist - 1924-1967)

I am a worshipper of the note and the rhythm. If they accept my worship it is the benediction (meherbani) of  Allah. Something beautiful/magical happens. Otherwise singing is like playing with the wind. This is not in my control! Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan -- 2 April 1902 -- 25 April 1968

"A line comes into being. It goes out for a walk, so to speak, aimlessly for the sake of the walk". Paul Klee

"Color has taken hold of me. I don't have to try to capture it. It will possess me always. That is the meaning of this happy hour. I know it. Color and I are one. I am a painter. Paul Klee - 1914, age 35, upon return from Tunesia. (In 1939 he produced 1253 pieces.)

Music is a manifestation of love... If you are touched by music you are touched by love in a very pure way. Pepe Romero

Nothing is more beautiful than the sound of the guitar. F. Chopin

The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself. L.V. Beethoven (after hearing Giuliani play)

I love guitar, it plays my heart strings. Carolyn Burns

"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music." J.S. Bach

"The aim and final reason of all music should be none else but the glory of God and refreshing the soul. Where this is not observed there will be no music, but only a devilish hubbub."

"I was the enemy of the major studio. I believed in one man - one film. I believed one man should make the film. And I believed the director should be that one man. One man should do it - I didn't give a damn who. I just couldn't accept art as a committee. I could only accept art as an extension of an individual." Frank Capra - Film Director (1897- 1991):

The artists who the world has always recognized as the greatest are those with the widest sympathy. The greatness of the great artist depends precisely on the width and the intensity of his sympathy. Aldous Huxley

Life without music is only error, exhaustion, exile... Indeed, there is nothing that concerns me more than the fate of music. Friedrich Nietzsche

One cannot become a guitarist if he has not bathed in the fountain of culture. Agustin Barrios Mangore

Where someone sing stay, cause wicket people don't know any songs -- a German saying. (WO MAN SINGT, DA LASS DICH NIEDER, BOESE LEUTE KENNEN KEINE LIEDE    (Wo man singt da lass dich nieder, bˆse Leute kennen keine Lieder.) (Where one sings, there settle down. Vicious people don't know any songs. (Where one sings, there make your home. Bad people don't know any songs.)

"Mozart is too easy for beginners and too difficult for artists" -- Artur Schnabel

"I get the most joy out of my violin. I often think in music, I see my life in terms of music." Albert Einstein

Music doesn't lie. If there's something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. Jimi Hendrix

"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music." J.S. Bach

After silence that which would come nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing. Zimbabwe Proverb

Only sick music makes money today. Nietzsche

And, as my father [Duke] used to tell me growing up, "Play it beautiful, play it beautiful."  He said, "I don't care if you don't hit all of the notes.  If you don't move a person's heart, it's not music." Christopher Parkening

The duty of the artist was to bring light to the human spirit. Robert Schumann

somehow with a good piece of music you can do whatever you want if you do it good. (markus schmid speaking about Gould playing Goldberg fast young and much slower when he was older)

Sebastian said, "The sole object of all music should be the glory of God and pleasant recreation." His music gave God the glory and our family much pleasure.

The guitar's most special quality is its ability to shape the dying away of a sound into silence - John Williams

"I love the guitar for its harmony; it is my constant companion on all my travels." - Niccolo Paganini

Every musician should be able to dance the music he just played. Anonym

"The harmonic effects produced unconsciously by our guitarists are one of the miracles of natural art." - Manuel de Falla

A good composer does not imitate; he steals. Igor Stravinsky

"the most important things are almost impossible to teach, unless they are already known" Eduardo Fernandez

It's easy to forget - Don't forget to ground -- specially when there's danger -- have to grow roots else you fly like butterfly. Look down -- ground is under your feet and head on spine. Oscar Ghiglia (in guitar class)

"It's important that when you finish something you use that end to start a new beginning" Oscar Ghiglia (in music academy)

(paraphrazing:) God did not give the gift of music to everyone. The ones who have that gift must use it to make others happy. Mstislav Rostropovich

Segovia once told Parkening that a piece should be played in concert for one year before you even think about recording it.

The guitar is a meditative tool to touch God and find love within yourself.  Look for the perfect truth in the pieces you play. Playing a piece too fast is betraying the truth to ourselves and the universe, producing more garbage sounds a littering the universe.  Nerves never attack a person in love. Pepe Romero Jul 5, 1998

Claude Debussy about the guitar: "The guitar is an expressive harpsichord." It was after he listened to my playing that the great master was inspired to say this sentence. Many people are not aware of that, but I want to point it out with the legitimate pride of an artist."  - Llobet

There's always been good and bad music. Many composers hide behind modern music in order to not make music. Pepe Romero

"The most basic communication that you can have with a listener comes through a firm beat. It's like a cable.

If this cable is firm then you can transmit everything through that - if you break this, nothing else can come through." Eduardo Fernandez

All you need is ears. - George Martin

 "For twelve years I studied and worked at them every day, and I was nearly 25 before I had the courage to play one of them in public. Before I did, no violinist or cellist had ever played a Suite in its entirety". Pablo Casals re: Bach Cello Suites

Real music has nothing to do with the stuff of competitions, nothing at all. - David Leisner

The guitar, by its very nature, the nature of its sound, by the soft nuance of its powerful and ancient voice, by the magic of the tone, goes directly to the part of oneself where love is felt. When I hear the sound of the guitar, it goes to some part inside of me that opens the door that holds feelings of love and everything that is beautiful which lives inside of me. Pepe Romero

The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination. Carlos Santana

I was my own teacher and pupil, in a comradeship so firm and persevering that the most trying incidents of my life served only to strengthen the union... Andres Segovia

"Without music, Life would be a mistake"-Fredericke Nietszche

Leo Brower: I don't have any limits, or feel any limits in the guitar. I consider it a small orchestra, and almost perfect. People discover that the guitar has a very small sound. This could be a defect or a quality. I consider it a quality for intimacy. The guitar has all the colors, and the polyphony, and many, many things - except powerful sound. You can communicate completely. And there's a magic tone that you can get out of the guitar. In fact, the guitar is one of the few minor instruments, like harpsichord and recorder, which not only remains but develops and grows. The polyphony which has evolved with the guitar helps to include a modern language, along with the heritage form the Renaissance up to now. So we are millionaires in terms of repertoire, color and expressiveness! Other instruments have magic but not history. We have all!

"Too many students who are technically quite far advanced do not properly interpret the technically less difficult pieces they play, because they regard them as beneath serious consideration.  This is a fundamental error in musical taste and judgment."        --Leopold Auer

"can't play electronic drums - that's not right - gotto get acoustic drums - you can't do that" Phil Maynes talking about Angie

Like a boxer's punch, one good note is all it takes. Angel Romero

"You (artists) must learn to love the art in yourself rather than yourself in the art." - Constantin Stanislavsky

"Artists, whether they're classical musicians or pop musicians, they have always been the reflection of society, and in many ways a healing part of whatever is wrong in society, and I think it's important for us to continue to do that, and I don't see enough of it today." George Duke

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be,he must be. Abraham Maslow

"La guitarra es como una dama.. donde no cabe la escusa de m"rame y no me toques" Gaspar Sanz. 1640 (The guitar is like a lady... there's no room for the excuse of "look at me, but don't touch me") ("TOCAR" means in Spanish two things: touch or play. So "play the guitar" is "TOCAR la guitarra",  and "touch a woman" is "TOCAR la mujer")

"A work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity." Rainer Maria Rilke

The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity. Glenn Gould

Art is not in some far-off place. A work of Art is the expression of a man's whole personality, sensibility and ability. Shinichi Suzuki

Technique is the ability to realise musical thoughts on your instrument - Peter Inglis

Stravinsky used to say, play what's written, don't worry.

Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there. Madonna Ciccone

"I belong to the scarce minority of artists who work in good faith, around whom the phenomenal world vanishes, as it happens to the mystics when they give themselves to prayer". Andres Segovia

Shadows have their boundaries at certain determinable points. He who is ignorant of these will produce work without relief; and the relief is the summit and the soul of painting. Leonardo

Black is only black when you have no light -- Ruedi Staub

"It is always about discovering what, hidden, does not lie on the paper". Andres Segovia

The first thing I would take with me to an island is music. Sandra Lazzari

A man of position/money is respected for his position/money -- but an artist is loved.... When god loves you he selects you and says I love you, go play music, it's right. Homayoon Khorram

You should only play pieces that you're willing to marry. Pepe Romero

When you make music you do it for the right reason: love. Love is the desire of well being, desire to heal the wounded, the person in pain, the person who has problems - to touch the person who needs love. The love inside you manifests through sound, vibration and embraces everyone in the room. Pepe Romero

This is the fascination of this instrument (guitar) - it makes people happy. Sandra Papachristos

If you have patience, you will make from sour grapes, sweet halvah. Persian saying.

the artist must be acquainted with the method of persuading others. Picasso

 A painter should create that which he experiences. Picasso

it's not worth while for one to trouble oneself to fight the narrow-minded, because prevailing over them is of no value. Picasso

Music induces nightingales to sing, pug dogs to yelp." -Robert Schumann

Music is the pleasure of the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. - Gottfried Leibniz

I don't know, with a piano, in a sense you're stuck with the sound of the piano so you can only do things which use that sound. Anyway, I never cease to be amazed by what you can say with the guitar. John Williams

Ha, I'm just a schmuck who loves music and would love to see this society like me more as a musician than a programmer. Larry Deack.

Sound comes out of silence and goes back to silence. Sound comes out of nothing and goes back to nothing.

Superior musical neurology may manifest itself as an excruciating sensitivity to sound. - Robert Jourdain

Be a musician first and a guitarist second - Juan Mercadol

we also build them [guitars] so that they are basically on the verge of self destruction - because  that's where the best sound is. -Chris Martin IV, CEO of C.F. Martin and Company

"What we do with the guitar is, we want it to last forever, and, you know, I think this museum is testament to the fact that if a guitar is well cared for, it can last forever. They need to be played, that's what brings out that, you know, that sound that just improves over time. But we also build them so that they are basically on the verge of self destruction, because that's where the best sound is." -Chris Martin IV, CEO of C.F. Martin and Company

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Beethoven.

The guitar is one of the most calming instruments. Birgit

Just pretend you're dancing in the living room when you're listening to the music you like - you move to what you like - pretend you're making the music yourself. - Camilla Noble-Warren.

"I work with many jazz artists as Miles Davis, Laughlin, etc.. One of the things all these artists had in common is that they had no fear." George Duke

To increase speed you must increase the amount of rest, peace, calmness that you can maintain. That is the secret to playing fast. Pepe Romero

What is the function of every single note? God is in the detail.

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes. I thought it was there for good so I never tried -- Leonard Cohen

Musicianship starts with listening, loving, and wanting to reproduce - Jerry  Bickford

"Music is endless... And even though I have heard a whole lot of it, and fallen in love with all kinds of it over the years. There is still something - I guess it`s just called freedom" Jeff Buckley (1966 - 1997)

"There is only one thing more beautiful than on guitar - Two guitars" Frederic Chopin

I think Townshend is the father of the electric guitar. Vivienne McLaughlin

Music and singing is not really what comes out of the instruments but the feelings you express with it.  Angela Jaggi

Life without music is horrible! Alkis Yannakopoulos

The pleasure of playing a fine guitar will long outlive the pain of the initial price. Ray Fair

When we reached the top everyone was dying: Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Hanis Joplin... There were 2 alternatives: Heroin or spiritual meditation. Carlos Santana

Life without music is very bad - very sad. Muriel Laterali

She'll come back. Women always do. From Emmanuelle

Frank Zappa: "The quality of some tracks on this album may not be as good as some of the others, but what the fuck!"

Music takes you to a place where time doesn't exist and gravity doesn't exist and fear doesn't exist.... Carlos Santana

"Practicing something fast rarely leads to perfection, but working on accuracy always leads to the ability to play faster."  - Jody Fischer - from "Beginning Jazz Guitar"

Music is spiritual orgasm. Miles Davis

A guitarist is as good as his/her vibrato. Francisco Herrera.

Charles Ives: "Time will throw its vices away and weld its virtues into the fabric of our music."

Louis Armstrong: "All music is folk music, Ain't never heard no horse sing a song!"

The co-star of every picture is the light. Goran Gaspar

"For you TG, music is a competition and you are obsessed with measuring everything then putting people in their proper place on your spectrum of musicians. THAT is a significantly unmusical deficiency that really gets your way, in more ways than one." Larry Deack

He never gave up until he got whe he wanted. Sometimes he didn't know how to get it, but he knew always what he didn't want and there'd be no compromises. [an actress about the great director, David Lynn ]

She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends -- from Hotel California by Eagles.

"This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for."

--Bruce Springsteen

"I don't play the clarinet. I speak music." Giora Feidman (clarinetist with Israel Philharmonic)

"Oceans are an acoustic environment, and the species that live there have an acute acoustic sense. If we interfere with these critical behaviors, we may be affecting not just individual animals, but entire populations." Frederick O'Regan

Roger Daltry: ëPete is almost stone deaf,' he says sadly. ëHe deafened himself in the recording studio, and when we last performed he had to stand right next to the speakers to hear anything.'    ëPeople ask how I feel about singing the same songs I've been singing for 40-odd years but they don't understand that when I'm singing it that night, it is like I will be singing it for the first time.'    ëWe tend to think of age only in time, but I don't think it has much to do with time at all; there's a whole load of other things,' he says. ëI've met 16-year-olds who are old and 90-year-olds who are young.

"Dear Will, perhaps your mediocrity is due to your unwillingness to seek out links between aesthetics and politics.  I urge you do so. Pablo"

"....... i once heard an expert on the music of Azerbaijan state, in all seriousness, that the ills of the modern world are caused by equal temperment." Mark Delpriora

If you really sing with your heart then there's nothing closer to your soul than your voice. Franziska Hegi.

"I don't want to be a film star. I don't even want to be a pop star. I just want to live in peace.'' - Former Beatle George


If you follow nature you will not be able to vanquish the tragic in any real degree in your art... We must free ourselves from our attachment to the external, for only then do we transcend the tragic, and are enabled consciously to contemplate the repose which is within all things." Piet Mondrian

Guitar is the most beautiful instrument. Elizabeth L.

"The best part really is once I'm up on the stage."  Harry Wayne Casey, of KC and The Sunshine Band,

Music is a miracle (Ilana)

What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this, they don't make girls like you no more. And I like to get to know you on closer terms terms than this, but I guess you've heard it all before. Entwhistle (The Who: Trick of the light)

Our life must have an aim, but we must also ensure that the direction we take is a good one. Yehudi Menuhin

Everyone should in some way be creative, irrespective of the quality of that which he creates. Yehudi Menuhin

The ultimate aim in life should be to fulfill to the utmost all that within our ability and to share that which is good and beautiful. Yehudi Menuhin

Life is not a finished product, it is only what we make of it, and if we make nothing of it, someone else will, and we will be his slave. Yehudi Menuhin

A road to a world with no borders, no boundaries, no flags, no countries, Where the heart is the only passport you carry. - Carlos Santana

You can never say if a colour is nice - it depends on where you place it. Frau Schmid

A society without its dreamers can never be free. Yehudi Menuhin

Searching and the route we take are more important than making a find. Yehudi Menuhin

In reality, infinity is merely the distance to the heart of a stranger. Eternity is the moment of cognition. Yehudi Menuhin

... They will bring their music to the people of the Saanenland, to their churches, schools, hospitals, clubs and old age homes and then to the concert platforms of Europe and the wider world. Yehudi Menuhin

A way of life which excludes the realm of the unknown and the mysterious is simply not in harmony with life itself. Yehudi Menuhin

Plato: Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

Albert Einstein: If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Henry David Thoreau: When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

Plato: The gods who have been appointed to be our companions in the dance, have given us the pleasurable sense of harmony and rhythm; and so they stir us to life, and we follow them, joining together in dances and songs.

John Adams: I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

"La Guitara". Celedonio Romero's last words.

Life is a vacation God gives to you! - Celedonio Romero

The Andaluc"an race is very strong. Another mystery-- it has the most jealous people in the world, both men and women! - Celedonio Romero

Music is the most spiritual language for the human being. - Celedonio Romero

When it is possible that people don't understand my English, I take my guitar and speak with my music! - Celedonio Romero

I never used too much discipline; the great discipline is love. What is my secret? It's a great secret: all the time love, all the time

love. Never violence. That doesn't work; that will ruin them completely. The only, only way is love, love, love! Did I ever have to tell them to practice? No, no, no, no, no. It was easy. I just set the example. I would say, "Well, now I need to practice," and my sons would follow me. It was very easy.

Age is not important, because the heart is the same all the time. Time is infinite. It's not important. The secret is to be careful with the body.  Don't smoke, don't drink alcohol.   (the only meat he ate was fish).

It is a little known fact that one of the earliest known examples of a guitar is one made out of stone, found in an old Neanderthal cave in Europe. Tests indicate that it dates from about 70,000 BC. As such it was the first rock guitar.

He wanted me to make that beautiful Segovia sound and spent a lot of  time on hand position and being relaxed. He also wanted no unnecessary hand movement. He taught about control of tone color and that technique is not about speed, but is for control of dynamics. (John Willims about his father)

Stay away from trouble when you can. Kenny Rogers (?)

I don't play the guitar, I play with the guitar.... No guitar can be perfectly tuned. Jacques Vincenti

Every child has innate musical capacity. If we're not tapping in and finding ways to develop that ability, w're not doing our job" Dr. Linda P. Nelly

The guitar is my favorite instrument. I like piano and violin too but guitar is something else. Arash Alavi

What's a nice girl like you, doing in a place like this? They don't make girls like you no more...and I like to get to know you in closer terms than this, but I guess you've heard it all before..... (From The Who's "Trick of the light" by John Entwhistle

"Everything comes in due time: when you can handle it." Sayrah Garrison

"The only reason to play the guitar is that we can have different (colors) sounds. Which is the other reason? We don't have volume, we have more polyphony than flute but less than piano, the range of the sound is limited. No other reason than the color, quality of the sound." Luigi Biscaldi

The only reason we play the guitar is that we can have different sounds. What are the other reasons to the play the guitar? Not for volume, not for polyphony (more than flute but less than piano), not for range of sound, but for the color, the quality of the sound. Luigi Biscaldi

Good music also needs fine interpreters who strive to keep the flame of art burning. Able Carlevaro 15/1/92

I don't have amazing lyrical ability I just know how to speak on what I been through and where I came from," he said. Slim Dunkin

"A big talent steals, a small talent borrows". Anthony Quinn (re: arts)

"I love, love, love women". Anthony Quinn

Wanna start learning how to play the guitar as well. Must be the most beautiful thing you can do in life. Brigitte G.

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all. --Michelangelo Buonarroti (Caprese, near Arezzo 1475 - Rome 1564)

Tony Blair said the Beatles were "the background to out lives."

"I always really enjoyed our early days, before we got too famous. We used to play clubs and that kind of stuff all the time.  And it was fun. It was good because you get to play and get quite good at the instrument. But then we got famous, and it spoiled all that, because we'd just go round and round the world singing the same 10 dopey tunes." George Harrison

"Although I have guitars all around and I pick themm up occasionally and write a tune and make a record, I don't really see myself as a musician. It may seem a funny thing to say. It's just like, I write lyrics amd I make up songs, but I'm not a great lyricist or songwriter or producer. It's when you put all these things together - that makes me." George Harrison

"Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait"  ... "Love one another"... George Harrison

Art is the lie that helps us see the truth. Pablo Picasso

I don't have a computer. I have an electric typewriter and a piano. Between the typewriter, the piano, and the phone, that's all I need. Marie Pooler

Theories of art carry the seeds of their own destruction. Steven Pinker

Bach put his whole heart into his organ music. Linda Rickli (organist)

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing. African saying relayed by C. Wellen

I always thought you could use music of JSBach to illustrate anything. Julie Archer

"You got 13 channels of shit on the TV to choose from". Pink Floyd

A man who can laugh at himself delivers all men from the burden of their vanity. (x about chaplin)

"I committed this act for attention... to, in a sense, steal John Lennon's fame and put it on myself." Mark Chapman.

Animals don't hate, and we're supposed to be better than them. -- Elvis Presley

If you let your head get too big, it'll break your neck.' -- Elvis Presley

"Happiness is knowin' you've done a good job, whether it's professional of for another person." - Elvis Presley

Sharing money is what gives it its value. -- Elvis Presley

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away. -- Elvis Presley

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.' -- Elvis Presley

"John Lennon and and Brian Epstein knocked on the door - Lennon was shaking: Is elvis home?" ëThat's when I knew Elvis presley is hot.' Elvis's brother:

"I never picked up a guitar until I heard Elvis Presley". John Lennon

ëAfter hearing this I started paying attention to Elvis'

ëHe loved to give -- to give to people.'

Zeppelin members walked out of the plane - they were speechless. Elvis said, nice plane where did you buy it from? They said we lease it from Cezar's -- Elvis said: I own mine.

Elvis always said:  "When it ceases to be fun, quit"

John got the news on the day he was shot that Double Fantasy had just gone gold after 2 weeks of being on the market and is headed quickly to platinum status. He had songs there like clean up time - to start something new - a message of no drugs and alcohol

he jumped up and down like a kid at the news of his record's success after having been a house dad for some time.

he was shot but he handed something over to those who were close to him in spirit and had the capacity to do something with it.

he meant the 80's to be optimistic. He wanted to tell everyone it's going to be alright if we pull together. Jack DOuglas

Joe Strummer of the Clash died in (Born John Graham Mellors) [ankara 21 aug 1952 -- Somerset 22 dec 2002]

It was the great London Calling that sealed their reputation. Voted best record of the Seventies and Eighties (because of different release dates on each side of the pond), this extraordinary LP threw blues, rockabilly, reggae, ska, rock and soul into a glorious blend.

They virtually gave their music away: London Calling sold for four quid, Sandinista! For a mere six.

Bono (U2's frontman): The Clash was the greatest rock band. They wrote the rulebook for U2".

"To meet Joe was to meet a man with a teenager's passion and an old blues singer's pain". James Brown.

I wish we were still together today. It was a god band but the trouble was we fell to ego.

[in concert: ] No Elvis, Beatles or Rolling Stones... But John Lennon rules OK?

Ringo Starr says his first love will always be playing for audiences. "Sometimes it's the most spiritual plane that you ever get to. On certain nights there is nothing better. So I am blessed as long as I can hold the sticks.

I love people to say, 'You know, I've heard you play that song a thousand times, but the way you played it tonight, you made it personal for me,"' Carlos Santana beams.

"You have to be able to pull the audience from their worries and problems and their rent. We exist by God's grace and the rent will be taken care of," Carlos explains with a voice filled with compassion and comfort. "Music is a healing balm. If you don't get contact with the audience, you need to find another job." Carlos  Santana

"I was born with a certain mechanism in my body that I needed the blues," Santana explains. "You can make Hebrews, Japanese or Mexicans feel the exact same way with just one note." Carlos  Santana

without people there is no star. it's people who make a star. and the star has a big responsibility on shoulder - to be a good guide. I hope all artists build a bridge and be a good guide for people... Apik Yusefian

"in spain it's well respect - the guitar doesnt have to fight for a place like it has to in many other countries. it's nice that it's not an odd thing to be a guitarist." David Russell

"I teach my children that there are a lot of people in the world with their finger on the trigger, ready to kill or commit  suicide. Music is a gift of God to disarm those people. By playing a note that makes them laugh, cry and dance, they throw the damn gun away and they see possibilities. Music reminds us that we have a choice. Music is meant to heal the world."

Do not expect, whether you are an amateur or a professional, to find any profound intention in these compositions, but rather an ingenious jesting with art by means of which you may attain freedom in harpsichord playing. It was not self-interest or ambition which led me to publish them, but obedience. Perhaps they may please you, in which case I may more willingly obey further commands to gratify you in a simpler and more varied style. D.Scarlatti

"You look in her eyes; the music begins to play; Hopeless romantics, here we go again" The Eagles

"I love music, I feel it: my studies of harmony and counterpoint have acquainted me with the movement of the nature of the chords and their inversions, with the way of passing from the melody to the bass or to some of the internal parts..." Fernando Sor

"Their [the bad guitarists] astonishment [for Sor's music] comes only from the way they conceive the guitar: with maintaining that such an instrument is mainly devoted to accompaniement, they begin to treat it as an instrument for melody...with using the faculties of their left hand for the melody..." Fernando Sor

But you can't change the fact that it all began with Segovia and his sound. We wouldn't be here now if it weren't for him. John Williams

So in summary, guitarists are bad technicians, bad sight-readers, bad at playing ensemble, bad listeners and don't know their instrument as well as they should. John Williams

I don't like or approve of competitions on any instrument. I don't think music can be evaluated like a race - I know that's an obvious thing to say and that there are many ifs and buts involved, because they do help some artists and concentrate the public's attention on music. But I particularly don't like the way many guitar competitions are run, the confusing way points are awarded differently in each round of a competition, and especially the over-exploitation of the "Big Winner" and the competitive values that puts on players and the activity of guitar playing itself. Winning is a matter of taste in most cases, and there are often many other equally deserving competitors other than just the First Prize recipient. I feel it would be fairer to have a select group of finalists, each of whom receives the same award and status. John Williams

I have served on juries in the past, but these days I refuse to take part, and I feel it is important to take that stand otherwise your reservations have no meaning. John Williams

Guitarists are among the worst sight-readers I've come across. Julian Bream and I are both dead average sight-readers by orchestral standards, but among guitarists, we are outstanding! This is an area of the guitar that has been poorly taught up until recently. John Williams

"...all the arts aspire to the condition of music, which is pure form. Music, states of happiness, mythology, faces scored by time, certain twilights, certain places, all want to tell us something, or told us something, we should not have missed, or are about to tell us something. This imminence of a revelation that does not take place is, perhaps, the esthetic fact." Jorge Luis Borges "The Wall and the Books"

"How about the Dixie Chicks and the whack they took (for criticizing Bush)? They're not backing down," he added. "None of these artists are putting their career above their own sense of morality and obligation."


The stamina required to play some of the big works is considerable. Someone calculated that it takes the equivalent energy of shovelling three tons of coal just to move the keys in Rachmaninov's Third Concerto - and this does not take into account the emotional and intellectual energy used! [unknown]

There are three things that will survive a nuclear bomb. Roaches, Keith Richards, and the SM58!

"Music is the birthright of the people. The great composers whose music is timeless have a message for all who will hear it. Music is not the property of a small group of inititates or a priveleged few to whom its secrets are alone vouchsafed.    It exists for our enjoyment, physically, mentally and spiritually..." - Eugene Goossens - Former director of the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music.

"I'm an air-conditioned gypsy" Pete Townshend

Beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real - Pete Townshend

Any fool can hide, few can play - Pete Townshend

What's a nice girl like you, doing in a place like this, they don't make girls like you no more, and I'd like to get to know you , on closer terms than this, but I guess you've heard it all before." Pete Townshend

"I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal components deaf" Pete Townshend

"Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired. If you use an iPod or anything like it, or your child uses one, you MAY be OK ... But my intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead." Pete Townshend

"The downside may be that on our computers -- for privacy, for respect to family and co-workers, and for convenience -- we use earphones at almost every stage of interaction with sound." Pete Townshend

Rick Rubin

"When I'm listening, I'm looking for a balance that you could see in anything. Whether it's a great painting or a building or a sunset. There's just a natural human element to a great song that feels immediately satisfying. I like the song to create a mood."

"I never really liked the Stones," he said. "Although, I loved the Monkees -- they had all the best songwriters." Through his passion for the Beatles, he became fascinated by the seductive, addictive power of songs.

Rubin works slowly -- it can take him years to finish an album. "A lot of that is because of the songs," Rubin explained. "I try to get the artist to feel like they are writing songs for the ages rather than songs for an album.

"most people will write 10 songs and think, That's enough for a record, I'm done. When they play the songs for me, invariably the last two songs they've written are the best. I'll then say, 'You have two songs, go back and write eight more.' "

There was a time when if you had something that wasn't so good, through muscle and lack of other choices, you could push that not very good product through those channels. And that's how the music business functioned for 50 years. Well, the world has changed. And the industry has not."

"You feel the rhythm of the planet more keenly. I am never this aware of sunrise and sunset when I'm in town. The daily changes of nature at the beach can be deeply affecting."

Lennon's deportation case was dropped (he won the appeal) on his birthday. That same day Yoko gave birth to his son. Talk about stars being lined up. "FBI Files John Lennon"

"Lennon's mistake was to support some radicals that the US Government was after. His strength was to stand behind his belief that the Vietnam war must end." "FBI Files John Lennon"


    "We were aware that Ed Sullivan was the big one because we got a telegram from Elvis and the Colonel. And I've heard that while the show was on there were no reported crimes, or very few. When The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, even the criminals had a rest for ten minutes." George Harrison Anthology

At the start of the hour-long programme, Sullivan announced that a telegram had been received from Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, wishing the group luck. It read:

    Congratulations on your appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and your visit to America. We hope your engagement will be a successful one and your visit pleasant. Give our best to Mr Sullivan. Sincerely, Elvis & The Colonel.


    Seventy-three million people were reported to have watched the first show. It is still supposed to be one of the largest viewing audiences ever in the States.

"    You've surely heard that old legend that the crime rate in the U.S. dropped dramatically during the Beatles' appearance on the show. Apparently the whole nation was so transfixed by the lads from Liverpool that everyone preferred to tune in instead of running around committing felonies and such. It's a nice story, but according to Snopes, it's not true. The rumor started when a reporter from the Washington Post snarkily remarked that while the Beatles were on that evening, no hubcaps were stolen anywhere. It was meant to infer that the Beatles appealed to the type of degenerate who would do such a thing, but the meaning was twisted and reprinted by Newsweek. The Post ended up printing a tongue-in-cheek retraction on February 21, 1964:"

    "It is with heavy heart that I must inform Newsweek that this report is not true. Lawrence R. Fellenz of 307 E. Groveton St., Alexandria, had his car parked on church property during that hour "" and all four of his hubcaps were stolen. The Washington Post regrets the error, and District Liner Fellenz regrets that somewhere in Alexandria there lives a hipster who is too poor to own a TV set."?




Quotes from F. Matthias Alexander (1869-1955)

you translate everything whether physical or mental or spiritual, into muscular tension.

Those things that do not exist are the hardest to get rid of."

"Mr. Cox has spoken of posture.  I don't like the word posture."

     (St. Dunstan's Lecture 1949)

"I must admit that when I began my investigation, I, in common with most people, conceived of 'body' and 'mind' as separate parts of the same organism, and consequently believed that human ills, difficulties and shortcomings could be classified as either 'mental' or 'physical' and dealt with on specifically 'mental' or specifically 'physical' lines. My practical experiences, however, led me to abandon this point of view and readers of my books will be aware the technique described in them is based on the opposite conception, namely, that it is impossible to separate 'mental' and 'physical' processes in any form of human activity."

    (The Use of the Self, chapter 1, italics Alexander's)

"I do not claim to have discovered any new method of breathing, but to understand the only true one - Nature's;"

     (Introduction to a New Method of Respiratory Vocal Re-Education 1906)

" . . . . .for Nature does not work in parts; she treats everything as a whole."

     (Introduction to a New Method of Respiratory Vocal Re-Education 1906)

"You cannot change something by repeating that which you have."

     (St. Dunstan's Lecture 1949)

belief is a matter of customary muscle tension. FM Alexander

At times I have been put to condusion and driven to despair of ever explaining something for which I could not account but which my senses told me to be true. Galileo, Two New Sciences

One has to make the discovery for oneself, starting from scratch, and to find what old FMAlexander called "the means whereby," without which good intentions merely pave hell and the idealist remains an ineffectual, self-destructive and other-destructive "end-gainer". Aldous Huxley

the crucial educational problem is that of procuring the postponement of immediate action upon desire until observation and judjment have intervened. John Dewey, Experience & Education.

I can teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The Merchant of Venice, I. ii

Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc., (1904-1984)

MoshÈ Feldenkrais (Doctor of Science, Sorbonne) was an engineer, physicist, inventor, martial artist and student of human development. Born in eastern Europe, he emigrated to Palestine as a young man.

Polish\Russian born, When he was 13 he left home to study and earned his doctorate in physics from the Sorbonne in Paris. One of the First Europeans to receive a black belt in Judo and founded the French Judo Association.

He incorporated his knowledge of Judo and physics with studies in human development, anatomy and physiology in the creation of a unique Educational system now known as the Feldenkrais Method. Dr. Feldenkrais's inspiration for developing these ingenious lessons came while he suffered with a crippling knee injury.

Dr. Feldenkrais is the Author of 3 books The last years of his life were spent traveling all over the world teaching huge groups of people (200) in one training these Methods.


If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want. Dr. Feldenkrais

Ordinarily, we learn just enough to function. But our ability to function with a greater range of ease and skill remains to be developed. Moshe Feldenkrais

"What you truly learn best will appear to you later as your own discovery."  (Moshe Feldenkrais)


"Each of us speaks, moves, thinks and feels in a different way, each according to the image of themselves that they have built up over the years. In order to change our mode of action, we must change the image of ourselves that we carry within us."

--Moshe Feldenkrais, from "Zen and the Art of Making a Living"

"Find your true weakness and surrender to it. Therein lies the path to genius. Most people spend their lives using their strengths to overcome or cover up their weaknesses. Those few who use their strengths to incorporate their weaknesses, who don't divide themselves, those people are very rare. In any generation there are a few and they lead their generation." - Moshe Feldenkrais

 "The aim is a person who is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works". Moshe Feldenkrais

"Through awareness we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom-at almost any age-and thereby improve our living circumstances, not only physically...but emotionally, intellectually and spiritually." Moshe Feldenkrais

"What I'm after isn't flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I'm after is to restore each person to their human dignity." Moshe Feldenkrais


 Surely if it is possible for feeling to become untrustworthy as a means of direction, it should be possible to make it trustworthy again. F.M. Alexander 




I always felt that the best songs are the ones that came to you. JL

I still like black music, disco music... 'Shame, Shame, Shame' or 'Rock Your Baby' -- I'd give my eye-tooth to have written that. But I never could. I am too literal to write 'Rock Your Baby'. I wish I could. I'm too intellectual, even though I'm not really an intellectual.

-- John Lennon, 1975

Paul:  "It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we'd work with the Beatles. We'd bring a song in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it we'd say 'Okay, let's do a take now' and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what they were doing, we'd learnt the song. So that's what we did, we did the take live in the studio," said McCartney.

if we make people laugh, that's enough. John Lennon

From TV show on "John Lennon's Last Days":

John told the bass player who played on Double Fantasy: "they tell me you're good - just don't play too many notes".

John: My life was changed completely by American rock and roll

I love Beethoven, specially the poems.  Ringo Starr

Nov 17 1980 Double Fantasy was released.

John: "As long as you keep walking slowly and sign things and communicate you're ok. If you're running you get into trouble".

"He's not dead. John Lennon can't be dead". A fan on the night he was murdered. Dec 8 1980

John: the role of the artist is to tell people how we feel not to tell them how to feel -- not as a preacher...

John Lennon:

"Thank you folks - the next song, the next song we're gonno sing is an oldie - some of you older people might remember, from last year, and it's called She Loves You." [at Hollywood Bowl Concert - 1964/65]

Love is free, free is love.

For our last number I'd like to ask your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery. (Royal Variety Show(a.k.a. Royal Command Performance), Prince of Whales Theatre, London, 4 November 1963)

It's fear of the unknown. Unknown is what is. Accept that it's unknown and it's plain sailing.

Sometimes you wonder, I mean really wonder, I know we make our own reality and we always have a choice, but how much is pre-ordained?

If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.

Pop music is the classical music of now. Paul McCartney

the message was always love, in any form we portrayed it. Paul

Elvis is great but the songs are not for me. George Harrison.

FEW QUOTES BY THE BEATLES:  (these are just off the top of my head - reza)

I, once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me. (JL)

1-2-3-4-5-6-7 All good children go to heaven.

Though I know I'll never lose affection, for people and things that went before, I know I'll often stop and think about them... JL

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love, you make. Paul McCartney

Imagine all the people living life in peace. John Lennon

Life is very short and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friend. JL

For she would never be free - When I was around. JL

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. John Lennon

Take these broken wings and learn to fly. Paul McCartney

Pop music is the classical music of now. Paul McCartney

"They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool, till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" and "You think you're so clever and classless and free, but you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see."  John Lennon

It's getting better all the time. Paul McCartney

Let it be. The Bible, Paul McCartney

And so it's true, pride comes before a fall, I'm telling you so that you won't lose all (From Beatles (John Lennon) song)

Love is free, free is love. John Lennon

"you know that what you eat you are - what is so sweet now turns so sour" George Harrison

It's been a long cold lonely winter. George Harrison

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."

- John Lennon -

And I, would be sad if our new love, was in vain. John Lennon

If I trust in you, oh please, don't run & hide... JL

"if I trust in you, oh please, don't run and hide" (from song: "If I Fell") - JL

"and she promises the earth to me and I believe her - after all this time I don't know why" John Lennon

I am of the universe -- J. Lennon

Changing my life with the wave of her hand. Nobody can deny that there's something there. PM

I give her all my love, that's all I do. Paul McCartney

It's been a hard days night and I've been working like a dog. The Beatles

You know life can be long, and you've got to be so strong, and the world can be tough, sometimes I feel I've had enough! - JL

Now that I know what I feel must be right, I'm here to show everybody the light -- John Lennon

It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn't matter much to me. - John Lennon


John: "Keep it simple Andy [Newmark] and play like Ringo"

From "Beatles in their own words" -- Compiled by Miles -- 1978 -- Omnibus press

I read this book shortly after it was released -- and came upon it again recently (2002). Here are some excerpts:

About Maharishi:

"Why?" he asked, and all that shit and I said, "Well, if you're so cosmic, you'll know why." He was always intimating, and there were all these right-hand men always intimating, that he did miracles. And I said, "You know why," and he said, "I don't know why, you must tell me," and I just kept saying "You ought to know" and he gave me a look like, "I'll kill you, you bastard," and he gave me such a look. I knew then. I had called his bluff and I was bit rough to him. Yoko: You expected too much from him.

The Name: George: It was while we were in Germany. I went in swimming and when I came out I didn't have a comb. So my hair just dried. The others liked it the way it looked and there we were. John: We've told so many lies about it we've forgotten.

Paul: I now realize that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache.

Conquering America was the best thing. You see we wanted to be bigger than Elvis - that was the main thing. At first we wanted to be Goffin and King, then we wanted to be Eddie Cochran. then we wanted to be Buddy Holly, and finally we arrived at wanting to be bigger than the biggest -and that was Elvis. -' ~We reckoned we could make it because there were four of us. None of us would've made it atone, because Paul wasn't quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl-appeal, George was too quiet, and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought that everyone would be able to dig at least one of us, and that's how it turned out.

For instance, we did the Royal Variety Show once, and we were asked discreetly to do it every year after that- but we always said "Stuff it". So every year there was always a story in the newspapers saying: "Why No Beatles For The Queen", which was pretty funny, because they didn't know we'd refused it.

Always the police chiefs daughter or the Lord Mayor's daughter, all the most obnoxious kids -because they had the most obnoxious parents -that we were forced to see all the time. We had these people thrust on us.

John: I'm not anti-God, anti-Christ or anti- religion. I was not saying we are greater or better. I believe in Gad, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It' s just that the translations have gone wrong. I wasn't saying the Beatles are better than God or Jesus. I used Beatles because it's easy for me to talk about Beatles. I could have said TV or the cinema or anything popular and I would have gotten away with it. and that changed everything ...When I started, Rock and Roll itself was the basic revolution to people of my age and situation. We needed something loud and clear to break through all the unfeeling and repression that had been coming down on us kids. We were a bit conscious to begin with of being imitation Americans. But we delved into music and found that it was half white Country-and- Western and half black rhythm and blues. Most of the songs came from Europe and America and now they were coming back to us. Many of Dylan's best songs came from Scotland, Ireland, and England It was a sort of cultural ex change. Though I must say the more interesting songs to me were the black ones because they were more simple. They sort of said shake your ass or your prick which was an innovation really. And then there were the field songs, mainly expressing the pain they were in. They couldn't express themselves intellectually so they had to say in a very few words what was happening to them. And then there was the City blues and a lot of that was about sex and fighting. A lot of this was self-expression but only in the last few years have they expressed themselves completely with Black Power, like Edwin Starr making War records. Before that many black singers were still laboring under that problem of God, it was often, "God will save us". But right through the blacks were singing about their pain and also about sex, which is why I like it. John Lennon: Theory is for the critic or the audience. The experience itself is for the artist and for the audience that isn't theorizing about it That's what valid For me criticism doesn't exist It affects me if you say "What a terrible song you wrote" and "What a great song you wrote", it's going to affect me like if you say, "I don't like your suit". It's not that important and the ëEleanor Rigby'

Jane [Asher] was in a play in Bristol then, and I was walking round the streets waiting for her to finish. I didn't really like 'Daisy Hawkins' - I wanted a name that was more real. The thought just came: "Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice and lives in a dream" -so there she was. The next , thing was Father Mackenzie. It was going to be Father McCartney, but then I thought that was a bit of a hang-up for my Dad, being in this lonely song. So we looked through the phone book. That' s the beauty of working at random - it does come up perfectly, much better than if you try to think it with your intellect Anyway there was Father Mackenzie, and he was just as I had imagined him, lonely, darning his socks. We weren't sure if the song was going to go on. In the next verse we thought of a bin man, an old feller going through dustbins; but it got too involved - embarrassing. John and I wondered whether to have Eleanor Rigby and him have a thing going, but we couldn't really see how. When I played it to John we decided to finish it.

That was the point anyway. She didn't make it, she never made it with anyone, she didn't even look as if she was going to.

Please please me: It was originally conceived as a Roy Orbison-type thing, you know. George Martin said, 'Well, we'll put the tempo up'.

Penny Lane : Paul: "finger pie" is just a nice little joke for the Liverpool lads who like a bit of smut.

Promoter Sid Bernstein said, "Over 55,000 people saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium. We took $304,000, the greatest gross ever in the history of show business"

vietnam war was brought to an end with a million people sang give peace a chance in washington DC.

Strawberry Fields: (paul ) is the name of a Salvation Army School.


From me to you: We nearly didn't record it because we thought it was too bluesy at first, but when we finished it and Geroge Martin had scored it with harmonica it was all right.

I resent performing for fucking idiots who don't know anything. They can't feel. I'm the one that's feeling, because I'm the one that is expressing. They live vicariously through me and other artists. John Lennon

I'M HJTDWU: (John wrote it for George to sing "I encouraged him like mad.")

John liked I'll Cry Instead and I Call Your Name. And loved Happiness IAWG.

You can't do that: This was my attempt at being Wilson Pickett at the time, but it was on the flip side because ëCan't Buy Me Love' was so good.

I'll be back: John: an early favorite that I wrote.

'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party' John Lennon: That was a very personal one of mine. In the early days I wrote less material than Paul because he was more competent on guitar than I. Be taught me quite a lot of guitar really.

'Help': John Lennon: I meant it -it's real. The lyric is as good now as it was then. It is no different, and it makes me feel secure to know that I was that aware of myself then. It was just me singing "Help!" and I meant it. I don't like the recording that much; we did it too fast trying to be commercial. I like ' I Want To Hold Your Band'. We wrote that together, it's a beautiful melody. I might do 'I Want To Hold Your Band' and 'Help' again, because I like them and I can sing them. ' Strawberry Fields' because it's real, real for then, and I think it's like talking, 'You know, I sometimes think no. ..' It's like he talks to himself, sort of singing, which I thought was nice.

I like ' Across The Universe', too. It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best It's good poetry, or whatever you call it, without chewin' it. See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don't have to have any melody, like a poem you can read them.

John: if people take any notice  of what we say, we say we've been through the drug scene , man, and there's nothing like being straight.

'You've Got To Ride Your Love A way.' John Lennon: This was written in my Dylan days for the film Help. When I was a teenager I used to write poetry, but was always trying to hide my real feelings. I was in Ken wood and I would just be songwriting and so every day I would attempt to write a song and it's one of those that you sort of sing a bit sadly to yourself, " Here I stand, head in hand .." I started thinking about my own emotions...

'Nowhere Man' John Lennon: I was just sitting, trying to think of a song, and I thought of myself sitting there, doing nothing and getting nowhere. Once l' d thought of that, it was easy. It all came out No, I remember now, l' d actually stopped trying to think of something. Nothing would come. I was cheesed off and went for a lie down, having given up. Then I thought of myself as "Nowhere Man" -sitting in his nowhere land.

'What Goes On' Ringo Starr: I used to wish that I could write songs like the others -and I've tried, but I just can't I can get the words all right, but whenever I think of a tune and sing it to the others they always say "Yeah, it sounds like such-a-thing, " and when they point it out I see what they mean. But I did get a part credit as a composer on one -it was called 'What Goes On'.

'In My Life' John Lennon: I wrote that in Ken wood. I used (to write upstairs where I had about ten Brunell tape recorders all linked up, I still have them, I'd mastered them over the period of a year or two -I could never make a rock and roil record but I could make some far out stuff on it I wrote it upstairs, that was one where I wrote the Lyrics first and then sang it. That was usually the case with things like 'In My Life' and 'Universe' and some of the ones that stand out a bit

'Girl' John Lennon: This was about dream girl. When Paul and I wrote lyrics in the old days we used to laugh about it like the Tin Pan Ailey people would. And it was only later on that we tried to match the lyrics to the tune. I like this one. It was one of my best.

John Lennon: Beatlemusic is when we all get together. You know, if I want to sound like 'Come Together' and 'I Want You' all the time, which I always did and always do, or whatever it is I want to be - and Paul wants it to be whatever he wants it to be and George, etc. etc.. So when the combination works you come out with what we call Beatlemusic. Of course we don't write songs together any more. We haven't written together for two years. Not really, anyway. know occasional bits, a line or two. It doesn't make any odds. When the Beatles perform that makes it into Beatlemusic .

I mean it's a long time since we've sat down and written for many reasons. We used to write mainly on tours. We got bored, so we wrote. Today the Beatles just go into a studio. And IT happens!

You see I think one note is as complex as anything, but I can't go on for the rest of my life explaining that to musical critics who want complex musical harmonies, tonal cadences and all that crap. I'm a primitive so I don't need it you know. I'm not interested in that and. was quite flattering at the time to hear all that crap about the Beatles, but I don't believe it. And Paul himself said that in the end we'll end up with a one note pop song. And I believe it you know! I can groove to the sound of electricity in the house or the water pipes...

Ono: Well, no. We didn't think we were going to die. We thought ... Well, John said over and over again that one day we'll be in our rocking chairs together, watching the ocean or something, and waiting for Sean's postcard to come, that kind of thing. We were thinking of our old age.

 "I don't believe in magic," that series of statements. Well, like a lot of the words, it just came out of me mouth. "God" was put together from three songs almost. I had the idea that "God is the concept by which we measure pain," so that when you have a word like that, you just sit down and sing the first tune that comes into your head and the tune is simple, because I like that kind of music and then I just rolled into it. It was just going on in my head and I got by the first three or four, the rest just came out. Whatever came out.

All these songs just came out of me. I didn't

sit down to think, "I'm going to write about Mother" or I didn't sit

down to think "I'm going to write about this, that or the other." They

all came out, like all the best work that anybody ever does. Whether it

is an article or what, it's just the best ones that come out, and all

these came out, because I had time.

When I say I'm primitive I mean that I consider Myself a primitive musician just because I never studied music. Therefore I'11 always consider myself a primitive. In the early days they were always asking us "Would you and Paul consider learning music?" and we always said, "No, No, it would wreck our style" or whatever we said would ruin it. That's what we said. Sometimes it's annoying not to be able to write down something, but to write down a bit of music I have to go through a whole complicated thing to remember it. I've lost lots of good music through not being able to write it down. But if we could write it there would be some counter loss. I tape-record it so there's no need for it. I think writing music would be all right if it was up-dated, they use a very old fashioned style of note formation. Most of my songs, on the sheet music, have always been incorrect. If ever I get anybody to play me the notes on the sheet music it's all wrong. There seem to be minor notes against major, I'm always singing minor notes against major because I think it's bluesy but it turns out that it isn't. It's a mistake they keep telling me, so they never write it like that, they always write a major note. All those bands who read from the sheet music, they're just playing the wrong tunes altogether. So there's certain notes you can't write down. If they are going to have written music then somebody should invent a new musical notation which covers all the notes. But there always seems to be something wrong.

McCartney in his US tour generated $53 Million in 3 months!

"It's really rare when you get a good group of musicians." James Paul McCartney.

Between 1962 and 1967 every Beatles single release went to number 1 (27 number 1 songs).

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. - John Lennon -

Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans! John Lennon

[I recall reading this somewhere: John Lennon saying if Chuck Berry was white he'd been bigger than Elvis]

More quotes of wisdom from DaVinci, Hegel, Michelangelo, Krishnamurti, Klee, Pythagoras, Goethe, and others

"People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change." Charles R. Swindoll, Author and Pastor

The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money. Bernard Meltzer  (Law Professor)

...hang in there.  Nothing of greatness, comes easy, otherwise everyone would have it! Stephanie Wilkins.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that gives value to survival. C.S. Lewis.

The very top performers don't teach. Marie Pooler

We need the tonic of wilderness. We can never have enough of nature. Henry David Thoreau

"The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life." Robert Browning

Since I think I am normal and not psychologically sick, I don't have psychological problems come up. Peter.

"Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President, but . . . they do not want them to become politicians in the process" (John F. Kennedy).

As my deceased Dad (who was a stockbroker for 40 plus years) use to say "when everyone runs to one side of the ship maybe it's time to run to the opposite side". Theory of Adverse Consequences - I think.

Love and delight are better teachers than compulsion.--Albrecht Durer

"Those who don't understand any language other than the language of force and violence don't respect human dignity. They seek violence because they will be irrelevant without it. We should not go their way." Shirin Ebadi

"The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." Barbara Pletcher Author

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." -- Albert Einstein

A childlike man is not a man whose development has been arrested.  On the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle aged habit and convention. Aldous Huxley

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." -- Lao-Tzu (604-531 B.C.)

"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"To do all that one is able to do is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do is to be a god."


Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then. Katharine Hepburn

"do unto others as we would have them do unto to us"

The Doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." -- Thomas Edison

Life's too short to do things I'm not interested in. Sarah Satz

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A. Heinlein

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony


"Wealth lost - something lost; Honor lost - much lost; Courage lost - all lost." --German proverb

"He that is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death."

-Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (1737-1809)

"Opportunity may knock only once but it passes by your door every day." --Frank K. Sonnenberg

"It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe." -- Robert W. Service

"Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is as hard as rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect." -- Carl Sandburg about Abraham Lincoln

"I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things." --William J. Locke

I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do. Arthur Warwick


All little girls like horses - the lucky ones grow out of it. Quenby Dunlap

"R&D matters, it just does," Chairman and Chief Executive Scott McNealy said. "This technology has the shelf life of a banana and you have to keep innovating."

"If a hammer is the only tool you have, everything will start to look like a nail."  (Abraham Maslow)


"Some people give their problems swimming lessons instead of drowning them."  (Mark Twain)


"Men can be divided into 2 groups:  one that goes ahead and achieves something, and one that comes after and criticizes."  (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)


"You may fail many times, but you are not a failure until you start blaming others."  (Olaus Petri)


"Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few."  (Pythagoras)


"Any idiot can criticize, condemn and complain, and most idiots do."  (Dale Carnegie)


"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."  (Thomas Edison)


"Medical research has made such enormous advances that there are hardly any healthy people left."  (Aldous Huxley)


"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself.  What isn't a part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."  (Hermann Hesse)

"Don't expect people to respect you for what you are planning to do."  (Henry Ford)


(Sep 2002: I collected these from a friend's book recently which contained many many quotes. These ones touched something deep inside... )

Thus to be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great. G.W.F. Hegel

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to other eyes as mine see it. Michelangelo

If you have something to say take your time and make it short. German Saying.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

"I know there is hope for mankind because there is a fire inside my chest. I feel the pain of others and I care. I care." - Anita Krizzan

"..when you just sit in silence the wind blows through you, the sun shines in you and you realize you are not your body you are everything." - Anita Krizzan

"I've been living in the shadow of empty people for far too long. Now I need to find chests full of wild lilies, minds full of wonder, hearts full of light." - Anita Krizzan

A lot of successful people are risk-takers. Unless you are willing to do that, to have a go, to fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen. Phillip Adams

The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used to failing. Albert Schweitzer

I am never weary of being useful... In serving others I cannot do enough. No labor is sufficient to tire me. Leonardo da Vinci

A good driver is one who gives the passenger a sense of confidence and security. Shahrooz Ganjavi

"Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Dreams permit each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." - William Dement

"I get pretty impatient with people who are able-bodied but are somehow paralyzed for other reasons."-Christopher Reev

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all. Michelangelo

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. Leonardo Da Vinci

The production of all arts are kinds of poetry and their craftsmen are all poets. Plato.

Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity. Modest Mussorgski (1839-1881)

Philosophy is critical thinking about thinking. Professor James Christian.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

He who opens a school door, closes a prison."--Victor Hugo

"Education is the cornerstone of liberty."--Eleanor Roosevelt

"Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it's essential to being human."--Jewel

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."  Mark Twain


"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."  Saint Augustine of Hippo


Education is  Man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.  Kenneth G. Johnson (1922-2002) American educator, semanticist.

"The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it." Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."........Wayne Gretzky

we must not confuse knowledge with wisdom. the first helps us earn a livelinhood. the second helps us live.  Spanish saying.

Mir Hossein Mousavi  "If this huge volume of cheating and changing the votes... which has hurt people's trust is presented as the very evidence of the lack of cheating, then it will butcher the republican aspect of the system," he said. "If the people's trust is not matched by protecting their votes or if they are not able to defend their rights in a civil peaceful reaction, there will be dangerous ways ahead," he warned.

He who supports crooks is a crook.

a very wiseman once told me   "Never go into a meeting without knowing the outcome in advance."

Life is full of pluses and minuses.  ........ Simplicity -- key to life and good system design. Mo Shahmirzadi.

"He who pays the piper calls the tune," said William Vaughan, senior policy analyst at Consumers Union.

"If the science exists in this constellation, men from Persia will reach it" a saying (Hadith) from the Prophet Mohammed.

"Not all things worth counting are countable and not all things that count are worth counting." --- Albert Einstein

Good intelligence is 9/10 of any battle (Napoleon).

"It ain't so much what people don't know that hurts as what they know that ain't so."  Artemus Ward

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"  - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi in Irving Good, The Scientist Speculates (1962)

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. Ludwig Borne.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann

The best way to manage anything is to make use of its own nature. Lao Tsu

"the climate crisis is by far the most serious challenge the human race has ever faced." Al Gore

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan,

more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage

than the creation of a new system.

For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the

preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders

in those who would gain by the new ones."

Machiavelli "The Prince" 1513


QUOTES BY ALAN GREENSPAN, the legendary FED Chairman

Don't get caught in an intellectual strait jacket. be flexible unprepared to change your mind.

About Nixon: "He wasn't exclusively anti-semitic. He was anti-Semitic, anti-Italian, anti-Greek, anti-Slovak ... He hated everybody".


Forecasts, though necessary, are unreliable. Central bankers should be skeptical and spend time examining what is going on in the economy right now.

Most oil shocks should not cause recessions. Central bankers do not necessarily have to raise rates following a sharp rise in the oil price.

Don't try to burst bubbles. mop up afterwards. Trying to burst bubbles with interest rate increases may do more harm than good. The fed is better off standing by and dealing with the consequences.

If you try to preserve the past, you will not be able to produce the future.

Recessions are bad as is growth below potential. Let's mandate off promoting price stability and full employment seriously, avoids recessions and don't damp down growth unnecessarily.

Optimization works in theory but risk management is better in practice. There is no scientific way to compute an optimal path for monetary policy.

The neutral interest rate is a good guide for policy. The short-term interest rates is the best policy tool, and the gap between the shorts rate and the neutral rate, at which policy is neither a stimulating or restricting growth, is a good guide for policy.

Avoid policy reversals. Rapid changes are damaging to a central bank's reputation and cause market volatility.

Set your aspirations high. Be realistic about what monetary policy can accomplish, but try to fine tune the economy, keeping inflation and unemployment close to where you want them.

Keep your options open. The economy changes so often and so fast that policymakers cannot rely on formal rules.


"Be fearful when there is greed and be greedy when there is fear." Warren Buffett

"May your learning be joyful"...jim christian

I never see myself as being hot, as being anything, any which way at all.... just a very ordinary human, deeply inspired. Samatha Reddy

"How poor are they that have not patience!" Orthello (II, iii, 376-379). William Shakespeare

Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Joseph Campbell

Ancora Imparo  - I am still learning. Michelangelo (at 87).

I'm a 9 to 5 man, you know. I have to sit here and wait for the good notes to sort of come from somewhere, and if I'm not here they're not going to come. It's like there's a dragon in the cave right? and you know it's in there but it's never coming out so you have to sit outside and wait for it. If you sit there long enough it's going to come. If you go home and take a nap you'll never see it because that's when it's coming out. Benny anderssen (ABBA).

It takes a lot of hard work to get rid of the rubbish in order to see what's really really good. In order to hear that. That takes time. Bjorn *Abba)

may every moment and "non  moment" of your life be filled with peace. With the love of the season, in ma's love, Virag

Truth is great but there's a time and place for everything. :) Lori Villamil Christian

this (ministry of justice) was built for friends !    Mr. (minoo's dad)

you are the ONLY VAX Software Specialist I've ever known -- whatever that (VAX) is ! marie pooler -- 1987

look around happiness is trying to catch you -- fortune cookie

If you're creating how can you not feel alive? Lori Villamil

Should things progress beyond this silly trolling, I would have to borrow Reza's tracking techniques to find out for sure. As Reza clearly demonstrated, one cannot hide forever behind a screen name. Matanya Ophee


God is great, the Ahuramazda who created this Earth, who created that sky, who created people, who created happiness for people. Daryush (Cyrus) the Great

"its sexier not to smoke than to smoke!" - Gita Sabharwal

Dideii baayad ke baashad shah shenas

Shah shenasad az geda dar har lebas

Safi Ali Shah

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." - Copy to Clipboard

  --  Eleanor Roosevelt

People wish to be settled. Only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. Emerson

You can tell more about a person in their eyes rather than their words. A. C. Toms

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead. Aldous Huxley

Do not cherish the unworthy desire that the changeable might become the unchanging. Buddha.

Look at that battle you are involved in; you are caught in it: you are it. J. Krishnamurti

Silence is the garden of meditation. Hazrate Ali

Yeki bood yeki nabood, zire gonbade kabood ...

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. -- Chinese proverb

"The key to success in everything--whether in health, work, intimacy, fulfilling sex, or thriving during hard times--comes with cultivating the ability to be energized and relaxed at the same time."

Stella Resnick

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be awake, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller.

Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. Will Rogers

Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.  -Arthur Schopenhauer

"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." John 4:8

Never dismiss small acts. Unknown forces may be working to allow the smallest deed to open door to your greatest accomplishment.

 If you never take risks, then you risk everything and will never accomplish any significant thing.

Remind yourself that many of the advances of civilization have been built on the unfailing belief of a single person as others laughed at their ideas.

Remember Calvin Coolidge's famous words that nothing takes the place of persistence; not talent, not education, not genius. Persistence alone is omnipotent.

A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold onto them. Goethe

Nothing is more simple than greatness. Indeed, to be simple is to be great. Emerson

Life is too short to worry about monsters out there. I am happy with the angels...:))  Subu Kavasseri

You snooze, you lose. You trade, you fade.

The Tao's principle is spontaneity. Lao Tzu

People should respect public opinion in so far as it is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny. Bertrand Russell

"Predictability is more important than time to market... With the right people and right attitude we can achieve any goal." Claude Honegger, Credit Suisse

To enjoy -- to love a thing for its own sake and for no other reason. Leonardo Da Vinci

"If we can understand the rules and protocols used in neurobiological systems, we should be able to apply the same concepts and constructs to manmade systems. That will lead someday to communication systems with true speech recognition capability and computers that can actually learn from their mistakes and modify their behavior. It will be artificial intelligence that isn't artificial, but, rather, quite natural." - Partha Mitra

Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present. Albert Camus

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased... This is true not only of competition with others, but competition with oneself. K

Men are wise in proportion not to their experience, but in their capacity for experience - George Bernard Shaw

While it is true that an inherently free and scrupulous individual may be destroyed, such an individual can never be enslaved or used as a blind tool. Albert Einstein

God gives every bird its food but he doesn't throw it in the nest. Joshua Holland.

He only is happy as well as great who needs neither to obey nor command in order to be something. Johann Goethe

He deserves paradise who can make his companions laugh. The Koran

I am indeed well, how can I not be? A Flower

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable. Johann Goethe

Contemplation for an hour is better than formal worship for sixty years. Prophet Mohammad

As and it shall be given unto you. Seek and ye shall find. Luke 11:9

Whether you think you can or you can't -- you are right. Henry Ford.

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open. Tagore.

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be, custom will soon render it easy and agreeable. Pythagoras

Without love the acquisition of knowledge only increases confusion and leads to self-destruction. J. Krishnamurti

Joyously participate in the sorrows of others. Buddha

"We wrote our slogan -- a very modest slogan -- ëa computer in every home and on every desktop' -- in 1975" -- Bill Gates

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power, and fear of the scourge of those who wield it. Aung Sung Sui Qi

Swiss people sometimes speak really bad german. A. Jaggi

Be as good as I should be. "Joni Bader in response to RG saying Johnny Be Good".

Keep the fire low but still burning. Eva Maria Joelli

One has to be aware, concentrated (havashes-jaam) and have enough resources for the late stage of life. The wheels do not always turn in one manner. One's wheel has to be such that if it dropped one one does not get destroyed. Manna

All the strongest and longest-lived animals on earth are vegetarians.  Andrew W. Saul.

Life is made hard sometimes. I guess it's to make us appreciate the good parts. Postman LA.

pressure is the enemy of every development. that's what I've experienced with my voice. sarah satz

He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. I John 4:16

"the deepest human trait seems to be gossiping" Jurgen Brand

"A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on." - Sir Terry Pratchett

Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution long after the emotion with which it was made has passed. Brian Tracy

This technology is not undo-able anymore -- Larry Deack

A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view. Wilma Askinas

"There are three kinds of minds: first those that attain insight and understanding of things by their own means, then those that recognize what is right when others explain it to them, and finally those that are capable of neither one nor the other."  Machiavelli

"In art, practice always comes before theory." Pablo Picasso

Causeless hatred is the source of most of the unhappiness in the world. David Ganezer

This E-mail just in from Eagles management honcho Irving Azoff: "In response to your [recent] memo, in 1976, during the writing of the song 'Hotel California' by Messrs. Henley and Frey, the word `colitas' was translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as 'little buds.' You have obviously already done the necessary extrapolation. Thank you for your inquiry."

You get what you get when you get it. Mark Barnes

"No principle is better settled than that a party who raises an issue for the first time on appeal will be deemed to have waived the issue, even if the issue is one of constitutional law."  Cyr v. Cyr, 432 A.2d 793, 797 (Me. 1981).

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." ~ Aristotle (384-322 BC)

_"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Plato [427-347 BC]

It's diffcult to make predictions, specially about the future. A Sage (as quoted by John Major)

A woman will forgive a man who makes a move on her when she is not ready. A woman will never forgive a man who fails to make a move on her when she wants him to. David G.

Power is energy the instant it's used.  Matt

'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind ... Neil Armstrong

"home is where the heart is,  where you can connect with people". michael mendizza

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win!"   Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. -Thomas Jefferson, 1816

Property monopolized or in the possession of a few is a curse to mankind. -John Adams, 1765

No man ought to own more property than needed for his livelihood; the rest by right, belonged to the state. -- Benjamin Franklin

Despite having taken this technical weight, at the end of the day what people need to hear from you is the simplest emotional content. Phil Maynes.

Old chicken has all the juice. Greek saying.

"Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have."

-Emile Chartier, philosopher (1868-1951)

Pain is the body's way of ridding itself of weakness. Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner.

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.   You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.

Norman Vincent Peale

It's better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.

Marilyn Moats Kennedy

Take a chance! All life is chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The "sure thing" boat never gets far from shore.

Dale Carnegie

Linda and I are both retired old folks. Except for a few aches and pains, I still feel and think like a 20 yeard old. Albeit a much wiser 20 year old.

"Don't believe it buddy and don't pass it on. Gossip is a grapevine that grows only sour grapes. Don't eat them. Produce better. Live better." [unknown]

All the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. Helen Keller

You want  to be loved because you do not love; but the moment you love, it is finished, you are no longer inquiring whether or not somebody loves you. J. Krishnamurti

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. Emerson

He who can not obey himself will be commanded. This is the nature of living creatures. Nietzsche

Art is the proper task of life. Nietzsche

"When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web.... Now even my cat has its own page." Bill Clinton, 42nd US-President

I thought by killing him I would acquire his fame.   Lennon's Killer

"Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination." Hypocrites, 500 BC

The work of art is above all a process of creation, it is never experienced as a mere product. Paul Klee

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller

For man is by nature an artist. Tagore

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. Confucius

Put all your eggs in one basket and -- watch that basket. Mark Twain

Today is a gift, that's why it is called the present.

The only real valuable thing is intuition. Einstein

"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall." Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of USA

I drink one glass of red wine every day for my health.  The other six are because of my alcoholism. "Silenus"

"the odd thing about tradition is, the longer it's been going, the more people seem to take it seriously -- as though sheer passage of time makes something which to begin with was just made up, turns it into what people believe as a fact." Richard Dawkins

Kids like action -- it's adults who have problems with others. Maria Rinderknecht

I am too serious to belief. Robert Vanderschaaf

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

The most sublime act is to set another before you. William Blake.

When we quit thinking about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. Joseph Campbell

When your thinking arises above concern for your own welfare, wisdom which is independent of thought appears. Ha Gakure

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy

We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind. Martin Luther King, Jr.

See you in the line of life. Lucky Garenamotse from Maun (bushman in Botswana)

The greatest poem ever known is one all poets have outgrown: The poetry, innate, untold, of being only four years old.


Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.


Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.


The mathematical rules of the universe are visible to men in the form of beauty.


"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

- Plato -

The essence of strategy is differentiation. [well-known consulting wisdom].

"If music be the food of love, play on:

give me excess of it..."

- William Shakespeare -

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."  ? St. Francis of Assisi

"A smart basher means only that his bullshit will be educated and world class and fool plenty. He works for those whose sole goal is to stick their hands in our pockets without us knowing it is happening. He is capable of taking the bull and bear side simultaneously and convincingly."

Supreme happiness is gained via contentment. Patanjali

"I'd work in the morning and cruise the sea on my yacht in the afternoon," said Wang, 47, who owns a 72-foot (22-meter) Pershing boat that he bought from Italy's Ferretti Group in 2008 for $5 million. "When the anchors are dropped, you enjoy the loneliness, which helps to solve problems at work."

Marcus Aurelius once said "Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness -- all of them due to the offenders' ignorance of what is good or evil."

The only real valuable thing is intuition. Einstein

"Don't think conspiracy, when simple stupidity will explain something"!

"I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us."

- Martin Luther -

"The software industry would have been very happy if the processor industry could have been able to double performance every two years without having to go to this parallel world," said Marc Tremblay, chief technology officer for Sun Microsystems Inc.'s microelectronics business, where he oversees the server and software maker's processor roadmap. "Unfortunately people ran into roadblocks, and the winners will be the people who can actually leverage this disruption."

"If it's not this way it must be that way"! A Napolitan citing a German's binary outlook on life

The one realistic result of the ad that I'd like to see would be for someone to investigate Howard Scher's obvious conflict of interest issues. When you chair the scientific advisory board of a competitor that is showering money on your employer, you shouldn't be a voting member of an FDA advisory committee that is reviewing a product that would compete with your benefactor's...and when the panel vote goes against you, you shouldn't be able to influence the final decision-making process with disingenuous letters to the FDA that you know will be leaked.

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The key is total relaxation of body -- then you open rivers to brain and everything. Derwent Hannon

It all started with a big whisper [instead of the Big Bang] -- Dr. Keith Critchlow

An Irish man is asked for directions. He said: I wouldn't start here.

Too much communication kills communication. Yasmin f

A liberated man is not liberated all the time. Albion patterson

"everybody cares about what they're doing so passionately to the point of uproar all the time. It's a very Mediterranean type of scene. Emotions are very close to the surface

u know exactly what people think. Whatever picture one might have had of the calm over disciplined German musician has certainly been blown out of the water for me." Sir Simon Rattle about Berliner Philharmoniker.

<>"What could I say about my life that seemed worthy of song," Walter Liniger mused in liner notes for his 2000 CD "Better Day." "After all, I come from a society which has dedicated its soul, generation after generation, to making things work like cogs on wheel, brutally accurate and precise, even if the price is an emotional ghetto." Famous swiss blues musician.

dar kolbeye ma ronagh agar nist safa hast. [if in my hut there is no luxury there is joy] -- Persian

The King advised Alice in Wonderland "to begin at the beginning, continue to the end, and then stop."

Sherlock Holmes :  "When one has eliminated every possible explanation, one is naturally left with the impossible."


"work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love

but only with distaste

it is better that you should leave your work

and sit at the gate of the temple

and take alms of those who work with joy" Khalil Gibran

I would take his advice if I knew anyone that liked their job - Rik G.


If you want to be successful in life you have to work with joy. If you work without this joy and energy it's like sailing without wind. -- Sarah's Grandpa

"I want to go to college, [then] get a job, to support my music." Geovanni (highschool student on Santa Monica beach)

"As I stood before the gates I realized that I never want to be as certain about anything as were the people who built this place."

-Rabbi Sheila Peltz, on her visit to Auschwitz

They don't know where they're going but they're going and they have to get there fast. Amber Kandarian about Los Angeles.

"Strong leadership demands more than the willingness to use force. It means directing the use of the right tools at the right time for the right purpose and the right cause." John F. Kerry

"It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception." (When asked about his theory of relativity)

- Albert Einstein -

"The mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension" anon

The greatest poem ever known is one all poets have outgrown: The poetry, innate, untold, of being only four years old.


Our beauty has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being. - Katherine Anne Porter

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, said, "Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food."  It's amazing how far we've drifted from this sound advice.

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu (The Art of War)


Nothing can be beautiful which is not true. - J. Ruskin

Yesterday is a canceled check, Tomorrow is a promissory note, Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.

guitar and women must first be tuned. pavel.

Mr. Putin said he would not discuss hypothetical questions. "If a grandmother had certain gender characteristics," he said, "she would be a grandfather."

The three wishes of every person: to be healthy, to be rich by honest means, and to be beautiful. - Plato

Talk as if you're talking to your granny -- kate Williams (BBC)

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.


A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.



"I am Al Gore, I used to be the next president of the Unites States of America." :-)

"Fear drives out reason. It suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction."

"Where there is leadership with vision and moral courage, the people will flourish and redeem Lincoln's prophesy at Gettysberg: that government of the people: by the people and for the people shall not perish from the Earth".


 Hunger is the best cook (Swiss (German?) saying).


"Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.

Kahlil Gibran"

"That's a woman's word: Always..............." Angela.

well "right" or "wrong"  enlightenment for me has always been the

journey! Paul Collett

I am only as good as my children are. Michele Obama.


Some quotes on "problems" from my collection:

“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.” Thomas Edison

“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.” Albert Einstein,

“The boss is not here so I don't have any problems.” Hans Ruedi Perreten

"Programmers continue to find a more intricate way of solving a problem that didn't exist before." Dr. Andreas Ludwig

"Looks to have things move forward, delivers, easy to deal with, no hidden agenda, straight shooter (no hidden gun), readable (you know how he feels and why), trustworthy, reliable." Jean Pierre Bouldoires, a top notch Nestle executive, head of world-wide coffee and adviser to CEO of Nestle talking about a "non-problem person" and describing me [Reza Ganjavi] saying: "you're the best consultant I've ever worked with".

“Any problem you can’t solve with a good guitar is either unsolvable or isn’t a problem.” Unknown

"You have to be able to pull the audience from their worries and problems and their rent. We exist by God's grace and the rent will be taken care of," Carlos Santana

"Some people give their problems swimming lessons instead of drowning them." Mark Twain

“Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.” Joseph Campbell

“Kids like action – it’s adults who have problems with others.” Maria Rinderknech
Reminds me of a lecture by Jeremy Seigel given in DC for Merrill Lynch clients. He went on to say that the internet was slow catching on due to an obscure moniker that people ignored. The name was changed to the World Wide Web and took off!


"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen." ~ Henry David Thoreau.

"the friendliest and most warmly people I ever met" my aunt said about Iran (Annina Fitzian)

Companies that have no debt can't go bankrupt. Peter Lynch

“Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of -- for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”   ― Socrates

Managerial ability may be important, but it's quite difficult to assess. Base your purchases on the company's prospects, not on the president's resume or speaking ability. Peter Lynch

A lot of money can be made when a troubled company turns around. Peter Lynch

"Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." -- James Baldwin

universe sent him to help me help the universe. Justyna

    “Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.” Howard Zinn

it's not the eyes that are blind but the hearts. Quran 22:46

brevity is the soul of wit

You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.  - Maya Angelou

Zombie hugs are better than no hugs   ---------- livia herrmann

Albert Einstein reportedly preferred to get at least ten hours of sleep a night. If you too function best when you're well-rested, Corley has some good news.

It doesn't matter where it goes, road is my favourite place in the world... Reihane Rezaei

A man a word, a woman, a dictionary. (Swiss ticket office told me this -- it's kind of sexist -- she was trying to complement my decisiveness)

"To sin is a human affair, but to justify sins is a devilish affair." Leo Tolstoy

"The idea that some lives mater less is the root of all that is wrong with the world." -Dr. Paul Farmer.

If there are sheep ears out there, there will be sheep musicians and sheep blues…    Livia Herrmann

Happiness is hearing Beatles music blasting from your 15 year old daughters bedroom! #rockandroll # timeless

Luckily it is still today and not tomorrow. Livia Herrmann

cooking is alchemy. -- Golbanu Afschar Soleimankhani

I don't need google. My wife knows everything.

I broke my foot doing a handstand.   Livia Herrmann

Just eight people own $426 billion between them. The lower half of the whole planet's population owns $409 billion.

saali ke nikoost az bahaarash peydaast

Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between these two banks the river of my life flows.   NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ

"that song gets stuck in your head and will never come out" Rusteen Salehi

I am always ready for the snow but it's never gonna come. Rusteen Salehi (in Southern California)

“Avant-garde is French for bullshit”   ― John Lennon

“The artist is the only one qualified to criticize his art, because only the artist knows what he was trying to express and how satisfied he is with the attempt.”  ― Ron Brackin

the toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder, is getting through the crowd at the bottom. Winston Churchill

Awareness is a flame that can burn through the tyranny of the known.  Loic Lopez

The challenge is to find stillness among the noise.. our ideal state of being is to be as still inside as much of nature.. Tannaz Ganjei

Didn't Abraham Lincoln say, "The problem with quotes on the internet is that they are so often misattributed."?

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." – Unknown

Internet decides what we do this moment. Sandra Kaspar

"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them."

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power" - Abraham Lincoln

I know nothing about education except this: that the greatest and the most important difficulty known to human learning seems to lie in that area which treats how to bring up children and how to educate them. - Montaigne  - Garret Keizer, "Getting Schooled: The Re-Education of an American Teacher," 2015

doing it a lot - that's what made us so tight as a band. MACCA

Woman little sister don't shed no tears. BOB MARLEY

Sound is as sweet to the ear as sugar is to the tongue- Thoreau

Fear is loud, intuition is soft-spoken, no wonder we tend to listen to the former. #OmLearner #ThoughtForTheDay   loic lopez

there's so much to see when u look at it. Annina Fitzian

It does not matter if you are a rose or a lotus or a marigold. What matters is that you are flowering.  Mogwantedi Al Mompati

May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law. Immanuel Kant

Never leave alone a guitar!!   Francesca Naibo

Can not understand why people don't turn off their wifi at least during sleep

"If you can't tolerate critics, don't do anything new or interesting." - Jeff Bezos

5000 friends - who's there when u have a hard time? maybe one !! just when u ask kindly ...   Livia Herrmann

it is little things tha make the big things possible. J.W. Marriott

Eduardo Fernandez For some, Bach is the best proof of God's existence. Or viceversa.

kind heart, fierce mind, brave spirit

“The more red meat and blood we eat, the more bloodthirsty we get, the more violent we get. The more vegetarian food we eat, the more peace is taken into us.” ~ Ziggy Marley

They spend a lot of money on pizza and beer because they can't download it! Anders Miolin

high german is a language of not being able to be learned. Frankpeter

the way you put yourself to bed is the way you sleep.

The world wants to be cheated.    German saying.

"last night i learned how to be lover of God. To live in this world and call nothing mu own." Rumi

"Some sould flow like clear water. They pour into our veins and feel like wine." Rumi

"and you're gonna be surprised what happens because this is excitement... and hit it."  (quote from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, introduction to The Who)

Khoda and Joda (God and Separate) have one dot difference (the way they’re written in Farsi. Khod and Khoda (God and Self) are also very similar.

 12 publishers rejected J.K. Rowling's book about a boy wizard before a small London house picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

 After Fred Astaire's first screen test, the memo from the testing director of MGM, dated 1933, read, "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." He kept that memo over the fire place in his Beverly Hills home. Astaire once observed that "when you're experimenting, you have to try so many things before you choose what you want, that you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion." And here is the reward for perseverance: "The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style."

 After Harrison Ford's first performance as a hotel bellhop in the film Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round, the studio vice-president called him in to his office. "Sit down kid," the studio head said, "I want to tell you a story. The first time Tony Curtis was ever in a movie he delivered a bag of groceries. We took one look at him and knew he was a movie star." Ford replied, "I thought you were spossed to think that he was a grocery delivery boy." The vice president dismissed Ford with "You ain't got it kid , you ain't got it ... now get out of here."

 After his first audition, Sidney Poitier was told by the casting director, "Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?" It was at that moment, recalls Poitier, that he decided to devote his life to acting.

 At the age of 21, French acting legend Jeanne Moreau was told by a casting director that her head was too crooked, she wasn't beautiful enough, and she wasn't photogenic enough to make it in films. She took a deep breath and said to herself, "Alright, then, I guess I will have to make it my own way." After making nearly 100 films her own way, in 1997 she received the European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 Charlie Chaplin was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because his pantomime was considered "nonsense."

 Enrico Caruso's music teacher said he had no voice at all and could not sing. His parents wanted him to become an engineer.

 Federico Fellini's first films, "Luci del varieta" and "El sceicco bianco" were dismal financial and critical failures. In 1952, one film critic wrote, "We shall never hear from Fellini again." Two years later, Fellini directed "La Strada," which went on to garner the Academy Award and New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. What is it they say about critics ... something about knowing the worth of everything and the value of nothing?

 In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married." I'm sure you know that Norma Jean was Marilyn Monroe. Now . . . who was Emmeline Snively?

 In high school, actor and comic Robin Williams was voted "Least Likely to Succeed."

 Michael Caine's headmaster told him, "You will be a laborer all your life." Caine labored his way to two Academy Awards.

 The first time Jerry Seinfeld walked on-stage at a comedy club as a professional comic, he looked out at the audience, froze, and forgot the English language. He stumbled through "a minute-and a half" of material and was jeered offstage. He returned the following night and closed his set to wild applause.

 When Julie Andrews took her first screen test for MGM studios, the final determination was that "She's not photogenic enough for film."

 When Lucille Ball began studying to be actress in 1927, she was told by the head instructor of the John Murray Anderson Drama School, "Try any other profession."

 Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" ~ H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers Films, 1927

~ Edwin Land

15 publishers rejected a manuscript by e. e. cummings. When he finally got it published by his mother, the dedication, printed in uppercase letters, read WITH NO THANKS TO . . . followed by the list of publishers who had rejected his prized offering. Nice going Eddie. Thanks for illustrating that nobody loses all the time.

18 publishers turned down Richard Bach's story about a "soaring eagle." Macmillan finally published Jonathan Livingston Seagull in 1970. By 1975 it had sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone.

21 publishers rejected Richard Hooker's humorous war novel, M*A*S*H. He had worked on it for seven years.

22 publishers rejected James Joyce's The Dubliners.

27 publishers rejected Dr. Seuss's first book, To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

A Paris art dealer refused Picasso shelter when he asked if he could bring in his paintings from out of the rain. One hopes that there is justice in this world and that the art dealer eventually went broke.

After Carl Lewis won the gold medal for the long jump in the 1996 Olympic games, he was asked to what he attributed his longevity, having competed for almost 20 years. He said, "Remembering that you have both wins and losses along the way. I don't take either one too seriously."

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was "sub-normal," and one of his teachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams." He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even to do a little math.

An expert said of Vince Lombardi: "He possesses minimal football knowledge and lacks motivation." Lombardi would later write, "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up."

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, "I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth."

Babe Ruth is famous for his past home run record, but for decades he also held the record for strikeouts. He hit 714 home runs and struck out 1,330 times in his career (about which he said, "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."). And didn't Mark McGwire break that strikeout record? (John Wooden once explained that winners make the most errors.)

Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him "hopeless as a composer." And, of course, you know that he wrote five of his greatest symphonies while completely deaf.

Charles Darwin gave up a medical career and was told by his father, "You care for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat catching." In his autobiography, Darwin wrote, "I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect." Clearly, he evolved.

Charles Schultz had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Oh, and Walt Disney wouldn't hire him.

Daniel Boone was once asked by a reporter if he had ever been lost in the wilderness. Boone thought for a moment and replied, "No, but I was once bewildered for about three days."

Decca Records turned down a recording contract with the Beatles with the unprophetic evaluation, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out." After Decca rejected the Beatles, Columbia records followed suit.

Emily Dickinson had only seven poems published in her lifetime.

English crime novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ~ Samuel Beckett

Every great cause is born from repeated failures and from imperfect achievements. ~ Maria Montessori

F. W. Woolworth was not allowed to wait on customers when he worked in a dry goods store because, his boss said, "he didn't have enough sense."

Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails toward success. ~ Charles Kettering

Failure provides the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently. ~ Henry Ford

Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses. ~ Rosalind Russell

Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express, received a "C" on his college paper detailing his idea for a reliable overnight delivery service. His professor at Yale told him, "Well, Fred, the concept is interesting and well formed, but in order to earn better than a "C" grade, your ideas also have to be feasible.

Gertrude Stein submitted poems to editors for nearly 20 years before one was finally accepted. See . . . a rose is a rose.

Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy. ~ Sumner Redstone

Hank Aaron went 0 for 5 his first time at bat with the Milwakee Braves.

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.

I bet you didn't know that John Milton wrote Paradise Lost 16 years after losing his eyesight

I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence … After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying. ~ Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Prize winning Physicist

I never learned a thing from a tournament I won. ~ Bobby Jones

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career.

I've lost almost 300 games

26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot ... and missed.

I've failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed. ~ Michael Jordan"

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."

In his first professional race, cyclist Lance Armstrong finished . . . drumroll . . . last. He made up for this lackluster first effort by being the only man to win the Tour de France six consecutive times. And still counting. Talk about overcompensation.

Jack London received six hundred rejection slips before he sold his first story.

John Constable's luminous painting Watermeadows at Salisbury was dismissed in 1830 by a judge at the Royal Academy as "a nasty green thing." Name of the judge, anyone? Anyone?

John Garcia, who eventually was honored for his fundamental psychological discoveries, was once told by a reviewer of his often-rejected manuscripts that one is no more likely to find the phenomenon he discovered than to find bird droppings in a cuckoo clock. (sort of a cute critique actually)

Johnny Unitas's first pass in the NFL was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Joe Montana's first pass was also intercepted. And while we're on quarterbacks, during his first season Troy Aikman threw twice as many interceptions (18) as touchdowns (9) . . . oh, and he didn't win a single game. You think there's a lesson here?

Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college. He was described as both "unable and unwilling to learn." No doubt a slow developer.

Let's end with Woody Allen: "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. Eighty percent of success is showing up."

"Life knocks a man down and he gits up and it knocks him down again … ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings The Yearling

What's he to do when he gits knocked down?

Why, take it for his share and go on."

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune;  but great minds rise above them. ~ Washington Irving

Louis Pasteur was only a mediocre pupil in undergraduate studies and ranked 15th out of 22 students in chemistry. In 1872, Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, wrote that "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."

Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, was encouraged to find work as a servant by her family.

Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each cut from their high school basketball teams. Jordan once observed, "I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed."

No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible. ~ Baudjuin

One of Professor Pajares's first research efforts came back with a review that began, "There are so many things I don't like about this article I just don't know where to begin."

Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

"Our achievements speak for themselves.

What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts.

We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.

We see our past achievements as the end result of a clean forward thrust,

and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.  ~ Eric Hoffer "

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

R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York City caught on.

Robert Sternberg received a C in his first college introductory-psychology class. His teacher commented that "there was a famous Sternberg in psychology and it was obvious there would not be another." Three years later Sternberg graduated with honors from Stanford University with exceptional distinction in psychology, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2002, he became President of the American Psychological Association.

Rocket scientist Robert Goddard found his ideas bitterly rejected by his scientific peers on the grounds that rocket propulsion would not work in the rarefied atmosphere of outer space.

Rodin's father once said, "I have an idiot for a son." Described as the worst pupil in the school, he was rejected three times admittance to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His uncle called him uneducable. Perhaps this gave him food for thought.

Sigmund Freud was booed from the podium when he first presented his ideas to the scientific community of Europe. He returned to his office and kept on writing.

So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.' ~ Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

Socrates was called "an immoral corrupter of youth" and continued to corrupt even after a sentence of death was imposed on him. He drank the hemlock and died corrupting.

Stan Smith was rejected as a ball boy for a Davis Cup tennis match because he was "too awkward and clumsy." He went on to clumsily win Wimbledon and the U. S. Open. And eight Davis Cups.

Stravinsky was run out of town by an enraged audience and critics after the first performance of the Rite of Spring. Later in life, he observed that "I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge."

The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate. ~ Thomas Watson Sr.

The Impressionists had to arrange their own art exhibitions because their works were routinely rejected by the Paris Salon. How many of you have heard of the Paris Salon?

There is a professor at MIT who offers a course on failure. He does that, he says, because failure is a far more common experience than success. An interviewer once asked him if anybody ever failed the course on failure. He thought a moment and replied, "No, but there were two Incompletes."

There is something to be said for keeping at a thing, isn't there? ~ Frank Sinatra

Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, and Jimmy Johnson accounted for 11 of the 19 Super Bowl victories from 1974 to 1993. They also share the distinction of having the worst records of first-season head coaches in NFL history - they didn't win a single game.

Van Gogh sold only one painting during his life. And this to the sister of one of his friends for 400 francs (approximately $50). This didn't stop him from completing over 800 paintings.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.

When Bell telephone was struggling to get started, its owners offered all their rights to Western Union for $100,000. The offer was disdainfully rejected with the pronouncement, "What use could this company make of an electrical toy."

When Pablo Casals reached 95, a young reporter asked him "Mr. Casals, you are 95 and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?" Mr. Casals answered, "Because I think I'm making progress."

William Saroyan accumulated more than a thousand rejections before he had his first literary piece published. Way to not take a hint, Bill!

Winston Churchill repeated a grade during elementary school and, when he entered Harrow, was placed in the lowest division of the lowest class. Later, he twice failed the entrance exam to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He was defeated in his first effort to serve in Parliament. He became Prime Minister at the age of 62. He later wrote, "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up." (his capitals, mind you)

Consider DJ Khalid, a huge success, and look at the name, look at the beard, look at the skullcap. I'd say stick with your name. Most Americans--sorry, fellow citizens--wouldn't know the ethnicity of your name. Many others just wouldn't care or would just move on, saying that hating/fearing someone from Iran is for politicians and jerks (if there's a difference). If the liner notes say, "Reza Ganjavi lives in Switzerland", they'll just say, "Cool", and perhaps assume it's a Swiss name. I like the sound of your name, and I say keep it and make the world enjoy it. Thinking of a stage name is overthinking, IMHO.

Travelling the world is better than having the world. Shahrbanoo (Reza Ganjavi's nanny).

Einstein was so disgusted by the whole notion that he made his famous remark, "Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secrets of the Old One. I am at all events convinced that He does not play dice".

Bob Schieffer's mother: Go vote now. It will make you feel big and strong

Lennon 'Peace' lyrics sell at auction for $833,654

Rowling said she has stopped work on a new novel because the lawsuit in federal court has "decimated my creative work over the last month."

"I've been disappointed," Dodd said. "We had Chris Cox before the Banking Committee, back more than a month and a half ago when he talked about the naked short selling, and yet I haven't seen any actions being taken by the SEC. And there's an awful lot of that going on out there that's contributing to exactly what occurred over the last several days."

"Just as Jesus created wine from water, we humans are capable of transmuting emotion into music." santana

the more fragile harmonics can survive in a vacuum tube, where they seem to be eliminated or squashed in a solid state crystal lattice. ..Electronics can survive in a free space vacume where they have trouble in a solid state lattice. Dr. Alexander Dumble

We outsourced the last system to E. We spend same man days to do the integration. Dr. Xia

"Jerome Corsi is a discredited liar who is peddling another piece of garbage to continue the Bush-Cheney politics he helped perpetuate four years ago," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.

I am just Swiss not Alien. Pia (CS)

"Lord -- Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will," reads the note published in Maariv.

I only write when I have something to say and I can not not write. (Neda's fiance)

"It seems to me that people here are free to live their lives, as long as they do no harm to anyone else," he said.

I like the Swiss because by and large they are more humane than the other people aming whom I have lived. Einstein

Nothing can benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. Albert Einstein

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. English Proverb

There is no sugar cane that is sweet at both ends. Chinese proverb

Prince Liu An (179-122 BCE), grandson of the founder of the Han dynasty, developed tofu while searching for a substance to help him achive immortality. Chinese legend

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Call on God, but row away from the rocks. Indian Proverb

Water is the only drink for a wise man. Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint, plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.  Anthony Norvell

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts that decided to stand their ground. Unknown

You saved my day saying thank you. I already opened 5 doors no-one said thank u. (tram driver) He is a nobody who pesters everybody in order to be accepted as somebody. [...]

"We - even we here - hold the power, and bear the responsibility." Lincoln

Dr P. Krishna [edited by Reza] : without sensitivity there is no wisdom and without wisdom innocence is perishable.

The ego is a begger. it's always asking for sonething for itself in all relationships.

Indeed seeing what is can bring change. seeing - understanding - learning - change.  thanks for inserting 'learning' in the chain - it's implied but explicit reference to it strengthens the chain.


I'm always to see what's coming up [neighbour about the magnificent flower garden]

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Helen Keller (1880-1968, American Writer)

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Einstein

You can not kill someone w/o killing a part of yourself. US soldier in Iraq.

phil maynes: the most imp thing is not be serving the music but let the music serve you expressing something.

Access is power.

I have a particular approach to relationship - things have to get really really bad for me to shut the door on somebody - I am very slow at that...some people are fast. Dave Forsyth

"Don't believe it buddy and don't pass it on. Gossip is a grapewine that grows only sour grapes. Don't eat them. Produce better. Live better." [unknown]


Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. -- Samuel Butler (1835-1902) English Writer

Shanti's dharma teacher: imagine if you never had to prove anything to anyone anymore. That's where peace lies.

Diver Dave: if I'm not directly involved in creating value, it's bad -- best thing to do are things you're directly involved in -- it's spiritually correct and most constructive.

Diver Dave: Murphy's law works because there are so many ways things can go wrong, but only a small number of way things can go right.

Diver Dave: I'm not scared of making the commitment -- I just haven't found anything that makes sense.


"All I need is a job." JeanMichael Frederick (a month before comitting suicide). [2004 - thanks to millions of job losses under Mr. GWBush's administration]

The SEC was too stupid to be crooked. It was systemically incompetent which is far worse than being crooked. (Madoff whistle blower)

I've eaten more cake than I've done washing up in my life. Yannick

Don't enter it - when you're insulted. Mary Z.

Maybe it's life itself that insights comes from because life is new every moment. Vern


Bill Miller Beats S&P 500 for 14th Year [IN 2004]

Miller's forte is sticking by his stock picks. He makes big bets, typically holding a mere 35 stocks. He trades as few as one or two stocks in a year, and will hold onto a stock even after the share price has more than doubled.

"What I admire about (Miller) is there are too many portfolio managers who are chasing near-term performance, and they're not successful," said Tom Brown, a hedge fund manager at Second Curve Capital who has known Miller since the 1980s.


     "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip

            the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed

            a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it

            narrows the mind...And when the drums of war have reached a

            fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is

            closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of

            the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and

            blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto

            the leader, and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I

            have done. And I am Caesar."

            William Shakespeare

Great traders don't anticipate. Great traders react to price movement. by Michael Covel . [investors do anticipate].

 "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the Citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar. -- Julius Caesar

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. Logan Pearsall Smith

"It does not matter how slowly you go...

So long as you do not stop!"

Confucius (551 - 479 BC)


Love has no other desire but to fulfull itself.  To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.  To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. Kahlil  Gibran

gole bi khare jahan mardome saaheb honarand - Persian

"I plan to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright

I think betsy quoted: "we do not inherit the earth, we caretake it for our children"


> Wayne Gretsky always says that the most important thing to play great

> hockey is not to know where the puck is, but to know where the puck is

> going to be.

>> "the filter is bliss" - Jon Wolfe



For me, all books bring a stone to the mosaic of my understanding of Life.

Christmas is a difficult moment in the social life. The "family" is a very egoistic notion and shut.

He was happy to have an excuse not to be happy.

A woman who is not been happy in bad is a dreadful enemy of her children.

When you accept to do the humbliest work (I said "dirtiest" but in a quotation humble is nicer) then etc ...

Only [there is hope in] the artists ... the politicians are hostages of their political party who allowed their career.

Yes, only love will cure humanity

Once you realize that it's 50/50 you know that you are not guilty. ...

Life is a deadly adventure ! eli




Complete loyalty is just an illlusion (Markus Schmit)

what do you do when hot water pours on your laptop?

markus: you pour cold water on it.

treat her like a woman but don't take her to the shower.

nobody's perfect not even computers.

to the tune of all u need is love: all u need is a computer... / the net / the web


we [in Switzerland] could't change the time to daylight saving time b/c of cows. they're used to normal time.


- what time do you wakeup?

- every two hours


She traveled all over the world. When she got to LA she thought: what the heck? What's the deal? Am I in the right place? A fxxxxxx sxxxhxxx. And you can get killed anywhere.

"There's only this one universe and only this one lifetime to try to grasp

it. And while it is inconceivable that anyone can grasp more than a tiny

portion of it, at least you can do that much. What a tragedy just to pass

through and get nothing out of it." Isaac Asimov

An ambitious man, worldly or otherwise, needs time to gain his end. Mind is the product of time, as all thought is its result; and thought working to free itself from time only strengthens its enslavement to time.  Time exists only when there is a psychological gap between what is and what should be, which is called the ideal, the end.  To be aware of the falseness of this whole manner of thinking is to be free from it - which does not demand any effort, any practice.  Understanding is immediate, it is not of time.

The Beatles are a classical group because they're classic -- Nigel Kennedy


40 rupees gives you a good meal. 100 rupees is a luxury meal. Mula

90% of the wrinkles and aging skin we treat on the neck is the result of the sun, not chronological aging.

"The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven't had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there." -Yves Saint Laurent (1983)

"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children." Ancient Indian Proverb

Sometimes things fall apart so that they can come back together in a new and better way! In Joy, Jinjee

we are german and we always have to criticize everything. after they come from holiday you ask how was it he says i had a problem with the hotel and the bus - then he says what was good. CS german consultant "Seek thirst, not water." SADI

"Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him. -Henry Ward Beecher 1813-1887

- In discussing the risks of the project... "Today, without this project, we're at risk."

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius

it's easy to hide behind the computer. Angela jaggi

Back in the early 2000's, Diane White emerged on the scene in Ojai. Like many others she came to live there, I suppose, in retirement, bought a house there, and joined the KFA board as Trustee.

The "American Dream" of big car big house lots of suits in the closet is NONSENSE. I'm glad you know that. You are a success.

One never goes further than not knowing were one is going. Goethe - Maxims 901

the world will breath a sigh of relief once he's gone. We all know that. [Hillary Clinton regarding George Bush]

We have a triplets and they are 1 yr and 2 months old. 1 girl and 2 boys (spontaneous triplets). I always wanted three kids and our 3rd baby turned triplets, so we have 5 kids. MGR

shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars. R. Tagore


Alfred Brendel on 4 characters of pieces:

"There are pieces which are very atmospheric/float

Those that are more liquid like water

There are the earthy ones and there are the fiery ones and sometimes there

are mixtures of several.because in music things are possible which are

actually impossible. And if I were to name a distinguishing characteristic

of a masterpiece it's exactly those - it combines things which you thought

were not combinable."


"In this day and age with all the restructuring, particularly in so many industries, you don't find the [talent]

depth that you used to find in any company." -- Board member of a $30+ billion financial services company

"If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones." --- George Orwell, 1984

"How are managers supposed to create an ethical identity for a corporate entity that itself is a legal

construct created to serve economic ends? The answer, to borrow from Henry David Thoreau, is that ëa

corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience.' "

Tehran has increasingly turned to the former Soviet Union for its planes. Many Iranian passenger planes are now Tupolevs or Ukrainian Antonovs. But from 2002 to 2003, three Soviet-made planes crashed in Iran, killing more than 400 people. (AP)



Nothing is impossible; you have to put your heart into it.

In negotiation always think the other person is smarter than you. if you think you're smarter you lose. When light turns green don't look at the light look at the car; the light never hits you, the car does.

You have to have a good partner for business. Your business partner has to have money in it. Ω and Ω - and if he runs it you take 40/60. Or if he wants salary then give 2k and that comes off the bottom line before splitting 50/50.

Always buy a business for the potential of it then you don't pay too much. Ask: what can I do to make it better. Current books are meaningless because you're not him. He might be very good and experienced and so have great books and you can't do the same, vice versa...

Having your own business means you have to be on top of it and there yourself.



Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century. -- Alexander Solzhenitzyn, 20th-century Nobel Prize-winning Russian novelist

The very essence of change demands coming into contact with the unknown.F.M. Alexander

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. -- Unknown

Science ultimately proves itself - it never lies. Dr. KA

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. -- Lucy Larcom

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), 19th-century American humorist, author and journalist

Liberty means responsibility. That's why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw, 19th/20th-century Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit

Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral, forty-eight percent indignation, and fifty percent envy. -- Vittorio De Sica, 20th-century Italian filmmaker

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. -- Epicurus

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. -- Goethe, 18th/19th-century German poet, novelist, playwright and philosopher

[Written about 1637 as he was going blind]: These heavens, this earth, which by wonderful observation I had enlarged a thousand times. ..are henceforth dwindled into the narrow space which I myself occupy. -- Galileo

A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car. -- Kenneth Tynan, 20th-century English art historian and critic

A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering. -- Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (letter to Samuel Kercheval, 1816)

A kind word is like a spring day. -- Russian proverb

A leader is a dealer in hope. -- Napoleon Bonaparte, 19th-century French general and emperor

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men. -- Albert Schweitzer

A moral being is one who is capable of comparing his past and future actions or motives, and of approving or disapproving of them. -- Charles Darwin

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society. -- Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (letter to George Hammond, 1792)

A philosophic system is an integrated view of existence. As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought. ..or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions. -- Ayn Rand)

A politician would do well to remember that he has to live with his conscience longer than he does with his constituents. -- Melvin R. Laird, 20th-century American secretary of defense

"Education is the kindling of a flame not the filling of a vessel." Socrates

It is possible that most people in the world received only one or 2% the amount of ascorbic acid (vitamin c) that would keep them in the best of health.-  Linus Pauling Ph.D.

Since a relationship involves two members investing in it, its value increases twice as fast as one's investment. Kevin Kelly

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books. Chinese proverb

Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the entire earth. Archimedes.

It is much easier to ride the horse in the direction it's going. Abraham Lincoln

Now, here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. -- from the Little Prince


Out of abundance he took abundance and still abundance remained. The Upanishads.

It is easier to stay out than get out. -MARK TWAIN

Technical is great but soulful is better. Matt Jones

"He has the mind of a 25-year-old, and the body of a '47 Dodge." Nils Nelson

At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. ~ Plato

The pen is mightier than the sword. Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Maybe this world is another planet's hell."  ALDOUS HUXLEY  1894 - 1963

"We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust."  Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Worry is like a rocking chair, it keeps you busy but never gets you anywhere.

Sticks and stones, may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. (Relayed by: Chris Sawyer)

"The almighty dollar is the new god of America:" Michael Savage.

Re "relationship": Patty L: it's either heaven sent or not.

nothin like punching that keyboard when there is no semblance of a real life calling you away anyway. Cattoes

those who drive such big cars either have a tiny brain or a tiny penis. S

mom: only thing more beautiful than a rose is the laughter of children

"Must be present to win". (bumper sticker in santa cruz).

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. Albert eistein

"Gotto love the goove" Phil Maynes.

Beware of the converted. Joe's uncle.

Everyone thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. Friedrich Nietzsche.

God does not give a lick of an ice cream cone without wanting you to have the whole cone. Marshall Thurber

A promise made is a debt unpaid. -- Robert W. Service (inThe Cremation of Sam McGee, 1907

A regard for reputation and the judgment of the world may sometimes be felt where conscience is dormant. -- Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (letter to Edward Livingston, 1825)

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones. -- G.K. Chesterton, 19th-century English essayist and poet

A wise man knows everything; a shrewd one, everybody. -- Unknown

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -- Emerson

mothers are servants of kids

We live on a º of what we eat -- doctors live on the rest.

Once it's written it goes. It's like putting another planet in the solar system. It brings its own. Every baby comes with a loaf of bread under its arms.  Jazmin Aminian

i like more to go to the dentist than to fly... Sarah

(add) "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Einstein - Intellect can only categorize, compare -- rely on heart

"Let the beauty you love be what you do.  There are a thousand ways one can kneel and kiss the earth." Rumi

Magna Carta, John of England promised as follows: "No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land."[3

I write what I see and hear. Sattar B.

Resentments is like taking a poison pill expecting someone else to die.

I don't know about J.Krishnamurthi . But I know N.R.Narayanmurthi who is the founder of giant IT company Infosys ?

Denial is not just a river in egypt.

The universe is finite. It does have an end. People think it doesn't but it does. Tara Salehi (8 year old)

All progress depends on the unreasonable man. -- George Bernard Shaw, 19th/20th-century Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. -- Edmund Burke, 18th-century English political philosopher

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin. -- Lord Byron, 19th-century English poet

An overdose of praise is like 10 lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it. -- Emily Post, 20th-century American etiquette advisor and author

Art is a jealous mistress. -- Emerson

Harche pish ayad khosh ayad - whatever comes up, comes in goodness (is welcome). Persian saying

"I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use."         --Galileo Galilei

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. -- G.K. Chesterton, 19th-century English essayist and poet

As yet woman is not capable of friendship. But tell me, ye men, who of you are capable of friendship? -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy. -- Adlai Stevenson, 20th-century American politician, presidential candidate

Be a philosopher; but amidst all your philosophy, be still a man. -- David Hume

"I don't pay attention to that [gossip]. In my opinion, it's ignorance. It's usually not based on fact. ... Every neighborhood has the guy who you don't see, so you gossip about him. You see those stories about him, there's the myth that he did this or he did that. People are crazy!" Michael Jackson

"I don't think people are being as experimental and innovative enough, I know people can easily say, `Well, we don't have the Michael Jackson budget.' Wrong, you can be so creative with almost nothing. And that's usually the best stuff, when you strip it down to the bare minimum and go inside yourself and invent." Michael Jackson

I sometimes feel that all my audience wants is noise and excitement. Rachmaninoff

America gave me material security but American could not give me peace of mind. Rachmaninoff

AP: Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself." Scott McClellan

Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours.... never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness.... Your success and happiness lie in you.... The great enduring realities are love and service.... Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. -- Helen Keller, 20th-century American Nobel Prize-winning social activist, public speaker and author

Be patient and calm -- for no one can catch fish in anger. -- Herbert Hoover, 20th-century American public servant, U.S. president

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. -- Diana Black

But words are things, and a small drop of ink; Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces; That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think... -- Lord Byron, 19th-century English poet (from Canto the Third

By associating with good and evil persons a man acquires the virtues and vices which they possess, even as the wind blowing over different places takes along good and bad odors. -- The Panchatantra

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. -- Helen Keller, 20th-century American social activist, public speaker and author

Character is power. -- Booker T. Washington, 19th-century American educator

Character is that which can do without success. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet

Character is what you are in the dark. -- Unknown

Charity isn't a good substitute for justice. -- Jonathan Kozol, 20th-century American journalist and author

Children need models rather than critics. -- Joseph Joubert

Compassion is the basis of morality. -- Arnold Schopenhauer, early 19th-century German philosopher

Courage easily finds its own eloquence. -- Plautus

Courage is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use. -- Ruth Gordon

Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: [source unverified]

Many people will walk in and out of your life,

But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head;

To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;

If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas;

Average minds discuss events;

Small minds discuss people.

Quote Investigator: The earliest strong match known to QI appeared in a 1901 autobiography by Charles Stewart. As a child in London, Stewart listened to the conversation of dinner guests such as history scholar Henry Thomas Buckle who would sometimes discourse engagingly for twenty minutes on a topic. Boldface has been added to excerpts: 1

His thoughts and conversation were always on a high level, and I recollect a saying of his, which not only greatly impressed me at the time, but which I have ever since cherished as a test of the mental calibre of friends and acquaintances. Buckle said, in his dogmatic way: "Men and women range themselves into three classes or orders of intelligence; you can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons; the next by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest by their preference for the discussion of ideas."

He who loses money, loses much;

He, who loses a friend, loses much more;

He, who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,

But beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others.

You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me.... You brought another friend....  And then there were 3. We started our group.... Our circle of friends....And like

that circle....There is no beginning or end..

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.


copyright:  Don Miguel Ruiz

agreement 1 - Be impeccable with your word - Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

agreement 2 - Don't take anything personally - Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

agreement 3 - Don't make assumptions - Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

agreement 4 - Always do your best - Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Courage is the price life exacts for peace. -- Amelia Earhart, 20th- century American aviator

Cowardice. . . is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. -- Ernest Hemingway, 20th-century Nobel Prize-winning American novelist

Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors. -- Ralph Waldo  Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet

Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. -- Noam Chomsky, 20th-century American linguist and political activist

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. -- Henry David Thoreau

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. -- Gen. Omar N. Bradley, 20th-century American military figure

Endurance is nobler than strength and patience than beauty. -- John Ruskin, 19th-century British critic and author

"Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in." Paris Hilton

I watched TV - it's such a bad idea - it brings you down. Angela Jaggi

Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives. -- Ayn Rand, 20th-century Russian/American novelist and philosopher

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. -- Gertrude Stein, 20th-century American writer

Frankness invites frankness. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet

Measure of character is what you do when noone is looking. Biden's mom

successful people will always be under attack because they're successful - that's part of the game of being successful. Billionaire Ken Langone. (google)

one good village is better than 10 destroyed cities.

ëIn this world I would rather live two days like a tiger, than two hundred years like a sheep.' [1800 A. Beatson View of Origin and Conduct of War with Tippoo Sultaun x. 153]

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else. -- Eleanor Roosevelt, 20th-century American stateswoman, First Lady

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. Ann Landers

Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 19th-century English novelist

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. -- Henry David Thoreau, 19th-century American essayist and nature writer

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

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.... They do not mean to do harm.... They are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. -- T.S. Eliot, Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century Anglo-American poet

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. -- Count Leo Tolstoy, 19th-century Nobel Prize-winning Russian novelist

Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. -- Count Leo Tolstoy, Nobel Prize-winning 19th-century Russian novelist (from Anna Karenina)

He is poor who does not feel content. -- Japanese proverb

He that's cheated twice by the same man is an accomplice with the cheater. -- Thomas Fuller

He who has a choice has trouble. -- Dutch proverb

"I trust but i must verify" Mo Shahmirzadi

In my own eyes I'm not political; I'm a human --  A Human :)

Honesty isn't a policy at all; it's a state of mind or it isn't honesty. -- Eugene L'Hote

"People tend to overestimate what can be accomplished in the short run but to underestimate what can be accomplished in the long run." Arthur C. Clarke

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. -- Blaise Pascal

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. -- Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (in letter to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1811)

I long to accomplish some great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. -- Helen Keller, 20th-century American Nobel Prize-winning social activist, public speaker and author

I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process. -- Thomas Edison (19th/20th-century American inventor), responding to a reporter who asked how it felt to fail 2000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him. -- Booker T. Washington, 19th-century American educator

If I have seen farther than other men it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton, 17th-century English mathematician and physicist

If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. -- Carl Jung, 20th-century Swiss founder of analytical psychology

"They listen to propaganda fed them by people like Rush [Limbaugh] allowing him to do the thinking for them. Many on the right are limited in their ability to think for themselves while refusing facts that contradict their spoon fed reality." Anonymous poster

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man. -- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), 19th-century American humorist, author and journalist

If you think your belief is based upon reason, you will support it by argument, rather than by persecution, and will abandon it if the argument goes against you. But if your belief is based on faith, you will realize that argument is useless, and will therefore resort to force either in the form of persecution or by stunting the minds of the young. -- Bertrand Russell

If you want to work for world peace, go home and love your families. -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 20th-century nun and founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech)

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein, 20th-century Swiss mathematician, physicist and public philosopher

In a time of social fragmentation, vulgarity becomes a way of life. To be shocking becomes more important -- and often more profitable -- than to be civil or creative or truly original. -- Al Gore, 20th-century American politician, vice president of the U.S.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." (A.Einstein)

They are ideologues with no connection to reality.  So they make stuff up.  And when you recite the facts, the history, etc. they ignore you, because they live in another world. christine-mckenna

Chuck Berry said he wrote about school, cars, love. His sister: "he went to bed every night at 9 and mom made him bulgarian buttermilk -- that's why he has so much energy".

Where there is money flowing, 'corruption follows'!! Robert Frazier

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. -- Anne Frank, victim of the mid-20th century Nazi Holocaust in Europe (from her Diaries

Indifference is the essence of inhumanity. -- George Bernard Shaw, 19th/20th century Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. -- Chinese proverb

It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity. -- Arthur Vandenberg, 20th century American senator

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. -- Charles Darwin

It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character. -- Arthur Schopenhauer, 19th-century German philosopher

It takes a whole village to raise a child. -- Ashanti proverb

You come after me and you will lose because I am a survivor. (from jerry mcguire)

[after some days on a sail boat] "I realized my world was getting smaller and smaller, reduced to the boat size" Susan De Michiel

"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. They experience themselves, their thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of their consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of love and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."  Albert Einstein

With small money you can live -- it's in the attitude. Mrs. Kamal

To know the value of your own place you have to go out -- after come back. Everything looks new when you go back -- your routine, the food, the things. Mrs. Kamal

Butterfly's gotto fly. Mr. Saadatifard told his grandson who said: let's catch the butterfly.

If you wait for things to happen as proof they will happen, then I don't think you are going to hit any home runs investing. Fat Ganesh

Ease promotes control, which is what technique is really about...Stanley Yates

Why might the brain want to overrule self-interest in the first place? Colin Camerer, Professor of Business Economics at the California Institute of Technology, says that it probably evolved that way. If we always accepted low offers for the sake of tiny gains, we would rapidly get a reputation as a soft touch. Everybody else would try to bilk us at every turn. By acting apparently against our interests, we do better in the long run. Our ancestors were better at surviving if they were bloody-minded. Professor Camerer explained: "Emotion is nature's way of letting people know that if you're treated badly you'll do something about it."

True bravery is without witness. Fortune cookie.

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality." - Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen. -- Dr. Robert Jarvik, 20th-century American heart surgeon

More often than not the winners in options are the writers.

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.  -- Ralph Waldo  Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet

Make no little plans! They have no magic to stir men's blood. -- Daniel Burnham, 19th-century Chicago architect

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. -- Buddha

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. -- Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th-century German philosopher

Most men sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. -- Logan Pearsall Smith

Nearly all our disasters come of a few fools having the courage of their convictions. -- Coventry Patmore

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ëpress on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. -- Calvin Coolidge, 20th-century American president

One man with courage makes a majority. -- Andrew Jackson, early 19th-century American military hero and U.S. president

One must care about a world one will never see. -- Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher

Only as an aesthetic phenomenon is the world justified. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Optimism is the father that leads to achievement. -- Helen Keller, 20th-century American civil rights leader

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits. It works in the minutest crannies and it opens out onto the widest vistas. ...No one of us can get along without the far-flashing beams of light it sends over the world's perspectives. -- William James

Politics are for the moment. An equation is for eternity. -- Albert Einstein

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. -- Henry Adams, 19th-century American historian, memoirist and diplomat

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. -- William Hazlitt, early 18th-century English essayist and literary critic

Public virtue is a kind of ghost town into which anyone can move and declare himself sheriff. -- Saul Bellow, Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century American author

Real intelligence enables us to penetrate to the inside of what we are studying, to reach the very bottom of it, to breathe its spirit, to feel the rhythm of its soul. -- Henri Bergson

Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. -- Helen Keller, 20th-century Nobel Prize-winning, American social activist, public speaker and author

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth. -- English proverb

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. -- Swedish proverb

The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones. -- Soren Kierkegaard, early 19th-century Danish philosopher

The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet

The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying. -- Thomas Henry Huxley

The gem cannot be polished without friction. -- Chinese proverb


Running around after the concert a kid told his dad: "I'm trying to do something"

Dad: "I know you're trying to break your neck".


 "It's always wise to stop wishing for things long enough to enjoy the fragrance of those now flowering".

"Iran is one of those places I have always wanted to go to in my search for the ruins of antiquity. I tell people that the U.S. is a blink in the eye of history -- now the Persian Empire, that was a culture."  Professor Noreen Grella


"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"evil prevails when good men do nothing" -- Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman/philosopher of the 18th century.

It's a handshake with the universe -- that's what babies are. [Jay Hedjazi about having a baby]

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

"Your children are not your children. They are the

sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself... You

may house their bodies but not their souls, for their

souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot

visit, not even in your dreams."   Khalil Gibran


Weary men walk home to learn in sleep, Forgotten happiness and youth anew! From Mahler's (boring) Das Lied von der Erde

The presence moment is a powerful green goddess. Johann Goethe

Sweetest sound in the universe is mother's voice.

I died daily. St. Paul 1 Cor. 15. 31

Prayer are indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a men should lend a hand.  Hippocrates

We want a fund to closely track the market, to have the lowest possible internal expenses, and to have low turnover. You can always find a group of [actively managed] funds that have outperformed, but unfortunately that outperformance does not predict future outperformance. Low expense and low turnover are much more predictive of future results. Robert Bingham

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Thoreau

Above all we can not afford not to live in the present. Thoreau

"never allow emotional factors to sway you with regard to any investment you have"  Warren Buffet

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. ? Aldous Huxley

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  1 John 4:8

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Luke 6:31

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them. Matthew 7:12

Do to no one what you yourself dislike --Tobit 4:15

Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind your own dislikes. --Sirach 31:15

Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets. Matthew 7:12

Do to others what you would want them to do to you. Luke 6:31


You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen.

Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary.

The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice,

it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

(Franz Kafka, The Great Wall of China Reflections)

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived, and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and realistic. -- John F. Kennedy, 20th-century American president (from the Yale Commencement address, 1962)

The highest result of education is tolerance. -- Helen Keller, 20th-century American Nobel Prize-winning social activist, public speaker and author

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. -- George Bernard Shaw, 19th/20th century Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit

The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence; by asking this question one is merely admitting to a store of unsatisfied libido to which something else must have happened, a kind of fermentation leading to sadness and depression. -- Sigmund Freud

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -- fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.

The only obligation which I have aright to assume is to do at any time what I think right. -- Henry David Thoreau

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.   Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

The perception of beauty is a moral test. -- Henry David Thoreau

The proper man understands equity, the small man profits. -- Confucius, ancient Chinese sage

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he's born. -- William R. Inge

The sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also. -- Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (Autobiography, 1821)

The words you speak today should be soft and tender ... for tomorrow you may have to eat them. -- Unknown

There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil. -- Alfred North Whitehead

There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers. ...To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and truth. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically. -- Henry David Thoreau

There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. -- Indira Gandhi, 20th-century Indian prime minister

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. Sophia Loren

Justice Potter Stewart "the mark of a good judge, good justice, is that when you're reading their decision, their opinion,

you can't tell if it's written by a man or woman, a liberal or a conservative, a Muslim, a Jew or a Christian. You just

know you're reading a good judicial decision".

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith

Very good essay. Even better if Icould read it. BrunoG's teacher

I think people should have an intelligence test before they're allowed to vote. Peter Jenkins

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

it's not what you play sometimes it's what you don't play - joe brown

Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. Ben Franklin.

"You could search the whole world over and never find anyone as deserving of your love as yourself." Buddha

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. A.W. Piner

There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. -- John Ruskin, 19th-century British critic and author

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing. -- Hindu proverb

This sovereignty of the male is a real usurpation, and destroys that nearness of rank, not to say equality, which nature has established between the sexes. -- David Hume

Those who pursue an, education but stop short of studying philosophy are like -.the suitors of Penelope; they found it easier to woo the maidservants than to marry the mistress. -- Aristippos of Cyrene

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. Thomas Edison

To describe happiness is to diminish it. -- Henri Stendahl, 19th-century French novelist

To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.-- Ralph Waldo  Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet

To protect those who are not able to protect themselves is a duty which every one owes to society. -- Edward Macnaghten

Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. -- Immanuel Kant, 18th century Prussian geographer and philosopher

Unshared joy is an unlighted candle. -- Spanish proverb

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. -- Albert Schweitzer, 20th-century German Nobel Peace Prize-winning mission doctor and theologian

Value is that which one acts to gain and/or keep. Virtue is the act by which one aims and/or keeps it. -- Ayn Rand, 20th-century Russian/American philosopher and author

Virtue has never been as respectable as money.-- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), 19th-century American humorist, author and journalist

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 18th/19th-century German statesman, poet, novelist and dramatist

"A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that . . . he is going to be a beginner all

his life." R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943)

"I think a lot of world conflicts were started by cultural misunderstanding. Someone needs to stir up people's awareness, starting with the arts, don't you think?" John Nguyen

"The value of life is in the fact that it is temporary. That's why you must seek your eternality somewhere else; In Humanity!" Ahmad Shamlou

"According to your faith be it unto you."

The guitar is actually my favorite instrument. You know, when I feel something or I some feeling in the heart I always go to the guitar" Gerorge Winston

we want to treat customers the way we like to be treated. derrick alexander, MBNA


"Switzerland is underdeveloped regarding how to handle clients in a call center. Once I called a call center in America and was surprise at the high level of awareness that tcustomer is money - here, the attitude is, if it works it works, if it doesn't, I doesn't, if the customer doesn't get it he will call back..." Tele2 Representative.

"Say It Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud".. James Brown

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. -- Albert Einstein, 20th-century Swiss mathematician, physicist and public philosopher

What has always made a hell on earth has been that man has tried to make it his heaven. -- Friedrich Holderin

"Father, forgive them, they don't know what they're doing." - J.C. about people who were about to kill him.

What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us. -- Jean-Paul Sartre, 20th-century Nobel Prize-winning, French existentialist writer

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 18th-century French philosopher

What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth. -- Jewish proverb

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. -- Vietnamese saying


When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 20th-century Nobel Prize-winning American civil rights leader

When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic.-- John Kenneth Galbraith, 20th-century North American economist, author and diplomat

When somebody lies, somebody loses. -- Stephanie Ericsson

I will prepare myself and some day my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln.

without sensitivity there is no wisdom and without wisdom innocence is perishable. Dr. P. Krishna

When you leave you must stay left. Mary Zimbalist

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. Arab proverb

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice. Stanley Horowitz

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him. Epictetus  (55-135 AD, Roman Philosopher)

Vision without action is a daydream, Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb

A long time ago, someone gave me advice that has stuck with me ever since. He said, "More money is made buying stocks when they hit a new high than when they hit a new low.". Don't be afraid to average up -- it is actually safer than averaging down. Our emotions mislead us into sticking with losers and dumping winners. There are exceptions of course, but on average it is better to buy when stocks are going up and to sell when they are going down -- very hard to do, though, emotionally.

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read. Mark Twain

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. Helen Keller

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. Aldous Huxley

people who didn't like him didn't know why because he would not retaliate. Mehrdad about Nima.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns.  I am thankful that thorns have roses. Allophones Karr

Life is a river which constantly changes its course, and the way of understading is to follow this river not the dried up and deserted river bed. Henry Ford.

 The true function of authority is to destroy itself. A Quaker Maxim.

Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value. -- Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. -- Albert Einstein, 20th-century Swiss mathematician, physicist and public philosopher

You can only govern men by serving them. -- Victor Cousin

[This is disgusting and ridiculous and tells you about how ugly politics can be:] When all else fails, tell the truth. -- Donald T. Regan, 20th-century American business executive, Treasury Secretary, chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan  [His boss said: You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans. -- Ronald Reagan]

Faint heart never won fair lady. English saying

X: as a child I thought would I grow up to be a trainman or a carman or a bikeman: -- car dream came true

Neil Armstrong: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Karzai said ahead of his visit here that his country would be "heaven in less than a year" if it received the $300 billion the United States had spent in Iraq.

Hindsight's always 20-20

Stewart asked Musharraf if he had omitted any mention of the war in Iraq in his memoir because it has gone so well. Musharraf: "It has led certainly to more extremism and terrorism around the world."

they only place one's never afraid is switzerland -- Dad

War doesn't determine who is right -- only who is left. Bertrand Russell

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar wilde

"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." - Nietzsche.


The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first." -  Jim Morrison

Love is wise, hatred is foolish. B. Russell

'The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.'

my daughters don't kiss me b/c they say i stink -- taxi driver in Lebanon

life is so short and too many peeps are afraid to live dreams so they bring others down, life's too short to be bothered by energy vamps! Take care and be strong. Rajni

congratulations on citizenship and following your dreams! It's a big sacrifice to have courage to follow one"s dreams and passions amidst a world full of nay sayers that are too cowardly to follow their own true callings and try to dissuade other folk. All the power to you for doing what you feel is right.

"Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to the passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete bestiality, and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself."

The Brothers Karamazov

Susan: in Italian they say Wife and cattle from your own country

While many shareholders lost their shirts, Gold did well personally. In one two-day period just after FDA approval in April 2010, Gold pocked about $26.7 million through sales of Dendreon stock at prices of more than $50 a share. Dendreon closed last Friday at $2.84.

Fortunes, battles and ultimately empires have been won and lost on the actions of men in accordance not of reality but the perception of reality. Any military tactician or crisis mngt. professional will tell you, there are times to take the high road but there are times for confrontation and swift refutation; silence is not always golden.    RichDave

A fundamental dishonesty, a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity, is to hold a belief because you think it's useful not because you think it's true. B. Russell


In the east the body is an illusion. In the west the shadow is concrete.

"A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else."--George Savile

"Your health is a tool for you to reach the dream of your life." Victoria Boutenko

"Little guy could be deadly in the courtroom". Paul Thomas

-Louise Yamada---Quote-"Never, ever short an uptrend

A judge said Wednesday he wants Wall Street to learn that cheating the public because everybody else is doing it or because there's lax enforcement of financial crimes is no defense for white collar crime.

"Questions of fact that are threatening to wealth and power become questions of power, and so the scientific evidence on global warming -- an inconvenient truth for the largest polluters -- becomes a question of power, and so they try to censor the information." Al Gore

Bush stood below a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" on May 1, 2003 after the collapse of

Saddam Hussein's regime. The war has continued since then, with the death of more than 2,600 members of the U.S. military. Vice President

Dick Cheney said last year that the Iraqi insurgency was "in its final throes." AP 23  AUG 2006

Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And hain't that a big enough majority in any town?

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer. Huckleberry Finn

Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) English biologist.

[Science is] practical philosophy. RenÈ Descartes (1596-1650) French philosopher, mathematician.

We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher, mathematician.

Happy is he who gets to know the reasons for things. Virgil (70-19 BCE) Roman poet.

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) (1854-1900) Irish writer.

True science teaches us to doubt and, in ignorance, to refrain.  Claude Bernard (1813-78) French physiologist.

Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.  Robert K. Merton, Social Theory, 1957.

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) German Philosopher

"The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." - Chinese saying,

If you're looking for your glasses first touch your nose. Antione / French saying

"There's a sense that the market's never happy," said Ryan Larson, a senior equity trader at Voyageur Asset Management Inc. in Chicago. "They want one thing and when they get it, the next day we're on to something else."   AP

ëHilton also told the magazine she collects $500,000 in fees just to show up at parties and other events from Las Vegas to Tokyo. Her best-paying gig, she said, was a recent Austrian appearance. "I had to say `hi' and tell them why I loved Austria so much," she is quoted as saying. And why does she like Austria? "Because they pay me $1 million to wave at crowds!"'

in teaching dad computers he said: man asle ghaziero nemifahmam - hala bayad ba panjere manovr konam (LOL)

listening spoke. Jackie mcinley

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."  -- Steven Biko

Cindy Sheehan: "Before my son was killed, I used to think that one person could not make a difference, but one person that is surrounded and supported by millions of people can be heard." [lg]

"Out beyond all ideas of right doing and wrong doing -- there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi. [lg]

I prefer people who jump in puddles than worry about getting their feet wet. Kate Welch

"the mountain can't be flat!" Gisele Balleyes

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." ~ Winston Churchill

"Mass and energy are both different manifestations of the same thing -- a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average man." Einstein [lg]

LITTLE more than a month before he was assassinated, Abraham Lincoln stood at the east portico of the Capitol and delivered his second inaugural address. It was a brief speech with a distinctly religious message: he twice cited biblical verses, and made a dozen references to God, most strikingly in assessing the opposing sides in the Civil War. "Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other," Lincoln said. "It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes."

"The rules conflict in the same sense that the laws of physics conflict," Cattell cautions. "There's a law of physics that a body in motion tends to stay in motion, but then there's also the law of gravity. So you can't go on one law alone."

Take, for example, his Rule 40: Committees produce bad designs. Cattell believes it's essential to have a single architect to steer any given project. "Otherwise you end up with compromises or inconsistencies or lack of coherence," he says. Worse, if two architects pull in opposite directions, the project may be stretched so thin it finally snaps. Rick Cattell - Distinguished Engineer Sun Microsystems

you don't need a lot to be happy and if you're happy you're a king.

German song

"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind." Henry James

"life is so short and too many peeps are afraid to live dreams so they bring others down, life's too short to be bothered by energy vamps!  Take care and be strong." Rajni

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. David Brinkley

I was a judge -- I am not afraid of anyone. (Dr. Khosro Fateryoon)

Don't wish ill on anyone because it will first grab your own skirt. (translation from farsi -- mr. nayyeri referring to thugs who were set up to quash people).

The fortunate are those who are able to have joy from simple things of life.... Taxi driver in Tehran

Here's Tehran where everything's possible and nothing's possible!  Sirus

Where we come from not many men are vegetarians  - woman from Kentucky

"You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." -  Matthew 8:26

The shenanigans of wall street are beyond belief. It is no surprise the lawlessness continues - look at the effort by wall street, the FDA, and the DEA to hold down a company whose intent is to humanity in its suffering .

Daniel UCLA MD

" Same with dying or living.  Why should we be so dumb as to not recognise that we HAVE ALL WE NEED already and only have to recognise that, then nothing matters long enough to matter!! If we move a second away from where we are we've lost the top!!" Elisabeth Fraser

"Analyst recommendation needed to be taken with a grain or more of salt.  One of the major stocks in my portfolio is ISIS.  Held that one since 2005.  Analyst Eun Yang has an underperform on the stock since July of 2012.  She had a price target of $7 and only raised it recently to $9 when ISIS was at $28.42. There, as well as here, there was a large short position.  If you have been taking advice from that analyst, you would have been taken to the cleaners" John Galt

"The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them." Peter Lynch

"Social networks are fundamentally insincere, creating fake intimacy, fake democracy. We prefer not to be fake." Neil Tennant (of Petshop Boys)

"To look like a goddess, eat like a peasant." Karen Andres

"A Wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom!" - L. Richard, 1955

"Graham wrote that the owner of equity stocks should regard them first and foremost as conferring part ownership of a business. With that perspective in mind, the stock owner should not be too concerned with erratic fluctuations in stock prices, since in the short term, the stock market behaves like a voting machine, but in the long term it acts like a weighing machine (i.e. its true value will in the long run be reflected in its stock price)." Benjamin_Graham

Anti depressants made him wake up one day and find out he can only see the world in black & white.  He was so worried that he'd lose his job for 20 years and he finally did but then he could stop being worried about losing his job !!

"The problem with the world is that there are too many lawyers" -Napolean Bonaparte

"what we can visibly see on the inside market is quite irrelevant. the players that matter will hide their true size (and intentions). pay attention to prints. nothing more, nothing less" ttf

art can not be taught but technique can.

simple balanced life, inner peace --- slowing down to nurture the spirit, deciphering important from not, and, remaining true to one's core values.    Flo Hoskins


Bertrand Russell: "Trouble with the world: the stupid are cocksure & the intelligent are full of doubt.In the modern parlance-idiots don't know they're idiots & the skilled are mostly self-critical"

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. -Bertrand Russel

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. Frank Leahy

"Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid." John Wayne

"A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand."

Bertrand Russell

"The earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is infinite!" Gustav Flaubert

"There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life." Frank Zappa

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." Harlan Ellison

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."  GeorgeCarlin

"You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant." Harlan Ellison

"Stupidity isn't punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop." Laurell K. Hamilton

"Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse." Janet Malcolm, 20th-century American journalist and author (The Journalist and the Murderer).

"My job is to do my job." Another one of George W. Bush's famous stupid remarks.

"As an historian, the world's insane condition is not exactly new; but it gets into our homes and psyches in an intimate way as never before.  I turn on the TV and the floodgates open to idiocy, stupidity, small mindedness, arrogance, and blindness.  None of this is new but the impact is intolerable". Dr. Jim Christian, author, my first philosophy professor

"When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."  Jonathan Swift, 




"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." Bertrand Russell

The routine of the job in mathematics is to be stuck!

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." (Bertrand Russell)

"Mathematics is an experimental science. It matters little that the mathematician experiments with pencil and paper while the chemist uses testtube and retort, or the biologist stains and the microscope. The only great point of divergence between mathematics and the other sciences lies in the circumstance that experience only whispers 'yes' or 'no' in reply to our questions, while logic shouts." (Norbert Wiener)

"God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists since its consistency cannot be proved." (Hermann Weyl)

"The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man." (David Hilbert)

"A good notation has a subtlety and suggestiveness which at times make it almost seem like a live teacher." (Bertrand Russell)

"Why are numbers beautiful? It's like asking why is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is." (Paul Erdos)

"Logic is the hygiene the mathematician practices to keep his ideas healthy and strong." (Hermann Weyl)

"As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained." ()

"What is man in nature? Nothing in relation to the infinite, all in relation to nothing, a mean between nothing and everything." (Blaise Pascal)

"Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is

"Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths." (Bertrand Russell)

"A Mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems." (Paul Erdos)

"Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education." (Paul Erdos)

"As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way." (Jack Handey)

virtually every information technology project above a certain size or complexity is significantly late and over budget or fails altogether; those that don't fail are often riddled with defects and difficult to enhance.            Bruce F. Webster


Unity of the universe

Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, o Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee.

There is one light of the sun, though it is interrupted by walls, mountains and infinite other things. There is one common substance, though it is distributed among countless bodies which have their several qualities. There is one soul, though it is distributed among several natures and individual limitations. There is one intelligent soul, though it seems to be divided. [12.30]

Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web. [4.40]

All things are implicated with one another, and the bond is holy; and there is hardly anything unconnected with any other things. For things have been co- ordinated, and they combine to make up the same universe. For there is one universe made up of all things, and one god who pervades all things, and one substance, and one law, and one reason. [7.9]


The universal nature out of the universal substance, as if it were wax, now molds a horse, and when it has broken this up, it uses the material for a tree, then for a man, then for something else. . . . Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which you see, and out of their substance will make other things. and again other things . . . in order that the world may be ever new. [7.23]

The nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things that are and to make new things like them. For everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. [4.36]

The social animal

We are made for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature. [2.1]

Belonging to the whole

You must now at last perceive of what universe you are a part, and of what administrator of the universe our existence is an afflux, and that a limit of time is fixed for you, which if you do not use for clearing away the clouds from your mind, it will go and you will go, and it will never return. [2.4]

The soul of man does violence to itself, first of all, when it becomes an abscess and, as it were, a tumor on the universe, so far as it can. For to be vexed at anything which happens is a separation of ourselves from nature, in some part of which the natures of all other things are contained. [2.16]

You will give yourself relief, if you do every act of your life as if it were the last, laying aside all carelessness and passionate aversion from the commands of reason, and all hypocrisy, and self-love, and discontent with the portion which has been given to you. [2.5]

Harmonizing with the universe

This you must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole, and what is my nature, and how this is related to that, and what kind of a part it is of what kind of a whole; and that there is no-one who hinders you from always doing and saying the things which are according to the nature of which you are a part. [2.9]

Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, o Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee. Everything is fruit to me which thy seasons bring, o nature; from thee are all things, in thee are all things, to thee all things return. [4.23]

A contented life

If you work at that which is before you, following right reason seriously, vigorously, calmly without allowing anything else to distract you, but keeping your divine part pure, as if you might be bound to give it back immediately; if you hold to this, expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with your present activity according to nature . . . you will be happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this. [3.12]

Take away the complaint "I have been harmed," and the harm is taken away. [4.7]

Facing death

You have embarked, you have made the voyage, you have come to the shore: get out. [3.3]

You have existed as a part. You shall disappear in that which produced you; or rather, you shall be received back into its seminal principle by transmutation. [4.14]

Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end your journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew. [4.48]

Every part of me will be reduced by change into some part of the universe, and that again will change into another part of the universe. and so on for ever. And by consequence of such a change I too exist, and those who begot me, and so on forever in the other direction. [5.13]


*** RUMI ***

QUOTES BY RUMI (Molana Jalal-e-Din Mohammad Molavi)

Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.

Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.

Knock, And He'll open the door. Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun. Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.

My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

What you seek is seeking you.

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

I used to want buyers for my words. Now I wish someone would buy me away from words.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

Ask a difficult question, and the marvelous answer appears.

"All your restlessness is out of your desire for stillness -  Just desire restlessly, then, love will fill and still you. - All your unhealthiness is out of your desire for health, - Just abandon health, then, even poison will heal you‚Ķ"

How shall we seek real knowledge? By renouncing knowledge. How shall we seek salvation? By renouncing our own salvation. How shall we seek Existence? By renouncing our existence.

by God, when you see your own beauty, you will be the idol of yourself.


These writings are reproduced here only in an attempt to introduce  a great person's work with occasional visitors.


Molana Jalal al-Din Rumi (Known as Molana, or in the West mostly as Rumi) was a great Persian poet / mystic / philosopher / religious scholar -- one of the greatest thinkers of all time. He lived from 1207 to 1273 A.D..

Rumi's 2 most important works are:

1) Masnavi

2) Divaane Shams

I sometimes wonder if  he was caught in tribalism? "us sufis" - and in the authority of degrees?

"In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art."

"Listen to presences inside poems; let them take you where they will. Follow those private hints, and never leave the premises."

Seek out the source that shines forever

by Rumi


I am so small I can barely be seen.

How can this great love be inside me?

Look at your eyes. They are small,

but they see enormous things.


Sunlight fell upon the wall;

the wall received a borrowed splendor.

Why set your heart on a piece of earth,

O simple one? Seek out the source

which shines forever.

              trans. Camille and Kabir Helminski  Threshold Books, 1996


Moses and the Shepherd

Jelaluddin Rumi (Persia, 1207-1273)

from This Longing, translation by C. Barks and J. Moyne

Moses heard a shepherd on

the road praying,

"God, where are you? I want to help You,

to fix Your shoes and comb Your hair.

I want to wash Your clothes

and pick the lice off. I want to bring You milk,

to kiss Your little hands and feet when it's time

for You to go to bed. I want to sweep Your room

and keep it neat. God, my sheep and goats

are Yours. All I can say, remembering You,

is ayyyy and ahhhhhhhhh."

Moses could stand it no longer.

"Who are you talking to?"

"The One who made us,

and made the earth and sky."

"Don't talk about shoes and socks with God!

And what's this with Your little hands

and feet? Such blasphemous familiarity sounds

like you are chatting with your uncles.

Only something that grows

needs milk. Only someone with feet needs shoes. Not God!

Even if you meant God's human representatives,

as when God said, 'I was sick and you did not

visit me," even then this tone would be foolish

and irreverent.

Use appropriate terms. Fatima is a fine name

for a woman, but if you call a man Fatima

it is an insult. Body-and-birth language

are right for us on this side of the river,

but not for addressing the Origin,

not for Allah."

The shepherd repented and tore his clothes and

sighed and wandered out into the desert.

A sudden revelation came then to Moses.

God's Voice:

You have separated Me from one of My own.

Did you come as a Prophet to unite,

or to sever?

I have given such a being a separate and unique way

of seeing and knowing and saying that knowledge.

What seems wrong to you is right for him.

What is poison to one is honey to someone else.

Purity and impurity, sloth and diligence in worship,

these mean nothing to Me.

I am apart from all that.

Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better

or worse than one another.

Hindus do Hindu things.

The Dravidian Muslims in India do what they do.

It's all praise, and it's all right.

It's not Me that's glorified in acts of worship.

It's the worshipers! I don't hear the words

they say. I look inside humility.

That broken-open lowliness is the Reality, not the language? Forget phraseology. I want burning, burning.

Be Friends

with your burning, burn up your thinking and your forms of expression.


those who pay attention to ways of behaving

and speaking are one sort.

Lovers who burn are another."

Don't impose a property tax on a burned-out

village. Don't scold the Lover.

The "wrong" way he talks is better than

a hundred "right" ways of others.

Inside the Ka'aba it doesn't matter which direction

you point your prayer rug!

The ocean diver doesn't need snowshoes!

The Love-Religion has no code or doctrine.

Only God.

So the ruby has nothing engraved on it!

It doesn't need markings.

God began speaking deeper mysteries to Moses.

Vision and words, which cannot be recorded here,

were poured into and through him. He left himself

and came back. He went to Eternity and came back

here. This happened many times.

It's foolish of me to try and say this. If I did say it,

it would uproot our human intelligences.

It would shatter any writing pen.

Moses ran after the shepherd.

He followed the bewildering footprints,

in one place moving straight like a castle

across a chessboard. In another, sideways,

like a bishop.

Now surging like a wave cresting,

now sliding down like a fish, with always his feet

making geomancy symbols in the sand,

recording his wandering state.

Finally Moses caught up with him.

"I was wrong. God has revealed to me

that there are no rules for worship. Say whatever

and however your Loving tells you.

Your sweet blasphemy is the truest devotion.

Through you a whole world is freed.

Loosed your tongue and don't worry what

comes out. It's all the Light of the Spirit."

The shepherd replied, "Moses, Moses,

I've gone beyond even that. You applied the whip

and my horse shied and jumped out of itself.

The Divine Nature and my human nature

came together.

Bless your scolding hand and your arm.

I can't say what has happened. What I am saying

now is not my real condition. It can't be said."

The shepherd grew quiet.

When you look in a mirror, you see yourself,

not the state of the mirror. The flute player puts

breath into a flute, and who makes the music?

Not the flute. The Fluteplayer!

Whenever you speak praise or thanksgiving

to God, it's always like this dear shepherd's simplicity.

When you eventually see through the veils to

how things really are, you will keep saying

again and again, "This is certainly not like

we thought it was!"



Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu,

Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East

or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not

composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or the next,

did not descend from Adam or Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace

of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved.


*** EMERSON ***

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the lier, but is a stab at the health of human society. On the most profitable lie the course of events presently lays a destructive tax; whilst frankness invited frankness, puts the parties on a convenient footing, makes their business a friendship. Emerson.

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success."



PostCultural Blues - Emerson-citater

                          ªI am primarily engaged to myself to be a public servant of all the gods, to

                          demonstrate to all men that there is intelligence and good will at the heart of

                          things, and ever higher and yet higher leadings.´

                          -- Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The Conservative

          ªOur age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies,

          histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face;

          we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?

          Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a

          religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in

          nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers

          they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones

          of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The

          sun shines to-day also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands,

          new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship.´

          -- Nature, Introduction (i: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures)

          ªBeware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at

          risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what

          is safe, or where it will end.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Self-Reliance

          ªWhat greater calamity can fall upon a nation, than the loss of worship? Then all things

          go to decay. Genius leaves the temple, to haunt the senate, or the market. Literature

          becomes frivolous. Science is cold. The eye of youth is not lighted by the hope of other

          worlds, and age is without honor. Society lives to trifles, and when men die, we do not

          mention them.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The Divinity School Address (Gud forbyde at en

          sÂdan vanskÊbne nogensinde mÂtte vederfares Dannevang! ...)

          ªI like man, but not men.´

          -- Journal, -/3 1846

          ªSociety everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.

          Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree for the better securing of

          his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue

          in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and

          creators, but names and customs.

                Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal

          palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be

          goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to

          yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. I remember an answer which when

          quite young I was prompted to make to a valued adviser, who was wont to importune me

          with the dear old doctrines of the church. On my saying, What have I to do with the

          sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within? my friend suggested, - 'But these

          impulses may be from below, not from above.' I replied, 'They do not seem to me to be

          such; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil.' No law can be sacred to

          me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that

          or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. A

          man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if every thing were titular and

          ephemeral but he. I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and

          names, to large societies and dead institutions.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Self-Reliance

          ªHuman character evermore publishes itself. The most fugitive deed and word, the

          mere air of doing a thing, the intimated purpose, expresses character. If you act, you

          show character; if you sit still, if you sleep, you show it. You think, because you have

          spoken nothing when others spoke, and have given no opinion on the times, on the

          church, on slavery, on marriage, on socialism, on secret societies, on the college, on

          parties and persons, that your verdict is still expected with curiosity as a reserved

          wisdom. Far otherwise; your silence answers very loud. You have no oracle to utter, and

          your fellow-men have learned that you cannot help them; for, oracles speak. Doth not

          wisdom cry, and understanding put forth her voice?´

          -- Essays: First Series, Spiritual Laws

          ªWhere there is no vision, the people perish.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The Method of Nature

          ªThere is no great and no small

          To the Soul that maketh all:

          And where it cometh, all things are;

          And it cometh everywhere.´

          -- Essays: First Series, epigraf til History

          ªThe secret of poetry is never explained, - is always new. We have not got farther than

          mere wonder at the delicacy of the touch, and the eternity it inherits.´

          -- Journal, -/11 1874

          ªMan is the dwarf of himself. Once he was permeated and dissolved by spirit. He filled

          nature with his overflowing currents. Out from him sprang the sun and moon; from man,

          the sun; from woman, the moon. The laws of his mind, the periods of his actions

          externized themselves into day and night, into the year and the seasons. But, having

          made for himself this huge shell, his waters retired; he no longer fills the veins and

          veinlets; he is shrunk to a drop. He sees, that the structure still fits him, but fits him

          colossally. Say, rather, once it fitted him, now it corresponds to him from far and on high.

          He adores timidly his own work. Now is man the follower of the sun, and woman the

          follower of the moon. Yet sometimes he starts in his slumber, and wonders at himself

          and his house, and muses strangely at the resemblance betwixt him and it. He

          perceives that if his law is still paramount, if still he have elemental power, if his word is

          sterling yet in nature, it is not conscious power, it is not inferior but superior to his will. It

          is Instinct.´

          -- Nature, Prospects (i: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures)

          ªLanguage is fossil poetry.´

          -- Essays: Second Series, The Poet

          ªHistorical Christianity has fallen into the error that corrupts all attempts to communicate

          religion. As it appears to us, and as it has appeared for ages, it is not the doctrine of the

          soul, but an exaggeration of the personal, the positive, the ritual. It has dwelt, it dwells,

          with noxious exaggeration about the person of Jesus. The soul knows no persons. It

          invites every man to expand to the full circle of the universe, and will have no preferences

          but those of spontaneous love.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The Divinity School Address

          ªHitch your wagon to a star.´

          -- Society and Solitude, Civilization

          ªTo speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At

          least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but

          shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and

          outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of

          infancy even into the era of manhood.´

          -- Nature, Nature (i: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures)

          ªWhen nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. Follow the great man,

          and you shall see what the world has at heart in these ages. There is no omen like that.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The Method of Nature

          ªThe Indian who was laid under a curse, that the wind should not blow on him, nor water

          flow to him, nor fire burn him, is a type of us all. The dearest events are summer-rain,

          and we the Para coats that shed every drop. Nothing is left us now but death. We look to

          that with a grim satisfaction, saying, there at least is reality that will not dodge us.

                I take this evanescence and lubricity of all objects, which lets them slip through our

          fingers then when we clutch hardest, to be the most unhandsome part of our condition.

          Nature does not like to be observed, and likes that we should be her fools and

          playmates. We may have the sphere for our cricket-ball, but not a berry for our

          philosophy. Direct strokes she never gave us power to make; all our blows glance, all

          our hits are accidents. Our relations to each other are oblique and casual.´

          -- Essays: Second Series, Experience

          ªThe youth, intoxicated with his admiration of a hero, fails to see, that it is only a

          projection of his own soul, which he admires.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, Literary Ethics

          ªA foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and

          philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He

          may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in

          hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it

          contradict every thing you said to-day. - 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' -

          Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? ... To be great is to be misunderstood.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Self-Reliance

          ªThe world is his, who can see through its pretension. What deafness, what stone-blind

          custom, what overgrown error you behold, is there only by sufferance, - by your

          sufferance. See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it its mortal blow.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The American Scholar

          ªWe but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us


          -- Essays: First Series, Self-Reliance

          ªNo dissenter rides in his coach for three generations; he infallibly falls into the


          -- Journal, 24/12 1847

          ªIn the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what

          period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these

          plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and

          the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods, we

          return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, - no disgrace, no

          calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare

          ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean

          egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of

          the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. The name of the

          nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental: To be brothers, to be acquaintances,

          - master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance. I am the lover of uncontained and

          immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in

          streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the

          horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.´

          -- Nature, Nature (i: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures)

          ªThe reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is

          disunited with himself.´

          -- Nature, Prospects (i: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures)

          ªIt was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you

          are afraid to do.'´

          -- Essays: First Series, Heroism

          ªA mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason, and

          traversing its work. The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. Its

          fit hour of activity is night. Its actions are insane like its whole constitution. It persecutes a

          principle; it would whip a right; it would tar and feather justice, by inflicting fire and

          outrage upon the houses and persons of those who have these. It resembles the prank

          of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars. The

          inviolate spirit turns their spite against the wrongdoers. The martyr cannot be

          dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison, a more illustrious

          abode; every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or

          expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side. Hours of sanity and

          consideration are always arriving to communities, as to individuals, when the truth is

          seen, and the martyrs are justified.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Compensation

          ªAll the thoughts of a turtle are turtle.´

          -- Journal, 5/9 1854

          ªThe influence of the senses has, in most men, overpowered the mind to that degree,

          that the walls of time and space have come to look real and insurmountable; and to

          speak with levity of these limits is, in the world, the sign of insanity. Yet time and space

          are but inverse measures of the force of the soul.´

          -- Essays: First Series, The Over-Soul

          ªOur poets are men of talents who sing, and not the children of music.´

          -- Essays: Second Series, The Poet

          ªFrom within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware

          that we are nothing, but the light is all.´

          -- Essays: First Series, The Over-Soul

          ªThe stationariness of religion; the assumption that the age of inspiration is past, that

          the Bible is closed; the fear of degrading the character of Jesus by representing him as

          a man; indicate with sufficient clearness the falsehood of our theology. It is the office of a

          true teacher to show us that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The Divinity School Address

          ªMeek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which

          Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon

          were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books.

                Hence, instead of Man Thinking, we have the bookworm. Hence, the book-learned

          class, who value books, as such; not as related to nature and the human constitution, but

          as making a sort of Third Estate with the world and the soul. Hence, the restorers of

          readings, the emendators, the bibliomaniacs of all degrees.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The American Scholar

          ªEvery spirit makes its house; but afterwards the house confines the spirit.´

          -- The Conduct of Life, Fate

          ªEvery spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a

          heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect.

          What we are, that only can we see.´

          -- Nature, Prospects (i: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures)

          ªDo not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of

          the good.´

          -- Journal, -/7 1841

          ªThe disease with which the human mind now labors, is want of faith. Men do not

          believe in a power of education. We do not think we can speak to divine sentiments in

          man, and we do not try. We renounce all high aims. We believe that the defects of so

          many perverse and so many frivolous people, who make up society, are organic, and

          society is a hospital of incurables. A man of good sense but of little faith, whose

          compassion seemed to lead him to church as often as he went there, said to me; 'that

          he liked to have concerts, and fairs, and churches, and other public amusements go on.'

          I am afraid the remark is too honest, and comes from the same origin as the maxim of

          the tyrant, 'If you would rule the world quietly, you must keep it amused.' I notice too, that

          the ground on which eminent public servants urge the claims of popular education is

          fear: 'This country is filling up with thousands and millions of voters, and you must

          educate them to keep them from our throats.' We do not believe that any education, any

          system of philosophy, any influence of genius, will ever give depth of insight to a

          superficial mind. Having settled ourselves into this infidelity, our skill is expended to

          procure alleviations, diversion, opiates. We adorn the victim with manual skill, his tongue

          with languages, his body with inoffensive and comely manners. So have we cunningly

          hid the tragedy of limitation and inner death we cannot avert. Is it strange that society

          should be devoured by a secret melancholy, which breaks through all its smiles, and all

          its gayety and games?´

          -- Essays: Second Series, New England Reformers

          ªAn institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Self-Reliance

          ªLife is not intellectual or critical, but sturdy. Its chief good is for well-mixed people who

          can enjoy what they find, without question. Nature hates peeping, and our mothers

          speak her very sense when they say, 'Children, eat your victuals, and say no more of it.'

          To fill the hour, - that is happiness; to fill the hour, and leave no crevice for a repentance

          or an approval. We live amid surfaces, and the true art of life is to skate well on them.

          Under the oldest mouldiest conventions, a man of native force prospers just as well as in

          the newest world, and that by skill of handling and treatment. He can take hold anywhere.

          Life itself is a mixture of power and form, and will not bear the least excess of either. To

          finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest

          number of good hours, is wisdom.´

          -- Essays: Second Series, Experience

          ªThe perpetual admonition of nature to us, is, 'The world is new, untried. Do not believe

          the past. I give you the universe a virgin to-day.'´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, Literary Ethics

          ªEvery hero becomes a bore at last.´

          -- Representative Men, Uses of Great Men

          ªFor, the sense of being which in calm hours rises, we know not how, in the soul, is not

          diverse from things, from space, from light, from time, from man, but one with them, and

          proceeds obviously from the same source whence their life and being also proceed. We

          first share the life by which things exist, and afterwards see them as appearances in

          nature, and forget that we have shared their cause. Here is the fountain of action and of

          thought. Here are the lungs of that inspiration which giveth man wisdom, and which

          cannot be denied without impiety and atheism. We lie in the lap of immense intelligence,

          which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Self-Reliance

          ªThe highest revelation is that God is in every man.´

          -- Journal, 8/9 1833

          ªTo the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events

          profitable, all days holy, all men divine. For the eye is fastened on the life, and slights the

          circumstance. Every chemical substance, every plant, every animal in its growth,

          teaches the unity of cause, the variety of appearance.´

          -- Essays: First Series, History (f¯rste sÊtning brugte Nietzsche som motto til

          1882-udgaven af Die frˆhliche Wissenschaft)

          ªFear always springs from ignorance.´

          -- Nature; Addresses, and Lectures, The American Scholar

          ªIt is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery we have made, that we exist.

          That discovery is called the Fall of Man. Ever afterwards, we suspect our instruments.

          We have learned that we do not see directly, but mediately, and that we have no means

          of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the

          amount of their errors. Perhaps these subject-lenses have a creative power; perhaps

          there are no objects. Once we lived in what we saw; now, the rapaciousness of this new

          power, which threatens to absorb all things, engages us. Nature, art, persons, letters,

          religions, - objects, successively tumble in, and God is but one of its ideas. Nature and

          literature are subjective phenomena; every evil and every good thing is a shadow which

          we cast.´

          -- Essays: Second Series, Experience

          ªMy life is a May game, I will live as I like. I defy your strait-laced, weary, social ways and

          modes. Blue is the sky, green the fields and groves, fresh the springs, glad the rivers,

          and hospitable the splendor of sun and star. I will play my game out.´

          -- Journal, 6/6 1839

          ªEvery man is a channel through which heaven floweth.´

          -- Essays: Second Series, Nominalist and Realist

          ªShall we judge the country by the majority or by the minority? Certainly, by the minority.

          The mass are animal, in state of pupilage, and nearer the chimpanzee.´

          -- Journal, -/4? 1854

          ªThe world proceeds from the same spirit as the body of man. It is a remoter and

          inferior incarnation of God, a projection of God in the unconscious. But it differs from the

          body in one important respect. It is not, like that, now subjected to the human will. Its

          serene order is inviolable by us. It is, therefore, to us, the present expositor of the divine

          mind. It is a fixed point whereby we may measure our departure. As we degenerate, the

          contrast between us and our house is more evident. We are as much strangers in

          nature, as we are aliens from God. We do not understand the notes of birds. The fox and

          the deer run away from us; the bear and tiger rend us. We do not know the uses of more

          than a few plants, as corn and the apple, the potato and the vine. Is not the landscape,

          every glimpse of which hath a grandeur, a face of him?´

          -- Nature, Spirit (i: Nature; Addresses, and Lectures)

          ªLove, and you shall be loved.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Compensation

          ªWhy should all virtue work in one and the same way? Why should all give dollars? It is

          very inconvenient to us country folk, and we do not think any good will come of it. We

          have not dollars; merchants have; let them give them. Farmers will give corn; poets will

          sing; women will sew; laborers will lend a hand; the children will bring flowers.´

          -- Essays: First Series, Spiritual Laws

          ªIt is a secret which every intellectual man quickly learns, that, beyond the energy of his

          possessed and conscious intellect, he is capable of a new energy (as of an intellect

          doubled on itself), by abandonment to the nature of things; that, beside his privacy of

          power as an individual man, there is a great public power, on which he can draw, by

          unlocking, at all risks, his human doors, and suffering the ethereal tides to roll and

          circulate through him: then he is caught up into the life of the Universe, his speech is

          thunder, his thought is law, and his words are universally intelligible as the plants and

          animals. The poet knows that he speaks adequately, then, only when he speaks

          somewhat wildly, or, "with the flower of the mind;" not with the intellect, used as an organ,

          but with the intellect released from all service, and suffered to take its direction from its

          celestial life; or, as the ancients were wont to express themselves, not with intellect

          alone, but with the intellect inebriated by nectar. As the traveller who has lost his way,

          throws his reins on his horse's neck, and trusts to the instinct of the animal to find his

          road, so must we do with the divine animal who carries us through this world. For if in

          any manner we can stimulate this instinct, new passages are opened for us into nature,

          the mind flows into and through things hardest and highest, and the metamorphosis is


          -- Essays: Second Series, The Poet

          ªIt is greatest to believe and to hope well of the world, because he who does so, quits

          the world of experience, and makes the world he lives in.´

          -- Journal, 20/5 184


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