Friday 20 April 2007

A collection of thoughts/quotes

  •  "Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love." [Mother Teresa]
  • "To build a future, you have to know the past ..." [Otto Frank (Anne Frank's father)]
  • "First they came for the communists, but I was not a communist so I did not speak out.
    Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unions, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
    Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
    And then they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me." [Martin Niemoller, 1892–1984]
  • "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." [Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860]
  • "It is fact not passion that sells to management. It is passion not fact that sells to God. Hey! Why not sell to both :-) [Roch Cheng. Haha! :-)]
  • It is not the client who is resistant, it is ... [Acknowledgment: Lee]
  • I usually have no problem in doing what I promise others. How come I've so much difficulty in doing what I promise myself?
  • Fire fighting is often the result of not properly addressing important-but-not-urgent things before they turn into important-and-urgent things. So ...
  • "All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.", and "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." [Sir Winston Churchill, British politician (1874 - 1965)] [Acknowledgment: CD]
  • One advantage of being aware of a moment is to gain the ability to have choice .. ummm .. wonder what are the additional advantages? .. [this is not a rhetorical question :)]
  • One's intellectual depth has very little to do with one's spiritual, emotional, or moral depth.
  • Perfectionism is often the euphemism for pickiness.
  • In terms of moral issues, independent of our intellectual training, each of us is a bullshit detector - we easily separate the good guys from the bad guys.
  • "When we have inner turmoil that needs healing, uncertainty about the meaning of life can grow into an obsession with self-pity or depression. For many people, the best solution is to think of something we can do for someone else." [page 172, "Living Faith" by Jimmy Carter, 39th US President]
  • "You will never be happy with what you have, until you are happy with who you are." [Zig Ziglar]
  • "If we take man as he is, we make him worse; but if we take him as he could be, we help him become what he can be" [Goethe]
  • "Despair = suffering without meaning" [Victor Frankl]
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” [Nelson Mandela]
  • "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." [Dalai Lama]
  • "Believing everybody is dangerous; believing nobody is very dangerous .." [Abraham Lincoln]
  • "Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways." [Stephen Vincent Benet]
  • “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” [Abraham Lincoln]
  • "Nothing is worth more than this day." [Goethe]
  • "The ideals which have always shown before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty and truth." [Albert Einstein]
  • “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” [William James] … haha! I like this one!
  • "There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings." [Hodding Carter]
  • 'Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and 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 do it because Conscience tells him it is right.' [Martin Luther King, Jr.]
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