Quotes I Like

Emotion in general leads to transmission, and awe is quite a strong emotion…If I’ve just read this story that changes the way I understand the world and myself, I want to talk to others about what it means. I want to proselytise and share the feeling of awe. If you read the article and feel the same emotion, it will bring us closer together. – John Tierny in New York Times

If you work hard, and become successful, it does not necessarily mean you are successful because you worked hard. – Lemony Snicket

A mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels. – Walt Whitman

When you can swim, who cares how deep the water is? – Seth Godin

Failure is an instruction manual written in scar tissue. – Chuck Wendig

Nouns always feel real. – Chuck Wendig

For a writer, obsession is a good substitute for self-discipline. – Vikram Seth

The core purpose of a great lecturer is not primarily to transmit information… The real purpose of a lecture is to show the mind and heart of the lecturer at work, and to engage the minds and hearts of learners. – Richard Gunderman in Is the lecture dead? (The Atlantic)

Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe. – Buddha

Saying thank you is more than just good manners. It is good spirituality. – Alfred Painter

Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. – Ingrid Bengis

Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. – Wayne W Dyers

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. – Anatole France

Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness. – David R. Hawkins

Opportunity often comes disguised  in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. – Napoleon Hill

He who controls others  may be powerful, be he who has mastered himself is mightier still. – Lao Tzu

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness. – Josh Billings

The great source of misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another… Some of those situations may, no doubt, deserve to be preferred to others, but none of them can deserve to be pursued with that passionate ardour which drives us to violate the rules either of prudence or of injustice, or to corrupt the future tranquility of our minds, either by shame from our remembrance of our own folly, or by remorse from the horror of our own injustice. – Adam Smith

When our ambition is bounded, it leads us to live joyfully. When our ambition is unbounded, it leads to us to lie, to cheat, to steal, to hurt others, to sacrifice things of real value. When our fears are bounded, we are prudent, we are cautious, we are thoughtful. When our fears are unbounded and overblown, we are reckless and we are cowardly. Our longings and our worries are both overblown to some degree because we have within us the capacity to manufacture the very commodity we are constantly chasing when we chose experience. – Dan Gilbert

The resistance to unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. – Ram Dass

I passionately believe that’s it’s not just what you say that counts, it’s also how you say it – that the success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it. – Alain de Botton

We are a democratic, egalitarian people who spend our days desperately trying to climb over each other. – David Brooks

To be a good teacher, you have to be part stand-up comic, part door-to-door salesman, part expert, part counselor. – Clancy Martin

If free men refused to look at dead bodies then brave men will have died in vain. – John Shaw Billings (American in Pictures: The Story of Life Magazine, BBC Documentary)

If they [the dead] should speak, it would be found that in matters of opinion no departed person was exactly what he had passed for in life. They would realise, deep down, that they, and whole nations along with them, are not really what they seem to be-and never can be. – Mark Twain

Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force. Mastering the self requires strength. – Lao Tzu

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. – The Red Queen (in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass)

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