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It is the rare fortune of these days that a man may think what he likes and say what he thinks.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
After sixty years of self-experience, I have found that out and out hypocrisy is an almost impossible achievement.
Age considers; youth ventures.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Creation is an endless activity of God's freedom; it is an end in itself.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Freedom is true when it is a revelation of truth.
I believe in the true meeting of the East and the West.
I do not put my faith in institutions, but in individuals all over the world who think clearly, feel nobly and act rightly. They are the channels of moral truth.
I have no zeal for life. You know the only thing that concerns me? That I have laboured so hard to build Viswa-bharati, wouldn't it have no value after my exit? ... I think I have one reservation regarding death, and that is Viswa-bharati, nothing else.
I say again and again that I am a poet, that I am not a fighter by nature. I would give everything to be one with my surroundings. I love my fellow beings and I prize their love.
India has ever declared that Unity is Truth, and separateness is maya.
It hurts me deeply when the cry of rejection rings loud against the West in my country with the clamour that the Western education can only injure us.
It's difficult to know a person until he turns twenty-five - difficult to say what would happen to him ... but it is easy to recognise a twenty seven-year old - it can be said he's become what he's supposed to be, and from now on this is how his life would be guided, [if] there's anything left in his life to get astonished.
Our country is the land of rites and ceremonials, so that we have more faith in worshiping the feet of the priest than the Divinity whom he serves.
Our fight is a spiritual fight, it is for Man.
That which fails to illuminate the intellect, and only keeps it in the obsession of some delusion, is its greatest obstacle.
The danger inherent in all force grows stronger when it is likely to gain success, for then it becomes temptation.
The religion of economics is where we should above all try to bring about this union of ours ... If this field ceases to be one of warfare, if there we can prove, that not competition but cooperation is the real truth, then indeed we can reclaim from the hands of the Evil One an immense territory for the reign of peace and goodwill.
To enjoy something, it's essential to guard it with the fence of leisure.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Be careful, be cautious, do not rush into negotiations ... be careful what you give away now, you may wish you had not done so should in future the balance of forces turn in your favour.
If you can't change your fate change your attitude.
It is everyone's prerogative to retire. But it's like giving up on life as far as I'm concerned.
I am a sportsman and not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain one. I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket.
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
And blessings on the falling out
That all the more endears,
When we fall out with those we love
And kiss again with tears!
For Man is man and master of his fate.
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Tomorrow 'ill be the happiest time of all
the glad New-year;
Of all the glad New-year, mother, the
maddest merriest day;
For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother,
I'm to be Queen o' the May.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Good works are links that form a chain of love.
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.
Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.
Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.
Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.
Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
Peace begins with a smile.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.
There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.
There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
We are all pencils in the hand of God.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
We shall not be diverted from our course. To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch-phrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say.You turn if you want; the lady's not for turning.
Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
Whether it's choosing a career or deciding what charity to get involved with, the choice should come from your heart. Ultimately, you are the one who has to get up every morning and enjoy what you are doing, so make sure it matters to you.
An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do.
I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record...
Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
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 which he hears, however measured or far away.
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.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years.
God bless... God damn.
Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost.
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity.
Love is what you've been through with somebody.
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
With 60 staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs.
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
The only qualities essential for real success in journalism are ratlike cunning, a plausible manner, and a little literary ability.
The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Get to know your people. What they do well, what they enjoy doing, what their weaknesses and strengths are, and what they want and need to get from their job.
If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Nobody should be chief executive officer of anything for more than five or six years. By then he's stale, bored, and utterly dependent upon his own cliches.
One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.
Topmanagement is supposed to be a tree full of owls ... hooting when management heads into the wrong part of the forest. I'm still unpersuaded they even know where the forest is.
No manufacturing company will ever do well if they are concerned only with calculating profits.
The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and achieve goals. That's why the people who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do. You either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve someone else's goals.
A student undergoing a word-association test was asked why a snowstorm put him in mind of sex. He replied frankly:Because everything does.
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.
It's not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number.
I feel here that this time they have succeeded.
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
I fired him [MacArthur] because he wouldn't respect the authority of the President ... I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.
I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.
I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
If you don't have passion ... you might as well give up ... you have no chance of making it. Passion is the essence of life, and certainly the essence of success.
If you're going to be thinking only one thing, you might as well be thinking big.
In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
I am going to be face to face with Jesus now.... I love you all very much. I will see you all when you get there.... I will wait for you.
Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth, down an eighth - it's like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
If you have an olive, you want an olive tree. You want a little more. You want the whole tree.
My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You're not born to give. You're born selfish.
I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Ah well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
And I shall dream both before and after I go to sleep, of the little flower that has sprung up in the desert beside me and shed its fragrance over my life and made its ways attractive with its beauty and turned its weariness to contentment with its sweet spirit. And I shall bless you, my darling, out of a fullness of a heart that knows your worth beyond the ken of any ... better than all others I can love you, and do love you, and shall always love you, always. Good night, darling - and peaceful slumbers refresh you and ministering angels attend you.
Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Don't go to sleep, so many people die there.
Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows anybody.
Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
Golf is a good walk spoiled.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
He had had much experience of physicians, and saidthe only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not.
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.
I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
I do love you...as the dew loves the flowers;
as the birds love the sunshine;
as the wavelets love the breeze...
as the angels love the pure in heart.
I don't mind what the opposition say of me, so long as they don't tell the truth about me; but when they descend to telling the truth about me, I consider that is taking an unfair advantage.
I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough.
I have never taken any exercise, except for sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome.
I never let my schooling interfere with my education.
I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.
I take my only exercise acting as pallbearer at the funerals of my friends who exercise regularly.
I was born modest, but it didn't last.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
In the matter of diet - I have been persistently strict in sticking to the things that didn't agree with me until one or the other of us got the best of it.
It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep and never to refrain when awake.
It is a free press ... There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
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.
Leavin' me as happy as a dog with two tails.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
[Mankind] in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon - laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution - these can lift at a colossal humbug - push it a little, weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
More than one cigar at a time is excessive smoking.
Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Simple rules for saving money: To save half, when you are fired by an eager impulse to contribute to charity, wait, and count to forty. To save three-quarters, count sixty. To save it all, count sixty-five.
That is just the way of the world; an enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
The lack of money is the root of all evil.
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly everyone will side with you when you are in the right.
The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.
The timid man yearns for full value and asks a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
There are three infallible ways of pleasing an author, and the three form a rising scale of compliment: 1, to tell him you have read one of his books; 2, to tell him you have read all his books; 3, to ask him to let you read the manuscript of his forthcoming book. No. 1 admits you to his respect; No. 2 admits you to his admiration; No. 3 carries you clear into his heart.
To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did; I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.
Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
You try to tell me anything about the newspaper business! Sir! I have been through it from Alpha to Omega, and I tell you the less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands.
I cried on my 18th birthday. I thought 17 was such a nice age. You're young enough to get away with things, but you're old enough, too.
I don't think that the government has any business seeing me naked as a condition of traveling about the country.
If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.
I wanna eat his children.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say,We did this ourselves.
A terrace nine stories high rises from a handful of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
In government it is order that matters; In action it is timeliness that matters.
It is on disaster that good fortune perches; it is beneath good fortune that disaster crouches.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.
The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
To lead people, walk behind them.
Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
All war is deception.
The general who wins a battle makes many calculations ... here the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few to defeat.
The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.