Books

Even as the Internet has revived hope of a universal library and Google seems to promise an answer to every query, books have remained a dark region in the universe of information. We want books to be as accessible and searchable as the Web. On the other hand, we still want them to be books.

Gary Wolf
American Journalist

Quote

Ask not what you can do for your
country. Ask whats for lunch.

Orson Welles

Swimming

You never know who’s swimming
naked until the tide goes out.

Warren Buffet

Doctrines

“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.”

-Noam Chomsky

Destiny

Your beliefs become your thoughts.
Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values.
Your values become your destiny.

Mahatma Gandhi

Quote

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. “

–Marcus Aurelius

Quote

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice”

–Stephen Hawking

Senior Trying to Set a Password

From the email archive:

Senior trying to set a password .
 WINDOWS :  Please enter your new password:
USER :  “cabbage”
WINDOWS :  Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters.
USER:   “boiled cabbage”
 WINDOWS :  Sorry, the password must  contain 1 numerical character.
USER:   “1 boiled cabbage”
WINDOWS:   Sorry, the password cannot  have blank spaces.
USER :  “50bloodyboiledcabbages”
WINDOWS :  Sorry, the password must  contain at least one upper case character.
USER :  “50BLOODYboiledcabbages”
 WINDOWS :  Sorry, the password cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively.
USER :  “50BloodyBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDon’tGiveMeAccessNow!”
WINDOWS :  Sorry, the password cannot   contain punctuation.
USER : “ReallyPissedOff50BloodyBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDontGiveMeAccessNow”
WINDOWS :  Sorry, that password is  already in use.

Quote

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”

– Voltaire

Motivation

“I just couldn’t take school seriously: I had this guitar neck with four frets which I kept hidden under the desk. It had strings on it so I would practice my chord shapes under the desk and that’s about all I did at school.”

– Alvin Lee

Doubt

“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. ”

–Buddha

Challenge

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ”

–Martin Luther King

Knowledge

“I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion”

– Alexander the Great

Quote

“For now is my grief heavier than the sands of the seas, she thought. This world has emptied me of all but the oldest purpose: tomorrow’s life.”

–Frank Herbert

Mature Humans

Found in the email.

 Mature Humans

How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before
you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or
understand a word they said?

I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of
cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.
Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants never get
dirty, and you can wear them forever.

Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber &
dumber every year?

There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re
sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a
little too far.

As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate
drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I
always hate bicyclists.

Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times
and still not know what time it is.

Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their
car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail
on the Donkey – but I’d bet my behind everyone can find and push
the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes
closed, first time, every time!

I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not
to answer when they call.

Silence

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

–Robert Frost

Humanity

“Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.”

– Bhimrao R. Ambedkar

That Must Suck

You over slept. The milk in the fridge has turned sour. The dog took a dump on the living room floor. You get in the car and the battery is dead as a door nail. Call for a taxi for a ride to the train station. You arrive five minutes late, and the last morning train to the city has already left. You call your boss to tell him what happened, and he his pissed off.

What to do now that the day has turned to shit? Grin and bear it. Shit happens.

Existence

“You aren’t thinking or really existing unless you’re willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgement of your existence.”

–Frank Herbert

The Way It Is

October 6 2014

When I see blue sky with a smattering of clouds, it makes me happy. This my fellow readers, is all I need. Don’t need religion, nor read the bible. Don’t need to be told how to enjoy life. I am just basically one happy man, that likes solitude, peace of mind, and quietness.

The coffee tastes so much better, when I’m in a Zen moment. It makes the day much easier to enjoy, and live life to the fullest.

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Time

“Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.”

–Nathaniel Hawthorne

Failure

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

Mary Pickford

Opinions

“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”

–John Locke

Quote

“Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.”

– Stephen Fry

Faults

Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and
of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.

Chinese Proverb

Source: enproverbia