My friend, Veena, urged me to put some "heavy stuff" on my blog. So here are some thought-provoking quotes that I've long chewed on. Many have been the times when life, and experiences, have made me realize how true they all are!
"The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor;
he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me.
The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
- George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
"Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions -
Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful.
Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead."
- Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian."
- Dennis Wholey (1937-)
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)
"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
- Tom Clancy (1947-), paraphrasing Mark Twain
"I don't know the key to success but I know the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
- Bill Cosby (1937-)
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are acutally rearranging their prejudices."
- William James (1842-1910)
"When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail."
- Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)
"Heav’n hath no rage like love to hatred turn’d, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d."
- William Congreve (1670-1729)
"A problem well stated is a problem half solved."
- Charles Franklin Kettering (1876-1958)
"I would like to be able to admire a man’s opinions as I would his dog - without being expected to take it home with me."
- Frank A. Clark
"Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’."
- Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
- Derek Bok (1930-), Harvard University President
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