Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Success and Value

To burn always with a hard, gem like flame, that's success in life. ~ Robert W. Marks

Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks, and courage. ~ Charles Luckman

Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become one of value. ~Albert Einstein

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Treasures of the Morning

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. ~ Alfred A. Montapert

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper. ~ Francis Bacon

I used to love night best but the older I get the more treasures and hope and joy I find in morning. ~ Terri Guillemets

Monday, April 23, 2012

Expect Nothing

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. 
~Jonathan Swift

The best things in life are not things.  ~ Art Buchwald

Saturday, April 21, 2012

#238 Lucid Intervals

Lucid intervals and happy pauses. ~Francis Bacon

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding. ~ John Locke

Friday, April 20, 2012

#237 Take Time

Take time to work, it is the price of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love & be loved, it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around, it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul. ~ Old English Prayer

Thursday, April 19, 2012

#236 Anticipation: Radiance or Calamity?

There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner. ~ G. K. Chesterton

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Theme Series: Walking, the Perfect Balance

Perhaps the most therapeutic regimen to counter the promises of many pharmaceuticals is a stimulating walk. The following quotes provide wonderful perspectives:

-Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation,
a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.
Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.
~ Gary Snyder

-If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon

-My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

-A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~Paul Dudley White

-But the beauty is in the walking -- we are betrayed by destinations. ~ Gwyn Thomas

-Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. ~Henry David Thoreau

Selected by quoteflections.

-“Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
'Ride,' Pleasure said;
'Walk,' Joy replied.” ~ W. H. Davies

-Make your feet your friend. ~J.M. Barrie

-I firmly believe that everyone deserves to live within walking distance of either beauty or convenience, if not both. ~ Victoria Moran

-Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. ~Carrie Latet

-It is a great art to saunter.~ Henry David Thoreau

-Meandering leads to perfection.~ Lao Tzu

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#235 How Will you Live your Dash?

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. ~ Antonio Porchia

Begin with the end in mind. (The end refers to your funeral and what people will say about you.) ~ Stephen Covey (from Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, habit #2

There'll be two dates on your tombstone
And all your friends will read 'em
But all that's gonna matter
is that little dash between 'em. ~Kevin Welch

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

#234 Living Wisely and Earnestly

Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is. ~ Alan Watts

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ~ Buddha

Monday, April 16, 2012

#233 True Meaning of Life

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Anderson

- What 'trees' have you planted?
- What are the important ideals and values which provide inspiration?
- What light and hope can you emanate?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

#232 With Glittering Eyes

Never mind about 1066 William the Conqueror, 1087 William the Second. Such things are not going to affect one's life ... but 1932 the Mars Bar and 1936 Maltesers and 1937 the Kit Kat - these dates are milestones in history and should be seared into the memory of every child in the country. ~Roald Dahl

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. ~ Roald Dahl

Friday, April 13, 2012

#231 Ripples build a Current

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Thursday, April 12, 2012

#230 Be Thyself

Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery. ~ Matthew Arnold

- How much are you true to yourself?
- To what extent has an understanding of self helped to alleviate difficulties?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Select Author Series: Albert Camus

Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French journalist, author, and existentialist philosopher. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times."

The following 13 quotes provide a window to his enlightening perspectives:

-Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

-You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

-In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

-Live to the point of tears.

-Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.

-Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

-Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

-Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

Selected by quoteflections.

-Always there comes an hour when one is weary of one's work and devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.

-The need to be right - the sign of a vulgar mind.

-Let’s not beat around the bush; I love life — that’s my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.

-The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

- Do not wait for the last judgement. It takes place every day.

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#229 Ready to Welcome

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ~ Eden Phillpotts

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

#228 Raising the Bar

Even the highest towers begin from the ground. ~ Chinese saying

A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration. ~ Kurt Lewin

Monday, April 9, 2012

#227 Continued Cheerfulness

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps his cool. ~ William McFee

The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness. ~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Saturday, April 7, 2012

#226 On Ships and Relationships

There is a rule in sailing where the more maneuverable ship should give way to the less maneuverable craft. I think this is sometimes a good rule to follow in human relationships as well. ~ Joyce Brothers

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, April 6, 2012

#225 The World as Brotherhood

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. (A person is a person because of other people.) ~African Proverb

The world has narrowed to a neighborhood before it has broadened to a brotherhood. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Theme Series: Time

Time is ubiquitous and we consult its mastery on time pieces which surround us. The following select quotes provide enlightening perspectives:

- The butterfly counts not months but moments,
And has time enough. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

- Time is the rider that breaks youth. ~ George Herbert

- Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go. ~ Henry Austin Dobson

- Let time that makes you homely, make you sage. ~ Thomas Parnell

- All things flow, nothing abides. ~ Heraclitus

- Enjoy the present hour,
Be thankful for the past,
And neither fear nor wish
Th' approaches of the last. ~ Abraham Cowley

Selected by quoteflections.

- It takes time to save time. ~ Joe Taylor

- To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die...
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance. ~ Ecclesiastes

-Time is
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice;
But for those who love,
Time is eternity. ~ Henry Van Dyke

-The inertia hardest to overcome is that of perfectly good seconds. ~Martin H. Fischer

-Methinks I see the wanton hours flee,
And as they pass, turn back and laugh at me.
~George Villiers

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#224 Making Connections

All thought is a feat of association; having what's in front of you bring up something in your mind that you almost didn't know you knew. ~ Robert Frost

Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home. ~ Sigmund Freud

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. ~ Edwin Schlossberg

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

#223 Long is the Road

Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do. ~ Lin Yutang

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Long is the road from conception to creation. ~ Moliere

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Father of Advertising: 12 Maxims

David Ogilvy (1911-1999) is remembered as one of the greatest advertising executives whose company developed some of the most potent campaigns. One can appreciate his insights through the following select quotes:

-A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself.

-The consumer isn't a moron; she is your wife. You insult her intelligence if you assume that a mere slogan and a few vapid adjectives will persuade her to buy anything. She wants all the information you can give her.

-Good copy can't be written with tongue in cheek, written just for a living. You've got to believe in the product.

-If it doesn't sell, it isn't creative.

-I know of a brewer who sells more of his beer to the people who never see his advertising than to the people who see it every week. Bad advertising can unsell a product.

-The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.

Selected by quoteflections.

-It takes a big idea to attract the attention of consumers and get them to buy your product. Unless your advertising contains a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night. I doubt if more than one campaign in a hundred contains a big idea.

-Don't bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.

-Advertising people who ignore research are as dangerous as generals who ignore decodes of enemy signals.

-Make sure you have a Vice President in charge of Revolution, to engender ferment among your more conventional colleagues.

-In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.

-Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won't think you're going gaga.

Several of Ogilvy's famous slogans include:

-At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.
-Only Dove is one-quarter moisturizing cream.
-Don't leave home without it (American Express)

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#222 A Genuine Individualist

As a rule, I always look for what others ignore. ~ Marshall McLuhan

To be a genuine individualist requires a great deal of strength and courage. It is never easy to chart new territory, to cross new frontiers, or to introduce subtle shadings to an established color. ~Toller Cranston

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. ~Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, April 2, 2012

#221 A Thin Line

The sound of laughter has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the universe. ~ Peter Ustinov

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. ~ Erma Bombeck

You laugh at me because I am different; I laugh because you are all the same. ~Daniel Knode