Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kissing A Fool ...

You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon.' Need I say more?

- Chris Rock

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.

- Albert Einstein

Anatomy (n): something everyone has, but which looks better on a girl

- Bruce Raeburn.

In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.

- Dereke Bruce

If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow, sleep late.

- Henny Youngman

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them

- Jane Austen

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.

- Mae West (1892-1980)

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:this is the ideal life.

- Mark Twain

The clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

- Mark Twain

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

- Oscar Wilde

Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.

- Richard Feynman

We had gay robbers last night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.

- Robin Williams

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

- Will Rogers

Friday, November 24, 2006

Burn, burn, burn

...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'

- Jack Kerouac, "On The Road"

A Solitary Reaper ...

We're all lonely for something we don't know we're lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we've never even met?

- David Foster Wallace

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

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.

- Eric Hoffer

The loneliest it gets is when the wind begins to chill and when I sit atop of your old street, the church top brings a still ness to me, there's nothingI would rather do, than have my heart broken by you.

- Lifetime

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

- Maya Angelou

There's a cold wind blowing softly through a narrow, dark ravine. A sound is heard, soft and everywhere, like the rustle of silk. It echoes from every dismal reaching corner of the abyss, and whispers of the aching loneliness within the crevasse. A cold, blue-white light transcends an aura of weird lifelessness to the jagged rocks of the cleft walls. There appears a soul within all of this, like a thin frail mist, congealing within its center -- a tiny translucent gray cloud.

- Ralph Kenyon, 1962

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.

- Stephen King, "The Green Mile"

To transform the emptiness of loneliness, to the fullness of aloneness. Ah, that is the secret of life.

- Sunita Khosla

No my friend, darkness is not everywhere, for here and there I find faces illuminated from within; paper lanterns among the dark trees.

- Carole Borges

Thursday, November 09, 2006


But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
~William Shakespeare

Love is like the wild-rose briar;
Friendship is like the holly-tree.
The holly is dark when the rose briar blooms,
But which will bloom most constantly?
~Emily Brontë

Yes we are [friends] and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn't mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often. I don't want to lose this happy space where I have found someone who is smart and easy and doesn't bother to check her diary when we arrange to meet. ~Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body, 1992

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. ~Author Unknown

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. ~Leo Buscaglia

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Sicilian Proverb

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature. ~Abraham Lincoln

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad. ~Arnold H. Glasgow

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Notebook, 1927

A good friend is cheaper than therapy. ~Author Unknown

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. ~Henry David Thoreau

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. ~Arnold Glasow

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. ~William Blake

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. ~George Santayana

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~Donna Roberts

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job. ~Laurence J. Peter

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. ~C.S. Lewis

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. ~Virginia Woolf

She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. ~Toni Morrison, Beloved

The friend within the man is that part of him which belongs to you and opens to you a door which never, perhaps, is opened to another. Such a friend is true, and all he says is true; and he loves you even if he hates you in other mansions of his heart. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

A real friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one. ~Author Unknown

True friends stab you in the front. ~Oscar Wilde

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. ~William Blake

The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Southern Mail, 1929, translated from French by Curtis Cate

Friendship is Love, without his wings. ~Lord Byron, L'Amitié est l'Amour sans Ailes

The best time to make friends is before you need them. ~Ethel Barrymore

A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself. ~Frances Ward Weller

There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound. ~Diana Cortes

Probably no man ever had a friend that he did not dislike a little. ~E.W. Howe

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul. ~Edith Wharton

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue. ~Alice Duer Miller

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive. ~Anäis Nin

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. ~Plutarch

Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming. ~William Hazlitt

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 06, 2006

Writers Say ...

"But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."
Lord Byron

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart..."
William Wordsworth

"It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page." Joan Baez

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another." Sir James Matthew Barrie

"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work."
Pearl S. Buck

"Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard."
Daphne du Maurier

"Women want love to be a novel, men a short story. "
Daphne du Maurier

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov

There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people if he's any good.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite." Edward Albee

"When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay." Brian Aldiss

"Women do not always have to write about women, or gay men about gay men. Indeed, something good and new might happen if they did not."
Kathryn Hughes

"Everyman's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers." Hans Christian Anderson

"Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance." Jean Anouilh

"From my close observation of writers...they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review." Isaac Asimov
"It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything."
Virginia Woolf

"Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man." Sir Francis Bacon

"When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."
Virginia Woolf

"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way ... people look at reality, then you can change it." James Arthur Baldwin

"Literature ... is the rediscovery of childhood." Georges Bataille

"Why do writers write? Because it isn't there." Thomas Berger

"Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one has not time to write down." (Louis) Hector Berlioz

"If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves."
Lillian Hellman

And here are a few suggestions from the Maestro ... the holy words for us, copywriters!

"There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself."
Mark Twain

I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.
Mark Twain

To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
Mark Twain

Words of Wisdom - CHANAKYA

"A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and
Honest people are screwed first."
Chana kya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC to 75 BC)


"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer,! 350
BC-275 BC)


"The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody.
It will destroy you."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no
friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350
BC-275 BC)


"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

"As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure
and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind.
But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and wr! iter, 350 BC-275


"Whores don't live in company of poor men, citizens never support a
weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits."

Chanakya quo tes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"A man is great by deeds, not by birth."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status.
Such friendships will never give you any happiness."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 B C-275


"Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next
five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a
blind person."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275


"Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected
everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth."

Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275

Few more additions ....

“The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.”

“The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.”

Chanakya quotes (Indian Politician, strategist and Writer

“He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby.”

“Do not keep company with a fool for as we can see he is a two-legged beast. Like an unseen thorn he pierces the heart with his sharp words.”

“Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and the of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.”

An egoist can be won over by being respected, a crazy person can be won over by allowing him to behave in an insane manner and a wise person can be won over by truth.
A human being should strive for four things in life - dharma, money, sex and salvation. A person who hasn't strived for even one of these things has wasted life.

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

A woman is four times as shy, six times as brave and eight times as libidinous as a man.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

My Heart Aches...

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.
~Author Unknown

Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
~Rosa Parks

Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.

Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together.
~Author Unknown

I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, but not my love to see.
~Edmund Spenser

With what a deep devotedness of woe
I wept thy absence - o'er and o'er again
Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,
And memory, like a drop that, night and day,
Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
~Thomas Moore

Ask me why I keep on loving you when it's clear that you don't feel the same way for me... the problem is that as much as I can't force you to love me,
I can't force myself to stop loving you.
~Author Unknown

I never knew until that moment
how bad it could hurt to lose something you never really had.
~From the television show The Wonder Years

I prithee send me back my heart,
Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
Why, then, shouldst thou have mine?
~John Suckling

As soon as forever is through, I'll be over you.

Friday, November 03, 2006

From AAmir Khushroo's collection

Tu bewafa nahi tujhme wafa bakki hai,
Na ja mujhse door abhi tujhme nasha bakki hai....

Peene ko to sabhi peete hai zamane me,
Kehte hai tu hai mahir gham bhulane me,

Dekhta hoon tere labpe kush ankaha bakki hai......
Na ja mujhse door abhi tujhme nasha bakki hai.....

Har koi chala gaya beech rah me chhorke,
Kahin tu na jana mera ghamo se nata jorke.......

Mere chaman me abhi rang-e-kazza bakki hai.....
Na ja mujhse door abhi tujhme nasha bakki hai.....

Keh ke shrabbi mujhe marte hai thokar aksar,
Seene se lagaye rehta hoon tujhe shaam-o- sehar.....

Tujhse dil lagane ki abhi 'veer' ki sazza bakki hai.......
Tu bewafa nahi tujhme wafa bakki hai,
Na ja mujhse door abhi tujhme nasha bakki hai....

Thanks to Amu. She contributed this gem to be published here.
Really sweet and thoughtful on her part!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Some of the Most Romantic Hollywood Lines