Tuesday, December 11, 2007

More of Calvin Philosophy

Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.
(Answer on a test paper) "I am not currently able to divulge this information, as it may compromise our agents in the field."
It's my dessert that's gross! Look, a thermos full of phlegm!
My favorite ritual is eating three bowls of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs and watching TV cartoons all Saturday morning.
A good compromise leaves everybody mad.
I hate being good (or trying to fake it).
But I like my idea better.
You know what we need, Hobbes? We need an attitude.
Idiocy is the essence of the male mind.
I thought my life would seem more interesting with a musical score and a laugh track.
You know you'll hate something when they won't tell you what it is.
Existence is not only temporary, it's pointless!
Well, it puts a bad day in perspective.
I flunked a test today, but I don't mind.
It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept.
'The world isn't fair, Calvin.' 'I know, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?'
I can always get by on my good looks and charm!
Divine retribution, that's what!
Homework, I command thee, BE DONE!
My dreams are getting way too literal.
Mothers are the necessity of invention.
I've been good all day so far.
Childhood is short and maturity is forever.
Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.
There's no head rest on this chair! I should sue for whiplash!
I asked Mom if I was a gifted child...she said they certainly wouldn't have paid for me.
I've got to start listening to those quiet, nagging doubts.
Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?
Ever notice how tense grownups get when they're recreating?
From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way.
I love the culture of victimhood.
Nothing I do is my fault.
I like to verb words.
I liked things better when I didn't understand them.
Is it a right to remain ignorant?
Quit resisting, you!
I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas.
Obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity.
It is man's indomitable nature to scare himself silly for no good reason!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Calvin and Hobbes

Reality continues to ruin my life.
“I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.”
"People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world."
"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."

I wonder if I can grow fangs when my baby teeth fall out."
"Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine, and valleys of frustration and failure."

Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.

A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.

That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

Its no use! Everybody gets good enemies except me.

I have a hammer! I can put things together! I can knock things apart! I can alter my environment at will and make an incredible din all the while! Ah, it's great to be male!

I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information

"Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?" "I'm not sure that man needs the help."

Calvin: I'm a genius, but I'm a misunderstood genius.
Hobbes: What's misunderstood about you?
Calvin: Nobody thinks I'm a genius.

"Why isn't my life like a situation comedy? Why don't I have a bunch of friends with nothing better to do but drop by and instigate wacky adventures? Why aren't my conversations peppered with spontaneous witticisms? Why don't my friends demonstrate heartfelt concern for my well being when I have problems? ...I gotta get my life some writers."

"I'm a simple man, Hobbes." "You?? Yesterday you wanted a nuclear powered car that could turn into a jet with laser-guided heat-seeking missiles!" "I'm a simple man with complex tastes."
"See Any UFOs?" "Not yet." "Well, keep your eyes open, they're bound to land here sometime." "What will we do when they come?" "See if we can sell mom and dad into slavery for a star cruiser"

"I'm not going to so my maths homework. Look at these unsolved problems. Here's a number in mortal combat with another. One of them is going to get subtracted. But why? What will be left of him? If I answered these, it would kill the suspense. It would resolve the conflict and turn intriguing possibilities into boring old facts." "I never really thought about the literary possibilities of maths." "I prefer to savour the mystery."

"Mom's not feeling well. So I'm making her a get well card." "That's thoughtful of you." "See, on the front it says, 'Get Well Soon' ... and on the inside it says,'Because me bed isn't made, my clothes need to be put away and I'm hungry. Love Calvin.' Want to sign it?" "Sure, I'm hungry too"

"Any monsters under my bed tonight?"
"Nope." "No." "Uh-Uh."
"Well there *better* not be, I'd hate to have to torch one with my flamethrower!"
"You have a flamethrower?"
"They lie. I lie."
- Calvin, The Monsters Under His Bed & Hobbes

I think life should be more like tv. I think all of life's problems ought to be solved in 30 minutes with simple homilies, don't you? I think weight and oral hygiene ought to be our biggest concerns. I think we should all have powerful, high-paying jobs, and everyone should drive fancy sports cars. All our desires should be instantly gratified. Women should always wear tight clothes, and men should carry powerful handguns. Life overall should be more glamorous, thrill-packed, and filled with applause, don't you think?
So basically, this maverick is urging everyone to express his individuality through conformity in brand-name selection.

In my opinion, television validates existence.

H : "What are you doing?"
C : "Being cool."
H : "You look more like you're bored."
C : "The world bores you when you're cool."

To make a bad day worse, spend it wishing for the impossible.

So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they're already met?

It's only work if somebody makes you do it



"There's a new girl in our class." "Well, whats her name?" "WHO KNOWS?" "Is she nice?" "WHO CARES? Not me!" "Do you LIKE her?" "NO!"

"Hello Susie, this is Calvin. I lost our homework assignment. Can you tell me what we were supposed to read for tomorrow?" "Are you sure you're not calling for some other reason?" "Why else would I call you?" "Maybe you missed the melodious sound of my voice?" "WHAT? Are you crazy? All I want is the STUPID assignment!" "First say you missed the melodious sound of my voice." "THIS IS BLACKMAIL!"

"This meeting of the Get Rid Of Slimy Girls club will now come to order. First Tiger Hobbes will read the minutes of our last meeting."
"Thank you. (9:30) Meeting called to order. Dictator For Life Calvin proposed resoultion condemning the existence of girls. (9:35) First Tiger Hobbes abstains from vote. Motion fails. (9:36) Patriotism of First Tiger called into question. (9:37) Philosophical discussion. (10:15) Bandages administered. Dictator For Life rebuked for biting."
"Is this a great club or what?"
"(10:16) Forgot what debate was about. Medals of bravery awarded to all parties."

"I'm never gonna get married. Are you?" "Hmm...I suppose if the right person came along, I might. Someone with green eyes and a nice laugh, who I could call 'Pooty Pie'." "POOTY PIE?" "Or bitsy pookums." "I think that would affect my stomach a lot more than my heart." "Bitsy pookums I'd say. Yes snoogy woogy, she'd reply..."

"Do you like being a girl?" "Its gotta be better than the alternative." "Whats it like? Is it like being a bug?" "Like a WHAT?" "I imagine bugs and girls have a dim perception that nature played a crual trick on them, but they lack the intelligence to really comprehend the magnitude of it."

Go Nuts...

Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.

Save time... see it my way.

I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

We may be alone. We may not be alone. Either way, the thought is staggering.

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough." --Albert Einstein

Chocolate. Coffee. Men.Some things are just better rich.

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.--Sir Winston Churchill

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.

I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

If ignorance is bliss, you must be orgasmic.

Born free… taxed to death.

The more you complain, the longer God lets you live.

Always forgive your enemies - Nothing annoys them so much.

Death is hereditary.

Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Garfield - the Infamous cartoon cat, created by Jim Davis

A little ego goes nowhere.

All I do is eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. There must be more to a cat's life than that. But I hope not.

Anybody can exercise... But this kind of lethargy takes real discipline.

Avoid fruits and nuts: after all, you are what you eat.

Eat every meal as though it were your last.

Good times are ahead ! Or behind. Because they sure aren't here.

His I.Q. is so low you can't test it. You have to dig for it.

I am hungry. Therefore I am.

I'm not messy. I'm organizationally challenged !

If you are patient...and wait long enough...Nothing will happen !

Bring me an order of everything, with a side order of everything else.

If you want to appear smarter, hang around someone stupider.

Never leave your food dish under a bird cage.

Oh no! I overslept ! I'm late ! For my nap.

I eat too much because I'm depressed, and I'm depressed because I eat too much. It's a vicious circle... that took years to perfect!

I shall now attempt to eat a diet lunch consisting of one leaf of lettuce lightly seasoned with ... one quart of Mayonnaise !

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Musing lonely

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

“I am afraid to show you who I really am, because if I show you who I really am, you might not like it--and that's all I got.” - Sabrina Ward Harrison

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” - Helen Keller

“In solitude, where we are least alone.” - Lord Byron

“I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“Solitude is often the best society”

“Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.” - Alice Koller

“One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.” - Stendhal

Friday, November 16, 2007

Life is like that!

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” - Oscar Wilde

“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher

“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.” - Earl Wilson

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” - Anais Nin

“I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.” - Anais Nin

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” - Robert McCloskey

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars. ~Vincent Van Gogh

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact. ~William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream, 1595

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. ~Francis Bacon

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,One clover, and a bee,And revery.The revery alone will do,If bees are few.~Emily Dickinson, Poems

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ~Ted Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~Mark Twain

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun. ~George ScialabbaHarvard magazine

Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring. ~Leslie Grimutter

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence. ~Norman Podhoretz

Lazy Lamb

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. ~Jules Renard

People who throw kisses are mighty hopelessly lazy. ~Bob Hope

What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient. ~Bodie Thoene, Warsaw Requiem
We have produced a world of contented bodies and discontented minds. ~Adam Clayton Powell, Keep the Faith, Baby!, 1967

The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer. ~Henry Clay

It is easier to mend neglect than to quicken love. ~Saint Jerome
We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork. ~Milton Friedman

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Hitchcockian Sayings :)

Actors are cattle.

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.

Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.

Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up.

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.

I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.

Self-plagiarism is style.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.

What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.

I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline - production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.

Bertrand Russell

“Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one”

“Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.”

“Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.”

“We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.”

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Thursday, November 01, 2007

fav ...

"Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them." -The Little Prince

Thought-Provoking ...

"I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more --the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort --to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires --and expires, too soon, too soon --before life itself." - Conrad, Joseph

"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Adams, Douglas

"Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour germinates no more." — Henri Amiel, Swiss author (1821-1881)

"You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created." — Albert Einstein, Swiss-American mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)

"Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things." — Noam Chomsky, American linguist and political activist (b. 1928)

"To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas." — Leo Burnett, American advertising pioneer (1891-1971)

“Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are.” — Mack McGinnis

"A taste for simplicity cannot last for long." — Eugene Delacroix, French painter (1798-1863)

"Less is more." — Mies van der Rohe, Dutch-American "Modernist" architect (1886-1969)

"Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere." — Unknown

"To perceive is to suffer." — Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

"The gem cannot be polished without friction." — Chinese proverb

"Adversity introduces a man to himself." — Unknown

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
- Amelia Burr

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
- Chinese proverb

I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.
- Colette

My candle burns at both its ends;
It will not last the night;
But oh, my foes, and oh, my friends --
It gives a lovely light.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
- Emily Dickinson

And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
- Mark Twain

And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain,
My friends, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case of which I'm certain.
I've lived a life that's full, I've travelled each and evr'y highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.
Paul Anka

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Two poems - Octavio Paz

Between going and staying the day wavers, by Octavio Paz

Between going and staying the day wavers,
in love with its own transparency.
The circular afternoon is now a bay
where the world in stillness rocks.

All is visible and all elusive,
all is near and can't be touched.
Paper, book, pencil, glass,
rest in the shade of their names.
Time throbbing in my temples repeats
the same unchanging syllable of blood.
The light turns the indifferent wall
into a ghostly theater of reflections.
I find myself in the middle of an eye,
watching myself in its blank stare.
The moment scatters. Motionless,
I stay and go: I am a pause.

No More Clichés

Beautiful face
That like a daisy opens its petals to the sun
So do you
Open your face to me as I turn the page.

Enchanting smile
Any man would be under your spell,
Oh, beauty of a magazine.

How many poems have been written to you?
How many Dantes have written to you, Beatrice?
To your obsessive illusion
To you manufacture fantasy.

But today I won't make one more Cliché
And write this poem to you.
No, no more clichés.

This poem is dedicated to those women
Whose beauty is in their charm,
In their intelligence,
In their character,
Not on their fabricated looks.

This poem is to you women,
That like a Shahrazade wake up
Everyday with a new story to tell,
A story that sings for change
That hopes for battles:
Battles for the love of the united flesh
Battles for passions aroused by a new day
Battle for the neglected rights
Or just battles to survive one more night.

Yes, to you women in a world of pain
To you, bright star in this ever-spending universe
To you, fighter of a thousand-and-one fights
To you, friend of my heart.
From now on, my head won't look down to a magazine
Rather, it will contemplate the night
And its bright stars,
And so, no more clichés.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Gibran's "Song of the Soul XXII"

In the depth of my soul there is
A wordless song - a song that lives
In the seed of my heart.
It refuses to melt with ink on
Parchment; it engulfs my affection
In a transparent cloak and flows,
But not upon my lips.

How can I sigh it?
I fear it may
Mingle with earthly ether;
To whom shall I sing it?
It dwells
In the house of my soul, in fear of
Harsh ears.
When I look into my inner eyes

I see the shadow of its shadow;
When I touch my fingertips
I feel its vibrations.
The deeds of my hands heed its

Presence as a lake must reflect
The glittering stars; my tears
Reveal it, as bright drops of dew
Reveal the secret of a withering rose.

It is a song composed by contemplation,
And published by silence,
And shunned by clamor,
And folded by truth,
And repeated by dreams,
And understood by love,
And hidden by awakening,
And sung by the soul.

It is the song of love;
What Cain or Esau could sing it?

It is more fragrant than jasmine;
What voice could enslave it?

It is heartbound, as a virgin's secret;
What string could quiver it?

Who dares unite the roar of the sea
And the singing of the nightingale?
Who dares compare the shrieking tempest
To the sigh of an infant?
Who dares speak aloud the words
Intended for the heart to speak?
What human dares sing in voice
The song of God?

Lines From Gibran's "Song of the Wave XVII"

Many times have I danced around mermaids
As they rose from the depths and rested
Upon my crest to watch the stars;
Many times have I heard lovers complain
Of their smallness, and I helped them to sigh.

Many times have I teased the great rocks
And fondled them with a smile, but never
Have I received laughter from them;
Many times have I lifted drowning souls
And carried them tenderly to my beloved
Shore. He gives them strength as he
Takes mine.

Many times have I stolen gems from the
Depths and presented them to my beloved
Shore. He takes them in silence, but still
I give for he welcomes me ever.

A Few Lines From Gibran's "A Lover's Call XXVII"

Do you have memory of the day we met, when the halo of
You spirit surrounded us, and the Angels of Love
Floated about, singing the praise of the soul's deed?

Do you recollect our sitting in the shade of the
Branches, sheltering ourselves from Humanity, as the ribs
Protect the divine secret of the heart from injury?

Remember you the trails and forest we walked, with hands
Joined, and our heads leaning against each other, as if
We were hiding ourselves within ourselves?

Recall you the hour I bade you farewell,
And the Maritime kiss you placed on my lips?
That kiss taught me that joining of lips in
Love Reveals heavenly secrets which the tongue cannot utter!

George Carlin

“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic."

“Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist”

“If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten”

A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.

Have you ever noticed that their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff? (or, Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac? )

Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.

Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.

I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.

Weather forecast for tonight: Dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.

When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front-row seat.

What year did Jesus think it was?

If Helen Keller had psychic ability, would you say she had a fourth sense?

If a man smiles all the time, he’s probably selling something that doesn’t work.

It isn’t fair: the caterpillar does all the work, and the butterfly gets all the glory.

Life is a zero sum game.


Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline

Is there not A tongue in every star that talks with man,And wooes him to be wise? nor wooes in vain;This dead of midnight is the noon of thought,And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.~Anna Letitia Barbauld, A Summer Evening's Meditation

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997

There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light. ~N.P. Willis

Moonlight is sculpture. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

When the moon, after covering herself with darkness as in sorrow, at last throws off the garments of her widowhood, she does not at once expose herself impudently to the public gaze; but for a time remains veiled in a transparent cloud, till she gradually acquires courage to endure the looks and admiration of beholders. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare,
Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Monday, September 24, 2007

Interesting Thoughts

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.—Mother Teresa

Remorse—Regret that one waited so long to do it.—H.L. Mencken

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.—William Saroyan

Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.—Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.—T.S. Eliot

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.—Jorge Luis Borges

Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context—a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.—Eliel Saarinen

Ah tell me not that memory / Sheds gladness o’er the past; / What is recalled by faded flowers / Save that they did not last?—Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Trust, but look for the exits.—Mason Cooley

An open foe may prove a curse, / But a pretended friend is worse.—John Gay

A man / thinks he amounts / to a great deal / but to a / flea or a / mosquito a / human being is / merely something / good to eat—Don Marquis

The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are.—Karl Kraus

I would rather make my name than inherit it.—William Makepeace Thackeray

The United Nations is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn’t created to take you to heaven.—Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Kahlil Gibran - "My Friend" (The Madman)

My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear -- a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence. The "I" in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable. I would not have thee believe in what I say nor trust in what I do -- for my words are naught but thy own thoughts in sound and my deeds thy own hopes in action.

When thou sayest, "The wind bloweth eastward," I say, "Aye, it doth blow eastward"; for I would not have thee know that my mind doth not dwell upon the wind but upon the sea. Thou canst not understand my seafaring thoughts, nor would I have thee understand. I would be at sea alone.

When it is day with thee, my friend, it is night with me; yet even then I speak of the noontide that dances upon the hills and of the purple shadow that steals its way across the valley; for thou canst not hear the songs of my darkness nor see my wings beating against the stars -- and I fain would not have thee hear or see. I would be with night alone.

When thou ascendest to thy Heaven I descend to my Hell -- even then thou callest to me across the unbridgeable gulf, "My companion, my comrade," and I call back to thee, "My comrade, my companion" -- for I would not have thee see my Hell. The flame would burn thy eyesight and the smoke would crowd thy nostrils. And I love my Hell too well to have thee visit it. I would be in Hell alone.

Thou lovest Truth and Beauty and Righteousness; and I for thy sake say it is well and seemly to love these things. But in my heart I laugh at thy love. Yet I would not have thee see my laughter. I would laugh alone.

My friend, thou art good and cautious and wise; nay, thou art perfect -- and I, too, speak with thee wisely and cautiously. And yet I am mad. But I mask my madness. I would be mad alone. My friend, thou art not my friend, but how shall I make thee understand? My path is not thy path, yet together we walk, hand in hand.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Wind

Wind is the loving
Wooer of waters;
Wind blends together
Billows all-foaming।

Spirit of man,
Thou art like unto water!
Fortune of man,
Thou art like unto wind!
- Goethe, 1789

The inner - what is it?

if not intensified sky,hurled through with bird
sand deep with the winds of homecoming।- Rainer Marie Rilke

When we inhale, the air comes into the inner world.
When we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world.
The inner world is limitless, and the outer world is also limitless.
We say "inner world" or "outer world" but actually,
There is just one whole world.- Shunryu Suzuki

“Since I grew tired of the chase And search, I learned to find;
And since the wind blows in my face,I sail with every wind.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?” - Kahlil Gibran

“You throw the sand against the wind
And the wind blows it back again.” - William Blake

"In the love of narrow souls I make many short voyages but in vain - I find no sea room - but in great souls I sail before the wind without a watch, and never reach the shore.”

- Henry David Thoreau

A breeze came wandering from the sky, Light as the whispers of a dream; He put the o'erhanging grasses by, And softly stooped to kiss the stream, The pretty stream, the flattered stream, The shy, yet unreluctant stream.
- William Cullen BryantSource: The Wind and Stream

The wind moans, like a long wail from some despairing soul shut out in the awful storm!
- William Hamilton GibsonSource: Pastoral Days--Winter

We all like to congregate at boundary conditions. Where land meets water. Where earth meets air. Where bodies meet mind. Where space meets time. We like to be on one side, and look at the other.
- Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

The wind blows hard among the pinesToward the beginningOf an endless past.Listen: you've heard everything.
- Shinkichi Takahashi, Zen Poems of China and Japan

It's a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries; I never hear the west wind but tears are in my eyes. For it comes from the west lands, the old brown hills, And April's in the West wind, and daffodils.
- John MasefieldSource, The West Wind

Blow, Boreas, foe to human kind!Blow, blustering, freezing, piercing wind!Blow, that thy force I may rehearse,While all my thoughts congeal to verse!
- John Bancks (Banks), To Boreas

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It's Me

"History is herstory too".
Author Unknown

“The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.”
Emma Goldman quotes

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual”
Albert Einstein quotes

"The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.”

"You no longer need to invest in self development to guarantee a bright future"

“There are not many males, black or white, who wish to get involved with a woman who's committed to her own development”
Eleanor Holmes Norton quotes

“The "silly" question is the first intimation of some totally new development”
Alfred North Whitehead quotes

“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.”
mcleodbr David Gottesman quotes

"If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.”
Brian Tracy quotes

"If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don't blame the women's movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based."
Betty Friedan

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less"
Susan B. Anthony

"Men will often admit other women are oppressed but not you."
Sheila Rowbotham

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Clenched Soul - Pablo Neruda

We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.
I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.
Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.
I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.
Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?
The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.
Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dream On...

A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.
~W.H. Auden

He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.
~Anais Nin

To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.
~Antoine Rivarol

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All religions will pass, but this will remain: simply sitting in a chair and looking in the distance.
~V.V. Rozanov

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.
~Steven Wright

People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.
~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I would like to dedicate this post to all the day dreamers out there and specially to my friend Priyankari...Hope you enjoy it......

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Remembering Some Great Tagore Quotes On Rabindra Jayanti

I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.

Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Life, like a child, laughs, shaking its rattle of death as it runs.

That I exist is a perpetual surprise which is life.

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.

From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.

Asks the Possible of the Impossible, "Where is your dwelling-place?" "In the dreams of the Impotent," comes the answer.

When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.

Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.

Let the dead have the immortality of fame, but the living the immortality of love.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Laugh Out Loud!!

Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit.
~Author Unknown

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
~Yiddish Proverb

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other.
~Alan Alda

A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.
~Puzant Kevork Thomajan

I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth."
~Quincy Jones

Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. What puts man in a higher state of evolution is that he has got his laugh on the right end.
~Max Eastman

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
~Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

A laugh is a smile that bursts.
~Mary H. Waldrip

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
~Arnold Glasow

Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense.
~Author Unknown

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Erma Louise Bombeck

I came across a few quotations from this writer and instantly decided to share them with you.

From Wikipedia : Erma Louise Bombeck (February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996), born Erma Fiste, was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for a newspaper column that depicted suburban home life in the second half of the 20th century.

Favorite Quotes from her writings that I collected:

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
" It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
"Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage."
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

And these are her books .... some of them are excellent humorous one-liners

* The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank
* Aunt Erma's Cope Book
* If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?
* I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression
* When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home
* Just Wait Until You Have Children of Your Own (written with Bil Keane)
* Family - The Ties that Bind... and Gag!
* A Marriage Made in Heaven or Too Tired for an Affair
* At Wit's End
* Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From American's Favorite Humorist
* Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession
* I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise: Children Surviving Cancer
* All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room.


Sunday, March 04, 2007


“Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.”

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” - James Oppenheim

“Only the most foolish of mice would hide in a cat's ear, but only the wisest of cats would think to look there” - Andrew Mercer

“Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?” - Maurice Freehill

“There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.” - Aristotle

“To a worldly man, a God-intoxicated person will appear mad and he will laugh at him, But to the God-intoxicated man, the worldly appear insane, foolish, misled, blind.” - Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines” -
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can say any foolish thing to do to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'” - Dave Berry

“Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.” - Jane Austen

Thursday, February 22, 2007

War of Wit

“Wit is a sword; it is meant to make people feel the point as well as see it.”
G. K. Chesterton

“Wit is far more often a shield than a lance”

“Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.”
William Hazlitt

“Wit consists in seeing the resemblance between things which differ, and the difference between things which are alike”
Madame de Stael

“So vast is art, so narrow human wit.”
Alexander Pope

“Wit must be foiled by wit : cut a diamond with a diamond”
William Congreve

“Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty”
Joseph Addison

“Wit: Intellect on a spree”

“Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.”
Mark Twain

“Wit is the fetching of congruity out of incongruity”
Joseph Addison

Monday, February 12, 2007

Magic Hands

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
Mother Teresa

“I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity.”
Hazel Lee

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art”
Leonardo da Vinci

“The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool”
Spanish Proverb

“Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them”
Chinese Proverbs

“Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.”
Denis Waitley

“I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.”
Mark Twain

“Never try to catch two frogs with one hand”
Chinese Proverb

“The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.”
Frederic Lawrence Knowles

“I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.”
Samuel Osgood

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I Have A Dream - one of my favorite songs

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

Thursday, January 11, 2007


What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
- George Bernard Shaw

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten , but they may start a winning game.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever our souls are made up, his and mine are the same.
- Emily Bronte

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right
- Henry Ford

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Author: Mother Teresa

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

Bloom where you are planted.

Be yourself. Who else is better qualified.

Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change. – Eric Golnik