September 4, 2013

Quotes about life & more, a collection

This is a collection of quotes, not self-made. Sources or original speakers are quoted where known.

1. "It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple."
 Rabindranath Tagore

2. Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he recieved during a heart surgery in 1983.

From the world over, he recieved letters from his fan, one of them conveyed: "Why does God have to select you for such a bad disease?".

To this Arthur Ashe replied: The world over--50,000,000 children start playing tennis, 5,000,000 learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn profesional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach the Wimbledon, 4 to semi finals, 2 to finals. When I was the one holding the cup, I never asked god "Why me?".

And today in pain, I should not be asking GOD "why me?".

3. Steve Jobs
"If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done
and whoever you were and throw them away.
The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to
say, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.” And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little

4. You can do anything, but not everything.
David Allen

5. Dream is not that what you see in sleep..
Dream is the thing which does not let you sleep.
---Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

  • Dont be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin
  • The truth will set you free, but first it will drive you insane
  • "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
  • "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams .
  • "Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding" - German Proverb
  • "The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear." - Rumi
He who asks question remains fool for 5 minutes , who does not ask question remains fool forever.

"Never tell your problems to anyone. Eighty percent of the people don't care, whereas the remaining twenty percent are glad that you have them."

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't-- either way you're right.” : Henry Ford

I traveled the road less taken & that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

This too shall pass.

You miss 100 percent of a chance you don't take.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
— Will Rogers
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

"Yesterday is History,Tomorrow is a Mystery,But Today is a Gift that's why it is called PRESENT"

A country is not DEVELOPED when the poor have cars...A country is DEVELOPED when the rich use public transport!

“In the heart's deepest place, where the burden of ego is dropped and the mystery of soul is penetrated, a man finds the consciousness there not different in any way from what all other men may find. The mutuality of the human race is thus revealed as existing only on a plane where its humanness is transcended. This is why all attempts to express it in political and economic terms, no less than the theosophic attempts to form a universal brotherhood, being premature, must be also artificial. This is why they failed.” -- Paul Brunton

It was true that I didn't have much ambition, but there ought to be a  place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one  usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at  6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit,  piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where  essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to  be grateful for the opportunity to do so?
Factotum,Charles Bukowski(1975)

It's the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.

"power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't"Schindler's List

Twice the pride, double the fall.

"Low minds discuss people, Moderate minds discuss events, whereas the High minds discuss ideas."

Giving Money to a cause is easy, giving time is difficult. Mahendra Banthia

जो तेरा है वो जाता नहीं, जो जाता है वो तेरा नहीं।

गुस्सा : अक्ल को खा जाता है

अहंकार : मन को खा जाता है

चिंता : आयु को खा जाती है

लालच : ईमान को खा जाता है

रिश्वत : इंसाफ़ को खा जाती है

गालो मुस्कुरालो, महफिले सजा लो।
क्या पता कल कौ नसा साथी छूट जाए।।
ज़िंदगी की डोर, बड़ी कमज़ोर।
क्या पता कब टूट जाए।।

जीवन का सबसे बड़ा रोग, क्या कहेंगे लोग। - contributed by Bulbul Tunkalia

Life is too short for hatred, but long enough for love & peace. - Self

क्षमा करें और क्षमा माँग लें, जीत है इसमें हार नहीं।
क्षमा वीर का भूषण है, यह कायर का व्यवहार नहीं।।

गुण न हो तो रूप व्यर्थ है
विनम्रता न हो तो विद्या व्यर्थ है
दया न हो तो धन व्यर्थ है
भूख न हो तो भोजन व्यर्थ है
होश न हो तो जोश व्यर्थ है
परोपकार न करने वाले का तो जीवन ही व्यर्थ है

Life is a pendulum between joy & sorrow.

This too shall pass

• The best gift you can give somebody to show you love them, is freedom. 

This explains why my parents put very few restrictions on me. They knew I wouldn't misuse the freedom. Being responsible and respecting the space others give me- definitely changed me(positively)!

• There is (almost) nothing universally right or wrong. 
Rightness is a relative concept. If you think something another person is doing is wrong, it might be perfectly right for them. Before knowing the purpose of why they did it, you shouldn't point at their action.
- Navneet Munot (contributed by Kruti Munot) "almost" edited by me.

There is always someone more intelligent, or prettier, or stronger, if not today, then maybe tomorrow, but there will be. So be humble, always.
At the same time, there is noone as You as you. So be your self, in fact your best self. self realistaion

In a few 100 or a few 1000 years (or anyway, a few billion years) from now, nothing will be as we know it, none will be for all that I know, make the best of life while you have it. Dad, Dada

My true inheritance is the knowledge & my experiences that I can share with you, the good things in life that I am able to teach you. Dada

Trust is the only thing that lasts. Dad, Dada

Your character is everything, & the only thing that will be with you no matter what. Prof. A. K. Mallik, ME 101, 1st. year

If suit be thy honour, it is but temporary.
But if honour be thy suit, it shall last a lifetime. Prof. Amit Ray, Art 102, 1st year

Reduce your expectations to zero & happiness becomes a reality.

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara
Guru sakshat Param Brahma, tasmai Shree guru ve namah।

Luck gives you an edge, but it is your hard work that makes that luck into success.

Watch your thoughts
           For your thoughts become your words
Watch your words
            For your words become your actions
Watch your actions
            For your actions become your habit
Watch your habits
            For your habits become your character
& your character is everything.

The Reason For Praying Is Not To Have All We Want,
But To Thank GOD For All He Has Given Us. (where God is the same as Father, Mother, Grandfather & Grandmother in my case.)

इक दिन बिक जाएगा माटी के मोल।
इस जग में रह जाएँगे प्यारे तेरे बोल।।

Love is freedom

अविनाशी जब विनाशी से मिलता है तो मैं जागता है, मैं का function मन है| Kushal Chand Karnawat, source : Kanhaiya Lal ji Lodha

Don't just be successful, be meaningful. Self

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it  Kruti Munot

It takes 2 years to learn how to speak, but a lifetime to learn when to. Sambhav Karnawat

Wo sangharsh sangharsh hi kya, jo khudke liye kiya jaye, asli sangharsh to wo hai, jo samaaj ke liye kiya jaye. This quote reminded me of my Iitk Batchmate, Nandan Misra. Quote by Lord Krishna from the animated movie, Arjun the Warrior Prince.

Retry & do what I really want to do. Because I have realised, life does not give up on you as long as you don't give up on yourself. Sambhav Karnawat

“His tales of the Imass - he said the greatest proof of strength a male warrior could display was found in not once touching his mate with anything but tenderness.”

Excerpt From: Erikson, Steven. “Malazan 9 - Dust of Dreams.”
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“All that we are is the result of what we have thought” - Buddha

To give money to something is easy, to give time is much more difficult.

“There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail - should we fall - we will know that we have lived.'

Excerpt From: Erikson, Steven. “Malazan 08 - Toll the Hounds.” iBooks. 
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Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.....GM Prof. Bardia

Santoshi aadmi sada sukhi
Lobhi aadmi dukhi

Paropkar is Punya, Paropeeda is paap

Sacchi taareef Wo nahin hoti jo log aapke mooh pe karte hain, sacchi taareef wo hoti hai jo log aapke peeche se karte hain

Koi pagal machal raha hai, Sansar ke sukh bhog kar
Koi pagal machal raha hai, tyag ka nritya dikha kar
Aham to aham hai, chahe kaisa bhi ho
Jeevan mein vish ghol raha hai
- Shri Mad Ranchal, through Khushboo, credits Niya

Live & let live. Mahaveer


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