Viru S: Remember, life is a race. If you don’t run fast, you’ll get trampled. Let me tell you a very interesting story.. This is an astronaut pen. Fountain pens and ballpoint pens don’t work in outer space. So scientists spent millions to invent this pen. It can write at any angle, in any temperature, in zero gravity. One day, when I was a student the Director of our institute called me. He said, “Viru Sahastrabuddhe”. I said, “Yes, Sir”. “Come here”. I got scared. He showed me this pen. He said, “This is a symbol of excellence”. “I give it to you”. “When you come across an extraordinary student like yourself pass it on to him”. For 32 years, I’ve been waiting for that student. But no luck. Anyone here who’ll strive to win this pen? Good. Put your hands down. Shall I post it on the notice board?
Rancho: One question, Sir. Sir, if pens didn’t work in outer space why didn’t the astronauts use a pencil? They’d have saved millions.
Viru S: I will get back to you on this.

“Today, my respect for that idiot shot up. Most of us went to college just for a degree. No degree meant no plum job, no pretty wife, no credit card, no social status. But none of this mattered to him, he was in college for the joy of learning. He never cared if he was first or last.”
Farhan Qureshi

“Life is a race, Run fast or you’ll get trampled. Even to be born, one had to race 300 million sperms.”
-Viru S

Viru S: What is this?
Chatur: A koel bird’s nest, sir.
Viru S: Wrong. A koel bird never makes her own nest. She lays her eggs in other nests and when they hatch, what do they do? They throw the other eggs out of the nest, and competition over. Their life begins with murder, that’s nature. You are also like the koel birds.”
-Viru S

“Pursue excellence, and success will follow, pants down.”

Rancho: That day I understood that this heart scares easily. You have to trick it, however big the problem is. Tell your heart, ‘Pal, all is well. All is well.’
Raju: Does that solve the problem?
Rancho: No, but you gain courage to face it.

Machine Class Professor: What is a machine? Why are you smiling?
Rancho: Sir, to study engineering was a childhood dream. I’m so happy to be here finally.
Machine Class Professor: No need to be so happy.Define a machine.
Rancho: A machine is anything that reduces human effort.
Machine Class Professor: Will you please elaborate?
Rancho: Sir, anything that simplifies work or saves time, is a machine. It’s a warm day, press a button, get a blast of air. The fan. A machine! Speak to a friend miles away. The telephone. A machine! Compute millions in seconds. The calculator. A machine! Sir, we’re surrounded by machines. From a pen’s nib to a pants’ zip- all machines. Up and down in a second. Up, down, up, down…
Machine Class Professor: What is the definition?
Rancho: I just gave it to you, Sir.
Machine Class Professor: You’ll write this in the exam? This is a machine- up, down, up, down… Idiot! Anybody else?
Chatur Ramalingam aka ‘Silencer’: Sir, machines are any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained. And by which means force and motion maybe transmitted and modified as the screw in its nut or a lever range turnabout a fulcrum or a pulley by its pivot etc. esp a construction more or less complex consisting of a combination of moving parts or simple mechanical elements as wheels, levers, cams etc.
Machine Class Professor: Wonderful! Perfect. Please sit down. Chatur Ramalingam aka ‘Silencer’: Thank you.
Rancho: But Sir, I said the same thing in simple language.
Machine Class Professor: If you prefer simple language, join an Arts and Commerce College.
Rancho: But Sir, one must get the meaning too. What’s the point of blindly cramming a bookish definition.
Machine Class Professor: You think you’re smarter than the book? Write the textbook definition, mister, if you want to pass.
Rancho: But there are other books…
Machine Class Professor: Get out!
Rancho: Ooh.. Why?
Machine Class Professor: In simple language- Out! Idiot! Machine Class Professor: So, we’re discussing about the machine…
Machine Class Professor: Why are you back?
Rancho: Sir, I forgot to take something…
Machine Class Professor: What?
Rancho: Instruments that record, analyse, summarize, organize, debate and explain information; which are illustrative, non-illustrative, hardbound, paperback, jacketed, non-jacketed, with foreword, introduction, table of contents, index that are intended for the enlightenment, understanding, enrichment, enhancement, and education of the human brain through sensory route of vision… sometimes touch.
Machine Class Professor: [confused] What do you mean?
Rancho: Books, Sir. I forgot to take my books. May I?
Machine Class Professor: Couldn’t you ask simply?
Rancho: I tried simply, Sir. It simply didn’t work.

With such fear of tomorrow, how will you live today?
–Ranchoddas Chanchad

For once, dump your fear, or on your deathbed, you’ll regret it. With a little courage, you could’ve turned your life around.

“Make your passion your profession, then work will become play.”
–Rancho/ Farjan

“How you feel, matters to me. Mr. Kapoor makes no difference. I don’t even know his first name.”

“I’ve always listened to you. For once, let me listen to my heart.”

“It took me two broken legs to get me up on my feet. Wasn’t easy to get to this attitude. You keep your job, i’ll keep my attitude.”

“Everything is fair in love and war, and this is World War III!”
–Viru S

“When I asked this question, were you excited? Curious? Thrilled that you’d learn something new? No. You all got into a frantic
race. What’s the use of such methods even if you come first? Will your knowledge increase? No, just the pressure. This is
college, not a pressure cooker.”

“Even a circus lion learns to sit in front of the whip, but you call such a lion well-trained, not well-educated.”

“We learned a lesson in human behavior. When you friend fails, you feel bad. When your friend tops, you feel worse.”

“Why publicize someone’s flaws? If your iron count is low, will the doctor prescribe tonic, or air your report on TV?”

Rancho: For school, you don’t need tuition money, just a uniform. Pick a school, buy the uniform, slip into class. In that sea of kids, no one will notice.
MM: And if I get caught?
Rancho: Then new uniform, new school

“When thrown out of one class, he’d slip into another. He said, “First year or fourth year, it’s knowledge. Grab it.”


Words of Wisdom from Reader’s Digest

Reader’s Digest is my favorite magazine of all times. It never fails to touch my heart or make me rethink some of my values and opinions. It definitely feeds my soul. If you’re not a fan of it yet, try getting a one year subscription. It does wonders. =) Below are some of my favorite excerpts from different articles of Reader’s Digest.

“Don’t get me wrong, Science & Literature are important. There will always be a place in the world for quantum physicists & Shakespearean scholars. But our schools cannot be designed to enable the best and the brightest to excel. They must also equip the weakest among us to survive. I can’t think of a more noble purpose for our schools than for them to spend every moment they have telling this to our kids: This is life, this is what you are going to face, and this is how you deal with it. Everything else is superfluity.”
-Adrian Tan, Reader’s Digest

“Today, we’re swamped by fact and opinion. There’s always a temptation to accept something we are told, especially if it’s well-crafted, especially if it’s something we agree with. But that’s not what educated people do. Educated people are rational and reasonable. They look at FACTS and apply LOGIC. If our schools teach nothing else, they should atleast teach critical thinking.”
-Adrian Tan, Reader’s Digest

“Is there any serious fiction-writing going on in Asia?”, I replied that more creative fiction was written everyday in Asia than any other region in the world. “Only we call it ‘news’ and print it in newspapers”, I said.
-Nury Vittachi, Reader’s Digest July 2011

“Indeed, if we can allow our children to be themselves without prejudice, they’ll build friendships that matter, with people, regardless of race or religion, who will be by their side through thick and thin. On such friendships are societies built and then we can truly be, as William Shakespeare once wrote, ‘We happy few, we band of brothers.’
-S. Varatharaja, Without Prejudice, Reader’s Digest, December 2011

“The problem with experience is that it usually teaches you something you really didn’t want to know.”
-Mountain Ear

“I have had time to reflect on this and believe that if I witness a crime, be it against humanity or nature, I am compelled to take action. If I simply redirect my attention and pretend nothing is happening, I become an accessory to the crime through my own inaction. Each time I do nothing, I lose a little bit of my soul and over time, I become dis-empowered and disenfranchised.”
-Mike Fincken

“Someone once said: “Friendship – pure, unselfish friendship, all through life’s allotted span, nurtures, strengthens, widens, lengthens, man’s relationship with man. Indeed, if we allow our children to be themselves without prejudice, they’ll build friendships that matter, with people, regardless of race or religion, who will be by their side through thick and thin. On such friendships are societies built and then we can truly be, as William Shakespeare once wrote, “We happy few, we band of brothers.”
-Mike Fincken

Quotes: On Books and Reading

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“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”
-Elizabeth Hardwick

“A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.”
-George Christopher Lichtenberg

“Never judge a book by its movie.”
-J.W. Eagan

“Truly, associating with bad books is often more dangerous than associating with bad people.”
-Wilhelm Hauff

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
-Mark Twain

“The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most.”
-Theodore Parker

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”
-Edward P. Morgan

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”
-James Bryce

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”
-Albert Einstein

“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.”
-G.K. Chesterton

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
-P.J. O’Rourke

“I find television to be very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.”
-Groucho Marx

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
-Paul Sweeney

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”
-Andrew Ross

“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.”
-Kenko Yoshida

“This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.”
-Elbert Hubbard

“Medicine for the soul.”
(Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes)

“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.  From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.”
-Gilbert Highet

“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.”
-François Mauriac

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”
-Edmund Burke

“The wise man reads both books and life itself.”
-Lin Yutang

“No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.”
-Ann Landers

“To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.”  -Chinese Proverb

“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”
-Mary Wortley Montagu

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather, how many of them can get through to you.”
–Mortimer Adler

“To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.”

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
–Dr. Seuss

“‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870

“Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.”
-William Feather

“Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn human beings.”
-Heinrich Heine

“The book you don’t read can’t help.”
-Jim Rohne

“If there’s a book that you really want to read but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
-Toni Morrison

“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.”
-Marcel Proust

“A book worth reading is worth buying.”
-John Ruskin

“Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.”
-Ezra Pound

“It isn’t what the books cost; it’s what will cost you if you don’t read it.”
-Jim Rohn

“From your parents, you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other; but when books are opened, you discover you have wings.”

“A mind stretched by an idea can never go back to its original dimensions.”
-Oliver Holmes, Jr.

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Quotes: On Education, Knowledge, Philosophy and Wisdom

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill wonder and mystery. There is always mystery.”
–Anais Nin

“Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools, because they have to say something.”

“Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.”

“I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.”
–Groucho Marx

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
–Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
–Albert Einstein

“An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
–Albert Einstein

“Those who know, DO. Those who understand, TEACH.”

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
-Kahlil Gibran

“If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.”
–March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)

“The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
–Mark Twain

“The desire to get something for nothing, has been very costly.”
–Paulo Coelho

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.”

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
–Albert Einstein

“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”

“To repeat what others have said requires education. To challenge it, requires brains.”
–Mary Pettibone Poole

“A lot of people are dying to get physically fit, and hardly no one even bothers to be mentally fit.”

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”
-V. Havel

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
–Derek Bok

“The only waste of human resources is letting them go unused.”
–Mark Victor Hansen

“The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.”
–Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)

“The beauty of Philosophy is that you have the leisure of re examining already defined things.”
–Professor Isidro ValeroUP Diliman Philo Dept

“With friction comes illumination.”
–Professor Isidro Valero, UP Diliman Philo Dept

“Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as it could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.”
–Bertrand Russell

“If the human brain was simple enough to understand, we would still be so stupid that we couldn’t understand it.”
–Immanuel Kant

“Education is an ornament in prosperity, and a refuge in adversity.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
–Albert Einstein

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
–Mark Twain

“Common sense in an uncommon degree  is what the world calls wisdom.”
–Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

“Seek not to understand what you may believe, but believe what you may understand.”
–Saint Augustine

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
–Gerry Spence

“In youth, we learn. In age, we understand.”
–Marie Von Ebner Eschenbach

“He who laughs last thinks the slowest.”
–Author Unknown

“Most of my friends, and most of my friends’ children, also have degrees. That doesn’t mean that they’ve managed to find the kind of work they wanted. Not at all. They went to university because someone, at a time when all universities were important, said that, in order to rise in the world, you had to have a degree. And thus the world was deprived of some excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors and writers. Perhaps this is the moment to review the situation. Doctors, engineers, scientists and lawyers need to go to university, but does everyone?”
–Paulo Coelho, The Importance of a Degree, Like The Flowing River

“Psychologists claim that leadership asserts itself early in life. They’re wrong. How many who were voted ‘most likely to succeed’ at your school ever amounted to anything? Leaderhip is acquired. It is forged in the hell of combat. Being called upon to ‘face fire’ transmutes ordinary men into leaders. It matters not whether the bullets are lead kind or the more insidious projectiles of corporate battle.”
–Wilson Harell

“You are in UP because you think and speak for yourselves by your own wits and YOUR OWN TWO FEET, and you can do so NO MATTER WHAT THE REST OF THE PEOPLE in the room may be thinking. You’re in UP because NO ONE CAN TELL YOU TO SHUT UP if you have something SENSIBLE and VITAL to say. You’re in UP because YOU DREAD NOT THE POVERTY OF MATERIAL comforts but the POVERTY OF THE MIND. You’re in UP because you care about something abstract and sometimes as treacherous as the idea of “nation” even if it kills you.”
-Butch Dalisay

“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”
–Woodrow Wilson

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
–Alvin Toffler

“It is a miracle that curiousity survives formal education.”
–Albert Einstein

“Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself.”
–John Dewey

“To repeat what others have said, requires Education. To challenge it, requires brains.”
–Mary Poole

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather, how many of them can get through to you.”
–Mortimer Adler

“The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine.”
–William H. Danforth

“I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” – Socrates

Ibarra: And you write in heiroglyphics, but why?
Tasio: So that they won’t be able to read me now.
Ibarra: And why do you write if you don’t want to be read?
Tasio: Because I do not write for this generation. I write for other ages. If the present one were able to read me, they would burn my books, the work of a lifetime, on the other hand, the generation that can decipher these characters would be my educated generation; they would understand me and would say: ‘Not all slept during the night of our ancestors.’ The mystery, the curious characters, will save my work from the ignorance of men, as the mystery and the strange rites have saved many truths from the destructive priestly class.
-Noli Me Tangere

“If a child does not learn his lesson, I blame his lack of effort, never his lack of brain.”
–Jose Rizal

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
-Paul Sweeney

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
–Dr. Seuss

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
–Arthus Weasley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.”

“To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.”

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“Mediocrity will always try to drag excellence down to its level. Don’t trade your superiority for their inferiority.”

“The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it from you.”
-B.B. King

“And, trust me, I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“You can have a fancy education and still not be wise.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Some people are moneyed, but not cultured.”
-via @JudeBacalso

“You can inherit wealth but never wisdom.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“We grow only when we push ourselves beyond what we already know.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Wisdom is not how much you know but how you use what you know.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“But how much more are you, Harvard graduates of 2008, likely to touch other people’s lives? Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received, give you unique status, and unique responsibilities. Even your nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.”
-JK Rowling

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker: expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy, speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.”
-Thomas Watson

“The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.”
-George Orwell