“It is not our abilities that show who we truly are; it is our choices.”
– Albus Dumbledore

“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this, Dumbledore.”

Harry Potter: Is it real, or is it happening in my head?
Dumbledore: Of course it’s happening in your head, Harry. Does that mean it’s not real?


Will You Please Go Now?

By: Dr. Seuss

The time has come,
The time is now.
Just go, go, go!
I don’t care how.

You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
Marvin K. Mooney,
will you please go now!

You can go on skates,
you can go on skis.
You can go in a hat.
But please, go please!

I don’t care.
You can go by bike.
You can go on a Zike-Bike
if you like.

If you like, you can go,
in an old blue shoe,
Just go, go go!
Please do, do, do!

Marvin K. Mooney,
I don’t care how.
Marvin K. Mooney,
will you please go now?

You can go on stilts,
You can go by fish.
You can go in a Crunk-Car
if you wish.

If you wish you may go
by lion’s tail
Or stamp yourself
and go by mail.

Marvin K. Mooney!
Don’t you know
the time has come,
so  GO, GO, GO!

Get on your way!
Please, Marvin K!
You might like going
in a Zumble-Zay!

You can go by balloon…or broomstick.
OR you can go by camel in a bureau drawer.
You can go by bumble boat…or jet…
I don’t care how you go, just GET!

Get yourself a Ga-Zoom.
You can go with a….BOOM!
Marvin, Marvin, Marvin,
Will you leave this room!

Marvin K. Mooney, I don’t care HOW!
Marvin K. Mooney, will you please GO NOW!

I said GO and GO I meant,
The time had come.
SO…Marvin went.

Quotes from Books

A SUMMER AFFAIR (Elin Hilderbrand)

“Anteing money you don’t have doesn’t make you ballsy; it makes you stupid.”

“It’s hard to be a realist AND kind.”

“Even worse than feeling guilty, is forgetting to feel guilty.”

An excerpt from the book “ANGELS AND DEMONS” by Dan Brown:

Vittoria:Father, why do you even bother to pray? God cannot answer you.”

Leonardo Vetra:“My daughter the skeptic. So you don’t believe God speaks to man? Let me put it in your language. As you probably know, human beings use a very small percentage of their brain power. However, if you put them in emotionally charged situations like physical trauma, extreme joy or fear, deep meditation– all of a sudden their neurons start firing like crazy, resulting in massively enhanced mental clarity.”

Vittoria:“So what? Just because you think clearly doesn’t mean you talk to God.”

Leonardo Vetra: “Aha! And yetremarkable solutions to seemingly impossible problems often occur in these moments of clarity. It’s what gurus call higher consciousness. Biologists call it altered states. Psychologists call it super-sentience. And Christians call it answered prayer. Sometimes, divine revelation simply means adjusting your brain to hear what your heart already knows.”


“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours. But to win it requires your total dedication and a total break with the world of your past, with the doctrine that man is a sacrificial animal who exists for the pleasure of others. Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence of that which is man: for his sovereign rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the Morality of Life.”

BEFORE EVER AFTER (Samantha Sotto)

“Growing old is to be set free, Brother. It is a slow and long-simmering process that extracts from you what you are really made of. But it requires acceptance. You cannot put a flailing chicken in a boiling pot. You must accept the heat and the pain with serenity so that the full flavors of your life may be released.”

“You may see this as decay, and it is. But it is also much more than that. As the body rots, so does the cage that traps us in our worldly concerns. When my legs became too weak to carry my body, I stopped pacing with worry. When my fingers became twisted, I stopped pointing blame. When I lost my sight, I stopped seeing illusions. It may be dark in the pot that I am simmering in, but I can see more clearly than I have ever seen in my life.”

“Guilt left a fishy aftertaste.”

“My dear, you might be surprised at how much happiness you can find in the pages of the shortest love stories. Unlike penises, their length truly does not count.”

Rose: I’m not in shock, dear. I know that Jonathan’s gone. I do miss him. I can’t even say his name without dying a little. But, to be honest, I haven’t cried because I’ve had no reason to. I have every reason to be sad, but I don’t have any reason to mourn. People grieve when things end. Nothing has ended tonight. One of us has simply gone ahead as we always knew it would have to be. But there is not place Jonathan can go…
Shelley: where you can’t follow.
Rose: Yes, in time.

“I just don’t think the world has to run into a massive rock to end. Our world, after all, is what we choose to create around us, here and now. We build homes, towns, cities, civilizations – grander than all that came here before, but never enduring. Etruscans.Egyptians. Greeks. Romans. Venetians. Where are their empires now? Where are the worlds they built? Gone. Judged. Ended. But life goes on. We take our shattered bricks, spread our plaster, and build again, hoping we are starting over for the last time.”

BLINK (Malcolm Gladwell)

“It is quite possible for people who have never met us and who have spent only 20 minutes thinking about us to come to a better understanding of who we are than people who have known us for years.”


“If pain must come, may it come quicky. Because I have a life to live and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him. Waiting is painful, forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”


“The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the MORAL FAILURE of those who evade the fact that THERE CAN BE NO COMPROMISE on basic principles.”

COMMON SENSE (Thomas Paine)

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”


“Death is not the worst thing that can happen. The most terrible thing of all is the collapse and breakdown that follow when a country’s citizens give up on their nation.”

“Actually, what we focus on can work in two ways: one is outward looking, infinitely broad, expanding our world; another is inward looking, delving infinitely deep to explore the inner heart. We always spend too much time looking at the outside world, and too little looking at our hearts and souls.”

“In this world, the most important person is the person in front of you who needs help, and the most important thing is to help them, and the most important time is right now, you can’t delay, not even for an instant.”

“You must first be able to face squarely up to the regrets in your life, and to accept them in as short a time as possible. You must not get caught up in the middle of your regret, bewailing fate and asking why over and over again – this can only add to your pain. Second, you must do as much as is possible to make up for this regret – by setting out to do the things you can do. A single regret can become magnified out of all proportion. And what is the result? As the Indian poet Tagore said: ‘If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.’

“If your conscience is clear, you won’t be frightened by a midnight knock on your door.”

“If he looks within himself, and sees nothing to make him ashamed or uneasy, of course there is nothing for him to worry about or to be afraid of.”

“If you come across someone who could benefit from what you could tell them but you do not try to talk to them, you are ‘letting a man go to waste’.

“There was once a group of porcupines, all covered in sharp spines, huddling together to keep warm over the winter. The could never work out how far apart they should be. Just a little bit too far away and they couldn’t keep each other warm, so they crowded closes, but as soon as they squeezed closer together, the sharp spines would pick them, so they started to move further apart, but once they did, they felt the cold. It took a good deal of trial and error for the porcupines to finally find the right degree of separation, so that they could retain the warmth without hurting each other.”

“In his dealings with the world, the junzi is not invariably for or against anything He is on the side of what is moral.”

“Say less, do more.”

“Men of antiquity studied to improve themselves; men of today study to impress others.”

“The junzi understands what is moral. The petty understands what is profitable.”


“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them.”

“Now though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without having it.”

“I’ve realized that sometimes, you get no second chance and that it’s best to accept the gifts the world offers you.”

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world, or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view life.”

“In the search for happiness, however, we are all equal.”

“In love, no one can harm anyone else. We are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.”

HAPPINESS (Matthieu Ricard)

“The virtue of the candles lies not in the wax that leaves its trace, but in its light.”
-Wisdom in the Sands

“Love is a seed: it has only to sprout, and its roots spread far and wide.”
-Flight to Arras

“The happiest man is he who has no trace of malice in his soul.”

“We are envious of other people’s happiness and certainly not of their unhappiness. Isn’t that ridiculous?”

HARRY POTTER (JK Rowling – Book & Movie)

“People find it easier to forgive others for being wrong than for being right.”
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“It is not our abilities that show who we truly are; it is our choices.”
–Albus Dumbledore

Harry: Is it real, or is it happening in my head?
Dumbledore: Of course it’s happening in your head, Harry. Does that mean it’s not real?

“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

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
–Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those best suited to power are those who have not sought it. Those like you have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“There is no good or evil; only power and those too weak to seek it.”
–Quirinus Quirrell, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


“Stuck is a feeling, never a reality.”

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.” –Emile Chartier”

“A life lived for tomorrow is crappy today.”

“We all have a choice. We create our own reality, so if are having a bad time, it is likely to be our fault and nobody else’s. We can’t control the world but we can control the way we perceive and react to it. This belief is core to creating freedom through opportunities. When we feel that we have become victims through circumstance, and believe that people are ganging up on us, we remain stuck. When at last I realized that everyday is just perfect and my challenge is to be able to see it as so, my whole perspective changed.”

“It is possible to have a fabulous life working in any career, as long as you are in it for the right reasons, where you can be true to yourself, where it is not just another stepping stone towards happiness.”

“Life is complex, and we must listen carefully to what our feelings tell us. If I was to spend all my life sailing, a part of me would be ecstatic, but other parts would be unfulfilled. Life is dynamic, balance is never achieved; it’s about moving towards what is right for us at any given moment. Balance will never be achieved because ‘it’ does not exist.”

“The best things in life can’t be explained. Creativity is a leap of faith. So jump!”

“Creativity gives us choice, gives us hope that in some way we can be special, we can be ourselves, we can create our own futures. It gives us the chance to achieve greatness in all aspects of our lives so that before we take our last breath, we can say, ‘Look at what I achieved, I created and not just consumed.’ “

“If you kick-start your creativity, you’ll open yourself up to inspiring possibilities. If you recognize your inspiring possibilities, you’ll unlock your freedom to choose an extraordinary life.”

“To the proverb which says, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” I would add the words, “and a road map.”‘ –Cecile M. Springer

“Half-hearted just won’t cut it.”

“I used to surf a bit when I was younger, pretty poorly but hell, I was having fun! I struggled and struggled, getting beaten and battered by cold British waves. I got lots of advice on how to duck waves well enough that when I got outside the breaking waves I still had some energy to paddle in. Useful stuff. But the whole business was largely demoralizing and turned my skin blue. Then one day I got one piece of advice that unlocked the whole problem I was stuck in. TRY A BIGGER BOARD! That was it! And what difference it made! The extra stability gave me more confidence and this dramatically improved my performance! For a start, I was catching waves and standing up. Woo-Hoo! Having ideas can be a bit like that. Everyone gets stuck in a different way and sometimes the simplest change in perspective, tweak in approach or heightening of humor can be enough to save you from drowning or getting battered, shifting you instead to having one of the best days of your life. Over the years, I have collected many versions of ‘Try a bigger board’ that have really helped me and thousands of other people get on top of the issue that’s holding me back.”

“And tell me, when did standard, tested, safe ideas CHANGE the world? Never!”

“You cannot predict the future. There can’t be a right or wrong within creativity, because we won’t actually know how things will work out until we try them. So let RIP!”

“The only right I acknowledge is the right to self-express and make life SPECTACULAR!”


Often, we get bogged down in the rules and the right or wrong of things that we restrict our innate creativity. Not so when it comes to the police in South Africa. There are so many rules about how you catch the bad guys that the odds are stacked against the good. First off, you need to find them.

Police spokeswoman Mashay Gamieldien explained that they asked ‘What if we could get them all under the same roof so that we could arrest them at the same time?’

Sounds mad maybe. But in a creative world, you have to ask, how could this work?

So the police in Kimberly, in the Northern Cape, invited 190 offenders to a VIP party with the promise of spectacular prizes, celebrity appearances and top entertainment from a local DJ. The operation was called NICE SURPRISE. Twenty hardened criminals came out of hiding and, once the prizes were given out, were rather easily arrested. It’s an unfair cop!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

“In order to become a more successful fisherman, Jeff decided to BE the fish…”

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney

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

“Ideas change the world. Thoughts do not. The difference is that you can DO an idea.”

“If you don’t consciously choose your state, one will be subconsciously chosen for you. So WAKE UP!”

“No problem is solved from the same consciousness that created it.” -Albert Einstein

“A problem well-defined is half-solved.”

“Some people storm imaginary alps all of their lives and die in the foothills cursing difficulties that do not exist.” -Anon

“Mark Twain used to say that it was possible to learn too much from experience. A cat, he said, that had squatted once on a hot stove lid would never sit down on a hot stove lid again. The trouble was that it would never sit down on a cold one either.” –Isaac Asimov

“The more often you do something, the harder it is to do it differently.”

“In short, we are hard-wired not to be creative. Imagine that you have spent 10 years of your life reviewing people. You have been on courses teaching you how to do it and must have done it 500 times by now. You believe that you understand the best way to do it and are happy with your results. Not only are you lacking motivation to try something new, but with all that experience, it’s really hard to think of how it could be done. Your brain will automatically reference everything that you have done before and get caught up in your past experience. The opposite is the case with children. They have relatively little past experience and therefore find it perfectly natural to invent 20 ways to use a cardboard box. ‘It’s a spaceship, a fort, a space for spies to plan secret missions, it’s a toilet…”

“No matter what your issue is, you can be sure that it has been solved before!”

“The most insidious of rules are the ones that aren’t rules at all! They are the limitations that we invent for ourselves!”

“By seeing the world through a child’s eyes, you often find simple solutions to your issue, because the whole issue changes.”

“Children always understand. They have open minds. They have built-in bullshit detectors.” -Madonna

“When will you have done enough to be happy with who you are?” – Coach Tony

“Your mind starts being when you stop doing.”

“Make a decision now, make a plan and start it. It’s just for now, not for the rest of your life. If you don’t like it tomorrow, CHANGE IT!” – Author’s Brother Mark

“A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” –William Shedd

“Everyone who has taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.” –Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari

LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF PEACE (The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram – Vietnam)

“To live is to face the storms and not to cower before them.”

“A clear conscience is the most valuable medicine.”

“I ask you all, why? Why can’t we use criticism and self-criticism to fight these frustrating problems? Why do we let our old thoughts grow like tumors in our minds?”

“Of course there are good and bad people everywhere, and of course disagreement is natural in every society, but we must not surrender because of it. Our responsibility is to fight for what is right, to fight for righteousness.”


“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?”
(Article: The Importance of Degree)

“A warrior of light, once he has done his duty and transformed his intention into gesture, need fear nothing else: He has done what he should have done. He did not allow himself to be paralyzed by fear. Even if the arrow failed to hit the target, he will have another opportunity, because he did not give in to cowardice.”
(Article: The Way of the Bow)

“I organize events like this because I need to keep believing that human beings are still in search of a better world. I need to contribute to making this possible.”
–Theo Wierema

“There was no point in squabbling over the inheritance: love was enough.”
– Hoki, Henry Miller’s ex-wife

Work is a blessing when it helps us to think about what we’re doing; but it becomes a curse when its sole use it so stop us thinking about the meaning of our life.


“Do you believe that God forgives a crime, a murder for example, just by telling it to a priest, who in the end is a man like us, who has the duty to keep secret and fears to burn in hell, which is an act of attrition? Despite being a coward, a shameless cad and assured of salvation? I have a different idea of God. For me, an evil is not corrected by another evil, neither forgiven with empty weepings nor alms given to the church. If I, for instance, have murdered a family man, if I have made of a woman a hapless widow and turned happy children into helpless orphans, will I really satisfy God’s eternal justice by being hanged, by confiding the secret to one who would keep it, by giving alms to the priest who needs them the least, or by weeping day and night? And the widow? And the orphans? My conscience tells me I should make restitution where and if possible to the person I have murdered; consecrate all of myself and for all my life to the good of the family to whom I caused so much harm, and even then, even then, who can replace the love of the husband and father?”
–Don Rafael

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

“We give more attention to a necessary evil than a necessary good. Instantly, fear and not confidence occupies us, each one thinks only of himself, not of the others. That is why we are all weak. Cowardice, rightly understood, begins with selfishness and ends with shame.”

“In life, it is not the criminals who arouse the hatred of others, but the men who are honest.”

“Without struggle, too, there is no freedom.”

“Evils are not corrected by other evils. And our misfortune, all of us share in the guilt.”
–Crisostomo Ibarra


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.


“Because sensible-minded persons, will take you for a mad man, too. The people believe them mad, those who do not think like themselves; that is why they have taken me as such. I am grateful because, woe is me! on the day that they would like me to return to sanity, on the day they would deprive me of the little freedom which I purchased AT THE EXPENSE of my reputation of sanity. And who knows if after all, they are right? I do not think or live according to their laws, my principles, my ideas are different. The Gobernadorcillo enjoys the reputation of being a sane man because, having learned no more than to serve chocolate and to put up with the evil disposition of Padre Damasom he is rich today; he affects the petty destinies of his fellow citizens and at times even speaks of justice. ‘That is a talented man’, the common people think. ‘See with nothing he has grown great!’
–Philosopher Tasio


Annabeth: The River Styx! It’s so…
Charon: polluted! For thousands of years, you humans have been drowning in everything you come across — hopes, dreams, wishes that never came true. Irresponsible waste management if you ask me.

Annabeth: But they’re your family!
Ares: Best kind of war…always the bloodiest!

“Ares has strength. That’s all he has. Even strength has to bow down to wisdom sometimes.”

“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit it into their version of reality.”

“Kronos wants you unraveled. He wants your life disrupted, your thoughts clouded with fear and anger. Do not give him what he wants. Train patiently. Your time will come.”

“The sea does not like to be restrained.”

“The real world is where the monsters are.”

“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can’t be fixed.”

“Humans don’t exist on the same level as immortals. They can’t even be hurt by our weapons. But you, Percy, you are part God, part humans. You live in both worlds. You can be harmed by both, and you can affect both. That’s what makes heroes so special. You carry the hopes of humanity into the realm of the eternal. Monsters never die. They are reborn from the chaos and barbarism that is always bubbling underneath civilization. They must be defeated again and again, kept at bay. You fight the battles humanity must win every generation, in order to stay human.”

“There’s always a way for those clever enough to find it.”
-The Tour Guide

“Controlling a prophecy never works. Isn’t that true? Besides, Bess, the Ophiotaurus is innocent. Killing something like that is wrong – it’s just as wrong as Kronos eating his children just because of something they might do. It’s wrong!”

“Just bear in mind, Percy, even the bravest can fall.”

“Anyone must choose to take the burden of their own free will. Only a hero, someone with strength, a true heart and great courage, would do such a thing.”

“Do not judge me too harshly, half-blood. Wise counsel is not always popular, but I spoke the truth. You are dangerous.”

“Evil is easy to fight. Lack of wisdom, that is very hard indeed.”

“Not all powers are spectacular. Sometimes, the hardest power to master is the power of yielding.”

“It doesn’t matter how many monsters come at you. Fight bravely, and you’ll win.”

“But what I find curious about the story – Pandora always gets the blame. She is punished for being curious. The gods would have you believe that this is the lesson: mankind should not explore. They should not ask questions.”

“You can’t just abandon your family because they did something horrible. You’ve done horrible things to them, too.”
-Nico de Angelo

“Sacrifice means giving something important for something more important.”

“Clearly, there is not arguing with a fool.”
-The Cegua, a Folktale from Costa Rica

REMEMBER ME? (Sophie Kinsella)

“The trouble with giving yourself a peptalk is, deep down you know it’s all bullshit.”

THANK YOU AND YOU’RE WELCOME (Presented byKanye West with J. Sakiya Sandifer)

“Don’t let people think they owe you anything. That puts you in a position of weakness. If they choose to give, it’s their choice.”

“I wonder, would you rather have 100% from an average person or 10% from someone who is outstanding?”

“Life is 5% what happens, and 95% how you react.”

“Think it, Say it, Do it!”

“Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed in it?”

“I refuse to accept other people’s idea of happiness for me. As if there’s a “one size fits all” standard for happiness. Regardless of your position in life, no one but you is qualified to determine your happiness. I think it’s great to never be completely satisfied in life. If I ever became completely satisfied with the work I put out as an artist, that is the moment I would suck.”

“It is the sand which irritates the oyster that makes a pearl.”

“2 keys to happiness: 1) Being able to tolerate the things that make you unhappy and/or 2) Being able to change things to make you happy.”

“I don’t believe in accepting a changeable condition.”

“You can learn from a critique, than from a compliment.”

“Never complain without offering a solution.”

“I would rather lose because someone else was right, than win when I’m wrong.”

“Never justify your behaviour with the wrongs of others.”

“When does it make sense that because someone else made a bad decision, now you should?”

“Love your haters, they’re your biggest fans!!!”

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways.” –Buddha

THE DOVE KEEPER  (Emily James Ray)

“Hands do change,” he said, seeming to read my mind. “But for the most part, still hold the same things.”

THE INFERNO (Dante Aligheiri)

“The double grief of a lost bliss is to recall its happy hour in pain.”

THE KITE RUNNER (Khaled Hosseini)

“There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. Do you understand that? When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. Do you see? There is no act more wretched than stealing.”

THE LITTLE PRINCE (Antoine De Saint-Exupery)

“Judge Yourself. That is the most difficult thing to do.”

“What is important is invisible to the naked eye.”

“One must require from each one the duty which each one can perform.”

“Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”

“I need to put up with two or three caterpillars if I want to get to know the butterflies.”

THE NOTEBOOK (Nicolas Sparks)

“Day and night are linked in a way few things are. There cannot be one without the other, yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel? To be always together, yet forever apart?”

“What keeps me going is the possibility, not the guarantee.”

“Anyone can get used to anything, if given enough time.”

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE (Audrey Niffenegger)

“Animals have much nicer souls. They never tell lies or blow anybody up.”
-Henry, The Time Traveler’s Wife


“Mom can speak her mind, and so could dad. But it was grounded; they knew they belonged together, and that was more important than anything in life.”


“The range of countries and trails and experiences on offer today means we can all be a Charles Darwin or an Isabella Bird.”

TOO SOON OLD, TOO LATE SMART (Gordon Livingston)

“It is difficult to remove by logic an idea not placed there in the first place.”
–Gordon Livingston

“Feelings follow behaviour.”

“The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

“Life’s two most important questions are: WHY and WHY NOT? The trial is knowing which one to ask.”

“Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.”

“The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves.”

“Happiness is the ultimate risk.”

“Only bad things happen so quickly.”

“Not all who wander are lost.”

“Nothing’s more pointless or common than doing the same things and expecting different results.”

“We flee from the truth in vain.”

“It’s a poor idea to lie to oneself.”

“The major advantage of illness is that it provides relief from responsibility.”

“The only real paradises are those we have lost.”

“Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing.”

“Mental health requires freedom of choice.”

“Usefulness of an opinion is in itself an opinion.”

“If you do not change, you can become extinct.”

“The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.”

“When you change what you believe, you change what you do.”

“A change imposed is a change opposed.”

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Life Lesson: On Death

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From Paulo Coelho’s Book “Like A Flowing River”  (story: My Funeral)

I know it’s not a topic anyone likes to think about, but I have a duty to my readers — to make them think about the important things in life.

And DEATH is possibly the most important thing. We are all walking towards death, but we never know when death will touch us and it is our duty, therefore, to look around us, to be grateful for each minute. But we should also be grateful to death, because it makes us think about the importance of each division we take, or fail to take; it makes us stop doing anything that keeps us stuck in the category of the ‘living dead’ and, instead, urges us to risk everything, to bet everything on those things we always dreamed of doing, because whether we like it or not, the angel of death is waiting for us.