The trouble is
You think you have time.
“When someone really loves you a lot, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
“Love is what you hear in the room on Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy;
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
You aren’t happy unless you think you are happy
from the Vietnam War period ‘ Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity’
“I’ve seen it . I’ve seen it in their eyes. I’ve seen how they look at me and the
simplicity of my travel style…I have seen solo envy and I wonder: why don’t more people claim the right to
discover the world on their own.”
Janice Waugh, solo traveler
“I hadn’t realized ‘til that day that you travel to stumble into the unvisited corners
of yourself.” – Pico Iyer
“What you don’t know, will never know, will always be more involving than what
you can explain: it is the fundamental principle of love and of religion.” – Pico Iyer
In his Nobel talk, Jose Saramago said: “As I could not and did not aspire to venture beyond my little plot of cultivated land, all I had left was the possibility of digging down, underneath, towards the roots. My own but also the world’s, if I can be allowed such an immoderate ambition.”
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
If you are humble,
nothing will touch you,
neither praise nor disgrace,
because you know what you are.
- Mother Teresa -
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
Out beyond ideas
Of right-doing and wrong-doing
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
” I write to find out what I am thinking.” Joan Didion or
“How do I know what I think until I write.” W. H. Auden
“much of the time I prefer to see all sides and synthesize instead of particularize, which resembles being a fence-sitter.” Cadence
It’s only words – but words are all I have – to take your heart away …” – BeeGees
If it’s yellow let it mellow.
If it’s brown, flush it down.
Dark nights gave me these dark eyes
but I shall use them to seek the light
“The ego is a self-justifying historian which seeks only that information that agrees with it, rewirtes history it needs to, and does not even see the evidence that threatens it.” Anthony G. Greenwald
LIVE your LIFE and just be YOU, you will never regret.
Don’t forget that past is history , future is a mystery and present is a GIFT
Iranian woman photographer
“What is it like growing younger?
I can’t really say. I have always looked out of my own eyes.”
“We see things not as they are but as we are.”
John Milton, Paradise Lost
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
“I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.”
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”
“All Who Wonder Are Not Lost”
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.”
Everything always works out, though not the way you expect
“freedom means nothing left to lose”
“your freedom ends where the others’ freedom begins.”
“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”
“Find Out, Who You Are”
Written on the entrance of the Temple of Delphi.
“When do you know your God is man-made?
When he hates the same people you do.”
“We were food for the gun, and that’s
What you are when you’re soldiers,”
The definition of a “gaffe”
When a politician tells the truth.
“He who isn’t busy being born is busy dyin’”
“Love is a one-way street.
Love, like respect, isn’t something you get;
It’s something you give.”
“Shade of walnut tree, bench, company and wine”
The luxury of having the time and sensibility to appreciate is one of life’s greatest joys.
“I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man.
It is us.”
Konrad Lorenz, ethologist, Nobel laureate (1903-1989)
The Two Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a
battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son,
The battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow,
regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Canundrum to think about:
There is a famous quote from an old Italian film
called the GATTOPARDO which summed up the Italian
experience – the young nephew says to his uncle, the
Prince, as the northern forces are taking over Sicily,
as their aristocratic past is being swept away and he
(the nephew) is leaving King and Country to join the
conquerers, he says: “In order for things to remain as
they are, everything must change”.
The Philosophy of the Forest of Joy
I sought my soul, my soul I could not see;
I sought my God, my God eluded me;
I sought my brother and found all three.
This realization of a poet found its fullest expression in the life and work of Baba Amte. He sought not God in the sanctum sanctorum of a temple but found him even in the heart of a disfigured and decomposed leper. He worshipped not by the chanting of mantras, by the offering of flowers, but by the worship of work, by lighting lamps of hope in hearts grown with despair, by serving wounded souls with love and care.
His Anandwan (forest of joy) is not a rehabilitation center where thousands of lepers and other disabled men find food and shelter but it is a school from where they learn lessons of self-help, self respect and selfless service. It is a school from where they learn lessons of co-operation and peaceful co-existence. “Work Builds; Charity Destroys” is his sublime philosophy. His is a philosophy in action. He would say, “Give them a Chance not Charity.”
“An animal rubs its itching flank against a tree, but a man asks his kinsman to scratch him.”