We do not know everything, and sometimes when we do get results that are not conventional wisdom, then we have to rethink the conventional wisdom.
“A species in which everyone was General Patton would not succeed, anymore than would a race in which everyone was Vincent Van Gogh
I prefer to think that the planet needs athletes, philosophers, sex symbols, painters, scientists; it needs the warm hearted, the hardhearted, the cold hearted, and the weakhearted.
It needs those who can devote their lives to studying how many droplets of water are secreted by the salivary glands of dogs under which circumstances, and it needs those who can capture the passing impression of cherry blossoms in a fourteen-syllable poem or devote twenty-five pages to the dissection of a small boy’s feelings as he lies in dark waiting for his mother to kiss him goodnight…… Indeed the presence of outstanding strengths presupposes that energy needed in other areas has been channeled away from them.”
Allen Shawn as cited in ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain
II यतो धर्मस्ततो जय: II
Supreme Court Of India
Meaning – Where there is “Dharma” (righteousness, merit and virtue), there is victory.
“The survival of our democracy and the unity and integrity of the nation depend upon the realisation that constitutional morality is no less essential than constitutional legality. Dharma (righteousness; sense of public duty or virtue) lives in the hearts of public men; when it dies there, no Constitution, no law, no amendment, can save it.”
When I die …
Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise.
Give my heart to one who has known the agony of the heart.
Give my blood to a youth pulled from the wreckage of a car so that he
might live to see his grandchildren play.
Let my kidneys drain the poison from another’s body.
Let my bones be used to make a crippled child walk.
Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the wind to
let the flowers grow.
If you must bury something, let it be my faults and my prejudices
against my fellow men.
Give my sins to the Devil.
Give my soul to the God.
If you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed
or word to someone who needs you.
If you do all l’ve asked, I’ll live forever.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” — The Preamble of “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America”, In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
“I got to learn that old people and wise people are two different things, not every old person is wise and wisdom is a virtue that do not belong to a particular age.”
“Don’t judge, before you listen to everyone and don’t conclude, before you analyze the situation.”
“You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people, they’ll eat each other.”
I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.
“do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. As quoted in “Lincoln’s Imagination” by Noah Brooks, in Scribner’s Monthly (August 1879), p. 586
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
Attributed in Lincoln Memorial (1882) edited by Osborn Oldroyd
If the writing is honest, it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
— Tennessee Williams
Your task isn’t necessarily to definitively answer your questions. In fact I’d rather weigh you point out why you don’t understand something or discuss several possible solutions. Don’t worry about appearing dumb, not knowing things isn’t dumb but pretending you do, is. Disagreeing is good but being mean isn’t.
—–Looking Glass Universe Looking Glass Universe
“I sometimes think that the essence of engineering is making intelligent trade offs between conflicting parameters. Improve one parameter and another one worsens. The art is knowing where to make the best trade. As engineers, we are trained to quantify different tradeoffs, draw some kind of cost/benefit curve, and make a rational choice based on our analysis.”
——- Robert W Lucky, IEEE Spectrum, p.52, November 2006.
योगयुक्तो विशुद्धात्मा विजितात्मा जितेन्द्रियः | सर्वभूतात्मा कुर्वन्नपि न लिप्यते ॥
Meaning – One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses is dear to everyone, and everyone is dear to him. Though always working such a man is never entangled.
विपदि धैर्यमथाभ्युदये क्षमा सदसि वस्क्पटुता युधि विक्रमः ।
यशसि चाभिरूचिव्य्रसनं श्रुतौ प्रकृतिसिद्धमिदं हि महात्मनाम् ॥
Meaning – Courage in adversity, patience in prosperity, oratory in assembly, bravery in battle, modesty in fame, attachment to knowledge; all these are naturally found in great persons.
” We Indians are suffering from moral anemia and spiritual cancer. The honest and upright man/woman is/are ridiculed in the midst of corrupt and spiritually malnourished ones.”
‘Pushpanjali’, The Indian Express, 21 December 2003.- Shiv Khera
The bottom line is that being a kind,aware and relaxed person, doesn’t require the belief in the past and future lives, or the law of ‘KARMA’. It has to do with how we conduct ourselves, how we train our own minds. When we do it in a right way, all good qualities start to manifest from our mind, and all negative traits begin to grow less and less. The whole spiritual path is contained within just that.
————— Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man whom you may have been and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it?
Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny?
In other words, will it lead to Swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and yourself melting away.”
—————————- Mahatma Gandhi
Sometimes the damage done is ‘irreversible’, ‘irrevocable’ ,’irreparable’, ‘irreconcilable’, ‘irredeemable’, ‘irrecoverable’, ‘irrational’ and ‘irremediable’.
Wisdom thoroughly learned will never be forgotten.
I do not care for liberation, I would rather go to a hundred thousand hells,’ doing good to others (silently) like the spring’ , this is my religion.
Some men see things as they are and say “why”
I dream of things that never were and say “why not”
George Bernard Shaw
“If you are accustomed to see only black and white, then you’ll never see me.”
“The knowledge which a man can use is the real knowledge, the only knowledge which has life and growth in it and converts itself into practical power, the rest hangs like dust about the brain and dries like rain drops off the stones.”
” There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation.”
Sir William Osler
Where The Mind Is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches it’s arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost it’s way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father (GOD), let my ‘WORLD’ awake.
———- Rabindranath Tagore
To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of the intelligent persons and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics;
to appreciate beauty;
to give of one’s self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–
that is to have succeeded.
——————- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Your dog won’t wake up one day and tell you that he doesn’t love you anymore.”
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
That’s why l like dogs.
“Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not expertise. Expertise is not execution.”
Execution requires Expertise. Expertise requires Knowledge. Knowledge requires Information. Information requires data ( for sake of storage).
There are many ways to destroy your enemies.
The first one is “Forgiveness”.
The Seven Deadly Sins according to Mahatma Gandhi are:
- Wealth without Work.
- Pleasure without Conscience.
- Knowledge without Character.
- Commerce without Morality.
- Science without Humanity.
- Religion without Sacrifice.
- Politics without Principle.
Each of these perversions reflects a lack of values.
“Good, better, best: never let them rest until the good is better and the better is best.”
-As found in Julia Richman’s “Graded Work in Dictation for all Grades” (1904), ‘School Work 3,’ no. 2 (Jun.), page 143; type of work: an exercise in dictation Talk:Tim Duncan – Wikiquote
quote also attributed to “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” Tim Duncan and
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome St. Jerome Quotes at BrainyQuote.com
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.
Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. Source: Selected Quotes of James Madison
A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.
- Letter to William Bradford (9 November 1772).
Federalist Papers (1787–1788)
A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good. So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts. But the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold, and those who are without property, have ever formed distinct interests in society. Federalist No. 10
No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause; because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time. Federalist No. 10
No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty, than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. Federalist No. 47 (1788-01-30)
It is of great importance in a republic, not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part. Different interests necessarily exist in different classes of citizens. If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure. There are but two methods of providing against this evil: the one by creating a will in the community independent of the majority, that is, of the society itself; the other, by comprehending in the society so many separate descriptions of citizens as will render an unjust combination of a majority of the whole very improbable, if not impracticable. Federalist No. 51
Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect. And it is particularly pleasing to observe in the good citizenship of such as have been most distrusted and oppressed elsewhere, a happy illustration of the safety and success of this experiment of a just and benignant policy. Equal laws protecting equal rights, are found as they ought to be presumed, the best guarantee of loyalty, and love of country; as well as best calculated to cherish that mutual respect and good will among citizens of every religious denomination which are necessary to social harmony and most favourable to the advancement of truth.
Source:James Madison – Wikiquote