22 October, 2017

Secret Sorrows

"Every man has his secret sorrows 
which the world knows not; 
and often times we call a man 
cold when he is only sad." 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

20 October, 2017

19 October, 2017

Afterlife: one thought!

"We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife 
will be any less exasperating than this one, 
have we?" 

Noel Coward

18 October, 2017

To be creative...

"To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”


17 October, 2017

On kindness

"Kindness in words creates confidence. 
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. 
Kindness in giving creates love." 

Lao Tzu

15 October, 2017

14 October, 2017

Light of wisdom...

"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, 
so virtue appears from good deeds, and 
wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful 
mind. To walk safely through the maze of 
human life, one needs the light 
of wisdom and the guidance of virtue." 


13 October, 2017

More grave humour...

Related image

In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:

On the 22nd of June
- Jonathan Fiddle -
Went out of tune.

09 October, 2017

Humorous epitaphs

Tombstone in Winslow, Maine USA

In Memory of Beza Wood
Departed this life Nov. 2, 1837 - Age 45 yrs.

Here lies one Wood
Enclosed in wood
One Wood
Within another.
The outer wood
Is very good:
We cannot praise
The other.

07 October, 2017

Virtue & failings

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, 
like force and matter. When they separate, 
man is no more."

Nikola Tesla

05 October, 2017

The City

"The two elements the traveler first captures in the 
big city are extra human architecture and furious 
rhythm. Geometry and anguish."

Federico Garcia Lorca

01 October, 2017

Greatest Treasures...

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, 
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.” 

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

30 September, 2017

Learn to...

"Let us then be up and doing 
With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving still pursuing 
Learn to labor and to wait."

G. Longfellow

29 September, 2017

A Psalm of Life

"TELL me not in mournful numbers 
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers 
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal; 
Dust thou art to dust returnest 
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment and not sorrow 
Is our destined end or way; 
But to act that each to-morrow 
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long and Time is fleeting 
And our hearts though stout and brave 
Still like muffled drums are beating 
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle 
In the bivouac of Life 
Be not like dumb driven cattle! 
Be a hero in the strife! 
Trust no Future howe'er pleasant! 
Let the dead Past bury its dead! 
Act act in the living Present! 
 Heart within and God o'erhead! 
Lives of great men all remind us 
We can make our lives sublime 
And departing leave behind us 
Footprints on the sands of time; 
Footprints that perhaps another 
Sailing o'er life's solemn main 
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother 
Seeing shall take heart again.
Let us then be up and doing 
With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving still pursuing 
Learn to labor and to wait."

G. Longfellow

28 September, 2017

Secret of life...

“The secret of life, though, is to fall 
seven times and to get up eight times.” 

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

26 September, 2017

Idea owners?

"The good old days, when each idea 
had an owner, are gone forever." 

Paulo Coelho

25 September, 2017

Calm mind...

"Calm mind brings inner strength and
self-confidence, so that's very important
for good health." 

Dalai Lama