Food for thought #25

“Your mind is your friend and your enemy. If you control the mind, it is your friend. If your mind controls you, it is your enemy”      – Bhagavad Gita

 

“The exchange of knowledge is greater than the exchange of things for ultimately all exchange culminates in the mind”     – Bhagavad Gita

 

“Use your mind to ignore sensory stimuli, outgrow that desire, disconnect from intelligent arguments and ideas, rein in the restless fickle wandering emotions, expand your mind and discover the tranquility within”      – Bhagavad Gita

 

“One hour’s reflection is preferable to seventy years of pious worship”

 

“Wisdom builds, understanding strengthens and knowledge prospers”

Food for thought #24

“Weakness is a disease and unless controlled, it spreads”

 

“Experience can work both ways: wisdom of years can clear eyes or cynicism blind you”

 

“Your duty is only to your task, to your action, not to the result of that action”     – Bhagavad Gita

 

“Harder the journey, higher the suffering, greater the desire for fulfillment”

 

“Better to do what you have been asked to do imperfectly than try to do perfectly what others have been asked to do. All work has inadequacies; even fire is enveloped by smoke”     – Bhagavad Gita

Food for thought #23

“Anyone who does not share his moments of joy and discouragement with others will never fully know his own qualities and his own defects”

 

“Life is no more than a funeral procession winding towards the grave, it’s small joys the flowers of funeral wrath….”

 

“When you can’t get away, you want to; and when they let you go, you just don’t want to anymore”

 

“So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will win a hundred times in a hundred battles. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you win one and lose the next. If you do not know yourself or your enemy, you will always lose.”      – The Art of War

 

“He who controls the senses but has a mind full of cravings is a pretender who fools himself”    – Bhagavat Gita

Food for thought #22

“When you live only once, the value of your life becomes the sum total of your achievements”

 

“The senses exist beyond the physical; mind beyond the senses; intelligence beyond the mind. Beyond intelligence is your sense of self. By knowing who you really are you will conquer all yearning”   – Bhagavad Gita

 

“Let go of what you can’t change, because life goes on anyhow!”

 

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t do”

 

“Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the key ring that opens the door.”

Food for thought #21

“Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams”

 

“Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference”

 

“Walk neither faster nor slower than your own soul, because it is your soul that will teach you the usefulness of each step you take”

 

“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge”

 

“Excessive caution destroys the soul and the heart, because living is an act of courage, and act of courage is always an act of love”

Food for thought #20

“In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat: there is only movement”    – Manuscript found in Accra

 

“Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious”   – Manuscript found in Accra

 

“Defeat comes when we fail to get something we very much want” 

 

“It is in the realm of love that we first fight our battles – and generally lose”

 

“If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself”

Food for thought #17

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”      – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“The facts are always less than what really happens”       – Nadine Gordimer

 

“And when old words die out on tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracts are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.”      -Rabindranath Tagore.

 

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”           – Mahatma Gandhi

Food for thought #16

“When a hen crows, it heralds the end of an Empire”             – Chinese Proverb

 

“Everyone has a right to be conceited until he is successful”

 

“Keep strong if possible. In any case keep cool. Have unlimited patience. Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face. Put yourself in his shoes so as to see things through his eyes. Avoid self righteousness like the devil – nothing is so self-blinding”     – Liddell Hart

 

“A great man is one who has not lost the child’s heart”                         – Mencius

 

“Man’s dearest possession is life, and since it is given to him to live but once, he must so live as not to be seared with the shame of a cowardly and trivial past, so live as not to be tortured for years without purpose that dying he can say: ‘All my life and my strength were given to the first cause in the world – the liberation of mankind’.”

Food for thought #15

“To die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day”

 

“Everyday was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world”

 

“Death stills everything”

 

“Humility is a good thing, but overhumility is near to crookedness; silence is a virtue, but undue silence bespeaks a deceitful mind”           – Chinese Proverb

 

“God created only two kinds of people – good people and good-for-nothing people”

Food for thought #14

“No matter how old the squirrel is, it will never give up climbing”

 

“Each man kills the thing he loves”            – Paulo Coelho

 

“Life is a journey. Make sure you don’t miss a thing”

 

“Selflessness is the only way to progress and prosperity”

 

“Sometimes we play with our lives, but when the time comes for us to get serious, life plays with us”