“Deal only with things that are good. If you trade coal, you will be covered in black soot. But if you trade musk, you will smell of perfume.”
“Live totally, and live intensely, so that each moment becomes golden and your whole life becomes a series of golden moments.”
“When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude”. – William Wordsworth
“It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is what are you so busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
“We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.” – William James
“And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Darkness travels towards light, but blindness towards depth” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Man has in him the silence of the sea, the noise of the earth, and the music of the air” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Like a cut diamond that needs the light of the sky to show itself, the human soul on its own cannot express its essence, and remains dark. Only when it reflects the light from something greater than itself, does it comes into its own” – Rabindranath Tagore.
“Often the poor have more nobility in them than the actual nobility.”
MOM is resonant of a support system during all times, however high or low one feels. She has been so for me as well! A complete symbol of strength that has always left me to decide what I wanted and preferred. There has never been a pick on my grades or on my choice and never the pressure factor of ‘what next’?
I relate my upbringing with her, more so ‘by her’, not through the subjects we studied together but through the life’s precious values of morality and ethics. She used to relate to her Moral Sciences classes back at school and we used to wonder if the current syllabus is anywhere near it, though far reached in the technology arena, it still has got to improve when it comes to Moral Sciences and Life’s Lessons. Our rational thinking and reasoning based outlook definitely needs to be a forerunner to the current day rocket and planet science! Technological advancements have moved us higher in the life’s standards, materialistically to quantify, but to qualify; we still should need the very basic values of life – empathy, sympathy, compassion, integrity, love, affection, humanitarianism , to name a few.
Many a time it leaves me with wonder if my mom did take a right step or not so right one, since, in the present e-era, there is no much time for anyone for show casing of values against each other. It has become not a rat race, but a nano race for cutting edge of aptitude. How do we measure our cutting edge attitude? Remains to be a million dollar quest!
Time ticks and it was still ticking in its own pace when it was time for my under grad. Engineering Entrance exam did go by well and it made me realize the bond I shared with my mom and vice versa. The decision of joining a University away from home came from me owing to its reputation. My mom stuck by my side of the choice as always and did not say a word thinking that would hurt her daughter.
It also made me realize a global factor on education. Wherever it is given the studious or the sincere most will continue to be so irrespective of the reputation of the school or its staff members. Subjects remain the same. Quality remains the same; it’s the package that comes through to us that differs. It’s the arena in which we learn differs.
There was again this decision change of visiting the NIT and hence I joined the regional university, Andhra University College of Engineering having known its quality and top most positions amongst Indian Universities. My mother seemed to have been happier than I was and Dad too stood by my decision without reservations or second thoughts.
The day dawns when my mom had to leave me in the college hostel.. Wait till the dawn brightens 🙂
“Winners never quit; quitters never win”
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war”
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on the idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, this is the way great spiritual giants are produced” – Swami Vivekananda.
“In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height; in the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own death” -Rabindranath Tagore
“Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”
“The quality of life is what matters, not the quantity”
“True happiness in life lies in helping others”
“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace”
“Hate begets hate. Violence begets violence”
“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.”
Arundathi Roy – God of Small Things
Jawaharlal Nehru – Discovery of India
P. V. Narasimha Rao – The Insider
Kapil Dev – By God’s Decree, Cricket My Style
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – The Wings of Fire
Sarojini Naidu – The Broken Wing, The Golden Threshold
Mahatma Gandhi – My Experiments with Truth
Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom, The Struggle is my Life
Indira Gandhi – My Truth
Dhyan Chand – Goal!
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar – Thoughts on Pakistan
Bill Clinton – My Life
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – India Wins Freedom
Rabindranath Tagore – Geetanjali, The Gardener
Dr. Rajendra Prasad – India Divided
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit – The Scope of Happiness
“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”
“There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go” – Tennessee Williams
“Only the questions that are not asked are foolish” – Malcolm.
“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached” – Swami Vivekananda
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them” – Saint Mother Teresa.