Nov 30, 2010

Matters somehow

"Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you…"  - T A Barron -

Thinking of you this holiday season!

Kind regards, vkn

Nov 25, 2010


"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread."  - Mother Teresa -

Nov 18, 2010


"I will destroy my enemies by converting them to friends."  - Maimonides -

Nov 3, 2010

Be thankful

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."  - Oprah Winfrey -

Nov 2, 2010


"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."  - A Buddhist saying -

Oct 14, 2010


"The reason that the lion does not fear the hyena is not because he knows that he is the King of the jungle but because he is aware of his own strengths."  - Mr. Paulo Coelho -


"Nothing is invented and perfected at the same time."  - Author unknown -

Sep 29, 2010

Kind Gods

"The noblest work of man is to create kind Gods."  - Robert Ingersoll-

Sep 16, 2010


"A young man who graduated yesterday and stops learning today will become uneducated tomorrow."  - Author unknown -

Sep 13, 2010


"Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time." - Mark Twain -

Sep 7, 2010

Living simply

"Look at the world around you. It supplies all your bodily needs. It feasts your eyes with its beauty. And its glory reflects the glory of God, so it feasts your soul also. Look at the plants and the trees. Can you count all the different species? Can you describe al the different shapes of the leaves, the color and fragrances of the flowers? Look, too, at the animals
and the insects. Are you not enthralled by their different sizes and shapes, by the different colors and textures of their skin and fur, by the different ways in which they move about and gather food? And the wonder why God has created all this. Has he created the marvelous universe just to supply our needs and to feast our eyes and souls? or is there some other purpose in it all? The answer is that he has created all things--for their own sake. Each creature has its own purpose and destiny, which God in his infinite wisdom
and love has planned. Do not try to understand God's plans; the human mind is hardly better than that of an ant in discerning the ways of God. Simply accept all his plans and rejoice in them."  - Chrysostom, On Living Simply-


"The test of a good society is that the great majority are engaged in the basic arts, and only a few in the arts of luxury. When large numbers are engaged in producing luxuries for the rich, that society has become corrupt."  - Chrysostom, On Living Simply -

Aug 12, 2010


When the world says, "Give up," hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

Aug 9, 2010

Hang on

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt -

Aug 5, 2010


"Success is what you attract by the person you become."  - Jim Rohn -

Jul 29, 2010


"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness." - James Thurber -

Jul 25, 2010


Michalangelo was once asked, "How do you produce statues that are so full of life?"

"The rough marble already contains the statues," Michalangelo said, "it is just a matter of extracting them."

Jul 22, 2010


"If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake." – Frank Wilczek, Nobel prize winner in Physics -

Jul 5, 2010


"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit."  - Napoleon Hill -

Jun 29, 2010


"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble."  - Helen Keller -


"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity."  - Oprah Winfrey -


"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."  - Dale Carnegie -


"The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time."  - Henry Ford -


"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit."  - Napoleon Hill -

Jun 28, 2010


"We can not change the future; but we can help shape it."  - Unknown author -

Jun 24, 2010


"A blunt pencil is better than a sharp mind." - Unknown Author -

Jun 23, 2010


"I don't know "us" and I don't think that we know "us" either, because - whoever we are - we have not met before."  - W.R. Bion -

Jun 22, 2010


"To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence."  - Sydney Smith -


"It is never too late to have a happy childhood."  - Tim Robbins -


"If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison -


"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." - Edgar Allan Poe -

Jun 18, 2010


"A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home."  - Author Unknown -

To pray

"Lord, help me to notice everything You want me to see today."  - Author unknown -


"Weave in faith and God will find the thread."  - Author unknown -

Jun 16, 2010


"Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age."  - Christopher Morley -


"It matters not which way the wind blows, I can adjust my sails to reach my destination." - Author unknown -

Jun 14, 2010


"The treasure of friendship is your richest possession, because it goes with you beyond this life."  - Swami Yoganandaji -

Jun 10, 2010


"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."  - Plutarch -

Jun 7, 2010


"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time..."  - T S Eliot in The Four Quartets -


"God does not require us to succeed, he only asks us to try."  - Mother Teresa -

Jun 4, 2010


"There are two futures, the future of desire and the future of fate, and man's reason has never learnt to separate them." - JD Bernal -

Jun 3, 2010


"Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue what you want"  - Jim Rohn -


"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."  - Thomas H. Huxley -

May 20, 2010


"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." - Ralph Waldo Emerson -

Apr 30, 2010


"Traditional education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune."  - Jim Rohn -

Jan 27, 2010


"We can not choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them."  - Epictetus -


"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them."  - Epictetus -

Jan 19, 2010


"A strong person and a waterfall always channel their own path."  - Author unknown -


"Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none."  - Benjamin Franklin -

Jan 15, 2010

Beginner's mind

"A beginner's mind takes you where you need to go" - a traditional Zen saying -

Jan 3, 2010


"You may call God love, you may call God goodness, but the name for God is compassion." - Meister Eckhart -


"All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Leo Tolstoy -

Jan 1, 2010


"When we fall utterly, something gathers us up. But our falling must be without reservation, without expectation, without hope, though not hopeless. You can't plan that kind of falling. When you abandon yourself utterly to life, the river will flow, and the log jam will free. Impossible is another word for grace. Who would've thought it, life takes another turn, and you are gathered up into a whole different way of seeing and being." - Roger Housden -