Here are some insightful quotes. They may brighten your day, may brighten your life...
There is on perfection. Just keep constantly pushing your own limits.
On life: "Life is a game. You have a chance to score as long as you play." But also - "you can't lose unless you play." It works both ways.
Everything starts with you. Everything starts in the mind. (A message from Dhammapada)
On women: (from Disney cartoon) "What is this for? And it's broken..." :)
All the crazy things in the world do not come from aliens but from intelligence agencies.
A typical employee motto: "I'm just a small wheel in a machine and my duty is to spin."
Insightful quotes from other people:
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
Theoretically, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that worked ...A complex system designed from scratch never works
and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with
a working simple system.
-- Grady Booch
Funny is not the opposite of serious. Funny is the opposite of not funny.
-- G.K. Chesterton
Criticism is easy; art is difficult.
--Philippe Destouches, Le Glorieux, 1732.
"Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up
a statue in honor of a critic."
-- Jean Sibelius
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument an exchange of ignorance. -- Robert Quillen
Dale Carnegie - "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting
what you get."
Stephen Covey - "There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles."
Thomas J. Watson - "The way to succeed is to double your error rate."
"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime." Balzac
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people" — Eleanor Roosevelt
Charles M. Schulz - Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.
People only accept change in necessity and see necessity only in crisis. —Jean Monnet
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
2. LETTING GO OF COMPARISONS
We cannot know the Tao itself,
nor see its qualities direct,
but only see by differentiation,
that which it manifests.
Thus, that which is seen as beautiful
is beautiful compared with that
which is seen as lacking beauty;
an action considered skilled
is so considered in comparison
with another, which seems unskilled.
That which a person knows he has
is known to him by that which he does not have,
and that which he considers difficult
seems so because of that which he can do with ease.
One thing seems long by comparison with that
which is, comparatively, short.
One thing is high because another thing is low;
only when sound ceases is quietness known,
and that which leads
is seen to lead only by being followed.
In comparison, the sage,
in harmony with the Tao,
needs no comparisons,
and when he makes them, knows
that comparisons are judgements,
and just as relative to he who makes them,
and to the situation,
as they are to that on which
the judgement has been made.
Through his experience,
the sage becomes aware that all things change,
and that he who seems to lead,
might also, in another situation, follow.
So he does nothing; he neither leads nor follows.
That which he does is neither big nor small;
without intent, it is neither difficult,
nor done with ease.
His task completed, he then lets go of it;
seeking no credit, he cannot be discredited.
Thus, his teaching lasts for ever,
and he is held in high esteem.
Tao Te Ching
Also the whole Dhammapada. It is one of the most valuable books I ever read. See Buddhism page for links to books and quotes.
2006-12-11: After starting to read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari I decided to list the books I would recommend to anyone to read. Here it is.
Smart man + smart woman = romance. Smart man + stupid woman = affair.
Stupid man + stupid woman = child. Stupid man + smart woman = shopping.
All sunshine makes a desert.
An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.
Never give advice in a crowd.
The sinning is the best part of repentance.
The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.
It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.
God sells knowledge for labour -- honour for risk.