Sunday, October 24, 2010


I have a diary in which I have noted down many of my favourite quotes. I do not have that book with me right now, and this just seems to be an easier way to note them down now. Some lines and thoughts that are dear to me, one way or the other.

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn." - Gore Vidal

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams 

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one 
- Wilhelm Stekel

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
-Gloria Steinem

There's no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit

-Robert Woodruff

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin!

“I must learn to love the fool in me the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries” - Theodore Isaac Rubin

"You never know until you try.
And you never try unless you really try.
You give it your best shot; you do the best you can.
And if you have done everything in your power,
And still fail--the truth of the matter is that you haven't failed at all.
When you reach for your dreams, no matter what they may be,
You grow from the reaching;
You LEARN from the TRYING; you WIN from the DOING."
- My manager's mail to me, when I resigned from IBM

"Defeat is not when you fall down.
It is when you refuse to get up"

"Luck is an empty oyster.
It needs your sweat drops to breed the pearls"

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. concerning all acts of initiative(and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans : that the moments one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way"

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

“If you love somebody, let them go. If they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.”

Sometime you cannot believe what you see..
you have to believe what you feel!
And if you ever going to have other people trust you,
you must feel u can trust them too--Even when you r in the dark..
Even when you are falling!!!
- M found it somewhere :) And i loved it

So many more, that I can't remember at the moment. Hoping to find the book when I go home :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

When do we begin to lose it?

We are probably the worst creations ever made. We are born perfect - naive and nice. When it is while growing up is that we lose this innocence and let our head rule our heart. The reason for most our problems is this prized possession of ours - the brain. Whenever we need to make any decision, we need to make it with the heart and not with the brain. But the world that we live in is so immensely materialistic, that we have completely lost track of what is important and what is not. When was the last time you did anything just because you loved doing it, and not because you are supposed to do it, or because you are expected to do it, or because it is "good" for you. When was the last time you listened to your heart and not your head. I know it is impractical to let the heart rule over the head all the time, but I also know that we do not let this happen when it most needs to. Education is a farce, where scoring marks is considered more important than learning. Society is a farce, with all the double standards rooted in. People are a farce, full of pretense and laughing at the ones who do try to live truly. When the focus is only on the winning, by hook or by crook and not on the journey and on constantly bettering oneself, we automatically stop the learning process. People, compassion, humanity, and even plain being there for someone you care about has lost value. When is it exactly that our perceptions stop being our own and blend into the perceptions mankind has held for centuries? When exactly is it that we stop the questioning and just start accepting without reasoning, simply because it is much simpler an option. When exactly is it that we stop caring about what we really want and need and bother mostly about what others expect us to be. When exactly did we last think about why we are doing what we are doing, and realize that were doing it probably because everybody else is doing it. Where is it, in this mad world, that we need to draw the line? When is it that we will undo what we have done to ourselves. When will be let our emotions rule the roost when it needs to?

While I think about this near-idealism that I can only dream of achieving one fine day in the distant future, I do hope I make a conscious effort at the least, and I am reminded by the wise words of Baz Luhrmann

" Sometimes you are ahead,
Sometimes you are behind,
The race is long, and in the end,
It is only with yourself"