Quotes

Here is a collection of my favourite quotes. Last Updated: 31/08/2016, 07:16:24 IST

  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

  • Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
    Where knowledge is free;
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls

    Where words come out from the depth of truth;
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action;
    Into that heaven of freedom, My Father, let my country awake.

  • If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
    And never breathe a word about your loss:

    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—-nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:

    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—-which is more—-you’ll be a Man, my son!

    • from IF, by Rudyard Kipling
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.”

  • “That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”

    • Page 214, “The Zahir” by Paulo Coelho 
  • I must not fear.Fear is the mind-killer.

    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.

    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.Only I will remain.

    • from Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

    • Mark Twain
  • That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.

  • When the subject (the ‘I’) thinks that it is perfect, it questions the world. If it thinks that the world is perfect, it questions itself. The former leads to stress and the latter to realization.

    • Ramanujam MK
  • Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying:
    And this same flower that smiles to-day
    To-morrow will be dying.

  • If you have hard work to do,
    Do it now.
    Today the skies are clear and blue,
    Tomorrow clouds may come in view,
    Yesterday is not for you;
    Do it now.

    If you have a song to sing.
    Sing it now.
    Let the tones of gladness ring
    Clear as song of bird in spring.
    Let each day some music bring;
    Sing it now.

    If you have kind words to say,
    Say them now.
    Tomorrow may not come your way,
    Do a kindness while you may,
    Loved ones will not always stay;
    Say them now.

    If you have a smile to show,
    Show it now.
    Make hearts happy, roses grow,
    Let the friends around you know
    The love you have before they go;
    Show it now.

    • Anonymous
  • Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.

    It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

    Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

    Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

    We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

    And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    • in “Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson
  • It is not growing like a tree
    In bulk, doth make man better be,
    Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
    To fall a log at last, dry, bald and sere:

    A lily of a day,
    Is fairer far in May,
    Although it fall and die that night;
    It was the plant and flower of light.

    In small proportions we just beauties see,
    And in short measures, life may perfect be.”

    • Ben Johnson
  • Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful, or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

    • the movie “A Walk to Remember(2002)”, (original source: The Bible)
  • If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

    • Mary Engelbreit
  • To follow the path:

    look to the master,
    follow the master,
    walk with the master,
    see through the master,
    become the master.

  • Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

    • Muhammad Ali
  • Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round - remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.”

    • James Corbett
  • If you ever want something badly, let it go. If it comes back to you then it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never yours to begin with”

  • What’s the use of worrying? It never was worth while.

    So, pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag.

    And smile, smile, smile.

    • George Asaf (George H. Powell)
  • We need to worry about the future, since that is where we are going to spend most of our time.

    • Mark Twain
  • Love the Heart which Hurts ya…but never Hurt the Heart that loves ya !! “

  • Don’t go where the path might lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Come to the edge.”
    “We can’t. We’re afraid.”

    Come to the edge.”
    “We can’t. We will fall!”

    Come to the edge.”
    And they came.”

    And he pushed them.

    And they flew !

    • Guillaume Appollinaire
  • DON’T QUIT

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
    When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!
    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As everyone of us sometimes learns,

    And many a failure has turned about,
    When they might have won had they stuck it out.
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
    You may succeed with another blow!,

    Often the goal is nearer than
    It seems to a faint and faltering one,
    Often the struggler has given up
    When they might have captured the victor’s cup.

    And they learned too late, when the night slipped down,
    How close they were to the golden crown.
    Success is failure turned inside out,
    The silver tint to the clouds of doubt.

    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far.
    So stick to the task when you’re hardest hit,
    It’s when things seem the worst, that you must not quit!

  • Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.

    • Ernest Hemingway
  • The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

    • Robert Frost
  • Arise, Awake and STOP NOT till the goal is reached !”

    • Swami Vivekananda

If something is missing (or i am wrong somewhere) then please help me correct it.