Monthly Archives: September 2012

Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Marcus Aurelius, emperor over the last generat...

Marcus Aurelius, emperor over the last generation of classicists and himself a classicist. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Men exist for the sake of one another.

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.

Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.

I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, “This is a misfortune” but “To bear this worthily is good fortune.”

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Men exist for the sake of one another.


The Psychology of Security – By Bruce Schneier

English: Bruce Schneier at CFP 2007: Open pane...

English: Bruce Schneier at CFP 2007: Open panel on Net Freedom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Security is both a feeling and a reality. And they’re not the same…..”

It’s from 2008, but I doubt that the basics of human perception, behavior and society in general will have changed since then. Good read.

William Gibson quotes

Portrait of author William Gibson taken on his...

Portrait of author William Gibson taken on his 60th birthday; March 17, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”

“Fiction is an illusion wrought with many small, conventionally symbolic marks, triggering visions in the minds of others”

“The written word still enjoyed a certain prestige here. It was a sluggish country.”

“I think I’d probably tell you that it’s easier to desire and pursue the attention of tens of millions of total strangers than it is to accept the love and loyalty of the people closest to us.”

“When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.”

“Stand high long enough and your lightning will come.”


“There must be some Tommy Hilfiger event horizon, beyond which it is impossible to be more derivative, more removed from the source, more devoid of soul.”

“She walked on, comforted by the surf, by the one perpetual moment of beach-time, the now-and-always of it.

Quotes by Dale Carnegie

The Mysterious Rock of Wonder

Image by Stuck in Customs via Flickr

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.

If you disagree with them you may be tempted to interrupt. But don’t. It is dangerous. They won’t pay attention to you while they still have a lot of ideas of their own crying for expression. So listen
patiently and with an open mind.

Let us praise even the slightest improvement. That inspires the other person to keep on improving.

So the only way on earth to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it.

You will never get into trouble by admitting that you may be wrong. That will stop all argument and inspire your opponent to be just as fair and open and broad-minded as you are. It will make him want to admit that he, too, may be wrong.

Wouldn’t you like to have a magic phrase that would stop arguments, eliminate ill feeling, create good will, and make the other person listen attentively? Yes? All right. Here it is: “I don’t blame you one iota for feeling as you do. If I were you I would undoubtedly feel just as you do.”

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Three-fourths of the people you will ever meet are hungering and thirsting for sympathy. Give it to them, and they will love you.

Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.

Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.

Everybody in the world is seeking happiness – and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.

The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely.

The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage. He has little competition.

These investigations revealed that even in such technical lines as engineering, about 15 percent of one’s financial success is due to one’s technical knowledge and about 85 percent is due to skill in human engineering-to personality and the ability to lead people.

Your smile is a messenger of your good will. Your smile brightens the lives of all who see it. To someone who has seen a dozen people frown, scowl or turn their faces away, your smile is like the sun breaking through the clouds.

Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.

Listen first. Give your opponents a chance to talk. Let them finish. Do not resist, defend or debate. This only raises barriers. Try to build bridges of understanding.

If we want to make friends, let’s greet people with animation and enthusiasm. When somebody calls you on the telephone use the same psychology. Say “Hello” in tones that bespeak how pleased YOU are to have the person call.

Asking questions not only makes an order more palatable; it often stimulates the creativity of the persons whom you ask. People are more likely to accept an order if they have had a part in the decision that caused the order to be issued.

There is only one way under high heaven to get anybody to do anything. Did you ever stop to think of that? Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it.

The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.

So if you aspire to be a good conversationalist, be an attentive listener. To be interesting, be interested. Ask questions that other persons will enjoy answering. Encourage them to talk about themselves and their accomplishments. Remember that the people you are talking to are a hundred times more interested in themselves and their wants and problems than they are in you and your problems. A person’s toothache means more to that person than a famine in China which kills a million people. […] Think of that the next time you start a conversation.

Do you know someone you would like to change and regulate and improve? Good! That is fine. I am all in favor of it, But why not begin on yourself? From a purely selfish standpoint, that is a lot more profitable than trying to improve others – yes, and a lot less dangerous.

Merely stating a truth isn’t enough. The truth has to be made vivid, interesting, dramatic. You have to use showmanship.

There is a reason why the other man thinks and acts as he does. Ferret out that reason – and you have the key to his actions, perhaps to his personality. Try honestly to put yourself in his place.

Whenever Roosevelt expected a visitor, he sat up late the night before, reading up on the subject in which he knew his guest was particularly interested. For Roosevelt knew, as all leaders know, that the royal road to a person’s heart is to talk about the things he or she treasures most.

It is always easier to listen to unpleasant things after we have heard some praise of our good points.

And so I had him thinking of me as a good conversationalist when, in reality, I had been merely a good listener and had encouraged him to talk.

In talking with people, don’t begin by discussing the things on which you differ. Begin by emphasizing – and keep on emphasizing – the things on which you agree. Keep emphasizing, if possible, that you are both striving for the same end and that your only difference is one of method and not of purpose.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

A person hears only what they understand.

Few people have the imagination for reality.

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.

The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.

Science arose from poetry… when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.


Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.

Doubt grows with knowledge.

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

Nothing is worth more than this day.

We don’t get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.

He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.

The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

If you start to think of your physical and moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.