Monthly Archives: October 2012

SAYINGS FROM THE HAVAMAL

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Danish seamen, painted mid-twelfth century. Th...

Danish seamen, painted mid-twelfth century. The Viking Age saw Norseman explore, raid, conquer and trade through wide areas of the West. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moderately wise
a man should be
not too crafty or clever.
A learned man’s heart
whose learning is deep
seldom sings with joy.

The unwise man
is awake all night
worries over and again.
When morning rises
he is restless still,
his burden as before.

It is fortunate
to be favored
with praise and popularity.
It is dire luck
to be dependent
on the feelings of your fellow man.

A guest needs
Giving water
Fine towels and friendliness.
A cheerful word
A chance to speak
Kindness and concern.

The cautious guest
Who comes to the table
Speaks sparingly.
Listens with ears
Learns with eyes.
Such is the seeker of knowledge.

Ale
Has too often
Been praised by poets.
The longer you drink
The less sense
Your mind makes of things.

At a feast
The fool chatters
Or he stares and stammers.
Just as soon as
His jug is full
Ale unviels his mind.

Wake early
if you want
another man’s life or land.
No lamb
for the lazy wolf.
No battle’s won in bed.

Do not ever
Mock other
Men at a meeting.
They pass for wise
Who pass unnoticed.
Stay dry in the storm.

Often it’s best
For the unwise man
To sit in silence.
His ignorance
Goes unnoticed
Unless tells too much.
It’s the ill fortune
Of unwise men
That they can not keep silent

The inquisitive man
Appears clever,
If he can ask and answer well.
Gossip, thus,
Gathers speed,
Cannot be kept still.

Much nonsence
A man utters
Who talks without tiring.
A ready tongue
unrestrained
Brings bad reward.

It makes sense
To set off home
When guest mocks guest.
Who can tell
At the table
If he laughs with angry men?

A true friend
Whom you trust well
And wish for his good will:
Go to him often
Exchange gifts
And keep him company.

Load no man
With lavish gifts.
Small presents often win great praise.
With a loaf cut
And a cup shared
I found fellowship.

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Mahatma Gandhi Quote

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Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l’Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Terry Pratchet Quotes

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“What’s a philosopher?’ said Brutha.
Someone who’s bright enough to find a job with no heavy lifting,’ said a voice in his head.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
― Terry Pratchett

“Cutangle: While I’m still confused and uncertain, it’s on a much higher plane, d’you see, and at least I know I’m bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe.
Treatle: I hadn’t looked at it like that, but you’re absolutely right. He’s really pushed back the boundaries of ignorance.
They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things.”
― Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
― Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

“The secret is not to dream,” she whispered. “The secret is to wake up. Waking up is harder. I have woken up and I am real. I know where I come from and I know where I’m going. You cannot fool me any more. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“Death: Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.”
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools — the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans — and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, ‘You can’t trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there’s nothing you can do about it, so let’s have a drink.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.”
― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

“There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“She heard him mutter, ‘Can you take away this grief?’
‘I’m sorry,’ she replied. ‘Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.”
― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

“Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”
― Terry Pratchett, Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms

“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.”
― Terry Pratchett

“He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“The Ephebians believed that every man should have the vote (provided that he wasn’t poor, foreign, nor disqualified by reason of being mad, frivolous, or a woman). Every five years someone was elected to be Tyrant, provided he could prove that he was honest, intelligent, sensible, and trustworthy. Immediately after he was elected, of course, it was obvious to everyone that he was a criminal madman and totally out of touch with the view of the ordinary philosopher in the street looking for a towel. And then five years later they elected another one just like him, and really it was amazing how intelligent people kept on making the same mistakes.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“She walked quickly through the darkness with the frank stride of someone who was at least certain that the forest, on this damp and windy night, contained strange and terrible things and she was it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

“We’ve strayed into a zone with a high magical index,’ he said. ‘Don’t ask me how. Once upon a time a really powerful magic field must have been generated here, and we’re feeling the after-effects.’

Precisely,’ said a passing bush.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

“If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn’t as cynical as real life.”
― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

“Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.”
― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

“Speak softly and employ a huge man with a crowbar.”
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

“Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.”
― Terry Pratchett

“It was sad, like those businessmen who came to work in serious clothes but wore colorful ties in a mad, desperate attempt to show there was a free spirit in there somewhere.”
― Terry Pratchett, Making Money

“Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It’s the difference between using a feather and using a chicken.”
― Terry Pratchett, Eric

“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”
― Terry Pratchett

“Money doesn’t buy happiness, Gytha.”
“I only wanted to rent it for a few weeks!”
― Terry Pratchett

“No, what he didn’t like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.”
― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.”
― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

“Sometimes I really think people ought to have to pass a proper exam before they’re allowed to be parents. Not just the practical, I mean.”
― Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
― Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

“…inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
― Terry Pratchett

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.”
― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

“Bursar?”
“Yes, Archchancellor?”
“You ain’t a member of some secret society or somethin’, are you?”
“Me? No, Archchancellor.”
“Then it’d be a damn good idea to take your underpants off your head.”
― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

“Mister Teatime had a truly brilliant mind, but it was brilliant like a fractured mirror, all marvellous facets and rainbows but, ultimately, also something that was broken.”
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Jingo

“Don’t be smart. Smart is only a polished version of dumb. Try intelligence. It will surely see you through.”
― Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals

“My name is immaterial,’ she said.
That’s a pretty name,’ said Rincewind.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

“We are here and it is now. The way I see it is, after that, everything tends towards guesswork.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“His progress through life was hampered by his tremendous sense of his own ignorance, a disability which affects all too few.”
― Terry Pratchett, Maskerade

“This is very similar to the suggestion put forward by the Quirmian philosopher Ventre, who said, “Possibly the gods exist, and possibly they do not. So why not believe in them in any case? If it’s all true you’ll go to a lovely place when you die, and if it isn’t then you’ve lost nothing, right?” When he died he woke up in a circle of gods holding nasty-looking sticks and one of them said, “We’re going to show you what we think of Mr Clever Dick in these parts…”
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“It’s going to look pretty good, then, isn’t it,” said War testily, “the One Horseman and Three Pedestrians of the Apocalypse.”
― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

“Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Diggers

“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

“Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.”
― Terry Pratchett, Mort

“What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?”
― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man
“What’s a philosopher?’ said Brutha.
Someone who’s bright enough to find a job with no heavy lifting,’ said a voice in his head.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
― Terry Pratchett

“Cutangle: While I’m still confused and uncertain, it’s on a much higher plane, d’you see, and at least I know I’m bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe.
Treatle: I hadn’t looked at it like that, but you’re absolutely right. He’s really pushed back the boundaries of ignorance.
They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things.”
― Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
― Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

“The secret is not to dream,” she whispered. “The secret is to wake up. Waking up is harder. I have woken up and I am real. I know where I come from and I know where I’m going. You cannot fool me any more. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“Death: Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.”
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools — the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans — and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, ‘You can’t trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there’s nothing you can do about it, so let’s have a drink.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.”
― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

“There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“She heard him mutter, ‘Can you take away this grief?’
‘I’m sorry,’ she replied. ‘Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.”
― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

“Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”
― Terry Pratchett, Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms

“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.”
― Terry Pratchett

“He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“The Ephebians believed that every man should have the vote (provided that he wasn’t poor, foreign, nor disqualified by reason of being mad, frivolous, or a woman). Every five years someone was elected to be Tyrant, provided he could prove that he was honest, intelligent, sensible, and trustworthy. Immediately after he was elected, of course, it was obvious to everyone that he was a criminal madman and totally out of touch with the view of the ordinary philosopher in the street looking for a towel. And then five years later they elected another one just like him, and really it was amazing how intelligent people kept on making the same mistakes.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“She walked quickly through the darkness with the frank stride of someone who was at least certain that the forest, on this damp and windy night, contained strange and terrible things and she was it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

“We’ve strayed into a zone with a high magical index,’ he said. ‘Don’t ask me how. Once upon a time a really powerful magic field must have been generated here, and we’re feeling the after-effects.’

Precisely,’ said a passing bush.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

“If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn’t as cynical as real life.”
― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

“Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.”
― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

“Speak softly and employ a huge man with a crowbar.”
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

“Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.”
― Terry Pratchett

“It was sad, like those businessmen who came to work in serious clothes but wore colorful ties in a mad, desperate attempt to show there was a free spirit in there somewhere.”
― Terry Pratchett, Making Money

“Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It’s the difference between using a feather and using a chicken.”
― Terry Pratchett, Eric

“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”
― Terry Pratchett

“Money doesn’t buy happiness, Gytha.”
“I only wanted to rent it for a few weeks!”
― Terry Pratchett

“No, what he didn’t like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.”
― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.”
― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

“Sometimes I really think people ought to have to pass a proper exam before they’re allowed to be parents. Not just the practical, I mean.”
― Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
― Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

“…inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
― Terry Pratchett

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.”
― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

“Bursar?”
“Yes, Archchancellor?”
“You ain’t a member of some secret society or somethin’, are you?”
“Me? No, Archchancellor.”
“Then it’d be a damn good idea to take your underpants off your head.”
― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

“Mister Teatime had a truly brilliant mind, but it was brilliant like a fractured mirror, all marvellous facets and rainbows but, ultimately, also something that was broken.”
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Jingo

“Don’t be smart. Smart is only a polished version of dumb. Try intelligence. It will surely see you through.”
― Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals

“My name is immaterial,’ she said.
That’s a pretty name,’ said Rincewind.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

“We are here and it is now. The way I see it is, after that, everything tends towards guesswork.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“His progress through life was hampered by his tremendous sense of his own ignorance, a disability which affects all too few.”
― Terry Pratchett, Maskerade

“This is very similar to the suggestion put forward by the Quirmian philosopher Ventre, who said, “Possibly the gods exist, and possibly they do not. So why not believe in them in any case? If it’s all true you’ll go to a lovely place when you die, and if it isn’t then you’ve lost nothing, right?” When he died he woke up in a circle of gods holding nasty-looking sticks and one of them said, “We’re going to show you what we think of Mr Clever Dick in these parts…”
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“It’s going to look pretty good, then, isn’t it,” said War testily, “the One Horseman and Three Pedestrians of the Apocalypse.”
― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

“Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Diggers

“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

“Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.”
― Terry Pratchett, Mort

“What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?”
― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

“All assassins had a full-length mirror in their rooms, because it would be a terrible insult to anyone to kill them when you were badly dressed.”
― Terry Pratchett, Pyramids

“All assassins had a full-length mirror in their rooms, because it would be a terrible insult to anyone to kill them when you were badly dressed.”
― Terry Pratchett, Pyramids