Posts Tagged ‘Quote’

28-Apr-2016 Reading.. some quotes

Thursday 28 April 2016 Leave a comment

As always I have been reading a lot, A LOT. I scribbled these quotes down:

Expeditions allow me to commit to a goal of my own choosing; any problems I face are mine to deal with, and success or failure is a direct result of my own abilities or shortcomings. Each trip brings new confidence, new experience, and new ideas. from:
You can dress up a bug and call it a feature. You can also put dog crap in the freezer and call it ice cream. But people can taste the difference.

23-Apr-2015 Be a light unto yourself

Thursday 23 April 2015 Leave a comment

I read this quote today by Vimala Thakar which I liked, it just jumped off the page at me :

Don’t follow anyone. Be a light unto yourself.

Searching on the internet, it looks like The Buddha said something similar. I am not surprised:


I try not to follow anyone, ever, and just do my own thing, for better or worse.

Dawn says it makes me painful, not wanting to listen to anyone.

13-Dec-2014 Hard work beats talent

Saturday 13 December 2014 Leave a comment

I saw this picture here. I think it sort of sums me up – not very talented but work hard. And I have seen talented people waste their talent by being sloppy & lazy and ultimately get overtaken by people who show up every day and keep plugging away.



6-Dec-2014 Bhagavad Gita Quote

Saturday 6 December 2014 Leave a comment

I read this quote the other day :

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna advises Arjuna, “ Let go of the fruits of your actions. Your job is to act as perfectly as you can—My job is to take care of the results.”

I really like that – my interpretation is “act as perfectly as you can – and don’t worry about the rest, it will sort itself out“.
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important Hindu scriptures, a bit like the Bible or Gospels if you are Christian (which I am not).

But then I looked at another translation and couldn’t find the same quote exactly – this seemed to be closest:

You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits. Do not let the fruits of action be your motive, but do not attach yourself to nonaction. — Chapter 2, verse 47

In fact it turns out that translating the Bhagavad Gita is a pretty random exercise, refer this link, although no doubt there are many other places where they discuss varying translations.

Anyway, its good to stuff to ponder on, whilst I lay in my hammock on the back deck!

The main reason for posting this is that it is soooo close to my preferred and most favourite mantra. If you know me then you will know that I try to live this each and every day :

4-Dec-2014 Your Attention Please

Thursday 4 December 2014 Leave a comment

I saw this quote here :

I have have always lived my life in this way since I was a teenager, maybe that was a sign of a good upbringing – I knew no one was going to help. It’s just me and all my faculties – for better or worse – versus the world. So I try to be as self-sufficient and non-needy as possible.



29-Oct-2014 A Fine Balance Book

Wednesday 29 October 2014 Leave a comment

afinebalanceThis month’s book for Book Club was “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry. I have read it before and loved it and I have read of bunch of his other ones also.

I loved the book again, I love the slow-paced build-up. I love the snippets into Indian life and different religions and customs but it’s not rammed hard at you. It’s good.

Obviously, it’s set in India which always puts it firmly in my radar, I love books about India. The 2 tailors, from a lower caste are definitely underdogs, I am always a fan of under dogs. Dinah and Maneck complete the key four characters, are an interesting mix of people and backgrounds but the story goes well together and I felt like I really cared for them, which is quite rare in a book. It follows that successes and failures.

Here were some cool quotes I’d bookmarked:

The proofreader nodded, ‘You see, you cannot draw lines and compartments, and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.’ He paused, considering what he had just said. ‘Yes,’ he repeated. ‘In the end, it’s all a question of balance.’

Which is obviously where he got the name of the book from. Very true.

But how firm to stand, how much to bend? Where was the line between compassion and foolishness, kindness and weakness? And that was from her position. From theirs, it might be a line between mercy and cruelty, consideration and callousness.

 This is one of the great truths, most people and society in general likes order, but you can’t be impassionate about choices, there has to be some give – it’s not a black and white world.

‘The rules should always allow someone to win,’ Om insisted. The logical breakdown troubled him. ‘Sometimes, no one wins,’ said Maneck. ‘You were right, it is a stupid game,’ said Om.

 I think this is a wry comment on life – no one wins, everyone dies, rich, poor, sick, well. Even if you lead a long and healthy and fruitful life you still get to see everyone you hold dear die in front of you.

‘So that’s the rule to remember, the whole quilt is much more important than any single square.’

 An uplifting comment … the meaning is obvious. Don’t worry about one setback – put it in to perspective with your whole life.

People forget how vulnerable they are despite their shirts and shoes and briefcases, how this hungry and cruel world could strip them, put them in the same position as my beggars.’

 yes, you may have it all now, but fortune, luck or karma have a way of changing everything, even in the blink of an eye.

‘After all, our lives are but a sequence of accidents – a clanking chain of chance events. A string of choices, casual or deliberate, which add up to that one big calamity we call life.’

So true, I often remark to Dawn that life is like one big random accidental series of occurrences!

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28-Oct-2014 Looking Back

Tuesday 28 October 2014 Leave a comment