Archive for October, 2007

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Posted on October 29, 2007. Filed under: Personalities, Roman Thought |

People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

Before beginning, plan carefully.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC). Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, philosopher. widely considered one of Rome’s greatest orators. During the civil wars and the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar, his career was marked by a tendency to shift his position in response to changes in the political climate.

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Edward Gibbon …

Posted on October 27, 2007. Filed under: Quotes |

We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest and we must win.

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.


Conversation enriches the character, but solitude is the school of genius.

The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.

Style is the image of character.

I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female and which prefers her to the rest of her sex and which seeks her possession as the supreme or sole happiness of our being.

I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses and my expense is equal to my wishes.

Edward Gibbon (1737 – 1794). Historian whose six volume, ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ is rated among the great works of all time. He is known principally for the quality and irony of his prose and his open denigration of organized religion. His only romance was with a young woman, who would later become the wife of Louis XVI’s finance minister and the mother of Madame de Staël. Gibbon is also famed for his, “I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.”

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Julie Andrews …

Posted on October 26, 2007. Filed under: Movies, Searching for Success |

On the whole I think women wear too much and are too fussy. You cant see the person for all the clutter.

I am a liberated woman and I do beleive that if a woman does equal work, she must be paid equally well. But I am also feminine and I do like male authority to lean on.

Richard Burton rang me up once and said, “Do you know that you are the only leading lady I have not slept with?”.

And I replied, “Well, please dont tell everybody. Its the worst image”.

Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, its a kind of order that sets me free to fly.

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Posted on October 24, 2007. Filed under: The Good Book |

Do not envy the honors of a sinner, for you do not know what his end will be.

Do not follow your base desires but restrain your appetites. If you allow your soul to take pleasure in base desires, it will make you the laughing stock of your enemies.

Do no evil and evil willl never befall you. Stay away from wrong and it will stay away from you.

Flee from sin as from a snake; for if you approach it, it will bite you – its teeth are lions teeth and destroy the souls of men.

When a sieve is shaken, the refuse remains; so a man’s filth remains in his thought.

In all that you do, remember the end of your life; and then you will never sin.

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Personal Traits of Successful, Impressive People – VI

Posted on October 24, 2007. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

The Sixth physical trait of all impressive, magnetic persons is their voice, which at once commands and holds attention.

Indeed as Disraeli noted, “There is no surer index of character than the voice”.

Your voice is the reflection of the real you. It is the tool of your emotions and the things a man or woman says are him or her self.

An empty voice is the first great barrier in life.

It is always seen that persons with ‘dead’, monotonous voices are corresspondingly dull in mind and heart when using the voice.

All voices are developed by habit or training. Voice development is a near mathematical process and not slow at that

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Confucius …

Posted on October 23, 2007. Filed under: Chinese Wisdom |

Confucius was a thinker and philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese life and thought. He emphasized personal and governmental morality, correct social relationships, justice and sincerity. Here follow excerpts from his thought –

Look at the means a man employs; consider his motives; observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself.   And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Success depends upon previous preparation; and without such preparation, there is sure to be failure. Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.  The superior man is slow in his speech but earnest in his actions. Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Better a diamond with a flaw, then a pebble without.

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender your self to self chosen ignorance. Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. There are three methods for obtaining wisdom. First, by reflection, which is noblest. Second, by imitation, which is easiest. Third by experience, which is bitterest.

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Diogenes – who asked Alexander to step aside …

Posted on October 22, 2007. Filed under: Personalities, The Great Greeks |

Diogenes “the Cynic” whose teacher had been present at Socrates death, as a beggar who made his home in the streets of Athens and made a virtue of extreme poverty. He taught contempt for human achievements and debunked social values and institutions. When asked by Alexander, whose shadow fell upon Diogenes, as to what he could give him, Diogenes replied –

“I ask nothing but that you stand to one side, so that the sun may shine upon me”.

For self preservation, a man needs both good friends as well as strong enemies. Because friends sustain you and enemies keep you on your toes.

When I look upon men who labour, including men of science and philosophers, it seems to me that man is the noblest of all beings.
But when I look upon priests and prophets, then I think there is nothing so contemptible as man.

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Personal Traits of Successful, Impressive People

Posted on October 19, 2007. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

People, who are ‘magnetic’, who have ‘presence’ or who ‘impress and attract’, vis a vis repelling or not warranting a second glance, have certain observable qualities.

These traits are either inborn or they maybe cultivated by instinct, observation, training or imbibed by mere proximity to those having these qualities.

These traits are physically observable. There is no advice involved ie be good, kind, courteous or what ever. These traits make one eminently useful to one self and thereafter useful to others.

These traits result in a deadly quietitude, internal as well as external. They result in total self possession with volcanic power (physical, mental and emotional) held in check and servitude

These Five Traits are covered in separate posts which follow under the same Title.

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Lao Tzu or Laozi …

Posted on October 18, 2007. Filed under: Chinese Wisdom |

Lao Tzu was a philosopher and a central figure in Taoism. Revered as wise and as God in various forms of Taoism – much like Buddha, as both are regarded differently by religious and philosophical school. A central figure in Chinese culture – both nobility and the common people claim Lao in their lineage. Throughout history, his work has been embraced by anti-authoritarian movements.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. To see things in the seed, that is genius. Perseverence is the foundation of all actions.

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. The way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non being is the greatest joy. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful.

 To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Silence is a source of great strength. Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

He who obtains has little; he who scatters has much. The sage does not hoard; the more he helps others, the more he benefits himself; the more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. He who knows enough is enough, will always have enough.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

By letting it go, it all gets done; the world iis won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.

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Socrates …

Posted on October 10, 2007. Filed under: The Great Greeks |

 Socrates was a classical philosopher, best known for Socratic irony and the Socratic Method. He exerted a powerful influence upon the founders of Western philosophy, most particularly Plato and Aristotle, and while Socrates’ principal contribution to philosophy is in the field of ethics, he also made important and lasting contributions to the fields of logic.

As for me, I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is – I know nothing!.

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.

Beauty is a short lived tyranny. By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you will be happy. If you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher and that is a good thing for any man.

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