Archive for January, 2009

Another Frenchman …

Posted on January 26, 2009. Filed under: Guide Posts, The French Contribution |

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a well known writer and aviator well known for his books about aviation adventure. Extracts from his thought …

The one thing that matters is the effort. True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.

How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become – to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.

 I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man. 


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The Mighty Seabiscuit !

Posted on January 25, 2009. Filed under: Movies, Personalities, Sports |

Actual footage below:

Click here to see: Seabiscuit vs War Admiral – 1938 Match race

Click here to see: Seabiscuit wins the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap

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Eye Color and Temperament …

Posted on January 17, 2009. Filed under: Personal Magnetism, Personalities |

There is a deep connect between the ‘inherited’ temperament and the color of one’s eyes. However it is easy to acquire the exact opposite temperament vis a vis acquiring other characteristics.

The color of the eye is shown by the iris, which is the colored circle surrounding the black pupil and is itself surrounded by the white, or cornea, of the eye.

The pupil is actually a dark hole and hence it is black but it expands and contracts depending on outside influences like light and internal moods like excitement and passion. To see the area at the rear of the eye, doctors expand this pupil and thus are better able to see the inner state of the eye..

Usually calmer the person, the smaller will be the pupil. But when feelings and passionns are aroused, the pupil expands and at times nearly covers the whole  iris – and this in even bright sunlight. Here the inner power overpowers the outer conditions.

The iris has four main colors. It is either ‘grey’, ‘blue’ or ‘brown’ whiich itself covers a broad range from the light hazel to the dark brown black…

The blue eyed person, when in the brighter moods, is light, happy, cheerful, brilliant, active and even effervescent. However when the negative moods prevail,, the blue eyes become cold, the nature revengeful, the plans furtive and the mind unreasonable in its demands.

The grey eyed person, is cool, calculating, steady in nerve and unflinching in muscle. He talks but little when a purpose it at stake and looks you coolly in the eye when you address him/her. You feel compelled to do all the talking and he does not assist you by word or nod.

His face never relaxes into an assent and you keep on thinking of new ideas and expressing them in the hope that you will be rewarded by some show of acquiesceance.

Meanwhile he is looking you steadily in the eye. A stupid person may seem to do this but stufpidity relaxes the muscles of the jaw and draws down the face into a look of perplexity.

Brown eyes embrace a score of shades from a light hazel (akin to the blue) to the dark brown black.

The brown eyed person, which means the color is in between light and dark, when positive is affectinate and rich in the expression of energy but finds it very difficult to hold to a steady purpose unless trained by fixed habits of living.

The dark brown eyed  person is dangerous and deep. When positive, the nature, the eyes, the expression, the grasp, the very presence suggest warmth. When negative, there is a nervoous irritibiltiy which jars upon the nerves of all who are near.

We must remember that all spontanious expressiins of energy come from inherited temperaments.

All deliberate exhibitions of energy come from acquired temperaments.

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Body Language II … the ‘eyes’ …

Posted on January 15, 2009. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

The eyes indicate mental activity. This is depicted mainly by the positions of the eyelids.

The lower lid, has two main positions, apart from the normal.

Note that when a person holds an opposite opinion or is analyzing you, he/she will always raise the lower eyelid; It indicates analysis and scrutiny.When the lower lid is brought inward ie towards the nose, it shows antipathy and an intention to combat you to the finish.


The Upper Lid has a range of positions indicating a gamutt of mental activity.

If the upper lid touches the top of the iris, it shows that the mind is very attentive.
If there is a thin white line visible above the iris, then it shows that both the mind as well as the feelings have been aroused; A wider white line between the iris and the lid, shows extreme fear, horror, insane ecstasy and the like.
If, however, the upper lid is lowered and the eyeball is turned upward, then the mind has ceased to work and is inattentive.


YUL BRYNNER, the powerful actor was famed for conveying his unsploken  thoughts by a mere change in the position of his eyelids.His eyes conveyed more than his words.

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Lord Byron …

Posted on January 12, 2009. Filed under: Guide Posts, Personalities, Quotes, The English |

Byron was a leading figure in Romanticism. Regarded as one of the greatest European poets and is widely read and influential. His fame rests not only on his writings but also on his life, which featured extravagant living, numerous love affairs, debts and marital exploits. He was famously described as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”.

All who want joy must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn’t know. A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster, salad and Champagne — the only true feminine and becoming viands.

Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep. and yet a third of life is passed in sleep. Why I came here, I know not. Where I shall go, it is useless to inquire.  In the midst of myriads of  living and dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity — why should I be anxious?

It is very certain that the desire of life prolongs it.

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Again … Goethe …

Posted on January 11, 2009. Filed under: Guide Posts, The Germans |

Goethe put it this way in Book V of his ‘Bildungsroman, Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre’:


People are so inclined to content themselves with the most commonplace that the spirit of the senses so easily grows dead.


It is only because the senses are not used to taste of what is excellent that many people take delight in silly and insipid things provided that they are new.



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Programme Yourself … and ‘how’…

Posted on January 9, 2009. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

 Firstly, the First Idea of the Day is the Ruling Idea of that Day. This means that the first earnest vital thought of the morning will have a large share in controlling you all day long.


Secondly, the Last Idea of the Night Before Going Off to Sleep is the Saturating Thought of the Night. The last vital thought of the night, just as you are ready to drop asleep will saturate your being and ‘Make You Really What You Want’


Allow yourself to drop asleep between your better hopes and the solid determination to win.


At night, just before going to sleep, You must always be in the Controlling Seat and the Mind must be made to do as You wish and Command.


You must Control the Mind and not let it be controlled by circumstance – more so at this time.



‘You can set the pace of the Mind’s work for the next 24 hours by giving it the last suggestions before falling asleep and telling it what it has to do.



Program your self — Allot Time and Do Not Postpone’.

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Napoleon as Orator and Health at Waterloo …

Posted on January 3, 2009. Filed under: Personalities, The French Contribution |

Some one has written thus re the little Corsican. “One canot forget that Napoleon abandoned one army in Egypt, left the remnants of another in the snows of Russia and then strutted inot the dabacle of Waterloo”.  Well, here is what Houston Peterson, the noted authority on eloquence, says about this great leader of men.

“As a military orator, as a general addressing his troops, Napoleon was unsurpassed’. He invented a style of eloquence reminiscent of Caesar – brief, bold, declarative, familiar yet imperial in its bold sweep and cadence. It made an instant appeal to valor and the soldiers of the Republic died for him unquestioningly’. He spoke in a clipped, terse, passionate style, with an effect which  startled the world.

‘As a parliamentary speaker, confronted by a hostile or doubtful audience, he was a failure. His forte was not debate or eloquent persuasion but crisp proclamation, announcing his victories or his sovereign decisions. His genus rapidly put him in  a position where only the latter were needed”.

And now his Health at W;aterloo  –  Oroland  Barries

On February 26, 1815 Napoleon left Elba with one thousand of his devoted soldiers in seven small boats. They landed in Cannes three days later and began a march to Paris. However, Napoleon fell ill at Grasse, just after leaving Cannes. He had begun the march on horseback so he could be seen by everyone along the way, but his pain was so great he had to continue in a carriage. The bad roads and potholes made things worse. He rested for a while and then continued on horseback. Reports indicate that his “dysuria” had returned, undoubtedly a recurrence of the attack suffered at Borodino earlier. It has also been alleged that the attack was due to prolapsed hemorrhoids. The attack lasted two days, and then the march to Paris was resumed. Napoleon arrived in Paris on March 20th.

Napoleon was tired. After a few hours of work he needed rest, unlike his former vigor. He often sat silently and appeared sad. Between March and May his health grew much worse. He also had repeated attacks of dysuria. He recalled Dr Corvisart to his side, but the latter’s own health was failing too.

His condition was deteriorating rapidly as the showdown at Waterloo approached:

The night after the battle of Ligny on June 16-17, 1815, Napoleon fell seriously ill. He was at the castle of Fleurus near Charleroi. Napoleon was completely exhausted and was unable to rise from his bed for many hours. In the morning he was too weak to even issue important orders to Marshal Grouchy until well after 8am. Napoleon had become obese and was also suffering from another illness, much more immediately serious – prolapsed bleeding hemorrhoids. He had had hemorrhoids for many years, probably due to his chronic constipation and constant riding for long hours in the saddle.

On the night after Ligny however, Napoleon was suffering from seriously strangulated piles – prolapsed hemorrhoids pushed outside of his anal sphincter. He had spent most of the day during the battle of Ligny on horseback, which was certainly a credit to his endurance, but it must have been horrendous for him, certainly distracting. This “secret” was kept confidential until Adolph Thiers interviewed both Jerome and Marchand when authoring his Histoire du Consulat et de l’Empire. During the interview, Jerome was very unspecific, stating that Napoleon had a “little weakness of the blood vessels”. However, Jerome really spilled the beans just before his death in 1860 telling the whole truth about the incident.

A combination of stress, pain and his failing health probably was behind his defeat. His prodigious memory and ability to micromanage his forces weren’t there for him. For example, he left behind his best general, Louis-Nicolas Davout, back in Paris. He brought Michel Ney instead, whose cavalry failed to properly attack the British and take out their artillery.

A younger Napoleon, healthier and with a mind clear of pain wouldn’t have made  mistakes

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