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Something for Mankind …

Posted on August 9, 2017. Filed under: American Thinkers, Guide Posts, Quotes, Searching for Success |

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr was a jurist and Supreme Court Justice for 30 yrs. He is famous for his concise, pithy, prescient opinions and remains one of the most widely cited Supreme Court justices. He is the author of the phrase, “clear and present danger.” These extracts are from his thought

ATTITUDE is more important than heritage, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say; it is also more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

Carve every word before you let it fall. A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used. Don’t be ‘consistent but be true.

Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him. Man’s mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience. A new and valid idea is stronger than an army. The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are tending. The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part of what we think. People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.

To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. Yet nothing is so commonplace that it has not the wish to be remarkable.

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

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On Speech and Silence …

Posted on June 30, 2017. Filed under: Quotes, The Grand Scots |

On Speech, Silence; – Thomas Carlyle ….

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves. Silence is more eloquent than words. It is as deep as eternity. Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.

Speech is as shallow as time. Speech is human, Silence is divine – yet also brutish and dead. Therefore we must learn both arts.

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels. In fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man, is felt to be so divine – it brings us near to the Infinite.

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Gen KS Thimayya or Just Timmy …

Posted on May 15, 2017. Filed under: From a Services Career, Pakistan, Personalities, Quotes |

Gen KS Thimayya remains one of the Three Greatest Chiefs of the Indian Army along with Field Marshals KM Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw.

Timmy’s  misfortune was that Nehru’s blue eyed boy – the machiavillian V K Krishna Menon was the Defense Minister whose sole aim was to belittle the Chief and destroy the moral fabric of the Nations’ Army. Menon had even gone to Sam when he was GOC 26 Div, to enlist his help to bring down Timmy. Sam had of course point blank refused to be dragged down to such heinous villainy. As a consequence an enquiry was instituted against Sam when he was Commandant the Staff College and his promotion delayed by a year and half.

Timmy had foreseen the 1962 War and had got Gen SP Thorat to do an Appreciation to evolve a plan for the defense of NEFA. Gen Thorat had in the event recommended that we fight at the existing Road Heads in view of the poor communications and our lack of wherewithal. Gen Thimayya agreed with Gen Thorat and went on to recommend to the Govt that Gen Thorat take over as Chief after he retired.

However Nehru and Menon had different plans which was to make an Army Service Corps officer, Gen BM Kaul, a Kashmiri related to Nehru, Chief after Timmy retired.. The result was that toe indian Army touched the Nadir of its Great History.

\Bare bone facts re Timmy – a military legend in his own right and by any standard.

Born 30th Mar 1906. Died 17 Dec 1965 after he had seen the Debacle of 1962 and the 1965 War.

He was the first Indian to command an Infantry brigade during WWII.

His elder brother Ponappa served in the INA, while his younger brother Somaiah was killed in action  in Kashmir.

In the army he had a running feud with British officers over their snobbery/racism.

He wanted to quit the Army and join the Freedom Movement  but was dissuaded by Motilal Nehru – father of Pandit Nehru.

During the Quit India movement he ordered troops not to fire on the protesters.

He oversaw the surrender of INA at Rangoon, his brother was one of the POWs.

After the Korean War, he played a major role in repatriation of POWs winning plaudits from Gen Douglas Mc Arthur.

During the Kashmir War in 1947, he personally led from the front in a tank for ohe capture Zoji La Pass.

He asked Nehru for just thoree months to retake the whole of J and K but Nehru referred to the UN.

Had a running feud with the Def Minister V.K.Menon over his undue interference in the Army.

Had the foresight to recognize the dange from China along with Sardar Vallabhai Patel much before any one else..

His proposal to appoint Lt.Gen Thorat as Army Chief was shot down by Nehru, who instead appointed Pran Nath Thapar to ease the way for Biji Kaul.

He spent his last days in Cyprus, as part of UN Peacekeeping Force during their Civil War. Passed away in Cyprus on 17 Dec 1965, aged 59. No important person from India attended his Funeral. He was buried in the  Wilson Garden cemetery.

When General Thimayya died in Cyprus, the Cyprus Govt. declared a 10 day mourning and the their Flag flew at Half Mast.

When the President of Cyprus, came to India, specifically to Honour him, our government, woke up and hastily erected a memorial, in ASC Center, Bangalore.

Jai Hind

Gen KS Thimayya remains one of the Three Greatest Chiefs of the Indian Army along with Field Marshals KM Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw.

Timmy’s  misfortune was that Nehru’s blue eyed boy – the machiavellian V K Krishna Menon was the Defense Minister whose sole aim was to belittle the Chief and destroy the moral fabric of the Nations’ Army. Menon had even gone to Sam when he was GOC 26 Div, to enlist his help to bring down Timmy. Sam had of course point blank refused to stoop to such a despicable. As a consequence an enquiry was instituted against Sam when he was Commandant the Staff College and his promotion delayed by a year and half.

Timmy had foreseen the 1962 War and had got Gen SP Thorat to do an Appreciation to evolve a plan for the defense of NEFA. Gen Thorat had in the event recommended that we fight at the existing Road Heads in view of the poor communications and our lack of wherewithal. Gen Thimayya agreed with Gen Thorat and went on to recommend to the Govt that Gen Thorat should take over as Chief after he retired.

However Nehru and Menon had different plans which was to make an Army Service Corps officer, Gen BM Kaul, a Kashmiri related to Nehru, Chief after Timmy retired.. Incidentally Gen Kaul was the first recepient of the PVSM.His citation read

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Three Great Urdu Poets …

Posted on October 1, 2016. Filed under: Quotes, Uncategorized |

The three legendary Poets of Urdu literature are Ghalib (1797-1869),  Iqbal (1877-1938) and Faraz (1931-2008)!

Here they present their opposing views on the Universality of God in their couplets.

It was not a feud but rather a poetic difference of opinion between highly intelligent and witty minds and which was spread across Centuries.

Ghalib started it in the 19th century. It was a bold statement but then Ghalib was never known for meekness or following the crowd.

Zahid,  sharaab peene de masjid mein baith kar Ya wo jagah bataa, jahaan Khuda nahin.

Let me drink in a mosque; or tell me the place where there is no God.

Allama Iqbal was not convinced and decided to reply about half century later. In late 19th – early 20th  centuryl. His poetic reply to Ghalib.

Masjid Khuda ka ghar hai, peene ki jagah nahin Kaafir ke dil mein jaa, wahaan khuda nahin.

Mosque is the abode of God, not a place to drink. Go to the heart of a non-believer because there is no God there.

Faraz had the last word in latter half of 20th century.

Kaafir ke dil se aaya hun, main ye dekh kar Faraz, Khuda maujood hai wahaan, par usey pata nahin.

I have returned from the heart of the disbeliever and i have observed: God is present in his heart too, but he just does not know it.

QED!

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Yiddish Proverbs …

Posted on April 17, 2014. Filed under: Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Quotes, The Good Book, Vocabulary/Words | Tags: |

Ever come across Jewish Proverbs? Here are some from the Race that has, percentage wise, produced more Nobel Prize winners, than any other!                                                  

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

 

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.  A wise man hears one word and understands two.

 

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

 

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

 

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

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English Language Odds and Ends …

Posted on December 15, 2013. Filed under: Light plus Weighty, Quotes, The English |

Let us see if you can figure out what these seven words have in common?

1. Banana
2. Dresser
3. Grammar
4. Potato
5. Revive
6. Uneven
7. Assess

Well apart from a letter or letters being repeated, the fact is that if the first letter is taken and placed at the end, then the same word can be read backward.

Now for some more.

‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word typed with only the Left Hand  and ‘lollypop’ is the longest word typed with the Right Hand.

No word in the English language rhymes with ‘month’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’, or ‘purple’.

‘Dreamt’ is the only English word that ends in the letters ‘mt’.

The words ‘race car’  ‘kayak’ and ‘level’
are the same whether they are read
left to right or right to left (palindromes). As also Napoleons’ famous sentence, “Able was I ere I saw Elba!”

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order – ‘abstemious’ and ‘facetious’.

There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous’:
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Another interesting fact –

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

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Yiddish Proverbs …

Posted on March 4, 2013. Filed under: Books, Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Personalities, Quotes, The Good Book |

Here are proverbs from the race that, percentage wise, has produced more Nobel Laureates  than any other! And a few observations from the recent Great of that Race!

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

Lifee’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

Golda Meir (1898-1978)

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.” 

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

There are only two infinites – the Universe and human stupidity.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
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English Usage …

Posted on November 14, 2012. Filed under: Light plus Weighty, Quotes, The English, Vocabulary/Words |

The guy who made up this sentence is a many splendoured genius! The first word has one letter, the second has two letters, the third three letters and so on till the twentieth word is with twenty letters!

“I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting: nevertheless extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality counterbalancing indecipherability transcendantalizes intercommunication’s incomprehensibleness”

Then there was this here competition for the correct usage of the two words, ‘complete’ and ‘finished’. The winning entry had universal appeal as well as high humor. It went something like this – 

‘The word complete best describes those persons who have found the right partner in their marriage. The word finished best describes those who have found the wrong partner! And they are completely finished if anyone of them finds the other in bed with some one else!”

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True Religion …

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Guide Posts, Indian Thought, Personalities, Public Speaking, Quotes, Searching for Success |

All Religions preach the same stuff. Yet they are all at war with one another and are responsible for much of the bloodshed and suffering ever since they were founded.Here is how the Dalai Lama defines true religion. Most of us will no doubt agree. 

The Best Religion is the one that gets you closest to God – in other words which makes you a better person.

Whether you are religious or not is not important. What is important is your behavior in front of family, at work, at play, in your community and outside it and indeed every where and all the time.

Your personal universe is the echo of your thoughts and actions. The law of action iand reaction is also true in your relations with others. Goodness will beget goodness and evil will beget evil.

You will always have what you desire as long as you desire the same for others. Happinnes is not a matter of destiny. Rather it is a question of options.

Hence Take Care –

Because your thoughts will become words. Your words will become actions. Your actions will become habits and your habits will become your character. And your character will become your dsstinyAnd destiny is life.

There is No Religion Higher than Truth.

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The Best Government is the one which Governs Least …

Posted on June 9, 2012. Filed under: American Thinkers, Business, Guide Posts, Quotes |

Laws of Good Governance

First Law

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

Second Law

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Third Law

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

Fourth Law

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! That also goes for esteem, pride, ambition or confidence!

Fifth Law

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when that other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

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