Friday, August 26, 2011

From the Diaries... - Part 1

I had written about my affair with Diaries in one of the previous posts. As I had mentioned in that, I am giving below the notes that I had taken down in all my diaries from 1997. It's mostly quotes.

The woods are lovely dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep
-Robert Frost

Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.
-Mao Zedong

The ultimate tragedy is not the brutalities of the bad people but the silence of the good people.
-Martin Luther King

Indecision is often worse than wrong action.
-Henry Ford

Marriages are made in heaven. So are thunder and lightning.
-Clint Eastwood

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
-Thomas Szasz

No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in it.
-Fernando Pessoa

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they're entertained.
-Walt Disney

Only dead fish swim with the stream.
-Malcolm Muggeridge

English and Sanskrit do not have gender-based verb endings, whereas the Dravidian languages do.

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity.
-Leo Tolstoy

The less you talk, the more you are listened to.
-Abigail Van Buren

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
-Pablo Casals

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it...
You will never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
-George Bernard Shaw

If you make people think they're thinking, they will love you, but if you really make them think they will hate you.
-Don Marquis

Poor and content is rich and rich enough.
-William Shakespeare

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
-Oscar Wilde

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
-Albert Einstein

By the time a man realizes that may be his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
-Charles Wadsworth

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
-George Bernard Shaw

A person is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.
-Michael de Montaigne

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
-Mark Twain

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
-Pablo Picasso

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
-Jacques Deval

From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
-Sigmund Freud

Try and fail, but don't fail to try.
-Stephen Kaggwa

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
-Goodwin and Harris

The first Indian seen in the US was called the 'Madras Man'. As the name suggests, he came from Madras on a ship around 1790 and was seen in Massachusetts.

Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
-John Wooden

The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen.
-Roy E Moody

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
-George Washington Carver

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
-Victor Hugo

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
-Isaac Asimov

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
-Oscar Wilde

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
-Margaret Fuller

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics
-Benjamin Disraeli

Verse 356: If a man speaks to another man's wife at a bathing place, in a wilderness or a forest, or at the confluence of rivers, he incurs the guilt of sexual misconduct.
Verse 357: Acting with special courtesy to her, playing around with her, touching her ornaments or clothes and sitting on a couch with her are all regarded as sexual misconduct.


  1. Robert Frost's poem is truly inspiring. love the words - 'miles to go before i sleep'
    nice collection

  2. Thanks Sujatha. If you noticed it, that's the first one in my first diary. It's my all time favorite.



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