From the Diaries... - Part 3

I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue.
- Moliere

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein

When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
- Billy Graham

A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
- Khalil Gibran

And think not you can guide the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, shall guide your course.
- Khalil Gibran

The road to success... is always under construction.

Humans seek happiness as an end in itself, not as a means to something else.
- Aristotle

Progress lies not in enhancing what is but in advancing what will be.
- Khalil Gibran

When life does not find a singer to sing her heart, she produces a philosopher to speak her mind.
- Khalil Gibran

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, the pessimist fears this is true.
- James Branch Cabell

Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!
- Samuel Beckett

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's coincidence.
- Harper Lee

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
- Sydney Harris

Men use love for sex. Women use sex for love.

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
- Marcel Proust

Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.

The differences between theory and practice are greater in practice than they are in theory.

We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Benjamin Franklin

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
- Chinese Proverb

Hard work never killed anybody. But why take risk? :)

Trust, but verify. Don't be afraid to see what you see.
- Ronald Reagan

A man's private thought can never be a lie; what he thinks, is to him the truth, always.
- Mark Twain

You can't save the nation by saving the government.
- V P Singh (The man who quit the posts of UP chief minister, India's finance minister and defense minister and prime minister)

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see Beauty.
- Frank Kafka

Never take solemn oath. People think you mean it.
- George Douglas

No man is a failure who has friends.

There is only one best son in the world. Every mother has it. There is only one best wife in the world. Every neighbor has it. :)

Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

A perfect match can only be found between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

What is the link between politeness and politics?

Deserve before you desire.

A successful relationship requires falling in love many times - with the same person.

My mother said to me, "if you become a soldier, you'll b a general; if you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope". Instead became a painter and wound up a Picasso.
- Picasso.

Santa was standing in sun on a hot sunny day. Banta asked, "What are you doing?". Santa replied, "Drying sweat!".

How does Santa dial "98860 98860"?
He'll dial 98860 and then redial.

Santa (to Doctor): "Wherever I touch my body with my finger, it pains!".
Doctor x-rayed Santa's whole body and found his finger was fractured.

Let bygones be bygones.

Santa: "Oh god! Please make New York the capital of Punjab.
Banta: Why are you praying so?
Santa: Because, that's what I have written in the exam.

One of my friends from Harvard aptly quoted, "Two of my greatest challenges are - How to get my Japanese students to speak up and Indian students to shut up!".
- Narayana Murthy

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help!".

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.
- James Callaghan

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

Remember that after the game, the kind pawn go into the same box.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

There is no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.


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  2. Mast yaar...some great quotes...
    worth following :)


  3. some great quotations!
    my fav is "road to success - always under construction"

    i also had written a post last year on quotations.check it out.

  4. Thanks Sujatha.

    Sure. Will go through that and tell you my favorite.


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