Wednesday, November 30, 2005

 

In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times

The quote of the day today comes from Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during World War II.

Other quotes include:

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm"

...and...

"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it"

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

 

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature

The quote of the day today comes from C S Lewis, famous author of the Narnia books for children.

Other quotes include:

"You play the hand you're dealt. I think the game's worthwhile"

...and on the future, the great leveller...

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is"

Monday, November 28, 2005

 

There is a vast difference between games and play. Play is played for fun, but games are deadly serious and you do not play them to enjoy yourself

The quote of the day today on games is by Maurice Baring.

So, anyone for a Game of Sudoku?

Friday, November 25, 2005

 

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell

The advantages of getting there first are clearly spelt out in this quote by Andrew Carnegie, the successful businessman.

Other quotes include:

"Concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket..."

...and...

"Pioneering don't pay"

Once you've read the quotes, why not Play sudoku?

Thursday, November 24, 2005

 

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear

The quote of the day today links fear and hope together.

The quote is from the Dutch philosopher, Benedict Spinoza.

Other quotes include:

"We feel and know that we are eternal"

...and...

"If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil"

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

 

Statues and pictures and verse may be grand, But they are not the Life for which they stand

The quote today is from James Thomson, the Scottish poet.

Thomson makes an interesting point...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

 

It is never too late to be what you might have been

This inspiring quote of the day today comes from George Eliot, the famous English novelist.

Other quotes include:

"A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards"

...and...

"The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history"

Monday, November 21, 2005

 

History is fables agreed upon

The quote of the day today, defining history, comes from the philosopher Voltaire.

Other quotes include:

"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered"

So if you're successful, it might not be quite such a good thing...

And on medicine:

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease"

... Hopefully things have improved somewhat on this score since the time of writing!

Friday, November 18, 2005

 

You never saw a very busy person who was unhappy

The quote of the day today on one of the secrets of happiness (or at least not being actively unhappy) is by the journalist and writer Dorothy Dix.

Also in cricket a Dorothy Dix is a six!

Another quote of hers is:

"I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us"

In other words, take each day as it comes...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

 

There's terrific merit in having no sense of humour, no sense of irony, practically no sense of anything at all

The quote today is by the English actor, Peter Cook, who goes on to elaborate:

"If you're born with these so-called defects you have a very good chance of getting to the top"

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

 

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation

Anyone who has had conversations with the well travelled may well empathise with the sentiment behind this quote; especially after being regaled stories from all corners of the globe. The quote is from Elizabeth Drew, the US journalist.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

 

I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.

The quote today is from Marianne Moore, American poet and editor.

Other quotes include:

"The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease"

And on poetry...

"Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads."

At least now you know where you've been going wrong all these years?

Monday, November 14, 2005

 

I sometimes wonder if two-thirds of the globe is covered in red carpet

The quote of the day is by Prince Charles, heir to the English, well British, throne.

Other quotes include:

"All the time I feel I must justify my existence"

... from a Prince feeling sorry for himself, but many anti-monarchists would ask when that justification is going to come.

"I can't bear that man. I mean, he's so awful, he really is" - on BBC reporter, Nicholas Witchell, but overheard - clearly his father's son.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

 

It's really important to me not to be known as Ross when I'm 60

The quote of the day today comes from the actor who played Ross in Friends - err, what was his name, David Schwimmer

Friday, November 11, 2005

 

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence

The quote today comes from Abigail Adams, First Lady to President John Adams.

Another well known of her quotes is:

"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

 

The boldness to believe in nothing

This famous quote comes from the great Russian author, Ivan Turgenev.

It's from the book Fathers and Sons, and there is a very powerful message and idea behind what seems like such a simple quote, when you take the time to think about it.

Another inspirational quote from Turgenev that may spur those who are dithering into action - whether that is to undertake some form of action, whether it be a new relationship, a new business or something else outside their "comfort zone" is the following:

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin"

And on prayer:

"Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: Great God, grant that twice two be not four"

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

 

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun

The downside of following rules is expounded here by Katharine Hepburn.

Other quotes include:

"If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married."

Monday, November 07, 2005

 

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done

This quote from Marie Curie summarises beautifully the attitude of someone who dedicates their life to researching a particular field.

Other quotes by Curie include:

... on discoveries and advance...

"I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries."

... on attitudes to life...

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood"

Sunday, November 06, 2005

 

I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person.

The quote today comes from Sally Field, the US actress.

She went on to say:

"...It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
"

Saturday, November 05, 2005

 

Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn

This quote on teaching is by American historian, Will Durant.

Other quotes include:

"Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal."

...and...

"The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority"

Friday, November 04, 2005

 

Hope against hope, and ask till ye receive

The simple quote of the day today comes from the Scottish poet, James Montgomery.

It's quite a good one in the run up to Christmas - what are you hoping to receive?

Perhaps the 365 puzzle fun sudoku CD including alphabetical puzzles?

Personalised Sudoku CD...

Thursday, November 03, 2005

 

The quickest way to a man's heart is through his chest

This jokey quote of the day today comes from the comedienne, Rosanne Barr.

... who also said ...

"There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there's a hell of a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect."

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

 

We must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation

The quote today comes from Warren Harding.

Not particularly well known these days, Harding was actually the 29th President of the USA.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

 

You must work very hard to become a natural golfer

The quote today comes from the golfer Gary Player.

On priorities:

"It's a marriage. If I had to choose between my wife and my putter, well, I'd miss her"

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