“If you smile at me, I will understand.
‘Cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language…
…Wooden ships on the water, very free and easy.
Easy, you know the way it’s supposed to be.
Silver people on the shoreline, let us be.
Talkin’ ’bout very free and easy…”
So Far, Aug 1974
“Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.”
(Feb. 12, 1809 – Apr. 15, 1865)
“Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.”
(May 9, 1861 – Aug. 7, 1941)
“To love, to be loved.
To never forget your own insignificance.
To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you.
To seek joy in the saddest places.
To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power.
Above all to watch to try and understand.
To never look away and never, never to forget.”
(“Come September”, Sep 29 2002)
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
(Oct. 2, 1869 – Jan. 30, 1948 )
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
(Mar. 26, 1874 – Jan. 29, 1963)
“…Build the raft of meditation and self-discipline, to carry you across the river.
There will be no ocean, and no rising tides to stop you; this is how comfortable your path shall be….”
Guru Nanak Devji
(Apr. 15, 1469 – Sep. 22, 1539)
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
(Nov. 30, 1835 – Apr. 21, 1910)
“Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”
(Oct. 31, 1795 – Feb. 23, 1821)
“You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand ?”
Robert Louis Stevenson
(Nov. 13, 1850 – Dec. 3, 1894)
“…I went right along not fixin’ up any particular plan but just trustin’ to Providence to put the right words in my mouth when the time come. For I’d noticed that Providence always did put the right words in my mouth if I left it alone…”
“The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn”
Mark Twain, 1884
“Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down.
Clouds of mystry pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages, tryin’ to find the sun;
And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain.”
Credence Clearwater Revival
“Who’ll Stop The Rain”
Travelin’ Band, Jan 1970
“I stretch the bow of him who drives out evil, that the arrow may strike wisdom’s enemy.
I create among men strife and contention.
I fill both Heaven and Earth with my presence.”
(circa 3500-3000 BC)
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
(Jun. 27, 1880 – Jun. 1, 1968 )
“Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.”
John Maynard Keynes
(June 5, 1883 – April 21, 1946)
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)
“There are nine requisites for contented living:
Health enough to make work a pleasure;
Wealth enough to support your needs;
Strength enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
Grace enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbour;
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
Faith enough to make real the things of God;
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Aug. 28, 1749 – Mar. 22, 1832)
“…We chased our pleasures here, dug our treasures there.
But can you still recall, the time we cried ?
Break on through to the other side…”
(”Break On Through” – The Doors, Aug 1967)
“I do not seek redemption from the consequences of my sin. I seek to be redeemed from sin itself. Until I have attained that end, I shall be content to be restless.”
(Oct. 2, 1869 – Jan. 30, 1948 )
“I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.”
(May 11, 1918 – Feb 15, 1988 )
“Midnight on the water.
I saw the ocean’s daughter.
Walking on a wave she came.
Staring as she called my name.
And I can’t get it out of my head…
Morning don’t get here tonight.
Searching for her silver light…
Sitting till the sun goes down.
In dreams the world keeps going round & round…
And I can’t get it out of my head.
Now my old world is gone for dead.
‘cos I can’t get it out of my head…”
Electric Light Orchestra
(“Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” – Eldorado, July 1974)
“Why comes temptation, but for man to meet and master and crouch beneath his foot, and so be pedestaled in triumph ?”
(May 7, 1812 – Dec. 12, 1889)
“…O my heart! Love God as the chatrik loves the rain drops,
Who even when fountains are full and the land green,
Is not satisfied as long as it cannot get a drop of rain…”
Guru Nanak Devji
(Oct. 20, 1469 – Sep. 22, 1539)
“As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”
(Nov. 25, 1835 – Aug. 11, 1919)
“It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.”
(Aug. 19, 1919 – Feb. 24, 1990)