(Daily) Musings

(Daily) dose of thoughtfulness….

It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
9th July, 2019

पितृदेवो भव।

(Pitridevo bhava)

Let your father be a god to you.

Taittiriya Upanishad, 1.11.2
16th June, 2019

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not too sure.

Tommy Cooper
15th June, 2019

When a dozen persons question openly or slyly a man’s sanity, he begins to entertain serious doubts himself.

Gateman’s Gift, Malgudi Days, R.K. Narayan
14th June, 2019

‘So faith is random?’

‘Hardly. Faith is universal. Our specific methods of understanding it are arbitrary.’

Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
13th June 2019

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.

Jules Verne
12th June, 2019

Hating something does not mean that one does not possess much knowledge about it, or does not strive to possess knowledge about it. In fact, only when one has adequate knowledge about something should the person venture to judge whether he or she likes or loathes that thing. Even in case of the things one abhors, knowledge should not be ignored. Who knows when that knowledge might come in handy?

11th June, 2019

Was man, indeed, at once so powerful, so virtuous, and magnificent, yet so vicious and base? He appeared at one time a mere scion of the evil principle and at another as all that can be conceived as noble and godlike.

Frankenstein Monster, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
10th June, 2019

Over there, there’s all that heart could want waiting me; and the birds go over, and the boats go over–all that please can go, but just me only! O, man, but it’s a heart-break!

David Balfour, Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson
9th June, 2019

To do a great right, do a little wrong.

Act IV, i, Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare
8th June, 2019

The poetry of earth is never dead.

On the Grasshopper and Cricket, John Keats
7th June, 2019

All representations of a thing are inherently abstract. It’s really clever.

Hazel Grace, The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
6th June, 2019

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Charles Dickens
5th June, 2019

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

Mahatma Gandhi
4th June, 2019

People often ask me why my style is so simple. It is, in fact, deceptively simple, for no to sentences are alike. It is clarity that I am striving to attain, not simplicity.

Ruskin Bond
3rd June, 2019

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein
2nd June, 2019

Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.

Swami Vivekananda
1st June, 2019

We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.

Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
31st May, 2019

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, and others build windmills.

Chinese proverb
30th May, 2019

Leave this chanting and singing and telling of beads!
Whom dost thou worship in this lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut?
Open thine eyes and see thy God is not before thee!

He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground
and where the pathmaker is breaking stones.
He is with them in sun and in shower,
and his garment is covered with dust.
Put off thy holy mantle and even like him come down on the dusty soil!

Where is this deliverance to be found?
Our master himself has joyfully taken upon him the bonds of creation;
he is bound with us all for ever.

Come out of thy meditations and leave aside thy flowers and incense!
What harm is there if thy clothes become tattered and stained?
Meet him and stand by him in toil and in sweat of thy brow.

(English Version of) Dhulamandir, Gitanjali, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore
29th May, 2019

Never have I found in the greenhouses of the North such heart-satisfying roses as the climbing roses of my southern home. They used to hang in long festoons from our porch, filling the whole air with their fragrance, untainted by any earthly smell; and in the early morning, washed in the dew, they felt so soft, so pure, I could not help wondering if they did not resemble the asphodels of God’s garden.

The Story of My Life, Helen Keller
28th May, 2019

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.

Mary Shelley
27th May, 2019

If you want to shine like the sun, first burn like the sun.

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
26th May, 2019

You only lose what you cling to.

25th May, 2019

Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear.

Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Mary W. Shelley
24th May, 2019

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Animal Farm, George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)
23rd May, 2019.

It was a kind of beautiful day, finally real summer in Indianapolis, warm and humid—the kind of weather that reminds you after a long winter that while the world wasn’t built for humans, we were built for the world.

Hazel, The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
22nd May, 2019

Nothing captures human interest like human tragedy.

Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
21st May, 2019

The easiest way to make life easier,

Is to not expect easy things, ever!

20th May, 2019

From small beginnings come great things.

19th May, 2019