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Which scandinavian language has the best literature?
Hi there, I’m about to start a uni course where I have to choose either danish, norwegian or swedish.. does anyone now much about the literature of these countries? I am primarily and english lit. major but would like to explore some other literary cultures as well. Of course, I know they are similar and that if you can read one you can read the others, but which one has the edge as a language to learn? thanks
Of course, you can study one, and get the other 2 at 1/2 price. (I have taught a graduate reading course in all 3.)
I recommend Norwegian literature. Good authors. My favorite — for a variety of reasons — in Jan Kjærstad — especially his Jonas Wergeland Trilogy.
Great literature I’m not sure, but Erland Loe (Naive. Super) is fun to read. It’s a cult book for many young readers.
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Dharma & Science
o ADIAI STEVENSON –” A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.” o ALAN WATTS –”Faith is, above all, openness; an act of trust in the unknown.” o ALBERT CAMUS –”In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” o ALEXANDRA LEDRU-ROLLIN –”There go the people, I must follow them for I am their leader.” o ANAIS NIN –”When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.” o ANDY WARHOL –”They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” o ANNE BRADSTREET –”If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity won’t be so welcome.” o ARTHUR C CLARKE –”The only way of finding the limits of the possible Is by going beyond them into the impossible.” o BENJAMIN NETANYAHU –” I always lose the election in the polls, and.l always win it on election day.” o BIBLE –”Faith is the evidence of things that are not seen.” o BUDDHA –”If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” o CHARLES DARWIN –” It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ow which is most responsive to change.” o COUNTESS OF BLESSINGTON –” Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.” o FRANK MCKINNEY HUBBARD –” We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.” o FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE –”For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.” o GEORGE ELIOT –”Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.” o GEORGE MIKES –”Many continentals think ,iife is a game; the English think cricket is a game.”
o GEORGE ORWELL –”The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.”
o GOETHE –”Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do,”
o GOETHE –”Sometimes we become fully aware and realize that error as well as truth can move and spur us on to action. Now because action is always a decisive factor, something really good can result from an active error, because the effect of all that has been done reaches out into infinity. So although creative action is certainly always best, destroying what has been done is also not without happy consequence.”
o GORDON BROWN –”Now that people can communicate so easily and instantaneously across borders, cultures and faiths, we can be confident that, across the world, we are discovering that there is a shared moral sense. It is a sense strong enough to ensure the constant replenishment of that well of values upon which we depend and which must infuse the shared rules of our society. Can there be a shared global ethic that can lie behind global rules? Through each of our heritages, traditions and faiths, there runs a single powerful moral sense demanding responsibility from all and fairness to all. ”
o GRACE MCGARVIE –”Name it and blame it, doesn’t mean you solved it, nor owned it, nor changed it.” o GRANTLAND RICE –”For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes — not that you won or lost — but how you played the Game.”
o GREETING CARD –”Climb every mountain in your life. You will reach the top. Best Wishes To You… in whatever you do.”
o GUATEMALAN PROVERB –”Everyone is the age of their heart.”
o GURU GOBIND SINGH –”The Khalsa is my own image. I shall always manifest myself in the Khalsa. The Khalsa is my body and soul; The Khalsa is the life of my life. The Khalsa is my perfect leader. The Khalsa is my brave friend. I say nothing untrue and to this; Guru Nanak, united with God, is my witness.” o GURU GOBIND SINGH –”Why impress false religion on the world? It will be of no service to it. Why run about for the sake of wealth? ou cannot escape from death. Son, wife, friends, disciples, companions none of those will bear witness for thee. Think, 0 think, you thoughtless fool, you shall have in the end to depart alone.”
o GURU GOBIND SINGH –”Without the support of the One Name, Consider all religious ceremonies superstitions., Karta the Creator and Karim the Beneficient are names of the same God. Razak the Provider and Rahim the Merciful are also the names given to Him. Let no one in error wrangle over differences in names. Worship the One God who is the Lord of all. Know that his form is one and He is the One light diffused in all.” o GURU GRANTH SAHIB –”If the mind becomes balanced and detached, and comes to dwell in its own true home, it comes to enjoy the essence of supreme spiritual wisdom.”
o HADITH OF ABU DAWUD –”Surely Allah will raise for this community at the beginning of every century one who shall revive for it its faith.”
o HADITH OF BAIHAQI –”Moses, son of Imran said, ‘My Lord, who is the greatest of Thy servants in Thy estimation?’ and received the reply, ‘The one who forgives when he is in a position of power.”
o HARRY S TRUMAN –”I would rather have-peace in the world than be president.” o HEMACHANDRA –”Lord Mahavira! Your word sometimes supports the view of providence, at other times calls events spontaneously occurring or ascribes destiny to external factors. At times you hold the deeds of individuals to be the mould of their desert, at other times find that another’s deeds project their moral reflection on the individual. The miracle is that none blames you for these paradoxical utterances!”
o HENNY YOUNGMAN –”If youre going to do something tonight that youll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.” o HENRI FREDERIC AMIEL –”In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.” o HENRI J M NOUWEN –”The spiritua! life does not remove us from the world but leadu us deeper into it. ” o HENRY D THOREAU –”A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into, which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature… The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water — so anterior, so superior, to all the changes that are to take place on their shores, even now civil and refined, and fair as they can ever be.”
o HENRY D THOREAU-”I went to the woods because i wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if i could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when i came to die, discover that i had not lived i did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did i wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…”
o HENRY DAVID THOREAU –” Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” o HENRY ELLIS –”The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.” o HENRY FORD –”The question, “Who ought to be boss?” is like asking “Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?” Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.”
o HENRY KISSINGER –”The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.” o HENRY MILLER –”Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.”
o HERMAN WOUK –”Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” o HILLARY CLINTON –”I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists.” o HOMER –”He saw the cities of many peoples and learnt their ways. He suffered many hardships on the high seas in his struggles to preserve his life and bring his comrades home.”
o HU SHIH –”Even the absolute universality of the law of causality does not necessarily limit a person’s freedom, because the law of causality not only enables him to explain the past and predict the future, but also encourages him to use his intelligence to create new causes and attain new results.”
o HU SHIH –”Even the absolute universality of the law of causality does not necessarily limit a person’s freedom, because the law of causality not only enables him to explain the past and predict the future, but also encourages him to use his intelligence to create new causes and attain new results.”
o I CHING –”Danger arises when a man feels secure in his position. Destruction i threatens when a man seeks to preserve his worldly estate. Confusion develops when ell man has put everything in order. Therefore, the superior man does not ^ forget danger in his security nor ruin when he is well-established, ,mor confusion when his affairs are in order.”
o I CORINTHIANS –”But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”
o IBN AL’ARABI –”The Cosmos is His form The forms of the Cosmos are the manifest Reality, He being the manifest. He is also their inner essence, being also the unmanifest. He is the first, since He was when they were not, and also the Last, since in theirmanifestation He is the Essence.”
o IGBO PROVERB, NIGERIA –”God has both the yam and the knife; only those whom He gives a slice can eat!”
o INGRID BENGIS –”Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” o INGRID BERGMAN –”You must train your intuition — you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.”
o INSCRIPTION ON A ROMAN TOMBSTONE –”Do not pass by my epitaph, traveller. But having stopped, listen and learn, then go your way. There is no boat in Hades, no ferryman Charon, No caretaker Aiakos, no dog Cerberus. All we who are dead below Have become bones and ashes, but nothing else. I have spoken to you honestly, go on, traveller, Lest even while dead I seem loquacious to you.”
o INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS –”There’s something captivating about the Hare Krishna chant. Is it the catchy tune or the fascinating way in which the words are repeated and reversed? People who chant Hare Krishna say both contribute to its appeal. But they know that the secret of the chant’s attraction is the quality of the sound itself. ”
o IRISH SAYING –”May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for.”
o ISAIAH –”In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”
o ITALIAN PROVERB –”Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.” o IVERN BALL –”Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume its addressed to someone else.” o JAIN DECLARATION ON NATURE –”The discipline of non-violence, the recognition of universal interdependence and the logic of the doctrine of manifold aspects, leads inexorably to the avoidance of unilateral attitudes. It inspires the personal quest of every Jain for Madhyastata (equanimity) towards both jiva (animate beings) and ajiva (inanimate substances and objects). It encourages an attitude of give and take and of live and let live. It offers a pragmatic peace plan based…on an equanimity of mind devoted to the preservation of the balance of the universe.”
o JAIN UNIVERSITY.ORG –”The universe and all its substances or entities are eternal. It has no beginning or end with respect to time. Universe runs on its own accord by its own cosmic laws… There is no need of someone to create or manage the affairs of the universe.” o JALALUDDIN RUMI –”Come out of the circle of time And into the circle of love.”
o JALALUDDIN RUMI –”Thinking gives off smoke to prove the existence of fire. A mystic sits inside the burning. There are wonderful shapes in rising smoke that imagination loves to watch. But it’s a mistake to leave the fire for that filmy sight. Stay here at the flame’s core.” o JAMES –”Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in. what he does.”
o JAMES –”Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”
o JAMES APPATHURAI –”We should all be concerned by a situation in which extremists would have a safe haven.” o JAMES ARRAJ –”Eaith is a highly distinctive kind of knowledge, a knowledge that works through love, through the heart, and because we misunderstand the nature of this knowledge we resist it, or fail to respond fully to its mysterious call… how can we reconcile reason and faith, certitude and freedom?”
o JAMES ARRAJ –”Faith is a highly distinctive kind of knowledge, a knowledge that works through love, through the heart, andbecause we misunderstand the nature of this knowledge we resist it, or fail to respond fully to its mysterious call… How can we reason and faith, certitude and freedom?” o JAMES ARTHUR BALDWIN –”Money wAs exactly like sex, you thought nothing else if you didn’t have it andthought-ofother things if you did.” o JAMES BALDWIN –”An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger…. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one’s nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one’s nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one’s robes.”
o JAMES DEAN –” Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” o JAMES HOWELL –”God comes at last when we think he is farthest off.” o JAMES MICHENER –”Like almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of God’s word sensing his own inadequacy… but he began to dictate those inspired words… “There is one God”. In all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred and rumours of God’s personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, “An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human being.” At Muhammad’s own death an attempt was made to deify him, but the man who was to become his administrative successor killed the hysteria with one of the noblest speeches in religious history: “If there are any among you who worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you Worshipped, He lives for ever.”
o JAMES OTIS –”I have never been able to do what i wished with them (Gandhi’s articles), which is have them out for a world audience. I don’t want them to be simply irrelevant possessions, which of course Gandhi would have thought they are — he would have laughed… he never believed in material possessions.”
o JAMES OTIS –”I hope Obama will buy the items and put them on display in Washington DC. I just want these things to live and breathe Gandhi’s messages, his words and his actions. The focus needs to be not on these possessions. Gandhi never believed in possessions, although he believed in auctions; Gandhi auctioned off many of his gifts for good causes and believed in the competitive good nature of bidding in auctions as long as the money went to good causes. I promise you the money i earn from this auction is going to good causes.”
o JAMI –”Who is man? The reflection of the Eternal Light. What is the world? wave on the Everlasting Sea. How could the reflection be cut off from the Light? How could the wave be separate from the Sea? Know that this reflection and this wave are that very Light and Sea.”
o JAPANESE PROVERB –”One kind word can warm three winter months.” o JAPANESE PROVERB –”One kind word can warm three winter months.”
o JAWAHARLAL NEHRU –”A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his actions.”
o JAWAHARLAL NEHRU –”We take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.”
o JEAN BAUDRILLARD –”Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions… to well above average levels of stress, pressure, and monotony… No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy That is what holidays are for.”
o JEAN HOUSTON –”At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” o JEANCOCTEAU –” Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” o JEREMY BENTHAM –”Without publicity, no good is permanent; under the auspices of publicity no evil can continue.”
o JERRY SEINF ELD –”What would the world be like if people said whatever they were thinking, all the time, whenever it came to them?” o JESSE JACKSON –”Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.”
o JEWISH PROVERB –”A mother understands what a child does not say.”
o JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI –”We have invented god. The thinking created god for itself. That means, due to unhappiness, fear and depression we created something, called god. When you are free of fear, free of suffering, there is no desire for a god.”
o JIM ROHN –”I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do — if that’s to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do. And then you will be well on your way of doing the labour that works miracles.”
o JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE –”Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” o JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE –”Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches woul turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” o JOHN BURROUGHS –”The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.” o JOHN FOWLES –”Men see objects, women see the relationship between objects. Whether the objects need each other, love each other, match each other. It is an extra dimension of feeling we men are without and one that makes war abhorrent to all real women — and absurd.”
o JOHN HUGHES –”In describing the nature of reality the Kashmir Shaiva explains that there is only One Being, called Lord Shiva. This Being is the nature and existence of all beings. This Being is defined as being filled with the nfinite light (prakasa) of God Consciousness. The Shaiva also holds that the objective world, although experienced as separate from one’s self, does not have a separate existence. It is the energy (Shakti) of Shiva. Although one might conclude that the world is separate from his energy, thinking that his energy is the separate formal cause of the objective world. It is not. The objective world, comprised of the collection of objects, cognitions, and limited subjects, is nothing more than the expansion of the divine Shakti. It is not separate from Shiva’s energy Lord Shiva is the energy holder (Shaktiman) and the objective universe is his energy, his Shakti.”
o JOHN KEATING –”Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.”
o JOHN LENNON –”The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being’s mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it’s too hard.” o JOHN MCNULTY –”The cow is nothing but a machine which makes grass fit for us people to eat.” o JOHN MILTON –”The melting voice through mazes running; Untwisting all the chains that tie The hidden soul of harmony.”
o JOHN RUSKIN –”Colour is, in brief terms, the type of love. Hence it is especially connected with the blossoming of the earth; and again, with its fruits; also, with the spring and fall of the leaf, and with the morning and evening of the day, in order to show the waiting of love about the birth and death of man.”
o JOHN STEINBECK –”The American standard translation orders men to triumph over sin… The King James’s translation makes a promise in ‘Thou shalt’, meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But in Hebrew, a choice is given: ‘Thou mayest’. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open…”
o JOSEPH BARTH –”Marriage is our fast, best chance to grow up.” o JOSH BILLINGS –”If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
o JOSH BILLINGS –”Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.”
o JULES RENARD –”The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.” o KAHLIL GIBRAN –” We choose our joys and ‘sorrows long before we experience them.”
o KAHLIL GIBRAN –”Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” o KAJOL –”On certain days, i am happy energetic, confident and on some others, i am not. Every day, you eventually strive to be whatever you wish to be. And i think it’s an ongoing struggle for everybody Nobody is completely balanced, completely happy or completely sad. think it’s really a struggle every day to be as complete a human being as you can. And isn’t that the beauty of life? To me, menial health and mental peace are more important than physical fitness. If you accept yourself and feel good about it, you will remain fit. Whether you are fat or thin, short or tall, dark or fair-skinned — at the end of the day it does not really matter as long as you like yourself, accept yourself. What matters is how you are on the inside. At the core we are all energy This energy is beyond definitions. It is intangible and cannot be described. As long as we know that this part of us is healthy we are healthy.”
o KASHMIR SHIVA SUTRAS –”Universal Consciousness is one’s own nature. Knowing the individual consciousness as one’s own nature and not knowing the Universal Consciousness as one’s own nature, is bondage. Differentiated perception and the field of individual activities are also bondage.”
o KATHA UPANISHAD –”Fools dwelling in darkness, but thinking themselves wise and erudite, go round and round, by various tortuous paths, like the blind led by the blind.”
o KATHA UPANISHAD –”Nachiketa: There is no fear in heaven: old age and death are not there. The good, beyond both, rejoice in heaven, beyond hunger and thirst and sorrow. And those in heaven attain immortality You know, O* Death, that sacred fire which leads to heaven. Explain it to me, since I have faith. Be this my second boon. Death: I know, Nachiketa, that sacred fire which leads to heaven. Listen. That fire which is the means of attaining the infinite worlds, and is also their foundation, is hidden in the sacred place of the heart.”
o KATHA UPANISHAD –”One calm and controlling Spirit within all creatures that makes one form into many fashions: the calm and the strong who see Him in their self as in a mirror, theirs is eternal felicity and ’tis not for others. The One Eternal is the transient, the One consciousness in many conscious beings, who being One orders the desires of the many: the calm and strong who behold Him in their self as in a mirror, theirs is eternal peace and ’tis not for others.”
o KATHARINE WHITEHORN –”If Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.”
o KAUTILYA –”All state activities depend first on the treasury Therefore, utmost attention has to be devoted to a balanced budget… Wealth will slip away from that childish man who constantly consults the stars. The only guiding star of wealth is wealth itself; what can the stars of the sky do? Just as elephants are needed to catch elephants, so does one need wealth to capture more wealth… Obstruction, misuse of government property and false accounting by government servants lead to a reduction of wealth.”
o KEITH RICHARDS –”I’ve never had a problem with drugs. Ive had problems with the police.” o KENN NESBITT –”I tripped and dropped my homework/in the soup my mom was cooking/My brother flushed it down the toilet/when I wasn’t looking.” o KISHORE ASTHANA –”Dreamer i am/ Through and through/1 dream a me/ And dream a you/often dream/ Worlds anew/And all think/ They really are. No logic lives/ No minutes march/ All is now/ No future, past/ make things/ Which will not last/ And games are played/Of zero sums. Life and death/ Pass me by/ In bridal veils/ Hesitant, shy/1 make them laugh/1 make them cry/ And go on/ My merry way.”
o KISHORE ASTHANA –”Useless are your pilgrimages galore If your tho ghts remain as before And useless is a whole month’s fast If your mind continues its merry repast Of what use is your sacrificial fire If it doesn’t burn your base desire And God will surely set your prayers aside If you visit a temple and then show pride Your pilgrimages, fasts, worship, sacrifice All these will never suffice If your conduct continues to remain the same For then these are not holy. They’re just a game.”
o KOFI ANNAN –”The first condition for success is leadership at every level.”
o KT PANDURANGI –”When Arjuna hesitates to fight on seeing his gurus, relatives and others closely associated with him, Sri Krishna delivered Gitopadesha and’ helped him to realize that everything is under the control of Supreme God and he has to discharge his duty in dedication to Him.”
o KULARNAVA TANTRA –”Before adversities arrive, before the limbs de cay, achieve thy weal.”
o KULARNAVA TANTRA –”Even a hundred years of life is too little. Sleep takes away half of it and the other half is expended in childhood, disease, misery, old age.”
o KULARNAVA TANTRA –”Many are the gurus who are proficient to the utmost in Vedas and Shastras; but rare is the guru who has attained to the supreme truth. Many are the gurus on earth who give what is other than the self; but rare is the guru who brings to light the atman. He is the guru by whose very contact there flows the supreme bliss; the intelligent man shall choose such a one as the guru” and no other.”
o LALLESHWARI(LALDED) –”I, Lalla, entered through the garden of my soul, Lo! I saw Shiva and Shakti rolled in one, Overwhelmed with joy, i got immersed there itself.”
o LAO TZU –”In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired./ In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is given away.”
o LAO TZU –”In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is given away… When we give away everything, something surprising happens….”
o LAO TZU –”The greatest leader forgets himself And attends to the development of others. Good leaders support excellent workers. Great leaders support the bottom 10 per cent.”
o LAO TZU –”The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
o LAWRENCE DURRELL –”A woman s best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying” o LAWRENCE GLICKMAN –”During economically depressed periods, people) are far more aware of the power of their dollars… That ethos — recognizing consumer power even as people buy less — is resurfacing now.”
o LEIGHTON FORD –”God loves us the way we are but He loves us too much to leave us that way.” o LI PO –”The paired butterflies are already yellow with August/ Over the grass in the West garden/They hurt me. I grow older.” o LORD ACTON –”Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show it can bear discussion and publicity.”
o LOUIS BRANDEIS –”The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” o LUKE –”Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
o M K GANDHI –”As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.”
o M K GANDHI –”Force, violence, pressure, or compulsior with a view to conformit are both uncivilized and undemocratic.”
o M K GANDHI –”The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.”
o M K GANDHI –”Three-quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of thenadversaries and understood their points of view.”
o M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN –”There’s a monster outside my room, can I have a glass of water?” o M.C. ESCHER –”Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” o MADHAV PUNDALIK PANDIT –”As things stand organised at present in the terrestrial world, it is the forces of ignorance, falsehood, suffering and death that hold sway over the hosts of light. Things can go wrong at any moment and life is under continual threat of subdual and extinction./Each moment lived in peace and health is a moment gained and it is wisdom to utilise it to the utmost progression of one’s true wellbeing. Once the wheel of fate turns, once the body begins to fail, the opportunity is no more. Therefore we should exert to the full when circumstances are favourable, stretch the bright span as far as possible, and save ourselves from future regrets.”
o MADHAV PUNDALIK PANDIT –”The root of all bondage is the identification of yourself with all that is really not you. With identifica-tion arises involvement. From involvement springs attachment, and from attachment arises bondage. That is how the being of man is roped into bondage by the action of the ego in attaching itself to the objects of life with proprietorship claims. The release can come only when with the dawn of knowledge man realizes that he has no real claim on anything in the world, and that his natural stat is one for freedom from all involvement. It is ignorance that makes him identify himself with objects and suffer relations which holds him captive.”
o MADHAV PUNDALIK PANDIT –”We are apt to take things too leisurely thinking that the whole of life is before us. In truth, however, the time we have is too little, briefer than we imagine. Even if the proverbial span of hundred years is given to one to live, how much of it can be actually utilised to achieve the purpose of life?”
o MAE WEST –”I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than ane you buy for yourself.” o MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI –”The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
o MAHARSHI MAHESH YOGI –”Knowledge is structured in consciousness. The process of education takes place in the field of consciousness; the prerequisite to complete education is therefore the full development of consciousness — enlightenment. Knowledge is not the basis of enlightenment, enlightenment is the basis of knowledge.” o MAHATMA GANDHI –”A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.
o MAHATMA GANDHI –”Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul, and therefore, to be practiced by everybody in all affairs of life. If it cannot be practised in all departments, it has no practical value.”
o MAHATMA GANDHI –”All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.”
o MAHATMA GANDHI –”Non-violence is the . article of faith.”
o MAHATMA GANDHI –”Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
o MAHATMA GANDHI –”Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
o MAHATMA GANDHI –”The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy The Buddha gave up the pleasures of life because they had become painful to him.”
o MALTESE SAYING –”Better one word too few than one word too many.”
o MANJIT BAWA –”A greater part of my early years was spent in observing nature. As i travelled through the length and breadth of my country, on foot or by cycle, carrying my meagre provisions and possessions in my backpack, as a young lad of 14 or 15, i was constantly in communioni with nature. It was an intensely joyous experience to wake up to birdsong and sleep under open skies during my travels. Realising that the magnificent vistas of mountain peaks and desert tracks would blur ultimately and would be no longer as clearly focused as i grew older, i filled sketch books and rough pages with innumerable strokeful landscapes. I still have a few to remind me of that time when our young hearts were bursting with pulsating excitement that energized our art with a life of its own… I find a wealth of wisdom in the scriptures. Sufi philosophy has taught me that man and man, manand animals, can coexist.”
o MANMOHAN SINGH –”The fruits of growth (must) accrue to the largest number of people.” o MANMOHAN SINGH –”There are concentric circles of terrorism that are often a combination of external forces backed by internal elements.” o MANMOHAN SINGH –”Unity and secularism will be the motto of the government. We can’t afford divisive polity in India.”
o MANMOHAN SINGH –”We will thke definite steps within 100 days (of the new governmentJ to recover this black money.” o MARCUS AURELIUS –”Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
o MARILYN MONROE –”The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn’t any.” o MARK TWAIN –”Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
o MARK TWAIN –”Always do the right things. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” o MARK TWAIN –”Better a broken promise than none at all.” o MARK TWAIN –”The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.” o MARK TWAIN –”When we remember we are all mad, the mystenes disappear and life stand explained.” o MARK TWAIN –”You cant depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” o MARTIN L GROSS –”We live in a world in which politics hm replaced philosophy.” o MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR –”In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
o MARY ELLEN CHASE –”Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.”
o MARY KAY ASH –”God does not ask your ability, or your inability. He asks only your availability.” o MASARU EMOTO –”To reach enlightenment means to be able to completely let go of the ego and our worldly attachments… In the past 100 years the world’s population has increased from one billion to six billion. And war and capitalism have dominated the planet Rather than being able to detach from our desires, the opposite has been true. Our desires have grown and grown. Very few people have been able to attain enlightenment in this environment.”
o MATA AMRITANANDANWYI –”Peace is something to be attained internally. Wherever we go in search of peace, we take our minds with us. To find real peace, get rid of the mind.”
o MATTHEW –”And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites. Truly tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” o MATTHEW –”If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.”
o MATTHEW –”If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
o MATTHEW –”You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
o MAY HOBBS –”One person’s slum is another person’s community.” o MEISTER ECKHART –”What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.”
o MEULANA RUMI –”0 pilgrim who visits the Holy Land I’ll show you heaven in a grain of sand Why traverse who confront the storm If within you resides the formless form Of the Beloved? If he’s in your heart Your pilgrimage has ended where you start… Remember Haji wherever you roam His love will have to make your heart his home.”
o MICHAEL J SILVERSTEIN –”Every cycle has its end. This one will end, too; maybe in 2010. We will reach a threshold where housing prices stabilise, household population growth reduces vacancies, banks will have worked off their bad loans, General Motors and Chrysler will find solutions. It’s hard to stay resolute in an environment of fear and panic. But recessions have often been times of great innovation and invention when fortunes were made, We will recover in time.”
o MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE –”How many things we held yesterday as articles of faith which today we tell as fables.”
o MICHELANGELO –”The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”
o MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN –”Women usually love what they buy, yet hate two-thirds of what is in their closets” o MIGUEL CERVANTES –”First fear God: for His fear is wisdom and being wise, thou canst not err.”
o MIKE MULLEN –”We’re all increasingly concerned. But in that concern we’ve worked pretty hard to develop options.” o MILAREPA –”Veiled by ignorance, The minds of man and Buddha Appear to be different; Yet in the Realm of Mind Essence They are both of one taste. Sometime they will meet each other In the great Dharmadhatu.”
o MIRACLESEVERYWHERE –”All religions have their own sorts of miracles. Buddha, Confucius, Zoroaster, and Mohammed all worked wonders themselves. These miracles follow a certain pattern in all religions, and patterns include even the major miracle of the Old and New Testaments. The discovery of a fountain of water in the desert, the apparition in flames, the supernatural physical force in slaying of animals, the healing of the sick, the feeding of a crowd from a small supply of food, the change of water into wine, the escape from prison, and the virgin birth may be found in almost all religions.” o MISHNAH, YOMA –”The Day of Atonement tones for sins against God, not for sins against man, unless the injured person has been appeased.”
o MITCH ALBOM –”Learn to detach… But detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate fully That’s how you are able to leave it…”
o MOHAMMAD IQBAL –”I said to the rose, ‘Tell me, you with your torn breast, how do you take colour and scent from ;the wind and the dust?’ The rose said, ‘Intelligent man bereft of intelligence’, how do you take a message from the silent electric ray? The soul is in our body through the attraction of this and that; your attraction is manifest, whereas ours is hidden.”
o MOSES DE LEON –”The entire chain is one. Down to the last link, everything is linked with everything else, so divine essence is below as well as above, in heaven and earth. There is nothing else.”
o MUMONKON –”You do not define the truth. You simply enter into it.”
o MUNICH –”Forget peace for now. We have to show them we’re strong.” o N N KAKKAD –”Time will roll by, Vishu will come The rains will come. So will Thiru Onam, All the buds will bloom become fruits Then, who knows, who and what?”
o N R NARAYANA MURTHY –”Any community that espouses.. balanced, transparency and accountability will never see a disaster.” o NAGARJUNA –”If your state exists for the doctrine/ And not for fame or desire,/ Then it will be extremely fruitful./ If not, its fruit will be misfortune.”
o NALADIYAR –”When two persons are friends, mixing without variance, should there be misconduct on the part of one, let the other be patient, as far as he can bear it. If he cannot take it patiently let him not speak evil, but withdraw to a distance. Though another do one evil, if he say Well, let it pass, and blame himself, it is good: To give up intimate associates, 0 lord of the forests! Is hard even to brutes. 0 king of the fair hills abounding with hollowsounding streams! Does not close intimacy with the great arise from the idea that they forgive the grievous faults that are committed against them? Will friends be wanting to them who do what is good?” o NAPOLEON BONAPARTE –”Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”0 Auspicious one, you are the good of^all good. Everything can be accomplished by you. 0 Gauri, with three shining eyes, you are the giver of refuge…”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”0 Devi, you forever dispel the distress of your devotees. To those that take refuge in you You remove all pain and suffering 0 Narayani, salutations to you again and again. 0 Sovereign Ruler of the universe, you protect the universe You are the essence of all things and support all that exists, You are extolled by the Lord of the universe Those that bow to you in devotion become the refuge of the universe.”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”0 Devi, you remove the sufferings of all who take refuge in you, be pleased. 0 all-pervading Mother of the world, be pleased 0 Supreme Sovereign of the entire universe, you protect the world, be pleased 0 Devi, you alone are the ruler of all that is moving and unmoving.”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”All forms of knowledge are but your aspects 0 Devi, As too are all women in the world your forms. 0 Mother by you alone is this world filled. How can we praise you who are beyond praise. 0 Devi, you exist in all beings And bestow enjoyment and also liberation. What words, however excellent, can praise you. You abide as intelligence In the hearts of all beings. And grant both enjoyment and liberation. 0 Narayani, salutations to you again and again.”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”Existing in the form of the earth You alone are the support of the world. By you, abiding in the form of water, the whole universe is fulfilled. 0 Devi, your power is boundless.”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”In the form of the ever moving moments of time You are the eternal cause of change, As also the final dissolution of the universe…”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”You are the eternal power of creation, sustenance and destruction Both source and embodiment of the three universal energies…”
o NARAYANI STUTI –”You are Vishnu’s energy and of endless might, You are the cause of the world and the Supreme Maya. By your power is the universe ensnared into delusion And when pleased you grant liberation.”
o NASADIYA SUKTA, RIG VEDA –”At first was neither Being nor Nonbeing./ There was not air nor yet sky beyond./ What was wrapping? Where? In whose protection?/ Was Water there, unfathomable deep?/ There was no death then, nor yet deathlessness;/ of night or day there was not any sign./ The One breathed without breath by its own impulse. Other than that was nothing at all.
o NASADIYA SUKTA, RIG VEDA –”Darkness was there, all wrapped around by darkness,/ and all was Water indiscriminate,/ Then that which was hidden by Void, that One, emerging,/ stirring, through power of Ardor, came to be.”
o NASADIYA SUKTA, RIG VEDA –”In the beginning Love arose,/ which was primal germ cell of mind./ The Seers, searching in their hearts with wisdom, discovered the connection of Being in Nonbeing…”
o NASADIYA SUKTA, RIG VEDA –”That out of which creation has arisen, whether it held it firm or it did not,/ He who surveys it in the highest heaven,/ He surely knows — or maybe He does not! ” o NASADIYA SUKTA, RIG VEDA –”Who really knows? Who can presume to tell it?/ Whence was it born?/ Whence issued this creation?/ Even the Gods came after its emergence./Then who can tell from whence it came to be?”
o NICHOLAS CHAMFORT –”only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.” o NIKOLAI BERDYAEV –”I see two initial motives in man’s inner life: the I search for meaning and the search for the eternal.”
o NIRALAMBOPANISHAD –”Bondage consists in imagining due to the beginningless latent impressions of nescience, ‘i am born’… It consists in imagining a plunge into the flux of existence with its possessive claims on fields, gardens, houses, children, wives, brothers, mothers and fathers. Bondage is the conceit of egoistic agency in regard to actions… It is the planning of action and duties bound up with castes and stations of life. Bondage is to imagine that Atman has qualities like doubts, fear… It is to plan to devote oneself exclusively to moksha. Bondage is what springs exclusively from imagination.” o NITIN NOHRIA –”Enduring setbacks while maintaining the ability to show others the way to go forward is a true test of leadership.”
o NOAM CHOMSKY –”Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.”
o NORMAN W BROOKS –”Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself…”
o NORTHCOTE PARKINSON –”Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” o OLIVER HERFORD –”What is my loftiest ambition? I’ve always wanted to throw an egg at an electric fan.” o OMAR BRADLEY –”We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the mount.” o ORACLE OF THE KAMI OF SUMIYOSHI –”I have no corporeal existence, but Universal Benevolence is my divine body. I have no physical power, but Uprightness is my strength. I have no religious clairvoyance beyond, what is bestowed by Wisdom, I have no power of miracle other than the attainment of quiet happiness, I have no tact except the exercise of gentleness.”
o ORSON WELLES –”‘Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” o OSCAR WILDE –”I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.” o OSCAR WILDE –”I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.” o OSHO –”By its very nature, existence cannot have any boundary. That’s why i’m saying skies upon skies are available for your flight. Don’t be content easily. Those who remain content easily remain small: small are their joys, small are their ecstasies, small are their silences, small is their being. But there is no need! This smallness is your own imposition upon your freedom, upon your unlimited possibilities, upon your unlimited potential.”
o OSHO –”Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.”
o OSHO –”Meditation is just a courage to be silent and alone. Slowly, slowly, you start feeling a new quality to yourself, a new aliveness, a new beauty, a new intelligence which is not borrowed from anybody, which is growing, within you. It has roots in our existence.”
o OSHO –”There is success and there is failure. There is richness and there is poverty. One day you are } full of life and another day slips out of your hands. There is respect and there is insult. Life consists of polar opposites… You will find balance in the statue of the Buddha. His eyes are half-closed and half-open. Half-closed eyes represent that one is standing just in-between, available to both the worlds — the objective and the subjective — with neither division nor judgment.”
o PADMAPURANA –”A person who is engaged in killing creatures, polluting wells, and ponds and tanks, and destroying gardens, certainly goes to hell.”
o PANTANJALI –”The mind is an object of Perception like the eternal world. The Atman, the real seer, remains unknown.”
o PATRICK HENRY –”The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”
o PAUL HEYNE –”The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have — and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.”
o PHYLLIS DILLER –”The reason women dont play football is because ekven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.” o PICO IYER –”For citizens who think themselves puppets in| the hands of their rulers, nothing is more satisfying than having rulers as puppets in their hands.”
o PIERRE NORA –”The idea that memory can be collective, emancipatory and sacred turns the meaning of the term inside out. Individuals had memories, collectivities had histories. The idea that collectivities have a memory implies a far-reaching transformation of the status of individuals within society and of their relationship to the community at large. Therein lies the secret of that other mysterious shift which has occurred, and on which a little light needs to be thrown: the shift in our understanding of identity, without which it is impossible to understand this upsurge in memory.”
o PLATO –”He who is of calm and happy nature will hardb feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.” o PLATO –”Man is made to be the plaything of God, and this, truly considered, is the best of him… And what is the right way of living?… We ought to live sacrificing, and singing, and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods.”
o PLATO –”The ruler who is good for anything ought not to beg his subjects to be ruled by him.”
o POLISH PROVERB –”Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.” o PRABHU DAYAL –”According to Gandhiji’s will, all (his) possessions were bequeathed to Nayjivan Trust and these items (spectacles, bowl, medical report etc) belong to that Trust. We will take every possible step to see (Gandhi’s) items are returned to India.”
o PRACHANDA –”The move by the president is an attack on this infant democracy and the peace process.”
o PRANAB MUKHERJEE –”I can say with confidence that every effort has been made by the government to deliver on the commitments made.”
o PRANAB MUKHERJEE –”Our government has successfully steered the country through difficult times.” o PRANAB MUKHERJEE –”The terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is the greatest terrorist danger to… security of the entire civilised world.” o PRANAB MUKHERJEE –”We expect… Pakistan would takeCredible steps to dismantle the infraructure which are used by these terror elements.” o PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA –”We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic and to secure to all its citizens: Justice, social, economic and political; Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; Equality of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation.”
o PRIYA BASU –”Businesses and investors tell us that the most important constraint is the unreliability and poor quality of power.” o PRIYANKA GANDHI –”When my father was killed, i was furious with the whole world… At some level, we all consider ourselves victims… But the.minute you realise that you’re not a victim and that the other person is as much a victim of that same circumstance as you, then you can’t put yourself in a position where you are anyone to forgive someone else. Because, your victimhood has disappeared. And to me, people ask about non-violence. I think true non-violence is the absence of victimhood.” o PROVERB –”A beautiful thing is never perfect.”
o PROVERB –”The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.”
o PUNJABI FOLK SONG –”For one moment, sit down near me I find your words so sweet Your sisters-in-law are spoilt brats. You can never control them Jind Mahi, i can see the leaf buds on the mango tree The faces of the jattiyan are beginning to glow Seeing that intoxicates me… Jind Mahi, if you Go to Patiala From there bring me silkitassles, half white and half black!”
o QAMAR, THE MOON –”There are those Who spend their lives Arguing, which is better The crescent moon or the full Then there are a few Who revel in both For they know The Moon is One ” o QUR’AN –”Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and in the race for a garden wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the righteous — the righteous are those who spend whether in prosperity or adversity, who restrain anger and who pardon all people. For God loves those who do good.”
o QURAN –”Is he who relies on a clear proof from his Lord like those for whom the evil that they do seems pleasing while they follow their own lusts?”
o QURAN –”Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright… He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path.”
o QURAN –”The Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds — Who created me, and it is; He who guides me; Who gives me food and drink, And when I am ill, it is He who cures me; Who will cause me to die, and then to live again; And Who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the Day of Judgment.”
o QURAN –”They know an outward aspect of the life of this world but are heedless of the hereafter. Without question they will be the greatest losers in the hereafter. As for those who believe and do right actions and humble themselves before their Lord, they are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it tunelessly, forever.”
o R K RAGHAVAN –”If the trial is held on a day-to-day basis, as suggested by the SC, it would not be difficult to conclude the cases in about a year’s time.” o RABINDRANATH TAGORE –”Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.” o RABINDRANATH TAGORE –”Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God, First fill your own nous with the fragrance of love. Go not to the temple to light candles before the altar of God, First remove the darkness of sin from your heart… Go not to the temple to bow down your head in prayer, First learn to bow in humility before your fellow men… Go not to the temple to pray on bended knees, First bend down to lift someone who is downtrodden… Go not to the temple to ask for forgiveness for your sins, First forgive from your. heart those who have sinned against you.” o RABINDRANATH TAGORE –”The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.”
o RABINDRANATH TAGORE –”Thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.” o RABINDRANATJI TAGORE –”Kingly power is like a cruel bolt of thunder,/ Let that fade away like the blood-red sky at dusk,/Let just one eternal sigh remain like sadness in the sky/ Wasn’t that all you’d ever asked for?/ The glittering jewels/ cast their spell/ like an eternal magical mystery/ But even if that does vanish,/ Let just one tear drop roll down the cheeks of Time;/ The pure light of Taj Mahal.”
o RAJAN –”In this vastness thereis place for space andmuch more.In this eternity thereis place for time andthe chimes ofits measure.tn the depth of the deepthere is space for thelight to enterbut not the doer to escape.In the roaming mind,there is space for thequietude by tapasof fortitude.In the emerald bluesilence there is spacefor awarefulexistence of the fullnessof ananda.In awareness there isthe melody of the musicof the spherespulsating with cosmic life— heard only in silence.In consciousness, youand i are nowhere oreverywhere vibrant inthe soft whisper of thefathomless silence,if only we listen.”
o RALPH W EMERSON –”Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.”
o RALPH W EMERSON –”Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.”
o RALPH WALDO EMERSON –” We are all inventors,each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” o RAMAKRISHNA –”God is Consciousness that pervades the entire universe of the living and the non-living.”
o RAMANA MAHARSHI –”The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said. Only mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness.”
o RAMDAS –”Ramdas from his own experience can boldly assert that there is God. Until you yourself get the experience, it is natural that you should deny Him. But a time will come when you too will have faith in Him.”
o RAMESH S BALSEKAR –”There never has been me as the doer of any actions. So if you have never been the doer of any actions, then no one else has ever been the doer of any actions either. If doubts arise, go back to the basic. Nothing happens unless it is God’s will and the doubts will collapse.”
o RAMSEY DARK –”The measure of your quality as a public person, as a citizen, is the gap between what you do and what you say.”
o RAPHIE FRANK –”We can do better than this. If we believe and if we do it together. All of us. The Fallen and the Forgiven. The Lawyer and the Ditch Digger. The Boho and the Soho. Atheists and Christians, and Jews and Muslims. Red and Blue. Purple and White. Yellow and Black. The fight is not with each other, but in our riven hearts. Those riven hearts we can’t bear to look inside.”
o RAY BRADBURY –”You muM^stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” o RENUKA CHOWDHURY –”All of us — media, parents, citizens — need to swing into action. It is a collective failure that we allow these things to happen.” o REV A S KENDALL –”From motives of habit of prejudice or economic advantage, or perhaps even laziness, some people would give blind support to a political party and would vote for it even if the Devil himself were the candidate.”
o RICHARD DAWKINS –”The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organised complexity.”
o RIG VEDA –” Who knows truly? Who here will declare whence it arose, whence this creation? The gods are subsequent to the creation of this. Who, then, knows whence it has come into being?” o RIG VEDA –”One should performdeeds for the benefitof all beings with anunbiased approachbecause bias gives birthto evil, which createsthousands of obstaclesin our path.”
o RIG VEDA –”Waters contain All disease-dispelling medicaments, Useful for the upkeep of our body, So that we may live long To enjoy the bright sun. That there is ambrosia in waters, There is healing balm in them, And there are medicinal herbs, Know this all, And by their proper use become wiser.”
o RIG VEDASAMHITA –”The enlightened sages first observe, then they make a deep study of the secrets of God’s creation. Then they repeatedly form their own versions filled with new vigour and uited to the times.”
o ROBERT BYRNE –”Anybody who believes that the wayto^a/mmfs heartis through his stomach flunked geography.” o ROBERT BYRNE –Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.” o ROBERT FRITZ –”Transcendence is the power to be born anew, to make a fresh start, to turn over a new leaf, to begin with a clean slate, to enter into a state of grace, to have a second chance./ Transcendence makes no reference to the past, whether your past has been overflowing with victories or filled with defeats. When you enter a state of transcendence you are able to createanewlife…/Transcendence is more than just the accurate realisation that the past is over. It is also a realignment of all dimensions of yourself with the very source of your life.”
o ROBERT FROST –”You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.”
o ROBERT HERRICK –”Men are not born kings, but are men renown’d; Chose first, confirm’d next, and at last are crown’d.”
o ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON –”An aspiration is a joy forever, to possession as solid as a landed estate.” o ROSE FRANKEN –”Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.” o RUMI –”When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
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The current form of Chinese language, which is known as “pu tong hua” to people in China and “mandarin” to other Chinese, developed out of the different ways in which dialects of Old Chinese and Middle Chinese evolved. Out of these dialects, there were generally 7 major dialects that showed the most significant change from dialect to Mandarin.
Most Chinese living in northern and south-western China are native speakers of a dialect of Mandarin. The prevalence of this linguistic homogeneity in northern China is largely the result of geography: much of northern China is covered by plains and is flat. In contrast to this, the mountains and rivers of southern China have promoted linguistic diversity.
Chronologically, there is no clear line to mark where Middle Chinese ends and Mandarin begins; however, the Zhōngyuán Yīnyùn, a rhyme book from the Yuan Dynasty, is widely regarded as a milestone in the history of Mandarin. In this rhyme book we see many characteristic features of Mandarin, such as the reduction and disappearance of final stop consonants and the reorganization of the Middle Chinese tones.
Until the mid-20th century, most Chinese people living in southern China spoke only their local language. Beijing Mandarin became dominant during the Manchu-ruling Qing Dynasty, and from the 17th century onward, the empire established orthoepy academies in an attempt to make local pronunciations conform to the Beijing standard so that the Emperor could communicate with all officials directly.
From an official point of view, there are two versions of Standard Mandarin, since the PRC government refers to that on the Mainland as Putonghua, whereas the ROC government refers to their official language as Kuo-yü.
Technically, both Putonghua and Guoyu base their phonology on the Beijing accent, though Putonghua also takes some elements from other sources. Comparison of dictionaries produced in the two areas will show that there are few substantial differences. However, both versions of “school” Standard Mandarin are often quite different from the Mandarin dialects that are spoken in accordance with regional habits, and neither is wholly identical to the Beijing dialect. Putonghua and Guoyu also have some differences from the Beijing dialect in vocabulary, grammar, and usage.
It is important to note that the terms “Putonghua (Common Language)” and “Guoyu (National Language)” refer to speech, and hence the difference in the use of simplified characters and traditional characters is not usually considered to be a difference between these two concepts.
Cantonese is mainly spoken in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces and most of the overseas Chiinese communities in Autralia, Europe, North America and other parts of the world. But the number of Mandarin-speaking overseas Chinese people is increasing rapidly in recent years as more Taiwanese, people from Northern China emmirgrated have been playing a more active role in the world economy and culture exchange. Cantonese is the most extensively spoken Chinese dialect after Mandarin because of the strong influence of Hong Kong’s economy and culture( pop songs, TV programs and movies) and also because more Cantonese people went abroad in the early years.
Interesting enough, BBS of the UK and Voice of America in the US use both Mandarin and Cantonese in their programs oriented to the Chinese listeners (no other Chinese dialect is used). The same is true in California. One broadcasting TV channel has Mandarin programs and another has Cantonese ones in Bay Areas in North California. And similar situation is found with the radio stations there.
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Alright so my freshman year in highschool I was going through the passing of my grandfather, and was depressed so I failed a good chunk of my classes/I didn’t do any EC’s it was pretty bad. Last year though I pulled myself up a lot, I joined JV swim for fall season. and these were my grades
English curr 1: B
Chem curr 1: A-
Math curr 1: B
History curr 2: A
French year 3: B+
This year I’m doing swimming again for fall and I want to join the science team or enviro-club later on. I’m taking all curr. 1′s and Advanced Placement Biology. Say I get all A’s and B’s this year, and I do decently on my SAT’s [which I was taking a prep course for during the summer]; what are my chances of getting into BU?
By the way curriculum 1 is normal level [the one below honors], and curr 2 is also normal but is slightly easier/goes slightly slower than curr 1.
This is going to sound really harsh, but BU does not like regular level students. On average, their students are involved in at least 2 honors classes, 2 A.P. classes, and 3 extracurricular activities. You would probably be wait-listed, if that. I’m really sorry to have to say that, but it’s the truth.
What are some good books to learn a new language?
My father is Hispanic but he never really taught me how to speak Spanish. I understand a lot of it but I need to teach myself how to speak more of it.
And I’m considering of going into a field of criminal justice. It would be a great pro if on my form I knew Arabic or a middle eastern language. What type of books can I buy to study these languages? Or any language for that matter?
No, not Rosetta Stone. I cant afford that =[ Books I prefer.
Berlitz books are specialists and they also have classes all over the world. I think they are pretty good.
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@Steven That page is in Korean, love.
Websites are not always the best way to learn Japanese. Most websites are run by people with no teaching credentials and are not even native speakers of Japanese. Some of them are just interested in making money and not in helping you in what you need to be successful in learning Japanese.
The best way to learn Japanese is by taking a class, enrolling in a course or investing in a good textbook.
The key to learning Japanese effectively is to work on your grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Its best to think of these as separate categories and focus on each specific category as these require different methods and techniques.
Start by learning the basics through grammar. These books really helped me.
• Shin Nihongo no Kiso I & II
• An Introduction to Modern Japanese by Osamu Mizutani & Nobuko Mizutani
• Japanese Demystified by Eriko Sato a self-teaching guide
These books cover both polite Japanese, which is extremely important to learn in order to speak Japanese effectively and causal Japanese, which is great for everyday conversations.
I also recommend trying to learn a certain amount of vocab or kanji each day as this helps you build up your vocab and kanji ability. I tried to learn 5 kanji per day or about 20 a week and did the same with vocab.
Watching Japanese anime or any Japanese TV program is a good idea for improving your listening skills and also your vocabulary. Keep a notebook and jot down any new words you hear. Then look them up and find out the meaning.
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