Tag: Thought of the Day

Wisdom’s Looking Glass

Hyde Park, photo by PH Morton

Wisdom’s Looking Glass

All things that pass
Are Wisdom’s looking-glass
– Christina Rossetti

Thought of the Day

The above quote by my favourite English poet, Christina Rossetti really appeals to me.

I think it means that what has passed should be a way of learning curve for the future.  We should gain wisdom from what has happened to deal with what is happening as well as what has yet to come.

The past is a mirror of understanding, knowledge and experience.

However there are instances that we refuse to learn from mistakes, thus continue to make the same mistakes!


Leo Tolstoy Philosophy

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Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910), also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russianwriter, philosopher and political thinker who primarily wrote novels and short stories.

Today is Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birth anniversary.
(9 Sept 2014)

Tolstoy’s War and Peace is such a long read that it has entered the dictionary to mean, something long and laborious to read.

But having said that War and Peace is a true classic for everyone’s bucket list (book to read before dying). 😉

I always write in the morning.  In the morning one’s head is particularly fresh.
– L Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy Philosophy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

– Leo Tolstoy
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
~Leo Tolstoy

No one who has not sat in prison knows what the State is like.
– Leo Tolstoy

When you feel the desire for power, you should stay in solitude for some time.
– Leo Tolstoy

Learning Curve

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Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
~Chinese Proverb

Thought of the Day
22 Jan 2014


Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me; fool me thrice you are dead – you b*****d!!!


A man who knows that he is a fool is not a great fool.

– Chuang Tzu (4th century BC)

thought for the day – 30 January 2017

State of Being Happy

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Thought of the Day
21 January 2014
If you do something worthwhile there is a possibility that you become happy as a result. Happiness is something that you get from doing something really lovely to people; their happiness or good fortune makes you happy.

It can also be the result of achieving what you have wanted whether it is good or bad in a schadenfreude kinda way. Oh yes everyone is capable of feeling a fleeting happiness or joy in the misfortune of others, otherwise Charlie Chaplin would not have been such a successful actor with all his slapsticks skits. And Mr Bean, and like him, would have not tickled our funny bones (but to tell you the truth, I don’t really like Mr Bean, I find his television and film comedies too excruciating for comfort).

Whoops got a bit sidetrack there. Anyway happiness is not always the end result of something. Happiness can be found in the simplest of things. Happiness may come to you when you least expect it.

Land of the Giants

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
— Isaac Newton
Thought of the Day
30 October 2013

What a lovely quote from the genius of all geniuses. He was saying that he owed and was inspired by the intellectuals before him for his own achievements. What an unassuming fellow Newton was. 😉 What a guy!


Probably Newton was musing about this, thinking about Aristotle, Pythagoras, Galileo, Kepler, etc while sitting under an apple tree when he was boink by apple because of gravity. hmmmmmmmm

Sally Fields

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. 
~Sally Field

Our thought of the day is from that great actress, Sally Field. I remember her as one-half of the sally and Burt Reynolds tandem in the 80s.

Anyway, it is so easy to fall into judging ourselves through the eyes of other people that we lose our true selves. Lucky Sally found enlightenment. It takes bravery to be true to oneself!

Quoting William James

463px-William_James_b1842cWilliam James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the “Father of American psychology” – Wikipedia

He was acclaimed for his study of the psychology of religion; he was the leader of the Pragmatist school of Philosophy.

William James is the brother of Alice James and Henry James.

What Dr James said:
An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: “There is very little difference between one man and another, but what there is is very important.
– William James
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
– William James
– William James

Footnotes, the little dogs yapping at the heel of the text.
– William Jjames_william-19840531003R_2_png_300x650_q85ames
Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
– William James

Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent.  It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprising of the poor.
– William James

In most of us, by the age of 30, the character has set like plaster and will never soften again.
– William James

It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
– William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude.
– William James

Thought of the Day

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
– William James

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
– William James
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work , are subjects of express volitional deliberation.
– William James

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
~William James
Thought of the Day
31 July 2013

There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.
– William James

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