Notes & Quotes

Bhagavad Gita 6.6

For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.

Swami Vivekananda

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul

Malcolm Gladwell

We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limitations to the adequacy of verbal instruction.

Bertrand Russell

Science may set limits to knowledge, but it can’t set limits to imagination

John Lenon

Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too—

You may say i’m a dreamer. But i’m not the only one. I hope some day you will join us.and the world will be as one.

Bhagavad Gita 12.13-14

He who has no ill will to any being who is friendly and compassionate, free from egoism, and self-sense, even-minded in pain and pleasure and patient, who is every content, self-controlled, unshakable in determination, with mind and understanding given up to Me – he is dear to me.

Guru Ravidas

You are me, and I am you. What is the difference between us? We are like gold and the bracelet, or water and the waves. If i did not commit any sins, O Infinite Lord, how would You have acquired the name, ‘Redeemer of sinners’?

Mother Theresa

If you want to make peaceyou don’t talk to your friendsYou talk to your enemies.”

Oracle 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.___



All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time


William Shakespeare

As soon go kindler fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words


Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage


Winston Chruchhill

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity

Indian proverb

No one’s head aches when he is comforting another

Swedish proverb

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness flying over your head but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair

Japanese proverb

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare

Rajshree Birla

Once upon a time there lived this Jewish king named Solomon. In a grumpy mood, he thought of teaching Benamiah Ben Yehoyada, his minister, a lesson. So he assigned to him a seemingly impossible task. He ordered Benamiah to find him a magic ring with extraordinary features. And that was — if you were happy and wore the ring, you would feel unhappy. And vice-versa. If you were joyous and wore it, you would feel absolutely sad!

Solomon gave him a six-month timeline for the search. Deep down in their hearts, both Solomon and Benamiah knew that such a ring did not exist in this universe. Benamiah prayed hard for a miracle. A little before the deadline was over, and having walked all over for such a ring, he decided to go to one of the poorest places in Jerusalem.

There he saw an old merchant who was spreading out his goods on a carpet. Benamiah was quite intrigued. He thought, “Let me take a chance with him.” Therefore, he asked the merchant whether he had a magic ring that could make a happy person forget his happiness and a sad person forget his sorrow. The merchant smiled. He took a gold ring from his wares and etched four words on it. Benamiah took the gold ring. When he read the inscription he was extremely happy. He felt that his mission was accomplished. He went back to Solomon. Solomon and all his ministers began making a mockery of Benamiah, teasing him as he would have returned empty-handed. Benamiah smiled and offered the gold ring to His Majesty. As soon as Solomon read what was written, he stopped being a tease. The words were “this too shall pass”. Suddenly, Solomon felt that everything in life was ephemeral, and nothing lasts forever.

These four words — ‘this too shall pass’ — have always given me tremendous strength, resilience and a lot of hope. Subsequently, I learnt that the phrase gained global fame when Abraham Lincoln, the former US President, used it in one of his speeches.

Chetan Bhagat

Money can buy you a bed, but it can’t buy sleep.

I started writing because I had a bad boss who would not give me a raise or a promotion

While the boss thought I was working, I was typing my novels

Education in India is about acceptance and rejection. It is not about learning. Some learn, but what about the others? But how do you learn? By making mistakes.

Life slaps you yet you stand up again and again. There are no secrets of success. You achieve and have a problem, achieve again and have another problem


Birth is our opening balance,

Death, our closing balance,

Prejudiced views are our liabilities,

Creative ideas and good deeds, assets.

Hear is our current asset,

Soul, our fixed asset

Brain, a fixed deposit,

Thinking, our current account,

Goodwill and achievements

Are our capital;

Character and morals, our stock-in-trade,

Friends, our general reserves,

Values and behaviour, our goodwill,

Patience is interest earned,

Love, our dividend,

Children, our bonus issues,

Education, a brand,

Knowledge is our investment.

Profit and loss is karma earned.

Before finals assessment (death)

Balance your sheet!

Henny Youngman

I once wanted to become an atheist but

I gave up —– I was told they have no holidays

Edward H Richards

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; why aren’t we like that wise old bird?

Thomas Jefferson

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine

Ramakrishna Paramhansa

A boat may be in water but water should not be in the boat.

An aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live in him

Winston Churchill

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you

Oprah Winfrey

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate

Catherine R Fenwick

Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy

T.S. Eliot

In my beginning is my end; in my end is my beginning

V.R.Krishna Iyer

Silence is a guilt where there is a duty to speak


If you plan for a year, plant a seed, if for ten years, plant a tree, if for hundred years, teach the people

Gautama Buddha

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth— not going all the way, and ot starting

St.Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Chuang Tzu 27

Beginning and end are part of a single ring and no one can comprehend its principle. This is called Heaven the Equaliser

Jonathan L.Huie

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow. Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings.


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