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Expressions That Are A World Of Advice

By: mbfarookh Verified Member MouthShut Verified Member Posted Apr 30, 2020 General 96 Views
(Updated Apr 30, 2020 12:44 AM)

I am sharing a collection of thoughts reflecting the vicissitudes of life. Most thoughts and observations are from the minds of great men who graced this planet. A few are from yours truly.

An obvious malady for people with imagination and having an eye for observation is that they fantasize excessively. Instead of letting those fantastic thoughts go to oblivion, they drape those thoughts in words for posterity, for others to enjoy what was privy to them.

I take the liberty to caution you that most of the thoughts are humorous, some serious, and some downright outlandish. However, I assure you all of them are thought provoking. Happy reading…

“Every time a man puts a new idea across he finds ten men who thought of it before he did – but they only thought of it.” – Anonymous.

The ability to work on that idea is what matters

“Everyone has something to offer, you can’t always be wrong… Even a clock that stops is right twice a day.” Anonymous.

Even the lowly peon at the office has something good to offer, only if we had the patience to listen.

“It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.” – Elbert Hubbard

How many people encourage talent in their subordinates? It’s because of their own insecurity that they do not allow talent to bloom.

“Most people prefer to sit with problems they understand, rather than look for solutions they are uncomfortable with.” - Anonymous

For most people, the unknown devil is worse than the known devil. There is a lot of inertia in change, so most people don’t want change.

To see is one thing. To observe what you see is another. To understand from what you observe is yet another. To learn from what you understand is still something else. But, to act on what you learn is all that really matters – my experience.

Don’t beat about the bush, just do it. Theories are good, but actions are better.

“It is not the lofty sails, but the unseen wind that moves the ship.” – Admiral Ray Smith

If the CEO of a company is the sail, his entire team is the unseen wind.

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.” – Denis Waitley

In short, winners live in the present, losers live in the past. And those active in the present inherit the future.

Procrastination is a cunning imposter. It disguises itself in the mundane tasks that we find ourselves doing despite the fact that our attention should be elsewhere. My experience.

We feel that to delay is our birth right and we are well aware of it in as much as we forget our other birth rights.

“In college, we used to solve our problems over coffee and cigarettes; now, they are our problems”. - Anonymous

This is so true of the younger generation. They are like magnets to any kind of a problem. Even if it isn’t a problem, they will make it one so they can be busy solving it.

“Board meetings are a place where they keep minutes and waste hours.” – The Free Dictionary

I think this should be read in conjunction with another gem…

“A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but meet collectively to decide that nothing can be done.” – Fred Allen

This one takes the cake.

I am surprised how much time is wasted in meetings with the possibility of nothing concrete coming out except that all the members are happy for voicing their two cent opinions.

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours together without batting an eyelid. I love to keep it by me; only the task of finishing it totally depresses me. My experience.

There is one more relating to work I like.

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.” – Andrew Jackson

This is so true in government and other public sector offices. Northcote Parkinson brought that out beautifully in his book.

“Every man who is high up likes to believe he has done it all by himself, and the wife smiles and lets it go at that.” – Francis Leye

Why that is, every successful man is vain and boastful of his ability and credibility? Maybe, because they have such short memories of their struggling days and the people who believed in and supported them.

“Beauty in women is that potent alchemy, which can transform men into asses.” – Abraham Miller

If you don’t believe it, read Helen of Troy, The face that launched a thousand ships. Or close to home, the story of Sage Viswamitra and the beautiful apsara, Menaka. No elaboration needed.

“Today, after you make money, you have to hire an accountant to explain to the authorities how you did it.” – My experience

Taking inspiration from Jane Austen… It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a rich man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of an accountant.

“It is an established fact that out of every five women haters, only one is a male.” - Anonymous

That explains why so much bitching goes around these days. If you are still not sure, watch Ekta Kapoors tele serials, or perhaps Big Boss.

“If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?” – Thomas Huxley

This is a real humdinger. Reminds you of Catch 22. Yes, little knowledge is dangerous, but in the quest for great knowledge one must tread a dangerous path.

“Most people overlook the fact that ability is inversely proportional to the size of the briefcase.” – Anonymous

Rich and pompous people carry a briefcase, which actually contains nothing worthwhile. It’s just for public consumption and the urge to look important.

“Great things we can’t do. Small things we won’t do. The risk is that, between the two, we shall end up doing nothing.” – My experience

We always make grandiose plans that never take off. In the process we ignore the little things that require our attention. End result is failure.

“Ignorance, power and ego are a deadly mixture.” – loosely attributed to C S Lewis

Nature has a propensity to place power in the hands of those people who don’t deserve or are incapable of handling it. Genuine deserving people don’t get it because they don’t seek it. They know how intoxicating and dangerous absolute power is.

“Woman is the builder and moulder of a nation’s destiny, though delicate and soft as lily, she has a heart, stronger and bolder than that of a men.” – Rabindranath Tagore

The great Rabindranath Tagore hit the nail on the head. So true in every facet. My respect for RT as a human being went up a thousand fold when I came across this quote.

“The bees are going on strike too, they want shorter flower stems and more honey.” – Just my thought.

Well, in India, everyone has a right to go on strike and I thought, maybe we could extend it to the insect and animal world.

“If the Sun is really pouring out all that energy; how come we get so lazy when we sit out under it?” – The thought occurred to me when I was high school. Not sure where it came from.

Ten minutes out under the mid-day Sun could change our mind about soaking in all that energy.

“Any fool can be fussy and rid himself of energy all over the place, but a man has to have something in him before he can settle down to do nothing.” – J B Priestley

Another one that is close to my heart. There is so much humour in the thought. Moreover, if you ponder, there is as much serious thought in the humour.

“Late middle age is known as the age of metal; the time of life when you have Silver in the hair, Gold in the teeth, and Lead in the feet.” – Not sure where this came from.

There is one problem though; there is little iron in your blood.

Character! The courage to say ‘No’ when it would be easier to say ‘Yes’, and the will to say ‘Yes’ when it would be selfish to say ‘No’.” – From experience and discussions, also, could be anonymous.

Just be yourself and don’t compromise on your principles.

In the grammatically correct home, the wife says, “you shall…” and the husband says, “I will.” – Not sure how this popped in my head, could be from a humorous book I read but can’t recall which one.

Anyways… full marks for the grammar. After reading this, you can’t go wrong with ‘shall’ and ‘will’.

“For twenty-five years I tried to change my wife, I couldn’t… then, I thought for twenty-five minutes and decided to change myself.” – This thought has been with me for quite some years, don’t know where it came from. Once again, the benefit of doubt goes to that bloke, Mr Anonymous.

Why do people waste years and years in trying to change human traits. At least for a woman it is not easy. Men must understand that.

“Some women not only meet their husbands halfway… but, on paydays they go right to the office.” – Again not sure how this thought popped into my head.

I did find a lot of better halves outside the offices of their hubbies, ostensibly for an evening film followed by dinner at a restaurant. Some did go to grab the pay packet.

“Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children… now, I have six children and no theories.” - Lord Rochester

Good that he had children. Theories are just that… theories.

The real problem of leisure time is how to keep others from using yours.” – Arthur Lacey

I can relate to that. I was always short of leisure time.

“The respect of those you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude.” – Arnold Glasgow

I always believed this to be one of the axioms of my life. Applause is always temporary and can fade quickly, whereas, respect is permanent and can be life long.

“We are humans solely because we possess the faculty of reasoning. Yet it is a rare thing to find a man who is truly reasonable.” – This quote is attributed to Saint Francis de Sales

Such an irony, the only thing that differentiates us with the animals is reasoning. Yet, most of us are lacking in it. So, should we still call ourselves humans?

If you don’t stand for something, you are liable to fall for anything.” - Alexander Hamilton

True character is when you have taken a decision and stood by it. Fickle mindedness never helped anyone except to lose face.

“The greatest joy is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Jason Drew

The analogy that comes to my mind is that of the spider building its silken web. Each time the wind blows and the branches sway the unfinished web is broken. Yet the spider never loses heart. It’s on to the job in a flash the moment the wind subsides. At last, it weaves a perfect web and seems to ask the fly… “will you enter my parlour?”

“One of today’s major problems is not that computers are being made to think like humans; but humans are beginning to think like computers, and that is a tragedy.” – I came across this while reading a computer book and I am unable to recall which one. A worst-case scenario if ever there was one.

“The world of future is a real hell and we should escape from it wherever we see a way out… but where?” – Anonymous

Yes, the question is where. It is not the Earth that is the problem; it is we humans who have ruled over it with disdain. How can we escape from ourselves?

“Remember that even if you are on the right track you will get run over… if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

Right direction is important but we need to move fast to make the most of it. Procrastination can only make matters worse

“The longest and most difficult journey is the journey inward.” - Dag Hammarskjold

Know what you are before you try to know about others. If we are not sure what our faults are, then, we would be probably taking things for granted.

“Every generation passes from the spontaneity and exuberance of youth to the caution and prudence of old age; and then yields place to the next.” – Anonymous

There is one more that is a little quirky.

“Whenever the old have observed the ways of the youth, they have foreseen nothing but ruination staring the world in its face… yet the world goes on.” - Anonymous

Change is inevitable; therefore, the only thing that is permanent is change. Every generation must accept the fact that nothing will remain the way they want it to be. So, be graceful about it.

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude, the big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” - W. Clement Stone

Negativity is more powerful than positivity. One dissatisfied employee can throw a spanner in the works and the whole edifice can come spiralling down. Negativity can also cause great harm to its wielder. It’s a no-win situation. So, avoid negativity at all costs.

“One of today’s greatest riddles is how in a world growing smaller, with population growing larger; people can be drifting further apart.” – Anonymous

I think today’s mobile phones need to answer that if they can speak for themselves, and the day is not far off when such an abstract thought can actually be a reality.

“If you can keep your head when all others around you are losing theirs, then maybe you don’t understand the problem.” Ah! This is a hybrid quote. The first half can be attributed to Rudyard Kipling, and the second half is tweaked by me to suit present day thinking.

I conclude with this gem of a thought that requires no comment. The thought itself is so profound that it should move you to ponder as to your own actions.

What is life? There are two schools of thought… “One school of thought believes that life is what you take from it. The other school of thought maintains that life is what you give to it. If you stand to take, you may gain success. But if you stand to give you may gain both success and happiness.” - Anonymous

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