Quotes and poems of Omar Khayyam

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.

As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.
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To wisely live your life, you don’t need to know much
Just remember two main rules for the beginning:
You better starve, than eat whatever
And better be alone, than with whoever.
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How sad, a heart that
does not know how to love, that
does not know what it is to be drunk with love.
If you are not in love, how can you enjoy
the blinding light of the sun,
the soft light of the moon?
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Realise this: one day your soul
will depart from your body and you will
be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us
and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy,
because you don’t know where you came from and
you don’t know where you will be going.
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“Be happy for this moment!”                                                          photo by JF

Quotes of George Bernard Shaw (1).

I believe that quotes of George Bernard Shaw must be understood and remembered by everyone. That’s why I reblog this old post.

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I know that bloggers are élite.

It is obvious that all of you know that George Bernard Shaw was a great man.

But it is quite possible that you know only about one or two of his life’s activities and achievements.

So I recommend you to read an article about George Bernard Shaw HERE.

I love many of his famous quotes. Below are several of them that are as valid today as they were valid during his life.

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

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Quotes of Stanislav Lec

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
An error becomes an error when born as truth.
Beyond each corner new directions lie in wait.
Perhaps God chose me to be an atheist?
Don`t allow the imposition of the liberty of speech before having the liberty of thought.
Be yourself. A horse without the lancer is still a horse; a lancer without the horse is just a man.
Even a word can be a gag.
Do I have no soul as punishment for not believing in the soul?
You have to decide even to hesitate.

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About wisdom

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

~Isaac Asimov

It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.

~A.A. Hodge

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

 ~Norman Cousins

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.

~George Santayana

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

~Sophocles

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

Marcus Aurelius

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There is no wisdom without love!

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Philosophy of beauty

I am sorry!

With learning photography, painting and writing I neglected to share with you many interesting things found and saved in a special draft called “Reserve”.

On the other hand, it might be interesting only for me.

Let’s try it today.

I’ll give you below a link to an article that I liked very much.

Please click on the link, read the article and let me know your opinion.

I’d like to know if I should share with you some other items saved in “Reserve”.

PHILOSOPHICAL QUOTES ON BEAUTY

PHILOSOPHER by JF

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Several quotes about battles.

Always remember!

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This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

Omar N. Bradley

Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.

Dennis Prager

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Philo

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

e. e. cummings

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Several Thomas Jefferson’s quotes.

Great thoughts don’t die!

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

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Several quotes about lying.

We all know about Nobel prizes. What Alfred Nobel thought about lying? What other people thought about it? Please read this old post.

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Lying is the greatest of all sins.

Alfred Nobel

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.

John Ruskin

Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving..

James E. Faust

There are two ways of lying. One, not telling the truth and the other, making up statistics..

Josefina Vazquez Mota

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Quotes about war

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.

Jeane Kirkpatrick

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

Alexander the Great

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.

John Stuart Mill

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.

Otto von Bismarck

Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.

Ernest Hemingway

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.

Omar N. Bradley

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Several Voltaire quotes.

Voltaire died in 1778. Please read his quotes and see if they are relevant today.

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From Wikipedia: “François-Marie Arouet …; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire…, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religionfreedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.”

Below are several Voltaire quotes I selected for your consideration.

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Thoughts and quotes about revolution

What Is revolution?

I found this definition on the internet: “a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system”.

Are revolutions good or bad?

Young people very often believe that all revolutions are good and often sacrifice their lives for a transfer of power from one group of people to another.

However, I don’t know any revolution that was good for majority of population of any country. I do know that in many countries revolutions brought mass murders of innocent people.

Below are some quotes about revolution.

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Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

George Orwell

When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward – or go back. He who now talks about the ‘freedom of the press’ goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.

Vladimir Lenin

You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves.

Joseph Stalin

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.

Franz Kafka

A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Depth (quotes and photos)

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The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.

Richard Bach

It is not length of life, but depth of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

Rabindranath Tagore

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

George Orwell

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Love, friendship and appreciation of beauty are always in the depth of my soul. They make me happy.

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Quotes about education

Several days ago I saw on TV that a student attacked a teacher.

I saw many times that students of our great universities can’t answer very simple questions.

Often I noticed that professors of our universities and leaders of our country have never learned good manners.

I know that some Americans are joining extremists.

What is going on?

Do we have a huge problem in education?

If yes, who is responsible for it?

Below are some quotes about education.

Do you think that they help to answer my questions?

Please let me know your opinions.

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

Maya Angelou

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

Theodore Roosevelt

Funny quotes to remember.

I am sleepy today. Before the next burst of activity I decided to reblog this old post. It’s good to remember quotes below.

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When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Jim Carrey

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

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Stars (quotes and my painting)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.

Gilbert Parker

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.

Henry Van Dyke

For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Theodore Roosevelt

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Quotes about respect

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.

Laurence Sterne

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao Tzu

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

Bryant H. McGill

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.

Clint Eastwood

This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Quotes about opinions.

Quotes below are about facts and opinions, about prejudice and passion. They explain why our society is so divisive today and why violence often rules.

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Some technological achievements have undesirable results.

For example, TV networks and other social media often manipulate facts and give their own opinions to the public.

Majority of young people today base their opinions not on facts  or knowledge or life experience but on what politicians and social media (who work for politicians) tell them.

That’s why it becomes almost impossible to discuss ideas and to solve common problems. That’s why our society became so divisive.

Please read the quotes below and comment on them. I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.

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Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch (1870 – 1965)

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

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5 quotes about women

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

Oscar Wilde

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.

Amelia Earhart

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.

Groucho Marx

The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Quotes about passing time

Many people love quotes. They find them inspiring, full of right thoughts and feelings.

There is only one problem with quotes: all of them are subjective and many of them are contradictory.

I went to Google to find a quote about passing time. Sure, there were many of them. However, I found two of them especially interesting for myself.

Here is the first one:

Our life is made up of time. Our days are measured in hours, our pay measured by those hours, our knowledge is measured by years. […] And yet time eventually runs out and you wonder in your heart of hearts if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades were being spent the best way they possibly could.
― Cecelia Ahern

We can’t argue with the first two sentences. However, I don’t believe that at the end of my life I will wonder if it spent the best way. In my opinion, nobody knows at any point in life what the best way is. We are guessing, we are experimenting and this is an important part of life.

Here is another quote:

                         Time does not pass, it continues.                                                                              — Marty Rubin

This short quote is very close to my mind and my heart. For me it means that people should always think about personal growth and improvement and do whatever necessary at any age.

Nothing is too late!

Life is beautiful! Enjoy every minute!

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Thomas Sowell and his quotes.

Several days ago I reblogged wise quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today I want to introduce to new followers and guests quotes of Thomas Sowell. You’ll find link to an article about him in the post.

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I just returned home from a nice party and found an email with Thomas Sowell’s quotes. I read all quotes and then went to Google to find out who was Thomas Sowell.

Here is what I found:   THOMAS SOWELL

Then I went back to the email and copied several quotes.

You can see them below and make your own conclusions.

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for…

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