Courage and character

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln



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.


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

Power of a woman


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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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Is Poseidon around?

When i was 70 years younger I enjoyed reading Greek mythology. At that time my memory was very good and I remembered everything about Olympians.

POSEIDON WITH TRIDENT   courtesy of Wikipedia

POSEIDON WITH TRIDENT courtesy of Wikipedia

I knew that Poseidon was very powerful and “…when offended or ignored, he …struck the ground with his trident and caused chaotic springs, earthquakes, drownings”. (from Wikipedia).

I always tried to be a good boy but still there were many “chaotic springs and earthquakes” in my live. Despite that I am a good swimmer I almost drown twice.

So when I see a trident I immediately ask myself: “Is Poseidon around?”

You know, it is always good to prepare!

Today I looked at my photos trying to find at least one to enter in


I found one photo (see below), looked at it and thought:

“Is it an odd-ball picture? Is Poseidon around?”

What do you think?


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Several Thomas Jefferson’s quotes.

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.

Several quotes about treaties.

Charles De Gaulle – “Treaties are like roses and young girls — they last while they last.”  

Benjamin Franklin – “Mad kings and mad bulls are not to be held by treaties and packthread.”

I am sure you know what I have in mind. Any comments?