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    , Fyodor Dostoevsky, , ,   

    Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

    —Fyodor Dostoevsky

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    , , , , William Ernest Henley   

    Invictus – William Ernest Henley 

    “Invictus” is an adjective in Latin meaning ‘unconquerable’. Here are the reasons why Invictus is a powerful  poem.


    1. Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
      I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

      In the first four lines we understand that there is pitch black darkness disguised as a gloomy problem or despair and there seems to be no way out of it. He ‘prays’ to the gods in most agnostic way possible by saying ‘whatever gods may be’. But even as he prays, he doesn’t ask for strength to deal with the crisis looming overhead, he simply thanks them for the strength he already has. That itself is an indication of how is soul is invincible.

    2. In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
      Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

      The second stanza stands tall and continues to tell the tale of a courageous soul that never complained once in the wake of difficult circumstances; a soul that never flinched once even as the problems were staring into its eyes. The power is demonstrated as the poet writes ‘ bloody, but unbowed’ which tells us that he’d rather endure the beating than call for a surrender.

    3. Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
      And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

      I know that I am living a life filled with constant threats and I know that the future holds a greater problem (death, perhaps). But I know that all the troubles I have sustained over the years have prepared me to face what lies ahead.

    4. It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
      I am the master of my fate:
      I am the captain of my soul.

      The meaning of ‘strait gate’  is judgement day and even then, he recognizes no one but himself as his own master. Only he can decide what is to be done with his soul and hence, his fate. This is makes it evident that he has strong will.

    The poem continues to inspire many because of the feeling it incites that you alone can control your fate, you alone know what is best for you and you alone know which path you choose. It is a poem that’s strong at heart and strong-headed.

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    Lyrics : Aezhu swarangalukkul – ஏழு ஸ்வரங்களுக்குள் 

    படம் – அபூர்வராகங்கள்
    பாடியவர் – வாணி ஜெயராம்
    வரிகள் – கண்ணதாசன்
    இசை – எம்.எஸ்.விஸ்வநாதன்

    ஏழு ஸ்வரங்களுக்குள் எத்தனை பாடல்
    இதயச் சுரங்கத்துள் எத்தனை கேள்வி
    காணும் மனிதருக்குள் எத்தனை சலனம் – வெறும்
    கற்பனை சந்தோஷத்தில் அவரது கவனம்


    காலை எழுந்தவுடன் நாளைய கேள்வி
    அது கையில் கிடைத்த பின்னும் துடிக்குது ஆவி
    ஏனென்ற கேள்வி ஒன்றே என்றைக்கும் தங்கும் – மனித
    இன்பதுன்பம் எதிலும் கேள்விதான் மிஞ்சும்


    எனக்காக நீ அழுதால் இயற்கையில் நடக்கும்
    நீ எனக்காக உணவு உண்ண எப்படி நடக்கும்
    நமக்கென்று பூமியிலே கடமைகள் உண்டு – அதை
    நமக்காக நம் கையால் செய்வது நன்று


    ஆரம்பத்தில் பிறப்பும் உன் கையில் இல்லை
    இதில் அடுத்தடுத்த நடப்பும் உன் கையில் இல்லை
    பாதை வகுத்த பின்பு பயந்தென்ன லாபம் – அதில்
    பயணம் நடத்திவிடு மறைந்திடும் பாவம்


    நாளைப் பொழுது என்றும் நமக்கென வாழ்க
    அதை நடத்த ஒருவனுண்டு கோயிலில் காண்க
    வேளை பிறக்கும் என்று நம்பிக்கை கொள்க
    எந்த வேதனையும் மாறும் மேகத்தைப் போல


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    Moko Kahan Dhundhere Bande – मोको कहां ढूढे रे बन्दे 


    मोको कहां ढूंढे रे बंदे
    Moko Kahan Dhundhere Bande
    Where are you searching for me, Oh Servant,

    मैं तो तेरे पास में
    Mein To Tere Paas Mein
    I am with you

    ना तीर्थ मे ना मूर्त में
    Na Teerath Mein, Na Moorat Mein
    Not in holy pilgrims, Not in images,

    ना एकान्त निवास में
    Na Ekant Niwas Mein
    Not in solitary living

    ना मंदिर में ना मस्जिद में
    Na Mandir Mein, Na Masjid Mein
    Not in a temple, not in a mosque,

    ना काबे कैलास में
    Na Kabe Kailas Mein
    Not in Kabas or Kailash

    ना मैं जप में ना मैं तप में
    Na Mein Jap Mein, Na Mein Tap Mein
    Not in praying, not in meditation,

    ना मैं बरत उपास में
    Na Mein Barat Upaas Mein
    Not in ritual fasting

    ना मैं किर्या कर्म में रहता
    Na Mein Kiriya Karm Mein Rehta
    Nor I live in action or karma

    नहिं जोग सन्यास में
    Nahin Jog Sanyas Mein
    Neither in yoga or renunciation

    नहिं प्राण में नहिं पिंड में
    Nahin Pran Mein Nahin Pind Mein
    Not in life force, Not in the flesh of body,

    ना ब्रंह्याण्ड आकाश में
    Na Brahmand Akas Mein
    Not in universe or sky

    ना मैं प्रकति प्रवार गुफा में
    Na Mein Prakuti Prawar Gufa Mein
    Not in the womb of nature,

    नहिं स्वांसों की स्वांस में
    Nahin Swasan Ki Swans Mein
    Not in the breath of the breath

    खोजि होए तुरत मिल जाउं
    Khoji Hoye Turat Mil Jaoon
    Search and I can be found quickly

    इक पल की तालाश में
    Ik Pal Ki Talas Mein
    In a moment of search

    कहत कबीर सुनो भई साधो
    Kahet Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho
    Says Kabir, listen brethren holy men,

    मैं तो हूँ विश्वास में
    Mein To Hun Viswas Mein
    I exist in faith

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    Jo Dise So To Hai Nahin,
    What is seen is not the Truth

    Hai So Kaha Na Jayee
    What is cannot be said

    Bin Dekhe Parteet Na Aave,
    Trust comes not without seeing

    Kahe Na Koyee Patiyana
    Nor understanding without words

    Samajh Hoye To Rabeen Cheenho,
    The wise comprehends with knowledge

    Achraj Hoye Ayana
    To the ignorant it is but a wonder

    Koi Dhyave Nirakar Ko,
    Some worship the formless God

    Koi Dhyave Aakaara
    Some worship His various forms

    Ja Bidhi In Dono Te Nyara,
    In what way He is beyond these attributes

    Jane Jananhara
    Only the Knower knows

    Woh Raag To Likhia Na Jayee
    That music cannot be written

    Matra Lakhe Na Kana
    How can then be the notes

    Kahat Kabir So Padhe Na Parlay, Surat Nirat Jin Jana
    Says Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion


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    Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.


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    I know for sure what we dwell on is who we become.

    -Oprah Winfrey

    Be careful of what you often think about. If it’s something negative, you can become a negative person. On the other hand, if it’s something positive, you’ll become more positive. Try to think on the bright side of things when you can.

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    We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.

    -Stephen R. Covey

    Remember that you may not be seeing the full picture before you judge others. Their intentions may not match their actions.

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    Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — either way you’re right.

    -Henry Ford

    You set the tone for your own achievements. If you think you can do it, you will be able to achieve it. If you have a self-defeating attitude, you will likely not be able to attain your goal.

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    Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

    -Oscar Wilde

    Be content with who you are, because you are a unique person that no one else can emulate. Embrace your differences and uniqueness, and don’t try to be someone you’re not.

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    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

    -Dr. Seuss

    Be yourself and the people who will accept you for who you are are the ones worth keeping around. Those who won’t accept you for who you are aren’t worth your time and energy.

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    Six honest serving men – Rudyard Kipling 

    I keep six honest serving-men
    They taught me all I knew;
    Their names are What and Why and When
    And How and Where and Who.
    I send them over land and sea,
    I send them east and west;
    But after they have worked for me,
    I give them all a rest.

    This stanza is about the author’s way of learning about the world. His “serving men” are the questions he asks of the things around him: “what?” “why?” “when?” “how?” “where?” and “who?” These “men”/questions are honest because this is the best way to objectively learn the truth. The speaker seems open to learning new things and seeking the truth. He does put the word “knew” in the past tense, though, and says that he gives the questioning “a rest,” which leads us to the next stanza.

    I let them rest from nine till five,
    For I am busy then,
    As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
    For they are hungry men.

    In these four lines, the speaker essentially says that his questioning brain doesn’t actually function anymore, but is pretty much always “resting.” He no longer questions at all; he simply accepts his foundation of knowledge and does not challenge new claims or information as they come along. This is a satirical way of criticizing adults who become complacent about the world around them and become entirely “busy” and caught up in the motions of the daily grind without stopping to think about the significance of their actions or the events of the world around them.

    But different folk have different views;
    I know a person small—
    She keeps ten million serving-men,
    Who get no rest at all!

    She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
    From the second she opens her eyes—
    One million Hows, two million Wheres,
    And seven million Whys!

    The second half of the second stanza and the final stanza are both talking about the refreshing curiosity of children. The speaker says he has become too lazy to take an active interest in the world around him, but his daughter (or some little girl he knows) has not. She is always looking around her and asking questions. This is like the two-year-old who can’t seem to stop asking “but why?” Saying that “different folk have different views” suggests that the speaker sees the child’s young toddler perspective as equal to his own, perhaps even superior.

    Overall, the poem is a reflection on the wisdom of children (who see the world around them with fresh eyes) and the stagnation of the adult spirit as life goes on.


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    Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
    -Kahlil Gibran

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    It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.
    -Spanish Proverb

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    Kya Karega Pyar Woh – क्या करेगा प्यार वह 

    क्या करेगा प्यार वह भगवान को?
    Kya karega pyar woh bhagwan ko?
    What love can he give to God?

    क्या करेगा प्यार वह ईमान को ?
    Kya kareha pyar woh eemaan ko?
    What love can he give to Religion?

    जन्म लेकर गोद में इन्सान की
    Janm lekar godh mein insaan ki
    Being born in the lap of a human

    प्यार कर पाया न जो इन्सान को ।
    Pyar kar paaya na jo insaan ko
    He who cannot love the human kind

    -Gopal Das Neeraj

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    , Muhammad Ali, ,   

    I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.
    -Muhammad Ali

    Victory only truly counts when it takes effort. Push yourself by celebrating the ones that made you work for it.

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    If you’re going through hell, keep going.

    -Winston Churchill

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    I once asked [Bertrand] Russell if he was willing to die for his beliefs. ‘Of course not,’ he replied. ‘After all, I may be wrong.’”

    -Leonard Lyons, The New York Post, June 23, 1964.

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    P.C. Hodgell, ,   

    That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.

    — P.C. Hodgell, Seeker’s Mask, Kirien

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    , , , , , Rev. William Smith   

    A New Year’s Greeting – Reverend William D. Smith 

    Text below was printed in a religious periodical called “The Christian Work and Evangelist” in January 1904.

    I wish you Health enough to make work a pleasure;
    Wealth enough to supply all necessary needs;
    Grit enough to battle with difficulty and overcome it;
    Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them;
    and Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.

    I wish you a Cheerfulness that shall make others glad;
    a Charity that shall see some good in your neighbor;
    a Love that shall move you to be useful and helpful;
    a Faith that shall make real the things of God;
    and a Hope that shall remove all anxious fear concerning the Future.

    I wish you the Dignity which befits the children of God;
    the Humility which is needed in every follower of Christ;
    the Prayerfulness which develops and enriches the soul;
    the Push and Progress which were manifested in the life and labors of our Saviour;
    and the Piety and Perseverance which come from the abiding presence and influence of the Divine Spirit.

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    , , Gelett Burgess,   

    When you find you haven’t discarded a major opinion for years, or acquired a new one, you should stop and investigate to see if you’re not growing senile.

    -Gelett Burgess

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    , Jealousy, , , , Steven Furtick   

    The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
    -Steven Furtick

    When you may think that others are better than you are in certain ways, remember that you may be seeing the image they portray to others. Everyone has their own fears and weaknesses — so stop comparing yourself to others. Such a comparison may not be useful if you evaluate yourself based on self-perception and judge the other person based on superficiality.

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    Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply.
    -Stephen Covey

    Ask yourself if you’re truly listening to others or if you’re being distracted by your own chatter. Listening means staying silent to give others a chance to talk, soaking it in, then responding if needed.

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    , , Jonathan Lockwood Hule, ,   

    Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
    -Jonathan Lockwood Hule

    Being angry at someone will definitely hurt you whether it does or does not lead to a consequence for the other person. Letting go of your anger, can benefit your health by getting rid of negative emotions. In this context, forgiving does not mean forgetting, but rather coming to accept the fact that it happened.

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    When an egg breaks by a power outside, a life ends. When an egg breaks by a power within, a life begins. Great things always begin from that power within.

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    , , , , , Walter Anderson   

    Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have life itself.
    -Walter Anderson

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    Derek Jeter, , , ,   

    There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.
    -Derek Jeter

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    What the mind invents, the mind destroys. But the real is not invented and cannot be destroyed.
    Hold on to that over which the mind has no power.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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    Either you run the day or the day runs you.

    -Jim Rohn

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    Doyle Brunson, , ,   

    A man with money is no match against a man on a mission.

    -Doyle Brunson

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    Identity, Memories, , ,   

    You are not what you think yourself to be. I asssure you. The image you have of yourself is made up from memories and is purely accidental.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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    , Innovation, Originality, ,   

    True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

    -Edith Wharton

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    , Margaret Mead, , Teamwork,   

    Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

    -Margaret Mead

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    Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.


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    , Harvey Firestone, , ,   

    You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.

    -Harvey S. Firestone

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    Excellence is a decision, practiced daily to the point of a habit.

    -Robin Sharma

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    Only what is your own at the start will remain your own in the end.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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    A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

    -William Arthur Ward

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    Peace begins with a smile.

    -Mother Teresa

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    Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

    -Abraham Lincoln

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    , Benjamin Jowett, , , , ,   

    The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.

    -Benjamin Jowett

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    , , , , , , Viktor E. Frankl   

    When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

    -Viktor E. Frankl

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    , , , , , Virgil Thomson   

    I don’t go around regretting things that don’t happen.

    -Virgil Thomson

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    Charlie Chaplin, , , ,   

    Life laughs at you when you are unhappy. Life smiles at you when you are happy. But, life salutes you when you make others happy.

    -Charlie Chaplin

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    Heraclitus, , , , ,   

    The sun is new each day.


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    Bernard Williams, , , ,   

    There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.

    -Bernard WIlliams

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    , Mindfulness, , ,   

    The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

    -Richard Bach

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    , Cause, , Helping,   

    There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

    -Edith Wharton

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    , Duke Ellington, , ,   

    A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

    -Duke Ellington

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    , Colton, ,   

    I have somewhere see it observed, that we should make the same use of a book that the bee does of a flower; she steals sweets from it, but does not injure it.


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