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    , , Life, , Rosa Parks   


    Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
    -Rosa Parks



     
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    , Dylan Thomas, Life, ,   


    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    -Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953



     
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    Last Curtain by Rabindranath Tagore 

    I know that the day will come
    when my sight of this earth shall be lost,
    and life will take its leave in silence,
    drawing the last curtain over my eyes.

    Yet stars will watch at night,
    and morning rise as before,
    and hours heave like sea waves
    casting up pleasures and pains.

    When I think of this end of my moments,
    the barrier of the moments breaks
    and I see by the light of death
    thy world with its careless treasures.

    Rare is its lowliest seat,
    rare is its meanest of lives.
    Things that I longed for in vain
    and things that I got
    —let them pass.
    Let me but truly possess
    the things that I ever spurned
    and overlooked.

    The poem ‘Last Curtain’ explains the vulnerability one feels at the time of death. The actual treasures one can take to the grave are none but his deeds of good. The poem conveys the message that the things that matter the most at death, are those virtues that are considered as least important by many men during their lives.



     
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    Brian Tracy, , Life, , ,   


    Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.

    -Brian Tracy



     
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    , , Eleanor Powell, , Life,   


    What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.

    -Eleanor Powell



     
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    எங்கே வாழ்க்கை தொடங்கும் அது எங்கே எவ்விதம் முடியும்
    இதுதான் பாதை இதுதான் பயணம் என்பது யாருக்கும் தெரியாது
    எங்கே வாழ்க்கை தொடங்கும் அது எங்கே எவ்விதம் முடியும்
    இதுதான் பாதை இதுதான் பயணம் என்பது யாருக்கும் தெரியாது
    பாதையெல்லாம் மாறிவரும் பயணம் முடிந்துவிடும்
    மாறுவதை புரிந்துகொண்டால் மயக்கம் தெளிந்துவிடும்

    நினைப்பதெல்லாம் நடந்துவிட்டால்
    படம் : நெஞ்சில் ஓரு ஆலயம்
    இசை : MS விஸ்வநாதன்
    பாடியவர் : PB ஸ்ரீநிவாஸ்



     
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    Life, , , , Viktor Frankl,   


    Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life.

    -Viktor Frankl



     
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    You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

    -Joyce Meyer



     
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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

    (ஏழு)

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

    (ஏழு)

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

    (ஏழு)

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

    (ஏழு)

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

    (ஏழு)



     
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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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    Charlie Chaplin, , Life, ,   


    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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    The Rock – T.S. Eliot 

    The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven,
    The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit.

    O perpetual revolution of configured stars,
    O perpetual recurrence of determined seasons,
    O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying!

    The endless cycle of idea and action,
    Endless invention, endless experiment,
    Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
    Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
    Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
    All our knowledge brings us nearer to death,
    But nearness to death no nearer to God.

    Where is the Life we have lost in living?
    Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
    Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

    The cycles of heaven in twenty centuries
    Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.
    The lot of man is ceaseless labor,
    Or ceaseless idleness, which is still harder,
    Or irregular labour, which is not pleasant.

    I have trodden the winepress alone, and I know
    That it is hard to be really useful, resigning
    The things that men count for happiness, seeking
    The good deeds that lead to obscurity, accepting
    With equal face those that bring ignominy,
    The applause of all or the love of none.

    All men are ready to invest their money
    But most expect dividends.
    I say to you: Make perfect your will.
    I say: take no thought of the harvest,
    But only of proper sowing.

    The world turns and the world changes,
    But one thing does not change.
    In all of my years, one thing does not change,
    However you disguise it, this thing does not change:
    The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil.

    -T.S.Eliot



     
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    , Life, Mathew Arnold, ,   


    Fear not! Life still
    Leaves human effort scope
    But, since life teems with ill,
    Nurse no extravagant hope

    -Mathew Arnold, Empedocles on Etna



     
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    Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
    -Carl Jung



     
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    Lyrics to Veedu Varai Uravu : வீடு வரை உறவு 

    பாடல்: வீடு வரை உறவு
    திரைப்படம்: பாதகாணிக்கை
    இயற்றியவர்: கவிஞர் கண்ணதாசன்

    ஆடிய ஆட்டம் என்ன பேசிய வார்த்தை என்ன?
    தேடிய செல்வம் என்ன திரண்டதோர் சுற்றம் என்ன?
    கூடு விட்டு ஆவி போனால் கூடவே வருவதென்ன?

    வீடு வரை உறவு வீதி வரை மனைவி
    காடு வரை பிள்ளை கடைசி வரை யாரோ?
    வீடு வரை உறவு வீதி வரை மனைவி
    காடு வரை பிள்ளை கடைசி வரை யாரோ?

    ஆடும் வரை ஆட்டம் ஆயிரத்தில் நாட்டம்
    ஆடும் வரை ஆட்டம் ஆயிரத்தில் நாட்டம்
    கூடி வரும் கூட்டம் கொள்ளி வரை வருமா?

    வீடு வரை உறவு வீதி வரை மனைவி
    காடு வரை பிள்ளை கடைசி வரை யாரோ?
    கடைசி வரை யாரோ?

    உ..உ ஆயி ஆரிரோ உ..உ ஆயி ஆரிரோ
    ஆரிரோ ஆரிரோ ஆரிரோ ஆரிரோ
    ஆரிரோ ஆரிரோ ஆரிரோ

    தொட்டிலுக்கு அன்னை கட்டிலுக்குக் கன்னி
    தொட்டிலுக்கு அன்னை கட்டிலுக்குக் கன்னி
    பட்டினிக்குத் தீனி கெட்ட பின்பு ஞானி

    வீடு வரை உறவு வீதி வரை மனைவி
    காடு வரை பிள்ளை கடைசி வரை யாரோ?
    கடைசி வரை யாரோ?

    சென்றவனைக் கேட்டால் வந்துவிடு என்பான்
    வந்தவனைக் கேட்டால் சென்று விடு என்பான்
    சென்றவனைக் கேட்டால் வந்துவிடு என்பான்
    வந்தவனைக் கேட்டால் சென்று விடு என்பான்
    சென்று விடு என்பான்

    வீடு வரை உறவு வீதி வரை மனைவி
    காடு வரை பிள்ளை கடைசி வரை யாரோ?
    கடைசி வரை யாரோ?

    விட்டு விடும் ஆவி பட்டு விடும் மேனி
    சுட்டு விடும் நெருப்பு சூனியத்தில் நிலைப்பு
    சூனியத்தில் நிலைப்பு

    வீடு வரை உறவு வீதி வரை மனைவி
    காடு வரை பிள்ளை கடைசி வரை யாரோ?
    கடைசி வரை யாரோ?



     
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    , , Henry Wadswoth Longfellow, Life, ,   


    The Village Blacksmith 

    Under a spreading chestnut-tree
    The village smithy stands;
    The smith, a mighty man is he,
    With large and sinewy hands;
    And the muscles of his brawny arms
    Are strong as iron bands.

    His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
    His face is like the tan;
    His brow is wet with honest sweat,
    He earns whate’er he can,
    And looks the whole world in the face,
    For he owes not any man.

    Week in, week out, from morn till night,
    You can hear his bellows blow;
    You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
    With measured beat and slow,
    Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
    When the evening sun is low.

    And children coming home from school
    Look in at the open door;
    They love to see the flaming forge,
    And hear the bellows roar,
    And catch the burning sparks that fly
    Like chaff from a threshing-floor.

    He goes on Sunday to the church,
    And sits among his boys;
    He hears the parson pray and preach,
    He hears his daughter’s voice,
    Singing in the village choir,
    And it makes his heart rejoice.

    It sounds to him like her mother’s voice,
    Singing in Paradise!
    He needs must think of her once more,
    How in the grave she lies;
    And with his hard, rough hand he wipes
    A tear out of his eyes.

    Toiling,–rejoicing,–sorrowing,
    Onward through life he goes;
    Each morning sees some task begin,
    Each evening sees it close
    Something attempted, something done,
    Has earned a night’s repose.

    Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
    For the lesson thou hast taught!
    Thus at the flaming forge of life
    Our fortunes must be wrought;
    Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
    Each burning deed and thought.



     
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    Life, , Robert Frost   


    In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life : it goes on.

    -Robert Frost



     
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    The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.

    -Rabindranath Tagore



     
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    , Fears, Les Brown, Life, ,   


    Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.

    –Les Brown



     
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    How can I be useful, of what service can I be?
    There is something inside me, what can it be?

    –Vincent Van Gogh



     
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    The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange it for it.

    -Henry David Thoreau



     
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    Impact, Kevin Kruse, , Life,   


    Life is about making an impact, not making an income.

    –Kevin Kruse



     
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    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

    –Anais Nin



     
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    In every living thing there is the desire for love.

    -DH Lawrence



     
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    Live a good life. If there are Gods and they are just, then they will not care about how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are Gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no Gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will love on in the memories of your loved ones.

    -Marcus Aurelius



     
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    Balance, , Life, ,   


    Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to maintain balance, you must keep moving.

    -Albert Einstein



     
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    Honor life by living, Padawan.

    -Yoda (Starwars)



     
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    Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives the fundamental principle of morality, namely that good consists in maintaining, promoting and enhancing life and that destroying, injuring and limiting life are evil.

    -Albert Schweitzer



     
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    Alexis Carrel, Inertia, Life, , Status Quo   


    Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.

    -Alexis Carrel



     
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    My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It is really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
    -Steve Jobs



     
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    Life, , , , Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev   


    There is no such thing as a “good life”. But if you put yourself wholeheartedly into something, it is a great life. If you really throw yourself into something, however simple, it may be great in your experience. Somebody else may look at your life and think it is rubbish. That is their problem. In your experience, your life is great and that is all that matters.

    -Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev



     
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    Life, Marc Chagall, , ,   


    Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.

    -Marc Chagall



     
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    Kalu Ndukwe Kalu, , Life, ,   


    The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.

    -Kalu Ndukwe Kalu



     
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    , Life, , , Usefulness   


    What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


     
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    He who would live must fight. He who doesn’t wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.

    Adolf Hitler


     
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    Don’t worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

    Rumi


     
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    Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

    Confucius


     
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    Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

    Rumi


     
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    Where there is no inner freedom, there is no life.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

    George Bernard Shaw


     
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    With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

    William Shakespeare


     
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    John Gardner, , Life, ,   


    Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

    John W Gardner


     
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    Chief Seattle, Harmony, Inter dependency, Life, , ,   


    “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

    Chief Seattle


     
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    Levis Strauss, Life, , ,   


    One of the secrets of life is that all that is worth doing is what we do for others.

    Levis Strauss


     
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    The unexamined life is not worth living.

    Socrates


     
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    Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

    Patrick Henry


     
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    , Life, , Obscurity, ,   


    Obscurity and a competence – that is the life that is best worth living.

    Mark Twain


     
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    , , , , Life, , , , , , Tom Stoppard, Utopia   


    “Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don’t value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life’s bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it’s been sung? The dance when it’s been danced? It’s only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature’s highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we’re expected! But there is no such place, that’s why it’s called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can’t arrange our own happiness, it’s a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.”

    Tom Stoppard, The Coast of Utopia


     
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    Adolf Huxley, , , Life, ,   


    Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

    Adolf Huxley


     
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    Chadariya jheeni re jheeni 

    chadariya jheeni re jheeni, raam naam ras bheeni;

    The fabric (body) is subtle, very subtle, indeed; it is woven with the essence of God’s name;

    asht kamal ka charkha banaya, panch tatwa ki pooni;

    The eight lotuses (chakras) made the spinning wheel which spun the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) to make the fabric;

    nau das mas bunan ko lage, murakh maili keeni.

    It took nine months (ten lunar months) for its weaving, and foolish people defile it;

    jab mori chadar ban ghar ai, rangrez ko deeni;

    Once the fabric was made and brought home, it was given to the dyer (guru) for colouring;

    aisa rang ranga rangrez ne, lalo laal kar deeni.

    The dyer coloured it with such skill that it became brilliantly red (illumined);

    chadar ode sanka mat kariye, ye do din tumko deeni;

    As you wear this fabric, do not have doubts; it is a gift to you for two days only;

    murakh log bhed nahi jaane, din din maili keeni.

    Foolish people do not know the secret of this fabric, and day after day they pollute it;

    dhruv prahalad sudama ne odhi, shukdev ne nirmal keeni;

    Dhruv, Prahalad, Sudama and Shukdev wore this fabric and purified it;

    das kabir ne aisi odhi, jyon ki tyon dhari deeni.

    The servant Kabir wore it in such a way, that he returned it in the condition in which he received it.



     
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