25 Great Quotes Worth reading twice

Here are some quotes that have helped me along the way. Though we all know this stuff, it is certainly good to be reminded from time to time. So, without further ado; I’ll let some of my greatest teachers speak.

Make a wish
Make a wish
  • 1. By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. “The world can’t give that serenity,” he said.  “The world can’t give us peace. We can only find it in our hearts.” “I hate that,” I said. “I know. But the good news is that by the same token, the world can’t take it away.” – Anne Lamott
  • 2. Be very vigilant over thy child in the april of his understanding, lest the frost of May nip his blossoms. While he is a tender wig, straighten him; whilst he is a new vessel, season him; such as thou makest him, such commonly shalt thou find him. Let his first lesson be obedience, and his second shall be what thou wilt. – Quarles
  • 3. “If you look for bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • 4. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
  • 5 “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa
  • 6. “There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different to the things we do.” – Ghandi
  • 7. “When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.” – Linji
  • 8. “There are only 2 ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Einstein
  • 9. Luke 2:13 – “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to the God in the highest and on earth, peace and goodwill to all men.”
  • 10. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
March to your own drummer
March to your own drummer
  • 11. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  • 12. “Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 13. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
  • 14. “To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?”

W. H. Auden ,  Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier

  • 15. “From all your herds, a cup or two of milk,

From all your granaries, a loaf of bread, In all your palace, only half a bed: Can man use more? And do you own the rest?” – Ancient Sanskrit poem

  • 16. “I wander’d lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vale and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils: Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

  • Wordsworth
  • 17. “A falcon who chases a warlike crane can only hope for a life of pain” – Gabriel Garcia Marques
  • 18. “If I had the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me, and correct it, then I might have a chance to profit by my mistakes and learn something from the experience of others, for I know that there is something WRONG with me, or I would now be where I WOULD HAVE BEEN IF I had spent more time analyzing my weaknesses, and less time building alibis to cover them.” – Napoleon Hill
  • 19. “Be what you would seem to be — or, if you’d like it put more simply — Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” – Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland
  • 20. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein
  • 21. “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
  • 22. “When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say.” – Unknown
  • 23. “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” – Will Smith
  • 24. “Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright ,owning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” – Erich Fromm
  • 25. “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha
  • This one isn’t really a quote. But it’s certainly worth watching twice.

Money matters

6 steps…

For if you don’t have enough money

I may or may not agree with this, but I do think it is a good attitude to have towards money, because as long as you think positively and have something to focus on you can achieve anything. Money isn’t everything but if you know what you need it for it is worth trying to earn more. Here’s something I learned from a very famous book entitled Think and Grow rich by Napolean Hill:

  1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness)
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  2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. There is no such reality as “something for nothing.
  3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
  4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action
  5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
  6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning.

Here is a poem I came across which certainly helps too:

Fortune favours the brave

“I bargained with Life for a penny,

And Life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening

When I counted my scanty store.

“For Life is a just employer,

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task.

“I worked for a menial’s hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of Life,

Life would have willingly paid.”


P.S. This is not my poem, if you know the name of the author please drop it in the comments below. Thanks for reading…

Coin toss
Coin toss

6 Tips to a Better Voice

An asian kareoke bar, perfect for practicing.

I enjoy playing guitar on occasion but I had a terrible singing voice. Not being able to play and sing made my practicing a little half hearted, not that I wanted to perform or anything, but I just wanted to be able to do both. Then I accidentally came across some help that can improve your voice. It really worked wonders, well, for my standards anyway. But, it’s worth a try, so if you are not tone deaf and enjoy singing take a look. Here is the advice I found:

1.  Feel your throat muscles and jaw when you are

speaking.  Note the tenseness.

2.  Open mouth wide.  Yawn and say “Ho Hum.” Close your

lips.  As you do, drop your jaw and waggle it from

side to side.

3.  Repeat the yawning and humming.  Note how the

throat muscles loosen &  Removes strain.

4.  Open mouth wide, drop your jaw, exaggerate your

lip and jaw movements.  Say the following words slowly:

Prolong the sounds.  Annunciate carefully.  HANG, HARM,


5.  Lightly massage your throat muscles with your

fingers to check for tightness.

6.  Drop your jaw and relax the throat.  Prolong the

sounds. Open wide and use a monotone voice.  Say: NAH,


Who can resist, it's so much fun.
Who can resist, it’s so much fun.

And here is something to try to improve your speaking voice. You can do this a few times a day.

1 – Tummy Bounce

Take a  breath through the mouth for three seconds, and

immediately let it out as you say 10 “Ha’s” in

succession, using one breath.  Keep the back of your

throat open.

2 – Ka-Ga-Ha

Open mouth wide and open back of your throat.

Say “ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-” As many times as you can with one


Again Say; “Ga-ga-ga-ga-ga-ga”  –  As many times as you

can with one breath.

Again With; “ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha”  – As many times as you

can with one breath.

Now With “ka-ga-ha”,  “ka-ga-ha”,  “ka-ga-ha”,

“ka-ga-ha” – As many times as you can with one breath.

3 –Vitalic Breath

1-Inhale a few short quick breaths through the nose

2-Open mouth, expel quickly with one blast.

2 or 3 times only, or you will get dizzy.

A hint of magic

A hint of magic…

Here are some photos of scenes in South Korea…

If you would like to know how I captured these images, please feel free to send me a message, photography is a keen interest of mine.