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Monday, October 31, 2005
Self-confidence
"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784).
English author, critic, & lexicographer.

and

A successful individual
"A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration."

Kurt Lewin (1890 - 1947).
US (German-born) psychologist.

Friday, October 28, 2005
A true friend ...
"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities."

William A. Ward.

and

Being more productive ....
"No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive."

Dr. Joyce Brothers (1928 - ).
US psychologist & television personality.

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Enjoyment is ...
"Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity."

Paul Goodman.
(1911 - 1972)

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Smoking!
Nope, not the sort of 'smoking' as in that glorious film "The Mask", rather the sort of smoking involving tobacco. Just some interesting facts that I read today about the cost of it ;.....

Smokers spend an average £91,832.43 feeding their habit.

In their life they will puff through 373,302 cigarettes. That is 18,665 packs, or 15.24 coffin nails a day.

UK smokers buy a breathtaking 72 billion fags a year at a cost of £17billion. Laid end to end, they would stretch for more than four million miles.

The average smoker will spend £1,493.22 on 6,060 cigarettes each year.

They would have to stick at it for 61 years to spend the £91,800 total. Even part-time puffers smoke 14.55 cigarettes a week. That is £11,000 in a lifetime.

Source Life's a fag!

And this reminds me of why I need to stay given up, apart from the health benefits that is. (A clumsy way of phrasing it, but you see what I mean, I hope?)

Thursday, October 13, 2005
An original quote ..
"Life is like riding a bicycle, unless you keep pedalling and/or moving forwards, at some point you are going to fall off!"

Me :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Systematically?
It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy.

Hesiod (~800 BC).
Greek didactic poet.

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882).
US essayist & poet.

Taken together both of these quotes may sound as if they are contradicting each other, but I don't believe that they are. Although they were written 2,000 years apart I believe that they compliment each other, encouraging you to try many different ways of doing things [experimenting] but doing it systematically so that you can see afterwards where things started going wrong or not working out, and then perhaps retrying but putting your newfound knowledge in place to achieve a different outcome, and hopefully to achieve success in your endeavour.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
In a few minutes ...
"In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it."

From an unknown author :)

Immortality.
"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."

Susan Ertz.

Monday, October 10, 2005
If you wish success ....
"If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius."

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719) .
English essayist, poet, & politician.

and .......

The secret of success!
"If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut."

Albert Einstein.

See? And you thought being successful was complicated. :)

Monday, October 03, 2005
The greatest discovery ....
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."

William James (1842 - 1910) .
US Pragmatist philosopher & psychologist.

Sunday, October 02, 2005
The great thing ...
"The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving."

Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Saturday, October 01, 2005
We are ...
"We are what we repeatedly do."

Aristotle.