“Without Deviation from the Norm, Progress is not Possible” – Frank Zappa

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Hello friends! Am I the only one feeling like this month of January is flying like a bird? Just curious because there is a consensus, and practical joke about January (which in its application couldn’t be more real), that January is the longest month of the year. I find it puzzling because there are other months that also have 31 days. What could be the reason for such a conclusion? I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts on that.

Going through my quotes collection, I realized how much I loved Fiorello H. La Guardia’s quotes. His lack of subtlety when he speaks the truth, his dedication to service etc, makes me wish my country had someone that loved the poor masses and is always their mouthpiece no matter what. I will share some of my favorite quotes from him next week. Meanwhile here is one, “I can out demagogue the best of demagogues”. I guess you are wondering what the word ‘demagogue’ means right? Why don’t you find out, it will help you understand the quote.



“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth”.

Pablo Picasso

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light”.

Leonardo da Vinci

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream”.

Vincent Willem Van Gogh

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep”.

Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

“One ought, every day at last, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible to speak a few reasonable words”.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Willem Meister’s Apprenticeship



“Study the past if you would define the future”.


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: if we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you gave a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back”.

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as A Candle in The Dark

“History is always written by the winners. When cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books – books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘what’s history but a fable agreed upon?

Don Brown, The Da Vinci Code

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists”.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach”.

Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays



“The Sweetest smile hold the deepest secrets”.

Sara Shepard, Flawless

“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed”.

Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

“Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface. Glamour only radiates if there is a sublime courage and bravery within: glamour is like the moon, it only shines because the sun is there”.

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“Every solution to every problem is simple. It is the distance between the two where the mystery lies”.

Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

“Love is an endless mystery because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it”.

Rabindranath Tagore



“I’ve never lost a game. I just ran out of time”.

Michael Jordan, For the Love of the Game

“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”.

Vince Lombardi

“Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, others head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy”.

Dean Karmazes, Ultra Marathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

“If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After a while, you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place”.

Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I love the Olympics because they enable people from all over the world to come together and…regardless of their political or cultural differences…accuse each other of cheating”.

Dave Barry, Doogers Are My Beat: More Lies, But Some Actual Journalism



“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a Musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music”.

Albert Einstein

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: ‘THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC’.

Kurt Vonnegut

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music”.

Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

“We should consider everyday lost in which we have not danced at least once”.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche

“Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end, there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile”.

Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song



“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”.

Marcel Proust

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sundrenched elsewhere”.

Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything in life. I want to be a woman and want to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish…You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed, I get mad with anger”.

Simone de Beauvoir

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see”.

G.K Chesterton

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself”.

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas



“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best”.

Marilyn Monroe

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,

Love like you’ll never be hurt,

Sing like there’s nobody listening’

And live like it’s heaven on earth”.

William W. Purkey

‘You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams”.

Dr Seuss

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you”.

Elbert Hubbard

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”.

Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches



“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records”.

Williem Arthur Ward


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