Do you get angry?

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Here are a few quotations to ponder on:

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
― Ambrose Bierce
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“Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”
― Aristotle

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“Learn this from me. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.”
― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.”
― Sigmund Freud

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“Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.”
― Henry Ward Beecher

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“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada [Verse 223]

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“Get mad, then get over it. ”
― Colin Powell

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“Poetry = Anger x Imagination”
― Sherman Alexie, One Stick Song

I wish that the last were true for me. As far as I am concerned Poetry = Misery x Imagination. That also explains why I no longer write poetry. Not miserable any more…

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Do you judge a person by his questions or his answers?

This question was prompted by Voltaire’s “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
But it was also prompted by the book I am reading just now, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. Click on the link to read the FIRST LINES from the book to get an idea about its content.

Its an interesting book. And as expected prompting more questions than answers, and making me bold about asking ones of my own.

The author, Warren Berger quotes Joi Ito of MIT’s Media Lab saying “You don’t learn unless you question”.
And it matters how we question. We are likely to get different answers depending on whether we frame our questions as open ended ones or close ended ones.

Here’s some mind food on questions and questioning:

“Questions are infinitely superior to answers.”
~Dan Sullivan

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“To get answers of life, ask questions”
~Sukant Ratnakar, Open the Windows

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“Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.”
~Milan Kundera in The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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“At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.”
~Leo Babauta

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“Which would you rather be if you had the choice–divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”
~L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables

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“The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.”
~John Fowles in The Magus

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“To ask the ‘right’ question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.”
~Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Flight of the Eagle

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“An empowered life begins with serious personal questions about oneself. Those answers bare the seeds of success.”
~Steve Maraboli in Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.”
~Claude Lévi-Strauss

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“How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round?
Probably half the questions we ask-half our great theological and metaphysical problems-are like that.”
~C.S. Lewis

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“No where in ‘humpty dumpty’ did it say he was an egg. Maybe your inability to think outside of what others have taught you is what’s keeping you from putting him together again.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

Now ask yourself this: Why are questions infinitely better than answers? Why do questions feel like open doors while answers feel like closed ones?

Happy questioning!

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Here are four more lines from books within easy reach…

When all is said, perhaps their happiest legacy is the ‘Baila’ dance and song; pleasant to think it was the creation of Portuguese slavery.
~Norah Roberts in Galle As Quiet As Asleep

By a process called reverberation, a memory corresponds to the strengthening of connections from an increase of brain activity in a given sector of the brain–the more activity, the stronger the memory.
~Nassim Nicholas Taleb in The Black Swan

As one of my learned friends is fond of commenting – sitting in the top floor of the ivory tower, the sea always looks calm – it is only when you are battling the waves in a dinghy when you realize the actual situation.
~Vivek Sood in The 5 Star Business Network

The beli fruit (Aegle marmellos; vilvam T; bael E) is a rare example of the same medicinal agent serving diametrically opposite ends under different conditions.
~C.G. Uragoda in Traditions of Sri Lanka: A Selection with a Scientific Background

Are you upto a challenge today?

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“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”  
~Margaret Thatcher

So very true. Nothing better to make me focus than a line from the Iron Lady herself!

I like randomness. It is always more interesting than routine. So today, I decided to check out quotations on ‘challenge’. The above really stuck me as relevant for my daily life. And indeed for everyone’s daily life.

When I was editing the Athwela Business Journal, the Sinhala business magazine, we used the serialize the Sinhala translations by Daya Rohana Atukorala, of great personal development classics, by the likes of Dale Carnegie, Paul Parker and others. Each month a few pages from a chapter.

And I know personally, however dismal the day may have been, reading those few pages were immensely uplifting, not just to me but to all my staff who took the time to read it… It would just take a few minutes, but there was definite value added to our lives, and instant mood improvements. [You can read some First Chapters of Sinhala books by Daya Rohana Atukorala on SriLankaBookChapters blog.

This is why I like quotations so much. I know they make a real difference to the prepared mind. And hopefully, can pull in a few not-so-prepared minds as well.

Here are some other interesting quotes I found on challenge:

“Rejection is a challenge.”  
~Veronica Purcell

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“A trap is only a trap if you don’t know about it.
If you know about it, it’s a challenge.”
~China Miéville in King Rat

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“Life keeps throwing me curve balls and I don’t even own a bat.
At least my dodging skills are improving.”
~Jayleigh Cape
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“It has never been my goal to impress anyone but myself. 
That has proven challenging enough.”  
~Richelle E. Goodrich in Smile Anyway
 
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“That is the challenge Companion.
To take what has happened to you and learn from it.
Nothing is quite so destructive as pity, especially self-pity.
No event in life is so terrible that one cannot rise above it.”   
~Robin Hobb in Ship of Destiny    
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“When faced with two equally tough choices,
most people choose the third choice: to not choose.
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~Jarod Kintz in This Book Title is Invisible

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“These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.”  
~Abigail Adams

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“Spending time with people without ambition is a self-destruction.”  
~Amen Muffler

 

Wow, that last one smacks a trace of Buddhism in it. I’ll get back to mindculture’s Buddhism roots some time. If you like this, check out my oldest posts.

In the meanwhile all of the above are from the goodreads pages tagged challenge.

Wishing you great challenges and strength to conquer them!

Nilooka

Quotes about the brain

Among other things, my search came up with a goodreads page with over 250 quotations tagged Brain.

Here are a few I liked:

I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix. 
~Arthur Conan Doyle,  The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone

How ghastly for her, people actually thinking, with their brains, and right next door. Oh, the travesty of it all.
~Gail Carriger,  Soulless

Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculptor of his own brain.
~Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.
~Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

See which ones appeal to you. Here’s the complete list. The wonderful thing about it is that each quote is given with author name and link to the respective book as well as author page.