Selected Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore on Education

Rabindranath Tagore’s ShantiNiketan is a renowned educational institution across the world.  They have a track record of creating excellent artists. In this post, I have selected some quotes from various speeches of Rabindranath Tagore, that enable us to have a glimpse into the thinking of this great mind on the topic of education. “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information, but makes our life in harmony with all existence” “We rob the child of his earth to teach him geography; Of language, to teach him grammar; His hunger is for the epic, (but) he is […]

Selected Sanskrit Proverbs

I like quotes, proverbs and other words of wisdom that are short. I have a big notebook half filled with interesting quotes I find anywhere, right from the days of my college! In this post, I present some interesting Old Sanskrit proverbs I found: “Aathmachitram Na Jananti ParachidranusariNa:” They no not know their own defects, who search for the defects of others.

Highlights of Harsha Bhogle’s speech at IIM Ahemadabad

As you might probably be knowing, Harsha Bhogle is a very popular Indian cricket commentator. He also hosts some sport based shows. It seems, he was an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and went back there to give a speech on How to Achieve Excellence. While I highly recommend that you listen to the whole speech (70 minutes totally – in two parts) linked to – in the previous line, I have compiled the important messages from that speech in this post so that people without much time can read it. I have given only some of the […]

Incentives to Goodness – Jayaprakash Narayan

This was an article written by ‘Bharat Ratna’ Jayaprakash Narayan in 1952 in a journal called ‘Freedom First’. It was longer than what I have presented below, and I have cut short and rearranged certain parts to suit the Internet browsing audiences (I did not add anything more, though!). I think this question of whether there are incentives to goodness, is quite very relevant now. “In days gone by, men tried to be good, impelled by some higher moral force in which they believed; and goodness meant such things as truthfulness, honesty, kindness, chastity, unselfishness, etc. Men felt that it […]

I asked for…

If you are short of time, just read the highlighted lines (In bold) below: I asked for… Loneliness with silence… A world without war… Blood that is young and Fast… A heart without secrets… A relationship that does not prick life… One drop of pure water… Words that don’t hurt… Live according to ones age… Clouds without thunder… Lust that doesn’t spoil the youth… Love that is wide… Affection without evil intentions… Snowflakes in the tip of grass… A bed in the tip of a flower… Eyes that sleep in the morning… Fingers that caress through the hair… Skin that […]

Powerful Quotations

I am always hungry for quotations. I consider them to be pearls of wisdom. I call the following quotes powerful because, they have had a huge influence in changing the way that I have thought about certain things/people. “The Liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else” – George Bernard Shaw Think about it. Just think about it. I have reduced lying just because of this single quote 😉 “The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure. A man, first of […]

An inspiring song and an inspiring poem

An Inspiring Song: Song: Ovvoru pookkalume (Language: Tamil); Movie: Autograph Singer: Chitra K S; Director: Cheran; Lyrics: Vijay Pa [youtube=] Ovvoru pookkalume solgirathe… Vazhvenral poradum porkalame… Ovvoru vidiyalume solgirathe… Iravanal pagalonru vanthidume… Every flower on this earth says, that life is a battlefield… Every morning says, that where there is a night, there will be a new dawn… Nambikkai yenbathu vendum nam vazhvil… Latchiyam nicchayam vellum oru nalil… We need to trust ourselves in life… Our ambitions will surely win one day… Maname O Maname ni maari vidu… Malayo athu paniyo ni modhi vidu… Our mind and thoughts ought to […]

Memorable Quotes

Some quotes are memorable. There was one such quote which I still remember till date which had a huge influence on my thought process. The essence was something like – “You are only responsible for whatever happens around you”. Initially I was glaring with disbelief. It took quite sometime for the wisdom in the quote to sink in me. But when it did, it changed my whole thought process and I am glad about it. So, I am presenting some quotes like that which was forwarded by a friend through email over the years. This time I have linked her […]

My favorite Ayn Rand Quote from Atlas Shrugged

“Did it ever occur to you, Miss Taggart, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade, nor in their most personal desires – if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical? There is no conflict and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat to the aims of another – if men understand that reality is an absolute not to be faked, that lies do not work, that the unearned cannot be had, that the undeserved cannot be given, that […]