7 Virtues 7 Sins
Humility Pride
Kindness Jealousy
Forgiveness Anger
Diligence Sloth
Charity Greed
Temperance Gluttony
Chastity Lust

3 Theological Virtues
Faith - Hope - Charity (Love)
- The letters of St. Paul of Tarsus.



Truth is great and its effectiveness endures... Teach what has been said in the past... for there is none born wise.

- The Maxims of Ptahhotpe c. 2350 B.C.E.


Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find us,
Next time, ourselves!—not the trouble behind us.

- Paraphrased from Love in a Life by Robert Browning


"For forms of government let fools contest;

Whate'er is best administered is best:

For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight;

His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.

In faith and hope the world will disagree,

But all mankind's concern is charity."

- Alexander Pope 1734



"Afghanistani women, in the songs they sing,
do not desire Allah's Paradise after death,
wishing instead to become streams and grasses, the breeze and the dust.
The soil placed upon them in the grave, they sing, they'll take as their lover."

- The Wasted Vigil Nadeem Aslam 2008


Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.

Give a person some cool sites and they will not bother you for weeks.


"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."

- Martin Niemöller


Jesus said to his disciples... "Servants don't know what their master is doing, and so I don't speak to you as my servants.
I speak to you as my friends, and I have told you everything that my Father has told me.

16 - You did not choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last.
Then my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name.

17 - So I command you to love each other"

- John 15


"Early to Bed, Early to Rise, Work like Hell and Advertise !" - Ted Turner


"I am big! It's the pictures that got small."

- Sunset Boulevard Gloria Swanson 1950


... there's only so many bullets you can use in the gun. If you start objecting to this and this and this, pretty soon people don't pay any attention to you. You want to save your bullets for when they really count.

- Warren Buffet


I don't see how you can wise up all the time if you aren't working at it.


I hardly know anybody who's done very well in life in terms of cognition that doesn't have somebody trusted to talk to. Einstein would not have been able to do what he did without people to talk to. Didn't need many, but he needed some.

You organize your own thoughts as you try and convince other people. It's a very necessary part of operations. If you had some hermit sitting on a mountain, he wouldn't do very good.


I also have old-fashioned capitalist ideas that intelligent, responsible people are always suffering now to make later better. I don't like making today great by making later worse.

- Charlie Munger


"Quid pro quo... Yes or no, Clarice?''

- The Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter 1991


The Seven Ages of Man

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice
In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide,
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."

- William Shakespeare As You Like It


Life is a Work In Progress.

The stage a construction zone.



This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

- See interesting notes at:


Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Virtues

1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

2. Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

3. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

4. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

5. Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

6. Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

8. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

9. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

10. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

11. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

12. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.

13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

- Ben Franklin's Autobiography


I've forgotten what I've been working on forgetting. 


Lousy leaders complain about the tail wagging the dog then cry when bit in the butt.


"We must not suffer our misfortunes with frankness"

- David Copperfield film


Mother Teresa's Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway. 

- Attributed to Mother Teresa, however, the original version of this poem was written by Kent M. Keith.


"Does this tampon make me look fat?"

- Joan Rivers









Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.

Thats why it's called the present.




The Loose Cannon

The seaman saved the ship, cutting loose the cannon,
wheeling it around and blasting the attacker.
Violating the law at sea never to loose a cannon,
he was given a hero's medal before he was hung.

- Tale told in a Business Admin Course


"If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does,
then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit,
followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit."

-Robert Brault (b. 1938)


Earth, Wind and Sea Reflect Much in Me


An Answered Prayer

I asked for strength,
And God gave me difficulties to make me strong;

I asked for wisdom,
And God gave me problems to learn to solve;

I asked for prosperity,
And God gave me brain and brawn to work;

I asked for courage,
And God gave me dangers to overcome;

I asked for love,
And God gave me people to help;

I asked for favours,
And God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted

I received everything I needed.

My prayer has been answered!


Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


Excerpt from:

Gimme Shelter

War, children, it's just a shot away
Ooh, see the fire is sweepin'
Our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost its way

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
The floods is threat'ning
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I'm gonna fade away

I tell you love, sister, it's just a kiss away.

- Mick Jagger / Keith Richards

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