Awesome Quotes – Today/Now

AWESOME QUOTESWelcome to a brand new set of Awesome Quotes. For a change, it’s not a Friday thing.

This week’s theme is today, or the here and now.

I recently participated in a 7-day camp at The Yoga Institute at Santacruz, Mumbai and am enrolled at a teacher’s training course at the same place (I’ve spoken about this earlier, here and here). A big lesson I have learnt there thus far, is to stay in the present. To consciously be where I am, whatever I am doing, with whoever I am. I have realised I have rarely done that in quite some time now.

Tap into your thoughts at any given point of time. Our mind is very fast. Most normal events are too slow or not sufficiently stimulative for it to be completely engaged with those tasks, and it wanders. We are either fretting over the past, the could-have and should-have-beens, or worrying over the future, what is yet to be. Neither is wrong or bad, just know that either way, it shall bear you no fruits, material or otherwise. You cannot change what happened in the past by worrying about it, and you cannot ever know what is going to happen the next second by breaking a sweat over that. Yes, you can learn from what has already transpired, you can maybe even make amends for your errors but worrying or fretting will only waste your time and worse, make you negative.

Therefore, the only thing that will keep our mind steady is to be in the moment and take things as they come, while understanding the consequences of the decisions we make while in the moment. We are being mindful.

With that in mind, I’ve got a few quotes about the ideas and concepts that ‘living in the present’ encompasses. Please, enjoy the now!


“Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.

Just for today I will be happy.”

— Kenneth L. Holmes

Let’s all try to live in the now just for today, and see how it goes.

“The future is not yet ours; perhaps it never will be. It is exposing ourselves to temptation to wish to anticipate God, and to prepare ourselves for things which he may not destine for us. Let us give heed to the present, whose duties are pressing; it is fidelity to the present which prepares us for fidelity in the future.”

— Francois Fenelon

I find this to be put very articulately and aptly.

“Yesterday is but a Dream,
And Tomorrow is only a Vision:
But Today well-lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.”

— Translated from Sanskrit

Live today well. Look forward to living tomorrow well.

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Tomorrow is a new day. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with it’s hopes and invitations,to waste a moment on yesterdays.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn and move on.

“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

— Dale Carnegie

Live a little. Don’t procrastinate on that shit.

“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”

— Thoreau

This one’s deep.

“Happiness is here and now.”

–Thich Nhat Hanh, 1926

If you want to be happy, be happy now. Happiness isn’t a place to get to, its a way of travelling.

“Ordinary people merely think how they shall spend their time; a man of talent tries to use it.”

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Use thy time.

“Time is not a line, but a series of now points.”

— Taisen Deshimaru

Make all the use of the now, so you won’t have to complain on its scarcity later.


Aaaaand that’s all I have for this week’s Awesome Quotes! I hope you guys enjoyed.

I’ll see you next time, when I’ll be back with some more Awesome Quotes.

Carpe diem.

Awesome Quotes – Down Time

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Down time. Relaxation. Chilling out. Taking a vacation. Leave.

We all need it now and then. It can feel really liberating and refreshing if done right, and it is definitely something that’s very necessary for most people these days. Everyone needs a break to stay sane. I took one too, and spoke about it recently in my last Coffee Update post.

Here is my list of awesome quotes about taking breaks. So take a few deep breaths, drink some water, take off your coat if you’re wearing one and settle down for this one.


“Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting and just have faith that things will work out.” – @TheGoodQuote on Instagram

 

“Peace is a costly privilege – to be fought for, attained and won. It comes only from a conquered mind.” – Paul Brunton

 

“Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

 

“Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.” – John Gay

 

“Oh, the sensuous delight, the pleasurable laziness of sleeping late, with nothing on one’s mind, and the enjoyment of perfect sleep!” – Lin; Looking Beyond, 1955

 

“You are already free. Only you have to know and realise this truth.” – Sivananda

 

“The most rewarding freedom is freedom of the mind.” – Amy Jacques Garvey

 

“He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.” –  Cicero

 

“To be for one day entirely at leisure is to be for one day an immortal.” – Chinese saying

 

“Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

 

“Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.” – Mel Brooks, 1926

 

“When there’s no pause in the input, our heads get filled with the voices and opinions of others – be it parents, friends or Peter Jennings. In silence we have the chance to listen to our own voices.” – Deepak Chopra; Prevention, October 1996


Aaaand that’s all for this week’s Awesome Quotes! I hope you guys liked it.

I’ll see you guys next time!

Over and out.

Awesome Quotes – Nolan’s Batman

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Welcome back to Awesome Quotes. It is Friday, after all.

So, I recently had the pleasure of watching The Dark Knight for the sixth (?) time, and I realised that some of the quotes in there are just too good to not have an Awesome Quotes of their own. The late Heath Ledger, had quite a few of his own.

For those of you that haven’t seen this masterpiece, you’ll see how absolutely timeless these quotes are, and for those of you that have seen it, you will fall back in love with this movie.

Without further ado, let’s get right into the awesome quotes from The Dark Knight. Enjoy!


See, their “morals”, their “code”… it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these, ah, “civilized people”? They’ll eat each other. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. See, I’m not a monster.I’m just ahead of the curve.

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Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair.

– The Joker

 

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

– Harvey Dent

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The Chechen: What do you propose?
The Joker: It’s simple. We, uh, kill the Batman. [the mobsters laugh]
Salvatore Maroni: If it’s so simple, why haven’t you done it already?
The Joker: If you’re good at something, never do it for free.

 

Batman: This city just showed you that it’s full of people ready to believe in good.
The Joker: Until their spirit breaks completely. Until they get a good look at the real Harvey Dent, and all the heroic things he’s done. You didn’t think I’d risk losing the battle for Gotham’s soul in a fist fight with you? No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine’s Harvey.
Batman: [horrified] What did you do?
Joker: I took Gotham’s “White Knight”, and brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. See, madness, as you know, is like gravity: all it takes is a little push!

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Two-Face: It’s not about what I want, it’s about what’s fair! You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time. But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased, unprejudiced, fair. His son has the same chance she had. [shows both sides of his coin] Fifty-fifty.
Batman: What happened to Rachel wasn’t chance. We decided to act. We three.
Two-Face: Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?

 

Commissioner James Gordon: They’ll hunt you.
Batman: You’ll hunt me. You’ll condemn me, set the dogs on me. [in voiceover, Gordon destroys the Bat-Signal, Alfred burns Rachel’s letter, Fox destroys the sonar device] Because that’s what needs to happen. Because sometimes…the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded. [runs]
Gordon’s Son: Batman? Batman! Why is he running, Dad?
Commissioner James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
Gordon’s Son: He didn’t do anything wrong.
Commissioner James Gordon: Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

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Some men just want to watch the world burn.

– Alfred Pennyworth

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You see, I’m, a guy of simple taste. I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder…and gasoline!

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Do I really look like a guy with a plan?

– The Joker

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Aaaand that’s it for this special Dark Knight themed edition of Awesome Quotes. Of course, there’s a few more amazing quotes in the movie, but some of those require a little context which doesn’t quite come through in a post like this, and let’s face it, this movie isn’t worth spoiling that much.

Before I go, I have to say, those of you that haven’t watched this, do yourselves a favour and go watch it. You shouldn’t even be asking if it’s worth the time. You just shouldn’t.

I hope you guys enjoyed, and stay tuned for more Awesome Quotes! I’ll see you guys next time.

rolls out in his Batpod

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Awesome Quotes – Music Lyrics Part II

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Welcome back, to the second part of the Awesome Quotes of Music and Lyrics.

Last week, I mentioned how I had a ton of quotes to put up here, and I decided to split this up into two parts for that reason, so it remained relatively short and light on the eye, so to say.

Getting right to it, here’s the last batch of the amazing music lyrics I managed to round up. I’ve also attached Soundcloud plugins for each song (I could find) under the respective quote, so you can listen to the song in full.

Enjoy!


 

This is 10% luck, 20% skill

15% concentrated power of will

5% pleasure, 50% pain

And a 100% reason to remember the name

– Fort Minor, Remember the Name

 

When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year

But,

I’ll be there for you

When the rain starts to pour

I’ll be there like I’ve been there before

I’ll be there for you

‘Cause you’re there for me too…

– The Rembrandts, I’ll Be There For You

 

And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways

Maybe just the touch of a hand

Oh me I fall in love with you every single day

And I just wanna tell you I am

– Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud

 

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Oh, seasons come and go

But I will never change

And I’m on my way

– Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner, Written in the Stars

 

Where’s the good in goodbye?

Where’s the nice in nice try?

Where’s the us in trust gone?

Where’s the soul in soldier on?

– The Script, No Good in Goodbye

 

I see your dirty face

Hide behind your collar

What is done in vain

Truth is hard to swallow

So you pray to God

To justify the way you live a lie, live a lie, live a lie

– Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne, Let it Rock

 

Don’t let the ones that want to steal your dreams away

They’ll steal your dreams away

Just laugh and let it go

– Old Man Canyon, Phantoms and Friends

 

Trust I seek and I find in you

Every day for us something new

Open mind for a different view

And nothing else matters

– Metallica, Nothing Else Matters

 

In this farewell

There’s no blood

There’s no alibi

‘Cause I’ve drawn regret

From the truth

Of a thousand lies

So let mercy come

And wash away

What I’ve done

I’ll face myself

To cross out what I’ve become

Erase myself

And let go of what I’ve done

– Linkin Park, What I’ve Done


 

Well, that’s it folks, that was all the music lyrics I have right now.

Do you agree with me? Does any lyric remind you of any other related song, or lyric? Let me know!

I’ll see you next time, folks.

Awesome Quotes – Music Lyrics Part I

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Long back I wrote a post about some really great quotes about music, and a few lyrics from songs I found to be really moving, in one way or another.

Today, I’m giving you a follow-up, of sorts, of that post and I’m going to focus solely on lyrics from songs I’ve heard. Rohan Marathe, a friend of mine, read my previous Awesome Quotes post and thought I should do another music-based one, so I thought why not? Because after all, its the words that invariably stick with you for a long time.

This is a two-part post, because I had way too many lyrics to fit into this segment, and I thought putting them all into one would make it too long, and so, to keep it lighter on the eye (and mind) I’ve split it up into two. This post is the first part, the sequel to which will I will publish next Friday, so keep an eye out for that.

So, let’s jump right into it! Here’s my selection of awesome quotes from songs, in no particular order. I’ve also attached Soundcloud plugins for each song (I could find) before the respective quote, so you can listen to the song in full.

Enjoy!


 

We keep this love in a photograph

We made these memories for ourselves

Where our eyes are never closing

Hearts are never broken

And time’s forever frozen still

– Ed Sheeran, Photograph

 

Your lies are bullets

Your mouth’s the gun

And no war in anger was ever won

Put out the fire before igniting

Next time you’re fighting

Kill ’em with kindness

– Selena Gomez, Kill ‘Em With Kindness

 

Do it for your people

Do it for your pride

Never gonna know if you never even try

Do it for your country

Do it for your name

Cause there’s gonna be a day

When you’re standing in the hall of fame

– The Script ft. Will.I.Am, Hall of Fame

 

You’re my end and my beginning

Even when I lose, I’m winning

– John Legend, All of Me

 

Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say

I… I did it all

I owned every second that this world could give

I saw so many places

The things that I did

Yeah, with every broken bone

I swear I lived

– OneRepublic, I Lived

 

My father said,

Don’t you worry, don’t you worry child

See, heaven’s got a plan for you

Don’t you worry, don’t you worry now

– Sam Tsui, Don’t You Worry Child

 

When the lights come on, the beat still remains

The strength inside, glory to gain

The shades of light, merge into one

As the broken skies clear from the sun

We’re the same, you and I

Reaching out to justify

Give me a chance, give me the time

Get in the game

– Cody Martins and Sparky Buddha, Get in the Game

 

I’ve witnessed your suffering

As the battles raged higher

And though they hurt me so bad

In the fear and alarm

You did not desert me

My brothers in arms

– Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms

 

Working hard to get my fill

Everybody wants a thrill

Payin’ anything to roll the dice just one more time

Some will win, some will lose

Some were born to sing the blues

Oh, the movie never ends

It goes on and on and on and on

– Journey, Don’t Stop Believing


 

That’s it for the first part of the Awesome Music Lyrics, folks! I hope you enjoyed it, and I’ll see you with more like these next Friday.

Until next time.