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.

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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.

***

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.

A Few Quotes. (And Then Some)

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Awesome Quotes used to be a weekly thing on my blog, but its been a really long while since I’ve posted anything under it.

So I’m finally doing it today.

There have been quite a few quotes I’ve come by in recent times, in movies I’ve watched, TV shows I’ve binged, books I’ve read, or elsewhere, and a lot of those have moved me in some way, made me think and/or inspired me.

These aren’t grouped under any category as such, but rather a collection of a lot of different categories of quotes, so its a bit of everything.

Enjoy!


 

“I heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown, Pagliacci, is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. “But doctor…” he says, “I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.” – Rorschach, Watchmen

 

“I don’t mind being the smartest man in the world, I just wish it wasn’t this one.” – Adrien Veidt, Watchmen

Deep, huh?

 

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey, Actor (‘Liar, Liar’, ‘Dumb and Dumber’, etc.)

Makes sense, Jim.

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. – @thegoodquote on Instagram

 

“If you need one person to change your destiny, then you have not built a solid organisation.” – Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United FC Manager

 

Interviewer: What would Captain America’s cologne be called?

Chris Evans (actor who plays Captain America in the movies): Patriot.

Interviewer: What would it smell like?

Chris Evans: Freedom.

LOLed on this one.

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

I came by this one when it was posted by Sarah Rafferty on her Instagram.

Gretchen: I prefer my men manly.

Harvey Specter: Am I not manly?

Gretchen: Well, if you have to ask… proceeds to look Harvey up and down

Backstory - Harvey Specter is a bad-ass lawyer (widely believed to be New York's 
'best closer', on the show and name partner at 'Pearson Specter Litt', a fictional 
firm in New York, in the TV series Suits, and Gretchen is his newly-appointed 
secretary. She is, well, old, and quite tough.

This one is just plain hilarious. You have to see this scene to really get the humour, but it is so perfect, because if there’s one thing Harvey prides himself on, its his badassery and manliness. You can see that bubble being slightly poked when Gretchen says this.


Well, that’s all the quotes I’ve got for right now! Let me know if you liked them, ’cause they sure made me go, either, “Whoaaa,” or, “LOLOLOL!”

Until next time, people.

Quotes are Awesome Again

Awesome Quotes is up and running again on Jai Vyas Writes. That’s right. I have published the quote for this week (10th – 17th July), and you can check it out by clicking here.

Hope you guys can have some fun with this quote! So get crackin’ at it; I’m waiting by expectantly for your entries!

Cheers 🙂

Awesome Quotes: Quotes

No, that isn’t a typo. I didn’t type ‘quotes’ twice, while suspiciously sneaking a colon in there. Quotes, is this Friday’s theme for Awesome Quotes. That’s right, quotes about quotes. Pretty neat, huh?

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“Turn to page three hundred and ninety four…”

“Life isn’t about quotes about life.” – Unknown

“Life itself is a quotation.” – Unknown

“Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.” – Ambrose Bierce

“[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.” – A. A. Milne

“Speaking one’s mind once is more honorable than quoting a thousand men.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.” – Michel de Montaigne

“I called an insurance company to get a quote. They gave me one of Oscar Wilde’s best.” – Jarod Kintz


Aaaaaand that’s it for this week’s Awesome Quotes! Hope you enjoyed this little rabbit-out-of-the-hat thing (quotes about quotes) because I was really excited when the idea to do something like this struck me a couple of days back.

Come back next Friday for more Awesome Quotes! 🙂

Awesome Quotes: Quotes About Writing II

Writing is a topic that obviously means a lot to me.The first Awesome Quotes was dedicated to quotes about writing and it deserves to have a second edition in Awesome Quotes.

So here is a new collection of quotes about writers, the writing process and more!


“There is only one plot – things are not what they seem.” – Jim Thompson

Food for thought.

“A fiction writer is nothing more than the ambassador of an alternative world of their own design. Their success dwells in how many people their work entices to relocate.” – Carl Henegan

Perspectives.

“A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.” – Mignon McLaughlin

Can’t help smiling away at how accurate this is.

“As a writer, one is allowed to have conversations with oneself. What is considered sane in writers is mad for the rest of the human race.” – Alan Ayckbourn

So, I guess, I’m not paranoid.

“It’s often said that writers sometimes need to go around the block a few times to get where they’re going.” – Christopher Bram

Kinda like warming up before the game.

“People visit exposed and vulnerable; writers live there.” – Alisa Hope Wagner

Still smiling away at the accuracy.

“Flow is something the reader experiences, not the writer.” – Verlyn Klinkenborg

“I only write when I’m inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired every morning at 9 a.m.” – Peter De Vries

Teach me, O great master.

“Write what should not be forgotten.” – Isabel Allende

Easier said than done.

“A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be written again.” – W.E.B. Du Bois


Aaaaand that’s it for this week’s Awesome Quotes! Hope you were smiling away at all the accuracy as well. If you write then you definitely were. If you don’t write but are thinking of starting, these quotes either galvanised you to face the rigours of this work or you’re all like, “Chuck that crap.” Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. (Aren’t all of us once we’ve seen both sides of writing?)

Also, these Awesome Quotes aren’t over until I remind you to check in next Friday. So, yeah you know the drill, come back next Friday for more Awesome Quotes that reaffirm the wacky truths you’ve been suspecting of the human ‘civilisation’ (ironically derived from the word ‘civil’) and steel you to face aforementioned ironically named civilisation.

Toodles.

Wacky Quotes: Cricket

Not many people get cricket. Even in countries that play cricket. Even in countries like India where people pray more to Sachin Tendulkar and seldom go to Siddhivinayak. Like who’s gonna stand in line at a temple from 4 in the morning so that you can get a spot at 10 in the morning, when you can be jostling for space in the North Stand at Wankhede? And for what? Just to have a fraction of a peek at some idols for not more than two seconds before you’re pushed away by the pujari so other’s can have their share of almost-peeks. Come to India and you realise everything is a business here. Even religion. Religion is probably the biggest business. But, apparently, Srinivasan and Dawood Ibrahim have made cricket a bigger business than it has ever been.

Like any other game, though, cricket is riddled with funny occasions, players and commentators trying (and subsequently failing) to appear witty, and generally embarrassing things.

So here are a few wacky quotes from the world of cricket, for your pleasure. Sit back, relax and enjoy!


“A very small crowd here today. I can count the people on one hand. Can’t be more than 30” – Michael Abrahamson

You know what they say about people with big hands.

“That slow-motion replay doesn’t show how fast the ball was travelling” – Richie Benaud

Yeah, no shit.

“How can you tell your wife you are just popping out to play a match and then not come back for five days?” – Rafa Benitez struggling to come to terms with Test cricket

“Clearly the West Indies are going to play their normal game, which is what they normally do” – Tony Greig

“The bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey” – Brian Johnston as Peter Willey faces up to Michael Holding

Now read that out loud, without the comma.

“It’s a perfect day here in Australia, glorious blue sunshine” – Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Apparently the sun’s blue now.

“Sorry, skipper, a leopard can’t change it’s stripes” – Lennie Pascoe

I think you got the wrong animal there, sir.

“And there’s the George Headley stand, named after George Headley” – Trevor Quirk

How would you react to this if you were on a tour of the stadium and the guide said this?

“No good hitting me there, mate, there’s nothing to damage” – Derek Randall to Dennis Lillee after being hit on the head by a bouncer

Hehehehe

“This ground is surprising. It holds about 60,000 but when there are around 30,000 in, you get the feeling that it is half empty” – Ravi Shastri

Facepalm.

“A brain scan revealed that Andrew Caddick is not suffering from a fracture of the shin” – Jo Sheldon

Facepalm of the highest degree.


Aaaand that’s it for Wacky Quotes!  I hope this little change in theme and name wasn’t just an awesome thing in my head.

Speaking of awesome, next week onwards we revert back to Awesome Quotes so do drop in next Friday!

Until next time, folks!