Friday, February 3, 2012

Quote Unquote - VII

  • Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither -- Benjamin Franklin
  • It is okay to be smarter than everybody, but you cannot go around pointing it out -- Mary Cooper
  • Men will be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest -- Denis Diderot
  • If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around -- Cowboy Wisdom
  • One man's Kurosawa is another man's Kanti Shah -- Diptakirti Chaudhuri
  • You can’t live in reality television forever. At some point you have to live in reality. -- Abhishek Kumar
  • Science tells us we are merely beasts, but we don’t feel like that. We feel like angels trapped inside the bodies of beasts, forever craving transcendence. -- VS Ramachandran
  • It is difficult to explain, the wrongness of collective punishment. This is because our identity is collective, and so is our behaviour. -- Aakaar Patel
  • The damage is done by a vernacular-medium world view. Trying to fight it with English-medium tools will end in frustration. -- Aakaar Patel
  • Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn -- Gone with the Wind

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Quote Unquote - VI

  • Just because you're paranoid, Don't mean we're not after you --Kurt Cobain
  • If you are not an Idealist at 20, there is something wrong with your heart. If you are still an Idealist at 40, there is something wrong with your head -- Anonymous
  • You can argue, only with someone who is at-least, half right -- Arnab Ray
  • Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon -- Susan Ertz
  • We fight for our right to say and do whatever we wish, by telling others what they cannot say and do -- Samir
  • If your sons grow up badly, there is no amount of power and money on earth that can make that right -- Rashmi Uddhav Thakrey
  • The people who take religion most seriously are atheists -- Anonymous
  • Every age gets the rich people it deserves -- Siddhartha Deb
  • Where did he get his money? And, where did he go to college? -- Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
  • Doctors prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing -- Voltaire

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Career Planning (55 Word Fiction)

"So, what are you planning to do in your life, Son ?"
"All your friends are already helping their fathers in their work."
"And you are wasting time, drawing those stupid paintings, on my home wall."
"What use is of, taking to Arts anyways ?"
"You are shaming us by going into that field."

- Bhimbetkaa, 90000BC

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Invented Proverbs - Part VI

  • It is scarier when power doesnt remain a pre-requisite for corruption.
  • If you want to think out of the box, dont ask the size of the box in the first place.
  • If you are not Smart enough, then you are not Smart enough to realise that you are not Smart enough.
  • The refusal for introspection is the first sign of Decay.
  • The single most reason for most problems of the world is bad parenting
  • Bad Parenting is Hereditary
  • The worst of people are those who do not deserve to have truth spoken on their faces
  • Not only is life Unfair, it is unfair to different people in Unfairly different Proportions
  • Corollary to Godwin's Law : As an online discussion involving Indians grows longer, the probability of discussing Modi and/or Gujarat approaches 1
  • All philosophies/strategies of life sound nice to hear about, so long as you are not on the receiving end of them.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Quote Unquote - V

  • He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words -- Sadia Sarfaraz
  • Marxism is not a substitute for Intelligence -- DD Koshambi
  • Idealism is little more than a form of prejudice -- Patrick French
  • How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died? The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind -- Bob Dylan
  • Pay attention to advice from people who have a stake in your happiness, and not a stake in your success -- Sidin Vadukut
  • Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body -- Elizabeth Stone
  • Sacred cows make the best hamburger -- Mark Twain
  • When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater -- George Bernard Shaw
  • What is true of Families and Communities, is true of Nations. There is no reason to believe that there is one law for Family and another for Nations -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • If a chance that comes up only once in a century is wasted, it takes another century to make up for that loss -- Hamid Dalwai

Monday, January 31, 2011

Quote Unquote - IV

  • The more populous the category, the less it tells you about any individual within it -- James Fallows
  • The world is a beautiful place, and worth fighting for -- Ernest Hemmingway
  • You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it -- Master Oogway (Kung-Fu Panda)
  • The first law of decency is to preserve the liberty of others -- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
  • The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page -- Saint Augustine
  • Democracy and Freedom have little to do with majorities, and everything to do with individual rights -- Girish Shahane
  • Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Na Milya Koye, Jo Mann Khoja Apna, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye (I sought the wicked ones, but found none, And when I looked within myself, I found none more evil than me) -- Kabir
  • Utopias kill; radical universalist utopias, kill radically and universally -- Yehuda Bauer
  • The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn -- Anand Jadhav
  • Every revolution begins with noble intentions and ends up by devouring its own children -- B Raman

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani

कुछ तो कमि रखी होती उसके ईमान में,
थोड़ा तो सब्र होता, रुख-ए-आसमाँ में |
होंगे कई मसीहा ऐ खुदा तुम्हारे पास,
एक छोड़ दिया होता हमको, इस जहां में |
ईमान है आधा खुला, आधा ढका पडा,
एक पूरा कोई इंसान नही आता ध्यान में |
सुनता नही है कोई यहाँ सच्चाई की सदा,
यकीन कौन करेगा, अब इन बद-गुमानों में |
यह सोच नहीं बाकी, क्या अच्छा है, क्या बुरा,
तकसीम करते है कुछ तो, है वो इंसानों में |
करते रहेंगे वो ही, जो हुआ है उनसे पहले,
तोलेंगे नहीं किसी को, वक़्त की ढलान से |
जहालत कहे इसे हम, या किस्म संग-दिली की,
रोया नहीं है कोई, अब तक तेरे बयान से |
दिखला दिया है नीचा, बुलाके हम को काफ़िर,
एक बार पूछा होता उन्हने मेरे इमान से |
एक दूजो को देते है, तोहमतो के नज़राने,
गढ़ती नहीं है नज़रें, खुद अपने गिरेहबान में |
मानता है हर एक आदमी को खलील तुम्हारा,
क्यूँ छोड़ दिया हमको फिर युहीं दरमियाँ में |

- खलील सावंत (~2004)