La lumière de Lee

Those who are not aware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.
- Bruce Lee

Identities, boundaries and violence

When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.

DNA of life with dreams

For someone who has a dream for the future, gossips, rumours, hardships and frustrations will always be part of your life.

Pursuit of Limits

In a world of boundless data, we seek information with limits.

Bullet Peace

He that desires peace prepares the bullet because not everyone wants it.

I like to say there's certain things you can't take back: One of them is 'I love you,' and one of them is bullets.

Man vs Nature - Principles of territorial hygiene

Man-made chemicals have become closer to our notion of "hygiene" than nature-made creatures. We are nature-friendly only till nature remains within its territory.

old man's library

When an old man dies, a library burns to ground.
- African Proverb

buy but not sell the world

Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.
- Anna Lappé

Desire, Ability and Worth

The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they're something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing.

Control d desire

Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Another definition

All failure is failure to adapt. All success is successful adaptation.
- Max McKeown, Author and Strategic Adviser

** I believe this quote needs to be seen in some context. Many a times, people infer being adaptive as in being less persistent on their goals.

Profound disease of thought

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence — whether much that is glorious—whether all that is profound—does not spring from disease of thought—from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Understand the nail before nailing it down

When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Food, not just for thought :)

If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.
Herman Melville(1819-1891)

Get real

Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.


Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.


A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.
- Albert Einstein scribbled in a note

focal length

Everyone sees life through his/her own focal length...everybody carries their own set of lenses (wide angle, zoom, macro, fish eye, tele-photo).
- Hari Subramaniam

Just tryin to leave something behind

To my son,
the first song on my quotes blog as far as my memory goes

"When my son is a man he will know what I meant"

You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.
- Paul Prudhomme

Love of duty makes sense

Love is a better teacher than a sense of duty.


Following quote from Federer helps prove that Change is the only constant.
Lets assume that there is a constant different from change. It there exists such constant, it will start moving backwards which implies change. Hence proved that change is the only constant :D

Staying the same means going backwards.

Perfect Quote

The perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other
- Kate Stewart, Loving the White Liar

Cycle of Life

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein

Turn off the darkness

The reality is that bad things happen when the lights have been turned off. That's what the bad guys want; You have to have the lights on, and show what this really is, and show that these are human beings and not names and statistics. They are living and surviving and caring for one another.

End, the beginning

Every story has an end but in life every ending is a new beginning.

You don't give her respect. You give her whatever she asks for so you don't have to deal wit her. She's eight years old. She is not twenty-eight.

- From the movie "Uptown Girls"


The people yes
The people will live on.
The learning and blundering people will live on.
They will be tricked and sold and again sold
And go back to the nourishing earth for rootholds,
The people so peculiar in renewal and comeback,
You can't laugh off their capacity to take it.

- Carl Sagan

Best Answer Key

Understanding a question is half an answer.
- Socrates


I am the fresh dew on the green grass
the tear in the eye during separation 
and reunion part of rain
part of efforts, part of pain
efforts that win, efforts that go vain
I power the river, I make the cloud
clouds that make rain, clouds that burst
they have a separate word for my love "THIRST"

Written vs Truth

Over years, we have an inherent respect and trust for the written word. In the non-digital age, printing was expensive and restricted and the written word earned it's respect because of the care people invested in it before printing it. The digital age has democratised and commoditised printing. Our habits and trust still belong to the non-digital age. The only lesson to draw here is to check sources and not believe everything written on a webpage. It is easier said than done.

एक मीठी सी रचना

सुंदरता हो न हो सादगी होनी चाहिए
खुशबू हो न हो महक होनी चाहिए
रिश्ता हो न हो बंदगी होनी चाहिए
मुलाकात हो न हो, बात होनी चाहिए......!

यूं तो उलझे है सभी अपनी उलझनों में
पर सुलझाने की कोशिश हर बार होनी चाहिए.......!
इस जीवन की चादर में
सांसों के ताने बाने हैं
दुख की थोड़ी सी सलवट है
सुख के कुछ फूल सुहाने हैं
क्यों सोचे आगे क्या होगा
अब कल के कौन ठिकाने हैं
ऊपर बैठा वो बाजीगर 
जाने क्या मन में ठाने है
चाहे जितना भी जतन करे
भरने का दामन तारों से
झोली में वो ही आएँगे
जो तेरे नाम के दाने है 

- Unknown

How to flee into future

A successful company needs to become its own fiercest competitor, willing to create new offerings that ultimately kill off its existing cash cows.

Change driver

Technology does not drive change. It is our collective response to the options and opportunities presented by technology that drives change.

Tagore's faith is a bird

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Focus Fresh Inc.

The secret of change Is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Grave mistake

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there; I did not die

Science and Religion

Science and Religion are not mutually exclusive. They share lots of common followers. Religion should not be considered a symbol of ignorance. Ignorance comes from many directions, including self-righteous atheists. Practice some tolerance.
- Rahul Gupta, rephrased a facebook comment from Alyssa Tyson


without clear direction, even the world's best vehicle and driver can take you nowhere.
- Rahul Gupta


Forgiveness is a favor we do for ourselves, not a favor we do to the other party.

The Job

"the job" is an artificial construct, in which work is managed and parcelled out by corporations and other institutions, to which individuals must apply to participate in doing the work.

If you want to understand the future, just look at what rich people do today. 

privileged class experiences a taste of a future that could be the future for everyone.

man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem — how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well.
- Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

it will be those peoples, who can keep alive, and cultivate into a fuller perfection, the art of life itself and do not sell themselves for the means of life, who will be able to enjoy the abundance when it comes

There may need to be two kinds of money: machine money, and human money. Machine Money is what you use to buy things that are produced by machines. These things are always getting cheaper. Human Money is what you use to buy things that only humans can produce. The key thing that humans offer that machines do not is ‘authenticity’.
- Paul Buchheit, GMail creator

Perhaps “Human Money” needs to be further subdivided into “Caring Money” and “Creativity Money.”
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

If “internet creator” were a company, it would be hiring faster than any company in silicon valley.

Drop by drop

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
- song, Allan Roberts(lyricist), Ella Fitzgerald(singer)

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.

And life is given to none freehold, but it is leasehold for all. 

Victory puts us on a level with heaven. 


He [God] is the biggest underachiever of all time. He just has a good publicist, that's all. Something good happens, "It's his will." Something bad happens, "He moves in mysterious ways."
- Satan, End of Days

Correct to yourself

इन्सान खुद की नज़र में सही होना चाहिए, दुनिया तो भगवान से भी दुखी है। 

A man must be right in his own eyes, the world's not happy even with God. 

solved soul

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. in the question.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

win the fight with anger first

The best fighter is never angry.

- Lao Tzu


When key locks you

Turn-key can often turn into lock-in.
- Doug Turnbull, Thoughts on Algolia

Time's a biilion

You don't need to wear an expensive watch to show the world how precious is your time.

Anything that keeps you awake at night should be worthy of your intellect and sleep.

- Rahul Gupta


Averages seldom show the truth that details can never hide.
- Pankaj Chadda, Co-founder, Zomato

The need for knowing three R's, reading, writing and arithmetic is well understood. These do not take us far unless we acquire the fourth R, reasoning under uncertainty for taking decisions in real life.


Secrets are worth more than silver or sapphires. 

From the attic of Atticus

My atoms love your atoms, it's chemistry.

She wore his compliments like diamonds.

It seems to me, that love could be labeled poison and we'd drink it anyways.

She wasn't looking for a knight she was looking for a sword.


The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink. 

Waste less, use more

Preventing waste is a better solution than recycling it.
- Article by Matt Stern

Don't just school them, educate them, enlighten them

I never let schooling interfere with my education.
read in an article by Ed Trice

Weight can't be measured by height

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

Judge meant

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

Beware how you take hope from another human being.

If Columbus had an advisory committee, he would probably still be at the dock.

Problem Solving

If the country had a million problems, it even had a billion minds.
- Narendra Modi in a speech

What's Right

Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
- Edward Snowden

Broke? Time to lighten up

We are all broken - that's how the light gets in.

Not all science is good, not all men are bad

Science had better not free the minds of men too much, before it has tamed their instincts.

Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.

The obligation to endure gives us the right to know.

Example defines better than Argument

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. 

Choice beyond a degree is chaos

There's a lot of research that says that consumers like choice, but they only like choice to a certain degree.
Ben Lawrence, Professor, Cornell

Hit it like never before

Each ball is an opportunity to score.

Barometer of Monotony

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
- Mention: Shikha's Article

Cut the chord, take a rebirth

Fools take a knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord, and set themselves free from the fools.


Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

Surest ways

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

The surest way to lose self-worth is by trying to find it through the eyes of others. 
- Becca Lee

Nobody more fashionable than Fashion

The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
- William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing"       


The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato

da Vinci's spell

They spell it "da Vinci" and pronounce it "da Vinchy". Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.
- Mark Twain

Maturity Period

We mature with the damage, not with the years.


A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.

For the wise and the stupids

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.


Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you'll be stuck with whoever's left.

There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.

Some in management positions operate as if they are in a tree of monkeys. They make sure that everyone at the top of the tree looking down sees only smiles. But all too often, those at the bottom looking up see only asses.


Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
- Victor Hugo

Victor's way

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.

Those who live are those who fight.

Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.

- Victor Hugo


When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

Climate Change

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

After debt comes dignity

A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.

Shhh... Secret

No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.

Music to the ears!

Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent

Real Prayer

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

Dr. Charles

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Ford for mind

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.

All the tears

The tears of the red, yellow, black, brown and white man are all the same.

Simplified Wisdom

Education should be exercise; it has become massage.

Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs.

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

Morphine and state relief are the same. You go dopey, feel better and are worse off.

Sin is commitable in thought, word or deed; so is virtue.

A living civilization creates; a dying, builds museums.

Literate is not enough!

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

Tactile bOOks

"... books are highly tactile objects and cannot be sold on the internet alone. The art of browsing and the serendipity of finding unconnected books are hard to emulate in the virtual world. The number of people who come in to find books, then to compare prices on their smartphones, while the slightly sensitive ones merely photograph the book and then order from home, only goes to validate my point."

Battle's a mind game

All battles are won by mind for minds.
- me after reading "Jacques Mattheij" blog


Arrogance comes in all forms and textures.
- me

Youth's Mark

The heart is the real Fountain of Youth. While that remains young the Waterbury of Time must stand still.
- Notebook, 1898

Consider well the proportion of things. It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson

One gets large impressions in boyhood, sometimes, which he has to fight against all his life.
- The Innocents Abroad

One of the very advantages of youth - you don't own any stock in anything. You have a good time, and all the grief and trouble is with the other fellows.
- Speech, 3 October 1895

The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Collection of Mark Twain Quotes 

One at a time!

There are snakes that go months without eating and then they catch something, but they're so hungry that they suffocate while they're eating. One opportunity at a time!
- Donald Draper

Right Track is for Running

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers

bullshit is 10x tougher to clean than generate

The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.
- Paul Kedrosky

True Soldier

Gallant in war and Gracious in victory! That's how a true soldier should be.

Victory and Defeat comes only to the Doers

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Your call!

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote means business

Businesses are built with innovation, and they are run with efficiency.

pinch of narcissism

You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.

Accountable love

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.