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Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

Interesting how when you look at mountains, you see different shapes of their peak or top. Some are pointed, others are flat for example the Table mountain in South Africa, yet you find others that are oval. For most especially smaller ones, their tops are non-descriptive perhaps hovering along the lines of unevenness.

What is most striking in looking at mountains just like most natural permanent surfaces on earth, when you think about it deeply, you start imagining the numbers of people that may have seen these or passed by, past and present and asking self whether you shared the same view.

Looking at a mountain, imagine how it would have appeared to someone looking at it in 1910 or a little back in 1888. The knowledge people have today may not have been the same, so although for argument’s sake we can conclude that in both cases past and present there would be agreement that what they were/ are looking at is a ‘mountain,’ the difference on description could perhaps come as to the shape on top of the particular mountain under surveillance.

Some good determining factor as for one to be concerned or be different from others in description of the mountain top would be for instance height of the person giving the description, purpose of their visit to the mountain, though debatable ones age and more importantly their knowledge of shapes.

This week’s quotes, we continue from the last week article’s referent book. This book from which we extract the quotations, in 1956 without any advertising or fanfare of any kind; outsold all other non-musical, non-entertainment type recordings for its video version. I am sure the extracted quotes will give you one or two lessons on living a positive life, read and enjoy:


“George Bernard Shaw said: ‘People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them,——- We become what we think about.”

“One time I heard Grove Patterson, the great late editor in chief of the Toledo Daily Blade make a speech. And as he concluded his speech he said something I’ve never forgotten. He said, ‘My years in the newspaper business have convinced me of several things. Among them, that people are basically good, and that we came from someplace and we are going someplace. So we should make our time here an exciting adventure. The architect of the universe did not build a stairway leading nowhere. The greatest teacher of all, the carpenter from the Plains of Galilee of all gave us the secret time and time again: As ye believe, so shall it be done – unto you.”

“As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap – The human mind is much like a farmer’s land. … Suppose a farmer has some land. And it is good fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice. He may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care what is planted. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision. ——- Remember we are comparing the human mind to the farmers land because, the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant. ——– Let’s say the farmer has two seeds in his hand – one a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds, one corn, the other nightshade. ——– He covers up the holes, waters, and takes care of the land. What will happen? Invariably, the land will return what is planted. As it is written in the Bible, As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

“Ours has been called a Phenobarbital Age, the age of ulcers and nervous breakdowns and tranquillisers at a time when medical research has raised us to a new plateau of good health and longevity, far too many of us worry ourselves into an early grave trying to cope with things in our little personal ways, without learning a few great laws that will take care of everything for us. ——– These things we bring on ourselves through our habitual way of thinking. Every one of us is the sum total of our own thought. ———- We are where we are because that is exactly where we really want or feel we deserve to be – whether we’ll admit that or not. —— Each of us must live off the fruit of our thoughts in the future, because what you think today and tomorrow – next month and next year – will mould your life and determine your future. You are guided by your mind.”

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