Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

Frogs are known for their jumpiness, well depending on which ones you have encountered since there are some variety amongst their types that do not know how to jump. This world of ours is full of amazing things, I never knew before that fish can fly yet given circumstances they do and that’s what takes them in waters from one pond to the other or in some cases as they move upstream in their seasonal journeys jumping over sea or river stones.

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Ever tried to catch a jumpy frog? It is a good exercise, I remember we used to be sent by our teachers in primary school to catch them for science lessons where we studied their body parts. In fact the lessons were supposed to be about human body parts entirely. However, starting with frogs which you could study in real time as you dissected them, made it easier to associate the parts with human body parts. Not suggesting that people are jumpy, but yes some are.

In later life, it was relieving to learn that not all frogs are jumpy which again is very true of people. Also to learn that the noise they make at night if paid attention to is to the advantage of people especially those walking or dwelling near, especially in the jungle. As is normally the case, when frogs stop making their nightly noise without human provocation or intervention indicates presence of danger to the people nearer to their surrounding. Could be that another monstrous animal is within ready to pounce on the unsuspecting people. So I would say pay attention to the noise that frogs make and the times of silence during those noises. Perhaps we can learn from frogs.

For this week’s quotations we look to one of the greatest philosophers of our times and his teachings. Most of the analogies he gave are universally true and of wide application across cultures and tribes. I am sure that you will find these quotes not only inspirational but of importance as life lessons for proper harmony on oneself and with others, read and enjoy:

CONFUCIUS FAMOUS QUOTATIONS

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

“The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.”

“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years, teach the people.”

“In a country well-governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.”

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

“The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.”