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Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 22:31
by Therapy
'It is of utmost importance that we repeat our mistakes as a reminder to future generations of the depths of our stupidity'.

Certainly has made me think about its content and meaning/s.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Dec 2011 06:07
by Grendelslip
We do evolve, but very slowly. I wish I was sixteen again. Then I knew it all.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Dec 2011 09:37
by 1norton
"If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

There would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-white
30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.*

80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a university education
1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes very apparent. The following is also something to ponder...

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ...you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ...you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare.

If you can read this message you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Just something to ponder......Norton

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Dec 2011 09:49
by Grendelslip
I came, I saw, I pondered. Excellent post Norton. I have just counted my blessings and found I had far more than I thought. Thank you.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Dec 2011 14:23
by 1norton
Grendelslip wrote:I came, I saw, I pondered. Excellent post Norton. I have just counted my blessings and found I had far more than I thought. Thank you.
Yep! me too.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Dec 2011 17:06
by lawrence
My favourite quote:

'Since there is a wall here, a wide, open expanse must lie on the other side' Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Dec 2011 20:32
by 1norton
See failure as an opportunity and if you blame others then there is no end to blame, so just fulfill your obligations, correct your mistakes, then do what you need to do and step away, demanding nothing and giving all.

I wrote the above down years ago,it just kind of meant something to me at the time and i suppose it still does. I have no idea who wrote it.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Dec 2011 22:46
by renasci
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Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 16:36
by Therapy
I spotted the quote at the Tate Modern a few days ago, it's displayed in neon lights in the window that faces the Millenium Bridge. Thanks for all your interpretations, I took it as a 'tongue in cheek' statement, rather than a literal statement.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 16:00
by Oldenough2knowbetter
Aha. Thought there must be a quote thread somewhere... This will do... Heard this one the other day in a guided meditation and was rather drawn to it:

Forgiveness frees us from the ties that bind us to those that hurt us

Not easy to do but very true.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 16:03
by Mark.
OE, that's great (::)

It's very similar to something I once read by Milan Kundera:

"Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary."

There's something more compassionate, somehow, about the way it's put in your quotation, though.

Great stuff ;)?

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 16:05
by Oldenough2knowbetter
Glad you like it too! I often hear things like that that I like and now I have found somewhere to note them... :D

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 10 Feb 2013 11:08
by CJ
I saw a lovely quote today:

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....its about learning to dance in the rain!"

I thought that (for me) alcohol is like an umbrella. I hate the damn things; they only ever poke you in the eye, never actually help!

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 09:07
by roledog33
This is not exactly a quote per se, but it's something Robin Williams said when talking about his sobriety. One of his friends described himself as a "functional alcoholic."

"You can be one. It's like being a parapalegic lap dancer; you can do it, just not as well as the others."

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 12:39
by Vagabond
Today I read this..

Be the man that when his feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says "Oh shit, he's up."

Made me chuckle.

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 22:10
by Jaxom
I am not going to laugh slingy because you are very rude.

tee hee hee

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 23:45
by jaffa21
"Happiness can be found,even in the darkest of times,if one only remembers to turn on the light"

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 09 Mar 2013 08:27
by George
What can I say, I'm an alcoholic. It's what I do.
Ron Wood

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 09 Mar 2013 09:04
by Lottie38
1norton wrote:"If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

There would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-white
30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.*

80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a university education
1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes very apparent. The following is also something to ponder...

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ...you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ...you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare.

If you can read this message you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Just something to ponder......Norton
I have come across this today. I wonder if it is still the same over a year later?

Re: Interesting Quote I Saw Today

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 07:18
by ashley2011
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~Kahlil Gibran