Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Edith Cavell Quotes

Edith Cavell, was a British nurse who helped Allied servicemen to escape occupied Belgium. She was found guilty of treason and executed.

'Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness to anyone.'

"I have no fear nor shrinking; I have seen death so often that it is not strange or fearful to me."

"I thank God for this ten weeks' quiet before the end. Life has always been hurried and full of difficulty. This time of rest has been a great mercy. They have all been very kind to me here. But this I would say, standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards any one."

Source: Source Records of the Great War, Vol. III, ed. Charles F. Horne, National Alumni 1923, as quoted at

"Someday, somehow, I am going to do something useful, something for people. They are, most of them, so helpless, so hurt and so unhappy. "

"Nothing but physical impossibility, lack of space and money would make me close my doors to Allied refugees."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quotes on Dreams


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
— Mark Twain
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one."
— John Lennon

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."
— Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

"Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
— Oscar Wilde (The Critic as Artist)

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
— Edgar Allan Poe

Trust your dreams.
They are sweet and beautiful.
Trust your visions.
They are soulful and powerful.
Trust your aspiration.
It is your earth-friend
Trust your realisation.
It is your Eternity's real Self.
- Sri Chinmoy

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
— Eleanor Roosevelt

"I dream my painting and I paint my dream."
— Vincent van Gogh


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Persistent People

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
- Samuel Johnson
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. "
- Louis Pasteur
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Winston Churchill

"Man can accept his fate,
He can refuse.

"Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will."

- Sri Aurobindo, Savitri

I do not give up,
I never give up,
For there is nothing
In this entire world
That is irrevocably unchangeable.

- Sri Chinmoy

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
- Thomas Jefferson

"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right."
- Albert Einstein

There is a famous saying - 'genius is one % inspiration and 99% perspiration' Great people tend to be persistent, determined and unperturbed by set back and defeat. If we look at people who changed the world, we see great characters who persisted even in the most difficult circumstances. For example, Nelson Mandela who spent most of his life in jail or fighting the injustice of the apartheid system. He could easily have chosen an easier option in life.

Persistence should not be a stubborn persistence that ignores when you have made a mistake or are in the wrong. Persistence is valuable when we never give up dreaming of becoming a better person and making the world a better place.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Most Inspirational People

Who would you vote as being most inspirational person of all time?

If you'd like to suggest a person who you find inspirational, you can leave a comment at the bottom of this post. It may be a famous person from history or someone less well known who inspires you for some reason.