Monday, September 10, 2012

Hate is Never Conquered by Hate

For hate is never conquered by hate.
Hate is conquered by love.
This is an eternal law.
- Lord Buddha

Buddha Biography 


Photo: Tejvan Pettinger

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gretel Mahoney - Mrs Mahoney's Secret War

There are not too many books about life in Nazi Germany written from the perspective of an ordinary German.

Recent books such as 'Hitler's Willing Executioners' expressed the extent of collaboration between ordinary German citizens and the Nazi agenda.

Mrs Mahoney's Secret War is a fascinating glimpse into life in Nazi Germany -  from the perspective of a German who dislike the Nazi regime.

Gretel Mahoney's story is very readable and fascinating. You get a real feel for her character - not a saint or resistance hero - but someone who saw through the Fascist propaganda and was able to resist in small ways.

She tells of how she came to hate the Nazi Regime. Firstly her socialist grandfather was a principled and staunch critic of the Nazi's - even when the stormtroopers would come to terrorize the neighbourhood. Gretel then tells of how she saw the increased victimisation and persecution of her Jewish friends. For Gretel, Kristallnacht in 1938, was a painful realisation of the extent to which the Nazi's went to persecute the Jewish population of Germany. The loss of her Jewish friend Lydia was a key factor in cementing her hatred of the Nazi's.

Gretel comes across as both carefree and willful. She found it difficult to keep her mouth closed and often walked on a thin border of risking arrest.

A particularly interesting chapter was the occasion when the Bomb plot to Hitler played out. At first, there was real uncertainty about what had happened. To see everything from her perspective was quite interesting.

In the end, Gretel was arrested and placed in a camp, where she survived the war. After the war, she met a British officer, who was posted to Hamburg. They eventually got married and Gretel moved to England.

The book is an interesting insight into life in Nazi Germany - it shows the daily dilemma's faced by those living in Nazi Germany but opposed to the Nazi ideology. It is also an interesting insight into the personality of Gretel Mahoney - an unlikely hero, but someone who could see through the Nazi propaganda.

Book Cover Mrs Mahoney's Secret War at Mrs Mahoney's Secret War at

Monday, March 12, 2012

Quotes on Courage

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
Albert Einstein

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
Winston Churchill

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others."
Winston Churchill

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
Mark Twain

"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare."
Mark Twain

"Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage."

"Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?"
William Shakespeare

"One man with courage is a majority."
Thomas Jefferson

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nominate a courageous person in comments below.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Walt Whitman Quotes

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
- Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

"Talk not so much, then, young artist, of the great old masters, who but painted and chisell’d. Study not only their productions. There is a still higher school for him who would kindle his fire with coal from the altar of the loftiest and purest art. It is the school of all grand actions and grand virtues, of heroism, of the death of patriots and martyrs — of all the mighty deeds written in the pages of history — deeds of daring, and enthusiasm, devotion, and fortitude. "
Walt Whitman
I think of few heroic actions, which cannot be traced to the artistical impulse. He who does great deeds, does them from his innate sensitiveness to moral beauty.
 - Walt Whitman

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

 - Walt Whitman , Song Of The Open Road
O to make the most jubilant song!
Full of music-full of manhood, womanhood, infancy!
Full of common employments-full of grain and trees.
 - Walt Whitman , Song Of Joys
Come said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the universal.
 - Walt Whitman , Song Of The Universal
Let me have my own way,
Let others promulge the laws, I will make no account of the laws,
Let others praise eminent men and hold up peace, I hold up agitation
and conflict,
I praise no eminent man, I rebuke to his face the one that was
thought most worthy.
 - Walt Whitman , Myself And Mine

Young man I think I know you- I think this face is the face of the
Christ himself,
Dead and divine and brother of all, and here again he lies.
 - Walt Whitman , A Sight In Camp In The Daybreak Grey And Dim

Friday, February 10, 2012

Suggest Someone Who Has Made A Difference

Suggest someone who has made a positive contribution to the world.

It can be in any field

  • Arts
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Sport
  • Humanitarian

They can be a nomination for:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Famous Charity Quotes

"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. "
- Mother Teresa

“The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering."
- Audrey Hepburn

"It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”
St. Francis of Assisi

"Charity begins at home, but should not end there."
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

"Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does."
Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

"You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labor, than when you give money merely in charity."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

"Charity sees the need, not the cause."
German proverb

"Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

"Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself."
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi