Science, Nature, & Prayer

The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.
– Iqbal

Being a candle

Being a candle is not easy: in order to give light, one must first burn. – Rumi

Giorgio Armani: The Man, the Brand, the Empire

Your forties are the moment when you start to become aware. It’s just the beginning. I’ve always believed that to confirm your way of thinking takes time. It takes experimenting. You have to confront different chapters of your life. Maybe I could reproach myself for not thinking enough about the people I had around me. My family. Loves. Memories. I was always here [points to his head], in my work. I guess I didn’t think life was so short.

Source: Giorgio Armani: The Man, the Brand, the Empire

Paul Graham’s “How to Do What You Love”

This essay is a great read. My favorite quotes from it:

That’s where the upper-middle class tradition comes from. Just as houses all over America are full of chairs that are, without the owners even knowing it, nth-degree imitations of chairs designed 250 years ago for French kings, conventional attitudes about work are, without the owners even knowing it, nth-degree imitations of the attitudes of people who’ve done great things.


That’s what leads people to try to write novels, for example. They like reading novels. They notice that people who write them win Nobel prizes. What could be more wonderful, they think, than to be a novelist? But liking the idea of being a novelist is not enough; you have to like the actual work of novel-writing if you’re going to be good at it; you have to like making up elaborate lies.


Whichever route you take, expect a struggle. Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it’s rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you’ll be more likely to arrive at it.

via How to Do What You Love.

A big construction is always completed late

His advice to me: Don’t be in so much of a rush. Be easier on yourself. Comparing yourself to what others are doing is a waste of time. He also adds an old Chinese saying – A big construction is always completed late.

via Does Life End at 35?.

What is God?

“Anyone who knows God cannot describe Him. Anyone who can describe God does not know Him.” – Paulo Coelho

Karma

“It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.”

– Paulo Coelho in Aleph

Dreamers

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.”

– T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Favorite Quotes

“Living or not living, all are basically one. Earth and heavens, both were made from one. There are millions of idols, but God is one. All hearts are different, but feeling is one. They sell same clothes, but shops are different. The meanings are the same, but the languages are different”.
Josh Mail Abadi

“While I was fighting, I heard other people speaking in the name of freedom, and the more they defended this unique right, the more enslaved they seemed to be to their parents’ wishes, to a marriage in which they had promised to stay with the other person “for the rest of their lives,” to the bathroom scales, to their diet, to half-finished projects, to lovers to whom they were incapable of saying “No” or “It’s over,” to weekends when they were obliged to have lunch with people they didn’t even like. Slaves to luxury, to the appearance of luxury, to the appearance of the appearance of luxury. Slaves to a life they had not chosen, but which they had decided to live because someone had managed to convince them that it was all for the best.”
– Narrator in The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

Know thyself so complete,
that before every fate,
God himself asks his slave,
tell me what your will is
Allama Iqbal

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
– Derek Bok

Fish see the bait, but not the hook; men see the profit, but not the peril.
– Chinese proverb

Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought.
Ludwig von Mises

the only way to truly conquer something, as every great philosopher and geneticist will tell you, is to love it.
Born to Run by Christopher Mcdougall

“If you do something once, it’s okay. Second time, when you do it, is maybe okay but third time is a major sin & unforgivable.”
– Brent on automation

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Slavery

“While I was fighting, I heard other people speaking in the name of freedom, and the more they defended this unique right, the more enslaved they seemed to be to their parents’ wishes, to a marriage in which they had promised to stay with the other person “for the rest of their lives,” to the bathroom scales, to their diet, to half-finished projects, to lovers to whom they were incapable of saying “No” or “It’s over,” to weekends when they were obliged to have lunch with people they didn’t even like. Slaves to luxury, to the appearance of luxury, to the appearance of the appearance of luxury. Slaves to a life they had not chosen, but which they had decided to live because someone had managed to convince them that it was all for the best.”

– Paulo Coelho. the Zahir (p. 9)