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Quotes From Here And There

Albert Einstein
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
Dylan Thomas
I fell in love – that is the only expression I can think of – at once, and am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing a little of their behavior very well, I think I can influence them slightly and have even learned to beat them now and then, which they appear to enjoy.
Eddie Cantor
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.
Edward Abbey
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
e e cummings
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
Eyler Coates
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually produce a masterpiece. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Gustave Flaubert
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
Going to the Opera is like making love; we get bored but we come back.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
John Steinbeck
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
Leonard Cohen
Ring the bells that still can ring;
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything;
That's how the light gets in.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
Paul Sweeney
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
Peter Altenberg
I never dreamed of being Shakespeare or Goethe, and I never expected to hold the great mirror of truth up before the world; I dreamed only of being a little pocket mirror, the sort that a woman can carry in her purse; one that reflects small blemishes, and some great beauties, when held close enough to the heart.
Robert Frost
In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money.
Satchel Paige
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
Thomas Mann
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
V S Naipaul
The writer has only to listen very carefully and with a clear heart to what people say to him, and ask the next question, and the next.

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To The Coffee House

I realized long ago that what I had to say could barely keep one blog going, let alone two blogs at a time. There wasn't a great difference in their themes either, for them to exist separately. So I thought I must have a single blog and try to make it as good as possible. And finally, just before the new year, I've managed to merge my two blogs - which had been growing apart yet together like Siamese twins - into a single coherent whole.

And to bid good bye to The-Year-That-Was, here's a splendid coffeehouse poem by the bohemian Viennese poet Peter Altenberg, whom I discovered today following the trail laid out by Medhini (Now I've newfound respect for coffee):

When you are worried, have trouble of one sort or another - to the coffee house!

When she did not keep her appointment, for one reason or another - to the coffee house!

When your shoes are torn and dilapidated - coffee house!

When your income is four hundred crowns and you spend five hundred - coffee house!

You are a chair warmer in the office, while your ambition led you to to seek professional honors - coffee house!

You could not not find a mate to suit you - coffee house!

You feel like committing suicide - coffee house!

You hate and despise human beings, and at the same time you cannot be happy without them - coffee house!

You compose a poem which you can not inflict upon friends that you meet in the street - coffee house!

When your coal scuttle is empty, and your gas ration exhausted - coffee house!

When you are locked out and haven't the money to pay for unlocking the house door - coffee house!

When you acquire a new flame, and intend provoking the old one, you take the new one to the old one's - coffee house!

When you feel like hiding, you dive into a - coffee house!

When you want to be seen in a new suit - coffee house!

When you can not get anything on trust anywhere else - coffee house!

Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers! Meet you on the other side of the midnight!! Ciao!!!


    Happy New Year to you also!!

    Happy New Year CL! I feel glad for the year past because I discovered blogging which soon grew into a formidable hobby. Thank heavens!

    Happy New Year, Abhinav! Love your new blog format here--you made a good choice, and just in time to welcome the new year.

    I liked the poem, too. Lately, I have felt like our blog world is my virtual coffee shop.

    Cheers, my friend!


    Happy New year Abhinav. Glad you like Peter Altenberg! And thank you for introducing me to your blog world!

    @Sarah: That's absolutely true. The blogosphere is all the things that Altenberg mentions in the poem minus the coffee. Well, we can always sit down with a large mug of steaming coffee while blogging and bloffee. ;-)

    May the New Year make all your wishes come true.

    @Medhini: Thanks to you for the same reason. ;-)
    I had a lot of fun and some sheer nostalgia visiting your blog and came away refreshed.
    Happy New Year to you too. :-)

    On January 2, 2008 at 11:28 PM Anonymous said...

    I love that photo. I would really like to find a coffee house like that one.

    Even I love the pic. Absolutely dark, cuddly and comforting. ThoughI think finding the cafe may take you to China. ;-)

    On January 3, 2008 at 8:20 PM Anonymous said...

    Happy New Year!

    Looking forward to what you explore here in the coming year.

    Happy New Year Jason. I hope that this blog continues to flourish under the guidance and encouragement of experienced bloggers like you. :-)

    Love the picture, love the poem! And I like the new look of your blog!

    Happy new year to you!

    Thanks thrice Ello for loving the look, the pic and the poem ;-) Happy New Year. God bless you.

    u have a lovely blog...saw ur comment on 'klash'...we seem to share a similar taste for books,judging from ur reading list...ive had to stop reading for a year as im studyin...n its like torture...at least i dont have to make a catch up list...i can just folow urs!love ur blog...everything abt it!and the writing...wow.
    do checkout my blog...gimme ur comments...wud love to hear from u,tc.

    Too bad you stopped reading for such a long time. Else we could have exchanged notes and books. ;-)

    Thanks for liking my blog so much. I just discovered Klash. I missed out on such an important word there Love. But I'll there from next time on. :-)

    it's too late for this comment, i don't think u'll come across this one now! but anyway, "wen im replying n no one reads the comment.... COFFEE HOUSE!!" lol..... reading this one was really nice, it made me smile at every line. And yeah.... nice to know that u r a writer.... ppl who know how to live with words can live life to the fullest! all the best n happy new year even if thats too late!!
    take care,

    It's never too late to comment on my blog, dear witty_smile. And I come across all comments through a notification in my Inbox. So worry not. ;-)

    Each line of the poem made me smile when I read it for the first time. That is why I put it up. Glad that you liked it and it brought a smile to your face. :-)

    And what you say about words, well how wise art thou!


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