WORDS OF WIDSOM
(and an occasional wise crack)
The GOYAADI Principle:
If you want to achieve something out of the ordinary then;
GET OFF YOUR ARSE AND DO IT!
- for what it is worth I dreamed up this one myself and used it for most of my adult life.
TRUST - takes YEARS to establish;
SECONDS to break;
FOREVER to repair!
THERE IS NO GREATER TEACHER THAN EXPERIENCE
It matters not if you win or loose but how you play the game.
What determines your destiny is not the hand you were dealt; it's how you play the hand.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Communication occurs in the mind of the receiver not in the mouth of the speaker.
There are three things that cannot be easily hidden, the sun, the moon, the truth. BUDDHA
Courage is the ability to overcome fear - therefore there can be no courage without fear.
SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND - THEN SEEK TO BE UNDERSTOOD. Covey
Stand up for what you believe in - even if it means standing alone.
Good friends are the rare jewels of life, difficult to find and impossible to replace.
Raising children is much like picking up soap in the shower - the tighter you grip it the more likely it will slip away.
You worry - you bugger up!
I learned this quotation from the indigenous population on Manus Island in 1965.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
Before you start bleating about your rights - help me to understand your responsibilities. Ken Hay 2019
Do not lament the loss of fair-weather friends who turned blind eyes where you would not.
Ken Hay 2019
IF YOU FAIL TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN THE AFFAIRS OF YOUR GOVERNMENT THEN YOU ARE DOOMED TO SUFFER UNDER THE RULE OF FOOLS. PLATO. (AND THIS APPLIES TO EVERY ORGANISATION TO WHICH YOU MAY BELONG.)
I would rather argue with a hundred idiots than have one agree with me. Churchill
THE OPTIMIST THINKS THIS IS THE BEST POSSIBLE WORLD - THE PESSIMIST FEARS THIS TO BE TRUE.
Some people's idea of free speech is that they can say what they like but, if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
- Oscar Wilde
LUCK IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PREPARATION COINCIDES WITH OPPORTUNITY
NO INSTRUMENT IMPARTS GREATER WISDOM TO ITS USER THAN THE
Ken Hay 1997
THE ULTIMATE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT IS THE INTRINSIC REWARD OF SELF SATISFACTION.
Ken Hay 1997
If you aren't gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all. Johnny Cash
You cannot detract from the dignity of another person without sacrificing your own.
A LEADER IS THAT ONLY IN SO FAR AS HE HAS FOLLOWERS;
A GOOD LEADER IS THAT ONLY IF HE HAS GOOD FOLLOWERS
WE ARE HERE ON EARTH TO DO GOOD TO OTHERS: WHAT THE OTHERS ARE HERE FOR I HAVE NO IDEA.
THE STONE AGE DID NOT END BECAUSE THE WORLD RAN OUT OF STONES; THE OIL AGE WILL NOT END BECAUSE THE WORLD RUNS OUT OF OIL.
CALORIE : A SCIENTIFIC UNIT OF MEASUREMENT USED TO RATE THE POPULARITY OF FOOD.
I before E except after C - and in Einstein.
SCIENCE ONLY TEACHES US HOW - NEVER WHY.
Those who can make you believe in absurdities - can make you commit atrocities.
They prosper who burn in the morning; the letters they wrote overnight.
From The New Navy and Other Poems, by Rear Admiral Ronald Hopwood, published by John Murray, London, ©1919, 1st Edition; the poem originally appeared in the "Army and Navy Gazette", 23 July 1896
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
The great tragedy of science was the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis (global warming) by an ugly fact (it isn't).
Thomas Huxley - plus my parenthesis
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity - and I'm not sure about the former.
CONSIGNORANCE - occurs when a group of people achieve consensus by combining their collective ignorance whilst ignoring a significant body of scientific knowledge. The tragedy is that it gives ignorance authority.
You do not need a parachute to skydive.
You only need a parachute to skydive twice!
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
I don't respect my elders any more - I can't find any.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you - but it is still on my list.
If you lay down with dogs you wake up with fleas.
You are never too old to learn something stupid.
We never know how high we are
Til we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies –
The way people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a
statement about you.
In troubled times it is easier to be a Pessimist than to be an Optimist.
Ken Hay 2020
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.
"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."
We are born naked, wet and hungry - then things start to go downhill.
A smart person knows what to say.
A wise person knows whether or not to say it.
All too often - winners are chosen by losers. Ken Hay
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King
If you want the rainbow - you gotta put up with the rain.
It always seems impossible - until it is done!
Don't allow anyone's drama, hate, ignorance or negativity stop you from being who you are.
You might be the only person left who believes in you - but that is all you need.
To succeed in life you need two things - Ignorance and Confidence. Mark Twain
And truly, I am not worried
That I'll never touch a star
For stars belong in heaven
And earth is where we are.
"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell
Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember, amateurs built the Ark and
professionals built the Titanic. Anon
One cannot, and must not, try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. Golda Myer
Spread the Laughter,
Share the cheer,
Let's be Happy.....
While we're here!
What a man does in life becomes his history;
what he puts into motion during his life becomes his legacy. Anon
A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
At the time of writing, 16 August 2021, in the midst of a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, I firmly believe these wise words can be applied to the current Prime Minister of Australia - Scott Morrison the Man In The Arena..
If your dog is fat you are not getting enough exercise.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain
You can't go back and change the beginning; but you can start where you are and change the ending. Anon