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"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"

John F. Kennedy


Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Samuel Butler, Iconoclast Victorian author


Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams, British author, dramatist and musician


Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Pete Seeger, American folk singer and pioneer of the mid-20th century American folk music revival.


Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn't interest you, don't do it - I would have made a terrible mother.
Katherine Hepburn, American film and stage actress


Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
Nikola Tesla, Croatian inventor, mechanical and electrical engineer


I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.
Bill Gates, founder-chairman of Microsoft corporation, entrepreneur and philanthropist


It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.
Warren Buffet, US Investor, businessman and currently second richest man on earth


A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.

Mahatma Gandhi, father of nation of India.


We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again.

Paul Kagame, President of Republic of Rwanda


If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.

Gustav Mahler, Bohemian-born, Austrian conductor and composer


The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.

Walter Lippman, American journalist, political commentator and writer


Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple


Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet


A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost, American poet


Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr., American clergyman, activist and leader African-American civil rights movement.


Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Britain (1979-1990)


God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Indian social reformer responsible for the renaissance of Bengali Culture in the mid-19th century


A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi, social and political leader, advocate of peaceful form of protest and father of nation of India.


If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
Hunter S. Thompson, American writer who pioneered the Gonzo style of journalism.

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