Λόγια για να σκεφτούμε… (στα εγγλέζικα)

“A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
Rita Mae Brown

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.”
H. Jackson Brown’s mother
“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”
Napoleon
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”
Les Brown
“The basic difference between an ordinary person and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary person takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
Carlos Castaneda
“Just surrender to the cycle of things. Give yourself to the waves of the Great Change. And when it is time to go, then simply go…without any unnecessary fuss.”
T’ao Chi’en
“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”
Chinese Proverb
“America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.”
Georges Clemenceau
“Good looks open doors, but they don’t keep you in the room.”
– Todd Coomper
“Real knowledge is to know the extend of one’s ignorance.”
Confucius
“As a rule he who has the most information will have the greatest success in life!”
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices by age 18.”
Einstein
“Millions long for immortality but do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
Susan Ertz
“Crazy people who are productive are geniuses. Crazy people who are rich are eccentric. Crazy people who are neither productive nor rich are just plain crazy.”
Michael J.Gelb
“A man is measured by the size of the things that anger him.”
– Geof Greenleaf
“We will either find a way or make one.”
Hannibal
“One man with courage makes a majority.”
Andrew Jackson
“A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.”
John Maxwell
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Muriel Strode
“Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
Margaret Thatcher
“Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.”
Paul Tournier
“Don’t let school interfere with your education. Of the delights of this world man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.”
Mark Twain
“Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.”
JC Watts
“Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.”
Oscar Wilde
“How long after you are gone will ripples remain as evidence that you were cast into the pool of life?”
– Grant M Bright
“Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny past and present.”
Sydney Hook
“To fear Death my friends is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise : for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them, but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?”
Socrates
“He who angers you conquers you!”
Elizabeth Kenny
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”
Helen Keller
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau
She ran after the garbage truck, yelling: “Am I too late for the garbage?” The driver said : “No, jump in!”
We always hold hands! If I let go, she shops!
“It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better…while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more! The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won’t get much sleep!”
Woody Allen
“The whole problem with the world is that fools are so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
Bertrand Russell
“No one makes you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly!…”
“Watch your thoughts, they become words, Watch your words, they become actions, Watch your actions, they become habits, Watch your habits, They become character, watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
“If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas.”
John Cleese
“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a bit better… to know even one life has breathed a easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent! Just common sense and love will do!”
– Myrtle Auvil

Albert Einstein Quotes

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

In the beginning was nonsense, and the nonsense was with God, and the nonsense was God.

A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

Is man one of God’s blunders? Or is God one of man’s blunders?

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.

Mark Twain Quotes

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”

Voltaire Quotes

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him.

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.

It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.

There are men who can think no deeper than a fact.

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

Anything too stupid to be said is sung.

By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.

Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.

Plato Quotes

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

Winston Churchill Quotes

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

If you are going through hell, keep going.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

George Carlin Quotes

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.

Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man?living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans.

Reminds me of something my third-grade teacher said to us. She said, “You show me a tropical fruit and I’ll show you a cocksucker from Guatemala.”

I never fucked a ten, but one night, I fucked five twos.

What year did Jesus think it was?

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

“No comment” is a comment.

If a man smiles all the time, he’s probably selling something that doesn’t work.

The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.

Steve Martin Quotes

Boy, those French: They have a different word for everything!

There is one thing I would break up over, and that is if she caught me with another woman. I won’t stand for that.

Hosting the Oscars is much like making love to a woman. It’s something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town.

I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.

You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.

First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.

Why is it we don’t always recognize the moment when love begins, but we always know when it ends?
* As Harris K. Telemacher in “L.A. Story” (1991)

Steven Colbert Quotes

“To sit here at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush?I feel like I’m dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You now what, I’m a pretty sound sleeper, that may not be enough?Somebody shoot me in the face.”
-Roasting Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ dinner

On this show, your voice will be heard – in the form of my voice.

There’s a phrase we live by in America: “In God We Trust”. It’s right there where Jesus would want it: on our money.

Folks, the President needs a break. He’s like a Black and Decker cordless Dirt Devil vacuum. If you don’t recharge his batteries, he can’t suck.

I’ve always been a big fan of beauty. Sure, you can’t judge a book by its cover but who wants to have sex with a book?

Now, I don’t see color. People tell me I’m white and I believe them because police officers call me “sir”.

Asia: Four little letters, three billion little people.

“There’s nothing wrong with being gay. I have plenty of friends that are going to hell.”

Jesus forgives sinners, not criminals.

Jon Stewart Quotes

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

Insomnia is my greatest inspiration.

We have it. The smoking gun. The evidence. The potential weapon of mass destruction we have been looking for as our pretext of invading Iraq. There’s just one problem – it’s in North Korea.

We declared war on terror-it’s not even a noun, so, good luck.

Here’s how bizarre the war is that we’re in in Iraq, and we should have known this right from the get-go: When we first went into Iraq, Germany didn’t want to go. Germany. The Michael Jordan of war took a pass.
Jon Stewart’s Stand-up performance at RIT, 2005

Bill Maher Quotes

Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease.

I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.

Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don’t need.

They’re talking about banning cigarette smoking now in any place that’s used by ten or more people in a week,
which, I guess, means that Madonna can’t even smoke in bed.

Jerry Seinfeld Quotes

Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little
bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.

Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.

There’s very little advice in men’s magazines, because men don’t think there’s a lot they don’t know. Women do. Women want to learn. Men think, “I know what I’m doing, just show me somebody naked.”

Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions, they’re killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? “Sweetheart, let’s make up. Have this deceased squirrel.”

Larry David Quotes

Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man – there’s your diamond in the rough.

If you tell the truth about how you’re feeling, it becomes funny.

I’m surprized Hitler didn’t round up the toupee people.”

Dennis Miller Quotes

A recent police study found that you’re much more likely to get shot by a fat cop if you run.

The average American’s day planner has fewer holes in it than Ray Charles’s dart board.

“The only way the French are going in is if we tell them we found truffles in Iraq.”

Jay Leno Quotes

Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot.

Rodney Dangerfield Quotes

My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.

Oh, when I was a kid in show business I was poor. I used to go to orgies to eat the grapes.

I’m at the age where I want two girls. In case I fall asleep they will have someone to talk to.

A girl phoned me and said, “Come on over. There’s nobody home.” I went over. Nobody was home!

Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.

Sarah Silverman Quotes

When God gives you AIDS – and God does give you AIDS, by the way – make lemonAIDS.

I was raped by a doctor. Which is, you know, so bittersweet for a Jewish girl.

…η προβολή της ψυχής ενός λαού επάνω στην ύλη

“…ένα τοπίο δεν είναι, όπως αντιλαμβάνονται μερικοί κάποιο απλώς σύνολο γης, φυτών και υδάτων.
Είναι η προβολή της ψυχής ενός λαού επάνω στην ύλη”

(Οδ. Ελύτης, Τα δημόσια και τα ιδιωτικά, 1990)

Ποιός είναι ο Μανώλης Γλέζος;

Ο Μανώλης Γλέζος γεννήθηκε στις 9 Σεπτεμβρίου 1922 στο χωριό Απείρανθος Νάξου. Το 1935 μετοίκησε στην Αθήνα μαζί με την οικογένειά του, όπου και τελείωσε το γυμνάσιο. Κατά τη διάρκεια της φοίτησής του στο γυμνάσιο, στην Αθήνα, εργάστηκε και ως υπάλληλος φαρμακείου. Το 1939 δημιούργησε μια αντί-φασιστική ομάδα νεολαίας ενάντια στην ιταλική κατοχή της Δωδεκανήσου και τη δικτατορία του Ιωάννη Μεταξά.
Στην αρχή του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου ζήτησε να ενταχθεί στον ελληνικό στρατό στο αλβανικό μέτωπο, αλλά απορρίφθηκε επειδή ήταν κάτω από το όριο ηλικίας. Aντ’ αυτού, εργάστηκε ως εθελοντής για το ελληνικό Υπουργείο Oικονομικών και από το 1941 ξεκίνησε να σπουδάζει στην ΑΣΟΕΕ. Κατά τη διάρκεια της κατοχής εργάζεται στον δήμο της Αθήνας, ενώ παράλληλα συμμετέχει ενεργά στην αντίσταση. Στις 30 Μαΐου 1941, αυτός και ο Απόστολος Σάντας υπέστειλαν τη γερμανική σημαία με τον φερόμενο αγκυλωτό σταυρό (του Γ’ Ράιχ) που βρισκόταν στην Ακρόπολη, κυριολεκτικά κάτω από τα μάτια της εκεί φρουράς.
Το τολμηρό εκείνο επιχείρημα προκάλεσε κύμα ενθουσιασμού τόσο στην Ελλάδα όσο και στο εξωτερικό που μεταδόθηκε η είδηση. Η πράξη τους ενέπνευσε τους Έλληνες που αντιστέκονταν ενάντια στον κατακτητή που καθιέρωσε και τους δύο ως σύμβολα αντίστασης κατά της χιτλερικής κατοχής. Μάλιστα ο Γάλλος στρατηγός Ντε Γκωλ χαρακτήρισε τον Μανώλη Γλέζο ως “Πρώτο παρτιζάνο της Ευρώπης”. Βέβαια το ναζιστικό καθεστώς αποκρίθηκε με την αναζήτηση και καταδίκη των υπευθύνων (του Γλέζου και του Σάντα) σε ερήμην θάνατο. Έτσι ξεκίνησε μια εκτεταμένη αναζήτηση όπου και τελικά, σχεδόν ένα χρόνο μετά, στις 24 Μαρτίου του 1942 ο Μ. Γλέζος και ο συνεργός του συλλαμβάνονται από γερμανικό κλιμάκιο και φυλακίζονται στις φυλακές Αβέρωφ. Εκεί ο Γλέζος μετά από απάνθρωπους βασανισμούς προσβλήθηκε από φυματίωση βαριάς μορφής οπότε και αφέθηκε ελεύθερος.
Στις 21 Απριλίου του 1943 συλλαμβάνεται και πάλι αυτή τη φορά από τους Ιταλούς κατακτητές για ενάντια δράση του, όπου και παρέμεινε στη φυλακή για τρεις μήνες. Έξι μόλις μήνες μετά την απελευθέρωσή του από τους Ιταλούς, στις 7 Φεβρουαρίου του 1944 ξανασυλλαμβάνεται, αυτή τη φορά από συνεργάτες των κατακτητών, για επικίνδυνη αντεθνική δράση και φυλακίζεται για 7,5 μήνες. Κατάφερε τελικά να δραπετεύσει στις 21 Σεπτεμβρίου του ίδιου έτους.
Στις 3 Μαρτίου 1948 συνελήφθη για τις πολιτικές του πεποιθήσεις του και καταδικάστηκε αρκετές φορές με διάφορες ποινές και μια φορά σε θάνατο (Οκτώβριος 1948) για “αδικήματα τύπου” και μια φορά ακόμη σε θάνατο για παράβαση του Γ’ Ψηφίσματος στις 21 Μαρτίου 1949. Εντούτοις, οι ποινές θανάτου του δεν εκτελέσθηκαν, λόγω της δημόσιας κατακραυγής. Οι ποινές του θανάτου του μετατράπηκαν σε μια καταδίκη σε “ισόβια δεσμά” το 1950 όπου τελικά ούτε και αυτή η ποινή εκτελέστηκε αποφυλακισθείς στις 26 Ιουλίου 1954.
Αν και φυλακισμένος, ο Μανώλης Γλέζος συμμετείχε στις εκλογές της 9ης Σεπτεμβρίου 1951 όπου και εκλέχτηκε βουλευτής Αθηνών, υπό τη σημαία της Ενωμένης Δημοκρατικής Αριστεράς (ΕΔΑ). Με την εκλογή του, πραγματοποίησε 12ήμερη απεργία πείνας με κύριο αίτημα την απελευθέρωση των 10 βουλευτών της ΕΔΑ που βρίσκονταν εξόριστοι. Τελικά το αίτημά του έγινε μερικώς δεκτό απελευθερώθηκαν οι 7 από τους 10 και εκείνος διέκοψε την απεργία.
Εκτός από την πολιτική εργασία του, ο Γλέζος έχει εφεύρει ένα σύστημα για την αποτροπή των πλημμυρών, την καταπολέμηση της διάβρωσης και τη συντήρηση του υπόγειου νερού, το οποίο λειτουργεί με τη συλλογή του νερού της βροχής μέσα σε φρεάτια προκειμένου να το κατευθύνει στα υδροφόρα στρώματα.
(Πηγή: Wikipedia, in.gr)

ψάχνετε τρόπο να πείτε ευχαριστώ;

Η σιωπηρή ευγνωμοσύνη δεν έχει και μεγάλη αξία για κανέναν.

Οι άνθρωποι, πιο πρόθυμα πληρώνουν για το κακό παρά για καλό που τους έκανες, αφού η ευγνωμοσύνη είναι βάρος, ενώ η εκδίκηση είναι ευχαρίστηση.

Οι αχάριστοι και οι αγνώμονες είναι πολύ λιγότεροι απ’ όσο πιστεύουμε και αυτό επειδή ακόμα λιγότεροι είναι οι γενναιόδωροι.

Περισσότερο αγαπούν οι ευεργέτες τους ευεργετούμενους παρά οι ευεργετούμενοι τους ευεργέτες. (Μάλλον φιλούσιν οι ποιήσαντες ευ τους παθόντας ή οι παθόντες ευ τους ποιήσαντας.)

Όταν σου χαρίζουν ένα γάιδαρο, μην τον κοιτάς στα δόντια.

Το «ευχαριστώ» είναι πρόστυχη πληρωμή. Όταν δυο άνθρωποι ζούνε ο ένας με την ανάσα του άλλου, δεν χωράει πληρωμή.

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Podiatrist: What’s the problem?

Moth: What’s the problem? Where do I begin, man? I go to work for Gregory Linovich, and all day long I work. Honestly doc I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore. I don’t even know if Gregory Linovich knows. He only knows that he has power over me, and that seems to bring him happiness. But, I don’t know. I wake up in a malaise, and I walk here and there…

Podiatrist: Oh yeah?

Moth: Yes. At night I sometimes wake up, and I turn to some old lady in my bed that’s on my arm; a lady I once loved, doc. I don’t know where to turn to. My youngest, Alexandria; she fell in the cold of last year. The cold took her down as it did many of us. And my other boy, and this is the hardest pill to swallow, doc, my other boy, Gregaro Ivinolitanovitch; I no longer love him. As much as it pains me to say, when I look in his eyes all I see is the same cowardice that I catch when I take a glimpse of my own face in the mirror. If only the cowardice was stronger, then perhaps I could bring myself to reach over to that cocked and loaded gun that lays on the bedside behind me and end this hellish facade once and for all. Doc, sometimes I feel like a spider, even though I’m a moth, just barely hanging onto my web of everlasting fire underneath me. I’m not feeling good.

Podiatrist: Moth, man, you’re trouble. But you should be seeing a psychiatrist. Why on earth did you come here?

Moth: ‘Cuz the light was on.