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What they said (part 2)

Posted by Yacoob on December 12, 2008


Whether said in haste, or well thought out, language has the amazing ability to capture concepts succinctly: just a few words can convey so great a meaning, and teach so important a lesson.

 

Following on from last year’s quotes post, I thought I’d share some new snippets picked up over the last few weeks.

 

On self-confidence:

 

·     “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
– Aristotle

 

·     “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard

  

On expression:

 

·     “When you exercise your freedom to express yourself at the lowest level, you ultimately condemn yourself to live at that level.”
– Zig Ziglar

 

·     “The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”
– Stephen King

 

·     “A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.”
– Leo Rosten

 

·     “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”
– T.S. Eliot

  

On simplicity of words:

 

·     “Good communication does not mean that you have to speak in perfectly formed sentences and paragraphs. It isn’t about slickness. Simple and clear go a long way.”
– John Kotter

 

·     “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”
– WB Yeats

  

On communicating with others:

 

·     “The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
– Dale Carnegie

 

·     “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
– Dale Carnegie

 

·     “If there is any great secret of success in life, it lies in the ability to put yourself in the other person’s place and to see things from his point of view – as well as your own.”
– Henry Ford

 

·     “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”
– Mother Teresa

 

·     “Examine what is said, not who speaks”
– Arabian Proverb

 

·     “The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing.”
– Henry S. Haskins

 

·     “Two monologues do not make a dialogue.”
– Jeff Daly

 

On conflict:

 

·     “Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
– Ambrose Bierce
 

·     “If you wish to make a man your enemy, tell him simply: ‘You are wrong’. This method works every time.”
– Henry Link

·     “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

On tolerance:

 

·     “Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.”
– Malcolm X
 

 

On faith:

 

·     “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King

 

·     “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
– Martin Luther King

 

·     “Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself.”
– Martin Luther King

  

On character:

 

·     “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
– Albert Einstein

 

·     “If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.”
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

·     “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Martin Luther King

  

On Teamwork:

  • “A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way.”
    – Swahili proverb

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Learning more about Eid ul Adha

Posted by Yacoob on December 5, 2008

With Eid ul Adha just around the corner, I’ve been collecting some information about things like Udhiyah (the sacrifice), the benefits of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, and other issues related to this time of year.

 

I’ve saved everything into a document, which you can download here. It is very rough, as I didn’t have time to properly categorise it and have links on the contents page – but hopefully it’ll be easy enough to navigate. I didn’t keep references, but most of it is from www.islamonline.net.

 

There’s an interesting piece on the concept of animal sacrifice in Islam – which refutes a misconception of the Islamic sacrifice, which some think is tantamount to the sacrifices offered by idol-worshippers.

 

I hope the information is useful to you – not only the rulings, but the articles as well.

 

Eid Mubarak to everyone

Y

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