The conceptual framework for a man's search for meaning

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Life Diary

18 December 2019

Sekali air bah, sekali pasir berubah (A Malay proverb – everytime it floods, the sand changes)

18 December 2019

Ular yang menyusur akar tidak akan hilang bisanya (A Malay proverb – a snake that goes through the roots of a tree will not lose its poison)

24 September 2019

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

15 July 2018

“The elite of ancient Egypt spent their fortunes building pyramids and having their corpses mummified but none of them thought of going shopping in Babylon or taking a skiing holiday in Phoenicia.”

4 December 2017

“You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them.”

9 October 2017

“Though this be madness yet there is method in it. Will you walk out of the air, my Lord?”

18 May 2017

“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by neglect.”

6 March 2017

“Somewhere in the world you got a robber and a bank, and the bank robbed the people, so the people robbed the bank.”

9 November 2015

“A little anatomical knowledge goes a long way in this pursuit, especially when we include the subject of breathing in our inquiry. What makes the breath such a potent teacher of yoga? Breathing has the dual nature of being both voluntary and autonomic, which is why the breath illuminates the eternal inquiry about what we can control or change and what we cannot. We all face this personal yet universal inquiry at some point if we desire to evolve.”

12 October 2015

“If at first you don’t succeed, your successor will. [Therefore, be determined to succeed.]”

23 February 2015

“If you spent all day sorting grapes into different shapes, colours, and kinds, you’d become one of those annoying grapeophiles who talks endlessly about the nuances of flavour and the permutations of texture. You’d come to think of grapes as infinitely varied, and you’d forget that almost all of the really important information about a grape can be deduced from the simple fact of its grapehood.”

15 July 2014

“Ultimately it’s not for the poor to conclude money is the root of all evil or for an ill accomplished man to claim everything is meaningless because the grander standard of principle belongs, to quote Mark Twain, not to he who couldn’t lie, but he who could, but wouldn’t.”

29 May 2014

“Once you’ve internalized the concept that you can’t prove anything in absolute terms, life becomes all the more about odds, chances and trade offs. In a world without provable truths, the only way to refine the probabilities that remain is through greater knowledge and understanding.”

18 May 2014

“There is no logical reason to look for a better way of doing something if there is already an adequate way. Adequate is always good enough. It is interesting that in our thinking we have developed methods for dealing with things that are wrong but no methods for dealing with things that are right.”

12 January 2014

“To understand what you do,  you must only do what you understand.”

6 November 2013

“But information is not knowledge. People do not automatically become smarter by being immersed in a sea of data any more than security guards in an art gallery become art experts through a process of osmosis.”

19 September 2013

“Most of us enter the investment business for the same sanity-destroying reasons a woman becomes a prostitute: it avoids the menace of hard work, is a group activity that requires little intellect and is a practical means of making money for those with no special talent for anything else.”

23 June 2013

“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.”

29 May 2013

“Vision without money means heartaches; with money, it means achievement; and that means power, and that means money, and that means achievement; and so on, over and over and over.”

15 March 2013

“Now, we head towards the battlefield. Believe, and our blades will not break. Believe, and our hearts will not bend. Though the roads we take may be different, our iron hearts will beat as one. Swear, that even if the Earth is torn asunder, we will live and return here once again.”

4 January 2013

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been.”

“Happiness is about wanting what you want, not having what you want.”

20 December 2012

“A man’s mind must be unbiased and unfettered. If he has some necessary goal, it will warp his judgement, as profit can be made safely only when the opportunity is available and not just because they happen to be desired or needed.”

05 December 2012

“Stop for a moment and compare this to sex therapy. If I had a sexual problem, I might see a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a sex therapist or even a pastoral counsellor, but I would never go to a Catholic priest, even if I were Catholic. That priest has no practical knowledge of the problem – and if he does, you want to run, not walk away. A teacher who does not [insert here] is highly suspect.”

07 October 2012

“Truth is what sets us free, not purpose. I found my purpose because I was looking for truth.”

02 August 2012

“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at [the Lord’s] knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

02 April 2012

“…was it something like the peacock’s tail – impressive not for its utility, but for its profound lack of utility”

27 December 2011

“I have already made up my mind, don’t confuse me with facts”

06 October 2011

“Anyone who is among the living has hope–even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!”

03 October 2011

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

06 June 2011

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

31 May 2011

“Thirty spokes unite in one nave and on that which is non-existent [on the hole in the nave] depends the wheel’s utility. Clay is moulded into a vessel and on that which is non-existent [on its hollowness] depends the vessel’s utility. By cutting out doors and windows we build a house and on that which is non-existent [on the empty space within] depends the house’s utility.

Therefore, existence renders actual but non-existence renders useful.”

23 May 2011

“That you would even think that would show me how unprepared you are to be on your own. I mean, you do know you’re a freak. Your deductive powers are a gift from God or chance or a stray shot of sperm or whatever or whoever the hell wrote your life script. A gift. Not earned. You do not know what I know because you have not earned those powers. You’re careless with those powers. You flaunt them and you throw them around like a brat with his trust fund. You haven’t had to climb up all the greasy little rungs. You haven’t been bored blind at the fund raisers. You haven’t done the time in that first marriage to that girl with the right father. You think you can leap over all in a single bound. You haven’t had to bribe or charm or threaten your way to a seat at that table. You don’t know how to assess your competition because you haven’t competed. Don’t make me your competition.”

21 April 2011

“In the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

18 April 2011

“And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?”

10 April 2011

“And what is good, Phædrus, and what is not good…Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”

05 April 2011

“Phædrus was a master with this knife, and used it with dexterity and a sense of power. With a single stroke of analytic thought he split the whole world into parts of his own choosing, split the parts and split the fragments of the parts, finer and finer and finer until he had reduced it to what he wanted it to be. Even the special use of the terms “classic” and “romantic” are examples of his knifemanship.”