Three Days Three Quotes Challenge 3

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Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.

Anton Chekhov once wrote this, in reference to his profession as a physician and his passion for writing. I feel the exact same way.

Here is the entire passage from one of his letters.

“I feel more confident and more satisfied with myself when I reflect that I have two professions and not one. Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other. Though it’s disorderly, it’s not so dull, and besides neither of them loses anything from my infidelity. If I did not have my medical work I doubt if I could have given my leisure and my spare thoughts to literature. There is no discipline in me.”


Thank you, Arjun Shivaram and Betcha didn’t know! , for nominating me for this challenge. They both have unique blogs, that I find very interesting.

Today’s Nominees:

  1. 200 Saturdays until Paris
  2. Yadadarcyyada
  3. Speaking Up for Myself

Rules of the challenge:

1.Three quote for three days.
2.Three nominees each day(no repetition).
3.Thank the person who nominated you.
4.Inform the nominees.

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge 2

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Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.

Being a huge fan of rap and Indian folk music, I’m addicted to a good beat. As far as I was concerned, classical music, especially western classical was just not interesting enough. All that changed with the first notes of Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.


Thank you, Arjun Shivaram and Betcha didn’t know! , for nominating me for this challenge. They both have unique blogs, that I find very interesting.

Today’s Nominees:

  1. Inner Whispers
  2. Caboosemama
  3. Green Dog Chronicles

Rules of the challenge:

1.Three quote for three days.
2.Three nominees each day(no repetition).
3.Thank the person who nominated you.
4.Inform the nominees.

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge 1

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The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that, is the highest flight of human wisdom.

This is a quote from one of my favorite novels, War & Peace. Leo Tolstoy, is the most insightful author I’ve ever read. He ruthlessly deconstructs his characters and their actions. Their souls are laid bare for the reader to love or decry, continually in cycles, until thorough comprehension sets in and we come to know them better than we know ourselves.

Incidentally, the image above, by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, is apparently the first color photograph taken in Russia.


Thank you, Arjun Shivaram and Betcha didn’t know! , for nominating me for this challenge. They both have unique blogs, that I find very interesting.

This is my 3rd quote challenge, but they give me an opportunity to think of things that left me with strong impressions, so doing these is a lot of fun.

Today’s Nominees:

  1. The Light Breaks Through
  2. Sparkle With UC
  3. The Page Turner

Rules of the challenge:

1.Three quote for three days.
2.Three nominees each day(no repetition).
3.Thank the person who nominated you.
4.Inform the nominees.

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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Even if my body decays on the fields of Musashi, my Japanese soul will live forever.

This is a quote by Yoshida Shōin, a Samurai and an intellectual during the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.  He was against the policy of national isolation, put in place by the Shogunate, and believed it was essential to incorporate modern advances while holding on to traditional values.

Shōin was only 29 years old, when he was executed for plotting rebellion. However, the Shogunate fell a few years later and Japan was set upon a path of transformation, from a feudal society into the modern state of today, partly due to the efforts of his famous pupil, Takasugi Shinsaku.

Here is the Japanese version of the quote.

Mi wa tatoi
Musashi no nobe ni
Kuchinu to mo
Todome okamashi
Yamoto damashii.

When I first read these words, I was instantly fascinated by Japan. Only a great culture could have inspired such noble sentiment in a man. I feel the same way about my own.

The words ‘Yamato Damashii‘ meaning ‘Japanese Spirit’ or ‘ The Soul of Japan’ were used as a tool of propaganda during World War II by Japanese nationalists. Even such a splendid belief can be distorted into an expression of self-conceit, by those who refuse to appreciate the world for its immense possibility and delightful diversity.


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Thank you, Nezel Yurong, for challenging me and giving me the opportunity to share some of my favorite quotes. Please visit her wonderful blog @ Purposive Writer. I’m sure you will appreciate her thoughtful writings.

Today’s Nominees 

  1. Surviving Japan With A Smile
  2. Musings Of A Whimsical Soul
  3. Subhalakshmi Gautam

Rules of the Challenge

  1. Three quote for three days.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Three nominees each day (no repetition)
  4. Inform the nominees.

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day 2

 

 

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

This a quote from the play, An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde. These were the words that drew me to his writing. I especially adore his plays, which draw us into the world of grand society and glittering conversation.

Wilde’s writing is a consequence of his biting wit and forceful persona, but it betrays deep loneliness and isolation, summed up well in his epitaph.

And alien tears will fill for him
Pity’s long broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.


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Thank you, Nezel Yurong, for challenging me and giving me the opportunity to share my favorite words. Please visit her wonderful blog @ Purposive Writer. I’m sure you will appreciate her thoughtful writings.

Today’s Nominees 

  1. Revolution of World
  2. 999 Roses in My Life
  3. Fire Spirit

Rules of the Challenge

  1. Three quote for three days.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Three nominees each day (no repetition)
  4. Inform the nominees.

Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day 1

 

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Words immortalized by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Words that inspired me to take up the practice of medicine.

Gandhi’s philosophy did not just galvanize a nation, it also influenced great leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela all over the world. Nonviolence in thought, word and action, as espoused by Gandhi remains our greatest weapon against inequality, bigotry and hatred of our times.


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The 2nd of October is the best day for this quote. Thank you, Nezel Yurong, for challenging me and giving me this opportunity. Please visit her wonderful blog @ Purposive Writer. I’m sure you will appreciate her thoughtful writings.

Today’s Nominees 

  1. Heaven’s Sunshine
  2. The View From My Window
  3. Justus Creek

Rules of the Challenge

  1. Three quote for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition)
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge (#3)

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There can be no worthier goal than to better oneself, for while doing so, it is entirely possible that one may better the world.

That, quote has been stuck in my head ever since I read the The Discovery of India, by Jawaharlal Nehru. I can’t, for the life of me, find this quote in the book or anywhere else. So, I’m guessing it’s mine.

Thank you Digant Patel, for giving me the opportunity to share my quotes, by nominating this blog for the challenge.

Here are my nominees for today:

  1. Wanderlust
  2. On The Land
  3. Autistsix

They are all beautiful and well written blogs. Please do check them out.


These are the rules of the challenge:

1.Three quote for three days.
2.Three nominees each day(no repetition).
3.Thank the person who nominated you.
4.Inform the nominees.

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge (#2)

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Devote yourself, with determined patience, to the pursuit of all permeating truth.

That, is my quote for today. It is the gist of Natha Sampradayam, followed by my Guru.

Thank you Digant Patel, for giving me the opportunity to share my quotes, by nominating this blog for the challenge.

Here are my nominees for today:

  1. Talkaholicme
  2. Let the Light In
  3. Sascha Darlington

They are all beautiful and well written blogs. Please do check them out.


These are the rules of the challenge:

1.Three quote for three days.
2.Three nominees each day(no repetition).
3.Thank the person who nominated you.
4.Inform the nominees.

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge (#1)

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Let us practice our religions, the way they were meant to be practiced – with sobering humility, rigorous self discipline, unyielding courage and most importantly, infinite compassion.

That, is my quote for today. I firmly believe in respecting all faiths, and in freedom and dignity for all human beings.

Thank you Digant Patel, for giving me the opportunity to share my quotes, by nominating this blog for the challenge.

Here are my nominees for today:

  1. Atrangi Zindagi Ek Safar
  2. Second Time Blogger
  3. Jing Sebastian

They are all beautiful and well written blogs. Please do check them out.


These are the rules of the challenge:

1.Three quote for three days.
2.Three nominees each day(no repetition).
3.Thank the person who nominated you.
4.Inform the nominees.