The philosophy of inspiration

Top 20 Quotes



1. It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

-Leonardo da Vinci

2. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge but a lack of will.

-Vince Lombardi

3. You cannot swim to new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

-William Faulkner

4. I am only one, but i am one. I cannot do everything but i can do something. And because i cannot do everything i will not refuse to do something that i can do.

-Edward Everett

4. If happy I can I WILL, If suffer i must, I WILL

-William Faulkner

5. Do you want to know who you are, don’t ask. Action will delineate and define you.

-Thomas Jefferson

6. Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk.Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessing, make today worth remembering.

-Steve Maraboli – Unapologetically you

7. To burn with desire and do nothing about it is one of the greatest punishments one can bring on ourselves.

-Fredrico Garcia Lorca

8. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered you will never grow.

-Ralpho Waldo Emerson

9. There are two tragedies in life, one is to gain your hearts desire, the other is to lose it.

-George Bernard Shaw

10. I don’t believe in sadness, joy or regret. Language oversimplifies the feelings i’d like to have at my disposal.

-Jeffery Eugidenes

11. Without leaps of imagination or dreaming we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all is a form of planning.

-Gloria Steinem

12. Don’t cry because its over. Smile because it happened.

-Dr. Seuss

13. Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

-Oscar Wilde

14. We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.

-Oscar Wilde.

15. Be the change you want to see in the world.

-Mahatma Gandhi

16. Man often becomes what he sees himself to be.

-Mahatma Gandhi

17. Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.

-Langston Hughes

18. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

19. Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Eleanor Roosevelt

20. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rarest and most beautiful of all.

Walt Disney Company-Mulan

Which is your favorite, post your views in the comment section below.

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Dialectic thinking is a methodology first advocated by Plato. The dialogues with Socrates are the starting point for the philosophy that came after. The skepticism of Sextus Empirius came later codifying a form of dialectic reasoning.

Hegel was the next philosopher to advocate dialectic-ism believing that only the whole was true. He stated that the thesis gives way to its anti-thesis and as a result its synthesis emerges. Take the case of putting an ice cube into a hot frying pan, the ice cube is the thesis and its interaction with the heat from the frying pan gives rise to the water as its synthesis. The water then interacts with other forces in the environment, the anti-thesis, to form water vapor. Even if left there indefinitely the water evaporates.

Unity of Opposites
The unity of opposites in dialectical thought talks about relative opposites. If the opposites are taken to extremes instead of achieving dialectical thinking the opposite emerges. This ends up being counter intuitive to the methodology. Take a value, if held in a one sided way it ends up becoming an illusion. The only stable and coherent values are those held with their opposition enabling you to view the whole in totality.

Here are some characteristics differentiating it from other forms of thinking.

  1. Emphasis on change instead of static structures.
  2. States that change takes place through conflict and opposition.
  3. The focus is on process and movement and not static structures.
  4. Inter-penetration of opposites – Opposites are seen as relative to each other, you can’t have one without the other.
  5. Usefulness of formal logic is questioned – Change is constant but isn’t considered in formal logic.

It became an ideological issue during the cold war as it became a loaded political subject. The marxists had a controversial idea of dialectics causing the non-communist countries to avoid it altogether. The development of the methodology stagnated around this period.

Dialectics reflects how the mind perceives ideas and a lot of psychology’s concepts contain dialectic ideas e.g. passivity, courage, impulsiveness and withdrawal.

Self actualization is one instance where the self is viewed as personal and impersonal, dependent and independent. The intellect is able to handle this in stride using the logic of paradoxes.


Wright stuff approach – Orville and Wilbur wright practiced a dramatic version of dialectics. By arguing both sides of a disputed point, they found new insights into the problem domain.



Psychology deals with how we work. While a large part of the education system is dedicated to teaching us about history language math e.t.c little knowledge is provided on our mind and how it works i.e. psychology.  A lot of the quotes available were on inner peace and awakening. They were enlightening and refreshingly frank and straight to the point, they could easily make anyone’s top 10 list.

Here is a look at some of my favorite quotes. A lot of them are from Carl Jung and its no wonder, he was one of the best psychologists of his time and left behind a lot of timeless quotes.

1. A creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

-C.G. Jung

2. Mistakes are after all the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase of knowledge if he knows what it is not.

-C.G. Jung

3. Through others we become ourselves.

-Lev S. Vgotsky

4. Two people can say the same thing yet both be right. It is not logical, it’s psychological.

-Stephen R. Covey

5. The least of things with meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things       without  it.

-Carl G. Jung

6. I am not what happened to me, i am what i choose to become.

-Carl G. Jung

7. Perhaps home is not a place, but simply an irrevocable condition.

-James Baldwin

8. One day in introspect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

-Sigmund Freud

9. Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither conflicts nor emotions.

-Sigmund Freud

10. If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.

-Mo Williems (Goldilocks and the dinosaur)

11. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.

-Sigmund Freud

12. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

-C. G. Jung

13. The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.


14. Do not spoil what you have by desiring the things you don’t; remember that what you have was once among the things you only hoped for.

-Fredrick Nietze

15.Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.

-Rick Riordian – Lightning thief

16. Our wound are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.

-David Richo

17. Are you living in the moment.

-Asa Don Brown (Waiting to live)

18. You can study gravity forever without learning how to fly.

-Shawn Achor

19. Our emotions and perceptions determine our attitude and ultimately our choices.

-I. Alan Appt

20. We train the mind so we can enjoy greater peace, happiness, wisdom and equanimity.

-Allan Lockos (Pocket Peace – Effective practices for enlightened living)

FACTOID Did you know that Carl Jung

and Sigmund Freud were friends.

Yes ineed! their friendship is well

documented and what started as

an exchange of published works

turned into a series of meetings

and correspondence for about six

years. They eventually parted ways

due to ideological differences

in their theories turning their

friendship into a fierce rivalry.

Why we need to constantly improve: Learning to learn


Learning is a concept not fully understood by many. We spend our early years going to school and being taught, but learning is not solely for the school environment. If we can learn to improve ourselves it would be very helpful in our ever changing environment. In the world we live in the only thing that is certain is change. Once we stop learning and improving our skills we stop moving forward.

And I’m not just talking about learning from the idealistic standpoint (also important though), but from a place of action. People learn in different ways but you should always strive for experience. The simple act of working on what you’ve learned and applying it in everyday life might just separate you from everybody else.


Desire is a powerful feeling indeed, in our day to day existence it drives us. A desire for something beyond ourselves, something just beyond our reach. The fuel for dreams so i hear. Your entire being pulsates with anticipation and want. A cold flame of excitement burning within.

We desire a lot of things, some burning brighter than others. Even though our wants vary from person to person, one thing remains the same. There is no lack of want of something greater than ourselves. Desire has been with us since the beginning of human existence. Though undefined for centuries, millennia even it is what tore us from our slumber, enabling us to test the boundaries of our existence. Gradually enabling us to keep on improving and growing.

In Greek culture, before the laying to rest of a bereaved only one question is asked, did he have passion? For who among us would not want to be defined by this intangible force, this intangible yearning. Many a man has lived for moments like this. It would test the resolve of anyone but through it you find purpose.

Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting and though unwanted, unbidden it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? It is the source of our finest moments, but also our grief and hurt, If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace, but we would be hollow.

-Frederick Nietze


Many of us have faced this question, and if not i’m guessing that’s the reason you are here. I don’t know why i would ask myself such a difficult question. It might be hard to believe but when starting this i myself didn’t know the answer to this question leading to a lot of introspection on my part.

Some people are defined by their job, others by their goals. I would like to think that people like to be defined by that which they are most proud of or something that bears significant meaning in their life and which they strive for. I am a doctor, a friend of mine once said, and why not. The profession is one of the most respected in the community, bearing so much prestige.

Yes, its okay to be defined by your profession, or by that title but you should realize that is one small aspect of who you really are. The real you is who you are when you drop your guard. When you don’t care what everyone else thinks and can be yourself. It is a state very hard to define? You are your essence and in your element, so it is with your closest friends.

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