Friday 15 March 2019


Peter Drucker
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.

St Ignatius
A thick and shapeless tree-trunk would never believe that it could become a statue, admired as a miracle of sculpture, and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor, who sees by his genius what he can make of it.

He who knows others is wise, he who knows himself is enlightened

Eckhart Tolle
The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.

Christopher Booker
The state of someone who has failed to overcome his fantasy self, and find his central unity, is that of someone who still cannot, at the deepest level of his being, take anything seriously except his own ego.

Aldous Huxley
An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex.

WH Auden

To the man in the street who, I’m sorry to say,

Is a keen observer of life

The word intellectual merely denotes

A man who cheats on his wife.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything


  1. When he showed up drunk to the Kremlin in 1938, Stalin was disappointed and issued a warning: “Comrade Sholokhov, I’ve received reports that you’ve been drinking too much.” In response, Sholokhov spoke for every Soviet citizen: “From such a life, Comrade Stalin, anyone would turn to drink.”!

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    1. On a visit to Moscow in 1938, Sholokhov met Yevgenia Yezhova, wife of Nikolai Yezhov, head of the NKVD, and checked into a hotel room with her, unaware that the room was bugged. Yezhov heard the recording and attacked Yezhova. On 23 October 1938, Sholokhov met Stalin in the Kremlin to complain that he had been put under surveillance...