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Today’s Mantra / 03

“The purpose of a good university is to give you a foundation to fail, not a foundation to get an A. If you graduate college with straight A’s, you have to do some serious soul-searching as to why you chose to spend time doing that.”

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Be like Belgian Chocolate Truffles – rich, delicious and exquisite. Decadent and aesthetically sumptuous on the outside, with a burst of surprise that explodes from the inside. And yes, a delight that not everyone can afford. A treat for those who truly deserves you.

– Luis Batchoy

The media puts a sad face on things, painting them as human tragedies. But the function of media is not to eliminate the evils of the world. They persuade us to accept those evils and get used to living with them.

– Waking Life, 2001

“I thought we’d go for a walk,” Sophie said.

Agatha leaned against the door. “I’m still trying to figure out why you’re friends with me.”

“Because you’re sweet and funny,” said Sophie.

“My mother says I’m bitter and grumpy,” said Agatha. “So one of you is lying.”

– The School for Good and Evil, Chainani

 

P. S. Thanks to Bea who have lend me this awesome book. I’m actually more of a classic and books-that-don’t involve-power-but-real-life-scenario kind of reader. This is the first fantasy novel I’ve buried my nose. This day realization is that, you should always read something new. Be out of your comfort zone and wander in the world of literature. As a reader, you should not get to choose what to read because sometimes, in unexpected circumstances, there you’ll find the true magic and lasting happiness and contentment.

How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?

– Emma Watson

 

Making the world more open is not an overnight thing. It’s a ten-to-fifteen year thing.

– Mark Zuckerberg

Today’s Mantra / 02

In my field, I see people that come into it with big, idealist visions of becoming the leader that will create a better world. They enjoy the goal but not the process. But the reality of it is, the true work of improving things is in the little achievements of the day, and that’s what you need to enjoy.

I was working for this organization that helped villages in Mexico and their concerns was how to get the pencils sent to kids in those little country schools. It was not about big, revolutionary ideas. It was about pencils. I see the people that do the real work and what’s really sad is that the people that are the most giving, hardworking and capable of making this world better, usually don’t have the ego and ambition to be a leader.

They don’t see any interest in superficial rewards. They don’t care if their name ever appear in the press. They actually enjoy the process of helping others. They are in the moment.

– Celine, Before Sunset (2004)