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Apartheid

The dictionary term is

apartheid apartheid n. [Afrikaans, fr. D. apart apart + -heid
-hood.]
1. segregation by race; — a term used in South Africa.
Syn: racial segregation
[WordNet 1.5]

2. the official policy of strict segregation by race
practised by the government of the Union of South Africa
up to 1993.
[WordNet 1.5]

Apartheid has been around in Africa a long time before the Afrikaners coined the word. There is “Tribal Apartheid” and the government apartheid that was exercised in South Africa by the Nationalist government. Examples of Tribal Apartheid, in recent history, are Ruanda where, in 1994, a million members of the Tutsi tribe were killed by members of the Hutu tribe. In addition to this, there is Mugabe’s government who, in the past, marginalised the proud Matebeli people in the North, and to a lesser extent the Ndebele tribe which straddle the border with South Africa in the south. Not to forget the troubles in Kenya, when the MauMau was a jockeying for position between tribes. Whites were killed then because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As far as I can recollect – I was brought up in South Africa – the Nationalist government didn’t try to exterminate any tribes, although they were pretty brutal to people who attempted to fight them.

Let me explain my position. My parents were doing well in South Africa but I wasn’t happy with Apartheid as I thought it wrong to subject a people because of their colour. So I left my parents, I left home and I left my country at fifteen to see the world. I had funded my trip by diving for Mother-of-Pearl shells and selling them to British and American tourists at the docks.

I found apartheid of a worse kind in the UK and also during the three years I spent bumming around the United States. Here, and there, there were no official segregation rules. But people segregated themselves by not allowing other ethnic races into their homes, or their companies. (I am talking about the ‘fifties.)

There are some good traits and bad traits amongst the Afrikaner people. There is an old saying: “n’ Boer moet ‘n plan he”. This means: A farmer must have a plan. When confronted with a problem a farmer will sit under his favourite tree, smoke his favourite pipe, and think about every option under the sun that he could adopt before formulating a “plan”. The English can learn about “making a plan” from him. However, one fault is, once the farmer has decided on his plan, nothing, but nothing will persuade him to deviate from this. He can learn adaptability from the English. Another trait of the Afrkaner is that he says it as he sees it. He is “up front” with what he thinks. If he doesn’t like you he’ll tell you to your face. The English will be nice to you and when you leave will say to there friends, “what a funny fellow he is”. Fortunately this philosophy of the Afrianer has changed over the years and he has become more adaptable.

Alas, the Afrikaner, with his Apartheid in the fifties did exactly what the English and Americans were doing in private. But they aren’t the type to hide it, so they made it legal. The trouble is, they had made a plan. And when the system changed and people in England and America received political training from their governments to take a different attitude, the Afrikaners had already “made their plan” so that was that. It was only when world opinion, and sanctions began to bite that they were forced to reconsider.

A lot of people in England and America thought the Anti-Apartheid movement was to bring down the “whites” but nothing is further from the truth. The Afrikaners knew that to hold onto Apartheid they had to build up a huge black middle class. (doctors, engineers, business people) and allow them to amass huge wealth as a buffer against any possible insurrection within the country.

Many people in England and America still don’t have a high opinion of the intelligence of black people. Let me tell you, having been brought up in the country that blacks, given the opportunity of education, can be every bit as bright, and devious, as their white counterparts.

No, the anti-apartheid movement was not against the white infrastructure. The blacks needed to acquire a healthy government when they took over. The movement was to destroy the black middle class. Which they did, thus hastening De Klerk’s dealing with Nelson Mandela.

I have four stories to add to this blog.

The first was when I was fourteen in an Afrikaans school. I wrote an essay saying that only matric holders should have the vote. We should ensure all whites were educated up to matric standard and put into action a possibility for blacks to be educated to matric standard as well. Then within, say, 40 years, there would be a black majority, but a majority with a different attitude and a desire to better the country much more. South Africa would be far more wealthy and everything would be fine. Well, the result? 1. I was caned in front of the whole school at morning assembly. 2. Forty years on the blacks took over and the whites have been left out in the cold.

The second is that a film maker told Channel Five he had a 30 minute film on Soweto. The Channel Five people invited him to a private screening so they could make a decision whether to show it or not. He turned up with the first half and everyone watched a film showing the deprivations and slums of Soweto. Yes, they said, we’ll show it. However, when it was screened the second half showed the middle class tree lined streets with two car families of the black middle class. He also showed Winnie Mandela’s mansion and the luxury mansions nearby. When the press showed her home they always showed it with telephoto lenses so as not to show all the other lovely houses. Let’s face it. If she had built such a home in a shanty town, she’d have been lynched! I believe this film maker had to move to Canada as nobody would deal with him any more within the UK television media.

The third story is that, in South Africa the African seems to get on much better with the Afrikaner than the English speaking South African. Many years ago, when I was in the British Army and was on a course in the North of England I went to a dance and got talking to the black singer who was from South Africa. We chatted quite a bit and I was surprised when he told me Black South Africans preferred the Afrikaner to the English speaking whites. When the Afrikaans Nationalists took over from the English speaking United Party in 1948, they only had a few percentage points majority. The English speaking whites kept on saying how they deplored apartheid, but – strangely enough – in each election, the Nationalists got in with a larger and larger majority. The “English deception” wasn’t lost on the black South Africans. As I said elsewhere, they are very bright. And they (the average) have more political nous than the average English over here. Believe me! Okay, okay, there are always exceptions!

Finally, I have always thought that De Klerk should have said to Mandela, I am releasing you to to go into politics as the Deputy President of South Africa. We will continue to run the country for five years and, at the start of this, we will groom your ANC people in the affairs of every division and department of government and the civil service. Once your people have learned the job, they will be promoted to number two in each division and department. The year before the next election they will take over the department with the former number one as an advisor to the new promotion. Then when you take over in five years you will have an army of politicians and civil servants who can run the country for you. Meanwhile Apartheid will be dismantled immediately and all segregation laws ended. If any of your people want to keep their advisor on after the next election, that will be up between you and the advisor. If this had happened, South Africa may be in a much better position today. After all, if you put a soldier into a government position, you can’t expect him to be able to do anything without experience. White or Black!

Finally, here is a link to what the Encyclopaedia Brittanica has to say about apartheid.

Ampers.

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Don’t be frightened to chase!

I am referring to invoicing your clients. And then ensuring that the invoices are paid on time, or at least before you are crippled with bank charges.

The best time to invoice if you have performed a service is the minute you return to the office after performance of said service. Not the next day, not the next week, and definitely not the next month! But, you know, many people do take their time. If you don’t believe me, check the liquidation and bankruptcy courts. Send your invoice by first class post and not in a window envelope this shows how important you consider your invoice is.

In the late sixties I had a thriving business in Oxford Street (London’s West End) just a few yards from South Molton Street. I costed out my services and then added ten percent to all my charges. I was offering a good reliable services and wasn’t frightened of price.

I would state on my invoice a discount. 10% if settled in full in 14 days. 5% within 21 days, and 1% within 30 days. The reason for the 1% is that large corporations always took at least 120 days and always took the discount anyway. This way they could only take the 1%. This left me 9% to put towards any bank charges needed for working capital caused through their delay to pay; I could live with that!

My first invoice would be labelled: “INVOICE/STATEMENT” and at the end of the month my statement would be labelled: “STATEMENT – FIRST REMINDER” The “First Reminder” bit looked more legal and if I hadn’t already received payment I used to very soon afterwards.

Others in the area charged less and, if I was about to lose a potential client over price, I would give him a sheet of paper with full details of all the opposition listed. I would say that when they were in a position to pay for my specialist services I would welcome them back. Meanwhile here are all the other local companies offering a similar service. Many of them did come back. I was only saving them a few moments of research time, but it was appreciated and labelled me as “helpful”.

Customers come and go and if I lost a client I would visit them and ask “Could you tell me how I fell short in our relationship? So I may not make a similar mistake again?” I learned that I never lost a client through “price” or “chasing money”. One magical phrase to use if you think you may be able to persuade the client to come back is “What might I do to have you return as a client”.

And make it easy for your clients to pay you. Accept all credit cards, accept PayPal, accept direct transfers. Cheques, even with bankers cards require caution, but if you know “where your clients live” then that shouldn’t be too much of a problem – otherwise a bankers card (and you must write the number on the back of the cheque). It helps with credit cards and cheques to see further identification as, if someone has stolen the card or chequebook, they may not have much other identification in that name on them.

And remember, if all else fails, there is always the small claims courts. Take a look at how easy this is on the Internet.

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Why I won’t be tested!

I have just read an article stating: “A quarter of the adult population faces an “anti-paedophile” test in an escalation of child protection policies, according to a report.“

This report is terrifying and should be read here in its entirety.

The article mentions that schools are already banning people who haven’t had a CRB report. The following cases were made in the report to illustrate its findings:

In one example, a woman could not kiss her daughter goodbye on a school trip because she had not been vetted.

In another, a mother was surprised to be told by another parent that she and her husband were “CRB checked” when their children played together.

In a third example, a father was given “filthy looks” by a group of mothers when he took his child swimming on his own in “a scene from a Western when the room goes silent and tumbleweed blows across the foreground”.

Prof Furedi details how one woman was made to feel like a “second class mother” because she was barred from a school disco because she did not have a CRB check.

So there is no way I am going to submit to a CRB check or an “anti-paedophile” test. If this means that I will not be allowed to be around children, then, hooray! It also means that children won’t be allowed around me.

It’s not that I hate children, I don’t. But a large amount of parents nowadays have no control over their children . Many of them shove money at them and tend to allow them to do whatever they want, whilst entertaining, going out to clubs and pubs, and generally having a good time. With parenting comes responsibility. So, because of this, I always steer well clear of the little… errr… children.

I have never had children (to the best of my knowledge) and this has been by design rather than medical reasons. My brother-in-law had two children, a boy and a girl, and I watched them growing up. I did enjoy this experience, but fortunately only ever saw them on Christmas days. It was enough for me. But I repeat, I enjoyed and wouldn’t have missed the experience – as long as it wasn’t more than one day a year.

When I was in my late teens I remember a heavy dating session with a girl of my own age. It was awful and after that, I always picked older girls – over twenty-five. And apart from that one experience, I have never, ever, from the age of eighteen to my wedding day (over thirty years ago) been out with a girl under twenty-five.

I am happily married but do enjoy meeting people of both sexes for conversation, but even so, tend to stay well clear of the young unless they have had a good parental upbringing or have matured.

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Late entry in the US Presidential race

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I’m a drug addict

Like most youngsters, I experimented with drugs and they slowly got a hold on me. But I managed to wean myself off two of three addictions I had/have.

The first was tobacco.

It gradually got its steely fingers around me and, in the end I was smoking 60 of the strongest cigarettes every day. I was working for NATO and based in Paris, and was smoking three packs of Gaulois Disc Blue cigarettes. But I was also a British soldier and could buy my cigarettes in the NAAFI, duty-free, for only a shilling for 20 (5p). On my posting back to Blighty, I found they cost five bob for 20 (25p) so what I did in England was to put five shillings in a pot every time I bought a packet until there was £5 in the pot.

I then changed the money into a five pound note and set fire to it. As I watched it burning in the ashtray I thought, this was what I was doing every week. My ancestors were Scottish and I was brought up amongst the Afrikaners in South Africa. Two parsimonious races! Well that did the trick. I never bought a pack of cigarettes again, and this was way back in 1962.

But I was left with Alcohol and Coffee.

I am not a binge drinker, but would drink a bottle of brandy a month, a half bottle of wine on each of three or four evenings a week, and a few beers or whiskys during the week as well. I found I was putting on weight. Not enough to be obese, but for someone who likes to be fit, far too much and clothes began to feel a little too tight.

I remembered something I learned many years ago when I took an interest in Anthony Robbins, the American performance guru. So with careful planning I put his suggestions into practice. Robbins theory is that the brain, principally only does two things. It avoids pain and it searches for pleasure.

I waited for a sunny day. It was a long wait but one eventually materialised!

I closed the curtains and sat down and talked, out loud to myself for twenty minutes. I mused on what would happen if I continued drinking. I would have the expense of replacing all my clothes, I would consider not being able to be energetic, I would consider the possibility that I would slowly increase my drinking, become violent, drive my wife away, and possibly ruin my liver, fail to get a replacement liver and therefore die.

I painted a picture of my lonely wife, struggling alone without me, my selfishness, my taking a liver if I did get a replacement from someone more deserving than myself who needed one more, and, in general, just painted gloom and despondency over the whole issue.

Next I opened the curtain, and with the sun streaming in, knowing that the brain hates a void, started replacing the “pain” of drinking, with the “pleasure” of being fit, and therefore more happy, and also a lot more wealthy. I told my brain this would mean more holidays in the sun where I can relax and enjoy myself so much more.

I told myself I can still be sociable by allowing myself three units a week, but not more than one unit a day. And you know? I have, not only stuck to this but, I have had no wish to drink more. In fact when I have wine at home I never want more than half a glass (unit).

Now, I only suffer from caffeine poisoning. But, hell! I enjoy my coffee and don’t want to give that up. But then, this brings me back to the secret of giving up a vice.

“You have to want to give up in the first place!”

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James McGrath

The Daily Telegraph wrote: “The Conservative leader agreed with Mr Johnson that James McGrath, a senior adviser to the mayor and previously to the Tory Party, was not racist but said his comments were a lapse of judgement.

I have to admit I fully agree with what he meant. If any section of the public are not happy living in England, I echo the sentiment “If they don’t like it here, let them go somewhere else”.

However, I don’t restrict this to black Caribbean people, or even black people. And what is more important, even foreigners. If English people aren’t happy with democracy and abiding by the will of the people, I wish they would leave, even if they are the same colour as I am and the same nationality that I am.

All are welcome as long as they become British, accept our way of life, and take part in it and become part of the greater community. I do not subscribe to our political masters using mass immigration to break up what is termed “The British way of life.”

The Times, last September (2007) says “Even Trevor Phillips has now spoken of sleepwalking to segregation and even his own outfit, the Commission for Racial Equality (soon to become the Commission for Equality and Human Rights), published a grim and angry report last week about a “fracturing” society, growing ethnic segregation and growing extremism. “

You, dear reader, are possibly a little to blame as Plato once wrote: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

Think about it, voting is not enough. You need to take an interest in the world around you.

Ampers

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Some of Amper’s favourite sayings

If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating conquest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.

We ask not your counsel or arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams, speech on 1st August 1776.


”One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

Plato

We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government,
nor are we for this party nor against the other
but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom,
that these may be exalted in our nation,
and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with God,
and with one another, that these things may abound.

Edward Burroughs, 1659 – from ‘Quaker Faith and Practice’

England, in effect is insular. She is maritime. She is linked through her trade, her markets, her supply lines to the most distant countries. She pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities and only slightly agricultural ones. She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and traditions. In short England’s nature, England’s structure, England’s very situation differs profoundly from those of the Continentals.

These words were uttered by President Charles De Gaulle when he vetoed our application to join the Common Market in January 1963. He knew us well as he had served in Britain with the Free French during the second world war.

To achieve “One World Government” it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, their loyalty to family traditions and national identification

Brock Chisholm when director of the UN World Health Organisation

All forms of governments destroy themselves,by carrying their basic principles to excess. Democracies become too free in politics, in economics, in morals – even in literature and art, until at last even the dogs in our homes, rise up on their hind legs and demand their rights.

Disorder grows to such a point that society will then abandon all its liberty to anyone who can restore order.

Plato

Since the human race insists upon being completely crazy; Since everybody from the pope down to the humblest of village priests; From the richest of men, to the most miserableof paupers; From the fine lady in her silks and satins, down to the slut in her calico dressing-gown. Since the whole world has set its ‘GOD’ given brain, but insists upon letting itself be entirely guided by its greed, its vanity, its arrogance and its ignorance.

Why in the name of a reasonable Deity should the few truly intelligent people waste so much of their time and effort in trying to change the human race into something it never wanted to be. Let them be happy in their follies. Do not deprive them of that which gives them more satisfaction than anything else! Their sovereign power to make utter fools of themselves!

In praise of folly ’ written in 1507 by Erasmus

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a gazelle or a lion.
When the sun comes up – you’d better be running!

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai.

Beware the toes you tread on today are not attached to the leg that supports the arse you are going to kiss tomorrow

Anonymous

Our doubts are traitors
and make us lose the good
we oft might win
by fearing to attempt

William Shakespeare – Measure for Measure, Act 1 Scene V.

We trained hard …..
but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising: and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.

Petronius Arbiter – (Titus Petronius Niger) 40AD

Cricket explained:-
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in goes out and when he’s out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out. When both sides have been in and out, including the not outs — that’s the end of the game

Anonymous

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

Talk is cheap…except when Parliament does it.

Anonymous

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

Ronald Reagan

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ronald Reagan (1986)

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

Mark Twain

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

Sir Winston Churchill

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

“No longer is European AnonymousLaw an incoming tide flowing up the estuaries of England. It is now like a tidal wave bringing down our sea walls and flowing inland over our fields and houses – to the dismay of all.”

The late Lord Denning

“It is the old, old worry: will the British people perceive in time what is happening to them and where they are being taken? If they do, I am not afraid for the outcome. But will they?

Enoch Powell on the eve of the 1975 Europe Referendum:

And how can we take the EU seriously when all Jacques Chirac could say to the Brussels Press Corps in Spring 1998 when announcing a ‘successful outcome’ to negotiations over the presidency of the European Central Bank – ‘Please don’t laugh…”

Jacques Chirac 1998

Heath said: ‘There is no question of any erosion of essential national sovereignty” And, when interviewed on BBC a while ago (1998) his exact words to the question “Did you know, when you took us into the Common Market, that it would lead to Federalism?” were: “Of course I bloody did!” What absolute and total arrogance – and this man was once a Prime Minister. How dare he do this to us!

Edward Heath, during the 1975 Common Market Referendum

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

Thomas Jefferson

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

Joseph Conrad 1857-1924, British Novelist

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.

Allan Massie

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.

Jean De La BruyFre 1645-1696, French Writer

“There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper and the people who consider price alone are this man’s lawful prey.”

This is the essence of his quote – several slightly different versions are listed.

John Ruskin 1819-1900

My Aunt Maud always said :
Whatever you do in life, always go in at the top
There is plenty of room at the bottom but very little at the top.
It’s much easier to work your way down, than to work your way up!

Extract from “Champagne Exercises by Joan Oliphant-Fraser

There’s a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.

John Erskine

Five questions to ask yourself every morning

  • What is great in my life?
  • What could be great if I wanted to feel great about it?
  • What’s not perfect about it yet?
  • What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?
  • What new thing could I do in my life to create more fun out of it?

Anthony Robbins

Only the Bransons and Sugars of this world know this!
Until one is committed there is hesitancy (and) ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative ‘there is one elementary truth’ that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. The whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Goethe

Corporate Management?
There are few situations in life that cannot be resolved promptly, and to the satisfaction of all concerned,

  • by either suicide
  • a bag of gold
  • or thrusting a despised antagonist over a precipice on a dark night.

Ernest Bramah (Kai Lung stories)

Persistence:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence!
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Anonymous

Excellence
Excellence can be obtained if you…..

  • Care more than others think is wise
  • Riisk more than others think is safe
  • Dream more than others think is practical
  • Expect more than others think is possible

Anonymous

Consult. To seek another’s approval of a course already decided on.

Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914, American Author

The Credit Belongs
The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who are the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who know at the worst, if they fail, fail whilst daring greatly, their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.

Sir Francis Bacon

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out

Walter Winchell

England, in effect is insular. She is maritime. She is linked through her trade, her markets, her supply lines to the most distant countries. She pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities and only slightly agricultural ones. She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and traditions. In short England’s nature, England’s structure, England’s very situation differs profoundly from those of the Continentals.

These words were uttered by President Charles De Gaulle when he vetoed our application to join the Common Market in January 1963. He knew us well as he had served in Britain with the Free French during the second world war.

All forms of governments destroy themselves,by carrying their basic principles to excess. Democracies become too free in politics, in economics, in morals – even in literature and art, until at last even the dogs in our homes, rise up on their hind legs and demand their rights. Disorder grows to such a point that society will then abandon all its liberty to anyone who ca restore order.

Plato

To achieve “One World Government” it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, their loyalty to family traditions and national identification

Brock Chisholm when director of the UN World Health Organisation

Since the human race insists upon being completely crazy; Since everybody from the pope down to the humblest of village priests; From the richest of men, to the most miserableof paupers; From the fine lady in her silks and satins, down to the slut in her calico dressing-gown. Since the whole world has set its ‘GOD’ given brain, but insists upon letting itself be entirely guided by its greed, its vanity, its arrogance and its ignorance.

Why in the name of a reasonable Deity should the few truly intelligent people waste so much of their time and effort in trying to change the human race into something it never wanted to be. Let them be happy in their follies. Do not deprive them of that which gives them more satisfaction than anything else! Their sovereign power to make utter fools of themselves!

In praise of folly ’ written in 1507 by Erasmus

Beware the toes you tread on today are not attached to the leg that supports the arse you are going to kiss tomorrow

Anonymous

Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914, American Author

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

Sir Francis Bacon

The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation.

Anonymous

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 – 1948)

Respect yourself and others will respect you. This is also true – Love yourself before you are able to love others.

Confucius Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; and y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

Albert Einstein, US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955) Observer, Jan. 15, 1950

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