Random Thoughts

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!

Hunter S Thompson.

It will be alright in the end. If it's not alright it's not the end!

from the film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".

Nothing you love is lost.
Not really.
Things-people, they always go away sooner or later.
You cant hold them any longer than you can hold the moonlight
But if they've touched you, if they're still inside you, then they're still yours.
The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart.

There are three kinds of people in this world
Those that make things happen
Those that watch things happen
And those that wonder what happened

Dream as if you'll live forever.
Live as if you'll die today.
James Dean

And I found out a long time ago
what a woman can do to your soul
Ah, but she can't take you anyway
You don't already know how to go

Peaceful easy feeling

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."

Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap ot all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

If a fool calls you an idiot do you take it as a compliment?

Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, an hour, a day or a year but eventually it will subside. If I quit, however, the pain will last forever
Lance Armstrong

'listen to everything I say, but do not look at me too closely, I am still working on this stuff myself.
Zig Zigler

Dont ride In front of me, I may not follow.
Dont ride behind me, I may not lead.
Just ride beside me, and be my Brother.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

"A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist. Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude."
Rick English

"The more you sweat in training,
the less you will bleed in battle."

Navy Seals Motto

"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class."
Hong Hi Choi, Founder of Taekwon-Do

"Knowing others is intelligence; Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; Mastering yourself is true power."


"The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily,
but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer."

At the gate of the garden some stand and look within, but do not care to enter.
Others step inside, behold its beauty, but do not penetrate far.

Still others encircle this garden inhaling the fragrance of the flowers,
having enjoyed its full beauty, pass out again, by the same gate.

But there are always some who enter and becoming intoxicated with the splendor of what they behold,
remain for life to tend the garden.

Abdul Baha

A teacher is never a giver of truth - he or she is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.  A good teacher is merely a catalyst.

Bruce Lee

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This it to have succeeded.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson


Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.

Alice M. Swaim

To ask is a moments shame, not to ask, and remain ignorant, is a lifelong shame.

There are no short cuts to any place worth going.

Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up.

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. - Chinese Proverb 

The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants.
- Gichin Funakoshi 

To follow the path:
    look to the master,
    follow the master,
    walk with the master,
    see through the master,
    become the master.

- modern zen poem

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. 
- Seneca 

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.
- Babe Ruth