Nelson Mandela Quotes And Inspirational Words To Live By

Did you know that some of the most famous quotes and words by Nelson Mandela are written about children? People loved Nelson Mandela so much they gave him the nickname “Tata,” which means father, as a tribute to his ever-growing generosity and love for his nation, especially for the kids. Some of the most inspirational Nelson Mandela quotes were dedicated to young people. He tried to educate them, to guide them to the right path of life, and to show them how to become better people.

The former President of South Africa always referred to children as the “great treasure” in life. In one of his letters, he wrote, “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” Nelson Mandela was conscious of the world we live in, a world where children are exploited, used to fight wars, and used as free workers in factories where they spend days and nights – no light at the end of the tunnel is seen by them. They are tortured instead of having happy and carefree childhood: playing in the park with friends, joking with classmates during a long walk home from school, or simply being a kid.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s leadership is unquestioned, as he held the view that you can judge a nation by the way it treats the youth. This just means that he believed that children are true representative of our society. They are innocent, careless, and free, and they should stay like that and enjoy it as much as possible without worrying, because that is what real childhood should be like. They should not be forced to grow up too soon, and to deal with things that are not meant for their age and that they cannot even begin to understand.

Nelson Mandela quotes are light in the dark; they should be guidelines, used to demonstrate and move the people into making a change. They should wake us, shake us, and stop us from decades of being in a state of hibernation and constantly turning to the other side not willing to see the real problem. Apartheid has ended and peace and freedom is well within the reach of any of the children Mandela’s spiritual messages were meant for.

We should never forget the wise words spoken by the Peace Prize winner, or even worse, let them hang in the air. His words should educate us, make us better people, and point to us that we can make a difference that we should not wait for someone else to do something that has to be done right now – it is our choice, and we have to make it ourselves. The famous quote by William Ernest Henley, and recited in the movie Invictus, best sums up the importance of Nelson Mandela quotes: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

Awe-Inspiring Life Quotes – Words That Will Touch Your Heart

Inspirational words from the peoples like Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Winstin Churchill and many more are, indeed, magical. These words have that special ability to strike a chord deep within you and makes you question lot of things about life. They make you question if are you satisfied with the kind of life you are living? They make you question about what is the essence of your life and they make you question where are you going in your life?

You must ask yourself above questions to know who you are? That’s true most of us don’t know who we are. Our whole is passed by and we don’t get to know our authentic self, our true self. Asking above question to yourself is necessary in order to come to terms with life, tap your inner vast resources and to catapult yourself from intention to implementation. In doing so, you begin to function at much higher levels than the average person.

The following gems of wisdom – laden with knowledge, experience and insights – will touch your heart and show you the brilliant new way of living.

“It is not length of life, but depth of life”. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson got a point, doesn’t he? It doesn’t matter how long we live or how short we live but the thing that matters is what kind of life we are living. Quality always wins over quantity.

“Life your life as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the those peoples who have influenced my life deeply. I inspired deeply with the way he lives his life. Despite of being born in very conservative family in Gujarat, he’s managed to get educated in LAW at University college in London. He has devoted his entire life to the freedom of India. He was a success on attaining freedom from British government. And he was a success in life, too.

And, as Mahatma Gandhi puts in, Life every moment to your heart’s content and make learning your lifetime pursuit.

The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure.” Unknown Author

Efforts are necessary to succeed in life. Make it your hobby, not a chore, to make efforts every-day towards obtaining every thing your life is meant to obtain. Even if you only mail one letter or collect one piece of information, be sure to make some efforts everyday.

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Get the ball rolling, get started, get going to get it finished.

“Feeling grateful or appreciative for someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. Northrup Christlane

Stop being sulky and grouchy. Be grateful for whatever you’ve achieved in life so far, for it automatically attracts more of what you are being grateful for. That’s the law of nature.

And with that, I shall thank you for stopping by and reading these Inspirational Life Quotes, And wish you well to enjoy this ecstatic journey of life.

Gracian and Gordon’s Books: A Compilation of Quotes

Quotes offer readers good tidings. They help create new thoughts and a happy profound life. Quotes are like sets of standards, plans, and vision for a successful life. They are like a set of good teachers and a council of wise men around us. They bequeath profound opinions, workable procedures, and a spark of prudent leadership qualities.

From all walks of life -wise men and women, philosophers, educators, writers, saints, presidents, heroes, leaders and ordinary workers, drop us a life and example worth remembering. They become to us a living stream of hope and challenge.

1. “The Art of Wordly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian” weaves a set of oracles. It is written three hundred years ago by the Jesuit scholar.

It is translated by Christopher Maurer. Christopher Maurer is the editor and translator of the works of poet Lorca.

2. “The Quotable Writer,” is another book of quotes. It is, however, a compilation from several other authors. It is published by McGraw-Hill Books. William A. Gordon is the editor.

These two books are reader friendly. The texts come beating with the day to day affairs of life. They can be easily memorized because they suggest rich thoughts and revelations.

With regard to the writing quotes; the quotes could apply to aspiring or professional writers. They spark writing prompts and exciting reflections.

The “Maxims and Reflections” of La Rochefoucauld are similar to Gracian’s. It was noted that La Rochefoucauld learned from it from the salon of his friend Mme. De Sable. The Oracle has been spoken in many tongues.

Today, a lot of books come out like the compilation, list, anthology, among others. These are done to preserve history and literature. As long as the the author or writer is annotated, the work is acceptable.

Authors and editors try to explore and create new forms of reading materials to cater to the readers. Moreover, they’re compiled to make it easy for the students and busy professionals to do research work and updates. Quote books are very popular today, even online. The messages the quotes give are short and profound, so they are used from time to time. But please, don’t forget to mention the writer/author and respect the copyright laws.

Finally, as to a quote the world needs today: Gracian’s quote about discipline “Always behave as though others were watching.”

Many quotes about life tell about life deeply. If we study each quote closely, most of them speak about love, discipline, and success; each written by the writers to push forward a person’s quest for meaning, light and progress of the human race.

A Lesson About Learning

One of my favourite quotes about learning:

“In times of change the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
Eric Hoffer.

So true and so relevant for those old arrogant, ignorant dinosaurs who stopped actively learning twenty years ago because they already know everything. The day we stop learning is the day we start going backwards.

It’s been said many times that we live in the information age and without doubt, we do. The Internet has made sure of that. If you want access to information about pretty much anything, then it’s only a search engine click away. The virtual classroom of 2008 is bigger than ever and allows us to learn like never before.

Or does it?

Surely more information equals more learning right?

Well you might think so but the answer is, not necessarily. In fact, not often. Curiously, some of us seem pretty determined to not learn – just take a look around at what’s going on in our very educated, clever world at the moment. Or maybe even take a peek in the mirror.

If you’re a regular to this site or sites like this, then there’s a fair chance that you’re all about self improvement; creating a new and improved version of you. A better life and a better you. The question you need to ask yourself is:

“Am I genuinely learning (changing, adapting, improving, doing different, creating different outcomes) or am I merely exposing myself to more and more information that I typically don’t use?”

Learning equals Change

If the most desirable consequence of learning is positive change (I’m talking about learning in relation to personal growth here), then it would seem that many of us have learned nothing for a long time. We have read lots, heard lots, watched lots and learned nothing. Could it be that many of us read self-help books, trawl websites such as this one, attend seminars, listen to CDs, watch DVDs and then do nothing with the acquired (and often, paid for) information? Could we be people who don’t actually learn much at all? If results are a reflection of what we’ve learned, then some of us definitely need to polish up our ‘learning skills’.

“But Craig, I read and study, I attend workshops, I do courses and I even put your articles up on my fridge.” Well that’s nice, but do you consistently and diligently apply that information and create different results in your life? Hello? Are you there?

Too much info, too little learning

Does reading self-help stuff (books, websites, magazines, journals), hearing (motivators, preachers, teachers, CDs), watching (DVDs, Webinars) and attending (classes, workshops, seminars, university) necessarily translate to learning? No. Sometimes it just translates to… reading, hearing, watching and attending. Does sitting in countless workshops, courses and programs year in, year out, necessarily equate to personal growth? No. Sometimes it just equates to more personal debt. After all, personal development can be expensive. We all know people who consume self-help material voraciously but rarely learn anything. Their life reality never seems to change and neither do they. Sometimes we are those people.

You, only better.

So when it comes to creating the new and improved version of you (you, only better), what is genuine learning about?

It’s about having a new understanding, perspective and mindset. It’s about changing, evolving, growing, adapting and creating better outcomes. It’s about doing different to create different. It’s about reading, hearing, watching and then applying! Doing something with that information to create positive change. It’s about taking the theory and making it a reality in your life.

It’s in the doing that we learn.

Memorising a whole bunch of stuff ain’t learning; that’s memorising. A nice party trick but ain’t gonna change your reality for the better. Some people recite motivational crap all day, but they don’t actually live it. Therefore, they haven’t learned. They are not students, they are self-help parrots. Like a teeny weeny Anthony Robbins without the money. Or the height. Or teeth.

Stop it Craig.
Sorry.

So why do we visit sites like this?

Well mostly, we come here because in some way, we want more than we have right now; more health, more happiness, more wealth, more joy, more satisfaction, more fun, more peace, more excitement and more hope. That’s a no-brainer. On a certain level we are all the same in terms of our desire for ‘more’. When we understand that the real indicator of learning is change, then we can quickly establish whether or not we’re learning. If the result of your reading, hearing, watching, researching and attending is that you are changing your behaviours and habits and therefore creating better results in your life, then you’re learning.

If you’re not, then you need to learn to learn.
Properly.

Students of convenience

It’s been said (okay, I said it) that we are often students of convenience – we’ll learn what we want to learn; what doesn’t challenge us too much, what doesn’t make us uncomfortable and what doesn’t inconvenience us. Many people don’t learn (as well or as often as they could), not because they can’t but because (on some level) they don’t want it enough. Learning is often a painful, messy, time-consuming, impractical, exhausting and inconvenient process – and we all hate being inconvenienced. Too often we’re pleasure junkies and the truth is that some lessons simply are neither fun or easy. We say that we want to learn but when we’re totally honest about it, so often we’re simply going through the motions.

Simulated learning; looks like learning, but isn’t.

When I give a corporate presentation I can usually spot the non-learners before I open my mouth. They generally have their arms crossed (defensive body language) and an ‘I-don’t-want to-be-here’ look on their face. For some reason best known to them, they have decided that they can’t learn anything from me. And they don’t. Funny that. It doesn’t matter what’s about to come out of my mouth, they have made a decision (consciously or not) to not learn anything from me.

If you’re in a seminar, workshop or some other learning situation and the majority of the people are learning something and you’re not, then there’s a few possibilities:

1. You’re a genius and you know it all.

2. You’re not an auditory learner (see definitions below).

3. You don’t really want to learn.

4. You’re getting in your own way. Again.

5. You don’t want to be wrong or embarrassed.

6. You don’t apply what you hear.

7. You don’t want to have to re-wire your thinking or disturb your current ‘program’.

8. You don’t want someone to teach you something which challenges your current beliefs (this is very common).

9. You’re not prepared to get uncomfortable or deal with the ‘inconvenience’ of it all.

The difference between people who genuinely want to learn and people who don’t:

1. The questions they ask – people who want to learn ask genuine questions, people who don’t, make statements or say nothing. People who want to learn are almost child-like; excited, open-minded, ready.

2. Their body language – arms crossed, body angled away from the speaker, disinterested facial expressions, constantly looking around the room… probably not interested in learning.

3. Their attitude – you can discern someone’s attitude without talking to them. The guy who’s constantly talking through the presentation for example. Some people’s bad attitude gets in the way of their natural ability. They sabotage their own potential with their stinkin’ thinkin’.

4. Then there’s the person who is more concerned with demonstrating to the rest of the room how intelligent, hilarious and amusing they are – as opposed to being interested in learning something.

5. Their participation or lack there of – head nodding, volunteering for activities, overall enthusiasm.

What’s really interesting is that even with this post (article), some people who desperately need to hear (and apply) this message – it’s like it was written just for them – will still decide to do nothing with the information. Even though they claim they’re all about personal growth and wanting to change their life. Of course they will rationalise, justify and explain it to themselves (so they feel good about doing nothing) and then they will find a way to remain a simulated learner. Sad really. And such a waste of potential.
And time.

Learning styles

Before I finish this rather lengthy (what’s new?) monologue, a quick overview of different learning styles… We all learn in different ways and in order for us to be able to maximise our potential it’s imperative that we understand what learning style works best for us individually. Many intelligent, creative, gifted kids have been marginalised, victimised and handicapped over the years because the one-dimensional educational system they inhabit does not seem to understand that not all children learn the same way or should be taught the same way. For example, in most traditional educational systems, kinesthetic learners are at a distinct disadvantage.

Visual Learners

They learn through seeing stuff. These learners need to see the teacher’s body language and facial expression to fully understand the content of a lesson. They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g. people’s heads). They may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flip charts and hand-outs. During a lecture or classroom discussion, visual learners often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the information.

Auditory Learners

They learn through listening. They learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances. Written information may have little meaning until it is heard. These learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.

Kinesthetic Learners.

They learn through, moving, doing and touching. Kinesthetic people learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around them. They may find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration. *Ref: LdPride.net

So, imagine what happens when we take that kid who’s a kinesthetic learner and put him in a learning environment which has been created for visual and auditory learners. He soon ‘learns’ that he’s stupid.

We’re going to explore more on learning styles over the coming weeks.

I’ll leave you with another one of my favourite quotes:

“We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.” Max Depree

Enjoy your day.

Progressive Insurance Quotes – A Review of Progressive Insurance Quotes and Rates

Progressive Insurance covers everything from the family car to the spiffy new boat. They cover truck drivers, motorcyclists, even pets. It’s no wonder that they are among the leaders in the automotive insurance industries. Finding the right insurance for you can be a hassle but if Progressive is one of the insurance company you want to check out, then all it takes is a trip to their site.

Within minutes of arriving at Progressive’s site, you can have a quote from them as well as some of the top competitors in their fields. They claim that they compare their rate and similar coverage rates of the other guys for you, so that you can make an educated decision. But getting a comparison quote from other companies isn’t all you need to consider the big picture.

Like all large purchases you need to see what the consumer thinks about Progressive Insurance quotes. Checking with a car insurance review site can give you that much needed insight into how they really treat their customers. Quotes aren’t the only thing you need to get you covered and covered best for less. These all important Progressive Insurance quote reviews from actual customer will let you in on not only their customer service experience, but on how their rates are affected by tickets, accidents, age. These sites can also let you in on how the company handles claims. There is nothing worse than being in an accident and then getting the run around with an auto adjuster just so you can get your car repaired. Review sites can let you in on how well they work.

Getting a quote is only part of the story. If you don’t check out the Progressive Insurance quote reviews then you can’t be sure of the kind of service you will receive. If customers say so isn’t enough then check with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB has a listing of all their associated members’ ratings. The BBB can give you real information on how the company handles their business. The Better Business Bureau gives Progressive Insurance quote reviews a central home for consumers educate consumers.

Progressive can be your best choice for insurance. Just make sure that you do all of your research in order to get the best deal possible.