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A man with a dog walked on a long and tiresome road. He walked for a long time and got very tired. The dog was tired too.  Suddenly in front of him he noticed an oasis! A beautiful gate – and behind the fence – music, flowers, the sound of a stream.  “What is this … Read more

A man decided to go on a long journey. Since he was an old man and had recently married a beautiful young woman, he was very worried that she would not remain faithful to him. So, he ordered a “belt of loyalty”, and, before leaving, he put it on his wife. The only problem was: … Read more

A certain sage brought a glass of living water to an emperor and said: – “If you drink this water – you will become immortal. If you don’t – you will eventually end up in the country of the dead. Just like everybody else.” The emperor thought a while about the offer, but couldn’t decide … Read more

Once upon a time, there lived one merchant. And like all merchants, he bought goods from one place, and travelled to sell them in another. From time to time, he would stop his caravan, and after resting a while, he would move on forward. But, once, after making few stops, he discovered that he had … Read more

A long time ago, in a kingdom far away, there lived two knights who befriended each other. The first one was smart, and the second one stupid. Nevertheless, they gave each other a promise of loyalty – that neither of them will leave the other in good times or in need, and that they will … Read more

The Fox and the Crane became friends. After a while, the Fox invited the Crane over for dinner. The Crane accepted the invitation and went to the Fox’s house. The Fox had some soup  prepared and served it on a flat plate. The Crane tried peck-peck-pecking on the plate, but couldn’t get anything in his … Read more

One cold winter day, a little bird was sitting frozen in the middle of the road. To make matters worse, a cow came along and, lifting its tail, slapped a pile of dung on the bird. But the dung warmed the little bird and brought it back to life. Delighted, the bird started to chirp … Read more

A believer once went to the Prophet and asked to see heaven and hell. The Prophet took his hand and led him to a palace. When they entered one room, he saw multitudes of people. In the middle of the room, there was a long table with a pot full of soup, spreading a pleasant … Read more

A small clay water jug stood on the stove. And in the corner of the room, a sick man lay on the bed. He was tormented by extreme thirst. “Just a sip, just a sip,” he groaned. But there was no one in the room. His pleas were so heartbreaking that the jug could not … Read more

A horse and a donkey were once coming from the market. The donkey was carrying heavy load on his back, and the horse was lightly running. Halfway down the road, the donkey felt tired and barely able to breathe. He asked the horse to take some of his load. But the horse would not listen. … Read more

One day, a samurai went to visit a fisherman who had borrowed money from him a while ago. “The time has come, my friend,” said the samurai, “to repay your debts.” “I’m sorry to disappoint you,” the fisherman replied, “but I do not have the money. I’m an honest man, but it’s been a very … Read more

Here is a short wish and toast about decision making: The Latin root of the word “decide” means “to kill or to cut” (similar to “homicide”, “suicide”, “genocide”.) So when we decide to do something new, without killing something old, we don’t make a decision at all. We make an addition. And making additions is a … Read more

Here is a famous quote that can be used to toast for a good day or a fun event: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.[by Bil Keane] You can add to this quote with one of the following: “Let’s raise a toast … Read more

tree of life quote toast

Here is a great quote from Michael Landon, which can be used to raise a toast to someone who is starting something new, or when someone is contemplating about making a life decision, be it in education, work, business or love. Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are … Read more

I do not wish you health or wealth, but luck. People who were on the Titanic were healthy and wealthy, but only a few were lucky.

A professor stood before his class with a few items on his desk. When the class began, he picked up a large and empty mayonnaise jar and began to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a … Read more

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