Education

In ancient times, there lived a learned man. One day, he noticed that his shoes were worn out. The minute he returned home, he immediately surrounded himself with the books of the wise men he admired and began searching an answer to the question: what should a man do when his shoes have become tattered? … Read more

An old man died and left everything he had to his three sons. The oldest one got the house, the middle one – the cow, and the youngest one – an axe and gloves. The oldest son settled in the house, the middle one – started trading milk, and the youngest one – started earning … Read more

One day a preacher entered a sermon hall to address his believers. But, this time, the room was empty, except for a young stable boy who was sitting in the front row. – Do you want me to speak for you alone or just skip today’s sermon? – Sir, I’m a simple person and I … Read more

In ancient times, there lived a man called Zhu. He heard that there was an old hunter called Ma Tan who knew how to kill dragons. So, Zhu went to him and asked to teach him how to kill dragons. – It’s a difficult art – replied Ma Tan. – Are you ready to study … Read more

One day a farmer’s tractor stopped working. His attempts to repair the tractor were not successful. So, he finally called a specialist. The specialist examined the tractor, lifted the hood and checked everything carefully. Then he took a hammer, hit the motor once and – suddenly – it started working. The motor began to hum, … Read more

One rooster rummaged in a pile of garbage from morning till night. – What are you looking for, rooster? – the other ones asked him. – A grain of corn – answered the Rooster. – But there are corn grains scattered all over the ground! – Ha! On the ground, even a fool can find … Read more

I. The Young Man Without a Purpose… Some time ago, a desperate young man headed towards a distant monastery to find a purpose in life. When he arrived, he explained to an elder monk: “I can find no pleasure in life. I am incapable of focusing. Everything bores me and I am easily tempted. Is … Read more

I. Confucius and the Power of Dreams It is often said that, in his later years, the great Chinese sage Confucius developed a habit of taking a short nap in moments of anxiety. Seconds after waking up, he would gather his pupils once again and share with them a resolution of profound wisdom. One time, … Read more

It was a quiet night when the prayers of a Buddhist monk, famous for always telling the truth, were disturbed by the rustling of leaves in his front yard. Few moments later, a thief rushed into his room with a knife in his hand, asking for the monk’s money. “But, why would you interrupt me … 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

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

Here is a quote toast can be used to wish for passion in learning, or meaning in work, or finding a personal life purpose. It can also be used as a compliment to a person who has a fulfilling career or business. Or, as a New Years toast to wish everyone a purposeful and meaningful … Read more

Benjamin Franklin used to say… “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I’ll spend the first four sharpening my axe.” Franklin’s words remind me of you. For as long as I’ve known you, you have always sharpened yourself before executing any task. And your efforts show. You are a dedicated student of life. … 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.

You know that in physics – getting an object at rest to begin moving requires far more energy than it does to keep it moving. Think of a rocket for a second. 90 percent of the power is used in the first several moments, to get the rocket into the air. The other 10 percent … Read more

Four-time Super Bowl winner Chuck Noll said, “Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.” Of course this is true in all aspects of life, not just in sports. You need to fill many roles in life, – a son or a daughter, a … Read more

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ? Student : Yes, sir. Professor: So, you believe in GOD ? Student : Absolutely, sir. Professor : Is GOD good ? Student : Sure. Professor: Is GOD all powerful ? Student : Yes. Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD … Read more

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