as played out between the ears

"Do not take life too seriously. You will not get out of it alive."

- Elbert Hubbard

"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

- Stephen Hawking,
The Science of Second-Guessing (NYTM interview)

"Unless you're foolish enough to be continually excited, you won't have the motivation, you won't have the energy to carry it through."

- Martin Hellman,
in The Code Book by Simon Singh

"The three laws of thermodynamics in their simplest form, are (1) you can't win (2) you can't break even, and (3) you can't get out of the game."

- Wil McCarthy,
Hacking Matter

"If you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time, don't drag your feet."

- A P J Abdul Kalam

"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

- Dr. Maya Angelou

"Good. And let's also say that change is neither good nor bad, it simply is."

- Don Draper,
Mad Men (#3.2)

"Don't recognize failure. Then there is no failing."

- Johnny Matthews,


with family, friends, strangers, and interactions with them

"All I know is, you only make a once in a lifetime buddy... once in a lifetime."

- Stymie,
The Little Rascals

"It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go."

- Bertrand Russell

"I bring this up because it is interesting that human relationships, if there is an independent way of judging truth, can become unargumentative."

- Richard Feynman,
The Meaning of It All

"Love + Time - Distance = Hate."

- Louis CK,
Louis C.K. 2017


including the known, unknown and knowing what is unknown

"विज्ञान प्रचिति, गुरू प्रचिति, आत्म प्रचिति"
translation: understand the science, learn from the teacher, assimilate for yourself.

- Anonymous

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Bruce Lee

"The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise."

- Preem Palver,
Foundation novels

"People are always assuming that everything that is going to be invented must have been invented already. But it hasn't."

- Thomas Friedman,
The World is Flat


faith, belief, or lack thereof... does it really matter?

"I don't object to the concept of a deity, but I'm baffled by the notion of one that takes attendance.

- Amy Farah Fowler,
Big Bang Theory (#3.23)

"If that is how you want to invoke your evidence of God, then God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

"It’s not something to say, “I don’t believe E = mc^2." You don’t have that option! When you have an established scientific emergent truth, it is true whether or not you believe in it."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson


because context is over-rated (at times!)

"It ain't time to worry yet.

- Atticus Finch,
To Kill A Mockingbird

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see."

- Teddy Winters,
White Collar (#6.5)

"The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

"गालियां आती हैं जो आप के लब को छूकर, उनकी खुशबू से हम मधहोश हुए जाते हैं |"
translation: the abuses that touch your lips along the way, their fragrance leaves us mesmerized.

- Omi
to Lallan Miya, Chashme Buddoor