The Skimpy Layers of The Hunger Games


I admit it. I am going crazy trying to figure out the meaning associated with the anecdotes, symbols and colors in the simple book that I was carrying for weeks. I think I read it more than I should. It seems feeble and not worth the time consumed but I just had to figure it out.

Oh, for those who haven’t completed The Hunger Games trilogy, please feel free to divert to other post.

So I check several pages. One, a Biology-Character Analysis, another long explanation from A ll Girls Are Weird and from Hogwarts Professor who has some creepy ideas about the formulation of the trilogy. I might agree with some but the rest are just random speculations, like the Zombie Apocalypse (not offense. Those were good findings)

So I should start with the basics.

As mentioned by the writer, the trilogy was based from an Ancient Greek myth. The man responsible was Theseus and his battle with the Minotaur formed the base of the Hunger Games.

In one of the versions ‘When King Minos had heard of what befell his son, he ordered the Cretan fleet to set sail for Athens. Minos asked Aegeus for his son’s assassins, and if they were to be handed to him, the town would be spared. However, not knowing who the assassins were, King Aegeus surrendered the whole town to Minos’ mercy. His retribution was that, at the end of every Great Year (seven solar years), the seven most courageous youths and the seven most beautiful maidens were to board a boat and be sent as tribute to Crete, never to be seen again.’

The star of the book is a powerful character called Katniss Everdeen. The name was ridiculed by many but it seems natural when you realized that Katniss (an aquatic plant), also known as ‘sagittaria’ (which co-relates to the zodiac and constellation Sagittarius, the Archer) also known as ‘arrowhead’, a tuber of which the generic name means ‘belonging to an arrow’ indirectly explains why Katniss is an exceptional hunter, archer and has a strong affinity towards water.

Peeta Mellark is her accomplice, ally, friend and lover. In the book the name mentioned after Katniss’ best friend, Gale Hawthorne but his character and their relationship proved to be the most essential for the coming plot and the journey towards the end.

Gale, as the name suggested is in fact one of the forces of nature; strong wind. The character carries the same weight as the name suggested. Strong, unhinged and deadly. He is Katniss’ best friend. The harmony of the relationship disrupted when Katniss volunteered as one of the tributes in the 75th Hunger Games, alongside with another local acquaintance, Peeta Mellark.

Peeta, a son of the local baker is the youngest of 3 brothers. He was in the same class with Katniss and has been in love with her all his miserable life but never interacted until the fated day of The Reaping. They were of a different class where Katniss lives in the Seam, known as a place for poor family and coal miners wherelse Peeta, lives in town and belonged in the merchant class. The class also separated by facial characteristics (Blond, pale skin and blue eyes community is the rich merchant class and dark hair, grey eyes and olive skin being poor people from the Seam.) As the name suggested (pita bread), bread is the key for survival in District 12 where all the key characters live. The rest of the supporting characters are scattered all over Panem.

The name, Peeta (pita) coincides with the name of the country, Panem which is ‘bread’ in Latin.

Peeta, also coincide with Peter, derived from Latin, ‘Petra’ which gives the meaning rock, or stone. As described by Katniss, he’s rock solid and stable. He has great talent with art, words and compassionate.

It’s too much of a coincidence, isn’t it?

If we can take some time to notice subtle hints from the author, we might put more value to the mentioned book.

As the category ‘Young Adult Fiction’ might suggest, there would be some conflict and tug-of-love that will follow. Cheesy love story, as mentioned by a lot of people. I am suggesting that the love interests: Gale and Peeta are in reality 2 paths of which Katniss must choose to free Panem from the claws of Capitol. Some Tumblr posts surfaced with the same suggestions.


Take the relationship of Katniss and Gale for instance. It’s fueled by survival and trust. He is almost her soulmate in the beginning. They mirrored each other. But all they ever manage to plan was running away, twice (it didn’t happen though), which will not have any desired effect whatsoever in their past, present and future. While it’s completely the opposite with Peeta. Although she did not realize it, the relationship with Peeta was in direct defiance with the Capitol since he decided that his life purpose was to protect Katniss. When Katniss realize that she also doesn’t want to be a part of the Games, that’s it. After Rue’s death (the lullaby singing and flower tucking), Thresh refusing to kill her and the berries. That was all it took to set the motion in the districts. An uprising that later snowballed to a revolution.

We must not fail to understand that The Hunger Games has been the ultimate tool for the Capitol to arouse fear in the 12 Districts of Panem, to keep them under control. All of the tributes are expected to kill one another and the last one standing is the winner. So it is a slap in the face of the Gamemakers when their strategy to humiliate, torture and bully the children of the people who revolted against them in the Dark Days backfired. Refusing to   play the Games is a spark, accepted as a bold act of defiance against the Capitol nationwide and that is when the love triangle gets complicated.

Many wondered why the charater Rue died. Well she has to, and I tell you why. Let us start by considering Rue, the tribute we knew from district 11. Isn’t it a coincidence that rue is also a yellow flower, as evening primrose (referring to Primrose Everdeen)? Katniss mentioned that their similar characteristics and sometimes she confused of which one of the girls is her biggest priority. Dandelion, her hope and rebirth symbol is also a yellow flower. The flower that gave her the courage to survive, the day after receiving the gift of bread from Peeta (who is a blond – can we consider that yellow too?) Yellow is sunshine, warmth.

Also, rue is another word for a kind of herb, a magic plant of which Hermes gave to Odysseus. One of the magical properties listed was to cure blindness. As you might notice now, the author cleverly use the number three. 3 books, 3 chapters, Peeta’s heart stopped 3 times altogether, 3 ‘something’ stirring kisses with Peeta, etc. In Rue’s tragic case, she actually ‘cured’ Katniss’ blindness. She told her about the glasses that made her see in the darkness (for her to see her way in the Games), she told her that Peeta’s act was not for the camera (Katniss was not convinced, but it’s an advice to see her life as it is) and when Rue died (Katniss finally understood what Peeta said on the roof, she realized that Panem should not bow for the Capitol anymore and decided to do something to humiliate the Gamemakers.)

Although a lot of people has different opinion about the ending. Some feminist say Katniss could have ended up alone or with Gale but you just cannot ignore the littered hints by the author. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University and I believe that everything was put there intentionally.

I am not Team Katniss or Team Peeta or Team Gale or Team Seneca Crane’s Beard or Team Buttercup, just a simple reader trying to figure out the layers put by Ms. Collins.

Though Katniss is a practical, strong, impulsive, etc. We may add she is also lacking in reading social cues, manipulative, doesn’t trust people easily and doesn’t have the capability to make peace with herself with all the killing she did and witnessed, resulting in nightmares. She is quite an emotionally dependent person and in constant need of a human contact/touch. Personally I don’t think she could do it alone.

Katniss could not have ended with Gale because she is not the same person when she entered the arena. She changed but he remained the same vengeful person and paid the bitter price. They no longer share the same idea or values (towards the end) and he knew that he can never face Katniss after Prim’s death.

As for Peeta, she first started comparing most of his actions to her father’s. The way his protective arms stretched around her and she never felt safe since the death of her father, the way he catches her hands and kisses it like her father did to her mother and how Peeta made her realize that she stopped singing after her father was gone. He even helps with the family book. Although Gale and Katniss’ father shared the same hobby/job which is hunting, she never narrated anything that relates the two men. Just both their fathers died in the same blast, she just smiles when they both hunting in the wood and told Gale that she doesn’t want any children.

The book doesn’t mention if she told Peeta that she doesn’t want any children. She always knew that if anyone that could have been a parent, that would be Peeta, right after he told her that she would be a great mother. She even took the time to wonder about Peeta’s child in a world without the Games where the Capitol is gone playing in the Meadows listening to the song she sung to Rue’s death. All these happened years later.

It was quite obvious that she would not end up with anyone else but Peeta.

Lastly in the epilogue you should read that both children of Katniss and Peeta bear the resemblance of the parents. Cute. Note that Katniss’s father and mother came from different social class too and the two siblings (Katniss and Primrose) bear the noticeable trace of separate class while the children, of which both parents coming from the same separate class have mixed characteristics saying that by ending The Hunger Games and that includes the unjust system of tessarae, there is no longer separation between the Seam and Merchant class of District 12. Of course it could be genetics but I refuse to believe it is.

The latest discussion of Hogwarts Professor about Panem Saga can be found here (my reference above was written pre-Mockingjay). Credit to author himself.

More analysis can be found here and the one that I like most is from Rachel Schneider and Atrossbooks.


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Light in Their Eyes

I love watching the light in their eyes, the way their hands swirl and moved up and down, eyebrows raised and lowered, penetrating voice that haunts your soul.

Do it, they said.

I have a list of buts and maybes. Some crossed but some don’t. But I have a blank column of what ifs.

I am serious. I want to be like them. I want little lights in my little slit eyes.

I searched around; probably some friends could give me a clue or two. What would I need to acquire such pretty things?

Some say money. I have 10 figure income. When you have money, everything will be perfect.

Some say health. When you are healthy, everything would be possible.

Some say beauty. Cultivate your inner beauty and the radiance will shine through.

Some say love. When you love and be loved in return, there’s nothing you can’t reach.

Why can’t I start with a dream?

I always have them in abundance. They made me dance in the rain and sing in a silent dark caves.

Say if you have all the money, health and love in the world, what would you do? Rest contented after all the effort that you put through? Spend it all, save it or help others? Love and love until you can love no more? Travel the world in your own private jet?

After all has been said and done. What next?

What will you see in the mirror? Grace? Puppet? Will you still have that bright light in the corner of your iris?

I seek new dreams day and night. I believe dreaming is the gateway to create. Most people in the same profession is propelled with such curious momentum that they seemed to fly. Cooks, painters, tailors, singers, dancers, actors, sculptor, writers, and the list are endless. They have this manner of speaking that you cannot imitate.

Oh, and the eyes.

The lights are blinding.

Bukan Orang Suci

Dosa ini sayup tinggi puncaknya di awan biru. Setiap hari kukumpul dan kulurut dengan harapan beban ini akan kurang. Mungkin boleh mencium bau syurga bila mati nanti. Oleh itu aku bermain tarik tali dengan Tuhan setiap kali. Memohon dan meminta supaya ianya berkurang tetapi masih terus menabur benih lalang di laman sendiri.

Bijakkah orang ini?

Pokoknya manusia memang bukan suci. Aku tidak boleh menandingi orang lain. Ramai yang lebih baik daripada aku dan aku akur dengan kelemahan aku. Aku mahu berubah tapi mahuku itu lemah. Nafsunya besar berkali ganda memijak jemari kurus iman yang memegang cerun bukit bergantung dengan sisa nafasnya yang terakhir.

Aku bunuh dia berkali-kali tetapi dia tetap datang menghantui aku.

Katanya ini salah. Berubahlah menjadi orang yang lebih baik.

Paling lama tiga atau empat minggu. Selepas itu perempuan jalang itu kembali.

Tiada orang yang boleh selamatkan aku kali ini. Aku sebenarnya mahu Si Putera datang dan memelukku dan memberitahu yang semuanya akan baik-baik belaka, yang dia akan sentiasa berada di belakangku melindungi aku dari ditusuk duri, lembing atau nafas berapi naga Tasik Chini.

Tapi dia masih belum sampai. Bayangnya pun sama kelam seperti malam. Tiada tanda, tiada petunjuk, tiada langsung bunyi tapak kakinya.

Seorang diri. Takutnya.

Dua Tangan Ini

Sepuluh jari tangan ini tidak berhenti menari. Dari dulu kuperhatikan semuanya tidak boleh duduk diam. Ada saja yang mahu dipegang, disapu, diusap, digaru, digenggam, ditepuk, dicubit. Ada saja yang mahu diceritakan.

Tidak penatkah kamu semua bekerja untuk aku saban hari?

Mereka diam. Ini namanya kerja? Apa itu?

Kamu berbuat sesuatu untuk aku dengan arahan aku. Selalunya kerja mesti dibayar.

Apa bayaran kami?

Kamu semua mahu wang?

Untuk apa?

Kau boleh membeli apa sahaja; baju, rumah, makanan.

Kami tak perlu itu semua.

Kamu mahu aku hias semuanya cantik-cantik?

Tak mahu. Nanti kami tak mampu bekerja kerana sibuk mempertahankan kecantikan kami minggu demi minggu, melihat ke cermin dan tersenyum sendiri. Kami tahu warna-warni batu berkilau itu tidak lama. Kami tak perlukannya. Kami sudah cantik begini.

Kamu mahu aku belai kamu dengan semua krim, losen yang berjenama?

Tak mahu. Kerja kami berat. Jika terlalu lembut kami tak mampu memikul beban ini lagi. Biarkan kami begini.

Habis kamu semua mahu apa?

Kami mahu kau guna kami. Kerahlah tenaga kami. Paksa kami meramas hatimu yang parah biar lukanya melarat, biar tepu dengan dakwat-dakwat merah yang mengalir deras dan kami, laskar peribadimu akan melakar mimpi-mimpi ngeri di atas ruang putih ini biar jadi azimat untuk kamu nanti. Biarkanlah kau silap hari ini tetapi bangkitlah walaupun jatuh berkali-kali.

Rude Noise

There is a wedding four blocks from my apartment. I saw the tent, the people and the cars.


I remember thinking that I haven’t been to any wedding this year, at least not yet. Most of my friends are in their second or third baby phase so no, no longer invitations set for weddings. I had two invitations from old friends (but they hardly say hi to me in real life so I assume it’s just a circular saying that I’m taken) and I don’t really put that much effort in going.

I was dwelling in the idea of my colorful candy-lollypop-marshmallow themed wedding (I don’t really care what is my husband’s opinion in this. He’s just an accessory) until I heard the noise.

I am a person not used to a wedding accompanied by authorized public singing. Coming from the north, we have a kind of wedding you consider boring. No riots, no party, just collective relief from the parents and the society (Finally, she’s not my responsible anymore. I am passing the baton to the husband) Generally it’s nothing much of a big affair, just the solemnization ceremony and the affair of eating from noon till midnight.

That’s about it. Pure tranquility.

I have been to several weddings that challenge New Year’s Eve at Times Square, the normal ones that tried to associate with at least one of all the traditional dances of major ethnic groups in Malaysia, martial art performance, drum solo, firecrackers, having the brides and bridegroom carried around on embellished chair, classic vintage cars or bullock carts around town, elaborated dais and costumes, etc. I have seen it all. They have this essence of fulfillment and happiness and you feel happy that you were there to witness it all.

Maybe Soulmates do exist. What a revelation to discover that this person you knew is your last piece of puzzle and she/he fits!

That must be one of the most significant moment that defies your life, isn’t it?

Keeping true to the spirit of happiness I found none of the above written during the last 48 hours of the wedding nearby. One reason I might state is the amount of noise they made. There were hundreds of people singing their lungs out from tunes I barely recognized from 10 AM to 11 PM for 2 whole days straight.

It’s karaoke time for the whole family. Free.

I did not understand why does a ceremony like this should be contaminated with such noise. Even the rain knows her limit and stopped. This is practically rude. Does everyone else find this acceptable? This is not the only wedding with karaoke and sound system on all day. I daresay most of the weddings in central and south of Malaysia always include karaoke sessions. What does this sessions represent? Joy? Harmony? Happiness? Is it o.k to belt your heart out (out of sync) to the latest songs at other people’s wedding? Does that make it a better wedding? Is that a sign of respect?

I really don’t get it.

I don’t want to mention the kind of songs that they kept on track list, what year it was released or the genre of each song ranging from 50s to now or if the random singer has the ability to actually sing it like a normal person instead of croaking and causing heavy flood or if the duets are appropriate, harmonious and balanced, not screeching like nails on blackboard or how the bass speaker rivaling the mosque’s calling by chanting together.

Enough said that I was traumatized.

If you happen to be at my wedding and you saw all the signs pointing to a karaoke session, please slap me hard on the face, without mercy. Don’t bother everybody else looking. Save me. I might be on strong dose of hypnosis or commercial drug or lost a vital part of my memory.

I am writing this without any influence of anything mentioned above.

Collection of Words III

1) We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.

[Hegel, 1832]

2) Men for the sake of getting a living, forget to live.

[Margaret Fuller, 1810-1850]

3) There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.

[T. H. Huxley]

4) You will make all kinds of mistakes but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.

[Sir Winston Churchill]

5) If you want to win anything – a race, yourself, your life – you have to go a little berserk!

[George Sheehan]

6) You are beaten to earth?

Well, well what’s that?

Come up with a smiling face,

It’s nothing against you

to fall down flat

But to lie there – that’s a disgrace.

[Edmund Cooke]

7) There are 2 things to aim in life: First to get what you want and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieves the second.

[Logan Pearsall Smith]

8) Don’t play for safety – it’s the most dangerous thing in the world.

[Hugh Walpole]

9) Have no fear for perfection – You’ll never reach it.

[Salvador Dalí]

10) It’s easy enough to be pleasant when life flows like a song,

but the one worthwhile is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong,

For the test of the heart is trouble and it always comes with the years,

And the smile that is worth all the praises of the Earth is the smile that shines through the tears.

11) There are 4 things which never come back again once they are gone; 1- the words said out, 2- the arrows shot, 3- the time past and 4- an opportunity lost.

12) We wear the mask that grins and lies

It shades our cheeks and shades our eyes

This debt we pay to human guile

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile.

13) Go the extra miles. It’s never crowded.

14) I have learned grace from the rivers,

Poise from the cliffs and peaks;

I have learned always to listen

for wisdom when beauty speaks.

15) There is no thrill in easy sailing where the skies are clear and blue,

There is no joy in merely doing things that anyone can do,

But there’s something that’s called satisfaction that is damned mighty sweet to take,

When you reach a destination that you thought you’d never make.


16) In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me invisible summer.

[Albert Camus]

17) Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more;

Talk less, say more; hate less, love more;

and all good things are yours.

18) For everything you have MISSED, you have GAINED something else.

[Ralph Waldo Emerson]

19) Unless you try to do something beyond what you already mastered, you will never grow.

[Ronald E. Osborn]

20) What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

[Ellen Burstyn]

21) You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.

[Wayne Dyer]

22) You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.

[Brian Tracy]

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

[Louis L’Amour]

24) Do or do not. There is no try.


25) Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

26) How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.

[Wilhelm von Humboldt]

27) For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it,

For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it,

For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.

[Ivan Panin]


Wonder to me, is a good place to be

It helps to to think, it helps you to see

Life’s full of twists and turns will abound

But wonder and insights can guide you around

Explore what you may and fill up your mind

And hold in your heart the mysteries you find

Wonder is the saying you yearn

And making a choice in which way you turn

The best path you take will always be right

Cause if you wrong, you can make it right

Each new step you take when you listen and hear

Will give you more courage and freedom from fear

So wonder my love, rid-off your doubt

And you will rejoice with how you turn out

And though you may fall and struggle too

Know that I’ll be there and will always love you

[edited from Jill Thieme’s poem to her daughter]


Do you reach beyond to touch the sky, or lag behind afraid to try?

Do you reach beyond to learn anew, or hesitate – the same old you?

Do you reach beyond to test your limit, or do you tell yourself I am timid?

Do you reach beyond to lead the pack, or do you waste time looking back?

Do you reach beyond and strive to find, better ways to stretch your mind?

Do you reach beyond to care and share, and help some others do and dare?

Do you reach beyond, expect the best, or have you given up the quest?

Do you reach beyond and claim your space, here and now, this time, this place?

Do you reach beyond and try to soar, or sadly, play it safe once more?





Collection of Words II

1) Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until it reaches its destination.

2) To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

[Freya Stark]

3) All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler in unaware.

[Martin Buber]

4) When one door of happiness closes, another opens but often we took so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

[Helen Keller]

5) Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you thought could never be yours.

[Audrey Hepburn]

6) Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.

[Dale Carnegie]

7) A wish changes nothing. A decision changes everything.

8) A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

[Bob Dylan]

9) Stories, if they become alive in the mind of the listener, wrap themselves around the journey like arms and legs, holding the traveler within their embrace, carrying her along.

[Irene Guilford]

10) Most of us have dreamed, if just for a moment of chucking life’s encrumbrances and wondering free through exotic parts of mystery and magic.

[Theodore Nelson and Andrea Gross]

11) Begin doing what you want to do NOW. We are living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.

[Marie Beyon Ray]

12) Afoot and lighthearted I take the open road, healthy, free, the world is before me leading wherever I choose.

[Walt Whitman]

13) Travel not only stirs the blood – it also gives birth to the spirit.

[Alexandra David-Neel]

14) To shut our eyes is to travel.

[Emily Dickinson]

15) People travel because it teaches them things they could learn no other way.

[Lance Morrow]

16) We are defined more by detours and distractions in life than by the narrow road towards goals.

[William Stanford]

17) Wherever the man wanders, he still remains tethered by the chain that links him to his kind.

[Alexander Kinglake]

18) Be ye lamps unto yourself.

[Gautama Buddha]

19) Most of my treasured memories of travel are recollections of sitting.

[Robert Thomas Allen]

20) The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless acts of kindness and love.

[William Woodsworth]

21) There is someone out there who needs you. You must live your life so that person can find you.

[Jan Phillips]

22) Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.

[Oscar Wilde]

23) Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

[Anita Desai]

24) Life is too short to waste on speed.

[Edward Abbey]

25) Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things…I am tempted to think these are no little things.

[Bruce Burton]

26) I would love you all the day, Every night we would kiss and play,

If with me you’d fondly stray, Over the hills and far away.

[John Gray]

27) Think not that you can direct the course of love; for love…directs your course.

[Kahlil Gibran]

28) Two of the greatest gifts we can give to our children are roots and wings.

[Hodding Carter]

29) And this is what the traveler discovers: in this great and endlessly fascinating world of ours, everywhere can be home.

[Meredith Moraine]

30) We are all have the extraordinary coded within is – waiting to be released.

[Jean Houston]

31) All travel is exploration of love.

[Duncan Fallowell]

32) If you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the God may offer it.

[Freya Stark]

33) One of the greatest things about travel is you find how many good, kind people there are.

[Edith Wartone]

34) As much trouble as I’ve had on this little journey, I’m sure one day I’m going to look back and laugh.

[Steve Martin]

35) I have a compulsion to wander and return – a homing instinct like a mother bird.

[Bruce Chatwin]

36) Eres lo que es tu profundo y constante deseo,

como es tu deseo es tu voluntad,

como es tu voluntad es tu esfuerza,

y como es tu esfuerza es tu destino.


37) Todas las situaciones críticas tienen un relámpago que nos ciega o nos ilumina.

[Victor Hugo, Les Miserables]

38) Un buen viajero no tiene planes fijos y no está decidido para llegar.

[FNAC, 27/08/08, Madrid]

39) Winners are just ex-losers who got mad.

40) You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

[Eleanor Roosevelt]

41) The longer I live, the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.

[George Bernard Shaw]

42) Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.

[Earl Warren]

43) Go as far as you can see. When you get there you’ll see farther.

44) This above all: to thine own be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day

Thou canst not then be false to any man.


45) The heights by great man reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

[Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]

46) Saddle your dreams afore you ride’em

[Mary Webb, 1881-1927]

47) 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 friend;

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 is to have succeeded.

[Harry Emerson Fosdick]

48) For better it is to dare mighty things

to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

[Theodore Roosevelt]

49) Procrastination is the fear of success.

People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘Someday I’ll’ phylosophy.

[Dennis Waitley]

50) If you trap the moment before it’s ripe, the tears of repentance you’ll certainly wipe; But if once you let the ripe moment go, you can never wipe off the tears of woe.

[William Blake 1791]

Collection of Words I

1) Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God
[Kurt Vonnegut]

2) When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.

3) Nobody’s ever drowned in his own sweat.

4) A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for

[John A. Shedd]

5) The key to failure is trying to please everybody

[Bill Cosby]

6) Travel light: own only what you carry with you. Know language. Know countries. Know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.

[Alexander Solzhenitsyn]

7) Be a fountain, not a drain

8) We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us

9) I will go anywhere, as long as it’s forward

[David Livingstone]

10) To travel is to live

[Hans Christian Anderson]

11) No man is a fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

12) The biggest mistake is not making one.

13) If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.

[G. Anderson]

14) If your heart is pulling you in a direction that has mystery and wonder, trust it and follow it.

[David Wilcox]

15) May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dream waits for you.

[Edward Abbey]

16) Regret for the things we did can be tempered with time: it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

[Sydney J. Harris]

17) You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.

[Alan Alda]

18) Do not be timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

[Ralph Waldo Emerson]

19) If you want a place in the sun, you must leave the shade of the family tree.

[Osage saying]

20) What we all try to complain about most people are those things we don’t like about ourselves.

21) Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.


22) You can have anything if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.

[Sheila Graham]

23) The thing always happens that you really believe in: and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

[Frank Lloyd Wright]

24) A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

25) Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

[Reggie Leach]

26) A year from now you may wish you have started today.

27) Be bold – and mighty forces will come to your aid.

[Basil King]

28) The future always belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

[Eleanor Roosevelt]

29) If you’re going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.

[Leo Rosten]

30) To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

31) Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to save it.

[Jean Jacques Rousseau]

32) There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.

[Christopher Moley]

33) Shiver awake at the doing of your dreams.

[Bob Savino]

34) There is 2 magical days in your life. The first day is the day you were born and the latter is when you know why.

35) Whatever you’re ready for is ready for you.

36) The bolder your promises, the richer your bounty

[Vickie L. Milazzo]

37) Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

38) Do something everyday that scares you.

[Eleanor Roosevelt]

39) To speak another language is to open another door to an entire universe.

[Ignacio Padilla]

40) Only when we no longer afraid do we begin to live.

[Dorothy Thompson]

41) The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

42) Life is a daring adventure or nothing.

[Helen Keller]

43) Intelligence is like river. The deeper it is, the less noise it makes.

44) Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

[Mary Oliver]

45) To live is the rarest thing. Most people exist, that is all.

[Oscar Wilde]

46) If you can dream it, you can do it!

[Walt Disney]

47) Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.


48) Intelligence is like underwear. We all should have it but we shouldn’t show it off.

49) No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rest his head on his old, familiar pillow.

[Lin Yutang]

50) One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

[Henry Miller]