As I fast approach my 66th birthday…and given that I have no intention of living beyond 70….there is more to look back upon, than look forward to. In one of these introspective, retrospective moods I thought I must catalogue the WORDS I HAVE LIVED BY : words that have inspired & helped, supported & motivated, driven & directed me.
Being a Literature aficionado, I was privileged to read & internalize words, thoughts & images from diverse authors & other sources. English, Hindi, Marathi cinema has contributed a lot to my make up. And now of course, the all pervasive, super invasive Social Media shapes me, as much as it shapes you. But even in this cacophonic overload, some words survive, stuck as they are in my heart and head. I realize they exactly are the Words I Live By. This blog is an attempt to share some of these quotes with you.
Had read somewhere, possibly Kahlil Gibran’s advice:, “ If you have 3 Dirham, Spend 1 Dirham on food, so that you may live; Spend 1 Dirham on buying a Rose, so that you may know why to live; and Spend the last Dirham on a Book so that you may know how to live”. Having been surrounded by words through my life time I do believe:
At the start, I quote Walt Whitman , the Father of Free verse, words I resonate with:
Yes I am large. Most of the time goes in establishing boundaries and exploring new horizons. and as you go forward you understand the truth of Tennyson’s words, “I am a part of all that I have met./ Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough/Gleams that untraveled world/Whose margin fades/For ever and for ever when I move…” And, I continue:
I take solace and draw strength from 2 aphorisms fundamental to Hinduism:
I do believe God has made us in his own image and He is constantly telling us, ” Not my will, but Thy Will Be Done”. But in our Human condition we continue to be afraid and look out for clutches. Sad, since we are complete in ourselves. We need to remind ourselves:
To me it is obvious that we are put on this Earth to succeed and if we are still breathing our mission is not over. Trust the process, JUST BELIEVE
The Free Will believers will readily accept that I can choose a different future. But a different past? think about it. Past is what you carry with you in your mind & in your heart. Who stops us from setting the burden down? We only need to leverage our ability to Let Go.
“Yes Father, Yes” I have with great humility understood that our plans and efforts take us only thus far and finally you must ACCEPT & say, “Yes Father, Yes” . Remember John Lennon:
A King asked his Shaman to capture the wisdom of the world in a few words. The Shaman spoke the wisest words ever:
As a career HR person, I have had my share of battles & arguments, My discussions & debates. Till someone told me : Discuss (v) late 14c., discussen, “to examine, investigate,” from Latin discuss-, past participle stem of discutere “to dash to pieces, agitate, strike or shake apart,”. And Debate (n) early 14c., “a quarrel, dispute, disagreement” (now archaic), from Old French debat, from debatre. Sense of “contention by argument” That revelation made me silent. I learnt to keep my counsel to myself. But my faith was, there is no problem which together, all of us, cannot solve. I got a lot of backing from:
In my life, I have chosen to stand on shoulders of giants, and thus got to see farther and see better. But, as I live my life, I keep reminding myself of Einstein’s golden words:
We all would do well to remember this exhortation as we must go forward with enthusiasm & energy to conquer the challenges before us. Every challenge strengthens me and makes me more capable, more competent; indeed, a better leader:
A true leader knows his real mission is to create other leaders. When the Disciple overtakes the Master, curiously the Master is the happiest as he knows he has given back in full measure, what he has received. Just like, as parents we are happiest when our children succeed : that was our fondest dream. We owe this debt to Life itself, as Kahlil Gibran reminds us:
I have spoken of many commandments & made many pronouncements, so I must hasten to add 2 caveats which have kept me steady:
So where does that leave you? Confused?? That is good. As a teenager, my daughter Rashmi used to wear a T-shirt with a blurb: ” If you are not confused , you really don’t know what is going on!!! WAKE UP”
These Words to Live By are then wake up calls. Think about them. Mull over the meaning. Contemplate how they apply to you. So I am giving a bunch quotes which have been rules for living my life:
To end, I must 1) share with you my 5 best friends who have stayed next to me all my life and guided me to all the answers I sought; and 2) a quote I read first in MC Chagla’s autobiography, which puts a wistful smile on my face towards the dusk of my life:
If you did not like my list of Words I have Lived By, I will say:
And if you indeed liked what I shared, I would urge you to draw up a list of Words that You have Lived by. It is your own personal Geeta, Bible or Koran: The Holiest of Holy Words which guide Your life. And don’t tell me it is impossible, as:
Au Revoir, सुखस्तू पंथु, अलविदा, বিদায়, Arrivederci, Auf Weidersehen, Adios, See you soon: vikas
68 Replies to “Words I have lived by”
Excellent compilation of quotes which are worth emulating. I didn’t like exit at 70. Here is a quote on old age, “Never curse the old age, many are denied of it.” Living for 100 years of healthy life is going to be normal, with the advent of medical science.
Great collection of wise thoughts, advisory thoughts, useful for everyone!
Thank you for sharing
thanks for your kind words of praise
When a politician makes tall promises, a common refrain is : “these are MERE words”….
A set of Values, nicely printed in a company brochure, are often ignored as “ EMPTY words” ….
Come to look at it, the words are mere collection of alphbets..!!
The way the words are perceived, however, changes from person to person..
It is said: “The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”
The set of words that you have listed may have been seen, read, re read ,heard..and talked about ..by so many!
It is someone like you, VS, who goes deep enough to find meaning in them …so much as to live by them!
The quotes in your article are certainly thought provoking and very meaningful…
It is indeed a great collection!
Thanks for sharing them..for a reader to find her own meaning in them ..which may help provide some valuable guidance in dealing with a problem on hand!
Wish you a very happy 66 th birthday ..whenever it is…and wish you a very long life ahead to …..
…….find more and more meaning in your chosen words and
…….find many more words ,giving further joy and meaning to you and to all your loved ones
When two erudite folks VS & JS exchange notes the result is scintillating word play.
Kudos to both.
tahe dil se shukriya for your kind words of encouragement
thanks for your feedback and kind words about me
That BeeGees song “Words” was the first inscription I wrote on a first gift ( book , of course) that I gifted to Vinita in our courting days
That time of course, I had only words to give her!!!!
I feel words acquire a life of their own and traverse the distance and go straight to ones heart
Difficult to resist the power of words
Remember as kids, when the Readers’ Digest monthly magazine was delivered by the postman, the struggle in the 5 member household was to “solve” the Word Power page first and then exchange scores with one another
Many times have I felt words overtake even experience: like the proverbial tourist who takes greater pleasure in capturing photographs of the scenery than to enjoy it first had, by his eyes, his experience
Of course when you are confronted by say the Jog Falls or the Niagara you are totally left without any words at all as nothing can capture that majesty
I have been similarly spell bound whenever I went in the hills and saw Himalayan mountain peaks
what can you say when you are looking at the Everest?
Words totally fail you
When I first decided to write Words I have Lived By I just wanted to paste the quotes
against my original thought, I did build some continuity in the blog as I weaved in the Quotes
But I recd a lot of negative feedback form some near and dear ones
Where is Vikas in this blog?
explain why each quote is important to you
Write an anecdote or personal experience for each
But that was far from the concept I had when I thought of creating a blog on Quotes imp to me
Even the 800 words I wrote to link the quotes were wrong in my opinion
Each of the Quote stands tall on its own might
and I am too small to introduce Walt Whitman, Or Einstein, Or Back, or Jesus Christ for that matter
Of course there are many many flowers in the bough and the challenge was which ones I use in the garland
Maybe the Words I have Lived By II will be a collections of anecdotes and stories with a few of the wise words and how they have guided me
Thanks for being a regular reader & regular commenter
you have always added value to my thoughts
And many thanks for the advance birthday wishes
Thanks very much for your encouraging words. In the process ,i have learnt one more word: ‘Erudite’..frankly i had to look at the thesaurus
Thanks VS for your more detailed response particularly on the genesis of the blog
As usual it was a pleasure reading your blog.Excellent collection of thoughts But didn’t feel like reading it after I read no intention of living beyond 70. I intend to be in touch with you till I’m 70. That’s another 15yrs So you don’t have a choice
Thanks once again for the quotes
Thanks Pinkie for your feedback
I had attempted something new in terms of a collation: so something in it for everyone
One of my exbosses said 60 is the new 40
while I appreciate that and know that you all do want me around, looking at what age and time did to so may people we had seen in their heydays like my Aai Baba, Ranju mama, Nandu, Akka maushi, Balu Mama I often feel Aba Mama was the smartest and luckiest to quit ahead of time
Lekin wo kissa phis kabhi
Mean while take care and wishing you a Happy 70th birthday in advance
Hi Vikas, very inspirational quotes.
Thanks for sharing. Although i dont agree with your opening remark’ no intention of living beyond 70 ‘
Vikas , 60 is the new 40 and some one like you can easily go on for another couple of decades. So banish such negative thoughts from your mind.
I am 75+ but still very much alive & kicking. Although kicks are not as strong as they used to be. So carry on. We look forward to your inspiring blogs.
– Dr. Ajit Dangi
many many thanks for your comments
Am glad you found the quotes collection good
I also appreciate your feedback about 60 being the new 40
Unfortunately have seen in my family the dependency and helplessness of older family members that it has scarred me
anyway, do take your feedback seriously
Wisdom thoughts Vikas..thanks
keep Safe and Healthy
Wonderful collection. To have lived by these would indeed makes it all a wonderful experience.
I have really enjoyed my stint hitherto
have not agonized on the past, a little, not too much
Have not worried about the future, a little maybe, not too much
so I have indeed no complaints
Fabulous compilation. Thanks for sharing Vikas. You have always inspired with your words, spoken or written.
A like to share a quote that I like for its simplicity and yet very profound for every sphere of life-
A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.
thanks for your comment
and sharing the lovely quote
indeed a winner never quits
Great Vikas. Loved all the quotes. I also love collecting this.
thanks for your comment
hope you will bring us in to your collection
take care & all the best
Great quotes, Vikas dada! I particularly loved the ones on anger, communication and forgiveness.
Sharing a few I came across recently-
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
– Steve Jobs, 2005
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”
– JK Rowling, 2008
“If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”
– William H. McRaven, 2014
Thanks Neelu for your sharing some truly great quotes to add to my stock
Be assured they will be used soon
Wow.. Exceptional expression and excellently compiled. I’m taking many quotes to my dairy. And yes, be ready to live for another 100 years.. We like and love u so much that we will not leave you for another 100+ years..
thanks for your sweet words
I hope some of the words resonate with you and help you bring sharper light on the convoluted lanes of Fate
look fw to staying in touch
Excellent depictions. Reality lies in these quotes.
Compilations encompass all facets of life.
so true Ashok indeed the compilation is wide spread and comprehensive
If we imbibe even a small percent of at it will make a differnce in the world
Wow.. exceptional expression and excellently compiled. I’m taking many quotes to my dairy. And yes, be ready to live for another 100 years.. We like and love u so much that we will not leave you for another 100+ years..
Pl see me reply above
Wonderful collection indeed. Inspires me to make mine too. Thank you for reminding us that we need to live by some guiding words of wisdom from the masters.
Yes Col we have a treasure house of past wisdom
if only we use it in our lives, most of our issues would be simpler
Great quotes and happy early birthday to you!
Michele many thanks for your liking the post
and many many more thanks for the BD wishes in advance
Truly appreciate your care n concern
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You are most welcome. Have a wonderful day! 🌞
wishing you the best always
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Beautifully written. Very well compiled. Keep giving us more….
Thanks Seema…truly appreciate your comment and support
Your blog is very informative and full of useful stuff.. Beautifully written which has uplifted my knowledge
and inspiring as well.
Keep writing and share your wonderful thoughts.
thanks a lot for your comment
every writer looks to connect to his audience
feedback such as yours gives me the confidence that I am on right path
You forced me to think back on my life and, remember all the beautiful and the tough moments. I was able to relate all the quotes to each of those moments.
This pandemic has been a tough period. “This too shall pass” is so relevant.
You have really compiled a quote for every situation and these can be the guiding principles for life.
Thank you for sharing
Thanks dear friend.
Yes Ramnath these words have stood by me through my ups and downs in life
Hope they help you also
Dear Vikas Shitodkar
An excellent compilation of highly thought provoking quotes. Many are so inspirational that one can kept referencing them every day. It reminds me of Daily Stoic. I hope to print these and keep them on my table to read them often. Thanks for this absolutely wonderful collection.
many many thanks for your feedback and support
yes most of these quotes can be a source of inspiration and support on most of our challenges
Great idea to print and keep them in front of our eyes
they can guide us always
Dear Vikas sir. This was an excellent sharing and quite introspective.You will live longer and longer, independently, healthy and happily singing the glory of our creator… to sing bhagwan’s glory is a rare gift and possible only with this human body.Thanks for sharing. KarthikeyanSent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
you have always lived from your heart & emotions
so it is nice to hear from u
Vikas, Lot of thought and effort has gone into this very useful compilation. Thanks a lot.
Rembered the day you gifted ‘ Notes to Myself by Hugh Prather’ decades back and your fascination for contra thoughts all along.
yes I feel life is too rich and diverse to be able to straight jacket and live in a linear fashion
in fact the joy comes in the twists and turns and the ups and downs
I enjoyed your blog well. Thought overcome from mind will be truth,anger or new research or investigation but it arises from bottom of heart then it be your true love to your family, friends, colleagues or mankind.Thx for your nice blog enjoyed ever .
Dilip my friend
stay in support
with your help and friendship I can move so far ahead
Great Vikas Sir.
Pleasure to read and imbibe.
Keep writing and sharing.
Nariman dear friend
many many thanks for your words of praise
they mean a lot to me
Very well “ worded “ piece of excellence indeed. It ought to help one to unearth, be conscious of the words he / she has lived by, so far and reflect on its direct / indirect impact on one’s life.
This article also helps one to navigate into future with the solid help of the words dear to his heart.
Thanks once again for sharing this masterpiece. Kind regards Sanjay
you are always so kind to me
during my growing up years i have time to time got may great directions and support
this blog was an effort to compile these
glad you found it useful
Vikas …You always write & express so well. Great compilation of so many wires & quotes …. sab ek se badhkar ek. Many of them, if understudy & followed, can make a good difference to Life. I have crossed my desired going age of 60 years … Let’s see if I can use some of the quotes in this overtime phase of mine. Continue wary your passion of reading & writing. Hugs, Ashok Chandan
Salle Ashok do baari wohi message likhega to bhi mai ek hi jawab doonga
Today I speak in words of Iron what today teaches me
and tomorrow I will speak in words of iron what tomorrow teaches me
Though tomorrow I may contradict all that I said today
so post the same message again tomorrow
maybe my reply will differ???
love you bro
Vikas …. You always write & express so well. Great compilation of so many wires & quotes …. sab ek se badhkar ek. Many of them, if understudy & followed, can make a good difference to Life. I have crossed my desired going age of 60 years … Let’s see if I can use some of the quotes in this overtime phase of mine. Continue wary your passion of reading & writing. Hugs, Ashok Chandan
Vikas, it is a Quintessential Piece of knowledge. Profound, deep and life changing thoughts all at one place. Superb
Niraj bhai thanks for your feedback. Have tried to capture many things in one place
Got feedback from many on WA that it is too multitiered and multi layered
but I was presenting a collation/a collection
thanks for your praise
Have always looked forward to your blogs to get insights into various facets of, what is often called , life
This blog is one more, in the series, which explores this fascinating subject.
Earlier today I came across a quote which seemed to sum it all up:
Meaning & Purpose
You are certainly blessed since you do spread Happiness with your blogs
thanks for writing in
yes indeed we are fortunate to learn from the wisdom of the Aristotle and other giants who lived before us
Quotes connect us to their thinking
and always stretches our world view to become more diverse and rich
thanks for sharing the real meaning of happiness
Very Well complied and in an excellent flow.
Enjoyed reading the while stuff and cherished many moments.
Thanks for sharing and keep writing
With warm Regards
glad that you enjoyed the collection and found value in it
I have decided 1 blog per month
so I will keep boring my loyal readers like you every month
pl bear with me
Written with all humility and in such a free flowing style.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading !
Personally while reading does have impact, the interaction with people is what I find fascinating and a constant learning.
Cheers and keep writing 😀
thanks for the candid feedback
it means a lot to me
As HR I have also enjoyed personal interactions more than written words
but have also realised the written word has its own role to play
and comes in handy often
Passion don’t need any qualification
Be passionate abt wt U luv to do
U wl be never working in your life
My favourite quote
Trust Same applies to U too
Well written dear
Mukesh many many thanks friend for your comments
I agree if you love what you do , it never seems like work
I worked for 34 years as HR but every day was a naya natak
and I thoroughly enjoyed myself
which is why I was a damn good HR Officer
Your compliment motivates me a lot as I know it is genuine feedback from a friend
keep encouraging me
Awesome, VSS! This is a treasure…you have complied and presented best quotes, signages at one blog. The idea is superb and executed well as well. Thanks for the compilation.
appreciate your whole hearted compliment. Yes I too thought this idea was great. Hope I was able to do justice and execute it well.
Have recd many SMS & WA messages of negative comments that it all appears disjointed. Others have appreciated the collection.
I only say “to each his own”
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