Few Dumbledore’s Quotes

Quotes of Dumbledore are memorable and an all time favorite. 

The quotes touch upon many aspects in life like Choices &  run all the way till  death!  May be this is the reason they are so memorable.

  1. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we are, far more than our abilities.
  2. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good and kind and brave because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort.
  3. Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.
  4. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. The trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.
  5. The truth- it is a beautiful and terrible thing, and therefore should be treated with caution…
  6. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, just as much to stand up to our friends.
  7. Curiosity is not a sin. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity…
  8. Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it.
  9. Difference of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open. The consequences of our actions are so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
  10. Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
  11. You place too much importance… on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.
  12. Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
  13. Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.
  14. It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
  15. After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

{Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character, a major protagonist in  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.}

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A Dialogue or Monologue

An alien with beautiful eyes and a smile full of grace encountered a human who seems to be engrossed about something. Their conversation is as below:

Alien: What is that you are thinking about?

Human: You must not have noticed, this world is full of issues, concerns. I have so many duties & responsibilities. It’s not that I’m not happy but there is a constant struggle to prove

Alien: To whom & what do you prove?

Human: We need to fight for our existence & prove that we are worthy for our work & literally everything- it’s called competition.

Alien: Survival of the fittest, is it?

Human: Yes

Alien:  It is an animal instinct. I thought humans are above these animal instincts. When you are blessed with bountiful of resources on this Mother Earth why do you still struggle?

Human: Because we all fight for the same pie. We struggle to prove our existence. But yes, sadly there are few of us who struggle to meet ends.

Alien: You appear to be a bit contradictory- when you know you are fighting for the same pie, why don’t you just move ahead?

Human: Alas, wish I knew what for I’m here, I would go after my pie.

Alien: Do you think you are sent on Earth to run after pies, collect souvenirs?

Human: What else should I do, I’m just bored. I should keep doing something to occupy myself and tell people around.

Alien: Do you live life for yourself or to prove to people around?

Human: Frankly speaking, to a great extent for the sake of people around me- responsibilities.

Alien: Working for the sake of others is indeed a great quality- then you should be always happy. But why is it not happening?

Human: Let me ponder……..May be because I don’t do it with my heart.

Alien: Any specific reason?

Human: May be because I’m scared to discover the ‘real me’. May be I’m just blaming the people around me- calling it responsibility & shunning my true nature.

Alien: What is your real nature?

Human: Being a human.

Alien: What is it being like a human?

Human: Humanity is a blessing. It gives one the brain to think, body to turn your thoughts into actions & a heart that can carry memories. A heart that can feel & bleed also- A soul that can imprint & touch upon many other souls-make a difference

Alien: Are you living this blessing?

Human: Not fully. But I shall from now. By the way who are you?

Alien: Can you answer this question for yourself?

Human: Until few moments back- no. But yes, now I can. I’m a Human

Alien: You are a Human blessed to experience life in each breath on this beautiful planet called Earth to carry your work wonderfully with Love.

Human: Nice definition…when you can define who I’m so well, I wish to listen to your words on who you are…

Alien: I’m an ‘Angel of Hope’, just like you are an ‘Angel on Earth.’

Human: Do you keep coming here?

Alien: I’m always with you; you just need to open your heart for my messages to flow. By the way, do no start defining ‘you’ again.

You are blessed with an existence to live & let live; not to prove your existence. Your existence is proved each moment you breathe in & breathe out. Craft your work with love not as a burden.

Human: “Live & let live- craft work with Love…”

The Angel of Hope vanished.

The human was left in a mesmerizing state, not sure if this strange meeting really did take place or has it happened inside the brain. No clue. But the message is simple & clear.

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You are…

Who could have asked for a better gift, when you are the present, who could worry with regret when you are the past, who could fear the future when you are the future.

Let deeds be ignored, words be forgotten, emotions be undisclosed yet you and me are the truth, the only truth that matters.

When I feel stuck, I call you and when lost I find you.

When path leads to you, why would I need a direction, when every thought meets you who would worry with wandering mind.

I can see you rise from nowhere to every where yet be what I always wanted.

I can feel your presence in nothing and everything yet you are for me the only constant journey.

Neither words can define nor do pictures conquer

Neither emotions describe nor does truth disrupt

This is a Universal Truth- known to the Heart of the Hearts.

Yet, no text should go unread, no picture should go unseen and no emotion should go unfelt.

The day I see you in the mirror is the day my eyes meet you and shall be closed for the rest of eternity.

“Never fail to trust an unknown path to a known God.”

A Dream that can come True-A truth that I learnt from my dream

I once had a dream. A dream that woke me up from my slumber and made me think and re think until the Sun had shown up.

I was gifting apples to everyone. There were two baskets. One Empty and One Filled with apples. I was taking the apples from the filled basket and sharing them with everyone- a passerby, a traveler, a soldier, a warrior, a lovely kid, a little girl, a beautiful lady, an expectant mother, an old woman, a small pup. Everyone took the apple and smiled at me. As they moved away, the unfilled basket was basking in glory and its glory had a light that woke me up.

I got up and realized that I’ve been sent to this earth to share invaluable pearls which I brought from His Abode. But all my life I’ve been collecting trifle things which cannot serve any purpose.

Then what do I do?

It’s high time now and I should do something to reverse this situation. A new beginning should commence.

How can I do it?

I would take out the carefully wrapped gift of pearls and start sharing it.

Where do I do it?

There is immense pleasure in sharing my gift with whomever I meet on this Wonderful planet.

Warm smile, a tender heart which can understand someone’s feelings, a lending shoulder, standing as a support to someone in need…These are the Pearls which one can share.

Do I know the greatness of this Gift?

Everyone is sent with the same gifts.

The person who shares it receives them in return in abundance. There is no recession here. Lol 🙂

Last but not the least……they leave an Impression. An undeniable Impression of Life!

Life is a journey where we collect remnants of our ancestors and ensure that these are multiplied to be passed on as Impressions to the next generations…… Are we doing it? If not, we need to.

 

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. 
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. 
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. 
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.  
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.

 Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. 

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”

-Sam Levenson

Know Thyself – A New Year Gift.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Year after year, time flies. It looks as if yesterday I started my journey and now…..where am I?

 Christmas brings gifts and hope in life. New Year brings resolutions and fresh beginning.

 Why not this year, take a different step?

 Here is a simple “Self Evaluation Game”. Why don’t you play? The rules are simple. Try knowing yourself and you would discovers the world’s best secret. But if you think it is useful, why not share it with someone else?

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 Try it out and share your experiences 🙂 🙂

 “Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.” – C.S. Lewis.

And Again, I wish you have a prosperous and generous Year Ahead of you.

30,240 minutes of a Quest to define happiness…May13th, 2014- Day Twenty First of the Quest

Wow!!!!!!!!

Met my target. For today, this alone makes me happy.

21 days of identifying the activities in the mundane day to day life that keeps my spirits high, brings a smile on my face, and encourages me to appreciate life.

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”  – Anne Frank

Happiness, a state of mind that gives us pleasure in small things. Like a dew drop on the flower petal, it is always there. We should look at it at the right time, otherwise it vanishes. Every day in the morning Nature sends its best wishes with the Sun Rise. It is for me to absorb the same and spread around me. Happiness is in and around me. It is me who should open my eyes and look at it with a Human Heart.

The small things in life, are often the things that give us happiness. The kids laughing at a park in unison, the long walk in a park, a long drive, drizzling showers, pretty flowers, wide colors, everything and anything gives me happiness, if I am willing to absorb the same.

Every new born baby is born with closed fists. It is believed that the child brings happiness and love in those fists. They intend to spread this in the World and having spread it enough, leave this planet with hands spread wide. So, let me spread happiness and love in everyone’s life.

Let me make at least one person’s day special and that gives me eternal happiness.

My conclusion:

One short and quick step for opening door of happiness is to spread and share happiness.

“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”  –  Aldous Huxley

30,240 minutes of a Quest to define happiness…May 12th, 2014- Day Twentieth of the Quest

Sewing

A plain cloth, a scissor, threads of various color, a sharp needle and patterns that soothe the eyes – when all are put in one place, we get a beautiful design.

It is really fun to draw a design on a plain cloth and sewing the same with colorful threads. Sometimes with simple needle and thread we can create a new world before us.  A world where we are the creator and where in we can showcases our thoughts to the outside world.

I started to learn sewing at the age of ten from an aunt. For the first time in my life, I could create something from day to day objects and it conquered my heart. Even today, when machines make magic, I prefer at times sewing traditionally with needle and thread.

A little patience, a bit of passion can create magic in the form of needle work, ribbon work, mirror work, lace work etc. Any form of stitching is like a penance to me. While I stitch, my hands work and my brain relaxes. It is a process wherein the hands do their work steadily and with passion, while the brain relaxes and starts sorting stuff on which it had to work. It bids my time and also gives me a chance to relax. It works as a good exercise for my hands and keeps them fast.

The next best thing of sewing is the magic it creates. When you make little things and share them with near and dear, the happiness would enhance greatly. A handkerchief which is daily used gets a new makeover if it has designs on it. Anyone who uses it appreciates your efforts and it would stand out in a group. Small stuff like an embroidered hand kerchief, a simple bonnet for a baby, stitching a small label or design on  dress, book covers for special books, pillow covers, patterns on door curtains and all the other things…………they just make your home have a special look.

My conclusion:

One short and quick step for opening door of happiness is take out an old cloth and a sharp needle, colorful threads and create a magical world. The art of stitching and output of your hard work would enhance your happiness any time.

30,240 minutes of a Quest to define happiness…May 11th, 2014- Day Nineteen of the Quest Wrapping a Gift…

Wrapping a Gift…

Each one of us remembers days when we shop extensively for our loved ones. There is an unexpressed calmness and confusion in this endeavor.  The confusion could be because of the reason that we try to think from their perspective; do they like our choice or should we check something else. Solace is for the reason that we forget ourselves in this task and start thinking  from their shoes. I think this is the reason why every culture has imbibed in it the act of exchanging gifts.

The task of shopping for the purpose of gifting our loved ones, sincerely hoping that they would love it and wrapping it carefully while filling it with love gives me immense happiness. Purchasing gifts on occasions like Mother’s Day or Birthday or any other event is something I love to do.

The happiness which a person expresses through his/ her eyes when they receive an unexpected gift is indeed incomparable. A rare spark appears in their eyes; may be because we wrap it with care, affection, love and sincere prayers.

“The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness”

― Esther Hicks

My conclusion:                           

One short and quick step for opening door of happiness is to wrap gifts for our loved ones filled with Unconditional Love.

30,240 minutes of a Quest to define happiness…May 10th, 2014- Day Eighteen of the Quest

Talking with Plants….

Did you ever feel like you need a partner at home, who is quiet, silent and yet shows life? Someone with whom you can talk, share happiness, shed tears in pain and yet everything remains a secret! One who demands minimum time and gives maximum results. Well, plant a sapling 🙂

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I’m not a Biology Student but I’ve always loved the company of trees and plants. I cannot deny the fact that trees are becoming an extinct thing in the cities. Due to congestion of place in cities; plants have to be grown on the stairs, roof top etc. But I always cherish to water plants, check their growth and talk to them in my garden.

My love for plants started right from the day my first standard teacher gave me an assignment to plant a sapling in order to explain Germination. I think this was the only Science assignment I did with complete dedication. At that age, just as I spoke to my toys; I shared my feelings with plants. But interestingly, I still continue speaking with plants. I had numerous games to play with the plants and trees; because they cannot move and sincerely abide to my rules…Reading Ruskin Bond stories under the shade of a mango tree in the summer was one of the favorite activities. His stories like the “The Cherry Tree” made my love for plants multiply by many times.

When I was in second standard and learnt Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose had conducted experiments on plants and concluded that plants can “feel pain, understand affection etc;”my joys knew no boundaries. May be this is the reason I still talk to the plants and enjoy their company.

Trees and plants have a strange sensation that brings life into the surroundings. I use plants for decoration purpose, for aroma, to absorb dampness, to bring soothing sensation into the room. Plants have a permanent place in my home and in my heart.

Entering into a room that is decorated with ivies, that is filled with perfume from aromatic, fragrant, scented plants brings peace and prosperity in the home

My conclusion:

One short and quick step for opening door of happiness is to plant a sapling, water it regularly, grow along with it and spend time talking to it.

30,240 minutes of a Quest to define happiness…May 9th, 2014- Day Seventeen of the Quest

The Unexpected Guest..

Today is the last working day in the week. From tomorrow begins the wonderful weekend. Like every Friday Morning, I was getting ready for work. Food packed in the box, leftovers of the cooked food being safely secured. Coffee consumed. Milk put back in the refrigerator; nothing more to be done. Well except locking the door and going away.

At that time, the door bell rings. Hoping it is not someone who demands my time, I open the door without thinking. Before me stands a person – a familiar face but whom I could not recognize. Probably because of the morning madness or coming weekend’s expectations, an unknown feeling overtook me. I knew the person but yet I do not know.

Looking at my watch, I still manage to give a wide smile and ask “How can I help you?” The visitor looks into my eyes and confirms if this is the address that the person wants to be in. Cursing the time, I agree.

Before I press for further information, the person sighs and says “Finally, at last. Do you remember me? I am your class mate in school. We were neighbours too.”

I go back to my memory lane and look at the person and try to recall the name. The series of murders in the city, the abduction case filed are going wide in my brain but for a second, heart overruns the brain and allows the suspect in.  I ask for the person’s card and look suspiciously at the person.

That’s when the person says “You changed. You were cautious in school. But not this suspicious.” I smiled and once the name got registered, my brain recalled all the old memories. We both had a laugh at various things, our life’s, our child hood ambitions, the reality and foolishness of them. As I spoke to the person, I realized how welcome an ‘unexpected guest’ could be.

With nothing to offer, I asked if we can share my lunch. The person gladly agreed. We went back into the memory lane, when we shared lunch in the school. The person was my only rescuer whenever my mom cooked a dish that I don’t like and vice versa. Till date my mom is not aware of our scheme.

All the silly things of past, serious concerns of then, the life of ‘test and results’, everything under the sky had been discussed while eating the packed lunch.

I never knew I could talk so much in such a short time. I never expected I would serve packed food to a person visiting my home for first time.

Must be the innocence of childhood or the pressing time, we agreed to meet this weekend.

My conclusion:                           

One short and quick step for opening door of happiness is to chat with a close friend. Years might have passed, life could have  changed, but when you meet your friend from past, with or without any intimation, it brings the bliss of childhood into our life once again.