Quotes & Thoughts

A collection of quotes and thoughts from others and myself covering all aspects of life.


“The grand essentials of happiness are:
something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” 

Allen K Chalmers

If  we  poison  the  land,
the seas? We fell all the forests,
we topple the trees? There’s plenty
more galaxies, planets like these – with
water, with air, with warmth, with light:
homes like ours just right for life. Who cares
if we lose those buzzy old bees? Who cares
if there’s plastic clogging the seas? When
our blue world is finally done, we’ll leave
this rock and mother sun, we’ll zoom
on up – to way out where – there’s
many more earths.…
or are there?

“Photography acts as a teaser, seducing us into believing we can know something that we can never know.
The more we can’t obtain it, the more more we want it.”

— Alison Jackson

“Death has this much to be said for it:
You don’t have to get out of bed for it.
Wherever you happen to be
They bring it to you—free.”

― Kingsley Amis

No age has designed and purveyed more distractions from reality than ours

Charles Glass

“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great”

Tom Hanks

“No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot”

Mark Twain

“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”

Friedrich W. Nietzsche

We live in a world where there is more and more information
and less and less meaning.

Jean Baudrillard

We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves,
for all the old roots — religion, nation, community, family, or profession —
are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.

Alvin Toffler

Whilst some of this is random and items may have little connection with each other you may get the impression that I am anti religion or any other system that seeks to control people and indoctrinate them.
If you are or are not religious I recommend that as a beginning you read ‘God Is Not Great’  by Chritopher Hitchens.

“when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”   Robert Pirsig – Lila (1991)

God — of course — is not real. He is just an idea, an illusion. But here is the troubling question: Is such an illusion essential to the success of the tribe? Is the competitive universe a place where a rational tribe must always succumb to one driven by a blind — but determined — collective insanity?  Dr. Idel Dreimer

I believe in God, I just don’t trust anyone who works for him. ~Author unknown, from a stand-up comedy routine on television

When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out. ~Frank Sinatra

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens. ~Michel de Montaigne, translated

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. ~Edgar Allen Poe

If we are going to teach ‘creation science’ as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction. ~Judith Hayes, In God We Trust: But Which One?

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish. ~Author Unknown


verb (used without object)
to think or argue in a logical manner.
to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.

Synonyms for reason

sound mind




Featured in BBC3 Words and Music Sunday 25th Oct 2020

John Clare. 1793–1864

Written in Northampton County Asylum

I AM! yet what I am who cares, or knows?
My friends forsake me like a memory lost.
I am the self-consumer of my woes;

They rise and vanish, an oblivious host,
Shadows of life, whose very soul is lost.
And yet I am—I live—though I am toss’d Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dream,
Where there is neither sense of life, nor joys,
But the huge shipwreck of my own esteem
And all that ‘s dear.
Even those I loved the best Are strange—nay, they are stranger than the rest.
I long for scenes where man has never trod—
For scenes where woman never smiled or wept—
There to abide with my Creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept, Full of high thoughts, unborn.
So let me lie,—
The grass below; above, the vaulted sky.



Back in the 80’s Tony Buzan released a book about study techniques and Mind Mapping. At this time I was studing for an OU degree primarily in Educational Psychology. This book revolusionised the way I studied and therby learnt things. Many years later I myself did some teaching and was amazed to discover that children are not taught how to study! When I had a new group of students I always dedicated the 1st lesson to study techniques and re inforced this throughout the course. Why children are not taught how to study is beyond me, and in this 21st Century a lot of teaching is still similar to the old ways of rote learning.


I created mind maps for a given subject area I was studying and when it came to exam time I would see the mind map in my head and re create it to then aid my exam answers.

How to Mind Map.

  • Think of your general main theme and write that down in the center of the page. i.e. Food
  • Figure out sub-themes of your main concept and draw branches to them from the center, beginning to look like a spider web i.e. Meats, Dairy, Breads
  • Make sure to use very short phrases or even single words
  • Add images to invoke thought or get the message across better
  • Try to think of at least two main points for each sub-theme you created and create branches out to those

“Organizing ideas and concepts into graphic patterns has been explored for years by cognitive educators. Mind Mapping builds a process structure or “map” over the content body of the material a person has gathered, thereby organizing it for development. Constructivism, simply stated, is the philosophy that we learn by organizing new concepts and ideas relative to our own experience. Mind Mapping mirrors the constructivist theory. Research has shown that developing mind maps increases thinking, memory and learning skills. Recently Lehigh acquired a software program called MindView, which takes the idea of Mind Mapping to a new level.”

– Johanna Brams, MSEDT, Lehigh University