"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Friday, July 3, 2009


It has been suggested that electric blankets should be crossed with toasters so those late risers can pop out of bed early every morning.

* * *

Back from work, the busy lady director asked her little boy: "And what have you been doing today?"

"Oh Mum, I played Postman Pat. I went to every house down our street and delivered letters. They were the ones I found tied with a pink ribbon in your cupboard."

* * *

Concluding a lecture on parachuting, the aviation lecturer said: "If your parachute fails to open, and after that, even the reserve 'chute remains unresponsive, hmm, I believe that's what is known as jumping to a conclusion."

* * *

The young graduate had become ensnared in a financial tangle. Several months ago, he loaned a friend in need $1000. The repayment did not appear to be on his friend's agenda, so the young man approached his father for some advice.

The father said, "No problem, son. Just write him a letter and say you need the $1500 that you loaned him."

"But Dad, it was $1000, not $1500."

"I know, son," said the father, "but if you up the figure he'll write back and state that he owes you only $1000. You then have it in writing."

* * *

Herbert Prochnow's wisdom: "A vacation is a succession of 2s. It consists of 2 weeks, which are 2 short. Afterward, you are 2 tired 2 return 2 work and 2 broke not 2."

* * *

There was one seat vacant on a crowded train. A woman turned towards another standing by the vacant seat and sweetly said, "Do sit down. You're older than I am."

Glaring at her, the other woman snarled, "I am not! Sit down yourself!". So the other woman sat down, smiling serenely. After a few stops she turned to the person sitting next to her, "That remark never fails to get me a seat."

[Excerpted from 'Surfing the Intellect: Building Intellectual Capital for a Knowledge Economy', by Dilip Mukerjea.]

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