Monthly Archives: December 2008


It was yet another year and now it’s come to an end. 2008 will not be again. All that’s happened so far is most of all that’s going to happen. Not a whole lot of time left for much more to happen. As I’m writing this, most of the world has already welcomed 2009. In a couple of hours most of Europe will have done so too and then it’ll the Americas ONLY left in 2008.

Hoping 2008 has brought some joy in all your lives. If some of your wishes has NOT come true this year, hopefully that they will in 2009.

Overall, the whole World has seen some pretty bad times. If you look at the US alone, the

– manzoor


Best Breakfast Places

  • Cafe Java
  • Jim’s
  • Austin Diner
  • Taco Deli
  • Taco Shack
  • Trudy’s (also for lunch and brunch)
  • Kerbey Lane (also for brunch and late nite / late, late nite / 24 hr)
  • The Omelettry
  • Magnolia Cafe (also for late nite / late, late nite / 24 hr)

Also, check out my Best Brunch Places.

– manzoor

“The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink

Finished My First Latte of '09

We all have secrets that we will guard with all we can. The dilemma is knowing someone else’s secret and knowing to keep it so.

Bernard Schlink has done a wonderful job of addressing this most delicate topic. He also, though very lightly, touched on the relationship between parents and children. The best example was when the father said, “I hope I have been able to be of help – as a philosopher. As a father it tears my heart to NOT be able to do all I can for my children.” (I’m paraphrasing, but will get the actual quote later).

– manzoor


  • Dream without action is mere fantasy
  • “The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine” – Albert Einstein, he also said, “E=mc^2”
  • “I’ve never met a Friday I didn’t like.”
  • “Oh but a man’s grasp should exceed his reach, or what’s a heaven for?” — Browning
  • “I’m the one who’s got to die when it’s time for me to die so let me live my life the way I want to..” – Jimi Hendrix
  • “Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.” — Henry Kissinger
  • “Knowledge accumulates in universities, because the freshmen bring a little in, and the seniors take none away.” Academic saying
  • “My dear fellow, who will let you?” “That’s not the point. The point is who will stop me”.
  • Life is what happens to you when you’re too busy making other plans.
  • Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
  • “Through purely logical thinking we can attain no knowledge whatsoever of the empirical world” — Albert Einstein
  • “If you can’t have the best of everything… Make the best of everything you have!”
  • “Marriage is an unusual gamble. Both partners win or nobody wins.”
  • Don’t marry a person you can live with, marry the one you can’t live without.
  • “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
  • Great minds discuss ideas, Average minds discuss events, Small minds discuss people.
  • “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.” – MLK
  • “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a Friend.” – MLK
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Dr Martin Luther King
  • “Nobody gets out of this world without tremendous amount of pain.” – Mary Tyler Moore.
  • “Man will fight harder for his interest than for his rights” – Napolean Bonapart.
  • The necessary action is not necessarily the right one.
  • It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
  • “The night is pleasing to us because, like memory, it erases idle details.” – Mark-Jason Dominus
  • “What is done out of love always occurs beyond good and evil.” – Nietzsche
  • We all carry a lot of pain within ourselves.
  • Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.
  • “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious” — Oscar Wilde
  • The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
  • Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  • “Love is a grave mental disease.” – Plato
  • “Please shut your mouth and open your mind.”
  • To every life a little rain must fall. Some of that rain will even bring rainbows, while the rest . . . well let us not talk about that.
  • The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears. – John Vance Cheney.
  • Practice Random Kindness & Sensless Acts of Beauty
  • You can’t always get what you want. But if you try, sometimes you might find, you get what you need ! -The Rolling Stone.
  • A true romantic is always disappointed with marriage.
  • A rose by any other name would still smell just as sweet.
  • ‘Are you running from or to ?’
  • To be without some of the things you want, is an indispensible part of happiness. — Bertrand Russell
  • “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” – B. Russell
  • Going to school is like riding a horse; you make more progress, and find it less unpleasant, when you are on top of it.
  • There are times when silence has the loudest voice. – Unknown.
  • Smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone.
  • And if you thought you were special, just remember that you are just one among around five billion people in this planet, which by itself is nothing more than just a small body in the solar system. But the solar system is just an insignificant object in the Milky Way which as we all know is just one of the 100 billion galaxies in this ever expanding Universe. – Anonymous
  • In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but by perseverance.
  • “Tact is the art of convincing people that they know more than you.” R Mortimer.
  • I think, therefor I think I am.
  • Analyzing the past, Creating the future, Controlling the Present
  • Forgetting the past, Killing the future, Dragging the present
  • ‘Time heals all wounds.’
  • Treat others as you want to be treated.
  • A true friend will overlook your failures, and tolerate your successes.
  • Only when we can trust those who are different from us, WILL there be peace on earth.
  • Stand for something, or you’ll fall for everything.
  • Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved. – M. Twain
  • The weaker sex is the stronger sex due to the weakness of the stronger sex for the weaker sex.
  • “Not all those who wander are lost.”
  • “Warp 3, engage.” – Jean-Luc Picard.
  • Wisdom is the ability to say, “I don’t know.” — Outis
  • Success is having the courage to be yourself.
  • I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. – Anna Quindlen
  • The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us. – Quentin Crisp
  • There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past. – George Carlin
  • The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect. – Esther Dyson
  • We are the people our parents warned us about. – Jimmy Buffett
  • Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age. – William Feather
  • Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind. – Evan Esar
  • Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. – Robertson Davies
  • Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed. ~ Gary Winogrand
  • Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. – Eric Hoffer
  • The truth is always a compound of two half- truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say. – Tom Stoppard
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. – W. Somerset Maugham
  • Writing well mean never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ – Jef Mallett
  • If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it. – Emerson Pugh
  • Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. – Jules Renard
  • It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. – P. G. Wodehouse
  • It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso
  • Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times – Aeschylus
  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. – Samuel Johnson
  • Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people. – James Russell Lowell
  • In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be. – Hubert H. Humphrey
  • “When looking at faults, use a mirror, not a telescope.” ~Yazid Ibrahim
  • “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution” ~Khalil Gibran
  • “People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.” ~Rumi
  • “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart”~ Kahlil Gibran
  • “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” ~Mark Twain.
  • “Do not go to the extreme in your religion.” ~Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)
  • “If you ever want something badly, let it go. If it comes back to you, then it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never yours to begin with.” ~Blake Lively
  • “The hottest love has the coldest end.” ~Socrates
  • “It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty” ~Tolstoy
  • “Criticism is easy, art is difficult.” ~Destouches.
  • “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ~Buddha.
  • “The deeper that sorrow carves in to your being, the more joy you can contain.” ~Khalil Gibran
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But, people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou.
  • ” If you want to be faithful to someone, start by being faithful to yourself.” ~Paulo Coelho
  • “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” ~Tao Te Ching
  • “A photograph is usually looked at, seldom looked into.” ~Ansel Adams
  • “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got”. ~Janis Joplin
  • “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” ~Rumi.
  • “You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?” ~Rumi.
  • ‎”How very close is your soul with mine, I know for sure, everything you think, goes through my mind.” ~Rumi
  • “The Body is visible, the spirit concealed. The body is like the sleeve, the spirit the arm within it. The intellect is also hidden but one can perceive both the intellect and the spirit in a person’s behaviour.” ~Rumi.
  • A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. – Thomas Mann
  • I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later. – Mitch Hedberg
  • The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting. – Charles Bukowski
  • The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly extravagances of the poor. – William Feather

– manzoor