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Spirituality and Religiosity

"Religion is our conscious or unconscious response to the beckoning Light. Religion is our firm belief in the lofty experiences of our predecessors. Religion is our great satisfaction in our glorious past.

Spirituality is in the aspiring heart. Spirituality is of the liberating soul. Spirituality is for the fulfilling and immortalising God."

- Sri Chinmoy from Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality


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Is Religion Beneficial?

Question: What is your view of religion? Why are so many religions not friendly with each other?

Sri Chinmoy: The essence of every religion is love of God. There is not a single religion that does not tell us to love God. The problem comes with the followers of religion. Very often they say, “My religion is by far the best, whereas your religion is very bad.” The followers of the different religions are like children in a family. The children have the same parents and receive the same affection, love and compassion from their parents. But still the children quarrel and fight. If one sister sees that another sister is more beautiful, then immediately she becomes jealous and quarrels with the other one.....(Read More)"

Excerpt from: Excerpt from Sri Chinmoy Answers, Part 11 by Sri Chinmoy

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Mark Twain Quotes

"I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself."

• The History of the Savage Club, speech (1899).

"[A] classic - something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
* quoting "Professor Winchester"

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest."

"To put it in rude, plain, unpalatable words — true patriotism, real patriotism: loyalty not to a Family and a Fiction, but a loyalty to the Nation itself!

..."Remember this, take this to heart, live by it, die for it if necessary: that our patriotism is medieval, outworn, obsolete; that the modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it." [Czar Nicholas II]

"The only reason why God created man is because he was disappointed with the monkey. "

"I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough. "

"Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more."

"Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will. "

- Mark Twain

Mark Twain Biography
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Quotes on Writing

" A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book." - Ernest Hemingway

"The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life — and one is as good as the other." - Ernest Hemingway

"If a writer … knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows…. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water." - Ernest Hemingway

"It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way." - Ernest Hemingway

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~ Mark Twain

“I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.” - P.G.Wodehouse

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~ William Wordsworth


The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ~ Mark Twain

When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
~Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?"

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946

"In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning."


- George Orwell

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink."

- George Orwell

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Ernest Hemingway Quotes

" A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."

"My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements."

"God knows, people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp-following eunuchs of literature."

"The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life — and one is as good as the other."

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn... American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."

"Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Masai "Ngàje Ngài," the House of God. Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude."

"It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. "

If a writer … knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows…. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.

- Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway Biography
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Which is Best Religion?

Question: If each religion claims to teach the truth, which religion is the most true?

Sri Chinmoy: Each religion not only claims to teach the truth but actually teaches the truth. But merely teaching or preaching the truth is not enough. If the religion can live the truth - that is to say, if it can bring to the fore the living breath, the reality-light of truth- then that religion is the most true. The religion that lives the truth in all its aspects- in its height and depth, in its universality and transcendence- that particular religion is the most true. The religion that embodies and lives the ultimate truth of love and oneness is by far the most significant, the most important and indispensable religion.

Source: Flame Waves part 9

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Napoleon Bonarparte Facts

  • Napoleon Bonaparte 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821 born in Corsica, France.
  • In 1799, he staged a coup d'état amidst the turmoil of post revolutionary France and installed himself as First Consul.
  • In 1804 he was proclaimed Emperor by French Senate
  • In 1784, Napoleon was admitted to the elite École Militaire in Paris
  • At one time he did to consider an application to the British Royal Navy to further his naval ambitions, but chose against it.
  • Bonaparte was put under house arrest in August 1794 for his association with the Robespierre brothers.
  • In October 1795 he helped defeat a Royalist insurrection, which caused him to rise rapidly to fame.
  • By 1812, Napoleon had wiped out the last traces of the Holy Roman Empire and conquered most of Europe.
  • However, his next invasion of Russia proved very costly as his army suffered in the harsh winter near Moscow.
  • On 18 March 1814, the allies marched into Paris and Napoleon was forced to abdicate on 6 April 1814.
  • Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba, but, a year later broke away with a 1,000 men and reclaimed the leadership of France.
  • Napoleon was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by the allied armies commanded by the Duke of Wellington.
  • His second exile was to the island of Saint Helena, where he died six years later.

How Tall Was Napoleon?

  • His autopsy states that by the French measure he was five foot two (5' 2"),This actually translates into five feet six and one half inches (5' 6.5")
  • The Napoleonic code, which he introduced forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs go to the most qualified.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven initially dedicated his third symphony, the Eroica (Italian for "heroic"), to Napoleon in the belief that the general would sustain the democratic and republican ideals of the French Revolution.
  • But, after Napoleon's imperial ambitions became clear he renamed the symphony "Sinfonia Eroica, composta per festeggiare il Sovvenire di un grand'Uomo", or in English, "composed to celebrate the memory of a great man".
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Duke of Wellington The Iron Duke



The Duke of Wellington remembered for his military genius at Waterloo, gained much experience through his long journey from his birth in Ireland to service in British India and later in Spain. He went onto become British Prime Minister further enhancing his reputation as the 'Iron Duke'

Duke of Wellington Biography
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Facts John Wesley

  • John Wesley (1703-1791), was a preacher and founder of Methodism
  • He attended Charterhouse school, where he was bullied by fellow pupils.
  • It is estimated he rode 250,000 miles, gave away 30,000 pounds, . . . and preached more than 40,000 sermons. - John Wesley: A Biography, by Edward T. Oakes, Copyright (c) 2004 First Things (December 2004)
  • John Wesley opposed slavery
  • His last words were quoted as The best of it all is, God is with us.
  • He is often credited with the phrase: 'Agree to disagree. ' - It stems from his disagreement with Calvinist George Whitfield. They shared certain shared valued - preaching in open air. But, John Wesley disagreed with his calvinist doctrines
John Wesley Biography
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Barnes Wallis Dambusters

Barnes Wallis was the great eccentric British inventor who developed the unique 'bouncing bombs' which were used to great effect in May 1943, during an RAF attack on the Ruhr dams.

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Documentary on the Dambusters


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John Wesley Quotes

" I observed, "Love is the fulfilling of the law, the end of the commandment." It is not only "the first and great" command, but all the commandments in one. "Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise," they are all comprised in this one word, love."
- John Wesley quoting his own sermon on "The Circumcision of the Heart" (1 January 1733)

"I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation."- Journal (11 June 1739)

" We believe the written word of God to be the only and sufficient rule, both of Christian faith and practice; and herein we are fundamentally distinguished from those of the Romish church. We believe Christ to be the eternal, supreme God; and herein we are distinguished from the Socinians and Arians. " - The Character of a Methodist" (1739)

"Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees." - Letter (27 June 1760), published in The Works of the Rev. John Wesley (1813) Vol. XVI, p. 109

"The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!" - Letter to Reverend Samuel Furley (25 Janurary 1762), P

"Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge." - Letter to Joseph Benson (7 November 1768);

"Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can." - Letter to John Benson (5 October 1770); published in Wesley's Select Letters (1837), p. 207

"In returning I read a very different book, published by an honest Quaker, on that execrable sum of all villanies, commonly called the Slave-trade." - Journal (12 February 1772) after reading Some historical accounts of Guinea by Anthony Benezet
Source: Wikiquote - John Wesley
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On the Ning Nang Nong - Spike Milligan

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!


Spike Milligan
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Spike Milligan Quotes

"A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree."

"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."

"And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected."

"I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine. " - Spike Milligan

"Are you going to come quietly, or do I have to use earplugs?"
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
And the Monkeys all say Boo!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots Jibber Jabber Joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang!
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!

Spike Milligan
On the Ning Nang Nong, from Silly Verse for Kids


"For ten years Caesar ruled with an iron hand. Then with a wooden foot, and finally with a piece of string."

"How long was I in the army? Five foot eleven."

"I can speak Esperanto like a native."

"I shook hands with a friendly Arab. I still have my right arm to prove it."

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P.G.Wodehouse Quotes

"There are some things a chappie's mind absolutely refuses to picture, and Aunt Julia singing 'Rumpty-tiddley-umpty-ay' is one of them."

The Man with Two Left Feet (1917)

"He wore the unmistakable look of a man about to be present at a row between women, and only a wet cat in a strange backyard bears itself with less jauntiness than a man faced by such a prospect."

Piccadilly Jim (1918)

"And she's got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need."

-The Adventures of Sally (1922)

"He was not a man who prattled readily, especially in a foreign tongue. He gave the impression that each word was excavated from his interior by some up-to-date process of mining."
The Clicking Of Cuthbert (1922)

"As a rule, you see, I'm not lugged into Family Rows. On the occasions when Aunt is calling Aunt like mastodons bellowing across premieval swamps and Uncle James's letter about Cousin Mabel's peculiar behaviour is being shot round the family circle ('Please read this carefully and send it on Jane') the clan has a tendency to ignore me. It's one of the advantages I get from being a bachelor - and, according to my nearest and dearest, practically a half-witted bachelor at that."

"It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of modern medical thought."

"I turned to Aunt Agatha, whose demeanour was now rather like that of one who, picking daisies on the railway, has just caught the down express in the small of the back."

" Jeeves lugged my purple socks out of the drawer as if he were a vegetarian fishing a caterpillar out of his salad."
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (1923)
"The Right Hon. was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say `When!'"

" My Aunt Dahlia has a carrying voice... If all other sources of income failed, she could make a good living calling the cattle home across the Sands of Dee.:

"She fitted into my biggest armchair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing armchairs tight about the hips that season."

"Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove."
  • Very Good, Jeeves (1930)
"I don't want to seem always to be criticizing your methods of voice production, Jeeves," I said, "but I must inform you that that 'Well, sir' of yours is in many respects fully as unpleasant as your 'Indeed, sir?' Like the latter, it seems to be tinged with a definite scepticism. It suggests a lack of faith in my vision. The impression I retain after hearing you shoot it at me a couple of times is that you consider me to be talking through the back of my neck, and that only a feudal sense of what is fitting restrains you from substituting for it the words 'Says you!'"

Right Ho, Jeeves (1934)

"There is only one cure for grey hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine"
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