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Inspirational Quotes



Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

Albert Einstein

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

Inspiration and genius--one and the same.
Victor Hugo

To find what you seek in the road of life,
the best proverb of all is that which says:
"Leave no stone unturned."
Edward Bulwer Lytton

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Christian Nestell Bovee

If you would create something,
you must be something.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.
Horace Bushnell

Nothing is worth more than this day.
You cannot relive yesterday.
Tomorrow is still beyond our reach.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all of the time.
Anna Freud

In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome.
William James

Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand.
Napoleon Hill

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
Charlotte Brontë

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.
W. C. Doane

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
Helen Keller

I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she will make the same effort, and have the same hope and faith.
Mahatma Gandhi

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
Benjamin Disraeli

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.
Orison Swett Marden

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?
George Eliot

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men do less than they ought,
unless they do all they can.
Thomas Carlyle

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluable problems.
John Gardner

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Leon J. Suenes

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir

First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.


hockey player taking a shot  on goal

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky

Motivational Quotations

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
Take calculated risks.
That is quite different from being rash.
George S. Patton
Storms make oaks take roots.
If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
St. Clement of Alexandra

Dream big and dare to fail.
Norman Vaughan

With will one can do anything.
Samuel Smiles

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Thornton Wilder
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Well begun is half done.
Greek Proverb

The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
Johann Gottfried Von Herder
Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.
Josh Billings
And all may do what has by man been done.
Edward Young
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Samuel Smiles
Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
If the wind will not serve,
take to the oars.
Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe
Latin Proverb
Men's best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher
No star is lost once we have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.

Adelaide Proctor

He turns not back who is bound to a star.
Leonardo Da Vinci
You cannot plough a field by
turning it over in your mind.

Author Unknown
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
Kenneth Hildebrand
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson
Fortune favors the brave.
Publius Terence
When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.
Richard Hooker
He who hesitates is lost.
If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence. John B. Gough
An oak is not felled at one blow.
Spanish Proverb
In doubtful matters boldness is everything.
Publilius Syrus
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein
Amazing how we can light tomorrow with today.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.
Norman Vincent Peale
Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.
Orison Swett Marden

morning sunrise over mountains Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning, I say: "What is my exciting thing for today?" Then I do the day.
Barbara Jordan

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls.

Winston Churchill
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reach perfection.
Baltasar Gracián
For hope is but the dream
of those that wake.

Matthew Prior
Constant dripping hollows out a stone.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose--
a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

Mary Shelley

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Words of Wisdom /
Thoughts to Live By

Nature and wisdom never are at strife.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
William James
The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
Solomon Ibn Gabriol
Wisdom is better than gold or silver.
German Proverb
Years teach us more than books.
Berthold Auerbach
It is best to learn wisdom by the experience of others.
Latin Proverb

The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends and family, in one's backyard. - Abraham Maslow
woman in hammock in backyard

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy.
William Penn
The middle course is the best.
The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control.
The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.
Thomas Huxley
A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.
Latin Proverb
Silence does not always mark wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Measure a thousand times and cut once.
Turkish Proverb
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Lin Yutang
No man was ever wise by chance.
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
Matsuo Basho
Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal.
A. Maude Royden
Not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom.

John Milton
By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.
The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.
William Hazlitt
Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.
John Tillotson
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shore line of wonder.
Ralph W. Sockman
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens
One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.
Alexander Chase
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.
sunshine on tree branches Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul. - German Proverb



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Why I don’t wear bras – Rising Ghanaian actress Why I don’t wear bras – Rising Ghanaian actress

Barely three weeks after she stole the headlines with the revealing ‘nude tone’ dress she wore to her debut movie premiere appearance of “Royal Diadem,” at the West Hills Mall, Ghana, rising Ghanaian actress, Effia Odo has revealed why she is not at home with bras.
Ghanian actress3According to her, impressing any man by wearing bras to make her small breasts look big is not one of her concerns.
“My breasts are small, so, what’s the point of wearing a bra?” Efia told eTV Ghana’s two night ago at Night Celebrity Show with Giovanni.
She added: “I will like the men to know what they are going to get should they approach. I don’t want to wear push up bras and shifting things and pushing things just to impress.
“I wear make-up and all but just so you know this is the small things you are going to get.”
The budding actress known in private life as Andrea Owusu had attended her debut movie premiere braless that had cameras clicking away and heads turning.

Biafra: Placard-carrying activists protest in Aba, saying, ‘Biafra or death’

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Aba, the Abia State capital, yesterday, to demand the release of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who operated a  radio station calling for a separate state of Biafra. In Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, some 2,000 people carried placards with slogans such as “Biafra or death” and waved the Biafran flag — a golden rising sun on red, black and green.
Others wore T-shirts and caps with the image of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra and founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, pressure group. Some sang freedom songs and carried the outlawed Biafran pound currency. A protester reportedly tore a Nigerian flag.
“Getting our leader out of detention is our immediate concern, but ultimately we want to be free from Nigeria,” IPOB’s Abia coordinator, Ikechukwu Ugwuoha, told the crowds.
 DSS ordered to produce Nnamdi Kanu
Meantime, an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Wuse Zone 2, yesterday, ordered the  Department of State Services, DSS,  to  produce the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, before it, on November 23.
biafraChief Magistrate Shauibu Usman, who gave the order, said he was disappointed that despite a subsisting order, the court made on October 23,  the DSS still refused to produce Kanu yesterday.
Kanu who is the  Director of Radio Biafra and Biafra Television,  was on October 17, picked up in Lagos by security operatives, shortly after he arrived Nigeria from his base in the United Kingdom.
At the resumed sitting yesterday, the prosecution, failed to  comply with the court order.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Moses Idakwo, told the court that  Kanu was not brought before it yesterday due to the fact that there was a pending application, challenging the jurisdiction of the Abuja Magistrate Court  to proceed with the trial.
He said the defendant would only be produced after the motion querying the jurisdiction of the court has been determined.
Tussle over defence
Also yesterday, two lawyers, engaged in war of words before the open court over who should be allowed to defend the IPOB leader.
The two legal practitioners,  Mr. Gabriel Egbule and Vincent Ezechukwu Obete, claimed that they were duly briefed to handle the case.
Egbule,  who was the first to announce appearance, told the court that he represented the  accused person on October 19, the day he was arraigned.
He produced a letter which he said was  written to him by next of kin  to the defendant, which appointed him to act as the defence attorney in the matter.
On his part,  Obete, produced an authorization letter from the IPOB, signed by its Deputy Director, Mr. Alphonsus Mefor.
UN, EU, ECOWAS  intervention sought
Irked by the scenario playing out over Kanu’s continued detention , a coalition of human rights groups based in South East geo-political zone of the country has written the United Nations, UN, European Union, EU, Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, United States of America, USA, United Kingdom, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Brazil, Japan, Australia and India, asking them to prevail on the Nigerian government to release  Nnamdi Kanu from extra-judicial detention.
Unlawful detention
The coalition’s statement copied to the Chairman of the Board of the National Human Rights Commission, Abuja, Nigeria; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Supreme Court Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria; National Security Adviser to the President, NSA Office, Abuja, Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice, AGF Office, Abuja, Nigeria, declared that:
“ Saddening is the reckless flouting and rapacious disobedience by the DSS of four court orders (production (twice), bail and transfer orders) made by the trial Magistrate between October 23 and 28, 2015.
“In the past seven days, mass protests involving millions of citizens of Nigeria including school children, women and the elderly have gripped major cities of Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Owerri, Umuahia, Okigwe, Enugu, Asaba, Uyo, Yenogoa, Port Harcourt, Benin and Calabar in South-East and South-South Nigeria as well as dozens of foreign capital cities over the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu and in all these, President Muhammadu Buhari and his DSS have kept unholy sealed lips; in reminiscence of state of terror during his military days of 1984 and 1985”, among others.
 Threat to democracy
The statement further stated that “arresting and detaining citizens outside judicial processes and pronouncements are the greatest threat to democracy and rule of law in Nigeria and a clear return of state terrorism in the country.
“This trend, if unchecked, will not only lead to lawlessness, but will also compound the country’s fragile contraption and further undermine and threaten its concocted and fragile statehood.
“The inability and unwillingness of the Buhari administration to frontally address these landmines may most likely possess the capacity to undermine the legitimacy of governmental powers and authority; which can be a recipe for civil disobedience and collapse of traditional state power and legitimacy.”
MASSOB is selfish —TIC
However, another pressure group, The Igbo Conscience, TIC, has deviated from the stance of MASSOB, stating instead that those behind the MASSOB protest across the South-East are not fighting the Igbo cause, but rather fighting for their selfish and personal interest.
The group said it is unfortunate that most of the characters involved in the protest had been brainwashed to believe that Biafra will be the solution to all their problems.
Addressing a press conference, yesterday, in Lagos, leader of the group, Monday Ubani said that the late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu once described the Biafra struggle as no longer a physical fight, but a struggle of the mind.
Ubani stressed further that the protesters had no first hand experience of what it means to go to war which is why they had developed penchant for beating drums of war.
He stated, “It is not sheer coincidence that none of the prominent supporters of the Indigenous people of Biafra was in Biafra during the 30month civil war whose consequences are still there to see.”
Mbaka urged to apologise
Miffed by what it perceived as unguarded utterances by a Roman Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka against his fellow Igbo kinsmen in the current agitation against continued detention of the leader of IPOB, and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, the Campaign for Democracy, CD, has given Fr. Mbaka a seven-day ultimatum within which to apologize to Igbo agitators or be sanctioned, adding that for now, apart from boycotting his prayer ministry in Enugu, Ndigbo should stop buying his products like yoghurt, candles, pure water, among other essential commodities being sold by Mbaka.      .
In a press statement issued yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, CD’s South East Zonal Chairman, Uzor A. Uzor said it was unpardonable for Mbaka to have described Igbo youths as evil and demonic, just because they were agitating and protesting for immediate and unconditional release of Kanu, who was granted bail, but still being extra-judicially detained by the Department of State Services, DSS.
Northern youths react
Angered by their renewed attempt to resurrect an outlawed movement, northern youths have condemned the promoters of the new agitation to revive Biafra and divide Nigeria.
In a statement by its National President, Alhaji Gambo Gujungu, the AYF said it was highly disappointed by the heinous move by some selfish elements to cause avoidable crisis in the country.


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