Ageing... there’s precious little we can do about it, so we may as well accept it, get on with it and even enjoy it. Barring illness, how we cope with ageing is, to a certain extent, a question... More > of mind over matter: we’ve all heard the joke... if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. This little compilation of quotes from the likes of actors, writers, comedians and philosophers takes a gentle poke at the ageing process and reminds us that it’s not the end of the world... yet!< Less
Plato is considered one of the greatest philosophers of all time. He was a Greek polymath: a philosopher, a mathematician, a writer and founder (at the age of 30) of the Academy in Athens – an... More > institution of higher learning where he taught Aristotle, amongst others. Here is a collection of his finest quotes.< Less
Socrates was a Greek philosopher and teacher, now considered to be one of the founders of Western philosophy. His way of teaching, known today as the Socratic Method, encouraged students to question... More > everything: What is truth? What is justice? Are the gods omnipotent? As he did not transcribe his teachings and thoughts, a great deal of what is known about him today comes from writings of his pupils and followers, notably Plato and Xenophon, as well as the plays of Aristophanes.Here is a selection of his best quotes.< Less
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath, born in Stagira, Greece, and today considered one of the most important figures in Western philosophy. His writings cover a wide range of subjects from... More > physics, biology and zoology to poetry, music, logic, politics, government and ethics. This is a collection of his best quotes.< Less
Mention ‘Thatcher’ in the UK and opinion will be clearly divided. However, one thing that is inarguable is that Margaret Thatcher was a formidable character: British stateswoman, Leader... More > of the Conservative Party 1975-1990, Prime Minister 1979-1990, Britain’s first female prime minister; the longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century; self-confessed conviction politician…
This is a compilation of Margaret Thatcher’s best quotes, a collection of quotes about her, and a selection of anecdotes presented by Members in the House of Commons and the House of Lords after the announcement of her death in April 2013.< Less
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, otherwise known as Mahatma (‘venerable’ or ‘great soul’) was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, in Gujarat, western India. He became an... More > influential political and spiritual leader renowned for his non-violent civil rights crusade and leadership of the Indian independence movement. He is widely seen as the Father of the Nation in India. This collection of Gandhi’s best quotes comes from his writings and speeches and reflects his spiritual strength and courage.< Less
- A complete trust or confidence in someone or something
- A strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof
- A belief that is not based on... More > proof
- A belief in anything as a code of ethics or standards of merit
- An allegiance to duty of a person
- Being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see...
However you wish to define ‘faith’, it is a very personal thing; the force of life, as Tolstoy said. Faith offers with it the comforts of optimism and hope, goodness and light. It’s still believing the best in everyone even when you’ve seen the worst in some.
We hope this collection of faith quotes will uplift and inspire you.< Less
One of the greatest playwrights of his time, Wilde was also a novelist, poet, essayist and celebrated wit, noted for his involvement in the art movement Aestheticism. Amongst his many successes were... More > his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
This compilation brings together snippets from a wide range of Wilde’s work and showcases the wit and wisdom for which he is renowned.< Less
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) is generally considered Rome’s greatest orator and the master of Latin prose. He was also a powerful statesman, a successful lawyer and an influential... More > philosopher. Indeed, his affect on European literature and ideas, notably the Renaissance period, is almost unparalleled.
Luckily, as Cicero was declared a ‘righteous pagan’ by the early Catholic Church, many of his works have been preserved, including recorded speeches, books on rhetoric and philosophy. From these, comes this collection of the best Cicero quotes.< Less
When we think of laws in the UK we recall the Magna Carta of about 800 years ago. All over Europe laws were formed and had time to mature over the centuries. Not so in the USA which grew to be a... More > world power in a relatively short period. As a new country, laws would spring up wherever people would settle. Any educated man could become a lawyer and any local judge could pass laws in his town that he felt appropriate.
Although most of these laws seem very silly to us now, at the time they must have been passed for a reason and because the town’s leading citizens wanted to stamp out a particular problem.
The section on funny American laws, which takes up most of the book, is divided alphabetically by State. It is an eclectic set of laws chosen for their weirdness and comic aspects. Each State’s motto is noted after the State heading. A random collection of funny laws from other parts of the world follow but really, as you will see, America has the crown!< Less