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Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

By Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She was a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She lectured throughout the US and abroad and was Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1981. She published ten best selling books and numerous magazine articles earning her Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations. At the request of President Clinton, she wrote and delivered a poem at his 1993 presidential inauguration.

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Quotes of Sir C.V Raman, A Nobel laureate and a great Physicist

National Science Day is celebrated across India on February 28. Famous Indian scientist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman or CV Raman discovered the Raman Effect on this day in 1928. For his discovery, Sir CV Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. In honour of this discovery and as a mark of tribute to the scientist, National Science Day was marked for the first time on February 28, 1987. For the past 32 years, every 28 February has been celebrated as a remembrance of CV Raman’s contribution to science and the Indian scientific community.

Let me try to present you the different dimensions in Sir CV Raman’s thoughts through some of his famous quotes.

As a Philosopher

Ask the right questions, and nature will open the doors to her secrets

As a Nation Builder :

The true wealth of a nation consists not in the stored- up gold but in the intellectual and physical strength of its people.

As an Art and science Lover :

Science is a fusion of man’s aesthetic and intellectual functions devoted to the representations of nature. It is therefore the highest form of creative art.

As a Realistic :

“The essence of science is independent thinking, hard work, and not equipment.

As a social reformer and a Mother Tongue Promoter

We must teach science in the mother tongue. Otherwise, science will become a highbrow activity. It will not be an activity in which all people can participate.”

Hope his thoughts would keep inspiring us and help us in discovering the secrets of this universe and in understanding of it’s Physics better.

To know more about National Science Day, 28 Feb follow the below link

National Science Day- C.V Raman’s Nobel-Winning Discovery Celebrated Each 28 Feb

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Aim High

Collection of quotes from few Great souls, who inspired us and keep on inspiring by their thoughts and actions. Please go through the quotes and let us know which connects you the most in comments.

Having an aim is the key to achieving your best.

~ Henry J. Kaiser

Small aim is a crime; have great aim.

~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

To aim and hit, you need one eye only, and one good finger.

~ Moshe Dayan

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must always aim for the impossible; if we lower our goal, we also diminish our effort.

~ Dorothy Day

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

~ C. S. Lewis

If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.

~ Zig Ziglar

Aim at being loved without being admired.

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

~ Einstein

The aim of every human being is to understand the meaning of total love.

~ Paulo Coelho

Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.

~ Carl von Clausewitz

When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.

~ Geoffrey Fisher

Aim high. You may still miss the target, but at least you won’t shoot your foot off.

~ Lois McMaster Bujold

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

~ Joseph Joubert

The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant.

~ Winston Churchill

One should always aim at being interesting, rather than exact.

~ Voltaire

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.

~ Frederick William Robertson

It is better to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit.

~ Les Brown

One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.

~ Quintilian

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

~ Thomas Aquinas

The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with truth.

~ Eliza Farnham

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

To aim to convert a man by miracles is a profanation of the soul.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.

~ Victor Hugo

Your aim will be knowledge and wisdom, not the reflected glamour of fame.

~ Abbott L. Lowell

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.

~ Plutarch

Common aim is stronger than blood.

~ G. I. Gurdjieff

Those who aim low usually hit their targets.

~ James M. Barrie

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Seven Social Sins

A person cannot do right in one department whilst attempting to do wrong in another department. Life is one indivisible whole.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi said that seven things will destroy us. Notice that all of them have to do with social and political conditions. Note also that the antidote of each of these “deadly sins” is an explicit external standard or something that is based on natural principles and laws, not on social values, and are published in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925.

Later he gave this same list to his grandson, Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper on their final day together shortly before his assassination.

Seven Social Sins is a list that was first uttered in a sermon delivered in Westminster Abbey on March 20, 1925 by an Anglican pries named Frederick Lewis Donaldson. He originally referred to it as the “7 Deadly Social Evils”

The Seven Sins are:

  • Wealth without work.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Knowledge without character.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Science without humanity.
  • Religion without sacrifice.
  • Politics without principle.

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