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Latin phrases: "mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be", "peace visits not the guilty mind", ...
"memores acti prudentes futuri": mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be
- from the North Hertfordshire District Council coat of arms
"nemo malus felix": peace visits not the guilty mind
"Nemo igitur vir magnus sine aliquo adflatu divino umquam fuit.": No great man ever existed who did not enjoy some portion of divine inspiration.
- from Cicero's De Natura Deorum, Book 2, chapter LXVI, 167
"Say as you think and speak it from your souls."
- William Shakespeare
"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them."
- Mark Twain
"It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions."
- William Shakespeare
Oscar, 8 times nominated legend Peter O'Toole left behind Creator ("The Big Picture"), My Favorite Year, Lawrence Of Arabia
Peter O'Toole (1932-2013)
"We're all missing 'The Big Picture'."
Opening scene of the film 'Creator' starring Peter O'Toole.
"My Favorite Year" - Trailer
Peter O'Toole gives a knock-out performance as Alan Swann...
ABC - "Remembering Peter O'Toole"
Noel Coward: "If you had been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia."
"David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I. "
"Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If virtue precede us every step will be safe."
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
- Winston Churchill
Queen:"reflection, meditation and prayer make us better people"; remained constant is "family, friendship & good neighborliness"
Watch the Queen's Christmas Day message 2013 in full
The Queen reflected on prominent events from the past year during her Christmas broadcast - from the service that marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation to the birth of Prince George
"balance between action and reflection"
"reflection, meditation, prayer help to renew us"
"family, friendship, neighborliness"
"principle and service"
Her broadcast began with the Queen telling her audience how a man she once knew gained a clearer insight into the world after spending a year in a plaster cast recovering from a back operation.
She said: "He read a lot, and thought a lot, and felt miserable. Later, he realised this time of forced retreat from the world had helped him to understand the world more clearly.
"We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock."
The Queen, who was dressed in a single crepe wool primrose dress which she wore to William and Kate's wedding in April 2011, also said in her broadcast: "As with all who are christened, George was baptised into a joyful faith of Christian duty and service. After the christening, we gathered for the traditional photograph.
"It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations."
The Queen also looked back over the past 12 months to the 60th anniversary of her coronation, celebrated with a national service in June.
She said: "I myself had cause to reflect this year, at Westminster Abbey, on my own pledge of service made in that great church on Coronation Day 60 years earlier. read more »
"Harmony", the ever-biggest word carved by 2 popes, floating in the sky which has no boundaries of religions, or claimed regions
[Dec 29, 2013] Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has shared a holiday meal with his successor, Pope Francis.
The two men dined together at Francis's residence, the Santa Marta hotel on the Vatican City grounds, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said on Saturday.
Francis had extended an invitation for a holiday meal when he paid a call on his predecessor December 23 at a monastery on the Vatican's grounds to offer Christmas greetings, Vatican Radio said. read more »
Complete Works of Shakespeare covered in Hindu deities, smuggled into prison, accompanied Nelson Mandela in solitary confinement
"A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."
"I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."
"Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."
- Nelson Mandela
Locked in solitary confinement on Robben Island, newspapers were banned and letters from loved ones a rare treat. Where did he find the inspiration to continue his long struggle for freedom?
A tattered book covered in luminous Hindu deities might have seemed like a strange choice for the South African leader. But the beatifically smiling women on the cover knew something the prison wardens didn't. Inside was the "Complete Works of Shakespeare," and the historic text became a source of strength for Mandela and his fellow inmates during their darkest days. read more »