“Under duress, we do not rise to our expectations – we fall to the level of our training.” — Bruce Lee
Aug09

“Under duress, we do not rise to our expectations – we fall to the level of our training.” — Bruce Lee

Under duress, we do not rise to our expectations – we fall to the level of our training. — Bruce Lee Pic...

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Quote of the Day: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life will not be shortened. Happiness does not decrease by being shared.” -Buddha
Jun25

Quote of the Day: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life will not be shortened. Happiness does not decrease by being shared.” -Buddha

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life will not be shortened. Happiness does not decrease by being shared.” -Buddha Pic Source:...

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Quote of the day
Jun20

Quote of the day

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe…”
Jul03

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe…”

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert...

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Quote of the Day: “No one is easier to fool than the man who is convinced that he is right.” -Haruki Murakami 1Q84
Nov16

Quote of the Day: “No one is easier to fool than the man who is convinced that he is right.” -Haruki Murakami 1Q84

Photo cred: http://artsfuse.org/45826/fuse-book-review-haruki-murakami-marathon-storyteller/ Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹 Murakami Haruki?, born January 12, 1949) is a contemporary Japanese writer. Murakami has been translated into 50 languages and his best-selling books have sold millions of copies. His works of fiction and non-fiction have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, both in Japan and internationally, including the World Fantasy Award (2006) and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (2006), while his oeuvre received among others the Franz Kafka Prize (2006) and the Jerusalem Prize (2009). Murakami’s most notable works include A Wild Sheep Chase (1982), Norwegian Wood (1987), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994-1995), Kafka on the Shore (2002), and 1Q84 (2009–2010). He has also translated a number of English works into Japanese, from Raymond Carver to J. D. Salinger. Murakami’s fiction, still[3] criticized by Japan’s literary establishment as un-Japanese, was influenced by Western writers from Chandler to Vonnegut by way of Brautigan. It is frequently surrealistic and melancholic or fatalistic, marked by a Kafkaesque rendition of the “recurrent themes of alienation and loneliness”[4] he weaves into his narratives. He is also considered an important figure in postmodern literature. Steven Poole of The Guardian praised Murakami as “among the world’s greatest living novelists” for his works and achievements. Biography Murakami was born in Japan during the post–World War II baby boom. Although born in Kyoto, he spent his youth in Shukugawa (Nishinomiya), Ashiya and Kobe. His father was the son of a Buddhist priest, and his mother the daughter of an Osaka merchant.Both taught Japanese literature. Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a wide range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Brautigan and Jack Kerouac. These Western influences distinguish Murakami from other Japanese writers. Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko. His first job was at a record store, much like Toru Watanabe, the narrator of Norwegian Wood. Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened a coffeehouse and jazz bar, the Peter Cat, in Kokubunji, Tokyo, which he ran with his wife from 1974 to 1981—again, not unlike the protagonist in his later novel South of the Border, West of the Sun. Murakami is a serious marathon runner and triathlon enthusiast, though he did not start running until he was 33 years old. On June 23, 1996, he completed his first ultramarathon, a 100-kilometer race around Lake Saroma in Hokkaido, Japan. He discusses his relationship with running in his 2008 memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Writing career Murakami began writing fiction when he...

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Quote of the Day: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle
Sep22

Quote of the Day: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

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