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Date: 17 November 2018

GMT Time uploaded in London –17-51
Post No. 5672

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While he was dramatic critic on the old Denver Post, Eugene Field was given an assignment to report on a performance of King Lear, his review was brief but pointed

Last night at the Tabor Opera House, So and So played King Lear. He played it as though under the premonition that someone was about to play the Ace.


Lecture Anecdotes

Professor Agassiz, the naturalist, had declined to lecture before some lyceum or public society, on account of the inroads which previous lectures given by him had made upon his studies and thought. The gentleman who had been deputed to invite him continued to press the invitation, assuring him that the society was ready to pay him liberally for his services.

That is no inducement to me, replied Agassiz, I cannot afford to waste my time in making money.




Artemus Ward was once about to lecture on American Wit and Humour, but the chairman spoke at such length on the subject when Artemus rose he said,
The chairman has said all that needs to be said on the American Wit and Humour, so instead of taking that subject, I shall lecture on Indian Meals, and he did.


The German philosopher and theologian , Frederich Schleilermarcher , once attempted to explain to a questioner the type of people who composed his audiences.

My audience is composed mainly of students, young women and soldiers. Student s come because I am a member of the Board of Examiners. The young women come because of the student s. And the soldiers come because of the young women.


God and the Church Anecdotes


Article No. 2092

Written by London swaminathan
Date : 22 August  2015
Time uploaded in London :– 15-40

While Raphael was engaged in painting his celebrated frescoes, he was visited by two cardinals who began to criticize his work, and found fault without understanding it.

“The Apostle Paul had too red a face,” said one.

“He blushes to see whose hands the church has fallen,” answered the angry artist.


Julian Huxley on Theologian and Philosopher

Julian Huxley tells this: “I recall the story of the philosopher and the theologian. The two were engaged in disputation and the theologian used the old quip about a philosopher resembling a blind man, in a dark room, looking for a black cat – which was not there.

“That may be,” said the philosopher, “but a theologian would have found it.”

Julian Huxley

Chief Justice Melville Fuller on Ignorance

Shortly before his death Chief Justice Melville Fuller presided at a church conference. During the progress of a heated debate a member arose and began a tirade against universities and education, thanking God that he had never been corrupted by contact with a college.

“Do I understand the speaker thanks God for his ignorance?” interrupted the Chief Justice.

“Well, yes”, was the answer. ”You can put it that way if you wish”

“All I can say then,” Said the Chief Justice, “is that the member has a great deal to thank God for.”


Deist and Dentist!

At a gathering in London, where a furious theological controversy occurred, Dean Swift lost his temper and boisterously asked a stranger, who sat next to him: “On which side, sir, are you? Are you an atheist or a Deist?”

“Oh, neither, Sir”, was the immediate reply;

“I am a dentist.”


Theologian Leonard Bacon

The theologian Leonard Bacon, was present at a religious conference. He had made a certain statement on the floor, whereupon a member, opposed to his views, burst forth with the exclamation, “Why, I never heard such a thing in all my life.”

“Mr. Moderator,” appealed Bacon, “I cannot allow my opponent’s ignorance, however vast, to prejudice my knowledge, however small.”


John Selden and Salt Fish

When the learned John Selden was a member of the Assembly of the Divines at the Westminster he delighted to puzzle them by curious quibbles. Once they were gravely engaged in determining the exact distance between Jericho and Jerusalem; and one of them, to prove it could not be great, observed, “That fish were carried from one place to other.” At which the resourceful Dr.Selden observed: “Perhaps it was salt fish?” this again threw the assembly into confusion.

30 Beautiful Quotations from Philosopher Dr Radhakrishnan


Compiled by London swaminathan

Post  No.1890

Date: 26 May 2015; London Time 12-23

June 2015 Good Thoughts Calendar

June 1 Monday –Vaikasi Visakam, 19- Ramzan month begins, 24-

Ani Uththaram Natarajar Abhishekam.

Auspicious days – June 4, 7, 8, 12, 26, 29; June 2 Tuesday-Pornami /Full moon day; June 12 and 28 – Ekadasi; June 16 – Amavasya/ New moon day

June 1 Monday

Philosophy is understanding, contemplation, insight, and a philosopher can find no rest until he gains a view or vision of the world of things and persons which will enable him to interpret the manifold experiences as expressive, in some sort, of a purpose.

June 2 Tuesday

If we ask religious leaders on what their claim to be believed is based, we receive three answers – They deserved to be believed, firstly,  because our primal ancestors believed them; secondly, because we possess proofs which have been handed down from this period of antiquity; and thirdly, because it is forbidden to raise the question of their authenticity at all.

June 3 Wednesday

The golden age is in the future vision, not in the fabled past.

June 4 Thursday

Our scientific theories which supersede earlier ones are only links in a long chain of progressive advances. They are temporary resting places in the search for truth and there is nothing absolute about them. Religion on the other hand claims to be absolutistic. Its truths are said to be unalterable and our only duty is to defend them.

June 5 Friday

Science demands induction from facts and not deduction from dogmas. Science insists on the reign of law. If law works everywhere and though all time, there is nothing mysterious or miraculous about the world.

Dr Radhakrishnan’s Birth Day September 5 is celebrated as Teachers day

June 6 Saturday

Reasoning in religion is only a rearrangement of our prejudices. The tendency of religion to mistake desires for facts, to take the world to be what we should like it to be, to reserve a certain part of life as falling outside the scope of ordinary knowledge is the direct opposite of empirical science.

June 7 Sunday

A non-functioning, ornamental deity cannot remain for long a vital force. Deism lapsed into scepticism. If a god is unnecessary for working the world machine, he does not seem to be quite necessary for starting it.

June 8 Monday

We cannot believe that the earth was brought into existence by a divine fiat on a certain Tuesday in the year 4004 BCE.

June 9 Tuesday

Man is nothing more than the latest of a long series of living creatures, and he did not arrive on this planet faultless and finished but is being slowly ground in to shape by the shocks of circumstance. We cannot be certain that man is the last utterance of life. Even if the evolution of life on earth does not proceed higher than the human species, science threatens us with a possibility of its extinction.

June 10 Wednesday

Call it destiny or collective soul, an immutable law governs the rise and fall of races and cultures.

With King of Cambodia

June 11 Thursday

Language is a series of muscle twitchings. Emotions are visceral reactions. Man is an animal among animals. He is the most cunning of the animals.

June 12 Friday

We are grown-up infants and god is a sort of “wet nurse” to humanity.

June 13 Saturday

Psychologists are interested in the discovery of conditions that lead to the acceptance of fancies as facts but not in their truth vale. We do not debate the truth of a detected illusion.

June 14 Sunday

Our mental pictures of god are as varied as we are. If oxen and horses and lions had hands and could produce works of arts as men do, horses would paint the forms of the gods like horses, and oxen like oxen, and make their bodies in the images of their several kinds! Ethiopians make their gods black and snub nosed, the Thracians say theirs have blue eyes and red hair”(Dr Radhakrishnan gave the quote from Xenophanes).

June 15 Monday

The history of religion is the record of the conflicts of contradictory systems, each of them claiming dogmatic finality and absolute truth, a claim made apparently absurd by the plurality of claimants.


June 16 Tuesday

Salvation is interpreted as having a reference to the next world and not he building of kingdom of god on earth. Religion is more world-fleeing than world-seeking or world-penetrating.

June 17 Wednesday

Religion is not doctrinal obedience or ritualistic display, but is self-sacrificing love and redemptive might. Religion believes that all needful truth is given to man and there is no need for further enquiry and search.

June 18 Thursday

Religion engenders a great love for a great hate. Every religion has its Popes and Crusades, idolatry and heresy hunting. The cards and the game are the same, only the names are different. Men are attacked for affirming what men are attacked for denying. Religious piety seems to destroy all moral sanity and sensitive humanism.

June 19 Friday

Greek mind had not a clear perception of the distinction between politics and religion, public duty and individual perfection. To it, Athens and Athena , later Caesar and god ,were identical terms. The individual’s highest good is in the service of the state.

June 20 Saturday

Scepticism does not cost us much. It is faith that requires courage nowadays.

With US President John F Kennedy

June 21 Sunday

We need the assistance of creative minds. The prophet souls and the priest minds, the original men of understanding and not the mechanical imitators of the inherited habits, are needed to help our wandering generation to fashion a goal for itself. Prophesy is insight. It is vision. It is anticipating experience. It is seeing the present so fully as to foresee the future.

June 22 Monday

We cannot live if we do not recover our faith in life and the universe. Rationality is essential, but so is religion if disintegration to be averted. Loyalty to life requires us to know the creative mystery and serve it to the best of our power.

June 23 Tuesday

Happiness is not to be confused with pleasure. It consists in harmony, in unity with oneself, in the consciousness of an affirmative attitude to life, in the peace resident in the soul.

June 24 Wednesday

Agnosticism admits the mystery and holds that we do not know and cannot know. That which transcends us is none of our affair.

June 25 Thursday

There is a story that the visit of an Indian philosopher to Socrates. Aristoxenes reports that Socrates tod the India stranger that his work consisted in enquiries about the life of men, and the Indian smiled and said that none could understand things human who did not understand things divine.

June 26 Friday

Humanism is a protest against naturalism on the one side and religion on the other. Against religion, humanism contends that this world is our chief interest and perfection of humanity is our ideal. We can realise the humanist’s ideal by means of the inner discipline without reference to any supernatural power. Humanism seems to be religion secularised. Life is a great gift, and we have to bring to it a great mood; only humanism does not induce it.

June 27 Saturday

Socialism cannot remove human selfishness. A religion whose centre is man and not god is never a strong one. Religion today has to fight not only unbelief and secularism, but also the subtler rival in the guise of social reform.

June 28 Sunday

God is not what a man wishes to be true for the sake of an easy time, but what he knows to be true, even though it means sacrifice and self-denial.

June 29 Monday

Liberty and reason are no doubt great ideals, but there can be no liberty without discipline and no reason without faith.

June 30 Tuesday

It takes centuries of life to make a little history, and it takes centuries of history to produce a little tradition, and we cannot lightly set it aside. There is a body of accepted knowledge, a deposit of faith on which we can all draw. Though religion in a sense is each individual’s personal affair, it is dependent on past tradition and grows out of it

Quotations are taken from AN IDEALIST VIEW OF LIFE, lectures of Dr Radhakrishnan in the United Kingdom in 1929 and 1930. Later he became President of India.