Quote on the art of story-telling

In the hopes that he might pen this story, which is beyond depiction, I’ve told it to my son…
…don’t be taken in by Orhan if he draws Black more absentminded than he is, made our lives harder than they are, Shevket worse and me prettier and harsher than I am. For the sake of a delightful and convincing story, there isn’t a lie Orhan wouldn’t deign to tell.”

– from the novel ‘My Name is Red’, by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Erdağ M. Göknar

Kural : 290

You ask, in lips of men what ‘truth’ may be;
‘Tis speech from every taint of evil free.”

(Explanation: Honesty is that which that does not harm anyone)

– Kural:291,From ‘Thirukkural, by Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, who wrote down philosophy in 1330 concise haikkus. (English translation by Rev.Dr.G U Pope)

Vivekananda’s quote on sectarianism

“Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible, descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now.”

-From Swami Vivekanda’s speech, at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893