Do you know that you sometimes hear these inner voices that speak out to you about things that you want to do? well my inner voice is not inside; actually its outside. It is my very own quotation book. The book was presented to me when I was in 11th STD by my Dad. He said it will improve my knowledge. It did alright; actually it did more than that. Let me explain.

My 12th STD exams results were supposed to come. I was anxiously waiting. As I rummaged through my rack to find my hall ticket I chanced upon the book. I opened a random page and guess what it said?

“Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Charles Caleb Colton (1780 – 1832)”

I might be the wisest; all it takes is a fool to ruin my results. I was more tensed than ever. I tossed the quotation book in anger.

It was 3rd year of the engineering. I needed to write an article for my department magazine. That was when I remembered that I had a quotation book. I searched for it for over an hour and finally managed to find it. Again I opened a random page and the quotes I got?

“Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 – 1966), “Unkempt Thoughts”

I was wondering if God was against me. Every time I start to do something this quotation book comes and ruins everything for me. I gave up writing the article and sent a Crossword puzzle instead.

2 Years later I joined a Big MNC. As I was getting ready for my training session, I was desperately searching for the book on “Object oriented concepts” when I chanced upon this quotation book. I wanted to test its acidity. I opened random page to find this…

“Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
Plato (427 BC – 347 BC)”

That was the point which made me think. Probably it was my inner voice. Now I am awaiting a misfortune anytime.

2 more years later I was getting married. I was cleaning up my room to pack, when I saw this book again. Curiosity got the better of me and I opened a random page.


“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)”

The book had lived up to its name. I packed it in along with my other important stuff. I was punished alright… I got married!!!!!

“Life teaches us many important things in the most obscure ways. We always choose to ignore. Those who listen to it end up in hell.
- My Quotation (22-2-2006) ”