Grant’s favourite quotes

“Pressure breeds diamonds” (Unknown)

“”Love is friendship set on fire”” (Anon. Probably the same person who signs  Valentine wishes)

“People are oceans , you cannot know them by their surface” (Anon)

“It seems to me that you are convinced reality exists, based on very slim evidence” (Grant )

“If it feels like you are in hell….
At least walk like you own the place…” (Anon)

“The art of true conversation consists of sparring minds, it inspires n challenges, creates ideas.
Leaves you wanting more…..” (Anon)

“Reality is only of interest if you make your own” (Grant)

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again” (Anon)

“Whatever you want to do, do it now – there are only a certain amount of tomorrows” (Anon)

“I have no need for religion, I have a conscience” (Anon)

“You will never get support from someone who fears any of the results from what you may achieve” (Anon . circa 1872)

“I believe in G.O.D.. – good orderly direction” (Anon )

“The biggest mistake you can make is listening to people who’ve given up on their dreams telling you to give up on yours” (Umair Hague)

“Men and fish – they both get into trouble when they open their mouth” (Anon)

“If you try to be all things to all people, you will never be anything to anyone” (Anon)

“I’m really very sociable, but I like to keep it to myself” (E. Kirkham)

“Life’s one long interview living in the view of all” (Grant)

“Great achievement isn’t on any particular roadmap” (anon)

“Use a safety net when walking the tight rope of love’s high wire (anon)

“I ain’t nobody’s bargain” (ref. unknown)

Connections are many. Love is one. (Anon)

“There’s a feeling within that whispers and sometimes shouts. This feeling gets easier to detect by culturing a connection with yourself and with everything. It’s too simple to call this a gut feeling and insufficient to say it is intuition or instinct. But ignore this feeling and you put at risk your full wellness and limit what you can achieve.” (Lang Leav feels her words more than she can possibly say but she has a very fine way of pushing past the limits of written language and opening up space in the free mind)

The idea is to die young, as late as possible. (Anon)

When he was asked to explain his theory of relativity in simple terms, Einstein replied, “Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” (Einstein)

“I dislike the phrase ‘Internet friends,’ because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through Skype or Chats. The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but its significance. Good friendships, online or off, urge us toward empathy; they give us comfort and also pull us out of the prisons of ourselves.” (Anon)

“In order to be irreplaceable,one must be different.” (Anon)

“If we each have an apple and we exchange, we still have 1 apple each. If we each have an idea and we exchange, we now have 2 ideas each. ” (Unknown)

“We do not care whether the cat is black or white, so long as it can catch mice” (Nelson Mandela at his thoughtful and understanding best)

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal” – Albert Pine

“Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.” (Unknown)

“Some people are just like clouds, when they disappear, it’s a brighter day”. (Anon)

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” (Charlie Brown)

“life is a large book for those who only read one page” (Anon)

“Life is not a dress rehearsal. Attempt to do the best you can; you only get today, one day at a time.” (Unknown)

“Do you love me
Or do you not?
You told me once
But I forgot” (Anon.)

“In life, burn like a torch, if only for an instance.” (Bhasa. In the play Marabharata. 2nd- or 3rd-century)

“This generation may not be judged by the actions of those who don’t care enough for the well being of all, but by the lack of action from those who care in silence.” (Anon)

“If you got brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose” (Anon)

“To the world you maybe one person, but to one person you maybe the world ” (Unknown)

“Words can Hurt OR HEAL..what did yours do today?” (Anon)

“To take away our expression is to impoverish our existence” (Anon)

“Water never waits. Water can carve its way through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path. ” (Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha)

“..if we allow ourselves to be enchanted by the beauty in ordinary things…then all things prove to be extraordinary!”” (Anon)

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves ” (Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island )

“Sometimes, you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.” (Ray Bradbury)

“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind but the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.”
(Chanakya Neeti)

“If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much space” (Anon)

“Every seed has it’s own time to bloom and fruit. Some seed needs many years to get rid of the shell” – (Narci)

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” – (Marsha Norman)

“We all smile in the same language.” – (Carole Boyle)

“Don’t be anyone but yourself. ” – luckyspecimen (Unknown)

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Chinese Proverb

“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.” — Chinese Proverb

“You are never a loser until you quit trying.” — Mike Ditka

“The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance.” — Owen Feltham

“What would you do today if you knew you couldn’t fail?” — Anonymous

“The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.” — Seneca

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” — George Burns

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Ask yourself this question:
“Will this matter a year from now?”” — Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuf

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” — Benjamin Franklin

Chat Café

 What’s a ‘Chat Café’?

Any arranged informal pop-up / drop-in / logged-in event where we can chat together over a coffee.

Flyer design (above) by Grant to promote Friday drop-in *’Chat Cafés’ at the MAC Centre, Birmingham, UK. (1993 to 1996)
To view more Grant design projects, visit Projects and Ideas

Chat Café FAQ’s

How could I benefit?
By bringing your thoughts from isolation and into a Chat Café you may clarify your projects’ aims, evolve workable ideas and establish useful people-links – all over an informal cuppa.

What aspects can we discuss?
All chats must be people and project based.

What do I need to bring?
Your project questions.

What’s the principle behind Chat Café and the Penny University?
Chat Cafés promote the principles of the original Penny University and provide a setting where ideas can be shared and built upon. By getting people to think and work together, most projects bear fruit.

What does it cost?
Following on from the tradition of the Penny University of the 1700s, you can still get in for 1p

How long has it been going?
It was started in 1993 by two members of BEAF (Business, Education & Arts Forum)  during their annual meeting at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham,UK.

Are Chat Cafés now international?
They can be on Zoom or Skype – so long as you make your own coffee.