Archived Quotes 2011—2015

Ω “If there is no wind, row” —Latin Proverb

Ω “When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you’re older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.” —Casey Stengel

Ω “You get a chicken by hatching an egg, not by smashing it open.” —Anonymous

Ω “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” —Albert Einstein

Ω “We must be willing to get rid of the life we had planned, in order to have the life that’s waiting for us.” —Joseph Campbell

Ω “Thoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality.” —William James, The Principles of Psychology

Ω “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” —Alan Watts

Ω “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all” —Dale Carnegie.

Ω “The blizzard doesn’t last forever; it just seems so.” —Ray Bradbury

Ω “There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to.” —Joseph Heller (1923 – 1999), Catch 22

Ω “Leaving San Francisco is like saying good-bye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.” —Walter Cronkite

Ω Steve Jobs:

  • It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
  • When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
  • That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
  • Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
  • You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
  • I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Ω “When we have conquered the enemy within . . . there are no enemies left to conquer.” —Anonymous

Ω “A goal without a plan is nothing more than a wish.” —Former NFL coach, Herman Edwards

Ω “Success and failure share a common denominator. Both are temporary.”—Anonymous

Ω “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein

Ω “We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of accustomed pleasure.” —Sydney J. Harris

Ω “I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it.” —Oscar Wilde

Ω “The only thing new in this world is the history you don’t know.” —Harry Truman

Ω “Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” —Samuel T. Coleridge

Ω “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
— Kahlil Gibran

Ω “Plenty sits still, Hunger is a wanderer.” —Zulu proverb

Ω “The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.”  —Alden Nowlan

Ω “I’m so busy I don’t know if I found my rope or lost my horse.”
— Anonymous

Ω “If everyone lives roughly the same lies about the same thing, there is no one to call them liars. They jointly establish their own sanity and themselves normal.” —Ernest Becker

Ω “Chaos and Order combined equal Balance.” —Richard Garriott

Ω “The boss drives people; The leader coaches them,”
—H. Gordon Selfridge

Ω “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”  – Michael Jordan

Ω “Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed the passage with you?” —Walt Whitman

Ω “Anger Past 30 Seconds is Ego” —Michael Pritchard

Ω Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.” Paul Graham

Ω When you’re in a rut, it means that you’ve grown beyond your original goals.

Ω “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” — Simon Sinek

Ω “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”  —Ken Robinson

Ω “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” —Orson Welles

Ω If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

Ω “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself 
I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, 
and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother 
pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great 
ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” 
—Sir Isaac Newton

Ω To change one’s life:

  1. Start immediately.
  2. Do it flamboyantly.
  3. No exceptions.
    ―William James

Ω “In the early 1900’s, the antagonists of labor, to mislead the public, invented the expression of “closed shop.” When stripped of its pretense the so-called open shop is the closed shop because it is closed to any measure of democratic action by the workers. They can take the jobs under the condition fixed by the employer or go jobless. This is where the employees are dealt with as individuals and are voiceless, and where the cruel fiction is kept alive that neither union nor non-union workers are discriminated against, but where the union or non-union workers never receive fair treatment. The union shop is not a closed shop. It is open to all who are competent and who are not shirkers. It is void of friction, and the workers’ representatives meet the employer on a common ground.” —Journal of Electrical Workers and Operators, April 1922

Ω ‎”Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” —Anon.

Ω ‎”The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands – the ownership and control of their livelihoods – are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.” —Helen Keller, 1911

Ω “Man, like the bridge, was designed to carry the load of the moment, not the combined weight of a year at once.”
—William A. Ward

Ω When the water reaches the upper level, follow the rats.

Ω Hunter S. Thompson

  • Some people will tell you that slow is good – but I’m here to tell you that fast is better. I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…
  • THE EDGE– there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
  • A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.
  • We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.
  • America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

Ω The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. —Nikola Tesla

Ω To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
—Elbert Hubbard

Ω None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. —Goethe

Ω Don’t stare at an orange juice can just because it says “concentrate”. —Anonymous

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