Warren Buffett: Avoid difficult problems rather than solve them

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Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students from the Kansas University School of Business (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Easy does it. After 25 years of buying and supervising a great variety of businesses, Charlie and I have not learned how to solve difficult business problems. What we have learned is to avoid them. To the extent we have been successful, it is because we concentrated on identifying one-foot hurdles that we could step over rather than because we acquired any ability to clear seven-footers.” Warren Buffett

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Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. – Benjamin Franklin

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Piet Hein and Joyce Carol Oates

Piet Hein (Kumbel) in front of the H.C.

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Philosophers / must ultimately find / their true perfection / in knowing all / the follies of mankind / – by introspection. –Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. -Joyce Carol Oates, writer (b. 1938)

Source: http://www.wordsmith.org

MK (Mahatma) Gandhi: Contraband

Morality is contraband in war. –Mahatma (Mohandas K. )Gandhi (1869-1948)

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l’Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Albert Einstein: Ethical behavior

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A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. –Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

Peter Lynch: Terrific investment

If you can find a company that can get away with raising prices year after year without losing customers (an addictive product such as cigarettes fills the bill), you’ve got a terrific investment.”Peter Lynch


MK Gandhi and Cyril Connolly

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Gandhi on Juhu Beach, Mumbai, May 1944.

Obesity is a mental state, a disease brought on by boredom and disappointment. –Cyril Connolly, critic and editor (1903-1974)

Poverty is the worst form of violence. –Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)


Steve Ruggeri: Hunting

English: Rabit hunter in Morocco. Clandestine ...

English: Rabit hunter in Morocco. Clandestine hunting with greyhounds. Français : Chasseur de lapin au Maroc, chasse clandestine au lévrier sloughi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we have exposed the specious reasoning of the hunters’ apologists and stripped their sport of its counterfeit legitimacy, the naked brutality of hunting defines itself: killing for the fun of it. -Steve Ruggeri, former hunter and activist (1949-1998)


Peter Singer: Ethics and its progress

In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks. So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America, and sold. In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter, and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics. –Peter Singer, philosopher, professor of bioethics (b. 1946)