“I look at the world and I notice it’s turning / While my guitar gently weeps / With every mistake we must surely be learning / Still my guitar gently weeps.”
“It seems that for success, in science or art, a dash of autism is essential. For success the necessary ingredients may be an ability to turn away from the everyday world, from the simple practical, an ability to rethink a subject with originality so as to create in new untrodden ways.”
“The opportunity for creativity begins the moment we don’t know what we’re doing.”
“Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”
“It doesn’t have to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done.”
“Trees fall with spectacular crashes. Planting is silent and growth invisible.”
“Jobs are like going to church: it’s nice once or twice a year to sing along and eat something and all that, but unless you really believe there’s something holy going on, it gets to be a drag going in every single week.”
—-Thomas Michael Disch.
“I tire so of hearing people say, / Let things take their course. / Tomorrow is another day. / I do not need my freedom when I’m dead. / I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.”
“When was the last time you said thank you to your friends for being your friends?
Good friends are a gift. It’s just polite to say thank you.”
“I will remember that what has brought us up from savagery is a loyalty to truth, and truth cannot emerge unless it is subjected to the utmost scrutiny — will you not agree that a society which has lost sight of that, cannot survive?”
“Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.”
“We take responsibility for our actions at the time we perform our actions, not at the time we get caught.”
“The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind.”
-William Somerset Maugham.
“What separates delusional crowds from wise ones is the extent of their members’ interactions with each other…. The more a group interacts, the more it behaves like a real crowd, and the less accurate its assessments become. Occasionally, crowd interaction becomes so intense that madness results. As put most succinctly by Friedrich Nietzsche, ‘Madness is rare in the individual—but with groups, parties, peoples, and ages it is the rule.’ Mackay also recognized this; perhaps the most famous line in Extraordinary Popular Delusions is ‘Men, it is said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses more slowly, and one by one.’” —William J. Bernstein (“The Delusions Of Crowds”).
“As the pain that can be told is but half a pain, so the pity that questions has little healing in its touch.”
All managers of metrics have an opportunity to become leaders of people.—–Simon Sinek.
“Don’t get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance.”
“Authenticity is more than speaking. Authenticity is also about doing.
Every decision we make says something about who we are.”
“I notice that when all a man’s information is confined to the field in which he is working, the work is never as good as it ought to be. A man has to get a perspective, and he can get it from books or from people — preferably from both. This thing of sleeping and eating with your business can easily be overdone; it is all well enough—usually necessary—in times of trouble but as a steady diet it does not make for good business; a man ought now and then to get far enough away to have a look at himself and his affairs.”
— Harvey S. Firestone.
“You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that you have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. This is not only vital for the preservation of animal life generally, but for the future existence of man himself — a point that seems to escape many people.”
“The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul.”
“Mature companies fail because they forget why they were born. “
“The true value of networking doesn’t come from how many people we can meet,
but rather how many people we can introduce to others.”
“There’s no right or wrong time. Better now than later and better late than never.”
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. -J.R.R. Tolkien.
“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.”
“The new is threatening to those benefit from the old.”
“We can sell without selling out.”
“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.”
“Hearing is listening to what’s said. Listening is hearing what isn’t said.”