“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.”
“No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
—Charles de Lint.
“Optimists focus on the place they are going.
Pessimists focus on the obstacles along the route.
To become an optimist, simply look ahead.”
“If we would have new knowledge, we must get us a whole world of new questions.”
“We can’t be good at everything. If we were, there would be no need for teams.”
“When we try to keep all the doors open, for fear we walk through the wrong one,
we may end up having all the doors closed on us. ”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
“Writing is like carrying a fetus.”
“Don’t complain. Contribute.”
“We don’t trust people to follow the rules.
We trust people to know when to break them.”
“Those who put out the people’s eyes, reproach them for their blindness.”
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”