Quotes

  Photo by Jessica Klima

  Photo by Jessica Klima

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
— Dr. Seuss
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
— Walt Disney
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
— Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.
— Madeleine L'Engle
The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent. But if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
— Stanley Kubrick
When you cut into the present, the future leaks out…
— William Burroughs
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.
— Aristotle
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction
— Pablo Picasso
Fall down seven times, get up eight.
— Japanese Proverb
In ev’ry job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun, and snap!
The job’s a game!
— Mary Poppins
He not busy being born is busy dying.
— Bob Dylan (It's Alright, Ma, I'm Only Bleeding)
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
— Nolan Bushnell
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
— James Dean
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met.
— Bashi Luxon
To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.
— Benjamin Franklin
The more users’ expectations prove right, the more they will feel in control of the system and the more they will like it.
— Jakob Nielson
Misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are certainly much less frequent.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1774)
Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.
— Warren Buffett
Do not fall into the error of the artisan who boasts of twenty years experience in his craft while in fact he has had only one year of experience – twenty times. And never resent the advantage of experience your elders have. Recall that they have paid for this experience in the coin of life and have emptied a purse that cannot be refilled.
— Trevanian (Shibumi)
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
— Albert Ellis
Perfection in war lies in so sapping your opponents will that he surrenders without fighting.
— Sun Tzu
We prefer your extinction to the loss of our job.
— Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)
Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.
— Zig Ziglar
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
— Rabindranath Tagore
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
— Joseph Campbell
Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered ‘useless,’ will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously.
— John Maeda
For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the knight was lost, for want of a knight the battle was lost. So it was a kingdom was lost – all for want of a nail.
— Proverb
A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm
— Charles Schwab
Dance like nobody’s watching, sing like nobody’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, and live like it’s heaven on earth.
— Mark Twain
Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Trifles make perfection but perfection is not a trifle
— Michelango
Justice is not only how we punish those who do us wrong, but also how we save them.
— Gregory David Roberts (Shantaram)
If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.
— Henry Ford
Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I have forgotten this before.
— Steven Wright
While we cannot guarantee that we shall one day be first, we can guarantee that any failure to make this effort will make us last.
— John F. Kennedy, to Congress, May 25th, 1961
The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
— Albert Einstein
Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.
— Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
What we fight with is so small, and when we win it makes us small. What we want is to be defeated, decisively, by successively greater and greater things.
— Rainer Maria Rilke
Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is over. If you’re still alive, it isn’t
— Richard Bach
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
— Peter F Drucker
The roots of knowledge are bitter but its fruits are sweet.
— Hungarian Phrase
You have to lose your mind in order to regain your senses.
— Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior)
When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
— R Buckminister Fuller
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Chinese Proverb
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
— Robert Heinlein
Success comes when opportunity meets preparation.
— Henry Hartman
Whatever you put in your head and you stomach, no one can take away from you.
— Chinese proverb
Design: holding conflicting ideas in your head without difficulty
— Danny Hillis
When a VC offers you a term sheet, ask how many of their last 10 term sheets resulted in a deal.
— Paul Graham
In wildness is the preservation of the world
— Thoreau
Is this, of all the things we could make, the thing people will pay the most for?
— Paul Graham
Pareto’s Principle: you generally spend 80% of your time on 20% of the project.
— Joseph M Juran
Misunderstanding breeds distrust.
— Dan Brown (Da Vinci code)
Those who give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither and will lose both.
— Ben Franklin
No one is born a D’Anconia. They must earn it.
— Francisco D’Anconia, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The warrior acts, the fool reacts.
— Dan Millman
Make the right things easy and the wrong things hard to do.
— Kathy Sierra
Easy things should be easy and hard things should be possible
— Larry Wall
Don’t Cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened
— Dr Seuss