“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. You can do anything you decide to do.”
“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.”
“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. … have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”
“…for the past 33 years, 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.”
“Everyone on this planet is given the same 24 hours in the day. The question is: what do you choose to do with yours?”
Anno Sensei, Summer 2002 (not exact quote – still researching it)
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
(Commonly paraphrased as “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”)
“[on usability and design]…if you tasted some food that you didn’t think tasted right, you would assume that the food was wrong. But for some reason, it’s part of the human condition that if we struggle to use something, we assume that the problem resides with us.”
Jony Ive, Apple
“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans”
Allen Saunders, and later John Lennon
Go to the people.
Live with them, Learn from them, Love them.
Start with what they know, build with what they have.
But of the best leaders, When the work is done, The task accomplished,
The people will say, “We have done this ourselves.”
Lao-Tzu (Chinese poem, 700 B.C.)
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
“Fight like you are right… listen like you are wrong.”
Andy Grove (first heard from, and credit to: John Lilly)
“There’s a way to do it better…find it.”
Thomas A. Edison
“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.”
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“The best reason to go into business – because you feel strongly that you can change things.”
Richard Branson, The Virgin Group
“Your company should act as a springboard for ambitious employees, not a set of shackles.”
Richard Branson, The Virgin Group
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
“Why of course the common people don’t want war… But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country”
Hermann Goering, at the Nuremberg trials.
It is far better to have seen it once than to have heard of it a thousand times
“It is easier to begin a war than it is to end it.”
“No one starts a war – or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so – without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.”
Carl Von Clausewitz, 1780-1831
“In Aikido, we do not train to become powerful or to throw down an opponent. Rather, we train in hope of being of some use, however small our role may be, in the task of bringing peace to humankind around the world.”
Osensei, founder of Aikido
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945
“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
Arthur C. Clarke
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
“Changes and chances favour the prepared mind”
Pierre Haren, ILOG founder
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”
Martin Luther King
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.
Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He, who can call today his own;
He who, secure with, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Roman poet, 65 BC – 8 BC)
“Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”
Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn’t seem to be working.