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Month: May 2011

Quotes May 2011

Quotes May 2011

 “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol

“Thinking about the future can be so pleasurable that sometimes we’d rather think about it than get there.” – Daniel Gilbert

“Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” — Robert Heinlein

“Political or military commentators, like astrologers, can survive almost any mistake, because their more devoted followers do not look to them for an appraisal of the facts but for the stimulation of nationalistic loyalties.” – George Orwell

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem” – Theodore Rubin

“We shall never be at peace with ourselves until we yield with glad supremacy to our higher faculties.” – Joseph Cook

“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.” – John Holt

“Marriages don’t last. When I meet a guy, the first question I ask myself is: “Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?”” – Rita Rudner

“When trying to express the impossible, evoke feelings. That’s the most basic level, the thing most of us can relate to.” – Carlos Miceli

“The university cannot be an ivory tower, far away from the society, removed from the practical accomplishments of the Revolution. If such an attitude is maintained, the university will continue giving our society lawyers that we do not need.” – Ernesto “Che” Guevara

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.” – Publius Syrus

“To know much is often the cause of doubting more.” – Michel de Montaigne

“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.” – Oscar Wilde

“Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.” – Epictetus

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

“The problem isn’t educating the uneducated but rather uneducating the educated.” – C.K. Chesterton

“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.”” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” – Clay Shirky

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” – Alice Walker

“Of all the legal ways to success and financial stability, fame has to be one of the riskiest in terms of mental health and social acceptance.” – Carlos Miceli

“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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 Jr.

“Any man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind.” – John Donne

“Where you hate and envy most, that is where the clues are to what you should do next.” – Alain de Botton

“It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” – Sally Kempton

“Changing elements usually has the least effect on the system.” – Donella Meadows

“All a person needs to justify violence is a belief in good and evil.” – David Cain

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, no matter how justified, is not a crime.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Terror is a tactic. We can not wage war against a tactic.” – Ron Pau

“Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent.” – Isaac Asimov

“Morality is not always obvious nor natural. It’s more of a “fake it until you make it” kind of thing.” – Carlos Miceli

Ralph Merkle on Change

Ralph Merkle on Change

Stumbled upon this quote by Ralph Merkle on individuals leading change:

“What funding committee will agree to fund a book describing an entire new field that has never before been dreamt of? Committees base their conclusions on a shared understanding of a common body of knowledge. Their members are drawn from an existing society of experts to evaluate the next incremental improvement. What do you do when there are no experts? Who lays claim to expertise in nanomedicine? Who has spent their life in this field which is just being conceived? No one. The committee process breaks down when we move into truly new terrain. It fails us just when failure is most expensive: at the beginnings of new things. Here we must fall back on individuals – individuals who are bold enough to believe in themselves when there are no experts to turn to for help and support. Individuals who are willing to back up their own beliefs with action, who will nurture the truly new and the truly groundbreaking without having to first seek the approval of others. For there are no others! On the far frontiers there are very few, and sometimes there is only one.

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