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Month: January 2016

Quotes January 2016

Quotes January 2016

“It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny.” – Publilius Syrus

“When no one will pay directly for your subject matter, that’s often a sign that something has gone wrong.” – Alain de Botton

“What is political correctness but a verbal form of gentrification?” – South Park

“Solitude is an unavoidable part of creativity. Self-reliance is a happy by-product.” – Twyla Tharp

“I don’t think “global thinking” is futile, I think it is impossible. You can’t think about what you don’t know and nobody knows this planet. Some people know a little about a few small parts of it… The people who think globally do so by abstractly and statistically reducing the globe to quantities. Political tyrants and industrial exploiters have done this most successfully. Their concepts and their greed are abstract and their abstractions lead with terrifying directness and simplicity to acts that are invariably destructive. If you want to do good and preserving acts you must think and act locally.” – John Taylor Gatto

“Whenever you watch a world-class athlete perform, you can be sure that there is a great coach behind her success. It’s not that the coach is better at playing the sport than the player, in fact that is almost never the case. But the coaches have a different skill: they can observe players in action and tell them how to be better. So why is it that in the business world coaches are so unusual? Are we all so confident of ourselves that we can’t imagine someone helping us to be better? If so, this is a fallacy. As a business leader, you need a coach.” – Eric Schmidt, executive chairman and former CEO of Google

“Gen Y likes assignments, they like feedback, they like meetings, group efforts, and after-work happy-hours. These are all the trappings of people who work for someone else. Entrepreneurs are mostly lonely, anxious people, living on the edge of what’s normal. And when Gen Y gets an inkling of those feelings, they run back to corporate life.” – Penelope Trunk

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” – Zen proverb

“Innovation, that is, exists only when the correctly credentialed hivemind agrees that it does. And “without such a response,” the author continues, “van Gogh would have remained what he was, a disturbed man who painted strange canvases.” What determines “creativity,” in other words, is the very faction it’s supposedly rebelling against: established expertise.” – Thomas Frank

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” – F. Matthias Alexander

“Your blessing in life is when you find the torture you’re comfortable with.” – Jerry Seinfeld

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