Quotes 2º Semester of 2013

Quotes 2º Semester of 2013

“It’s vital to establish some rituals—automatic but decisive patterns of behavior—at the beginning of the creative process, when you are most at peril of turning back, chickening out, giving up, or going the wrong way.” – Twyla Tharp

“Lifestyles or interests that deviate from the mainstream need critical mass to survive; they atrophy in smaller communities not because those communities are more repressive, but rather because the odds of finding like-minded people are much lower with a smaller pool of individuals.” – Steven Johnson

“Underrated skill: knowing how to detect bullshit in a world where everyone is pretty good at selling/framing themselves.” – Carlos Miceli

“A passion for learning leads to a passion for life. Young people should be encouraged to develop deep interests, and adults should help them connect those interests to a broader exploration of the world. The very notion of maturity implies completion, and most of the things we finish with enthusiasm are born of significance. We cannot lead interesting lives without being interested in life, and, without strong interests, there is no path that leads to maturity.” – Charles Hayes

“If you desire peace in the world, do not pray that everyone share your beliefs. Pray instead that they all be reverent.” – Paul Woodruff

“Rescue will come as a welcome interruption of the survival voyage.” – Dougal Robertson

“I’d start a room dedicated to Love with a fundamental reminder of the enormous gratitude with owe to anyone who would put up with us for even a day. We’re tricky, all of us are tricky.” – Alain de Botton

“You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.” – Robert Pirsig

“I have iron will power when I’m all-in, and terrible will power when I’m half-committed.” – Zach Obront

“Any man’s death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind,

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;

It tolls for thee.”

– John Donne

“If you own your story you get to write the ending.” – Brené Brown

“Fear keeps pace with hope…. both belong to a mind in suspense, to a mind in a state of anxiety through looking into the future. Both are mainly due to projecting our thoughts far ahead of us instead of adapting ourselves to the present. Thus it is that foresight, the greatest blessing humanity has been given, is transformed into a curse. Wild animals run from the dangers they actually see, and once they have escaped them worry no more. We however are tormented alike by what is past and what is to come… No one confines his unhappiness to the present.” – Seneca

“Those who will not face improvements because they are changes will face changes that are not improvements.” – Charlie Munger

“Good, better, best Never let it rest

Until your good is better

And your better is your best”

– Nursery Rhyme

“Going from PayPal, I thought: ‘Well, what are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity?’ Not from the perspective, ‘What’s the best way to make money?” – Elon Musk

“The greatest psychological bias and barrier that I’ve seen in my many conversations with people that tell me they want to do something new and improve their lives is their overestimation of what they are leaving behind (when they are aware it’s not fulfilling their needs), and their underestimation of what could lie ahead if they take a chance.” – Carlos Miceli

“Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort. The best way to make decisions is to go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.” – Kelly McGonigal

“To determine the fair value of a startup company, multiply the number of engineers by $250,000, add $250,000 for each engineer from IIT, and then subtract $500,000 for each MBA.” – Guy Kawasaki

“People won’t remember what you said, but how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“Medals are won while training, and picked up on the field.” – Cristián Gorbea

“Here’s how you offer help: you say what you can do and how you will do it. You don’t put the burden of figuring out how to “use you” on the other person, that’s lazy thinking, and while it’s a nice gesture, it’s an early sign of lack of entrepreneurial spirit.” – Carlos Miceli

“I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you’re the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, “Spence,” and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that’s all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.” – As Good As It Gets

“If we’re going to become kinder, that process has to include taking ourselves seriously – as doers, as accomplishers, as dreamers. We have to do that, to be our best selves.” – George Saunders

“If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“I had few really definite ideas, and the reason for this was that, instead of obstinately seeking to control circumstances, I obey them, and they forced me to change my mind all the time. Thus it happened that most of the time, to tell the truth, I had no definite plans but only projects.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Envy arises from laziness in doing the work you need to achieve, and from ignorance of what you should uniquely want for yourself that nobody else already has.” – Skinner Layne

“I want to argue that the true purpose of education is to make us fully human. By this, I mean that education should help us with the many ways in which we end up less than we can be.” – Alain de Botton

“If there was one thing I wish I’d known as a naive kid or impetuous teenager, it would be that it’s never too early to look into the future. Having fun and enjoying the present are the results of a well led life, but never an ultimate goal, because those that seek immediate gratification are the ones that don’t respect time and its unavoidable regrets.

I wish I knew that the rebellious passion of the early years can be lost forever, leaving you with wisdom but without energy to use it. With time I realized that fulfillment comes from creation and not from spending, because despite the fact that laughter, tears, lies, frustrations and love shared with your first friends and enemies are beautiful memories, they are nothing compared to the pleasure that construction (with all of its sweat and pain) brings to the prepared mind that appreciates a finished product over fleeing bursts of happiness.

No immediate gain comes close to the growth that a person can experience by overcoming life’s real hardships.

The contentment of sharing the knowledge acquired after choosing to fight early battles, instead of resting on tradition, surpasses anything that a single short-term moment will provide.” – Carlos Miceli

“Boundaries are only boundaries if left uncrossed, a maze is only a maze if you adhere to the ink which makes it so, rather than adhering to the nature of the paper itself. Rules are only rules if left unbroken.” – Dylan Shaffer

“Achievement comes only through the subordination of every power to a great ideal.” – Mike Cane

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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