Quotes April 2011

Quotes April 2011

“Past forty, it’s no longer cute to have had a difficult misunderstood childhood.” – Alain de Botton

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

“Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.” – Laurence Peter

“We usually confuse balance with having it all.” – Carlos Miceli

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” – JC Penny

“Academia has nothing to do with producing knowledge. They produce PR. The four most important thinkers of modern history – Freud, Marx, Einstein, Darwin – none was a conventional academic.” – Nassim Taleb

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“In universities and intellectual circles, academics can guarantee themselves popularity – or, which is just as satisfying, unpopularity – by being opinionated rather than by being learned.” – A.N. Wilson

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” – Louis Nizer

“So much bitterness would be removed if one trusted that people behave as they do not from spite or evil but because they have no choice.” – Alain de Botton

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?” – Gandhi

“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.” – Anaïs Nin

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness – all foes to real understanding.” – Mark Twain

“Nearly 100 percent of innovation . . . is inspired not by ‘market analysis’ but by people who are supremely pissed off at the way things are. I happen to believe that only pissed-off people change the world, either in small ways or large ways.” – Tom Peters

“The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“People with 160 IQs can say stupid things that sound good.” – Warren Buffett

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge

“We may soon discover that all babies are born geniuses and only become degeniused by the erosive effects of unthinkingly maintained false assumptions of the grown-ups, with their conventional ways of “bringing up” and “educating” their young.” – Buckminster Fuller

“It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.” – G. H. Hardy

“A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

“What a gifted child is, in many ways, is a gifted learner. And what a gifted adult is, is a gifted doer. And those are quite separate domains of achievement.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

“I wonder if anyone in the world works harder at anything than American school kids work at popularity.” – Paul Graham

“Lottery tickets are a surtax on desperation.” – Doug Coupland

“Those with health insurance are overinsured and their behavior is distorted by moral hazard. Those without health insurance use their own money to make decisions based on an assessment of their needs. The insured are wasteful. The uninsured are prudent. So what’s the solution? Make the insured a little more like the uninsured.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

“I gained a certain maturity upon admitting that I can’t really envision six billion, six million, or, indeed, many more than 60 people.” – Colin Marshall

“It’s unrealistic to take self-promotion out of altruism. It’s unfair to take altruism out of self-promotion.” – Carlos Miceli

“The best thing that can happen to a human being is to find a problem, to fall in love with that problem, and to live trying to solve that problem, unless another problem even more lovable appears.” – Karl Popper

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant

“To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.” – Aleister Crowley

“The greatest minds build. It is essential that you avoid at all costs situations where you’re inclined to criticize someone or something without the intent of seeing it grow more vibrant, truer, and more useful—else you will lose, not it.” – Tom Gardner

“The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.” – James A. Michener

“Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.” – Blaise Pascal

“Time is the quality of nature that keeps events from happening all at once. Lately, it doesn’t seem to be working.“ – Anonymous

“Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man’s lifetime income–which he then spends sending his son to college.” – Bill Vaughan

“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.” – Bill Vaughan

“It’s never safe to be nostalgic about something until you’re absolutely certain there’s no chance of its coming back.” – Bill Vaughn

“We should use predetermination to judge others, and free will to judge ourselves.” – Carlos Miceli

“Purposes are deduced from behaviour, not from rhetoric or stated goals.” – Donella Meadows

“I’m too old for this shit.” – Roger Murtagh

“Using no way as way, using no limitation as limitation.” – Bruce Lee

“Pessimism is a self-reinforcing loop.” – Carlos Miceli

“The universe is expanding. That should help ease the traffic.” – Steven Wright

“We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect.” – Sissela Bok

“Weakness is only charming in the strong.” – Alain de Botton

“Positive people are underrated. It takes just the right amount of wisdom, awareness and gullibility to be positive in a helpful way to oneself and others.” – Carlos Miceli

”Plans get you into things but you’ve got to work your way out.“ – Will Rogers

“You cannot be anything you want to be, but you can be a lot more of who you already are.” – Tom Rath

“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.” – Frank Zappa

“Advice comes from a need to keep things in order and reject analyzing new information that may clash with one’s own life. Love is a distant second. In fact, love is not giving unsolicited advice.” – Carlos Miceli

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Eisenhower

“If your walker has brakes, you’ve been misdiagnosed.” – Jerry Seinfeld

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