Quotes and Insights

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.” – Nietzsche

“What senses do we lack that we cannot see another world around us?” – Frank Herbert

“An assertion that everything necessary must be on the first screen is tantamount to the assertion that all crucial facts of the novel Crime and Punishment must be listed in the first paragraph. (What’s the point in reading it then?) I mean, if your novel is crummy, the first screen won’t help. If it’s the other way round, folks will thumb through it four hundred times and ask for more”. – Roma Voroneshski

“The conundrum for companies is that good products or services aren’t enough.” – Chip and Dan Heath. Authors.

“The past is something you can know much about with certainty, but you can’t change it. The future is something you can know little about with certainty, but you can change it.” – Anon

“I once heard an Aboriginal Chief from Canada describing how their language is different
in the sense that when they speak, they describe images in order to convey meaning. It got me to start practicing when I talk, in either French or English. I figured if a picture is worth a thousand words and that I learn to use 20, 50 or 100 words to describe a picture that’s worth a thousand words, then it means that with every 100 hundred words or so, I end up speaking a thousand white man’s words… Isn’t that economy at its best?.” – Benoit Couture

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Indian Saying

“To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else.  Rather than speaking badly about people and in ways that will produce only friction and unrest in their lives, we should practice a purer perception of them, and when we speak of others, speak of their good qualities.  If you find yourself slandering anybody, first imagine that your mouth is filled with
excrement.  It will break you of the habit quickly enough.” – Dali lama

“A truly great intellect is one which takes a connected view of old and new, past and present, far and near, and which has an insight into the influence of all these, one on another… It possesses the knowledge, not only of things, but also of their mutual and true relations.” – Fred Scott and Joseph Denney

“To err is human – and to blame it on a computer is even more so.’ Robert Orben

“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends”. – Baltasar Gracian

“You do not take from this universe. It grants what it will”. – Frank Herbert

“So we live in an accelerating possibility curve.  Perhaps we can’t control it, but we can learn to ride it like a surfer on a wave or a bird on a thermal, to use its power to take us where we want to go – to live in uncertainty and yet act with confidence.” – Dewitt Jones.

“Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.” – Fernando Flores

“Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.” – Oscar Wilde

“I just bought a Mac to help me design the next Cray.” – Seymoure Cray (When he was informed that Apple Inc. had recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them design the next Mac.)

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard M. Baruch

“Where is there substance in a world composed of events?” – Frank Herbert

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” – Dr. Karl Augustus Menninger

“Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers (Diane Bauer)

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” – Elbert Hubbard

“I’m a leader only if there are people who are willing to follow me.” – Terri Kelly, Leader, W.L. Gore’s Military-Fabrics Department.

“People don’t care about cold facts. They care about pictures or stories.” – Nancye Green, Founder, Donovan and Green

“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Emotions are the igniter of thoughts”. – Frank Herbert

“A second kind of fear is based on imagination.  To overcome that, you need calmness so that you can investigate it more closely.  When you look into it in detail, your imaginary fear dissipates.” – Dali lama

And finally…

“It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.” – Steven Wright

2 comments

  • Michael Yanakiev March 3, 2010

    John, – I enjoy your fantastic quotes and insights so much! I feel punished, since for quite a while I have not even heard from you. No quotes, no fun,
    no Wisdom. How are we supposed to live on now?
    Blessings, – Mike.

  • Michael where are you!!!

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