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Thomas Merton

Work is the sacrifice of the present to the future.
— Jordan Peterson

I know that Jesus could not wish useless suffering for us, and He would not inspire me with the desires I feel, were He not willing to fulfill them.
— St. Therese of Lisieux

Unveil my eyes to see your face
That I might recognise your grace
— Salt of the Sound (Unveil My Eyes)

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
— H. L. Mencken

The ultimate temptations in life are not those things that push us to do things that we aren't supposed to do. But, to be persons that we were not made to be.
— Brendan Coffey OSB

Everywhere in the world one has to pay for the right to live on one's naked spiritual reserves.
— Boris Pasternak

Curiosity and judgment can't coexist.
— Francesca Gino

What if my best days are the days I've left behind?
— Alessia Cara "Best Days"

Once you know you're in crisis then there is no room for self-deception.
— Bishop Robert Barron

The equivlant of plastic in the 21st century is data…But the greatest of all the issues, the environmental issues I think of the 21st century will be data. And the trashing up of our world, of our minds, and our environments.
— Andrew Keen

Having a job we love is a right and not a privilege. It's not for the choosen few.
— Simon Sinek

Talent hits the target no one else can hit. Genius hits the target no one else can see.
— Arthur Schopenhauer

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?
— C.S. Lewis

The flight from the truth of our dependent condition and the disdainful dismissal of other people, their help, and their wisdom knows no age limit.
— Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B.

The soul’s longing is founded in hope, even if it is an unarticulated aspiration. Still it is a hope that comes from a realization that the way ahead is open and replete with potential and pertinence.
— La Vie Graphite

You can take my body
You can take my bones
You can take my blood
But not my soul
— Rhiannon Giddens (At the Purchaser's Option)

He told me I belong in a churchyard
— AURORA (Churchyard)

People claim they're in your corner, but leave you when times of need
They don't listen, do they? (What?) They don't listen to anything

A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.
— Simone Weil

Cheap communication is often a substitute for actual communion.
— Richard Rohr

If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable.
— C.S. Lewis

Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end.
— Oscar Wilde

Only when I'm praying I start to exist.
— Brother Narcis Illiugu

When someone says we can accomplish something but we must pay a price, do not rush to applaud. One day you may become the price that is paid.
— A Resident Of Wuhan

What the politics of fear are about is about removing power from you and centralizing that power.
— Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Never trade liberty for security. One is a right, the other is a myth.
— Alex Scarbro

Every fringe theorist needs an amplifier—used to be the penny press; today it's the Web.
— Dan Falk

I have less power than when I was powerless.

When your god is self-reliance, and you let yourself down, there is nowhere else to turn.
— Irene Nowell

But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.
— Proverbs 8:36

Seeking worldly happiness for yourself is materialism for the soul.

Then took me downstairs and beat me till I screamed and I cried
Congratulations, you'll always have a room in my mind
— NF

I guess my best definition of a great manager is that she/he is literally desperate to have each of their team members succeed and grow. (Word "desperate" chosen with great care.)
— Tom Peters

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.
— Upton Sinclair

Trying to spread success with education spreads education but not success.
— Bryan Caplan

Everything is ready. It just has to be made.
— Erik Spiekermann

We seem to gain self-esteem mostly out of our own effort.
— Bernhard Eckerstorfer, O.S.B.

No person is a Christian for himself or for herself.
— Fr. John Riccardo

What is the good of a standard that already supposes what you are going to prove?
— Adrian Fortescue

Keeping score is for basketball and for football, not for love.
— Fr. John Riccardo

Don’t become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.
— Zig Ziglar

…one of the things about teaching and education, it's much cheaper to teach generalism than it is to teach specialism.
— Catherine Dixon

Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization's communication structure.
— Melvin Conway

Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.
— Kenneth E. Boulding

About 20% of Americans of have some kind of disability, and the other 80% are temporarily able-bodied.
— Haben Girma

To make life work, to make things fit between body and world, you change the enviornment, not the body; you change the enviornment, not the person.
— Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
— Lauren Daigle (You Say)

I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.
— Stanley Kubrick

Practice makes permanent.
— Bobby Robson

Advent is a time of being deeply shaken, so that man will wake up to himself. The prerequisite for a fulfilled Advent is a renunciation of the arrogant gestures and tempting dreams with which, and in which, man is always deceiving himself. Thus he compels reality to use violence to bring him around, violence and much distress and suffering.
— Alfred Delp

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
— Bernard M. Baruch

I could be lonely with you.
— lonleytheband (broken)

The less the prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we must conduct our own.
— Warren Buffett

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
— Colossians 4:2

She could do more because she loved more.
— St. Gregory about St. Scholastica

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
— Philippians 2:3-4 | NIV

To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.
— Pope Francis

If it's in the news it almost never happens.
— Bruce Schneier

We cannot let fear or paranoia rule our lives, but we can use it to make ourselves stronger.
— Xeus

Surely if everyone says that they are busy all the time, then that has become the norm and no one can say that they are actually busy?
— Nic Haralambous

The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (Ps 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.
— St. Benedict

The behavior you’re seeing is the behavior you’ve designed for.
— Joshua Porter

Another difference the Spirit makes, both to the early Church and today, is wisdom, or understanding. He gives light as well as fire. This is why the saints understand Scripture so much more profoundly than the theologians. This is why simple-minded saints like Mother Teresa seem so smart and sophisticated scholars so silly when it comes to understanding the mind of God.
— Peter Kreeft

Read the Gospel attentively, and you will see that Jesus sacrificed even charity for prayer. And do you know why? To teach us that, without God, we are too poor to help the poor!
— Mother Teresa

It is better to keep silence and be something than to talk and be nothing.
— Saint Ignatius

Modern society can no longer do without the dictatorship of noise. It lulls us in an illusion of cheap democracy while snatching our freedom away with the subtle violence of the devil, that father of lies. But Jesus repeatedly tells us: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:31-32).
— Cardinal Robert Sarah

A person's primary task should not be computing, but being human.
— Mark Weiser

All men dream; but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty
recesses of their minds
Awake to find that it was vanity;
But the dreamers of day are dangerous men.
That they may act their dreams with open
eyes to make it possible.
— T. E. Lawrence

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
— Ayn Rand

Funny, when you're dead how people start listen'
— The Band Perry - If I Die Young

I keep dragging around what's bringing me down
If I just let go, I'd be set free
— Linkin Park - Heavy

Everybody's talkin' at me
I don't hear a word they're saying
Only the echoes of my mind
— Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin'

The truth is I am a toy that people enjoy
'Til all of the tricks don't work anymore
And then they are bored of me
— Lorde - Liability

And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
— John T Rzeznik

A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenue.
— Rene Descartes

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
— Peter F. Drucker

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all?
Will the love continue when my walk becomes a crawl?
What if I stumble, and what if I fall?
— DC Talk - What If I Stumble?

The more pointless the task, the higher the pay.
— Peter Fleming

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
— George Orwell - “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

They are as I once was during my years of unbelief. They cannot conceive of anything beyond what they know, as I once could not. They cannot let go of their illusions of autonomy. They are blind as I once was blind.
— Father Elijah

Work is love made visible.
— Khalil Gibran

We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.
— Sundar Pichai

If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.
— Cardinal Richelieu in 1641

If you want people to go along with you, you have to involve them in the same conspiracy.
— Alan Kay

We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.
— George Orwell

Humans have become dumb terminals.

We are one word away from an enemy.

And once you've made that effort to qualitatively change suddenly you have the possibility of escaping from this whole context which was actually holding you back.
— Alan Kay

Often you have to go away from your goal to get to your goal.
— Alan Kay

Thinking is not being logical. Thinking is choosing the environment that you're going to think in before you start rationalizing.
— Alan Kay

The Internet has done in supported criticism.
— Alan Kay

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
— Oscar Wilde

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
— Pablo Picasso

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
— Alexander Graham Bell

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
— Albert Einstein

Truth is symphonic.
— Hans Urs von Balthasar

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
— Erasmus

Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going, commitment gets you done.
— Derek Featherstone

Creativity is people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it.
— Tim Cook

How much pain have cost us the evils that have never happened.
— Thomas Jefferson

Blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help.
— Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

The problem with conformity in education is that people are not standardized to begin with.
— Ken Robinson

You need to reward those who cooperate and blame those who don't cooperate. The CEO of The Lego Group, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, has a great way to use it. He says, blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help. It changes everything. Suddenly it becomes in my interest to be transparent on my real weaknesses, my real forecast, because I know I will not be blamed if I fail, but if I fail to help or ask for help. When you do this, it has a lot of implications on organizational design. You stop drawing boxes, dotted lines, full lines; you look at their interplay. It has a lot of implications on financial policies that we use. On human resource management practices. When you do that, you can manage complexity, the new complexity of business, without getting complicated. You create more value with lower cost. You simultaneously improve performance and satisfaction at work because you have removed the common root cause that hinders both. Complicatedness: This is your battle, business leaders. The real battle is not against competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. When do we meet competitors to fight them? The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness. Only you can fight, can do it.
— Yves Morieux

When information is cheap, attention becomes expensive.
— James Gleick

We foresee a time when they will have destroyed all other lifeforms and become the dominant creature in the universe.
— Time Lord

Success is the ability to move from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
— Winston Churchill

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
— Michael Jordan

The most effective way to do it is to do it.
— Amelia Earhart

I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
— Mark Twain

I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
— Marilyn Monroe

Manage by your Outbox. Not by your Inbox.
— Larry Bacow

It's not about what you do, but rather what you enable others to do.
— Brad Frost

Do you want to write essays about other people or be the person people write essays about?

The stuff that really matters is scary.
— Greg Faxon

As an industry, we sell websites like paintings. Instead, we should be selling beautiful and easy access to content, agnostic of device, screen size, or context.
— Dan Mall

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
— George Bernard Shaw

Don't get sucked into someone else's list of priorities.
— Greg Faxon

The tweaker chronically forgets that, in business, done is better than perfect. They never ship their work because they are too worried about where to place the shipping label.
— Greg Faxon

What the child says, he has heard at home.
— African Proverb

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
— African Proverb

Complaining is stupid. Either act or forget.
— Stefan Sagmeister

Picasso wouldn't have been given a Ph.D. but anybody who wrote about him had a good chance of getting one.
— Sir Ken Robinson

You throw out half the people and the work gets better.
— Erik Spiekermann

Don't you think that it's boring how people talk
— Lorde (Tennis Court)

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
— Albert Einstein

Truth is not an opinion.

It's amazing what you can do when you get out of your way.

It's incredibly hard to be productive when you're spending your energy on being defensive.
— Laura Kalbag

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you find yourself facing sharp questioning at a Congressional hearing, you've missed your management obligation.
— Greg Hoy

Don't believe them, don't fear them, don't ask anything of them.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Why do we so often see gifts as threats? Differences as shortcomings? Why can we not see that our friction could be used to polish one another?
— Ethan Hawke

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
— Woodrow Wilson

In the world of the U.S. National Security State and its loyal media, those who go around the world killing innocent people over and over are noble and heroic, while those who report on what they do are the ones with "blood on their hands".
— Glenn Greenwald

I'm friends with the monster
That's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me
Stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy
Yeah, you think I'm crazy
— Eminem

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
— Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

"We the People" don' t have the resources to deeply verify open source software.
— Steve Gibson

The technical merits are lost in people's pre-defined policy conclusions. We're now living in a world where often the answers are known by scientists and you might not llke them but you really have to accept them.
— Bruce Schneier

I have always liked the concept of universities as they were in Ancient Greece, where folks who had something cool to say would just come and say it. It wasn't about recognition; the impetus was the thought that you were resonating with ideas.
— Donald E. Knuth

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.
— Abraham Lincoln

You'll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.
— David Foster Wallace

Treat employees like adults. Focus on outcomes not process. Hire people for intensity not necessarily credentials. Some of the best engineers I've had were self—trained. A couple of them never completed high school let alone college. I think that the main thing to do is get creative, happy people. If your people aren't happy, then they aren't very good. A properly managed company can keep people happy. I always tried to focus on that. "Happy" has nothing to do with how much or how little people work. It has to do with respect and clear tasking, and being involved in projects that they can be proud of.
— Nolan Bushnell

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
— George Orwell

There are short term decisions being made by governments when long term decisions are what's needed.
— James Wolfensohn

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
— Billy Graham

You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.
— The Doctor

Dancing: The vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.
— George Bernard Shaw

There are people so worried about looking foolish that they become foolish.

My God, I am so weak.

I want to be fearless in God, not fearless in self-righteousness.

The web, especially social networking, is a magnification of tribal life (small/large scale), whether it be through co-operation or warfare.

Refusal to protect a child is a sin against God and humanity.

"It's just human nature" is a reason, not an excuse. If you know the problem, deal with it.

At some point, doesn't it all just become noise?

Fear is the enemy of Truth.

So tired of opinions.

How often do you keep looking in your life's rear-view mirror? How can you see where you're going?

Stop being concerned about what you want to say and listen.

There are a lot of crossroads, most imaginary.

He didn't ask you to agree with Him, He asked you to obey Him.

Fate exists when you are happy with where you've arrived.

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
— Dr. Seuss

So the fact of the matter is we have a Congress that is throughly corrupt in every possible way. And don't blame Wall Street. It wasn't Wall Street that bribed Congress, it was Congress that shook down Wall Street for bribes.
— Robert Steele

Journalism is not terrorism.
— Rachel Maddow

I share therefore I am.
— Sherry Turkle

We've lost the ability to be alone.

You have to be able to lead yourself before you can lead others.
— Britt Andreatta

Patriotism comes from the inside. Patriotism does not come from people who tell you how to be patriotic or what it is to be patriotic.

A young person who does not protest, I do not like.
— Pope Francis

The issue is seeing. And educated people lose the ability to see. If you mention a subject to somebody you can tell their educated if they say "Oh, I don't know anything about that I never took it". Whereas somebody who never took anything is more open to learning.
— Ted Nelson

Nothing endures like the temporary.
— Ted Nelson's grandmother

I suggest it's important not to try to keep up with the technologies but to keep up with the literacies.
— Howard Rheingold

The coolest people I know are not on Twitter nor Facebook.

Only amateurs attack machines; professionals target people.
— Bruce Schneier

For some people, the cross they carry is theirself.

Fate exists when you are happy with where you've arrived.

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
— Thomas Jefferson

In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.
— Wallace Stanley Sayre

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first six of them sharpening my axe.
— Abraham Lincoln

Ninety-nine percent of the time those who leave comments on websites are the bottom feeders of the web.

Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
— Stefan Sagmeister

Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
— Stefan Sagmeister

At times of change, the learners are the ones who will inherit the world, while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for a world which no longer exists.
— Alistair Smith

If CNN were around when Edison invented the light bulb, they'd be writing doomsday articles about the candle industry.
— Commenter J.d. Free on a story about PC market's

You cannot know without asking.

Don't try to be original, just try to be good.
— Paul Rand

A little rebellion is a good thing.
— Thomas Jefferson

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
— George Bernard Shaw

If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold.
— Andrew Lewis

Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
— Pink

Freedom of speech is midwife to freedom of thought.
— David Davis

Liberty and privacy are not abstract virtues. They change the nature of the people of do or don't have them.
— David Davis

Who runs things? Is it the citizen who … basically enables the state to exist? Or are we here at the behest of the state.
— Helena Kennedy

I don't have low self-esteem … I have low esteem for everyone else.
— Daria Morgendorffer

I never talk unless I have something to say.

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.
— Henry Mencken

The Earth doesn't need humans. Humans do need the Earth.

The problem with education is 50% parents, 50% government, and 50% the institution.

We shouldn't be reducing our meager efforts for poor people in order to reduce the deficit. They didn't get us into this, and starving them isn't going to get us out of it.
— David Beckmann

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
— Thomas Jefferson

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
— Thomas Jefferson

At what point does change move so slow that it should be called evolution?

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
— Thomas Jefferson

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
— Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
— Thomas Jefferson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
— Thomas Jefferson

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
— Frederick Douglass

A government that doesn't create fear in someone or something can not control their people.

So much time is wasted on the opinions of the unknowledgeable.

Respect goes beyond what a person wears.

We tell ourselves that we don't need good content. We just need templates.
— Karen McGrane

Just because I say no, doesn't mean that I don't like to be invited.

For just a second, it was like nothing was wrong.
— @minorpunk56

Everything or anything that is close to average is a bad idea.
— Kjell Nordstrom

Every time you redesign, God kills a kitten.
— Louis Rosenfeld

A meeting is where you talk about problems but not solutions.

If you're doing something that's never been done before, well it's hard to imagine how you could find somebody's resume that shows that their not only able to do it but deep in it.
— Randy Nelson

The age of features is dead; welcome to the age of user experience.
— Aral Balkan

Brainstorming is a way to make everyone think their opinion is equal.

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
— Harry Truman

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
— George Orwell

We have a "strategic" plan. It's called doing things.
— Herb Kelleher

If you have 390+ friends in Facebook, doesn't that cheapen the word "friend"?

WeirdAl "Dare to be Stupid"
— wisdom in the title alone. Dare To Do TODAY. Challenge yourself otherwise you can't challenge your students.

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
— W. Edwards Deming

We would rather suffer the visible costs of a few bad decisions than incur the many invisible costs that come from decisions made too slowly - or not at all - because of a stifling bureaucracy.
— Warren Buffett (2009 Annual Report)

Learn from everyone and follow no one.
— Kevin Roberts

Martin Luther King did not say "I have a mission statement".
— Kevin Roberts

Independence is not an option, it is a must.
— Tom Peters

In the long run the A students work for the B students. The C students run the businesses. And the D students get the buildings named after them.
— Tom Peters

4.0 GPA = Conformity, Uncreative, Boring

99.9% of meetings = time wasters, morale killers, getting nothing done

Competence is NOT Excellence!

What I say, I say now, I say without condition, that Science is but the latest, greatest superstition.
— Louis Thomas Hardin

News is what someone doesn't want you to know. Everything else is advertising.
— Wikileaks

Why are people taught to speak but not to listen?

Numbers are like people; torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.
— Ian Angell

Ain't no grave can hold my body down
— Johnny Cash

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names. An' he decides who to free and who to blame. Everybody won't be treated all the same.
— Johnny Cash

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
— Thomas Jefferson

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
— Bertrand Russell

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
— Thomas Jefferson

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
— Mark Twain

People are experience rich and theory poor.
— Malcolm Gladwell

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
— Henry J. Kaiser

The greatest power a member of public has is the politician's fear of losing their job.

Once privacy is taken away it's gone for good because when you grow up without something you don't know what you're missing.
— Emmanuel Goldstein (October 7, 1992)

Human extinction will be a result of fear. We thrive on fear. We crave fear. Without fear of someone or something we have no definition. Fighting this is the human race's greatest challenge.

A phrase I just can't stand: "It wasn't made to do that."

I'm not sure I could get any less unenthused about this than I already am.

How you learn has nothing to do with how smart you are.
— Henry Winkler

I love to inspire people to be brilliant.

Nothing is inherently boring. Anything can be boring but nothing is inherently boring.
— Sir Ken Robinson

Facebook cheapens the word "Friend". Or do I just put more value in the meaning of the word?

I want to work for the poor.

I've found that the hardest thing in life is not to look back but to always look forward.

Where have all the leaders gone?

Said it before and say it again - Facebook cheapens the word "Friend". Or do I just put more value in the meaning of the word? More meaning than Facebook does. So bored with Facebook.

I will argue that the most serious threat to the Unites States is not someone hiding in a cave in Afghanistan or Pakistan but our own fiscal irresponsibility.
— Dave Walker

History is a race between education and catastrophe.
— H.G. Wells

With so much money put into war and so many people sent overseas who is here to defend what the country once stood for? Who is here to defend the rights that are going away? Are we becoming the enemy we hate so much?

Being creative is a process, not an event and sometimes people block their own creativity by judging themselves to quickly.
— Sir Ken Robinson

Incompetence is always one step ahead of ingenuity.
— Emmanuel Goldstein (July 10, 1991)

I am not a number, I am a free man!
— Number 6

There is no such thing as the "traditional" student.

Green is not hip or trendy or fun, it's an obligation.
— Dawn Maxey

What we are encountering is a panicky, an almost hysterical, attempt to escape from the deadly anonymity of modern life… and the prime cause is not vanity… but the craving of people who feel their personality sinking lower and lower into the whirl of indistinguishable atoms to be lost in a mass civilization. — Henry Seidel Canby, 1926

Every generation complains about the previous one and the next one. So get over yourself.

… your patrons know that Wikipedia has value. Everyone knows Wikipedia has value. Pretending it doesn't just makes you sound like a technophobe. Whereas if you say Wikipedia has lots of value if you know how to extract that value then you get somewhere very good.
— Cory Doctorow

Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast.
— Tom Peters

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
— Aristotle

I'd rather be poor and smart than rich and dumb.

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
— Elbert Hubbard

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
— Thomas Jefferson

The fate of a bad team is to become a committee.
— Sir Ken Robinson

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
— Franz Kafka

Great teachers make anything interesting, that's what teaching is about.
— Sir Ken Robinson

Because of their inaction the leaders of the world share in the crime of every rapist of Rwanda and Darfur.

If you find lots of people aggregated together who are dislocated from a sense of purpose you end up with dysfunctional communities.
— Sir Ken Robinson

We don't see poverty. We see potential.

It's simple. I'm a princess, Mom's the queen and Dad's around here somewhere.
— a t—shirt

Be kind, for everyone you meet is engaged in a great struggle.
— Philo of Alexandria

Great education depends on great teaching.
— Ken Robinson

The secret of getting educated is being able to use the knowledge rather than having the knowledge use you.
— Alan Kay

The new gold standard will be curiosity, learning, creativity, and the willingness to embrace constant change.
— Tom Peters

In three days I grew ten years older.
— 14 November 2008

Hard Is Soft (Plans, #s) Soft Is Hard (people, customers, values, relationships)
— Tom Peters

It's harder to maintain the status quo than to move forward.

Brand is Talent.
— Tom Peters

Being right doesn't count for much if you can't persuade anyone of that fact.
— Jesse James Garrett

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
— Elie Wiesel

If we don't change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are going.
— Chinese proverb

It is a sad day when one realizes that there is no meaning in what they do.

What happened to the beauty I had inside of me
— Bono

So please be careful with me, I'm sensitive
And I'd like to stay that way
— Jewel

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
—Bilbo Baggins (The Fellowship of the Ring: J.R.R. Tolkien)

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
— Benjamin Franklin

I'm all out of faith, this is how I feel
I'm cold and I'm ashamed bound and broken on the floor
— Natalie Imbruglia

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
— C.S. Lewis

The first time you do something it's science. The second time it's engineering. Third time it's just being a technician.
—Clifford Stoll

It is interesting that the industry has invented new ways to lose money when the old ways seemed to work just fine.
— John Stumpf

You only learn who has been swimming naked when the tide goes out
— and what we are witnessing at some of our largest financial institutions is an ugly sight.
— Warren Buffett

Things should be as simple as possible but not simpler.
— Albert Einstein

Children are the future we send to the future.
— Alan Kay

Bring in wild and wooly outsiders. E—x—p—a—n—d the box.
— Tom Peters

In an increasingly crowded, noisy global marketplace, innovation is not optional.
— Tom Peters

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
— Tom Peters

They say plan it. I say do it.
— Tom Peters

There's no one to celebrate the little victories.

Trying to understand people by analyzing data is like trying to understand the shape of something by looking at its shadow.
— Jesse James Garrett

I want to hear nothing but the silence of the ocean.

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their grey visions they obtain glimpses of eternity.
— Edgar Allan Poe

Discussion and debate have nothing in common.

Fear is when something is not up for discussion.

To doubt is human. To have faith, divine.

I once met someone I didn't know.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
— Sir Winston Churchill

For Nature is very consonant and conformable to her self.
— Isaac Newton

The arrogance of some outweighs the knowledge of others.

There are as many opinions as there are experts.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!
— Arthur C. Clarke

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
— Edgar Allen Poe

It's a rich paradox, but the less you make a client/designer relationship about yourself, the more it will tip in your favor.
— Adrian Haughnessy

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
— Ansel Adams

Education is the key to the future. But it's a key that we're turning in the wrong direction.
— Sir Ken Robinson

There's an assumption that some subjects are more intellectually rigorous than others. And this is because our intellectual culture is routed in the enlightenment view of intelligence. We've come to conflate intelligence with a certain type of academic reasoning. And truthfully intelligence goes way beyond it. Otherwise culture would not be as rich and diverse as it is.
— Sir Ken Robinson

Great education comes from great teaching.
— Sir Ken Robinson

We are educating people out of their creativity.
— Sir Ken Robinson

The Renaissance, arguably one of the greatest periods of human creativity ever, wasn't born out of exclusive science projects. Da Vinci, and the other great leaders of the Renaissance, didn't think of themselves as scientists they thought of themselves as scientists/artists/humanitarians. And they achieved wonders. The Internet, the greatest communication system in the history of the Earth, has not only has been rote by scientists acting alone or technologists acting independently, but by writers, by designers, by musicians. And the great work happens in creative teams.
— Sir Ken Robinson

To believe that only a few people have creative capacity is comparable to believing only a few people are capable of learning to read and write.
— Sir Ken Robinson

[Speaking on education:] It's one of those things that goes deep with people … like religion and money and other things.
— Sir Ken Robinson

If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.
— Sir Ken Robinson

I'd think you'd have to conclude the whole purpose of public education through out the world is to produce university professors.
— Sir Ken Robinson

Yet none of these companies tout process or technology when speaking to customers. Google delivers search results, Intel makes your computer faster and FedEx delivers your package on time. These companies are smart enough to know that what's happening under the hood isn't as important as the experience.
— Henning Fischer

An amateur is someone who does something because of passion. In that sense, I will always be an amateur.
— John Sexton

Everything or anything that is close to average is a bad idea.
— Kjell Nordstrom

Start with simplicity, because complexity will take care of itself.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.
— Carl Sagan

Typography is not an esoteric art form; it is a tool to be used to make information accessible. Information is neutral material. Only when it is transformed into knowledge does it have value.
— Jan V. White

Stillness of hand can never make up for emptiness of heart.
— Rodney Smith

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

For some problems, the distance to a solution must be measured in days, not hours. It might take only a few hours of work, but if you try to work those hours all in a row, you won't solve the problem.
— Jesse James Garrett

Those of us who spend our life as academics writing texts like to believe that people understand the world through the texts that we write. We increasingly need to recognize that writing words is the Latin of our modern time. And the ordinary language of the people, the vulgar language of people, not words, it's this: video and sound.
— Larry Lessig

The essential things in life are seen, not with the eyes but with the heart.
— St. Exupery

Some see things the way they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
— George Bernard Shaw

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
— St. Augustine of Hippo

Some conversations are hard because they involve things that are hard to say. Others are hard because they involve things that are hard to hear.
— Jesse James Garrett

I never knew what I was doing until I was done.
— Man Ray

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. — Mark Twain

Simple things should be simple. Complex things should be possible.
— Alan Kay

Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
— Frank Lloyd Wright

When will the computer revolution begin? Why hasn't it begun?

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
— Albert Einstein

Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the framework in which they were created.
— Albert Einstein

Hierarchy is an organization with its face toward the CEO and its ass toward the customer.
— Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale, Funky Business

The biggest problem with leadership communication is the illusion it has occurred.
— Boyd Clarke and Ron Crossland, The Leader's Voice

How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.
— Fred Brooks

Proximity is an invitation to interrupt somebody. And interruption is the biggest enemy of productivity that there is. When everyone is sitting together, everyone's at the same desk or nearby. It's really easy to shout something over to somebody or tap someone on the shoulder or whatever. That can be useful at times, no doubt. But for the most part, it's interruption. Interruption destroys your zone. If you're working on something and someone taps you on the shoulder, you gotta stop working on that thing and answer their question and whatever you need to do. And that just takes you out of your zone. It takes you out of that mind set of getting stuff done. And you don't fall right back into, it takes awhile to get back it it. So we've just found interruption is something that gets in the way most of the time. So that's why we try to stay from one another. If we need together, we get together. But it should be at the last resort, and the exception, not the rule.
— Jason Fried

The older I get, the more like High School life gets, or at least the people act that way.

"Nothing worth doing is easy. The trend in just about everything today, not limited to amateur radio, seems to be 'You have to lower your standards for me because it's too much effort for me to meet them.' And so we go, lower, lower, and lower. Finally it's 'Hey thar, 10—4 gud buddy, watscher 20?'"
— Tom Mitchell, KB3LFC

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.
— Alan Kay

I'd rather have a well thought out statement than be an idiot.
— Carey Burns

Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.
— Steve Jobs

When I do a design project, I begin by listening carefully to you as you talk about your problem and read whatever background material I can find that relates to the issues you face. If you're lucky, I have also accidentally acquired some firsthand experience with your situation. Somewhere along the way an idea for the design pops into my head from out of the blue. I can't really explain that part; it's like magic. Sometimes it even happens before you have a chance to tell me that much about your problem! Now, if it's a good idea, I try to figure out some strategic justification for the solution so I can explain it to you without relying on good taste you may or may not have. Along the way, I may add some other ideas, either because you made me agree to do so at the outset, or because I'm not sure of the first idea. At any rate, in the earlier phases hopefully I will have gained your trust so that by this point you're inclined to take my advice. I don't have any clue how you'd go about proving that my advice is any good except that other people at least the ones I've told you about have taken my advice in the past and prospered. In other words, could you just sort of, you know … trust me?
— Michael Bierut

Information architecture. Usability. Accessibility. Web standards. If you don't know about these things, stop designing websites until you have learned. Competence in graphic design is merely a baseline; it does not qualify you to create user experiences for the web.
— Jeffrey Zeldman

Committees can not design anything … ever.

I don't believe that you can talk about design over email. I think that's a terrible idea.
— Jeffrey Veen

There's only one rule in user interface design: Make the user happy.
— Bill Atkinson

Have you noticed that the only time a college administrator says that "we should be thinking about the interest of the student" is when they're not getting their way or when they want to impose their will.

To me, Office 2007 is a complete non-event. I have no interest in an upgrade. Most of what I like about computing now lives online.
— Antonio Rodriguez

As Marshall McLuhan is to the media revolution, Sir Ken Robinson is to education.

We need to radically rethink our view of intelligence.
— Sir Ken Robinson

All meetings should be able to be completed in 20 minutes or less. Preferably less. And never mandatory.

As children grow we start to educate them progressively from the waste up. And then we focus on their heads and slightly to one side.
— Sir Ken Robinson

There isn't an education system on the planet that teaches dance everyday to children the way we teach them mathematics. Why?
— Sir Ken Robinson

All children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.
— Pablo Picasso

Allowing people to operate without having to explain themselves constantly turns out to be like the rule of agreement in improv, it enables rapid cognition.
— Malcolm Gladwell, Blink

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
— Benjamin Franklin

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
— Albert Einstein

The less confident you are, the more serious you have to act.
— Tara Ploughman

Every generation thinks theirs is the enlightened one.

Too many leaders fool themselves into thinking their companies are well run.
— Ram Charan

I love what I do, I just don't like who I do it with.

Create a cause, not a business.
— Gary Hamel

I'm tired of being the punching bag of middle management.

I just want to be appreciated. I want to do work that has meaning. I want to be challenged.

because blogging just isn't what it used to be; it can be better. so, in a fit of rage, I write …