You can’t be afraid of mistakes, but life shouldn’t have to teach you the same lesson twice.
To err is human, to forgive divine. But in order to forgive, sometimes, one needs to be asked for forgiveness.
Great knowledge cannot come from an expected source. If it did, then the knowledge was always there in some suppressed form. The path to great knowledge is therefore through uncharted exploration.
Your descent into madness is coming along nicely – a thought I had when a math problem lead me to a mental infinite loop.
The one thing the fool and the wise man have in common is that they have the answer to everything.
I suppose all you can do is carve yourself a little bit of good off this world and hold onto it for as long as you can.
Start-ups are like roller coaster rides where you’re laying the tracks in front of you while you take the ride – they are not for the squeamish.
You don’t live forever…all you can really hope for is to live amongst those you love – To Kayman
It’s not amoral but it doesn’t mean you do it.
Never chase a picture.
Life is a movie.
When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders.
If there’s a God you must see Him and if there’s a soul, we must perceive it. Otherwise it’s better not to believe. It’s better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite.
Don’t tell people what to do; tell them what you need accomplished, and you’ll be amazed at the results
–General George Patton
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.
–John D. Rockefeller
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.
–Jamie Zawinski, in comp.lang.emacs
Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft. We regard wealth as something to be properly used, rather than as something to boast about…Here, each individual is interested not only in his own affairs, but in the affairs of the state as well,,,We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all…Others are brave out of ignorance, and, when they begin to think, the begin to fear. But the man who can most truly be accounted brave is he who best knows of what is sweet in life and what is terrible, and then goes out undeterred to meet what is to come.
–Thucydides, from “Pericles’ Funeral Speech”, The Peloponnesian War
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to bloom.
The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.
The only difference between Try and Triumph, is just a little Umph.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
–Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines!
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.
–Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.
A master in the art of living
draws no sharp distinction between
his work and his play;
his labor and his leisure;
his mind and his body;
his education and his recreation.
He hardly knows which is which
He simply pursues his vision of excellence
through whatever he is doing,
and leaves others to determine
whether he is working or playing.
To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
–Education through Recreation (1932)
Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods?”
–Horatius, Lays of Ancient Rome, Thomas Babington Macaulay
And though you tell me I shall die
You say not how or when or why
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness .
Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
–Sidney J. Harris
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.
–Sir Arthur Eddington
Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.
Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness.
The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before… He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs. And maybe your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods. And the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.
–Henry Chinaski, Factotum, 2006
There are no magical fixes. Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared to death.
The first decision you should make is whether you want to make the decision in the first place.
When you consider what those of us here in this yard have been given, there is almost no limit to what the world should expect from us.
–Bill Gates to students at Harvard University
No one has any concept of what is great. It is up to me to show them.
An innocent face hides more than a lying tongue
I tried to thank you along the way but if I didn’t, I thank you now.
Hope guides me through the days and the nights. The hope that the last time I saw you shall not be the last.
–A Knights Tale
To take part in “a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.
–founding of The Economist
Love is being with someone not because of who they are but in spite of who they are.
–Unknown Author (possible Melinda Scott)
Never trust a woman Elmer. Live by that one precept and your time with me will not have been in vain
–Oh Brother Where Art Thou
Subvert the dominant paradigm
Faith is believing in something that you know is a lie
We all have problems – How we deal with them is the measure of our worth.
No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
–Robert M. Pirsig
The difference between real material poison and intellectual poison is that most material poison is disgusting to the taste, but intellectual poison, which takes the form of cheap newspapers or bad books, can unfortunately sometimes be attractive.
Small things — if not corrected — become big things, always.
People who are good at what they do, don’t have to take credit for other people’s work.
There are many successful, creative people who are good at the other steps but who would have failed because they aren’t good at execution. But they succeeded nonetheless because of great symbiotic relationships with highly reliable task-doers.
The resulting serenity is so profound that those who spend their lives in the frenzied pursuit of pleasant feelings can hardly imagine it. It is like a man standing for decades on the seashore, embracing certain ‘good’ waves and trying to prevent them from disintegrating, while simultaneously pushing back ‘bad’ waves to prevent them from getting near him. Day in, day out, the man stands on the beach, driving himself crazy with this fruitless exercise. Eventually, he sits down on the sand and just allows the waves to come and go as they please. How peaceful!
The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can’t save time, you can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly. The Bisy Backson has practically no time at all, because he’s too busy wasting it by trying to save it. And by trying to save it, he ends up wasting the whole thing.
The worst rules are the ones you have to follow.
Missing somone isn’t about how long it’s been since you’ve seen them or the amount of time since you’ve talked. It’s about the very moment when you find yourself doing something and wishing they were right there by your side.
You don’t get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate!
Illusions are dangerous…they have no flaws…
Knowledge is the enemy of religion.
Don’t write a cheque with your mouth that your body can’t cash.
Relationships are more important than rules.
People who lie for you will lie to you.
Never ask a tire salesman if you need new tires.
When a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience ends up with the money and the man with money ends up with experience.
When bad things happen, keep the lesson and throw away the experience.
Although there may be reasons to be cynical, it never helps correct the situation.
Work enjoyed is as much fun as leisure.
If you’re the boss and you stop rowing, you shouldn’t be surprised if everyone else rests too.
People will keep on praising you while you follow their directions, but once due to your helplessness, if you fail to please them. They will forget all your past deeds and start hating you for your disobedience.
Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.
There is nothing in life so bad that with a little effort, can’t be made worse.
It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
“What is a friend?” his reply was “A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet. In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart sustaineth him; and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
They [the young] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things” and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning” all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything” they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
To perceive is to suffer.
We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
It takes these very simple-minded instructions—‘Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number’––but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.
–Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985
It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
–BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998
Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”
–The line he used to lure John Sculley into becoming Apple’s CEO, according to Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple
I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.
–Apple Confidential 2.0
That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
–BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.
–The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993
This is not a one-man show. What’s reinvigorating this company is two things: One, there’s a lot of really talented people in this company who listened to the world tell them they were losers for a couple of years, and some of them were on the verge of starting to believe it themselves. But they’re not losers. What they didn’t have was a good set of coaches, a good plan. A good senior management team. But they have that now.
–BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998
Playboy: “Are you saying that the people who made PCjr don’t have that kind of pride in the product?”
Jobs: “If they did, they wouldn’t have made the PCjr.”
–Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985
I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back.
–Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
–Stanford commencement speech, June 2005
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
–Stanford commencement speech, June 2005
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
–Stanford commencement speech, June 2005
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
–NBC Nightly News, May 2006