Quotes Collected Over 2012

I love collecting quotes, interesting thoughts that I came across; lines from the blogs, books and article that I have read during 2012.  Collecting them back in 2010 was easy, I had one portable device and email was the repository for the same. In 2011, I lost most of my collection due to an email server breakdown at office. And in 2012, the hand held devices I used tripled and this scattered the collection. Here’s the collection of quotes that I was able to pluck from so many varied sources..

Lesson Learnt: This year planning to get back to email but will use gmail as the repository. So enjoy.

  • “Avoiding small mistakes makes the big ones more severe,” -Nassim Taleb
  • “I have only one regret, that I have not worked harder” Sir Henry said as he lay dying.
  • It is still an unending source of surprise for me to see how a few scribbles on a blackboard or on a sheet of paper could change the course of human affairs – Stanislaw Ulam
  • When somebody mentions the word pressure to me, I sort of see something, some kind of confined hot or turbulent material. – Stanislaw ulam
  • Living the focused life is not about trying to feel happy all the time, which would be both futile and grotesque. Rather, it’s about treating your mind as you would a private garden and being as careful as possible about what you introduce and allow to grow there – Rapt
  • “The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” Cesare Pavese
  • Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Miriam Beard, Realism in Romantic Japan
  • The worst mistake is not to make any.
  • “The mind is like a trunk: if wel-packed, it holds almost every thing; if ill-packed, next to nothing.” Augustus Wiliam Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
  • “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” —Andrew Lewis
  • The strategy for the discoverers and entrepreneurs is to rely less on top-down planning and focus on maximum tinkering and recognizing opportunities when they present themselves. -the black swan
  • Nature is the best teacher. Working on real problems makes you smart. The German philosopher Heidegger famously made this point with a Hammer. To paraphrase him, it is not by staring at a hammer that we learn about hammers. 
  • Asked whether he would prefer courageous generals or brilliant generals in his army, Napolean replied; “I would rather have lucky generals”
  • “Usefulness comes not from pursuing it, but from patiently gathering enough of a reservoir of material so that one has the quirky bit of knowledge … that turns out to be the key to unlocking the problem which someone offers.” — Steve Holmes
  • A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.  -Thomas Carruthers
  • A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. —Henry Brooks Adams
  • To Learn From A Book, Close It -A Book
  • When Peoplesay that something is wrong, they are almost always right. When they tell you how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. -Tucker Max
  • You will become clever through your mistakes. —German proverb
  • You can add value in two ways: You can know the answers. You can offer the questions. – Seth Godin
  • “One of the worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all” -anon
  • History was never made by anyone who was obedient -anon
  • If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of – Bruce Lee
  • In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does- Willam James
  • Asking questions is embarrassing for a moment, but not asking is embarrassing for a lifetime. – Haruki Murakami.
  • “A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “If you’re only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never can learn anything. You become a crotchety misanthrope convinced that nonsense is ruling the world.” – Carl Sagan
  • “It’s not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” — Ann Landers
  • Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson

You can read my previous collection of quotes by clicking on the following links..

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