If you love quotes…….

It’s that time of the year when cricket finds a new definition. A time when the entire nation is hooked to IPL. And it’s also the time when I revisit the little text file named “quotes.txt” sitting on my desktop.

I love collecting quotes, and interesting thoughts that I came across; which lines from the blogs, books and articles that I have read during the year.

I did it more urgently today than any other day as the system in the office showed signs of getting older by going blank as it was switched on. So without further delay, here are the quotes and snippets collected so far from books and other articles on the web.

I love collecting them and reading them later. My current favourite is highlighted in bold.

  • “We are never certain; we are always ignorant to some degree. Much of the information we have is either incorrect or incomplete.” — Peter Bernstein
  • There are two steps to innovation. The first step is to try and find the right building blocks—the basic knowledge. Second, is the use of metaphors to relate understanding. – John Holland
  • “The upside of being a hedgehog, is that when you’re right you can be really and spectacularly right. Great scientists, for example, are often hedgehogs.” – Louis Menand
  • “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” —Goethe
  • Do not talk about giftedness, inborn talents! One can name great men of all kinds who were very little gifted. They acquired greatness, became “geniuses” (as we put it), through qualities the lack of which no one who knew what they were would boast of: they all possessed that seriousness of the efficient workman which first learns to construct the parts properly before it ventures to fashion a great whole; they allowed themselves time for it, because they took more pleasure in making the little, secondary things well than in the effect of a dazzling whole. —Friedrich Nietzsche
  • At its core, Mastery is a simple process accessible to all of us. But before you start down the path, you need to bring two traits to the table: the relentless ability to focus deeply on a subject and a strong desire to learn. -Mastery
  • “When technology’s job is to show you the world, it ends up sitting between you and reality, like a camera lens.” – Eli Pariser in The Filter Bubble
  • “You don’t want to be the best at what you do. You want to be the only one who does what you do.” — Jerry Garcia
  • “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” — Chuck Close
  • “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” — Steve Jobs
  • It’s better to solve the right problem the wrong way than to solve the wrong problem the right way. -Turey
  • “The desire to be seen as clever often prevents us from becoming so.” — La Rochefoucauld
  • “We don’t have to raise everyone’s skill in celestial mechanics to that of Laplace and also ask everyone to achieve a similar level in all other knowledge. It turns out that the truly big ideas in each discipline, learned only in essence, carry most of the freight.” – Charlie Munger
  • “Worldly wisdom is mostly very, very simple, There are a relatively small number of disciplines and a relatively small number of truly big ideas. And it’s a lot of fun to figure out. Even better, the fun never stops. Furthermore, there’s a lot of money in it, as I can testify from my own personal experience.” -Charlie Munger to the Harvard audience.
  • I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards. —Albert Einstein
  • “To know the worst is not always to be liberated from its consequences; nevertheless it is preferable to ignorance.” -Anon
  • “Once we have a sufficient number of particles to call them a gas rather than simply a bunch of particles, solving equations for the physics of each particle interaction becomes hopeless, whereas the laws of thermodynamics work quite well” – Ray Kurzweil, in How to Create a Mind.
  • “Don’t chase after someone who should be chasing after you.” -David Leddick has this axiom
  • “To anyone who finds that linguistic study is a worthless finicking with trifles, I would reply that life consists of little things; the important matter is to see them largely.” ~ Otto Jespersen
  • When journalists, analysts and pundits are all racing to bring you the ‘news’ first, you get less actual news and more reflexive noise. -Seth Godin
  • The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. -ANAÏS NIN
  • “Do as little as needed, not as much as possible.” — HENK KRAAIJENHOF
  • “He who doesn’t know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “Writing a novel [or learning] is like driving at night in the fog. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” — E. L. DOCTOROW, AUTHOR
  • “A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.” — MARTIN H. FISCHER, PHYSICIAN AND AUTHOR
  • “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee
  • “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
  • “I am sorry for the length of my letter, but I had not the time to write a short one.” —BLAISE PASCAL
  • “I regard it as perfectly normal to fail and make bad decisions. I think the tragedy in life is to be so timid that you don’t play hard enough so you have some reverses.” – Charlie Munger
  • ”It is impossible to produce superior performance unless you do something different.” — John Templeton
  • There are two things to aim at in life: First to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second. -Logan Pearsall Smith
  • “Even if you fail at your ambitious thing, it’s very hard to fail completely. That’s the thing that people don’t get.” -Google cofounder Larry Page
  • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” -Confucius, the ancient sage
  • It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.-Confucius
  • But wishing makes dreams come true only in Disney movies; it’s poison in business. – Warren Buffet
  • you can successfully run a restaurant that serves hamburgers or, alternatively, one that features Chinese food. But you can’t switch capriciously between the two and retain the fans of either -Phil Fisher
  • It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness. -James Gleick
  • The mind gives us thousands of ways to say no, but there’s only one way to say yes, and that’s from the heart. – suze orman
  • We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. —HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
  • “Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.” – Alan Watts
  • Expectations feed the way we behave. -Anon
  • “The true art of memory is the art of attention,” – Samuel Johnson.
  • “I don’t know what happiness is, but since I married Jasmine I start to understand.” -Philippe Starck
  • “He who laughs … lasts.” -Anonymous
  • Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves. —Blaise Pascal
  • “My way is to begin at the beginning.” -Lord Byron
  • Sure, it’s possible to invent an entirely new market dynamic, to persuade the previously unpersuadable. If that’s your mission, go for it. But if your goal is to make your project work, to engage in a way that makes a difference right now, you’re better off planting seeds in fertile soil. -Seth Godin
  • In learning any art the important things to learn are, first, Principles; and second, Method. -James wood young
  • Particular bits of knowledge are nothing, because they are made up, of what President Hutchins has called rapidly aging facts. Principle and method are everything. -James wood young
  • I am convinced, however that you gather vicarious experience best, not when you are honing up on it for an immediate purpose, but when you are pursuing it as an end in itself. -James Wood Young
  • I love fools’ experiments. I’m always making them. —Charles Darwin
  • just the way if you want to become a golfer, you can’t use the natural swing that broad evolution gave you. You have to learn—to have a certain grip and swing in a different way to realize your full potential as a golfer – Charlie Munger
  • If you play games where other people have the aptitudes and you don’t, you’re going to lose. -Charlie Munger
  • “Anyone who wishes to be cured of ignorance must first admit to it.” – Michel de Montaigne
  • “The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” -Rene Descartes
  • “I think it’s a huge mistake not to absorb elementary worldly wisdom if you’re capable of doing it because it makes you better able to serve others, it makes you better able to serve yourself and it makes life more fun … Charles Munger
  • “The advice we give others is the advice that we ourselves need.” -Gian-Carlo Rota’s said in Indiscrete Thoughts
  • In our cars, we may spend 95% of our time going straight, but it’s the turns that determine where we end up. -Roy Baumeister
  • When you shine a light, both of you can see better. – Seth Godin
  • Pay attention to your thoughts, because they become your words. Pay attention to your words, because they become actions. Pay attention to your actions, because they become habits. Pay attention to your habits, because they become your character. Pay attention to your character, because it is your fate – Talmud

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