Quotes – Go to Bed Smarter than When you Woke Up


The pace of reading will not be the same now. Till last month I was reading books, blogs and other material by tons. Every spare moment was devoted to reading something. But now kids are back. So the pace is bound to slow down.

So before this really happens I want to post the quotes that I have collected so far.

This is the second quote posts this year but I am sure the next one isn’t coming this year. 😉

Enjoy. And do let me know which one clicked for you.

  • I think you will grant that the source of religion and of patriotism is one and the same—the heart, not the head. – Mark Twain
  • A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. -Don Corleone
  • “Have a bias for action: Do first, apologize later.”
  • You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd. – Warren Buffet
  • ‘The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. … An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.’ – William James, the father of modern psychology
  • I pledge to know more about my field than anyone else. I will read and learn and teach. My greatest asset is the value I can add to my clients through my efforts. -Seth Godin
  • “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
  • “Age does not entail the relentless pursuit of happiness, but rather the satisfaction of emotionally meaningful goals, which involves far more than simply ‘feeling good.’” -Anon
  • WHATEVER YOUR TEMPERAMENT, 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
  • All relationships involve give and-take and cooperation, so a person who habitually attends to ordinary requests or suggestions like a bull to a red flag is in for big trouble in both home and workplace. -Rapt
  • “Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.” -Rudolf Nureyev
  • Don’t create your year, create your day. Figure out the perfect day and then live it. The year will take care of itself. So will your life. – Time warrior
  • Leaders are people who create an inspired vision for the organization, communicate a sense of enthusiasm for the effort, and are honest and authentic in their interactions with people. -Book
  • Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.’” -Steve Jobs
  • 1. Make it conscious. 2. Make it a game. 3. Make it competitive. 4. Make it small and temporary. -Master anything 4-hour chef
  • The decent method you follow is better than the perfect method you quit. 4-hour chef
  • Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. – 4-hour body
  • It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre. Focus on better use of your best weapons instead of constant repair. -4 hour chef
  • There falls a shadow, as T. S. Eliot noted, between the conception and the creation. In the annals of innovation, new ideas are only part of the equation. Execution is just as important. -Steve Jobs
  • I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. -Oscar Wilde
  • People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Pray as if it all depends upon God, for it does. But work as if it all depends upon us, for it does.” -George W. Bush
  • 1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. 3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. 4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. 5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing. 6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. -Benjamin Franklin
  • He who relies solely on warlike measures shall be exterminated; he who relies solely on peaceful measures shall perish. – Art of war
  • When you don’t know what you believe, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. But when you stand for something, decisions are obvious. -Jason Fried
  • What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan. -Jason Fried
  • Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title, an expensive suit, a fancy car, or a series of acquisitions. It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow. -Carol Dwek
  • I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. –Harold Kushner
  • The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book. –Northrop Frye
  • In a good book the best is between the lines. –Swedish Proverb
  • A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it. –Edward P. Morgan
  • It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. –C.S. Lewis
  • I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. –C.S. Lewis
  • That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.–Amos Bronson Alcott
  • Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. –J.K. Rowling
  • A good book has no ending. –R.D. Cumming
  • “God is a comedian playing to an audience afraid to laugh” – Voltaire
  • “Practice on the days that you eat.” – Shinichi Suzuki
  • “Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens—and when it happens, it lasts.” – John Wooden
  • Never mistake mere activity for accomplishment.” – John Wooden
  • After all, we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope!! – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” – Anson Dorrance
  • If you’re using frequency as a tactic to make up for the fact that you’re being ignored, you can certainly do better. -Seth Godin
  • Go ahead and make something for the elites. Not the elites of class or wealth, but the elites of curiosity, passion and taste. Every great thing ever created was created by and for this group. -Seth Godin
  • Absolute rules (if X, then Y) work with the grain of human nature. We feel far more guilt running a red light than breaking a speed limit. -Rory Sutherland
  • Putting all your eggs in one basket and watching the basket really carefully isn’t nearly as effective as the other alternatives. Not when the world gets crazy – SG
  • A person can have the greatest idea in the world — completely different and novel—but if that person can’t convince enough other people, it doesn’t matter.-GREGORY BERNS
  • “I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.” — Charlie Munger
  • As soon as you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word. -PETER DRUCKER
  • Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good. -MALCOLM GLADWELL
  • Getting better at something is thought to be about learning. First you crawl, then you walk, then you run – DD
  • “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” — Mark Twain
  • A script is what you give the actors. A program is what you give the audience ” -Larry Wall, Inventor of Perl
  • No one has ever built a statue to a critic, it’s true. On the other hand, it’s only the people with statues that get pooped on by birds flying by. -Seth Godin
  • The world honors the man who is eager to plant new seeds of study today so he may harvest a fresh crop of knowledge tomorrow. The world is sick of the man who is always harking back to the past and thinks everything wroth knowing has already been learned. … Respect the past, take what it offers, but don’t live in it.- Book
  • Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire. -Willam B yeats
  • Simple things should be simple. Complex things should be possible. – Alan Kay
  • If you do things that are safe but feel risky, you gain a signfiicant advantage in the marketplace. -SG
  • “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richar Feynman
  • “Each of us has only a quantum of compassion. That if we lavish our concern on every stray cat, we never get to the centre of things.” -George Smiley
  • “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” — George S. Patton.
  • “The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” — Charlie Munger
  • “Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.” — Charlie Munger
  • “The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.” – Mortimer Adler
  • “Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.” — Charlie Munger
  • “I have a view worth hearing, but I may be missing something.” -Anon
  • “If thing are bad now, they will get better in time. If they are fine now, something will go wrong in due course. We don’t make money by predicting the timing. At Berkshire, we’re trying to swim well against the tide or with it, we just keep swimming.” -Charlie Munger

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