Quotes – It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright

Here I go again. Yet another quote post. The text file I keep to collect quotes, lines from the blogs, books and articles that come my way is growing bigger. Before I lose it or my system nose dives, its better to be safe than sorry..

So enjoy. Don’t forget to tell which one you like the most?

  • There’s a big difference between not settling and not starting. – Seth Godin
  • Some say, “go big or stay home,” but I prefer, “keep going.” Drip by drip. -SG
  • Before there can be learning, there must be learners -Daniel Dennett
  • The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them – especially not from yourself. -Daniel Dennett
  • Try to acquire the weird practice of savoring your mistakes, delighting in uncovering the strange quirks that led you astray -Daniel Dennett
  • If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong. – Richard Feynman
  • Social media is a marathon, a gradual process in which you build a reputation -SG
  • “To those human beings who are of any concern to me, I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill treatment, indignities, profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, and the wretchedness of the vanquished.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Young man, you will learn, I hope, that happiness is what you make it..” -Anon
  • When you wake up in the morning, think, “What can I do to make her day or his day just a little happier?” -Anon
  • Their consensus: no matter how talented you are, no matter how brilliant- you must have interpersonal skills to succeed -Anon
  • An insightful analysis is based on the right simplifications – Anon
  • “If you’re myopic and only look at the next moment in time and you base your decisions on ‘what am I going to get out of this in the next nanosecond’ versus ‘what do I have to put into this in the next nanosecond,’ then when you hit a plateau, your natural conclusion is to quit and move to the next thing. If you’re able to think about things in much bigger chunks, you can make good long-term choices and investments of your effort and time.” – Angela Duckworth
  • “I think the biggest barriers to doing great things are not cataclysmic events that require heroic action. It’s more important to focus on incremental effort and results than the heroic acts that typically get the lion’s share of the attention,” -Angela Duckworth in The Plateau Effect
  • “I’ve realized that somebody who’s tired and needs a rest, and goes on working all the same is a fool.” -Carl Jung
  • “Unless you have a compelling reason to say no, always say yes to opportunities.” -. one 80-year old, successful entrepreneur
  • “In my 89 years, I’ve learned that happiness is a choice – not a condition.” – Anon Senior
  • Think like a gardner, work like a carpenter – Daniel Coyle
  • A practice session should end like a good meal-with a small, sweet reward. -DC
  • Never mistake mere activity for accomplishment.-John Wooden
  • To follow a routine is to be on autopilot. But one’s daily routine is also a choice, or a whole series of choices. In the right hands, it can be a finely calibrated mechanism for taking advantage of a range of limited resources: time (the most limited resource of all) as well as willpower, self-discipline, optimism. -Daily Rituals
  • He thought you wanted to put part of your life on autopilot; by forming good habits, he said, we can “free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action. – Daily Rituals
  • “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition,” Auden wrote in 1958. – Daily rituals
  • “A modern stoic,” he observed, “knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment everyday, and passion will give you no trouble.” – W H Auden
  • “Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time” -Benjamin Franklin
  • “Inspiration is for amateurs, The rest of us just show up and get to work.” -Chuck Close
  • “My reigning sin, to which perhaps many others are appendant, is waste of time, and general sluggishness,” – Samuel Johnson
  • “Life has much uneasiness; that is certain. Always remember that, and it will never surprise you.” – James Boswell
  • The “great thing” in education is to “make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy.” -William James
  • The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work. -William James
  • “Be regular and orderly in your life like a Bourgeois so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – William Styron
  • “A mathematician, is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.” -Paul Erdos
  • The trick is to make time-not steal it- and produce….. -Bernard Malamud
  • The most powerful person in the world is the story teller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come. – Steve Jobs
  • “It’s not a competency if you don’t know the edge of it.” -Charlie Munger
  • The time you’re spending polishing might be better spent building. – Seth Godin
  • Instead of working so hard to prove the skeptics wrong, it makes a lot more sense to delight the true believers. They deserve it, after all, and they’re the ones that are going to spread the word for you. – SG
  • When you’re making rules for yourself, you’re enlisting the prefrontal cortex as your partner against the more reflexive, appetite-driven parts of your brain. -Kessler
  • I try to teach my students that losing is something you do, not something you are. – How children succeed book
  • “When it comes to ambition, it is crucial to distinguish between ‘wanting’ something and ‘choosing’ it.” -Rowson
  • “Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.” -Alexander Pope
  • You will never regret working less and traveling more. You will likely regret working more and traveling less. – Linda Rubright
  • ‘Someday’ is today. – LR
  • When you don’t know what to say, you must say something. Even if it is, “I don’t know what to say.” – LR
  • “If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – The art of war
  • “Poke the box How do computer programmers learn their art? Is there a step-by-step process that guarantees you’ll get good? All great programmers learn the same way. They poke the box. They code something and see what the computer does. They change it and see what the computer does. They repeat the process again and again until they figure out how the box works. The box might be a computer or it might be a market or it might be a customer or it might be your boss. It’s a puzzle, one that can be solved in only one way-by poking. – Pokethebox Seth Godin
  • “Human nature is to need a map. If you’re brave enough to draw one, people will follow” – Seth Godin
  • “It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright” -Benjamin Franklin
  • “You’re better off with a kick-ass half than a half-assed whole” – Jason Fried
  • “Standing for something isn’t just about writing it down. It’s about believing it and living it. – Jason Fried
  • “When your mind is preoccupied, your impulses-not your long-term goals-will guide your choices.” -Kelly McGonigal
  • The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. – Ernest Hemingway
  • “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.” -99u
  • The mediocre people who apply themselves go further than the superior people who don’t. Work makes worth -Baltasar Gracián
  • Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people’s expectations  -Baltasar Gracián
  • Know when to put something aside. One of life’s great lessons lies in knowing how to refuse, and it is even more important to refuse yourself, both to business and to others. -Baltasar Gracián
  • Don’t belong so much to others that you stop belonging to yourself. -Baltasar Gracián
  • In the beginning it is easy to put an end to problems, but not later. -Baltasar Gracián
  • A fine exterior is the best recommendation of inner perfection. -Baltasar Gracián
  • The questions we ask change the thing we make. Organizations that do nothing but measure the numbers rarely create breakthroughs. Merely better numbers. -Seth Godin
  • Take a simple idea and take it seriously -Charlie Munger
  • Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. -B. F. Skinner
  • In everything you do, refine your skills and knowledge about fundamental concepts and simple cases. Once is never enough. As you revisit fundamentals, you will find new insights. It may appear that returning to basics is a step backward and requires additional time and effort;however, by building on firm foundations you will soon see your true abilities soar higher and faster” – The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
  • “To better understand your world, consciously acknowledge what you actually see-no matter how mundane or obvious-rather than guess at what you think you are supposed to see.”  –
  • “To learn any subject well and to create ideas beyond those that have existed before, return to the basics repeatedly” – The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
  • “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. -Peter Drucker
  • “I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.” -Albert Einstein
  • “Consider a subject you wish to understand, and clear the clutter until you have isolated one essential ingredient. Each complicated issue has several possible core ideas. You are not seeking “the” essential idea; you are seeking just one-consider a subject and pare it down to one theme. In fact, you might perform this exercise on yourself. What do you view as essential elements of you? Isolating those elements can give a great deal of focus to life decisions” – The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
  • “If you can’t solve a problem, then there is an easier problem you can’t solve: find it.” -George Polya
  • “Setting a higher standard for yourself for what you mean by understanding can revolutionize how you perceive the world.” – The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
  • “A weed is a plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “True experts continually deepen their mastery of the basics.” – The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
  • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
  • “I’ve missed more than 9,000 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
  • “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” -James Joyce
  • “When you go the extra mile people will know, and that knowing changes everything about how they feel about what you do.” -blog
  • The biggest achievements your life are rarely going to be those someone forced you to do. They’ll be the things you undertook from your own initiative. – Scott D young
  • Execution is a skill and it is cultivated through practice. -Scott D Young
  • “In any movie, play, or literary work, media scholars tell us how to determine who truly is the main character of the story-it’s the individual who, by the end, has changed the most.”-Starbird, Michael
  • To learn any subject well and to create ideas beyond those that have existed before, return to the basics repeatedly. -Starbird, Michael.
  • “If you can’t explain it, you don’t know it.”  -Starbird, Michael.
  • The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away. -Linus Pauling
  • The time to work on a problem is after you’ve solved it. -R. H. Bing
  • The unchangeable mind is a closed mind. – 5th Element of effective thinking
  • If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing. – Will Rogers

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