Quotes

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."
Voltair - Francois-Marie Arouet (author, philosopher)
"At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done - then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago."
Frances Hodgson Burnett (author The Secret Garden)
"Focusing is about saying no. You've got to say no, no, no. The result of that focus is going to be some really great products where the total is much greater than the sum of the parts."
Steve Jobs (Apple CEO)
"You remake yourself as you grow and as the world changes. Your identity gets found, it emerges."
Reid Hoffman (technology entrepreneur)
"What's desperately needed in our society, is companies that represent genuine progress, not just frantic change from one fashion to another."
Peter Thiel (technology investor)
"I personally want to 'do' death in the active and not the passive, and to be there to look it in the eye and be doing something when it comes for me."
Christopher Hitches (political author)
"The genius of life is to carry the spirit of childhood into old age."
Aldous Huxley (author)
"I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out."
Roger Ebert (film critic)
"The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration."
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO)
"Great art stretches the taste, it doesn't follow tastes."
Steve Jobes (Apple CEO)
"Music was transcendent in my life. It took me to another level, to another place - images, fantasies, stories, people, colors - everything came to mind. It was like cinema. It made me live another way; it made me think another way."
Martin Scorsese (movie director)
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"
Hunter S. Thompson (author)
"The Internet is not just a series of pipes. It's core architecture embeds an assumption about human nature. The Internet is designed to empower individuals not control them. It assumes that the if individuals are empowered,i they will do the right thing the vast majority of the time."
Brad Burnham (VC, blogger)
"Grandparents are very important because they are the transmitter of cultural evolution and information."
Kevin Kelly (futurist/author, Whole Earth, The WELL)
"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
Steve Jobs (Apple CEO/Founder)
"Trying to sell disruption from the top down is a losing proposition."
Bryce Roberts (tech VC)
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
Dolly Parton (musician)
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to remove."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (swiss designer)
"You have to be able to ignore the present in order to understand the future and the past."
Alan Kay (computer scientist)
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
Buckminster Fuller (engineer, inventor, designer, author)
"Predicting the future of the Internet is easy: anything it hasn't yet dramatically transformed, it will."
Chris Dixon (technology entrepreneur)
"the most important thing you're doing is determining whether or not you're going to be a good ancestor. we have it in our control to be great ancestors by enabling the right to know, by freeing up information, by creating new economic models that reward sharing and not hoarding, that reward service and not the precious conceit that you can own the miraculous stuff that i think god puts in your mind."
John Perry Barlow
"When we convey the right to know, we amplify our collective capacities as a unified species into something that is very, very different from anything we've ever been before"
John Perry Barlow
Practical principles for surviving and prospering in the decades ahead: "self-reliance, resilience, reciprocity, and transparent opt-in organizations with clear lines of accountability"
Charles Hugh Smith (journalist)
"Our obsession with instant gratification and self-glorification has led to a culture of what I call permanent adolescence. Politicians who promise a pain-free continuation of the status quo are rewarded by re-election, and those who speak of sacrifice are punished. An unhealthy dependence on the State to organize and fund everything manifests in a peculiar split-personality disorder: people want their entitlement check and their corporate welfare, yet they rail against the State's increasing power."
Charles Hugh Smith (journalist)
"Freedom without responsibility and accountability is not really freedom; it's simply an extended childhood."
Charles Hugh Smith (journalist)
"Reliance on propaganda has become so pervasive that the notions of truth and honesty have been hollowed out. Nobody expects the President or Ben Bernanke to speak honestly, as the truth would shatter an increasingly fragile status quo. But this reliance on artifice, half-truths and propaganda has a cost; people are losing faith in government , in all levels of authority, and in the Mainstream Media - and for good reason."
Charles Hugh Smith (journalist)
"The only failure is not trying."
Elbert Hubbard (writer, philosopher)
"Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity."
Irving Kristol (journalist)
"Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man."
Ronald Reagan (US President)
"Good design uses the process of elimination. Delight in an experience that is simple and clear"
Yves Behar (designer)
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
Thomas Jefferson (US president)
"[in 2008] The American system had a heart attack and we responded fast and well. Unfortunately, the problems we face in the future are less like heart attacks and more like cancer - problems that if unattended will grow and mestastasize. In the long run, though, they'll have the same effect."
Farred Zakaria (journalist)
"I personally think you should be too high to operate a device at a concert"
Chris Robinson (musician, The Black Crowes)
"Three guidelines for contentment: follow reason in knowing what to do and not do; restrain passion from overcoming reason; and resist desiring things that lie beyond your reach"
Descartes (philosopher)
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens (author, humorist)
"The biggest weapon your brain or your parents can give you is curiosity."
Tom Peters (business author)
"Where's jazz going? I don't know. Maybe it's going to hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just happens."
Thelonious Monk (jazz musician)
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstein (scientist)
"At a time when what is popular and what is good seem ever more divergent, 'Kind of Blue' sounds better all the time"
Malcolm Jones (newsweek)
"May the Declaration of Independence be to the world what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition has persuaded them to blind themselves."
Thomas Jefferson
"Reality is telling us very clearly to prepare for a new way of life in the USA. We're in desperate need of decomplexifying, re-localizing, downscaling, and re-humanizing American life."
James Howard Kunstler (author)
"Waste not, want not. Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without."
L. Reid (classic Depression-era saying)
"Alone is an unfortunate predicament. Lone is an aesthetic choice."
Batmanuel (The Tick, TV show)
"An entrepreneur is someone who dares to dream the dreams and is foolish enough to try to make those dreams come true."
Vinod Khosla (founding Sun Micro CEO, now VC)
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
Steve Jobs (Apple CEO/Founder)
"I really think designers are going to save our asses and turn this economic situation around. When the economy is tanking, companies need to put more thought into redesigning their systems and products from top to bottom. If a designer can come up with a way to make my product with 25% less material, that's a huge savings if I'm making millions of products. Better design makes that product less expensive to the consumer, more profitable for the company, and it'll use less material resources. So we need to design our way out of this depression!"
Gary Hustwit (director of Objectified)
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God."
Albert Einstein (scientist)
"The emotions you get from listening to Mozart, are like the faint glimpses of ultimate reality we get [from quantum experiments]. I claim nothing more."
Dr. Bernard d'Espagnat (quantum theory scientist)
"The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven."
John Milton (poet)
"This crisis is neither the result of a normal turn of the business cycle nor an accident of history. We arrived at this point as a result of an era of profound irresponsibility that engulfed both private and public institutions from some of our largest companies' executive suites to the seats of power in Washington D.C."
Barack Obama (US President)   [talking about the 2008 financial crisis]
"The marvelously constructed and beautiful living forms we see around us are not the miraculous arbitrary productions of a supernatural creator, but instead have developed gradually over eons of time by means of a purposeless blind process of random genetic variation followed by differential reproductive success."
Dr. Jerry N. Stinner (scientist)   [writing about Charles Darwin]
"The financial crisis is attributable to inapproprate macroeconomic policies of some economies and their unsustainable model of development characterized by prolonged low savings and high consumption; excessive expansion in blind pursuit of profit."
Wen Jiabao (Chinese Premier)
"What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further. We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else's."
Barack Obama (US Presidnet)   [talking about Entitlements]
"Economic growth will depend on innovative entrepreneurs, not incumbent corporations. At the most fundamental level we need a restructuring of capitalism. We need to get rid of the 'incumbency capitalism' that entrenches participants in a market while stifling innovation by raising the barriers to entry for innovative ideas."
Vindo Khosla (newsweek author)
"This is what Life is all about: sharing our stories, [making] mistakes, learning from each other, and helping each other to get better."
Maureen McCormick (actor)
"Part of the reason this economic crisis occurred is because we have been living through an era of profound irresponsibility. That is why what we have lost in these last eight years cannot be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits alone. What has also been lost is the idea that in this American story, each of us has a role to play. Each of us has a responsibility to work hard and look after ourselves and our families, and each of us has a responsibility to our fellow citizens. That's what's been lost these last eight years - our sense of common purpose; of higher purpose. And that's what we need to restore right now."
Barack Obama (US Senator)
"You'll always be my could've been."
Tony Roberts (musician)
"At 15, you'er just an egg out of its shell walking around, trying desperately not to get maimed emotionally."
Diane Lane (actress)
"The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself'."
Robert Pirsig (author, Zen and The Art of Motorcyce Maintenance)
"Our means of processing information and finding rational solutions are badly corrupted by television."
Al Gore (eco-evangelist)
"We have to stop treating the earth as a wholly-owned subsidiary of our economy."
Gary Hirshberg (CEO Stonyfield Farm)
"Make things just as simple as they need to be, but not simpler."
Albert Einstien (scientist)
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
Margaret Thatcher (government leader)
"I'm not crying about it, but most of the time it's not like i have a solid, core sense of who i am."
Jim James (musician - My Morning Jacket)
"...how can it be that a black man running for president is accused of being too elitist?"
Evan Thomas (Newsweek Author)
"Ultimately, our strongest cometitive advantage is the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Amercian people."
Michael S. Malone (WSJ Editorial Writer)
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
Albert Einstein (scientist)
"Being a true American patriot means being willing to risk one's neck to challenge the prevailing powers of government to do the right thing. It should not be confused, as it so often is, with jingoism, which is a blind, flag-waving nationalism that refuses to acknowledge any failings whatsoever of our society."
James McBride (WSJ Editorial Writer)
"If we want to fight global warming, we are going to have to innovate ourselves out of this dilemma."
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger (authors, futurists)
"Twenty-five per cent of high-school biology teachers believe that human beings and dinosaurs shared the earth, and more than a third of Americans can't name a single First Amendment right."
Susan Jacoby (Author)
"Only the paranoid survive"
Andrew Grove (Intel CEO)
"We don't believe the digital revolution is just a shoot-out in gadget land. The true revolution is in how entertainment content is created, managed, distributed and consumed."
Carly Fiorina (HP)
"In this great experiment that is American democracy, "secular" is the only word we have to describe the idea, handed down by the Founders, that our leaders do not belong to God, they belong to us."
Lisa Miller (author, Newsweek)
"If you make decisions based on society's opinion, you are going to make boring choices."
Jake Gyllenhaal (actor)
"Music is the soul of the future"
Fela (musician)
"I think music is supposed to make you high, to give you an experience so that you can transport yourself from wherever you are and that whole physical contact with the world so that you can gain a little more consciousness - inner consciousness."
Herbie Hancock (musician)
"An enterprise's most vital assets lie in its design and other creative capabilities. I believe that the ultimate winners of the 21st century will be determined by these skills."
KunHee Lee (Samsung chairman)
"Apple understands the importance of beauty, managing to set the right balance between desire and spirituality, complexity and simplicity, form and function, software and hardware (which is, of course, a new version of the old body-mind dialectic)."
Momus (author, wired magazine)
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor saftey."
Benjamin Franklin (polymath & "First American")
"simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
Leonardo Da Vinci (genius)
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