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Arresting Aphorisms

  • "A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason." (Thomas Carlyle)
  • "No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius." (Anna Pavlova, Russian ballet dancer)
  • "The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed." (William Gibson)
  • You don't say, 'this is where I'll always be.' You say, 'this is where I am now.' (David Kahn)
  • “A plan relieves you of the torment of choice.” (Saul Bellow)
  • "No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back." (Turkish Proverb)
  • "Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise." (Cato the Elder, Roman statesman)
  • "The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." (Linus Pauling)
  • "Concentrate on what you do have, not on what you don’t." (John Wooden)
  • "Wealth, like health, is at the expense of nobody." (Plato Valaskakis)
  • "Habits start out as cobwebs and grow to be cables." (Spanish proverb)
  • "Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan." (John F. Kennedy)
  • "Wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook." (William James)
  • "We are always getting ready to live, but never living." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." (Oscar Wilde)
  • "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (Albert Einstein)
  • "People may not remember what you said or what you did, but people will always remember how you made them feel." (Maya Angelou)
  • "You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do." (Jerry Garcia)
  • "As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know they're some things we do not know. But there're also unknown unknowns; the ones we don't know we don't know." (Donald Rumsfeld)
  • "You have the watches, we have the time." (Afghan Proverb)
  • "I praise loudly. I blame softly." (Catherine the Great)
  • “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” (Lao Tzu)
  • “It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes.” (Flannery O'Connor)
  • "Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor play to stay." (Josh Billings)
  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." (Victor Borge)
  • "A private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war.” (Lt. Col Paul Yingling, US Army)
  • "Women have sex in order to talk, and men talk in order to have sex." (Anonymous)
  • "A mind once stretched by a new idea can never return to its original dimensions." (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
  • "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." (Peter Drucker)
  • "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. But the second best time is today." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "Never answer the question that is asked of you. Answer the question that you wish had been asked." (Robert S. McNamara)
  • "It's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble." (Warren Buffett)
  • "Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up to the step; we must step up the stairs." (Vaclav Havel)
  • "I cursed the fact that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." (Persian Proverb)
  • "Common sense is anything but common." (Voltaire)
  • "You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit." (Harry Truman)
  • "The last 1 percent most people keep in reserve is the extra percent champions have the courage to burn." (Chris Carmichael)
  • "If I has asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse." (Henry Ford)
  • "A goal without a plan is just a wish." (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
  • "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "Discipline is doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it."
  • "Hurry when you have time, so you'll have time when you are in a hurry." (Dutch Proverb)
  • "Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  • "One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity." (Bruce Lee)
  • "The goal is not to bend or change ourselves so we fit the norm; the goal is to find the group in which we are the norm." (Simon Sinek)
  • "Action expresses priorities." (Mohandas Gandhi)
  • Those who say 'yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have. Those who say 'no' are rewarded by the safety they attain." (Keith Johnstone)
  • Over the long term, you are more likely to fool yourself than others (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
  • "By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day." (Robert Frost)
  • "The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. (Warren Bennis)
  • "I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." (Woodrow Wilson)
  • "The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet." (William Gibson)
  • "Many a false step was made by standing still." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." (Mark Twain)
  • "Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more take away." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
  • "You can't hold a man down without staying down with him." (Booker T. Washington)
  • "Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle." (James Russell Lowell)
  • "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." (Jonathan Swift)
  • "Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait." (Emerson)
  • "What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers." (Logan Pearsall Smith)
  • "The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature." (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
  • "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." (Thomas Edison)
  • "My country is the world and my religion is to do good." (Thomas Paine)
  • "Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom hapen, as by little advantages that occur every day." (Benjamin Franklin)
  • "The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse." (Carlos Castaneda)
  • "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow." (Norman Vincent Peale)
  • "The palest ink is clearer than the fondest memory." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought." (Henri Bergson)
  • "History doesn't repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes." (Mark Twain)
  • "We do not remember days; we remember moments." (Cesare Pavese)
  • "The only way to have a friend is to be one." (Emerson)
  • "The only way around is through." (Robert Frost)
  • "Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them." (Winston Churchill)
  • "Friendships are like money - easier made then kept." (Samuel Butler)
  • "Black words on a white page are the soul laid bare." (Guy de Maupassant)
  • "A man is wealthy in proportion to the things he can do without." (Epicurus)
  • "Mistakes are the portals of discovery." (James Joyce)
  • "Happiness is wanting what you have, not getting what you want." (Sheryl Crow)
  • "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." (Oscar Wilde)
  • "Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much." (Buddha)
  • "You understand life backward but you live life forward." (Soren Kierkegaard)
  • "Love decreases when it ceases to increase." (Chateaubriand)
  • "I quote others only the better to express myself." (Montaigne)
  • "Be quick .. but don't hurry." (John Wooden)
  • "Pain is just weakness leaving the body." (Nike Slogan)
  • Happiness = Performance - Expectations
  • "It is never too late to be what you might have been." (George Eliot)
  • "Always make new mistakes." (Esther Dyson)
  • "People more often need to be reminded than informed." (Samuel Butler)
  • "Old people are fond of giving good advice; it consoles them for no longer being capable of setting a bad example." (La Rochefoucauld)
  • "History doesn't repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes." (Mark Twain)
  • "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." (Aristotle)
  • "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
  • "We do not remember days ... we remember moments." (Cesare Pavese)

Ear Candy | Preferred Podcasts

  • 43 Folders Podcast
    Merlin Mann is consistently witty, insightful and entertaining - no mean feat - in his short but substantive podcasts on productivity. These are perfect snacks to feed your appetite for efficiency.
  • Harvard Business Review IdeaCast
    This is as good as you would expect a podcast would be coming from HBR. The production values and professionalism are first rate, as are the guests on each show.

Pop Philosophy Preferred

  • Tim Ferriss
    I love Tim's concepts of 'lifestyle design' and 'going on a media diet'. His advice and hacks on how to simplify your life are a welcome respite to our hyper-mediated world.
  • Thomas Friedman
    The Walter Lippmann of this generation. Whether you agree with his views or not, he is the most influential pundit today on the two issues that matters most in the modern world: globalization and the Middle East.
  • SHardy, Creative Generalist
    A genuinely inter-disciplinary intellectual - in the most positive sense of the term.
  • Merlin Mann
    One of the first - and best - Life Hackers out there.
  • Mark Cuban
    This Internet business pioneer and owner of the Dallas Mavericks also happens to be one of the most original - and outspoken - thinkers in media and technology today.
  • Malcolm Gladwell
    Gladwell practically invented the entire category of books that I devour with his seminal work, The Tipping Point.
  • Jon Kay
    He will come to be known someday as Canada's George Will. In the meantime, he influences friends and foes alike from his perch as Comments Editor at The National Post.
  • Fareed Zakaria
    Anyone who has watched 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos' (c'mon, you know you want to admit it!) has seen Zakaria consistently demonstrate his lucidity, eloquence and coherent world view. Not many people can go toe-to-toe with George Will and emerge unscathed, but he does it every week. Oh, in his spare time he is the Editor of Newsweek International, too ...
  • David Brooks
    Today's most trenchant social and political analyst.

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