Favorite Quotes

On Choosing a Path In Life:

"Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting." -- Goethe

"Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it."  -- Alan Kay

"Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship." -- Omar N. Bradley

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." -- Rachel Carson

"Be the man your dog thinks you are." -- Unknown

"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. " -- Mark Twain

“Life’s greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing” - Teddy Roosevelt

Travel:

"A map says to you, read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not…I am the earth in the palm of your hand." – Beryl Markham, “West With The Night”

“He travels the fastest who travels alone.” – Kipling

"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night" -- Galileo Galilei

"The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators." -- Gibbon, Edward

"As a rule of thumb, the more qualifiers there are before the name of a country, the more corrupt the rulers. A country called The Socialist People's Democratic Republic of X is probably the last place in the world you'd want to live." – Paul Graham (www.PaulGraham.com)

"The difference between America and England is that the English think 100 miles is a long distance and the Americans think 100 years is a long time." -- Unknown

Courage:

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

"Fortune favors the bold." -- Virgil

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."-- Ayn Rand

“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there's two things: You're getting off first, or I'm going to die. It's really that simple, right? You're not going to out-work me. It's such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren't getting the places they want or aren't achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It's strictly based on being out-worked; it's strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready.” -- Will Smith

"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.“-- Daniel Burnham, Chicago architect. (1864-1912)

Politics:

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." -- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian(1994)

"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

"A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." -- Mark Twain

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." — Mark Twain

"Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds." -- Henry Adams

Economics:

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices." -- Adam Smith, The Wealth Of Nations

"All consumption norms are local" -- Robert Frank

"Never ask the barber if you need a haircut" Mark Twain

Free Speech:

"Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel" -- Mark Twain

"There is a line of self-made, iconoclastic, pragmatic, larger-than-life American Everymen that begins in the popular mind with Benjamin Franklin, and runs through Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and Harry Truman, but also shows up in such far-flung characters as Walt Whitman, Henry Ford, and Ernest Hemingway. They are the fresh-air paragons of democratic self-invention—the anti-phonies who tell it like it is and, with their grassroots words and ways, rebuke the pretentious sophistication of Europeanized elites. Even when they hold liberal political views, they sometimes come off as reactionary cornballs, because of the way they extend our native mythology of salty, slightly cranky individualism. Warren Buffett, as much as anyone else alive right now, belongs to this indispensable tradition of truth-telling Americans so square and forthright that they end up seeming subversive." Walter Kirn The Atlantic Monthly 2004-11

"Let Truth and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?" -- John Milton, in Areopagitica, 1644.

Simplicity:

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" -- Einstein

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" -- Einstein

Miscellaneous:

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up." – Muhammad Ali

"If you have a yes man working for you, one of you is redundant." -- Colin Powell

"Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth." -- Launegayer's Axiom


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