💬 Quotes that impacted how I view the world
Clear writing gives poor thinking nowhere to hide.
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It's like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.
Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader's ear. Don't just write words. Write music.
Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth.
My goal in life is to unite my avocation with my vocation. As my two eyes make one in sight.
Read what you love until you love to read.
Luck is preparation multiplied by opportunity.
Addiction is the progressive narrowing of things that bring you pleasure.
A calm mind, a fit body, and a house full of love. These things cannot be bought. They must be earned.
A man is an animal suspended in webs of significance that he himself has spun.
Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.
The means of learning are abundant – it's the desire to learn that's scarce.
Frank Lloyd Wright
You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Pass through this brief patch of time in harmony with nature, and come to your final resting place gracefully, just as a ripened olive might drop, praising the earth that nourished it and grateful to the tree that gave it growth.
A camel is a horse designed by a committee
A committee is a group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling.
We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.
When you're forced to be simple, you're forced to face the real problem. When you can't deliver ornament, you have to deliver substance.
Bravery is this, maybe, unique emotion in that you can't fake because faking it is actually bravery. If you're terrified and you're merely acting brave and going through the motions and putting yourself in harms way, that is what bravery is.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
There is no God, but don't tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night
Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask.
Don't expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won't be. Don't count on motivation. Count on Discipline.
Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.
Many innovations fail because consumers irrationally overvalue the old while companies irrationally overvalue the new
What got you here, won't get you there.
Peter T. Coleman
Research also shows that people prefer their relationships with others to be aligned and balanced. In other words, we prefer that all our friends be friendly with each other and that they dislike our enemies. Any imbalances between our friends and enemies results in the motivation to change friends to enemies or enemies to friends
Relentlessness wins because, in the aggregate, unseen details become visible.
The longer you delay the ask, the bigger the ask you can make.
Don't spike dopamine prior or after effort. Learn to spike dopamine from effort itself.
Beginners over value thinking and under value doing. Advanced people do the opposite.
Value to your customer is the dream outcome and perceive likelihood of achieveing it divided by the time delay it takes them to get there times the effort and sacrifice you put in to get them there.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Determination is consistent willfulness, balanced by discipline, aimed by ambition.