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Title: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on November 03, 2010, 07:53:28 AM
“If you think a weakness can be turned into a strength, I hate to tell you this, but that's another weakness”

Jack Handy
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 03, 2010, 11:26:39 AM
"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." -- Clay Shirky

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Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Kali on November 04, 2010, 01:22:33 AM
When I give food to the poor they call me a saint - when I ask why the poor have no food the call me a communist - Dom Helder Camara
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on November 04, 2010, 06:28:41 PM
"Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.
- Ivern Ball"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on November 04, 2010, 06:42:49 PM
I have this one on my bulletin board:

"The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
--William James
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: mivox on November 04, 2010, 10:20:08 PM
I have a whole collection... heh But skimming through them just now, these jumped out for today:

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted" —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." —A. A. Milne
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on November 05, 2010, 05:37:45 AM
"Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it."
Walter Chrysler

I have always credited any success I have achieved to my inherent laziness.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on November 08, 2010, 01:23:24 PM
"The beauty of leaving things till the last minute is it only takes one minute to complete them."
Author Unknown
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on November 08, 2010, 03:01:41 PM
Oh, so that is why my family always things to the last minute!!!
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 08, 2010, 06:34:40 PM
Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing everyone who got in their way. -anon
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on November 08, 2010, 06:55:36 PM
"They say it all started out with a big bang. But, what I wonder is, was it a big bang or did it just seem big because there wasn't anything else drown it out at the time?"

Karl Pilkington
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 08, 2010, 07:00:04 PM
"Resource" is an encomium bestowed only by users; "authority" is bestowed only by previously recognized authorities. Anyone who calls himself either one is just an ego with vocal chords. -hutcheson DMOZ
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Peter on November 08, 2010, 07:18:28 PM
Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual. - Terry Pratchett
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: mick g on November 08, 2010, 11:17:50 PM
don't tease fat kids they've enough on their plates
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 09, 2010, 09:41:36 PM
 Marketing always trumps product quality.  Just look at bottled water.  -anon
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 17, 2010, 08:56:29 PM
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. --attributed to Mark Twain
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on November 19, 2010, 05:11:03 AM
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude" - Thomas Jefferson
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 19, 2010, 01:36:56 PM
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. --Jean Giraudoux NFFC
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on November 19, 2010, 03:31:50 PM
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A Defining moment is when your first thought was "I can do this"! Your mind set or "Belief" is so important, first and foremost .....do you believe you can do this? Before you invested time, or money or skills .......you said to yourself "I can do this"! Then your on your way....belief in yourself and people will listen and follow you! Non stop to top!

--Jim Fobair

I often forget to practice this..
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Brad on November 19, 2010, 04:10:04 PM
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"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book."
Cicero (106-43 BC)

Nothing new under the sun.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: mick g on November 19, 2010, 07:08:09 PM
yeah awesome Jason, I saw it earlier on this year

this is equally inspiring too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8ZuKF3dxCY

and this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiTLOW1KLPc
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on November 19, 2010, 08:10:53 PM
In a triathlon, if you do not finish, your name is marked with "DNF"...resulting in this saying:

"DFL > DNF > DNS"

"Dead F*cking Last" is better than "Did Not Finish" is better than "Did Not Start"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: mick g on November 19, 2010, 08:22:07 PM
>>>religious overtone

yeah sorry Jason there was no motive behind the post believe me it was the story, the last place on earth for me is inside a church
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 20, 2010, 09:35:41 AM
Have you ever noticed, when you're driving, that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone driving faster than you is a maniac?  --George Carlin
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on November 23, 2010, 09:07:53 AM
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
--Winston Churchill
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 23, 2010, 12:36:54 PM
Ouch, LM! Point hhh

Return fire:

 "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." -Eric Hoffer


 "More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are 'This time is different'." -unk stock trader
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on November 23, 2010, 11:05:12 PM
"When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for."

via Shak, via Jim Stark, via facebook
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: seoboy on November 24, 2010, 03:28:56 AM
hey Jason, thanks for that Randy Pausch video.  i've seen a different one earlier, but this one is great too...

particularly fabulous is the line from his mentor to him during his second year in school...

"it's such a shame that people perceive you as so arrogant, because it's going to limit what you're going to be able to accomplish in life". 

classic.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on December 02, 2010, 05:43:38 PM
"George Washington didn't use his right to fr## sp##ch to defeat the British.  He shot them."
--Unknown
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on December 02, 2010, 06:22:49 PM
I used to collect quotes... now drawing pretty much a blank. Some great ones so far. A little thought and these come to mind:

"The natives, by and large, had to be driven to work with clubs, they preserved that much dignity, whereas the whites, perfected by public education, worked of their own free will. "
  -- Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

"Any time you're faced with making a hard decision between two choices, you haven't looked at the problem long enough."
  --??? I got this from my brother.

"I hope that when I die, people say 'Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money'"
  -- Jack Handy

"There are two kinds of people. Those who have to carry everything through to its logical conclusion."
  -- ergophobe (as far as I know).

I can't believe the number of people who, in response to hearing that last one ask, with no irony,  "And what's the other kind?" to which I say, "Well, I guess that would be you."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on December 02, 2010, 07:28:36 PM
As I am bored stiff watching 48 thousand static html files to ftp to spam server #3, I would like to don my 'devils advocate' cap and take a couple of shots at a couple of these :

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Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing everyone who got in their way. -anon
Much as I like the sentiment - it isn't exactly true. 'Killing everyone who got in their way' was the failed strategy adopted by most of Rome's enemies.
The Roman Empire survived so long through a series of 'meetings' - they engaged their enemy's enemies as allies and buffer states, and used politics to keep client kingdoms and rogue states at each others throats.

Of course, my corrected version....
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Rome did not create a great empire by killing everyone who got in their way immediately, they had lots of meetings to try and persuade other people to do it for them, and only if that failed did it themselves... ermm, most of the time anyway - 4eyes
.... isn't quite as pithy, and is unlikely to catch on.

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"George Washington didn't use his right to fr## sp##ch to defeat the British. He shot them."
errrmmm...  surely he didn't have a 'right' to fr## sp##ch at that stage? (.... and he wasn't shooting the British.... Brits on both sides, also other colonists, German mercenaries .... yada yada yada).

One could perhaps find more use in the quote (which I just made up)...
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Thomas Paine did more to change the world with words than any single man armed with a gun

To be perfectly honest, had I been alive then I would have been on the side of the colonists myself rather than support a country ruled by a mad king who was more German than English and an elite upper class who were mostly descended from Norman French. I'd have been right there with Thomas Paine using as much 'slightly-free' speech as I could to try and get rid of the 'slightly' bit.
(can we get away with politics if it is 18 century politics? I would never advocate killing the Queen now, honest)

I guess my point is that the 'shoot first, ask questions later' quotes are 100% appropriate when hunting deer, but less so when someone spills your drink in the pub.

Not that I am a pacifist, I am perfectly happy with the :
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Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie!"... till you can find a rock.
.. for example.


I was going to write something eloquent that explained why we should not rely on quotations to fill in the gaps in our knowledge, and then I found a good quotation that says it better than I could :
Quote
All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth.  ~William Mathews














Quote
Listen, don't mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right. --- Basil Fawlty
;)

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dougs on December 02, 2010, 10:40:38 PM
Good Luck Mr Gorski - Neil Armstrong

Doug
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ukgimp on December 02, 2010, 11:20:25 PM
Colin you amuse me. When are you next uploading spam we need more enlightenment. :-)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: creative666 on December 03, 2010, 01:31:52 PM
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"Yes I got him a gift. He had a kidney stone. You p1ss a rock through your pecker, you deserve more than just a pat on the fcuking back."

I had a kidney stone this year!
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on December 03, 2010, 09:00:42 PM
The higher a monkey climbs, the more you can see of its bottom.

edited for typo
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: agerhart on December 07, 2010, 02:42:19 PM
money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy lots of things that contribute mightily to happiness.

http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2009/03/happiness-myth-no-6-money-cant-buy-happiness.html
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on December 07, 2010, 03:01:40 PM
The version I know, again credited to Spike Milligan:

Quote
Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Cowley on December 07, 2010, 03:49:05 PM
"Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut"  -  something my old boss said a lot.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on December 07, 2010, 07:03:03 PM
If you ain't first, you're last.
 - Ricky Bobby
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on December 08, 2010, 08:35:45 PM
"But maybe he's only a little crazy like painters or composers or... or some of those men in Washington. " - Miracle on 34th Street.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: mick g on December 13, 2010, 03:34:55 PM
"I wouldn't p i s s on you even if you was on fire"
a famous quote by our own NFFC

the same night when napoleon left webmasterworld  :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: mivox on December 16, 2010, 11:48:12 AM
"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was." ~Margaret Mitchell

"[The US Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism... when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other." ~Alexander Hamilton

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." ~John Adams

"The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent ANY part of the government from DECEIVING the people." ~Justice Hugo L Black, US Supreme Court

"A life without television is like a dog without bricks tied to its head." ~anon

"Talk sense to a fool, and he will call you foolish." ~Euripedes

"Existence gives things purpose, but emptiness makes them useful." ~Dao De Jing 11

...thought I'd jump back in here, since I'm inexplicably not asleep yet. :-)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on January 06, 2011, 06:41:34 PM
"My 'Give a sh##' is all gone..."
-Anonymous Texan
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on January 13, 2011, 07:20:51 PM
Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.

- Rabbi Hyman Schachtel
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: bill on January 21, 2011, 08:09:22 AM
"The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet high."
   -  Japanese Proverb
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ASPD on January 21, 2011, 05:03:42 PM
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. "

Groucho Marx
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Elaine on January 22, 2011, 07:00:29 PM
Man Plans - God/Fate laughs
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on January 23, 2011, 06:55:02 PM
Winners Never Quit.   Quitters never win.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Gurtie on January 25, 2011, 01:12:25 PM
(social media)’s like someone’s just invented the ‘house party’ and everyone’s trying to work out if it’s ok to hit on each other’s wives or sh## in the salad bowl.

Some guy called Andy commenting on WallBlog
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: eurotrash on January 26, 2011, 11:28:16 AM
don't tease fat kids they've enough on their plates

Funny.

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
– Mark Twain
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on February 02, 2011, 11:58:04 PM
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." --Abraham Lincoln  (via reddit)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on February 03, 2011, 12:43:16 AM
On food labeling laws in Australia, or perhaps the lack of them.

The choice here is between ''safe until proved dangerous'' and ''dangerous until proved safe''.

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/its-hard-to-swallow-food-rules-that-treat-us-like-mushrooms-20110202-1adoi.html
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on February 06, 2011, 10:41:47 PM
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." --Abraham Lincoln  (via reddit)

Awesome! Still laughing. I think when I steal it, though, I'll say Mark Twain b/c so many quotes are misattributed to him.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on February 11, 2011, 05:04:15 PM
In theory, the following quote is true:
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"Rational prediction requires theory and builds knowledge through systematic revision and extension of theory based on comparison of prediction with observation. ... It is an extension of application that discloses inadequacy of a theory, and need for revision, or even new theory. Again, without theory, there is nothing to revise. Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory, there is no learning."

But in practice, this one is better:
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In theory, the difference between theory and practice is small. In practice, the difference between theory and practice is large.

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on March 02, 2011, 12:29:31 AM
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened"
-Mark Twain
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on March 02, 2011, 02:43:13 AM
"I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here [head] and here [heart] and (by) what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not." - Hospitaller, Kingdom of Heaven
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on April 04, 2011, 12:21:09 AM
"Affiliates have the most value when they're doing something that the merchant can't do for themselves." - Buckworks
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on April 26, 2011, 08:13:51 PM
By popular demand (or at least at the request of grnidone)

I think most people would think my dad was one of the most driven people they had ever met. But when I was 22 and told him that I couldn't think of one purposeful, productive thing in the world that interested me, he said:
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It doesn't matter. Just keep doing new things and don't hurt others. Eventually, you'll either find the things you love or you will have lived a full and varied life and you'll be eligible for Social Security. Either way, it works out.

Actually, that conversation set the course for the next 25 years (and counting).
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Peter on May 08, 2011, 08:42:45 AM
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
Rick Cook
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: eurotrash on May 08, 2011, 10:49:30 AM
Nice one Peter
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on May 10, 2011, 04:39:13 PM
"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run". ... Babe Ruth
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on May 16, 2011, 03:01:45 PM
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
-Elbert Hubbard
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on May 26, 2011, 09:56:12 PM
"‎Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" ~Winston Churchill
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: sugarkane on June 30, 2011, 03:06:22 PM
The perfect is the enemy of the good
- Voltaire
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on July 08, 2011, 05:28:17 PM
"If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." --blue_beetle on MetaFilter
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on July 13, 2011, 06:09:22 PM
"If something cannot go on forever, it will stop."  -Herbert Stein,  Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Nixon & Ford
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on July 15, 2011, 10:40:46 PM
“What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.” - Edgar Friedenbar
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on July 16, 2011, 01:16:25 PM
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

-Thomas Edison
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on July 30, 2011, 06:58:04 PM
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The too familiar vice of the present age is to obtrude as manifest truths, mere fancies, born of conjecture and superficial reasoning, altogether unsupported by the testimony of sense
Quote from a truly amazing man - Dr William Harvey (1578 - 1657) - discoverer of blood circulation and often referred to as the founder of modern medicine.

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on August 13, 2011, 10:07:09 PM
This is not exactly a quote, it is a segment of "The Instruction of Ptahhotep to his son" - estimated date, some time before 2000BC

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Follow your heart as long as you live,
Do no more than is required . . .
Don't waste time on daily cares
Beyond providing for your household;
When wealth has come, follow your heart,
Wealth does no good if one is glum!

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If you want a perfect conduct,
To be free from every evil,
Guard against the vice of greed:
A grievous sickness without cure,
There is no treatment for it.
It embroils fathers, mothers,
And the brothers of the mother,
It parts wife from husband;
It is a compound of all evils,
A bundle of all hateful things.
That man endures whose rule is rightness,
Who walks a straight line;
He will make a will by it,
The greedy has no tomb.

.. more here : http://www.humanistictexts.org/ptahhotep.htm

It is not that it is 'wise' that makes it worth comment - it is the fact that this is wisdom that is pre-christianity, pre-buddhism, in fact, pre-just about everything.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on August 17, 2011, 01:51:25 AM
I love everybody.

Some I love to be around,

some I love to avoid,

and others I would love to punch in the face.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on August 17, 2011, 03:56:11 PM
I just found 88 more:

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1. You can’t change other people, and it’s rude to try.
2. It is a hundred times more difficult to burn calories than to refrain from consuming them in the first place.
3. If you’re talking to someone you don’t know well, you may be talking to someone who knows way more about whatever you’re talking about than you do.
4. The cheapest and most expensive models are usually both bad deals.
5. Everyone likes somebody who gets to the point quickly.
6. Bad moods will come and go your whole life, and trying to force them away makes them run deeper and last longer.
7. Children are remarkably honest creatures until we teach them not to be.
8. If everyone in the TV show you’re watching is good-looking, it’s not worth watching.
9. Yelling always makes things worse.
10. Whenever you’re worried about what others will think of you, you’re really just worried about what you’ll think of you.
11. Every problem you have is your responsibility, regardless of who caused it.
12. You never have to deal with more than one moment at a time.
13. If you never doubt your beliefs, then you’re wrong a lot.
14. Managing one’s wants is the most powerful skill a person can learn.
15. Nobody has it all figured out.
16. Cynicism is far too easy to be useful.
17. Every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours.
18. Whenever you hate something, it hates you back: people, situations and inanimate objects alike.
19. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s works alone can teach you everything you need to know about living with grace and happiness.
20. People embellish everything, as a rule.
21. Anger reveals weakness of character, violence even moreso.
22. Humans cannot destroy the planet, but we can destroy its capacity to keep us alive. And we are.
23. When people are uncomfortable with the present moment, they fidget with their hands or their minds. Watch and see.
24. Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.
25. Putting something off makes it instantly harder and scarier.
26. Credit card debt devours souls.
27. Nobody knows more than a minuscule fraction of what’s going on in the world. It’s just way too big for any one person to know it well.
28. Most of what we see is only what we think about what we see.
29. A person who is unafraid to present a candid version of herself to the world is as rare as diamonds.
30. The most common addiction in the world is the draw of comfort. It wrecks dreams and breaks people.
31. If what you’re doing feels perfectly safe, there is probably a better course of action.
32. The greatest innovation in the history of humankind is language.
33. Blame is the favorite pastime of those who dislike responsibility.
34. Everyone you meet is better than you at something.
35. Proof is nothing but a collection of opinions that match your own.
36. Knowledge is belief, nothing more.
37. Indulging your desires is not self-love.
38. What makes human beings different from animals is that animals can be themselves with ease.
39. Self-examination is the only path out of misery.
40. Whoever you are, you will die. To know and understand that means you are alive.
41. Revenge is for the petty and irresponsible.
42. Getting truly organized can vastly improve anyone’s life.
43. Almost every cliché contains a truth so profound that people have been compelled to repeat it until it makes you roll your eyes. But the wisdom is still in there.
44. People cause suffering when they are suffering themselves. Alleviating their suffering will help them not hurt others.
45. High quality is worth any quantity, in possessions, friends and experiences.
46. The world would be a better place if everyone read National Geographic.
47. If you aren’t happy single, you won’t be happy in a relationship.
48. Even if it costs no money, nothing is free if it takes time.
49. Emotions exist to make us strongly biased towards or against something. This hinders as often as it helps.
50. Addiction is a much greater problem in society than it’s made out to be. It’s present in every person in various forms, but usually we call it something else.
51. “Gut feeling” is not just a euphemism. Tension in the abdomen speaks volumes about how you truly feel about something, beyond all arguments and rationales.
52. Posture and dress change profoundly how you feel about yourself and how others feel about you, like it or not.
53. Everyone thinks they’re an above average driver.
54. The urge to punish others has much more to do with venting frustration than correcting behavior.
55. By default, people think far too much.
56. If anything is worth splurging on, it’s a high-quality mattress. You’ll spend a third of your life using it.
57. There is nothing worse than having no friends.
58. To write a person off as worthless is an act of great violence.
59. Try as we might to be otherwise, we are all hypocrites.
60. Justice is a human invention which is in reality rarely achievable, but many will not hesitate to destroy lives demanding it.
61. Kids will usually understand exactly what you mean if you keep it to one or two short sentences.
62. Stuff that’s on sale usually has an annoying downside.
63. Casual swearing makes people sound dumb.
64. Words are immensely powerful. One cruel remark can wound someone for life.
65. It’s easy to make someone’s day just by being uncommonly pleasant to them.
66. Most of what children learn from their parents isn’t taught on purpose.
67. The secret ingredient is usually butter, in obscene amounts.
68. It is worth re-trying foods that you didn’t like at first.
69. Problems, when they arise, are rarely as painful as the experience of fearing them.
70. Nothing — ever — happens exactly like you pictured it.
71. North Americans are generally terrible at accepting compliments and offers of help.
72. There are not enough women in positions of power. The world has suffered from this deficit for a long time.
73. When you break promises to yourself, you feel terrible. When you make a habit of it, you begin to hate yourself.
74. A good nine out of ten bad things I’ve worried about never happened. A good nine out of ten bad things that did happen never occurred to me to worry about.
75. You can’t hide a bad mood from people who know you well, but you can always be polite.
76. Sometimes you have to remove certain people from your life, even if they’re family.
77. Anyone can be calmed in an instant by looking at the ocean or the stars.
78. There is no point finishing a book you aren’t enjoying. Life is too short for that. Swallow your pride and put it down for good, unfinished.
79. There is no correlation between the price of a brand of batteries and how long they last.
80. Breaking new ground only takes a small amount more effort than you’re used to giving.
81. Life is a solo trip, but you’ll have lots of visitors. Some of them are long-term, most aren’t.
82. One of the best things you can do for your kids is take them on road trips. I’m not a parent, but I was a kid once.
83. The fewer possessions you have, the more they do for you.
84. Einstein was wiser than he was intelligent, and he was a genius.
85. When you’re sick of your own life, that’s a good time to pick up a book.
86. Wishing things were different is a great way to torture yourself.
87. The ability to be happy is nothing other than the ability to come to terms with how things change.
88. Killing time is an atrocity. It’s priceless, and it never grows back.

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on August 17, 2011, 04:39:55 PM
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The secret ingredient is usually butter, in obscene amounts.
That's my favourite - by a long stretch :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on August 17, 2011, 08:22:24 PM
Not my list, Dogboy gets the credit - I just like the butter one :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on August 17, 2011, 08:59:56 PM
no worries here, I didn't write these ones for sure, and I didn't even read the whole thing myself, but there are a few gems in there, the butter one being one of the best;)

Good taste:)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on September 05, 2011, 04:12:09 PM
"The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Will.Spencer on September 07, 2011, 07:30:13 PM
I am such a quote fiend that I registered a web site to store my favorite quotes (http://www.famous-quote.net/) which now uses Srini G's Quotes Collection plugin for Wordpress (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quotes-collection/). 

Here are a few quotes from the late Thomas J. Watson of IBM fame:

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.

All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.

Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

It is better to aim at perfection and miss, than to aim at imperfection and hit it.

The man who bases his actions on independent thought; who reflects and considers before doing anything, and whose judgments are arrived at through logic, is the man who will go farthest today.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ukgimp on September 07, 2011, 09:34:51 PM
I felt sure that first one was Henry Ford.

Anyway. Saw this one recently.

You are not paid to work hard. In fact, you are not paid for effort at all. You are paid for results. It's not what you do; it's what you get done.
 
Larry Winget
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on September 13, 2011, 10:51:01 PM
"I'm not happy being the nicest horse in the glue factory." --Richard Fisher (Dallas Federal Reserve President)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on September 15, 2011, 05:33:41 PM
‎"I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news."
-- John Muir, 1883 as quoted by Samuel Hall Young (http://books.google.com/books?id=hEZIAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22I+am+degenerating+into+a+machine+for+making+money%22&pg=PA204#v=onepage&q=%22I%20am%20degenerating%20into%20a%20machine%20for%20making%20money%22&f=false)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: 4Eyes on September 25, 2011, 05:23:02 PM
"There are 10 kinds of people in this world: Those who understand ternary, those who don't, and those who confuse it with binary."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: edo on October 09, 2011, 05:26:49 PM
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now." -Buddha

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on October 09, 2011, 09:06:08 PM
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Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 10, 2011, 09:33:17 PM
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now." -Buddha

Mmm... not really. Thanissaro Bhikkhu, monk and translator of Buddha, tags this as another famous thing the Buddha never said (or at least, if he said it, there's no record of it).

http://www.facebook.com/notes/shambhala-sun/more-of-what-the-buddha-never-said/10150336746260419

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3) If you want to see a person’s past actions, look at his present condition. If you want to see a person’s future condition, look at his present actions.




This idea turns karma into something very simplistic and deterministic. It’s what I call the “one karmic bank account” theory—the idea that your present condition shows the running balance in your karmic account: the sum total of all your good actions, minus the sum total of your bad actions, equals what you’re experiencing right now.


Instead of a single bank account, the Buddha compared your past karma to a field of seeds: Some seeds have already sprouted, some are not yet ready to sprout, and as for the ones that are ready to sprout, those that get the most water with the best chance of flourishing. This means that, even though you can’t go back and change the seeds you’ve already planted, you do have some control over which seeds you’re going to water. In other words, your present condition shows only a sliver of your past actions; your present actions influence the extent to which you’re going to suffer over that sliver or not.

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: edo on October 10, 2011, 09:47:40 PM
Ok. How about...

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now." - Edo

 :D
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 12, 2011, 04:30:55 PM
Ok. How about...

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now." - Edo

 :D

Fair enough ;-)

I used to be fond of saying, "As Socrates said: 'Who cares?"" because I'm reasonably sure that Socrates at least once in his life said the anicent Greek equivalent of "Who cares?"

Or more to the point...

Maude: "The Earth is my body; my head is in the stars!  … Who said that?"
Harold: "I don't know."
Maude: "Well, I guess I did.”
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on October 12, 2011, 05:01:34 PM
"SEO is alive and well. It just looks more like marketing than it used to." -- Wheel

http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4373457.htm
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 13, 2011, 12:01:10 AM
"SEO is alive and well. It just looks more like marketing than it used to." -- Wheel

http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4373457.htm

"Making money is alive and well. It just looks more like work than it used to." -- ergophobe

http://th3core.com/talk/water-coolerextra/quotes-that-hit-home/msg14478/#msg14478
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on October 14, 2011, 08:43:28 PM
Most rules do not apply if you know the one making them.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: thesaintv12 on October 14, 2011, 08:54:40 PM
A good friend is someone who knows everything about you and still loves you despite what they know.

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on October 18, 2011, 11:03:09 PM
"Designers can't code, coders can't design." - Rumbas.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: edo on October 19, 2011, 08:51:42 AM
Yeh I thought that was some clever symmetry going on there from Rumbas. Not really a surprise that someone from Denmark can speak better English than us native speakers. Scandinavia are about 50 years ahead of the world in most things.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on October 20, 2011, 06:03:14 PM
That would look great on your CV, not so good on mine.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Peter on October 22, 2011, 11:44:16 PM
Sorry if it's been said before, but I like

Imagination is more important than knowledge
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on October 24, 2011, 05:47:53 PM
"I'll make an appearance at the [wedding] dance, but I usually leave early:  nobody actually likes to 'get down' until the preacher leaves."

Rev. Gary Lissy
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: edo on October 24, 2011, 11:07:10 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Damian on October 25, 2011, 03:10:05 PM
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: edo on October 25, 2011, 07:40:39 PM
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.

Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.

THAT'S relativity.

(Einstein)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on May 21, 2012, 03:28:38 PM
"To be a great woman, act like a girl, dress like a lady, think like a man and work like a dog".
-- May Issue of Southern Living Magazine, 2012
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on June 18, 2012, 12:17:31 PM
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Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Chunkford on June 18, 2012, 03:00:59 PM
"the one who does not remember history is bound to live it through again"

It was on a plaque when I visited Auschwitz
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Gurtie on July 07, 2012, 06:51:44 AM
"we've spent more money on bailing out the bankers in one year than we've spent on science, in Britain, since Jesus"

Brian Cox yesterday http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18736011
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on August 22, 2012, 01:13:04 AM
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle." - Steve Jobs
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on September 29, 2012, 09:10:54 AM

Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It's too high!
COME TO THE EDGE!
And they came,
and we pushed,
And they flew.

Christopher Logue
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on September 29, 2012, 09:11:57 AM
If you think you can, or if think your can't. 

You are probably right.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: edo on September 29, 2012, 09:45:29 AM
This isn't a quote but lots of them. In fact it's my favourite motivational speech of all time. Helps that I worship the ground that Arnie walks on  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuJ4hbkLiY0
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on October 07, 2012, 11:19:49 PM
"To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else."

- Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on November 01, 2012, 11:54:57 AM
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Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on February 22, 2013, 06:23:49 PM
From a letter to my cousin...

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Look, this is going to sound like it's coming out of nowhere, but it is what it is... someday you are going to die. And everyone you know will be affected by it - some more than others. And then, someday THEY will die, and the same thing will happen to them. And NO MATTER HOW IMPORTANT YOU BECOME, in time, you will be forgotten, and for all intents and purposes it will be as if you never have existed. So live for today. Enjoy it. It is your day. Do what you want with it. If you want to just waste it, go ahead, it doesn't matter. But I suggest you ENJOY it. Because if there is one goal you should have in life it is to enjoy yourself. So do that. Let that sh## drop off your back, and do whatever the f### you want. Because in the long run, no matter WHAT you do will matter. So make it matter now, and enjoy it:)

- dogboy
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: dogboy on February 24, 2013, 01:21:20 AM
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on April 08, 2013, 04:20:36 AM
This one goes against my sarcastic nature, but it hit me as truth today.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on June 25, 2013, 07:42:36 PM
There's no right, there's no wrong, there's only popular opinion.   --Jeffrey Goines character in Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on June 26, 2013, 02:45:33 PM
"There's nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so"
 -- Shakespeare, Hamlet (Act II, I believe"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on September 28, 2013, 11:39:50 AM
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” ― Henry Ford
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: IrishWonder on September 28, 2013, 11:51:13 AM
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Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 01, 2013, 11:30:49 PM
"This is only temporary, unless it works."  --Red Green
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 08, 2013, 06:31:49 AM
“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.” -- Terry Pratchett, Jingo
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on May 15, 2014, 08:16:38 PM
My mom called me gifted because she would not have paid for me.  --stillragin on reddit
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on May 23, 2014, 11:51:25 AM
The difference between smart kids and dumb kids is that smart kids don't get caught when they cheat. --anon
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on July 17, 2014, 12:26:06 PM
The difference between poison and medicine is almost always merely dosage.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on August 21, 2014, 04:07:16 PM
They don't put barnes and nobles in bad areas, so if you are lost in a bad area put "Barnes and noble" in your GPS.

Reddit
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Mackin USA on August 22, 2014, 12:32:48 PM
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!
Bob Marley

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on October 08, 2014, 11:04:23 PM
"The business model of free is the business model of corporate surveillance. "
On how Google, Facebook and the NSA use your data:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldhHkVjLe7A
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on October 11, 2014, 09:41:35 AM
That needs a thread of its own. A whole forum..
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on April 06, 2015, 07:40:30 PM
"but you can’t maintain virality by writing a headline for robots"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: creative666 on April 07, 2015, 06:07:43 PM
Dreams only work if you do
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on May 01, 2015, 02:27:05 PM
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
- Abe Lincoln



I've been trying to find a quote, without luck. Something along the lines of, "When the house is full, your (ticket) price is too low." older quote, referencing live theater. Anybody recognize or know the actual quote verbiage?
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on May 01, 2015, 09:32:08 PM
"the days pass slowly, the decades quickly"  --some guy on reddit
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on July 28, 2015, 05:59:29 PM
"but it'd be like trying to merge 4chan and Linkedin"

LM

http://th3core.com/talk/traffic/google-has-finally-acknowledged-that-google-isn't-working-out/
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on August 26, 2015, 05:38:37 PM
"The 80s weren't so bad."
  -- littleman
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: JasonD on August 26, 2015, 05:41:45 PM
^^ best one yet :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on September 07, 2015, 12:34:30 AM
There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on September 22, 2015, 03:57:24 PM
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Less than one tenth of one percent of all tweets are about sandwich bags. Let that sink in. Nobody is tweeting about bags.

  - Jason Feifer here:http://www.theawl.com/2015/09/lets-sell-some-sh##-to-these-millennials##-to-these-millennials
  - HT to RC who quoted it here: http://th3core.com/talk/marketing/gurtie-i-have-a-must-read-(preferably-aloud)-article-for-your-next-staff-meetng/
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on October 01, 2015, 07:35:16 PM
''There is nothing more expensive than a free boat.''
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: DogBoy on October 28, 2015, 12:18:25 PM
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Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on November 25, 2015, 01:06:59 PM
Just because you can't dance, doesn't mean you shouldn't dance. —Alcohol
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on November 25, 2015, 04:22:17 PM
Just because you can't dance, doesn't mean you shouldn't dance. —Alcohol


"I really do believe this: that music is too important to be left to professionals..."
Michelle Shocked, "Austin City Limits" TV show, 1990. http://www.mypage.tsn.cc/toddby/derivations.htm

I always thought that was Pete Seeger that said it, but as best I can tell on the interwebs, it's not.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on December 22, 2015, 09:53:21 PM
"The last people with jobs will be AI programmers.” -George Hotz
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on March 02, 2016, 06:08:17 PM
"Florida is like the South tried to have a baby with California but after the fact realized they were siblings and ended up with a troglodyte child. "
Dr. Cool
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on March 14, 2016, 09:59:43 PM
"If you go through your day and meet one a##hole: okay, you met an a##hole.

If you go through your day and all you meet are assholes: you might be the a##hole."

Reddit
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on March 14, 2016, 11:39:31 PM
"Les indigènes eux, ne fonctionnent guère en somme qu’à coups de trique, ils gardent cette dignité, tandis que les Blancs, perfectionnés par l’instruction publique, ils marchent tout seuls."
  -- Celine, Voyage au bout de la nuit

In English, roughly
"The natives, they hardly did anything without being beaten with a cudgel. They retained that much dignity, whereas the whites, perfected by public education, worked entirely of their own accord."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on March 15, 2016, 06:05:54 PM
So basically: society is pacifying and education is a tool instill compliance?
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on March 15, 2016, 06:31:03 PM
Well, as the historian, that's probably about how I would put it. Though Celine is writing in the context of being drafted and then deserting (I think) in WWI and seeing the carnage and raises the question of what it means to be perceived as sane by a society that has gone insane.

So I think Celine's point is more about the internalization of masters, the liberty of mind versus the liberty of body, which I guess is the same thing as a tool to instill compliance.

I first read the quote about 20 years ago and it always stuck with me.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on May 09, 2016, 10:04:10 PM
"Better to die than live a coward."

http://www.allthingsworkplace.com/2009/10/do-you-have-the-commitment-of-a-gurkha.html
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on May 09, 2016, 10:58:39 PM
That's commitment to a cause.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on May 19, 2016, 03:49:10 AM
'If you're going to miss Heaven, why miss it by two inches?' -Sam Kinison
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on July 20, 2016, 12:39:19 PM
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. --Samuel Johnson April 1775
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on July 22, 2016, 04:33:37 PM
"Just remember, when you point the finger there's three more fingers pointing back at you." - Unknown.

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on July 23, 2016, 01:59:41 AM
When viewing the world through rose-colored glasses, red flags just look like flags.

-reddit
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on July 23, 2016, 03:24:13 AM
When viewing the world through rose-colored glasses, red flags just look like flags.

!!! That's not a quote. That's a tool!
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on July 23, 2016, 12:27:10 PM
>a tool

Absolutely! Best quote in this thread, Dras.  I have a related quip I used to make to those complaining about Debbie Downer:

An optimist, almost by definition, is never prepared to handle problems.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on July 24, 2016, 12:04:42 AM
When viewing the world through rose-colored glasses, red flags just look like flags.

!!! That's not a quote. That's a tool!

I remember when tools were called utilities ! f### Apps !
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on July 24, 2016, 04:24:12 PM
Must remember. Must remember. Must remember.

This quote is up there with one my wife likes: "Never judge your insides by someone else's outsides."

By tools, I mean these are literally chisels, lathes and saws that you can use to shape your reality for the better.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: JasonD on July 24, 2016, 05:02:40 PM
>This quote is up there with one my wife likes: "Never judge your insides by someone else's outsides."

However, I have found it very easy to determine someone's insides on how they treat other people's outsides...
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on July 24, 2016, 05:37:31 PM
Great variant.

She usually is thinking of situations where you see someone and think "Wow. She's so confident. I wish I were like that when I need to speak to a group" and then you find out the person is so scared that she hasn't eaten all day. Or "That person has it so together and is so happy, I wish I could be like that" and that other person is suffering from deep depression.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: JasonD on July 24, 2016, 05:39:06 PM
Simply Theresa, seems like a very wise woman indeed.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: simplytheresa on July 25, 2016, 03:51:46 PM
The variant is awesome and one worth adding to a mental collection.

Ergophobe is right of course. And like many quotes that I really like I wish they would come to mind more often when I really need them.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on July 25, 2016, 04:04:47 PM
Please ignore anything i posted after 2am! I think i was a bit typsy!

Favourite quotes :

'Civilisation is a race between disaster and education' H.G. Wells.

'Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.' Thucydides.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on July 25, 2016, 05:42:50 PM
>'Civilization is a race between disaster and education' H.G. Wells.

We're smart enough to do a lot of damage, not wise enough to stop ourselves.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on July 25, 2016, 09:55:31 PM
Well, we're smart enough, but those other guys are idiots, ya know?
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on August 09, 2016, 07:06:50 PM
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on August 10, 2016, 11:50:01 AM
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw

Not heard that one, totally agree.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on August 10, 2016, 05:20:56 PM
Actually... I would like to know how old GBS was when he wrote that. Watching people struggle through their later years, I call BS on that one.

I prefer, instead, the quote from Utah Philips, speaking of Nevada City, CA (form memory, but close enough)
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Meanwhile old Jesse McVeigh the well digger is sitting on the porch of the Union Hotel watching all the freaks walk by in the street and saying "No matter how New Age you get, old age gonna kick your a##.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on August 11, 2016, 08:57:16 AM
I feel like there should be "eventually" at the end of that quote of yours.  The lucky of us who live long enough will grow old eventually, but we have a role in when that happens.  I know people at 50 that are much older than my grandmother was at 80.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on August 11, 2016, 04:22:30 PM
First off, apologies to Gary. Didn't mean to rain on your quote.

I guess it's just rather overused in the circles I run in. I've always had a wide age range in my friends - even in my twenties I had a dear friend (non-family) in his 80s. I've seen so many struggle with old age and feel like our society has a culture of youth that pretends old age is not going to happen.

But I do understand the sentiment. I'm the 53-year-old guy who still rides the shopping cart down the hill to the car. Since this is so obviously fun if your market has a parking lot on a hill, it is an utter mystery to me that I have *never* seen another adult do this at my market.

It is tragic the extent to which many adults have lost their sense of play.

>>older than my grandmother

My mentor was about 80 when my wife died her hair blue. Everyone over the age of 50 said "What did you do *that* for?" I was curious what Bob would say. We met him on the street and he saw the sun shining through making her hair electric blue and he said "Your hair is BLUE!"

I thought "Uh oh."

And without missing a beat he said "It's so festive! I love it!"

And I thought "Oh yes, that's why I love this man"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on August 11, 2016, 04:47:33 PM
>lost their sense of play

That's easy to say when you don't hurt.   I've known a (very) few elders that have seemingly breezed into old age without much chronic pain or age-related loss of abilities (that's different than age-related disabilities, imo). 
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on August 11, 2016, 04:55:44 PM
First off, apologies to Gary. Didn't mean to rain on your quote.

No bad weather felt here :)

I also take a quick ride on the shopping trolleys now and then :)

Here's to blue hair and the elderly!
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on August 11, 2016, 05:06:50 PM
>lost their sense of play

That's easy to say when you don't hurt.   I've known a (very) few elders that have seemingly breezed into old age without much chronic pain or age-related loss of abilities (that's different than age-related disabilities, imo).  

RC - that's exactly what I was getting at when I posted my original response to Gary.

My grandmother told me once that her best years were he 80s. When I asked why, she said "Everyone around me is in terrible pain and I'm not and nobody can tell you want to do when you're 88." That's a much different standard than when she was younger. This is a woman who won the town Fourth of July footrace when she was 16, beating all the men, and into her early 20s could beat every man in Burlington VT in speed skating. The only time she ever got mad at me that I remember is when she told me she had been the fast skater in town and I said "The fastest girl?" and she boomed "THE FASTEST SKATER!!" with real anger. But by 88 years old, having less pain than her neighbors constituted real happiness.

And for the record, the day before she died, she kicked her great grandson's butt in a game of Crazy Eights. She never lost her sense of play.

PS... among quotes in my life that have hit home are two in my last two posts
 - "It's so festive. I love it"
 - "THE FASTEST SKATER"

But I don't think they would inspire others without knowing the people ;-)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on August 11, 2016, 06:18:01 PM
Nice story.  My grandmother is still going at 93 BTW.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on August 12, 2016, 08:51:47 AM
>lost their sense of play

That's easy to say when you don't hurt.   I've known a (very) few elders that have seemingly breezed into old age without much chronic pain or age-related loss of abilities (that's different than age-related disabilities, imo).  

RC - that's exactly what I was getting at when I posted my original response to Gary.

My grandmother told me once that her best years were he 80s. When I asked why, she said "Everyone around me is in terrible pain and I'm not and nobody can tell you want to do when you're 88." That's a much different standard than when she was younger. This is a woman who won the town Fourth of July footrace when she was 16, beating all the men, and into her early 20s could beat every man in Burlington VT in speed skating. The only time she ever got mad at me that I remember is when she told me she had been the fast skater in town and I said "The fastest girl?" and she boomed "THE FASTEST SKATER!!" with real anger. But by 88 years old, having less pain than her neighbors constituted real happiness.

And for the record, the day before she died, she kicked her great grandson's butt in a game of Crazy Eights. She never lost her sense of play.

PS... among quotes in my life that have hit home are two in my last two posts
 - "It's so festive. I love it"
 - "THE FASTEST SKATER"

But I don't think they would inspire others without knowing the people ;-)

I'd love to have met your granny, sounds very cool.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on August 12, 2016, 08:54:00 AM
Nice story.  My grandmother is still going at 93 BTW.

That's good going.

The UK mortality rate is slowly increasing year-on-year, i think people were generally healthier years ago when life was harder and food was purer.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on August 12, 2016, 04:51:48 PM
Nice story.  My grandmother is still going at 93 BTW.

Yay for her!

My dad is 87 and does not take a single pill. In May he did the last 100K of the pilgrimage of Santiago Compostella and, in his longest day, walked 18 miles (they had planned 6-8 per day for a 9-day walk, but doubled up two days to finish in 7). He was in more than a little pain sometimes though. As my mom always said "Getting old is not for sissies."

At the other end of the spectrum, a quote that really hit home for my wife and I, but it needs a bit of setup.

A couple of months ago, we were awoken at about 6am by screaming kids about 4-6 years old. At first we were grumpy and I didn't want to be the grumpy man who yells "Hey, you kids shut up!" but it was kind of egregious. But then we heard what they were yelling. They were just playing and looking at plants and bugs. We heard one kid yell "Guys! Guys! A worm!" We love it when kids discover nature, so we just listened and watched, eventually migrating to the porch to see. And then this kid, about four years old comes bombing down the hill in front of the house. He looks like he's just barely staying on his feet, not quite having the coordination to run *that* fast. And as he goes by our house he screams with all his heart "Llluuuuckkkkyyy!  Lllluuuucckkyyy! Iiii'mmmm sooooo llluuckky!"

No idea what he saw, but now my wife and I say that to each other all the time, remembering that kid and trying to take time to appreciate the goodness that often surrounds us.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on August 13, 2016, 02:29:26 AM
"Getting old is not for sissies."

Just pulling that one out, contender for best of thread award.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on August 13, 2016, 11:59:24 PM
"Getting old is not for sissies."

Just pulling that one out, contender for best of thread award.

Famous quote, often attributed to Bette Davis. The long version is sometimes given as "Getting old is not for sissies, but it sure beats the alternative."

A few years ago I made my mom a mug and some fridge magnets with the quote on it
http://www.cafepress.com/takenforranted.265704106
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on August 14, 2016, 01:12:10 PM
"Today you are not behind your competition. You are not behind the technology. You are behind your consumer."

Rishad Tobaccowala
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on August 14, 2016, 01:13:33 PM
"Eat a live snake heart beating in rice wine liquor, it will give you testicular fortitude."

Mr Chinn

(video available, message me)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on August 15, 2016, 12:41:19 PM
"Eat a live snake heart beating in rice wine liquor, it will give boom boom good."

FTFY
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on September 08, 2016, 09:03:50 AM
Some days even the baboon misses the branch
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on September 12, 2016, 05:29:57 PM
"Never too old for a happy childhood."
- a Scottish Southern California resident who modifies Mini Coopers for a living
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on January 05, 2017, 09:56:05 AM
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Personally, I never believe anything I say.
Ergophobe.  Saved for use when I have had a glass to many. 
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on January 05, 2017, 05:36:57 PM
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Personally, I never believe anything I say.
Ergophobe.  Saved for use when I have had a glass to many. 

Ha ha! If this gets out, it will ruin my election campaign. My more common variation....

My grandmother used to always say "Everyone's crazy except you and me, and sometimes I'm not so sure about you."

When I got a little older, I started telling her "Gram, everyone's crazy except you and me and sometimes I'm not so sure about me."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on January 06, 2017, 06:45:01 AM
She was probably right :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on January 23, 2017, 05:51:17 PM
"I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness."

--Carl Sagan’s 1995 book: Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on January 23, 2017, 05:58:34 PM
No doubt that this is bubbling up from the past due to recent statements like "alternative facts".
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on January 23, 2017, 06:06:47 PM
“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common,” the Doctor said. “They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.” --Doctor Who episode “The Face of Evil Part 4.”

Hat tip:
http://io9.gizmodo.com/doctor-who-quote-about-alternative-facts-sounds-awfully-1791490382
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on January 24, 2017, 12:39:01 AM
"It is possible to make no mistakes and lose. That is not failure; that is life." - Picard, Star Trek

"You couldn't be more wrong if you put all the words you just wrote in a bag and pulled them out at random"  Some Reddit Dude

“Enough. There’s no such thing. We take what can be taken. That is what we do.”  The Zec - Jack Reacher

"I'm gonna make you swallow those words with a cup full of my pi**"  At All Costs (Netflix)

"True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less" CS Lewis



Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on January 29, 2017, 07:27:44 PM
"You can get 20 years of experience once, or you can get 1 year of experience 20 times, the choice is yours." --mechanic friend Jim Hupy
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on February 03, 2017, 07:23:32 PM
"The more you sweat in training, the less you'll bleed in battle."

-- from one of my sons, source unknown.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: gm66 on February 08, 2017, 10:19:44 AM
"The more you sweat in training, the less you'll bleed in battle."

-- from one of my sons, source unknown.

That's from this author :

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/26111.Richard_Marcinko
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on February 08, 2017, 03:58:00 PM
Cool. Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: grnidone on February 21, 2017, 10:55:10 PM
"The first rule of sustainability is profitability."

- Pamela Reisig
grnidone's Mom
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on March 01, 2017, 04:06:20 AM
"True friends say good things behind your back and bad things to your face."

Via Reddit
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on March 03, 2017, 09:22:15 PM
"True friends say good things behind your back and bad things to your face."

Reminds me of a quote from my mom that I always loved:
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"If your father's sisters want to talk about me, I wish they would have the decency to do it behind my back."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on March 03, 2017, 09:23:13 PM
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On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars, and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.
  --Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on March 04, 2017, 06:57:43 AM
Ha Ha, good one.  That reminds me of one of my favourites from that series :
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“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."
"Why, what did she tell you?"
"I don't know, I didn't listen.”

I had the whole of that story to tape, and lost it in the switch to digital somehow.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on March 04, 2017, 11:11:26 PM
Good one!
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on March 04, 2017, 11:21:27 PM
Douglas Adams was a genius.  I know they are from different times and places, but he reminds me of Samuel Clemens in some ways.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on March 16, 2017, 05:20:10 PM
Speaking of... Here are a few from Mark Twain on Courage:

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word.

Quote
It is curious--curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on March 16, 2017, 05:37:29 PM
Not really a quote but an exchange from Reddit, has really struck a cord with me on the dangers of not executing a plan perfectly.

"If coal turns to diamonds through pressure, could we dump a bunch of coal on the ocean floor to turn them into diamonds faster?"

"Nope, it's nowhere near enough pressure. The pressure at the bottom of the mariana trench is nearly 16,000 psi. The pressure required to make diamonds the natural way? 750,000 psi.
You'd have wet coal."

Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on April 21, 2017, 06:11:27 PM
Amos Tversky: “The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed.”

Michael Lewis: “You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”

Both quoted here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/opinion/youre-too-busy-you-need-a-shultz-hour.html
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on April 22, 2017, 04:09:26 AM
Those are both really great quotes,  I bet it is at least part of the reason why people seem to do their most creative work when they are young -- the time of their lives when they typically have the least amount of responsibility.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Drastic on April 28, 2017, 06:12:39 PM
Yeah, great article. I could pull a quote from the author himself that hits home for me:

"I have confused the availability of new information with the importance of it. If you spend all your time collecting new information, you won’t leave enough time to make sense of it."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on July 14, 2017, 02:09:12 AM
"To be clear, Jesus is not so concerned about a 6-figure income - when used for blessing the poor. But he's very concerned about a 6-figure lifestyle - in a world where children starve."

-- http://www.craiggreenfield.com/blog/prosperitygospel
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on July 17, 2017, 06:56:00 AM
The only money you ever have is the money you spend.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on July 17, 2017, 03:10:07 PM
http://www.craiggreenfield.com/blog/prosperitygospel

That's a good essay, regardless of belief. I was just discussing with a friend yesterday the secular, New Agey equivalent, which comes in the form of "This is where the universe wants me to be right now" or "The universe always provides what you need" or "I believe everything always works out for the best."

I always find myself saying "So you believe it's for the best that 17,000 children to die of malnutrition every day?"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on July 17, 2017, 03:20:04 PM
I'll always remember a scene from the movie "Oh God" where John Denver's character asked God why he permitted [list of bad things, including children starving].

God, played by George Burns, looked back at him and asked, "Why do YOU let it happen?"[/list]
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on July 17, 2017, 04:30:01 PM
God, played by George Burns, looked back at him and asked, "Why do YOU let it happen?"[/list]

Of course, as you know, the "theodicy" problem is much more complicated than that. If you believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing, loving God who stands outside of time, the the problem of evil in the world is a fundamental theological problem with various mostly unsatisfying answers from Augustine to Platinga in the Christian tradition. Some Christian theologians (Karl Barth, for example) believe that it is impossible to establish the idea of the goodness of God and some believe it is actual blasphemous and counterproductive to think about the role of God in evil in the world. In the Jewish tradition, the Holocaust provoked a major rethinking of the problem of theodicy and many reject it entirely. I really don't think anyone in the Judeo-Christian tradition has a satisfying reconciliation of the idea of an omnipotent, omniscient, good god and the presence of evil in the world (which is why some theologians just say it is blasphemous to try to explain it).
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Woz on July 25, 2017, 10:05:06 PM
"It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth." - G'Kar, Babylon 5
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on August 26, 2017, 05:01:06 PM
“The benefit of controlling a modern state is less the power to persecute the innocent, more the power to protect the guilty.”  --unknown Hungarian
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on August 27, 2017, 03:55:41 AM
timely
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on August 27, 2017, 04:27:02 AM
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Pablo Picasso
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on October 05, 2017, 12:52:10 AM
The first instinct of power is the retention of power. --Antonin Scalia
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: nffc on October 06, 2017, 07:20:16 AM
"What one programmer can do in one month, 2 programmers can do in two months"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ukgimp on October 06, 2017, 07:47:52 AM
In startup we are leave critical bug in each of release so we can able fix in next release.

https://twitter.com/devops_borat/
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 06, 2017, 07:01:51 PM
In startup we are leave critical bug in each of release so we can able fix in next release.

It's an old saw among contractors that you leave one code violation that's easy to fix so the inspector feels he's done his job and doesn't fish too deep.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on October 13, 2017, 05:45:25 AM
"Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -Farrah Gray
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 15, 2017, 08:20:54 PM
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I don’t know who discovered water, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a fish
https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/12/23/water-fish/
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 15, 2017, 08:23:55 PM
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When we’d arranged a date to meet, he’d said he was free at any time on any day—he had no conflicting meetings, only a never-ending pile of solitary work.

Olivia Goldhill writing about arranging a meeting with Oxford philosopher Jeff McMahan
https://qz.com/1102616/an-oxford-philosophers-moral-crisis-can-help-us-learn-to-question-our-instincts/
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on October 15, 2017, 08:30:27 PM
>> no conflicting meetings, only a never-ending pile of solitary work.

That is [almost] the story of my life! :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on October 15, 2017, 09:07:28 PM
Honestly, that would be my dream job.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: creative666 on October 19, 2017, 07:46:01 AM
Your dreams wont work unless you do - anonymous

A favourite quote of mine
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ukgimp on October 19, 2017, 04:59:44 PM
Quality
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Brad on October 19, 2017, 06:19:09 PM
Buying quality is like buying oats.  If you want nice, dry, clean oats you have to pay a fair price.  If you want oats that have already been through the horse, that comes cheaper.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on October 25, 2017, 07:49:17 PM
"Find out who you are and do it on purpose."
- Dolly Parton
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: rcjordan on October 28, 2017, 03:59:42 PM
Privileged white males have the luxury of remaining ignorant of subtle social signals; less-privileged groups live and die by them. --David Roberts

<Why small talk is so excruciating -- https://www.vox.com/2015/7/7/8903123/small-talk >
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on October 28, 2017, 04:01:18 PM
"Don't quit when you're tired; quit when you're done!"
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 28, 2017, 04:45:30 PM
"Don't quit when you're tired; quit when you're done!"

This is how mountaineers die. Of course, it's also how they get to the top. As I like to say, "The human capacity for continuing to put one foot in front of the other is surprising." One of the main things you learn from doing hard endurance things is that from the moment you feel like you can't go on until the moment you actually can't go on, could result in a doubling or tripling of how far you can go.

But not knowing when to quit leads to side effects, such as death. And more generally, in life, not knowing when to take a break and recharge leads to inefficiencies and globally longer periods to actually reach your goal. This is well known from studies going back to the 19th century, and especially from studies in the British munitions industry during The Great War. More recently from studies in the software industry.

So I've always preferred the Zen master's answer to the question "What is the secret to life?"
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When hungry, I eat. When tired, I sleep.

:-)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on October 28, 2017, 05:26:29 PM
Quitting is different than just taking a break, but I take your point about the value of taking a break.

How about "Rest, then resume" ?
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Brad on October 28, 2017, 06:10:50 PM
"Sleep is a weapon too."  Walter Jon Williams
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 29, 2017, 02:17:51 AM
but I take your point

And I take yours too of course (you have one of my "Fac Res Difficila" challenge coins right? If not, let me know and I'll bring one to dinner... week after next I guess).

I definitely get the point of the quote and don't disagree, but at the same time, I think one of my biggest weaknesses is not knowing when to quit. I've been trying to get better at quitting :-)

The tough part is being able to see when it's worth pushing on and when one should quit. I err in both directions, that's for sure.

Marc Twight, one of the great American mountaineers, coined (AFAIK) the phrase "failing upward." Failing upward is when you should have quit, but didn't, and your only way to extricate yourself from your decision, is to go to the top. He calls it failing upward because he would say anytime you have lost control of the situation and your only option is a high-risk run for the summit, you've "failed upwards." I find that a helpful heuristic.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on October 29, 2017, 07:30:26 AM
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"Fac Res Difficila" challenge coins

A quick google search found nothing?
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 29, 2017, 03:38:08 PM
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"Fac Res Difficila" challenge coins

A quick google search found nothing?

One of a kind. I designed them and had them minted. It's Latin for "Do Hard Things" - I gave one to everyone who came to dinner at Pubcon two (?) years ago. Littleman's deadlifting daughter received one too.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on October 29, 2017, 06:32:13 PM
I never got one. I'd love to ...
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on October 29, 2017, 07:05:34 PM
My kids keeps her's on her bookshelf.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on October 29, 2017, 07:43:25 PM
Thanks.. love it. 

I dont suppose you would care to share the design?  :)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on October 30, 2017, 03:31:58 PM
I never got one. I'd love to ...

You must have missed that dinner at Pubcon - everyone there got one. I'll bring some next week.

>>share the design

Mmm... sort of a weird thing, but no, I'd rather not share the design online anywhere. I actually hesitated to mention the coin in public. I've occasionally thought about trying to sell it, but because of the way it came into being, I've preferred to keep it among friends.

I would be *thrilled* to send you one though. PM me a mailing address and wait two weeks. I enjoy sending them to people who might appreciate them.

>>keeps her's on her bookshelf

That's sweet. And that's why I don't want the design shared too much. Most who receive it are indifferent. But for some people it's sort of unique thing that comes at a good time and that you can't get elsewhere. I want to keep it that way.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Rupert on October 30, 2017, 08:23:42 PM
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But for some people it's sort of unique thing that comes at a good time and that you can't get elsewhere.
  Thats what I was thinking... the design will be unique :)

Quote
I would be *thrilled* to send you one though.

WOW>  the thrill is all mine!
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on November 20, 2017, 07:09:10 PM
"bet on the innovators, not the forecasters"

-- Ramez Naam (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwSkQa1tNmE)
(good lecture on the rise of alternative energy)
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: buckworks on December 02, 2017, 08:05:58 PM
Seen on a forum:

"You know you are old if you fall down and people rush to help, rather than laughing."
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: simplytheresa on December 28, 2017, 04:15:29 PM
"This is the final exam for democracy."  - Bob Woodward from his Masterclass pitch.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on February 28, 2018, 04:24:24 AM
"I am the storm."

This is from Mallory Hagan, 2013 Miss America, who had alleged that the board of the pageant had tried to ruin her career. People wrote her off... until emails from the pageant board got released. People were calling for the board to step down, but they were shrugging it off.

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In one video on social media, Hagan challenged board members who were reluctant to step down. “They thought they could weather this storm,” she said into the camera. “I am the storm.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-political-playbook-for-2018-get-angry-then-get-elected/2018/02/16/d29df57e-1265-11e8-9065-e55346f6de81_story.html?utm_term=.077b39ef5760

The board members are now apparently all gone and Hagan is running for Congress. I'd vote for her if I lived in Alabama. Gotta believe she's a longshot (Democrat in AL), but... she's got style!
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on April 06, 2018, 06:41:25 PM
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I'm a happy person. Because the cure for depression is action.

 -- Yvon Chouinard
https://www.gq.com/story/patagonia-versus-donald-trump

Update: another quote from the same article
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If you're not getting attacked, you're not trying hard enough.

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“In business, this is what we do here—we just break the rules,” he said. “Life is so much easier by breaking the rules than trying to conform to the rules. It's so much easier.”
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on June 11, 2018, 07:18:18 AM
You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.

    - Sam Levenson
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on June 11, 2018, 06:12:28 PM
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You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
But Lord, there are days when it feels like you can.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: aaron on August 16, 2018, 03:06:53 AM
"For 50 million years our biggest problems were too few calories, too little information. For about 50 years our biggest problem has been too many calories, too much information." - Penn Jillette
http://www.vulture.com/2018/08/penn-jillette-in-conversation.html
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on September 12, 2018, 08:12:25 PM
Segal's Law: "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: littleman on September 12, 2018, 09:38:42 PM
Those two are tied together.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: ergophobe on September 12, 2018, 11:05:08 PM
Those two are tied together.

Entirely accidental. I hadn't seen aaron's quote when I came to post Segal's Law, but was pleased to see that it fit so well with his quote.
Title: Re: Quotes that hit home
Post by: Brad on September 18, 2018, 01:31:21 PM
"Empires place their reliance upon sword and cannon. Republics put their trust in citizens’ respect for the law. If law be not sacred, a free government will not endure."  -- John Ireland