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Elegance is complexity portrayed simply.                       External LinkJim Cook


Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

 External LinkJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

 External LinkRonald David Laing (1927-1989)

To be perfect is to have changed often.

 External LinkJohn Henry Newman (1801-1890)

The absurd man is he who never changes.

 External LinkAuguste Barthelemy (1796-1867)

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.

 External LinkPaul Valéry (1871-1945)

What is difficult or impossible with one paradigm may be easy with another.

 External LinkAlbert Einstein (1879-1955)

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

 External LinkGeorge Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.

 External LinkAlbert Einstein (1879-1955)

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.

 External LinkAlfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.

 External LinkPaul Valéry (1871-1945)

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

 External LinkElbert G. Hubbard (1856-1915)

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

 External LinkHenry Kissinger (1923-     )

I hold that that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future.

  External LinkHenrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

The perpetual obstacle to human advancement is custom.

  External LinkJohn Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.

 External LinkPaul Valéry (1871-1945)

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

 External LinkHerbert George Wells (1866-1946)

When you're through changing, you're through.

 External LinkBruce Barton (1886-1967)



Speak comfortable words!

 External LinkWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.

 External LinkFrancis Bacon (1561-1626)

Oh, rather give me commentators plain, Who with no deep researches vex the brain.

 External LinkGeorge Crabbe (1754-1832)

He that knows least commonly presumes most.

 External LinkThomas Fuller (1608-1661)

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.

 External LinkDean Acheson (1893-1971)

I think the whole glory of writing lies in the fact that it forces us out of ourselves into the lives of others.

 External LinkSherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

 External LinkAbraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

A sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

 External LinkWashington Irving (1783-1859)

Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.

  External LinkWilliam Dean Howells (1837-1920)

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.

  External LinkBenjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

If a man is often the subject of conversation he soon becomes the subject of criticism.

  External LinkImmanuel Kant (1724-1804)

I begin to suspect man's bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom.

  External LinkNathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than a whole book of praise after a success.




To them I said, "The truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images."

 External LinkPlato (427?-347? BC)

Between the idea and the reality, Between the motion and the act, Falls the shadow.

 External LinkThomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965)

What we do not understand, we do not possess.

 External LinkJohann von Goethe (1749-1832)

We prove what we want to prove, and the real difficulty is to know what we want to prove.

 External LinkÉmile Auguste Chartier (1868-1951)

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

 External LinkAlbert Einstein (1879-1955)

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

 External LinkLeonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

All the effects of nature are only the mathematical consequence of a small number of immutable laws [which become unpredictable as complexity arises].

 External LinkPierre-Simon de Laplace (1749-1827)

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

 External LinkH. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person.

 External LinkRalph Bunche (1904-1971)

We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankensteinian logic.

 External LinkMalcolm Cowley (1898-1989)

He that will not reason is a bigot, He that cannot reason is a fool, He that dares not reason is a slave.

 External LinkWilliam Drummond (1854-1907)

Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.

 External LinkJosh Billings (1818-1885)

I am dying with the help of too many physicians.

 External LinkAlexander The Great (356-323 BC)

The greatest difficulty of the intellectual is distinguishing the important from the unimportant.

John P. Grier

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

 External LinkArthur Conan Doyle (1858-1930)

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

 External LinkOliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

 External LinkWill Rogers (1879-1935)



What we need, gentlemen, is a completely brand new idea that has been thoroughly tested.

 External LinkNew Yorker Cartoon

Innovation makes enemies of all those who prospered under the old regime, and only lukewarm support is forthcoming from those who would prosper under the new.

 External LinkNiccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

 External LinkFrancis Bacon (1561-1626)

Any new theory first is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it seems to be important, so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it!

 External LinkWilliam James(1842-1910)

Man errs so long as he strives.

 External LinkJohann von Goethe (1749-1832)

The secret of good direction does not consist of solving problems, but in identifying them.

 External LinkLawrence A. Appley (1904-1997)

Every good laboratory consists of first rate men working in great harmony to insure the progress of science; but down at the end of the hall is an unsociable, wrong-headed fellow working on unprofitable lines, and in his hands lies the hope of discovery.

 External LinkErnest Rutherford (1871-1937)

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more ideas if our efforts are appreciated.

 External LinkAlexander F. Osborn (1888-1966)

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

 External LinkEden Phillpotts (1862-1960)

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

 External LinkSamuel Butler (1835-1902)

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.

 External LinkAlbert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

 External LinkAlbert Einstein (1879-1955)

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

 External LinkThomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
Experts ranked in serried rows, Filled the enormous plaza full, But only one is there who knows, And he's the man who fights the bull. [In more ways than one. -ed.]

 External LinkRobert Graves (1895-1985)

The quotations below are from:  Innovation Management Network, Volume 5, Number 57, (June 16, 1998) formerly available from the mint server at McMaster University

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in the home.

 External LinkKen Olsen, president, chairman and
founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

640K ought to be enough [computer memory] for anybody.

 External LinkBill Gates, 1981

I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year.

The editor in charge of business
books for External LinkPrentice Hall, 1957

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.

External LinkPopular Mechanics' forecasting
relentless march of science, 1949

So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'

To External LinkSteve Jobs and Steve Wozniak,
Apple Computer's founders

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.

External LinkWestern Union internal memo, 1876

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible.

Yale professor's response to what
became External LinkFederal Express

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.

External LinkLord Kelvin, president of the
Royal Society, 1895



The very first step toward success in any occupation is to become interested in it.

 External LinkWilliam Osler (1849-1919)

Nothing ever succeeds which exuberant spirits have not helped to produce.

 External LinkFriedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the grounds that one can do it well.

 External LinkGeorge Santayana (1863-1952)

That man is truly free who desires what he is able to perform, and does what he desires.

 External LinkJean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

 External LinkJohn Gardner (1912-2002)

Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then.

 External LinkSamuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Doing is the great thing. For if, resolutely, people do what is right, in time they come to like doing it.

 External LinkJohn Ruskin (1819-1900)

Method facilitates every kind of business, and by making it easy, makes it agreeable and also successful.

 External LinkCharles Paul Simmons (1924-     )

From compromise and things half-done, Keep me, with stern and stubborn pride, And when at last the fight is won, God, keep me still unsatisfied.

 External LinkLouis Untermeyer (1885-1977)

Success is partial to the persistent person.

 External LinkFrank Crane (1861-1928)

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

 External Link Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyages of their life, Is bound in shallows and miseries.

 External LinkWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616)


It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance,
It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes a chance,
It's the one who won't be taken that cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.

                External LinkBette Midler (1945-)

This, above all: Unto thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thous canst not then be false to any man.

 External LinkWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion.

 External LinkFrancis Bacon (1561-1626)

Life must be lived forwards, But can only be understood backwards.

  External LinkSøren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Half the failures of life arise from pulling in one's horse as it is leaping.

 External LinkJulius Hare (1795-1855)

I shall be telling this with a sign, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, And I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

 External LinkRobert Frost (1874-1963)

This could be such a beautiful world if we could all care just a little more.

 External LinkRosalind Welcher (1922-     )

We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable supplies of air and soil, preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and I will say the love, we give our fragile craft.

 External LinkAdlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours.

 External LinkSwedish Proverb

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

 External LinkHenry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.

 External LinkMaharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917-2008)

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

 External LinkLeonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

 External LinkHorace Walpole (1717-1787)

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

  External LinkFredrich Nietzsche(1844-1900)

For all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these, "It might have been."

  External LinkJohn Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)


"Desiderata" A bequeath to all Mankind from Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."

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