I collect quotes and refer to them often because they represent a condensation of knowledge and wisdom, the visible tip of the iceberg with an accumulated lifetime of observation beneath the surface. This drop down menu is a rough first attempt at building a quote engine. I think everyone should study these and use them as mental filters to process challenges.

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

“I want what all men want. I just want it more.”
Achilles

“IN NOOKS ALL OVER THE EARTH SIT MEN WHO ARE WAITING, SCARCELY KNOWING IN WHAT WAY THEY ARE WAITING, MUCH LESS THAT THEY ARE WAITING IN VAIN. OCCASIONALLY THE CAL THAT AWAKENS— THAT ACCIDENT WHICH GIVES THE “PERMISSION TO ACT— COMES TOO LATE, WHEN THE BEST YOUTH AND STRENGTH FOR ACTION HAS ALREADY BEEN USED UP BY SITTING STILL; AND MANY HAVE FOUND TO THEIR HORROR WHEN THEY “LEAPED UP” THAT THEIR LIMBS HAD GONE TO SLEEP AND THEIR SPIRIT HAD BECOME TOO HEAVY. “IT IS TOO LATE,” THEY SAID TO THEMSELVES, HAVING LOST THEIR FAITH IN THEMSELVES AND HENCEFORTH FOREVER USELESS.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“ONE’S OWN FREE, UNTRAMMELED DESIRES, ONE’S OWN WHIM… ALL OF THIS IS PRECISELY THAT WHICH FITS NO CLASSIFICATION, AND WHICH IS CONSTANTLY KNOCKING ALL SYSTEMS AND THEORIES TO HELL. AND WHERE DID OUR SAGES GET THE IDEA THAT MAN MUST HAVE NORMAL, VIRTUOUS DESIRES? WHAT MAN NEEDS IS ONLY HIS OWN INDEPENDENT WISHING, WHATEVER THAT INDEPENDENCE MAY COST AND WHEREVER IT MAY LEAD.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“FOR IT IS A GENERAL RULE OF HUMAN NATURE THAT PEOPLE DESPISE THOSE WHO TREAT THEM WELL AND LOOK UP TO THOSE WHO MAKE NO CONCESSIONS.”
Thurydides

“ALL OF MAN’S TROUBLES COME FROM NOT KNOWING HOW TO SIT STILL, ALONE IN A ROOM.”
Blaise Pascal

“A DISTINGUISHED COMMANDER WITHOUT BOLDNESS IS UNTHINKABLE. NO MAN WHO IS NOT… BOLD CAN PLAY SUCH A ROLE, AND THEREFORE WE CONSIDER THIS QUALITY THE FIRST PREREQUISITE OF THE GREAT MILITARY LEADER. HOW MUCH OF THIS QUALITY REMAINS BY THE TIME HE REACHES SENIOR RANK, AFTER TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE HAVE AFFECTED AND MODIFIED IT, IS ANOTHER QUESTION. THE GREATER THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT IS RETAINED, THE GREATER THE RANGE OF HIS GENIUS.”
Carl von Clausewitz

“FEW PEOPLE HAVE THE WISDOM TO PREFER THE CRITICISM THAT WOULD DO THEM GOOD, TO THE PRAISE THAT DECEIVES THEM.”
François de La Rochefoucauld

“WITHOUT DOUBT, PRINCES BECOME GREAT WHEN THEY OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES AND HURDLES PUT IN THEIR PATH. WHEN FORTUNE WANTS TO ADVANCE A NEW PRINCE… SHE CREATES ENEMIES FOR HIM, MAKING THEM LAUNCH CAMPAIGNS AGAINST HIM SO THAT HE IS COMPELLED TO OVERCOME THEM AND CLIMB HIGHER ON THE LADDER THAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT HIM. THEREFORE, MANY JUDGE THAT A WISE PRINCE MUST SKILLFULLY FAN SOME ENMITY WHENEVER THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES, SO THAT IN CRUSHING IT HE WILL INCREASE HIS STANDING.”
Niccolò Machiavelli

“FOR HOW WE LIVE IS SO FAR REMOVED FROM HOW WE OUGHT TO LIVE, THAT HE WHO ABANDONS WHAT IS DONE FOR WHAT OUGHT TO BE DONE, WILL RATHER LEARN TO BRING ABOUT HIS OWN RUIN THAN HIS PRESERVATION. A MAN WHO WISHES TO MAKE A PROFESSION OF GOODNESS IN EVERYTHING MUST NECESSARILY COME TO GRIEF AMONG SO MANY WHO ARE NOT GOOD. THEREFORE IT IS NECESSARY FOR A PRINCE, WHO WISHES TO MAINTAIN HIMSELF, TO LEARN HOW NOT TO BE GOOD, AND TO USE THIS KNOWLEDGE AND NOT USE IT, ACCORDING TO THE NECESSITY OF THE CASE.”
Niccolò Machiavelli

“The masses have never thirsted after truth. They demand illusions, and cannot do without them. They constantly give what is unreal precedence over what is real; they are almost as strongly influenced by what is untrue as by what is true. They have an evident tendency not to distinguish between the two.”
SIGMUND FREUD, THE STANDARD EDITION OF THE COMPLETE PSYCHOLOGICAL WORKS OF SIGMUND FREUD, VOLUME 18

50 Cent; Greene, Robert (2009-08-19). The 50th Law (p. 132). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

“PEOPLE WISH TO BE SETTLED; ONLY AS FAR AS THEY ARE UNSETTLED IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR THEM.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.”
A. Lou Vickery

“When I do good I feel good. When I do bad I feel bad. That is my religion.”
Abraham Lincoln

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”
Albert Einstein

“If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called Research.”
Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Albert Einstein

“The significant problems we face today cannot be solved by the level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
Albert Einstein

“It’s not that I’m so smart, It’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Albert Einstein

“Intellectuals solve problems: geniuses prevent them.”
Albert Einstein

“A discovery is an accident meeting a prepared mind.”
Albert Szent-Gyorgi

“Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.”
Albert Szent-Gyorgi

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

“It is the business of the future to be dangerous.”
Alfred North Whitehead

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
Amelia Earhart

“Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not knows no release from little things.”
Amelia Earhart

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

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”
Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)

“People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
André Gide

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Arthur C. Clarke, “Technology and the Future”

“I resist change even as I call for it.”
Mason Cooley

“Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”
Benjamin Franklin

“It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.”
Betty Friedan

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”
Charles F. Kettering

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”
Charles Schulz

“So many of our dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.”
Christopher Reeve

“Don’t think… it only hurts the team.”
Crash Davis (Kevin Costner)

“Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”
Daniel Burrnham

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”
Dante

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
David Lloyd George

“I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Do not confuse movement with action.”
Earnest Hemingway

“The whole duty of a writer is to please and satisfy himself, and a true writer always plays to an audience one.”
E.B. White

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

“If you can’t tie good knots, tie plenty of them.”
Gary Jobson

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
George S. Patton

“Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”
General George S. Patton

“Always do more than is required of you.”
General George S. Patton

“I don’t fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is saying, ‘Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you'”
General George S. Patton

“Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.”
General George S. Patton

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”
Helen Keller

“I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.”
Henry Ford

“After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.”
Italian Proverb

“Sometimes you have to run before you walk”
Iron Man

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”
James McNeil Whistler

“Fortune and misfortune are like the twisted strands of a rope.”
Japanese saying

“1/2 the failure in the world is a result of pulling the reins on a leaping horse.”
Julias Hare

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.”
Lawrence of Arabia

“Every obstacle is destroyed through rigor.”
Leonardo Davinci

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“If you are distressed by any external thing, it is not this thing which disturbs you, but your own judgement about it. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.”
Marcus Aurelius

“If you think you have things under control, you’re not going fast enough.”
Mario Andretti

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(Translation: That’s binary for “Triumph”) Mars Phoenix Lander tweet back to earth

“The future has taken root in the present.”
Merlin

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill. The story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe…whatever you want to believe. “You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember. All I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”
Morpheus from The Matrix

“Knowledge is subtractive, not additive – what we subtract (reduction by what does not work, what not to do), not what we add (what to do).”
Naccim Taleb

“What is history but a fable agreed upon.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.”
Napoleon Hill

“You must carry a chaos inside you to give birth to a dancing star.”
Nietzsche

“Man’s most enduring stupidity is forgetting what he is trying to do.”
Nietzsche

“Dr. Evil, wouldn’t it be easier to use your knowledge of the future to play the stock market? We could literally make trillions!”
Number Two, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

“No plan survives contact with the enemy.”
Old military axiom

“Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“The gods have two ways of dealing harshly with us — the first is to deny us our dreams, and the second is to grant them.”
Oscar Wilde

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
Pablo Picasso

“I’ve… learned that it’s a hell of a lot easier to just build something than to try to convince somebody who doesn’t believe it’s possible.”
Paul Baran, father of the Internet architecture

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow – what a Ride!”
Peter Sage

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Phillip K. Dick

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

“Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your mind. Put your whole soul to it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”
Reggie Leach

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”
Robert Bresson

“There are no future facts, but there are no past possibilities.”
Robert Brumbaugh

“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”
Robert Heinlein

“When you create you get a little endorphin rush. Why do you think Einstein looked like that?”
Robin Williams Comic/Actor

“If you want money more than anything, you’ll be bought and sold your whole life.”
Rumi

“Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.”
Seneca

“Go wherever the facts lead.”
Socrates

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena: whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood: who strives valiantly: who errs and comes short again and again: who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in worthy cause: who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievements: 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 know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas Edison

“Do today what no man will do, so you can do tomorrow what no man can do.”
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“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour — his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious.”
Vince Lombardi

“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”
Warren Buffett

“At a certain point in time, no decision becomes the decision.”
Watts Wacker

“Reject doubt. Do your best instead.”
Watts Wacker

“What is now proved, was once only imagined.”
William Blake

“Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
Winston Churchill

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
Winston Churchill

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”
William James

“Action is eloquence”
William Shakespeare

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
Winston Churchill

“For a producer of values, his time — every moment of his life — has a significance far beyond his immediate life. An hour wasted has a compounded effect on, in essence, everyone on this planet. For a producer of values, his personal life is, in actuality, public and even cosmic.”
Y. Kimura

“The spartan do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they”
Plutarch sayings of the spartans

“Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.”
Seneca

“It takes a long time to become young.”
Pablo Picasso

“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.”
George Jackson

“He is able who thinks he is able.”
Buddha

“Do not strive for things occurring to occur as you wish, but wish the things occurring as they occur, and you will flow well.”
Epictetus

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”
D. H. Lawrence

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

“My passions were all together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.”
Bette Davis

“To change your life: Start immediately; Do it flamboyantly; No exceptions.”
William James

“If my detractors knew me better they would hate me even more.”
Nassim Taleb

“The obstacle is the path.”
Zen proverb

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder/control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” Determination: the secret sauce.
Unknown

“A man who seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.”
Frederick the Great

“And those who were seen dancing were thought insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“The key is not to predict the future, but to be prepared for it.”
Pericles (495-429 BC), Greek orator, statesman, and general

“Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.”
Bertrand Russell

“Take risks and you’ll get the payoffs. Learn from your mistakes until you succeed. It’s that simple.”
Bobby Flay

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each others kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
Steve Jobs

“Don’t fear your competitor; they’ll never send you money. fear your customer.”
Jeff Bezos

“I don’t buy stocks, I make stocks. ”
Jeff Bezos

“When you are about to hit a man, do you aim for his chin or his nose?” “Neither,” Dempsey replied. “I aim for the back of his head.”
once asked of Jack Dempsey, The great prizefighter

“History is written by the victors.”
Winston Churchill

“If you get people asking the wrong questions, you don’t have to worry about the answers.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Alvin Toffler

“Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.”
Michael Johnson

“The basis of self-discipline: Don’t allow the edges to blur.”
Michael Johnson

“One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.”
Oscar Wilde

“I don’t hate my enemies. After all, I made ’em.”
Red Skelton, Comic, Actor, (1913 – 1997)

“There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts. The busier you keep yourself with the particulars of shot assessment and execution, the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional. This is sheer intensity.”
Jack Nicklaus

“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life”
John F. Kennedy

“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
Rumi

“Live dangerously and you live right.”
Goethe

“To transition we must enter a state in which we are no longer what we once were, and yet we are not who we must become. We have to be willing to stand in the open gap and momentarily risk being nothing.”
Secret Of Transitions

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear’s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Dune

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”
Winston Churchill

“1/2 the failure in the world is a result of pulling the reins on a leaping horse.”
Julias Hare

“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.”
Anais Nin

“Of each particular thing ask, ‘What is it in itself? What is its nature?”
Marcus Aurelius

“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.”
Winston Churchill

“Courtesy comes from a position of power”
Nietzsche

“Civilization may be said indeed to be the creation of its outlaws.”
James Joyce

“From the first moment I looked into that horror on September 11, into that fireball, into that explosion of horror, I knew it. I recognized an old companion. I recognized religion.”
Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete

“The sultan of Persia had sentenced two men to death. One of them, knowing how much the sultan loved his stallion, offered to teach the horse to fly within a year in return for his life. The sultan, fancying himself as the rider of the only flying horse in the world, agreed. The other prisoner looked at his friend in disbelief, “You know horses don’t fly. What made you come up with a crazy idea like that? You’re only postponing the inevitable.” “Not so,” said the first prisoner. “I have actually given myself four chances for freedom. First, the sultan might die during the year. Second, I might die. Third, the horse might die. And fourth … I might teach the horse to fly!”
THE CRAFT OF POWER, R.G.H. SIU, 1979

“If you would work (negotiate with) any man, you must either know his nature and fashions, and so lead him; or his ends, and so persuade him; or his weakness or disadvantages, and so awe him; or those that have an interest in him, and so govern him. In dealing with cunning persons, we must ever consider their ends to interpret their speeches; and it is good to say little to them, and that which they least look for. In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees.”
Francis Bacon

“When you have eliminated the impossible, what ever remains, however improbable must be the truth.”
Sir Aurthur Conan

“Nature operates in the shortest way possible.”
Aristotle

“Whenever you can, Count.”
Sir Francis Galton

“If you take emotion—would be, could be, should be—out of it, and look at what is, and quantify it, I think you have a big advantage over most human beings.”
John W. Henry

“Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.”
Ludwig Borne

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.”
Juvenal

“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”
Dictum

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”
Albert Einstein

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
Winston Churchill

“When the situation is obscure, attack!”
General Heinz Guderian

“The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike, or touch the enemy’s sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking, or touching the enemy, you will not be able to cut him. More than anything, you must be thinking of carrying your movement through to cutting him. You must thoroughly research this.”
Miyamoto Musashi

“I dread our own mistakes more than the enemy’s intentions.”
Thucydides – The Peloponnesian War

“Focus is saying no”
Steve Jobs

“Man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it”
Chinese Proverb

“Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own.”
James Cameron

“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.”
Henry David Thoreau

“If you don’t like change, your going to like irrelevance even less.”
General Erick Shinseki

“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game.”
Winston Churchill

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.”
Winston Churchill

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
Winston Churchill

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.”
Benjamin Franklin

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The question isn’t, Who is going to let me; it’s Who is going to stop me?”
Ayn Rand

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.”
Seneca

“That’s how you deal with stardom; you make it the least important part of your life.”
John Lithgow

“Beware the fury of the patient man.”
John Dryden, poet and dramatist (1631-1700)

“You must carry a chaos inside you to give birth to a dancing star.”
Nietzsche

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”
Jack London

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London

“The criterion of truth is that it works even if nobody is prepared to acknowledge it.”
Ludwig von Mises

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
Steve Jobs

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
Rumi

“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”
Rumi

“Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.”
Galileo

“Daily and hourly scrutinizing, throughout the world, the slightest variations; rejecting those that are bad, preserving and adding up all that are good; silently and insensibly working, whenever and wherever opportunity offers.”
Charles Darwin

“The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.”
Richard Dawkins

“If i had eight hours to chop down a tree, i would spend six hours sharpening my axe.”
Abraham Lincoln

“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
Winston Churchill

“It’s brutally hard to act in the face of incomplete information or assurances that you’re on the right path. But it’s that very lack of assurance that also serves as proof that the journey you’re embarking on is not derivative. That the quest and its outcome will matter. But to survive along that path, let alone thrive, you’ll need to train deeply in the alchemy of fear.”
The Alchemy of Fear

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
Pablo Picasso

“The traits I respect are erudition and the courage to stand up when half-men are afraid for their reputation. Any idiot can be intelligent.”
Nassim Taleb

“The classical man’s worst fear was inglorious death; the modern man’s worst fear is just death.”
Nassim Taleb

“A verbal threat is the most authentic certificate of impotence.”
Nassim Taleb

“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”
Nietzsche

“IN MY VIEW… IT IS BETTER TO BE IMPETUOUS THAN CAUTIOUS, BECAUSE FORTUNE IS A WOMAN, AND IF YOU WISH TO DOMINATE HER YOU MUST BEAT HER AND BATTER HER. IT IS CLEAR THAT SHE WILL LET HERSELF BE WON BY MEN WHO ARE IMPETUOUS RATHER THAN BY THOSE WHO STEP CAUTIOUSLY.”
Niccolò Machiabelli

50 Cent; Greene, Robert (2009-08-19). The 50th Law (p. 26). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
Buddhist saying