Category Archives: Quote of the Day

Our Greatest Failing

Alan Lightman begins his article, “Nothing but the Truth; Science’s and Greatest Weakness Is Also Its Greatest Strength”  (Popular Science, May 2015) with an anecdote about Richard Feynman, “40 years ago, the legendary physicist Richard Feynman gave the commencement address at … Continue reading

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On Saying No to the Adventures Life Presents You

Joseph Campbell on refusing the call that life presents you (a.k.a saying ‘no’ to life, emphasis mine): “When this refusal of the call happens, there is a kind of drying up, a sense of life lost. Everything you knows that … Continue reading

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When you see a good move…

“When you see a good move, look for a better one.” —Emanual Lasker This chess strategy is also good advice in so many other areas: programming, business strategy, relationships, politics, and on and on.

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Resistance to New Ideas

“The resistance to any new idea is proportional to the square of its importance.” —Bertrand Russell

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Our Doubts are Traitors

“Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.” —William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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The Job of Clever People

“The job of clever people is to ask difficult questions. The job of very clever people is to ask deceptively simple ones.” —The Economist1 Citations The Economist, September 7, 2013, The man who showed why firms exist [↩]

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Edison on Programming Your Sleep

Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious. —Thomas Edison

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Convictions cause convicts.

“‘Convictions cause convicts.’ Whatever you believe imprisons you.” Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger Your purchases support this site:

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Einstein on Thinking

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

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On Discovery

Marcel Proust The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

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