…work with the top people; they have the courage and confidence and risk-seeking profile that you need.
— James Joyce
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Recipe for Trust: “Step one: Do hard things well. Step two: Repeat.”
Jeff Bezos, announcing Amazon Phone, 6/2014
I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.
— Walter Payton
We have sunk to such a depth that the restatement of the obvious has become the first duty of the intelligent.
Truth over harmony
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.
Return with your shield or on it
–Mothers’ advice to their Spartan warriors; via Horace
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
There are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.
Be very conscious of the credentials of the critic and in what degree they license comment
–NT commentary, Myers-Briggs
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb … Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Pres. Coolidge, 1923-’29
We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage. Pres. T. Roosevelt 1901
First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people
Mediocrity knows nothing higher…talent recognizes genius.
–-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
–Wm. Shakespeare, Hamlet
Work tends to expand to fill the time allotted.
If the trumpet is uncertain, no army rallies to it.
O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!