Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Selected Thoughts #1

"The leader's unending responsibility must be to remove every detour, every barrier to ensure that vision is first clear, then real."
Jack Welch
"Diversity raises the intelligence of groups."
Nancy Kline
"Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost."
Henry James
"The only true performance is the one which attains madness."
Mick Jagger
"The quality of your attention determines the quality of other people's thinking."
Nancy Kline
"One cannot really enjoy speed to the absolute limit if there's a destination involved."
Stirling Moss
"It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it."
John Steinbeck
"Woe to him who doesn't know how to wear his mask, be he king or pope!"
Luigi Pirandello
"Hope and imagination are the only consolations for the disappointments and sorrows of experience."
Italo Calvino
"Success is always something that you have to recover from."
Marsha Norman
"There are things that music can do that language could never do, that painting can never do, or sculpture. Music is capable of going directly to the source of the mystery. It doesn't have to explain it. It can simply celebrate it."
Marsha Norman
"Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism."
Bill Moyers
"Equal wealth and opportunities of culture...have simply made us all members of one class."
Edward Bellamy
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice."
H. L. Mencken
"Those who are going to be in business tomorrow are those who understand that the future, as always, belongs to the brave."
William Bernbach
"It is an indication of truth's jealousy that it has not made for anyone a path to it."
Naguib Mahfouz
"The breeze of love blows for an hour and makes amends for the ill winds of the whole of a lifetime."
Naguib Mahfouz
"How beautiful it would be to see man wrestle with his illusions and vanquish them."
Naguib Mahfouz
"Knowledge of peace passes from country to country, like children's games, which are so much alike, everywhere."
Yehuda Amichai
"I have no respect for reality as soon as it is acknowledged as such. I am interested in what I can do with unacknowledged reality."
Elias Canetti
"All literature wavers between nature and paradise and loves to mistake one for the other."
Elias Canetti
"The apprehension that one is someone else is all that one needs to believe that the world has changed from top to bottom."
"If a society consisting of men and women is content to apply progress and education to one half of itself, such a society is weakened by half."
Kemal Ataturk
"Power is not merely shouting aloud. Power is to act positively with all the components of power."
Gamal Abdel Nasser
"If time imposes on us its evolution, place also imposes upon us its reality."
Gamal Abdel Nasser
"Peace is much more precious than a piece of land."
Anwar al- Sadat
"Only when he has ceased to need things can a man truly be his own master and so really exist."
Anwar al- Sadat
"The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure."
"You cannot be fuelled by bitterness. It can eat you up but it cannot drive you."
Benazir Bhutto
"Adults are obsolete children."
Dr. Seuss
"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today."
Elbert Hubbard
"Dreams are the most powerful motivators of all."
Nick Thornely
"Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon."
Peter Lynch
"Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works."
Ken Iverson
"A common core of personal and social abilities has proven to be the key ingredient in people's success: emotional intelligence."
Daniel Goleman
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
Philip K. Dick
"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."
Gore Vidal
"There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice."
Mark Twain
"Thinking is the desire to gain reality by means of ideas."
José Ortega y Gasset
"It would be very interesting to preserve photographically not the stages, but the metamorphoses of a picture. Possibly one might then discover the path followed by the brain in materializing a dream."
Pablo Picasso
"Live on the abnormal and unheard of...sing the anguish of ultimate grief and discover the calvaries of the earth, arrive at the tragic by way of what is mysterious."
Santiago Rusiñol
"To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction."
Theodore Zeldin
"Really, there is no beautiful style, no beautiful design, and no beautiful color: there is just one beauty, that of the truth that is revealed."
Auguste Rodin
"The birth of a new idea comes best when everything is going well and will be painful. Don't attempt to tamper with the process and don't deny the pain."
Andy Law
"The art of leadership is to work with the natural grain of the particular wood of humanity which comes to hand."
John Adair
"The mind thinks, not with data, but with ideas whose creation and elaboration cannot be reduced to a set of predictable values."
Theodore Roszak
"Dialogue is the oxygen of change."
Jim Maclachlan

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