“Perhaps five or even ten per cent of men can do something rather well. It is a tiny minority who can do anything really well, and the number of men who can do two things well is negligible.”
- G. H. Hardy in 'A Mathematician's Apology.'
“Success is a frame of mind – a mental posture – an immutable conviction – and unalterable determination. Circumstances have nothing to do with success. When you have made up your mind, success is certain. But, if you only half make up your mind, you will never get anywhere. You have to know you can succeed and be determined to succeed. You must keep your mind on the objective, not the obstacles.”
- William Randolph Hearst in a letter to his sons.
"There’s only two ways I know of to make money: bundling and unbundling"
- Jim Barksdale, CEO Netscape 1995 - 1999.
"We seek to estimate the future and its bearing on our existence, as well as dwelling fondly on the past or indulging in escapist dreams."
- Walt Disney.
"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."
- Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement.
"When we no longer have good cooking in the world, we will have no literature, nor high and sharp intelligence, nor friendly gathering nor social harmony"
- Marie-Antoine Carême, 1784-1833.
"I hope your first deal is a loser otherwise you’ll think you’re a lot smarter than you are."
- Fred Koch to his sons.
"Most things in life are multivariable non-linear systems."
- Bill Gurley, partner at Benchmark Capital.
"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, Man and Superman
"Everyone has the will to win, but not everyone has the will to practice."
- Bobby Knight, NCAA Basketball Coach.
"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, design is how it works."
- Steve Jobs.
"To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life."
- T.S. Eliot
"This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."