2013 August Quotations

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  1. “Pastimes, depending on what they are, can either greatly empower us individually and collectively, or forever inhibit our development and progress as human beings and as a society. Watching sports, vegetating behind the TV in general, consuming alcohol, going shopping, and watching Hollywood movies are all examples of activities that no matter how long you do them, will never yield opportunities or spur personal development on any level, physically or intellectually…. Conversely, playing sports as a community, making movies, writing, woodworking, gardening, brewing alcohol, and nearly anything at all that is productive or encourages positive social interaction and health provides us with endless opportunities.” – Tony Cartalucci
  2. “When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.” – Ernest Hemingway
  3. “Harmony within creates harmony without.” – Sandra Ingerman
  4. “For average working folks, America was becoming a puzzle. Who was buying these two-hundred-dollar copper saucepans, anyway? And how was everyone paying for these BMW’s? Were people shrewd or just stupefyingly irresponsible?” – Daniel Suarez, Daemon
  5. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” -Greek Proverb
  6. “In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped.” – Laozi, Tao Te Ching
  7. “Truth is simple…. Truth is old…. Truth is obvious…. There is no trick.” – Sam Davies
  8. “I have two doctors—my left leg and my right.” – George Trevelyan
  9. “We’ve been given more freedom than any people in the history of the world, and we’re selling it back one monthly payment at a time.” – Adam Baker
  10. “The progression of today’s college student is to jettison every interest except one, and, within that one, to continually narrow the focus, learning more and more about less and less. This, despite the evidence all around us of the interconnectedness of things.” – Liz Coleman
  11. “Good writing is good thinking expressed clearly.” – Mark Morgan Ford
  12. “To develop the creative attitude, analyze and focus on the wanted SOLUTION; seek out and fill your mind with the FACTS; write down ideas, both sensible and seemingly wild; let the facts and ideas simmer in your mind; evaluate, recheck, settle on the creative ideas.” – Bruce Lee
  13. “Keeping your sales presentation simple is extremely important. For each complication in your offer, your effectiveness drops dramatically.” – Joseph Sugarman, Triggers
  14. “We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.” – Dan Gilbert
  15. “We were naturally born to move. Look at the human structure. I think it’s repressive not to move, and you can certainly see the tolls taken on our society. Im­mo­bil­ity is worse than mo­bil­ity.” – Dean Karnazes
  16. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
  17. “Quite often the flood of history is undammed or diverted by the character and actions of one man.” – Pat Frank, Alas Babylon
  18. “If you do a job where someone tells you exactly what to do, he will find someone cheaper than you to do it. And yet our schools are churning out kids who are stuck looking for jobs where the boss tells them exactly what to do. Do you see the disconnect here? Every year, we churn out millions of workers who are trained to do 1925-style labor.” – Seth Godin
  19. “If you don’t underestimate me, I won’t underestimate you.” – Bob Dylan
  20. “People do it every day. They talk to themselves…. They see themselves as they’d like to be. They don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it.” – Tyler Durden (Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk)
  21. “Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements!” – Peter Gibbons (Office Space)
  22. “Nations are like people. When they grow old and rich and fat they get conservative. They exhaust their energy trying to keep things the way they are-and that’s against nature.” – Mark Bragg (Alas Babylon by Pat Frank)
  23. “If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris, “The Beauty of Life,” 1880

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