Think Abouts

Listed below are quotes that are worthy of further contemplation. I call these maxims "thinkabouts" because you will need to "think about" these ideas to glean a fuller understanding of the implications of these ideas. This is the ultimate "so what" exercise.

On Living

Author Quotes
Albert Camus “There is no sun without shadow, and it essential to know the night.”
E.M. Forster "Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon"
Pablo Picasso "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
Warren Buffett 
(Fortune, 04.21.2005, p. 92)
"You're not right because others agree with you, but because your facts are right."
Abraham Lincoln "If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the ax."
Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize Winner in Physics) "In physics the truth is rarely perfectly clear, and that is certainly universally the case in human affairs. Hence, what is not surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth." 
Rene Magritte "Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see."
Henry Ford "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it."
Warren Bennis "We can't allow our imaginations to go on diets. We must feed them extravagantly."
Richard Bach "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours."
Bertrand Russell "Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
Will Durant "Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." 
Albert Einstein "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." 
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
"Life is a lot like riding a bicycle, in order to keep balance you must keep moving."
Ernest Hemingway "Never mistake motion for action."
Sun Tzu "Opportunities multiply as they are seized."
Arnold Schwarzenegger "Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn."
Tom Clancy "The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
Peter Drucker "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
Heraclitus "Knowing many things does not teach insight."
Lily Tomlin "Even if you win the rat race, you are still a rat."
Barbara Tuchman "The power to command frequently causes failure to think."
Lance Armstrong "The qualities that make someone fast don’t always make them perceptive.  Life becomes a blur."
"Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is no one ascends alone."
"I don’t know what happens next, and I don’t need to know, because I welcome the exploration. I embrace uncertainty at every turn"
Theodore Roosevelt "I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is softness of head."
George W. Bush "There is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing  is not a strategy."
Paul Johnson "Criticism is luxury advanced civilizations can afford, but creativity is an essential.  ... Left to themselves, the creative forces in society will always deliver, but keeping them reasonably free to do so is a perpetual, grinding battle. It is one that must never be lost."
William Feather "Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable are the kind who do nothing."
Robert Sutton "It's amazing to me how many managers don't have time to look for the evidence but do have time to make the same mistake over and over again."
Johann Goethe "There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity."
John Kenneth Galbraith "In the choice between changing one's mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof."
Benjamin Disraeli "The plural of anecdotes is not evidence."
"There is no wisdom like frankness."

 On Communication

Author Quotes
Goethe  "When ideas fail, words come in very handy."
Eldridge Cleaver  "Too much agreement kills a chat."
Dorothy Nevill "The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
Lance Armstrong "If you truly invest yourself in a team, you guarantee yourself a return on your investment, and that’s a big competitive advantage over other less committed teams."
Proverbs 13.3 "He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his mouth shall have destruction."
William James "The are of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
Comte De Buffon "Those who write as they speak, even though they speak well, write badly."
Nietzche "What is originality? To see something that has no name as yet and hence cannot be mentioned although it stares us in face. The way men usually are, it takes a name to make something visible for them. Those with originality have for the most part also assigned names."
Phil Dusenberry "Writing is just another way of thinking. And the more you think, the more ideas you'll generate and, therefore, the more you'll create.  Writing is like weight lifting. The more you do it, the better shape you'll be in. Let it go and your creative muscle slowly turns to flab."
Thomas Jefferson "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."