Quotes that resonated with me

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Telling someone that they shouldn’t be sad because other people have it worse is like telling someone they shouldn’t be happy because other people have it better.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one” – Abraham Lincoln

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” – Oscar Wilde

“A child can teach an adult three things: To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, and to fight tirelessly for something.” – Paulo Coelho

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“If you were told that you could only have one car for the rest of your life, you would take immaculate care of it. You would polish, protect and maintain it as best you could. Our body serves the same purpose, so treat it the same way.” – Warren Buffett

“The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.” – Elliott Hulse

“Only the mediocre are always at their best.” – Jean Giraudoux

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James

“Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic.” – Tryon Edwards

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” – Indian Proverb

Dalai Llama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something” – Woodrow Wilson

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Murray

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

“If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.” – Azim Premji

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“We buy shit we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.” – George Carlin

“The one thing in life you can control is your effort.” – Mark Cuban

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.” – Greg Lemond

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden

“If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are “crying for the moon.” We have no such assurance. The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end.” – Alan Watts

“Whatever happens, you’ll probably have to improvise, and failure of nerve is really failure to trust yourself. You have a great endowment of brain, muscle, sensitivity, intelligence – trust it to react to circumstances as they arise.” – Alan Watts

“If you make the opportunity. you’ll be the first in the position to take advantage of it.” – Biz Stone

“The single most important decision in evaluating a business is pricing power. If you’ve got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you’ve got a very good business. And if you have to have a prayer session before raising the price by 10%, then you’ve got a terrible business.” – Warren Buffet

“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be fat, lazy, broke, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winger

“‘I had no choice,’ actually means, ‘I had only one path that was easy in the moment.’” – Seth Godin

“A tool is just an opportunity with a handle. It’s just a way of thinking about something differently.” – Kevin Kelly

“Wisdom’s a gift but you’d trade it for youth” – Ezra Koenig

“Wake up, you idiots! Whatever made you think that money was so valuable?” – Kurt Vonnegut

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” – Stephen Hawking

“If you’re tired of starting over, then stop giving up.”

“I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when they start hurting, because they’re the only ones that count.” – Muhammad Ali

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for.” – William Shedd

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” – J.W. Stephens

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Pairing those apps with elegant design is helpful, but the focus there more than anything else is on the word ‘value’. At the end of the day, if you can provide value to users, even with a crappy design, you’ll still win. The opposite is not true. Amazing design with little to no value is worthless.” – Rameet Chawla

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami

“A year from now you’ll wish you started today” – Karen Lamb

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” – Bill Bowerman

“Running is nothing more than an extended conversation with the part of your brain that says ‘stop running.’”

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” – Viktor E. Frankl

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.” – Michael Pritchard

“All the best things that I did at Apple came from a) not having money and b) not having done it before, ever. Every single thing that we came out with that was really great, I’d never once done that thing in my life.” – Steve Wozniak

“We have come a long way, we have a long way to go. In between we are somewhere.” – Reinhold Messner

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” – Ira Glass

“If you don’t know how much you need, the default easily becomes ‘more.’” – Ryan Holiday

“If you can stay light, and stay loose, and stay relaxed, you can play at the very highest level—as a baseball player or a human being.” – Bill Murray

“He had been drinking that night and was somewhere between pure joy and deep sadness.” – Robbie Robertson

“Discipline is remembering what you want.” – David Campbell

“Just keep playing, no matter how weird it gets.” – Bob Dylan

“For maximum impact, it’s not only what you do; it’s also what you do just before you do what you do.” – Robert Cialdini

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.” – Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

“No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus

“I speak, therefore I think.” He laughed. “If you’re a sculptor, you can work with a hammer and chisel on a block of marble until it looks like the woman you’re trying to portray. If you’re an architect, you can’t do anything with your own hands. You need a whole team, you need to involve clients and politicians and city officials. Your capacity to communicate ideas is your hammer and chisel.” – Bjarke Ingels

“We all do better when we all do better” – Paul Wellstone

“The best things in life are not things” – Laurence J. Peter

“He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war.” – Spartan Warrior Creed

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Roger Bannister

“No one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca

“All I want to do is drink beer and train like an animal.” – Rod Dixon