QUOTATIONS TO HELP YOU LIVE A GOOD LIFE

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R. Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

Action
Alignment
Outcomes

Tom Cargill

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time…The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.

Energy

Edith Wharton

Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.

Alignment
Energy
Writing

Oscar Wilde

Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.

Action
Love

Chinese Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Outcomes
Time

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Action
Outcomes

Maya Ying Lin

To fly, we have to have resistance.

Perspective
Success

Mary Parker Follett

Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power, but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those who are led. The most essential work the leader is to create more leaders.

Leadership

J. K. Rowling

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Philip Pullman

My standard answer is ‘I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to, they come to my desk.’ If I’m not there, they go away again, so you’ve got to sit and think.

Leadership

Max De Pree

Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: “Who do we intend to be?” Not “What are we going to do?” but “Who do we intend to be?”

Business
Leadership

Jimi Hendrix

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Mindfulness

Vladimir Nabokov

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

Amar Bose

No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.

Action
Perspective
Success

Eugene Delacroix

Mediocre people have an answer for everything and are astonished at nothing.

Emotions
Identity
Values

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

Edward Albee

Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.

Action

T. S. Eliot

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

Action
Energy
Identity

Barbara Sher

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.

Alignment
Outcomes
Perspective

Ernest Hemingway

My aim is to put down what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way I can tell it.

Writing

Masaoka Shiki

On how to sing, the frog school and the skylark school are arguing.

Perspective

Robert Mallet, Apostilles

Nothing is more moving than beauty which is unaware of itself, except for ugliness which is.

Authenticity

Henry James

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.

Emotions
Values

Theodore Hesburgh

You don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they are popular; you make them because they’re right.

Action
Responsibility
Values

Albert Einstein

Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem — in my opinion — to characterize our age.

Outcomes
Values

Francis Ford Coppola

The things that you get fired for when you are young are the exact same things that you win lifetime achievement awards when you are old, which is to say that the things that run against the grain, that are not common or not logical, or don’t fit into what is the standard approach, that…

Authenticity
Success
Values

Eric Hoffer

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else, we…

Mindfulness
Presence
Time

Unknown

To exist, you have to both breathe in and breathe out. Some people just want to breathe in.

Action
Alignment
Health

Jack Kerouac

It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.

Writing

Arnold Bennett

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.

Action
Outcomes
Values

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