If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are those who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat. But in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory. This is one great reason for the utmost toleration of variety of opinion.
If you wish to be sure of the road you tread on, you must close your eyes and walk in the dark.
Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
I am an impatient optimist. The world is getting better, but it’s not getting better fast enough, and it’s not getting better for everyone.
A year from now you may wish you had started today.
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
If you think the problem is bad now, just wait until we’ve solved it.
If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.
Who would learn to fly must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
If you only do what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won’t fail. You’ll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure by erosion. True failure is a mark of accomplishment in the sense that something new and different was tried.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.
If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think they’ll hate you.
I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.
Fight as if you’re right, listen as if you’re wrong.
A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.
Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.
Healing begins where the wound was made.
Before you study Zen, a bowl is a bowl and tea is tea. While you are studying Zen, a bowl is no longer a bowl and tea is no longer tea. After you have studied Zen, a bowl is again a bowl and tea is tea.
I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.
If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions.
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat, and wrong.
High tolerance for failure, low tolerance for incompetence.
History shows us clearly that humanity is moved forward not by people who stop every little while to try to gauge the ultimate success or failure of their ventures, but by those who think deeply about what is right and then put all their energy into doing it.
Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.
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