“Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

“To live your life in the fear of losing it is to lose the point of life.”
-Malcolm Forbes

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am,
then I can change.”
-Carl Rogers

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
-Kurt Vonnegut

“You may have noticed that the less I know about a subject the more confidence I have and the more new light I throw on it.
-Mark Twain

“The best strategy for building a competitive organization is to help individuals  become more of who they are.”
-Marcus Buckingham, “Now, Discover Your Strengths”

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
-Henry Ford”

“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it,
to confess your ignorance.”

“We don’t change over time. We only become more ourselves.”
-Lestat, from Tale of the Body Thief

“For all the talk you hear about knowledge being such a wonderful thing, instinct is worth forty of it for real unerringness.”
-Mark Twain, “Tom Sawyer Abroad”

“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”
-Thomas Huxley

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness
that created them.”
-Albert Einstein

“We need people who are pathological learners, people who have no fear.”
-Christopher Lochhead, futurist at Scient Corp.

“Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete  surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.”
-Sir John Harvey-Jones

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.”
-Yogi Berra

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.”
-Abbie Hoffman.

“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”
-Sir Benjamin Disraeli

“If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem.”
-Robert Anthony

“Great men are they who see that spirtual force is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name knowledge.”
-Ambrose Bierce

“The business of life is to go forward.”
– Samuel Johnson

“One can stand still in a flowing stream, but not in the world of men.”
-Japanese proverb

“To fight a bull when you are not scared is nothing. And to not fight a bull when   you are scared is nothing. But to fight a bull when you are scared is something.”

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
– William James

“We’ve gone from ‘meeting customer expectations,’ to ‘exceeding customer expectations,’ to ‘delighting customers,’ to ‘customer ecstasy.’ I hate to see what comes next.”
-Len Schlesinger,
executive vice president of the Limited Inc.

Q: What is the definition of an accountant?
A: Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.

“The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand  up to speak in public.”
-Sir George Jessel

“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”
-Thomas Huxley

“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.”
-Arthur Koestler

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick  themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”
– Winston Churchill

“One nice thing about silence is that it can’t be repeated.”
-Gary Cooper

“Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in an advanced age;  and if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old.”
-Lord Chesterfield

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple,  awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
-Charles Mingus

“Knowledge is like money: To be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”
-Louis L’Amour

“Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.”
-Napoleon Bonaparte

“If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.”
-Kurt Lewin

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and  water that are doing it.”
-Former Vice President Dan Quayle

“The open society, the unrestricted access to knowledge, the unplanned and uninhibited  association of men for its furtherance–these are what may make a vast, complex, ever growing, ever changing, ever more specialized and expert technological world, nevertheless a world of human community.”
-J. Robert Oppenheimer, Science and the Common Understanding, 1953

“Don’t eat, drink, or chew gum. Don’t be seen touching body parts. Be interested and enthused about being a company ambassador. IT people at a booth can make or  break business relationships.”
-Susan Friedmann, an IT trade-show trainer at The Tradeshow Coach, in Lake Placid, N.Y. (7 Sep 2000 Info World)

“Business has only two functions–marketing and innovation.”
-Peter Drucker

“Modularization is critical to E-learning. The most effective way to train employees  is to teach exactly what they need and not make them suffer through irrelevant material.”
-Cushing Anderson,  Analyst, International Data Corp.

“Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior.  Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.”
-Dee Hock

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
-Albert Einstein

“It is not enough to be busy… The question is: What are we busy about?”
-Henry David Thoreau

“You can never get enough of what you don’t really need.”

“If you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t know when to stop.”

“If it moves, salute it. If it doesn’t move, pick it up. If you can’t pick it up, paint it.”
-U.S. military slogan

“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”
-Will Rogers


“The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.”
-Oliver W. Holmes

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
-St. Francis of Assisi

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
-Gloria Steinem

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”
-Malcolm Forbes

“The great obstacle is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.”
-Daniel J. Boorstin

“Changing software is easy; the hard part is trying to tear down the thinking and  habits accumulated over the years.”
-Leonard Tenner, CIO of Sagio.com.

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
-Douglas Adams, English novelist.

“In a crisis if I had only an hour I’d spend the first 50 minutes  defining the problem and the last 10 minutes solving it.”
-Albert Einstein

 “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution, it is that they cannot see the problem.”
-G.K Chesterton

“The best way to get a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”
-Linus Pauling “Bring ideas in and entertain them royally for one may be king.”

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
-Henri-Louis Bergson

“A problem properly stated is half solved.”
-John Dewey

“Execution is the chariot of genius.”
-William Blake

“The greatest threat in any organization is not lack of ability or resources,  but failure of imagination.”
-David Meier  Director, Center for Accelerated Learning

“Innovative organizations provide the freedom to act which arouses the desire to act.”
-Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“In the managerial organization, the top people sit in judgment; in the innovative organization it is their job to encourage ideas, no matter how unripe or crude.”
-Peter F. Drucker

“Knowledge has become the key resource of the world economy.”
-Peter Drucker

“Things should be made as simple as possible but no simpler.”

“There are two different approaches to training. One is that training is an added employee benefit. The other approach is that you’re expecting improved business results based on making training available. We’re clearly expecting better business results. We’re in this camp and expect training to increase our ability to deliver products.”

-Alice Rowland-Weisz, McDonald’s I/S organization development manager