My Collection of Words From Others

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Below is a collection of quotes I like (for whatever reason). I made a page of them so I can keep track over time.



"The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom."

"Professionials stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way."

--James Clear, Atomic Habits

“the less energy people expend on performance, the more they expend on appearances to compensate. More often than not the energy they expend on seeming impressive makes their actual performance worse.

—Paul Graham

It's okay to not know, to be wrong, to screw up ad rely on each other. Art is messy.

- Andrew Stanton

If it looks the same, it should act the same.

- Android Developers, Design Principles

Wishing you peace at this time of sorrow.

- Anonymous

Together is a wonderful place to be.

- Anonymous

The best thing to hold onto in this world is each other. It doesn't mater where you go in life it's who you have beside you that makes it worthwhile.

- Anonymous

Every grand-dad was once a great dad.

- Anonymous

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

- Anonymous

You shouldn't have but I am glad you did.

- Anonymous

May your special day be filled with many happy surprises.

- Anonymous

In all things of nature there is something marvelous.

- Aristotle

If you could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, your whole life would change.

- Buddha

If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden.

- Chinese Proverb

A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.

- Chinese proverb

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

- Confucius

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

- democritus

"...the easiest way to sell in the digital age is to make good stuff."

- Douglas Rushkoff, Program or be Programmed

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the word question, there is a beautiful word - quest. I Love that word.

- Elie Wiesel

"... so feel free to lurk like a mad fiend if that's your preference."

- Eric Meyer

Help customers do the things they have already decided to do. Give attention. Pay attention. Listen, observe, serve. That is the new land of opportunity for the web professional.

- Gerry McGovern

The beginning of all understanding is classification.

- Hayden White

The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how to behave when we don't know what to do.

- John Holt

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.

- John Wesley

May you live all the days of your life.

- Jonathan Swift

Computer programming is tremendous fun. Like music, it is a skill that derives from an unknown blend of innate talent and constant practice. Like drawing, it can be shaped to a variety of ends – commercial, artistic, and pure entertainment. Programmers have a well-deserved reputation for working long hours, but are rarely credited with being driven by creative fevers. Programmers talk about software development on weekends, vacations, and over meals not because they lack imagination, but because their imagination reveals worlds that others cannot see.

- Larry O'Brien and Bruce Eckel

The act of learning helps people grow on the inside. You can find out what you are capable of and who you are.

- Lawrence & Marcy Goldstone, Deconstructing Penguins

You want something done, ask someone busy.

- Mat Helme

Our greatest experiences are our quietest moments.

- Nietzsche

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.

- Paul J. Meyer

Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others.

- Postel's Law

Don't listen to people who tell you you can't do it.
What they are telling you is they can't do it.

- pro skier John Egan

Time and tide wait for no main, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty.

- Robert Frost

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

- Robert Heinlein

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

- Robert Heinlein

A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.

- Sun Tzu

No matter how slow you are writing clean code, you will always be slower if you make a mess.

- Uncle Bob Martin

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

- William Shakespeare

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

-Bruce Lee

There's no such thing as not enough time if you're doing what you want to do.

-Robert Half

Fall back on the skills you learned in kindergarten. Use your scissors, play together, and question everything.

— Marrije Schaake

"If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present."

— Lao Tzu

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

— Francis of Assisi

If you're worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: 'Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?' – then you're going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you'll always have a path. There's always something to be done.

— Barack Obama

No brilliant idea was ever born in a conference room. But a lot of silly ideas have died there.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

— Gustave Flaubert

In the word question, there is a beautiful word - quest. I love that word.

— Elie Wiesel

Celebrate what you want to see more of.

—Tom Peters

I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

—Alan Watts (1915-1973)

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

—Leonardo da Vinci

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

—Confucius (551-479BC)


“Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.”

~Ryan Holiday

'Priority is Relative'

~Being Geek

"Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect."

~Jack Dorsey

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

--Albert Einstein

"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

--Bruce Lee

"No one ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than one can bear."

--George MacDonald

Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.

--- Ben Okri

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

--- Eden Phillpotts

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

--- Chuang-Tzu

The days of thinking of time as a river—evenly flowing, always advancing—are over. Time perception, just like vision, is a construction of the brain and is shockingly easy to manipulate experimentally.

--- David Eagleman

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

--- Albert Einstein

You keep on learning and learning, and pretty soon you learn something no one has learned before.

--- Richard Feynman

"Trust will become perhaps the most important design element in any system."

Ali Cottong

"Say a lot with a little."

- Marianne Madsen

"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything."

Gustave Flaubert

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.
– Alan Perlis

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

― Pablo Picasso

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

-- John Maynard Keynes

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn't watching. He's singing and dancing. He's pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you're awake. He's making sure you're always distracted. He's making sure you're fully absorbed. He's making sure your imagination withers. Until it's as useful as your appendix. He's making sure your attention is always filled. And this being fed, it's worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what's in your mind. With everyone's imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.

— Chuck Palahniuk

A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.

-- Winston Churchill

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.


There is a power in eternity, and it is green.

-- Hildegard Von Bingen

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

-- Steve Jobs

Speed kills detail and increases noise. Speed lets you run fast and go further, but you don’t actually get to see any of what you’re passing for what it actually is. You blur out the details and miss the real picture.

-- Source

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

-- Harry Truman

When you feel like you’re not productive, it’s not necessarily because you’re lazy or because you have bad habits, it’s because you’re not working on the right projects and you haven’t found the ones that are intrinsically motivating and meaningful to you.

-- Adam Grant

Just to let you know, this page was last updated Saturday, Jul 20 24