Inspiring Quotes

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

There isn’t one quote that I love. Euphemisms and quotes keep me lasting. As Zig Ziglar said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing - that’s why we recommend it daily.

I would like to have a collection but keep procrastinating. Starting today, I’ll add new quotes, as “the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second-best time is now.”

I also made a website using R-Shiny that scraps a random Wikiquote and puts it in a nice background. Check it out!.

In no particular order, they are:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. — Anne Lamott

If you don't bring it with you, you won't find it there. — Poem on pilgrimage

Coincidence and intention are two sides of a tapestry, my lord. You may find one more agreeable to look at, but you cannot say one is true and the other is false. — Ted Chiang, Exhalation

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all, heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built. — James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err. — James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you. — Carl Jung

I used to be a scientist. I warned the town about upcoming volcano. And then it became all about weed. — Randy, South Park

The true mind can wither all the lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed. — Lion Turtle from Avatar: The Last Airbender

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a person’s life is made up of nothing but the habits they accumulated during the first half. — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anything that prevents people from doing great work has an inverse that helps them to. — Paul Graham

The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet. — William Gibson

If I had to put the recipe for genius into one sentence, that might be it: to have a disinterested obsession with something that matters. - Paul Graham

What are the most important problems in your field, and why aren’t you working on one of them? - Hamming

Don’t use dissatisfaction as an excuse to be lazy. - Paul Graham

Sometimes it’s not what you do what you not do would make you successful. - Paul Graham

Content is important. Medium is not important.

I walk with the assurance of a sleep walker towards my destiny - Adolf Hitler

I am like a snake, I slough my skin and start afresh. - Goethe

It’s not the plane, it’s the pilot. - Topgun

The oracle said to you exactly what you needed to hear. - The Matrix

High Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus)

Friday afternoon. Spend 10% time to stop and think: “what are the important problems to solve? What are the fundamental structures?" - Hamming

I have to fail in at least 90% of my attempts to be successful enough.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. - Maya Angelou

Don’t get sloppy. It’s the little things that trip you up. - The Age of Adaline

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. — Calvin Coolidge. (Also in The Founder)

For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled. — Hunter S. Thompson

Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion. — Ray Kurzweil

It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing. — Chinese proverb

There is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong. — H.L. Mencken

You are only as young as the last time you changed your mind. — Kevin Kelly

Be governed not by the tyranny of the urgent but by the elevation of the important. — Kevin Kelly

Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what do you do until this is true. — Naval

It is not about the capacity to think but rather the choice of what to think about. — David Foster Wallace

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. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. — Jonathan Kozol

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold. — Kahlil Gibran

Don’t be too ambitious. Do the most important thing you can think of doing every year and then your career will take care of itself. — Henry Kissinger

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There is too much fraternising with the enemy. — Henry Kissinger

If all you have is an opinion, then I value the expert over you.

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Talents can be overrated.

These relationships aren’t real. They are just means to an end.

You can’t unfuck what has been fucked.

100% honesty is not the most diplomatic and the safest option with emotional beings.

One miracle at a time, okay sweetie?

Can you differentiate a preferred stock from livestock?

Act as if.

I don’t see your face in the mirror every morning.

Three rules of wall street: never play by rules, never tell the truth and never pay by cash.

Rumours are premature facts.

I’m standing in a shitstorm and nobody has got an umbrella.

You got to live in the world you’re in. Not the world you wish you were in.

How can you learn from your mistakes, if you can’t remember them? — Westworld, S1E1

Consciousness isn’t the journey upwards. It’s the journey inwards. It’s not a pyramid, it’s a maze. (Westworld, S1E1)

You don’t choose the things you believe in. They choose you.

None of us are the same as we were a moment ago and we shouldn’t try to be.

You’re always gonna disappoint somebody. So, fuck it.

The past is just a story we tell ourselves.

Sometimes I feel that I have already felt everything that I’m ever gonna feel.

It’s saddening to see we glorify the words people leave behind, yet turn a deaf ear when they scream the same from rooftops.

No one can build their happiness on another’s pain.

I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Paradoxically, people like to see their problem solved with some magic while refusing to believe in magic.

There is no goodness in being good.

For a heart, life is simple. It beats as long as it can; and then it stops.

Trust is a perfect shit to ruin.

Falling in love with you was the easiest thing I had ever done.

Don’t be the little guy who thinks he knows how to spell banana but doesn’t know when to stop.

I’m on my journey to know everything of something and something of everything. Jack of all trades and master of some.

I think logically and write codes for the computers to do the same.

Cleopatra to Antony, “Go, fight that uprising. Be a military leader! Be a Caesar”. “I’m no Caesar”. — Shakespeare *(*Antony and Cleopatra)

Life is like a game of Jenga. No matter how well you craft it, eventually, it’s going to fall. You might try a ton of strategies and tactics but nothing can prevent it. Not like a jigsaw puzzle that if you try hard and long enough, you will make it.

Enter with a bang and close the door on your way back!

You don’t get points for living in pain. — Krishna Das (Pain, Dalai Lama and Hanuman, Spotify Workshop)

…lost in the forests… - Rig Veda