“The absolute justice of the system of things is as clear to me as any scientific fact. The gravitation of sin to sorrow is as certain as that of the earth to the sun, and more so–for experimental proof of the fact is within reach of us all–nay, is before us all in our own lives, if we had but the eyes to see it.” H. Huxley in a Letter of reply to Charles Kingsley (23 September 1860), who had offered him consolation after Huxley’s young son had died some days earlier.
“The smallest good act today is the strategic point from which, months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.” S. Lewis
“Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we’re trying to decide what to do with it.” Frank A Clarke
“You probably can’t do more, faster. You certainly could do less, sooner.” Tim Ottinger (@tottinge)
“Around computers it is difficult to find the correct unit of time to measure progress. Some cathedrals took a century to complete. Can you imagine the grandeur and scope of a program that would take as long?”
“I have observed some common traits in creative people. They are able to totally focus on the problem or issue while at the same time suspending their judgment about it, or what may constitute a good solution. They tend to view the world as a wonderfully complex palette of grays rather than seeing it in black and white terms. They place no time pressure on their need to be creative even though their boss or client may have set very specific deadlines for them. They have a deep and unwavering faith that the answer, or answers, will reveal itself/themselves to them, rather than having an ego-centric view of themselves as being creative. Many view themselves as a conduit rather than a source.” Tom Stirr
“Consensus is no longer adequate for predicting the truth and bureaucracies are no longer capable of enforcing them. This makes echo chambers inherently unstable without some form of interaffinity group cross fertilization and trading of ideas to keep them from become inbred and decadent. So who wants an echo chamber unless it is an open one? Who wants an affinity group unless there is a door that club members can use to exit and enter?” Richard Fernandezin “Suppose It Is a Black Swan“
“When all think alike, no one thinks very much.” Walter Lippmann
“The more a feller thinks he knows the less money he seems to make.” Kin Hubbard in “Abe Martin’s Almanack” (1911)
“It’s ineffably sad that today ‘that’s academic’ often means ‘that’s irrelevant.’” Nicolas Kristof in “The Dangers of Echo Chambers on Campus“
“Decentralization is not the goal. It’s just a tool we use to achieve censorship resistance. Censorship resistance is the goal.” Roger Ver (@rogerkver)
The time to ask questions and act upon the answers is not when the institution is in trouble. It is while it is successful. For then it is most likely to have resources allocated to the past, to things that didproduce, to goals that did challenge, to needs that were” Peter F. Drucker in “Managing in Turbulent Times“
“No one respects the flame quite like the fool who’s badly burned. From all this you’d imagine that there must be something learned. Recriminations fester and the past can never change.” Pete Townshend “Slit Skirts”
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment.” Romans 12:2-3
“He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand.” Elbert Hubbard
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” Franklin P. Jones
“Honesty consists of the unwillingness to lie to others; maturity, which is equally hard to attain, consists of the unwillingness to lie to oneself.” Sydney J. Harris
“A genuinely creative career is like a milking stool stand on three legs. There must be accident, there must be sweat, there must be dissatisfaction.” Robert Ardrey in “Plays of Three Decades: Thunder Rock / Jeb / Shadow of Heroes”(1968)
“Hope is more patient than despair and so outlasts it.” Yahia Lababidi in “Aphorisms on Art, Morality, Spirit“
“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.” “Thus we return once more to the destroying of the Ring,” said Erestor, “and yet we come no nearer. What strength have we for the finding of the Fire in which it was made? That is the path of despair. Of folly I would say, if the long wisdom of Elrond did not forbid me.”
“Despair, or folly?” said Gandalf. “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.”
“At least for a while,” said Elrond. “The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is often the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
“Most of the good things that have happened to me, happened by accident when I was trying to help someone else.” Frank A Clarke
“Shooting a bear doesn’t make you a badass. Feeding a polar bear while her cub humps your leg makes you a badass.” > You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1)
“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” Andy Rooney
“When all you are trying to do is the right thing, it isn’t hard to act, for you have no distractions.” William Stafford
“The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.” Margaret Wheatley
“Few people complete their experience of an event until they have talked about it.” Martin Langford
“Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” Oscar Wilde
“Measurement is at the intersection of goals and reality: agreeing on what to measure and comparing notes on what is measured is an excellent mechanism for building trust.” Sean Murphy
“The best way to persuade someone of your new approach is to begin with three agreements:
We agree on the goals. We both want the same outcomes, we’re just trying different ways to get there.
We agree on reality. The world is not flat. Facts are actually in evidence. Statistics, repeatable experiments and clear evidence of causation are worth using as tools.
We agree on measurement. Because we’ve agreed on goals and reality, we agree on what success looks like as well.
All three allow us to enroll on the same journey, and to hold each other accountable for our work. Any other approach disrespects your partners and leaves you in a corner, without allies.”
Seth Godin in “Shared Reality, Shared Goals“
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