Wise Quotes

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    The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.

    Thomas Edison
     



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    In my life nothing goes wrong. When things seem to not meet my expectations, I let go of how I think things should be. It’s a matter of not having any attachment to any fixed outcome.

    Deepak Chopra
     



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    A decent breakfast, a nice swim, a cold beer and good company. These are the things that make me happy.

    Dave Grohl
     



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    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
     



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    Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you’re tired, go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.

    Bruce Lee
     



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    The vow that binds too strictly snaps itself.

    Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The Last Tournament,” Idylls of the King
     



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    Love yourself and the rest will follow.

    Jeannie Runnalls, Quoted in The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, John Izzo
     



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    I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.

    Henry Ford
     



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    Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

    Jonathan Kozel
     



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    What I took away from the whole Talking Heads experience was the idea that if you know the kinds of restrictions you have to work within – budgetary restrictions, or creative restrictions or whatever – that can be great, that can even be a spur to creativity. That old idea of, ‘Oh, I don’t want anybody telling me what to do’, or ‘I want my creative freedom’ – that’s bullshit. What you need is to be told clearly what the parameters are. Because, if you allow them to do anything, most people will just waffle about.

    David Byrne
     



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    If anyone hates it, do more.

    Andy Warhol
     



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    I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.

    Leo Sara Teasdale, “The Philosopher”
     



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    It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.

    Steve Jobs
     



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    I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    Q. Do your children [Connor, 15, Cassius, 10, and Cyrus, five] like your work? A. Yeah, they love it. I’ve always tried to build in a “wow” factor, because when I was growing up I remember being blown away by the natural history museum in Leeds. There were these stuffed Bengal tigers and tanks with fish in them, and I wanted to make art like that. Art is childish and childlike. Brancusi said: “When we are no longer children we are already dead.”

    Damien Hirst
     






               

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