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    The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.

    Emerson
     
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    If Siemens only knew what Siemens knows, it would be a rich company.

    Unnamed Consultant to Siemens, quoted by Thomas L Friedman
     
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    I realized that jobs suck, but if you could get up at 6 a.m. and bake your own breakfast, that is very satisfying. I learned the value of giving people little delights [while working at the bagel shop]. Those small details and experiences are the reason why people like luxury cars. They are full of those little delights. You can do the same thing with any business. With a Web and iPhone app, I try to find new and tiny ways to delight my customers. They may not notice, but it helps drive goodwill and makes your product remarkable.

    Marco Arment, Instapaper founder
     
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    Louise (Bourgeois) definitely had a psychological need to work. She needed to record how she was feeling. She worked to understand the sources of her anxiety, to calm herself, to repair or alleviate guilt.

    Jerry Gorovoy, Artist Louise Bourgeois’ chief assistant of 30 years.
     
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    Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.

    Albert Einstein
     
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    Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

    Robert Louis Stevenson
     
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    If you have to do it every day, for God’s sake learn to do it well.

    Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
     
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    Laziness will cause you pain.

    Slogan on T-shirt worn at the Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self-Defense
     
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    It makes one think like Patrick White and estimate how books or developments are left in the time allowed. Focus. Focus. Focus.

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    The typescript of George Orwell’s latest novel (1984) reached London in mid December, as promised. Warburg recognized its qualities at once (“amongst the most terrifying books I have ever read”) and so did his colleagues. An in-house memo noted “if we can’t sell 15 to 20 thousand copies we ought to be shot”.

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    If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

    Henry David Thoreau
     
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    You know how to get to Carnegie Hall don’t you? Practice.

    Quentin Tarentino, Inglourious Basterds
     
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    We are not compelled to meditate by some outside agent, by other people, or by God. Rather, just as we are responsible for our own suffering, so are we solely responsible for our own cure. We have created the situation in which we find ourselves, and it is up to us to create the circumstances for our release.

    Lama Yeshe
     
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    What’s the solution to your problem? Stop looking for the magic pill. There isn’t one! Tell me five things you can do to improve your situation now.

    Tony Robbins
     
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    We study hard in high school to get admitted to a top college to get into grad school to get a good job to get into the nursing home of our choice.

    Robert Sapolsky
     

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