Some quotes that for one reason or another resonate with us. Think of them as seeds…
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-Exupery via Bob Marshall
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
To make matters worse, in order to ride a bike, you have to be willing to embrace its precariousness.
You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.
You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them.
Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant but has forgotten the gift.
There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Morpheus (the one in The Matrix not the Greek God)
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
W Edwards Deming
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.
This task was appointed to you, Frodo of the Shire. If you do not find a way, no one will.
Galadriel – Lady of Lórien
Simple rules lead to complex behavior. Complicated rules lead to stupid behavior.
Eli Gothill on twitter
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
In a knowledge economy there no such thing as conscripts, there are only volunteers. The trouble is we have trained our managers to manage conscripts.
Eliminate numerical quotas.
W Edwards Deming
Do or do not. There is no try.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.
No, I will not calm down!
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
All lasting business is built on friendship.
Alfred A. Montapert
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
John Greenleaf Whittier
We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.
Shut up! [Vikings stop] Bloody Vikings! You can’t have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam.
Waitress (or at least Terry Jones dressed as a waitress)
The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
…and, just to underline the point…
In times of change the learners will inherit the earth while the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.