Short quotes collection


With understanding comes a sense of loss.

—Marvin Minsky


Without great solitude no serious work is possible.

—Pablo Picasso


The future has many names. For the weak, it’s unattainable. For the fearful, it’s unknown. For the bold, it’s ideal.

—Victor Hugo


To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

—Aristotle


I’m unstoppable because I decided to be.

—Tonny Robbins


Know everything about something and something about everything.

—Aldous Huxley


Do or do not. There is no try.

—Yoda


It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

—Thomas Jefferson


An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

—Benjamin Franklin


By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

—Benjamin Franklin


Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not bent out of shape.

—Michael McGriffy


Think like a man of action; act like a man of thought.

—Henri Bergson


We are the people we have been waiting for.

—June Jordan, Poem for South African Women


Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.

—Walt Whitman


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

—Mahatma Gandhi


Think before you speak. Read before you think.

—Fran Lebowitz


Rather than love, money, faith, fame, and fairness, give me truth.

—Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild


What is everyday if not a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way?

—Texas Christian University, The Grind


Be the change you wish to see in the world.

—Mahatma Gandhi


When you complain you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it. All else is madness.

—Eckhart Tolle


What we can imagine depends on what we know.

—Harold Kincaid


Chance favors the prepared mind.

—Louis Pasteur


Today I’ll do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.

—Jerry Rice


The world changes with your example, not with your opinion.

—Paulo Coelho


Resourcefulness is the ultimate resource.

—Tonny Robbins


The map is not the territory.

—Alfred Korzybski


Premature optimization is the root of all evil.

—Donald Knuth


Simplicity doesn’t precede complexity. It follows it.

—Alan Perlis


If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.

—Blaise Pascal


A designer knows she has achieved perfection when there’s nothing left to take away.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

—Víctor Hugo


Quiet people have the loudest minds.

—Stephen Hawking


It’s only ideas and passion what can change the world.

—Ray Kurzweil


And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

—Friedrich Nietzsche


The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.

—Mark Twain


Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

—Abraham Lincoln


When men of lofty genius are most active is when they do the least work.

—Leonardo Da Vinci


Simple things should be simple; complex things should be possible.

—Alan Kay


When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

—Wayne Dyer


Nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear.

—Leonhard Euler


When tyranny is law, revolution is order.

—Pedro Albizu Campos


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

—Evelyn Beatrice Hall


Inequality is the source of all movement.

—José Luis Morales


While conclusions reached by inductive inference are only probable, those reached by deductive inference are conclusive.

—Mood


Never break the silence, unless you can improve it.

—Ludwig van Beethoven


The business model behind the internet is surveillance.

—Bruce Schneier


CFO: “What happens if we invest in our people and they leave?” CEO: “What happens if we don’t and they stay?”

—(?)


For business, you don’t need shotguns. You need lasers.

—Rubén Trejo


Starting a company is like throwing yourself off the cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.

—Eric Hoffman


The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success.

—Albert Einstein


There are two types of companies today. Those that have experienced a security breach, and those that don’t know it yet.

—Howard Shrobe


You can measure an organization by the number of lies you need to tell to be part of it.

—Palmer


Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

—Margaret Meade


There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.

—Peter Drucker


If you have everything under control you are not going fast enough.

—Mario Andretti


Programming is a good job if you want to spend all of your time at the absolute limit of your capacity to understand things.

—@Pentadact


The best ideas are common property.

—Seneca


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


All models are wrong, but some are useful.

—George Box


We are more honest with search engines than with our families.

—Miko Hypponen


Never let a good crisis go to waste.

—McKinsey & Company


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

—Thomas Edison


There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.

—Theodore Roosevelt


It’s easier to move down hill than up hill, but the view is much better at the top.

—Henry Ward Beecher


Small things make greatness. One by one stacked up on each other.

—Ray Lewis


Alan Turing told us we could make computers intelligent. Marvin Minsky told us how to do it.

—Patrick Winston


Intelligence is ten million rules.

—Douglas Lenat


We will come up with unsupervised algorithms that will outperform every supervised algorithm; but we haven’t built them yet.

—Ilya Sutskever


We only comprehend those questions we can answer.

—Friedrich Nietzsche


To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

—William Blake