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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The best ideas are common property.


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