PERSONAL MUSINGS AND MORE:
Act as if
Responsible capitalism and personal socialism is the future.
'Imagine things outside of time.' - Albert Einstein
'Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.' - Napolean Hill
'Before you can change anything you have to understand why it is like it is.' - Alan Nation
'These subliminal aspects of everything that happens to us may seem to
play very little part in our daily lives. But they are the almost
invisible roots of our conscious thoughts.' - Carl Jung
'The world is a book and those who don't travel only read one page.' - Constantine
'Whereas virtual ones and zeroes in the cloud are the ephemeral essence
of today's digital world, machines - metallic, oily, noisy and
imprecise - were the perfectly imperfect engines of a world we have all
but lost.' - Christopher Goodwin
'In a democracy the people get the government they deserve.' - Joseph de Maistre
'In a connected age, the people get the Internet they deserve.' - David Mattin
'The rewards of tourism, demand for housing and an unquestioning belief
in human progress have blinded us to the laws of nature..while man continues to believe that taking note of nature is merely an
option, nature keeps reminding us that this is not the case.' - James Hanning
'It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change'
'The rejection of facts, the rejection of reason and science - that is the path to decline.' - Barack Obama
'We are what we remember and the less we remember the less we are. The
past is being erased from modern conscious. If we don't know where we
are coming from, it's hard to know where we're going.' - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
'Happiness is most important. It's always around us, but goes
unnoticed. Worldly desires breed conspiracies and deceptions and cause
people to lose everything. This folk tale explains the transformation
of Motherhood Mountain to highlight eternal love.'
'When life gives you lemons - make daiquiris.' - Chris Rose
'A psychologist once told me that daydreams are the best kind of practise.' - Sebastian Steudtner
'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' - Theodore Roosevelt
'Doom-mongering media.' - Henrietta Thompson
'The sea is the cemetery of the Château d'If.' - Edmond Dantès
'Bands here tell me repeatedly that wider success
isn't their focus. Icelanders grow up playing music for music's sake
and, if you do make it big, acting too 'starry' is frowned upon. It's a
refreshingly uncommercial sensibility.' - Sophy Grimshaw
'I like to write in Icelandic because it's a sharp, cold language and it suits the mood of our songs.' - Brynhildur
'Icelanders are crap at planning ahead because we've been so dependent
on the weather. But we're good at improvising and bending the rules.
That's a problem if you're a banker but it's wonderful if you're in the
arts.' - Siggi from the band Sugercubes
'I fear a future where an android might flutter her metallic eyelashes
and direct me to the lifts in a broad Yorkshire tone. Aye, robot?' - Ian Mandy Morris
'Freedom is always lonely.' - Hobo
'Bilbao Effect' regarding Frank Gehry
'The refusal of food is more than pleasure, it is the joy of the soul.' - Leo Tolstoy
'Food is definitely more than what you eat. It's part of what you are
and what you will become thanks to, or because of it. It's certainly
something worth paying attention to. I don't mean like a diet. I'm
talking about daily happiness and well-being for yourself and your
family.' - Michel Guérard
'Cast out the money shufflers, preferably with a whipping too.' - Paul Sheehan
'Jesus - the great debt eliminator.' - Ross Gittins
'A pessimist is an optimist who's well informed.' - Enki Bilal
'A bird born in a cage thinks flying is an illness.' - Alejandro Jodorowsky
'The South is tragic, strong, graceful, insolent, optimistic,
beautiful, conservative yet wild - teeming with memories that are
overgrown and intertwined like untended follage along the banks of the
Mississippi River.' - Kris Davidson
'The trick to marriage is to keep talking. I started a conversation with my wife in 1983. It's still going.' - Richard E. Grant
'It's about having those perfect few pieces and looking after the treasure of what you own.' - Jack Guinness
'My handkerchiefs and my shoes and my watch strap are always matched. That's the way I am.' - David Gandy
'When I was young, I thought I knew everything. Now, I'm not sure if I know anything..' - Pharrell Williams
'Fighting for peace is like fucking for chastity.' - Karsten Troyke
'Our parents left their homeland because of the bad, despite the good. We go back to search for the good, despite the bad.'
'Whole villages were passed with water spreading beneath the houses,
and with their carts hung up to the trees to prevent their being
floated off by the current.' - Captain Henry Yule
'The Irrawaddy flowed huge and ochreous, glittering like diamonds in
the patches that caught the sun, and beyond the river stretched great
wastes of paddy fields, ending at the horizon in a range of blackish
hills...' - George Orwell
'What a fine weather today! Can't choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself.' - Pavel Andreievich Chekov
'I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.' - J.D. Salinger
'Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?' - C.S. Lewis
'Everything is a mythical, cosmic battle between faith and chance.' - P. D. James
'Every battle is won before it's fought.'
'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result
of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every
victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the
enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.' - Lao Tzu
'There is no utopia.' - Emmanuel Goldstein, 1984 (George Orwell)
'When the destiny of a great fortune is at stake, men's greed spreads like a poison in the bloodstream.'
- Gustave H, Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
'To a certain sensibility, such a scene represents a nightmare of existential alienation.' - Christine Smallwood
'I hope that in this year to come, you make
mistakes. If you are making mistakes, then you are making new things,
trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing
yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done
before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. So that's my wish
for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make
glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before.
Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it
isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next
year, and forever.' - Neil Gaiman
'Religious thinkers and leaders worth their
salt live their lives in constant cognizance of the yawning chasm
between what religion could be and what it all too often is. This
awareness is always painful and often excruciating. Read
Buber on the ways people try to buy God off with ritual, read Rabbi
Heschel on the separation of church and God, read Rav Kook on the
small-mindedness that often passes for piety-- they knew.
Shabbat Shalom.' - Shai Held
'I’ve played piano in a whorehouse. I’ve
smuggled secret papers out of Russia. I’ve spent an evening on the
divan with Peggy Hopkins Joyce. I’ve taught a gangster mob how to play
Pinchie Winchie. I’ve played croquet with Herbert Bayard Swope while he
kept Governor Al Smith waiting on the phone. I’ve gambled with Nick the
Greek, sat on the floor with Greta Garbo, sparred with Benny Leonard,
horsed around with the Prince of Wales, played Ping-Pong with George
Gershwin. George Bernard Shaw has asked me for advice. Oscar Levant has
played private concerts for me at a buck a throw. I have golfed with
Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. I’ve basked on the Riviera with Somerset
Maugham and Elsa Maxwell. I’ve been thrown out of the casino at Monte
Carlo. Flush with triumph at the poker table, I’ve challenged Alexander
Woollcott to anagrams and Alice Duer Miller to a spelling match. I’ve
given lessons to some of the world’s greatest musicians. I’ve been a
member of the two most famous Round Tables since the days of King
Arthur – sitting with the finest creative minds of the 1920s at the
Algonquin in New York, and with Hollywood’s sharpest professional wits
at the Hillcrest. The truth is I had no business doing any of these
things. I couldn’t read a note of music. I never finished the second
grade. But I was having too much fun to recognise myself as an ignorant
upstart..'- Harpo Marx
'The people that come into your life and that
hurt you-are here to make you stronger, make you love yourself more,
and make you a more loving and caring individual of others. Yes, at
first you will be bitter and that is a perfectly normal and healthy
human response. If you're not bitter after someone hurts you
purposefully then you're a saint. Not too many of those around. But,
eventually, the true purpose of it all is to make you an even better
person than you were before they hurt you. If you're not trying to be a
better person then you have failed to take away the lessons of being
hurt. Your redemption will only come through loving acts of kindness.'
- Sholom Yitzhak Neistein
Note to self.
6. Ask questions patiently - don't interject.
7. Don't empathize - it's about them. Stop self promoting.
8. Stop repeating myself.
9. Forget details.
10. Listen - if my mouth is open - I'm not learning.
'Turnbull's deification of Australian citizenship reflects Australia's
more sober debate. It locates Australian identity as a set of beliefs
under the rubric of multiple differences: 'We're not defined by race or
religion or culture, as many other nations are. We're defined by
commitment to common values, political values, the rule of law,
democracy, freedom, mutual respect, equality for men and women, these
fundamental values are what make us Australian.' - Mark Kenny
'If a colleague tells you that your target
demographic is WEIRD, will you know how to react? The letters of the
acronym stand for 'western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic'
and are used to point up a crucial flaw in the studies of human
behavior underpinning much global marketing' - Tony Thorne
'I was sitting on a train - the British
invention that transformed trade and travel, and was embraced very
early in the United States. In my hand was an IPhone - another
revolutionary advance, this time created by Americans, with it's iconic
appearance designed by an Englishman. I used the Internet - the 20th
century equivalent of the train, this time founded by an American and
adopted early in the UK - and went on to the World Wide Web (we often
forget the two are separate inventions), which was developed by a
Briton and commercialized by an American'
'The same idea of reaching out, opening up and
asking for help has been invaluable to me since - especially in the
world of diplomacy' - Matthew W. Barzun
'The third message is all about rediscovering
the power of human connection in a world that is being reshaped by
technology. Put simply, we're now in a world where it's just as
important to be kind as it is to be clever.'
'Nobody wins unless everybody wins.'
'We're asking people to take risks and to work
harder than they've ever worked, and yet not enough people see for
themselves the benefits of all that...If you expect people to give you
their best, then you have to be prepared to share as widely as you can
the benefits of success.' - William C Taylor
'You have to figure out who you are in the
conversation. Are you the ideas guy? The note taker? The make-it-happen
guy? The follow-through guy? I'm not a good follow- through guy. I
sometimes overthink things too much, and I can be overprotective of my
ideas. As an ideas person, you will want to get your idea out when you
think it's finished, and that's often suffocating for your business
because you don't allow it to grow.
You have to be open-minded and be a people
person. You have to have a thick skin and be prepared to get your idea
ripped apart. You have to be patient and you gotta like bullshit. A lot
of the time, the reason your stuff ain't working is because bullshit
happened. If you want to be successful, you have to take bullshit and
turn it into fertilizer' - Will.I.Am
'It's as if they see the summit of a mountain
and they know what they want to accomplish, but don't see the mountain.
They don't understand that life and our careers are journeys. So what
is mistaken for entitlement, I believe, is actually systemic
'So you have an insecure group of people who
don't have the skills to ask for help that expects all of these
feelings and problems that they have to go away if they just pick the
right job, but the companies that we're building today put a number
before a human being. They would sooner use redundancies to balance the
books than take the short-term hit on numbers to protect the people,
and nobody really feels safe in their jobs anymore.
And so we're taking these wonderful, smart,
fantastic kids and we're putting them in an environment where nobody
cares about them as human beings, nobody's actually interested in their
personal growth, their confidence, their careers, the longevity that
they can offer these companies. I think companies have a much greater
responsibility today than they ever had before to take care of this
generation, because it's coming in with a deficit and it's not their
fault.' - Simon Sinek
'According to a US government study, women's
happiness has been steadily declining since 1972. And I think that's
because while more choice for women is a good thing, with more choice
come more ways in which we can fall short and feel guilty over both
what we're doing in the workplace and what we're doing in the home -
and what we're not doing, and what trade-offs we're making. For women
there's still a high value and expectation placed on performing well in
each sphere. So they're constantly struggling with that balance and
feeling stressed out by what they're doing.'
'While I kept working after marriage , she was
aghast. In her mind it was crazy for a woman to be working - this was
not the sign of a good marriage or what a woman should be doing. Women
today still have that voice in their head. They still love that
grandmother and they still have that transition generation value shift
going on that's causing them to feel guilty all the time, and that's
'Let's unshackle ourselves of the values of
generations past. There has not been a more rapid change in cultural
values than the one between this generation and our grandparent's
generation - versus thousands of years before, when the values of what
a person was supposed to be in a society were the same. Now it's
radically shifted in two generations. That's a big deal for people to
The result of that is that women who are always
feeling guilty about their own choices offer judgements to other women,
which makes them think, 'Am I not doing enough if I'm only a mother? Am
I not doing enough as a mother if I'm working? Is it bad to be so
ambitious?' We need to become more supportive of each other. How do we
not become so judgemental, how do we celebrate diversity of choice so
that women can define success as happiness and then go create it for
themselves?' - Jessica Herrin
'I think it's good to work on yourself. But I'm
not into excessive vanity, today's selfie mentality and the constant
presence of perfection.'
'Should we swallow rage or let it out? Let it
out - but think first. As I write in my book thinking that things are
quite ok takes much less effort than hating them.'
What does happiness feel like? Wonderful,
obviously. But it's more like a beautiful exception to the norm. It's
unrealistic to strive for it as a permanent state.' - Sarah Kuttner
'People seek therapy to forget their past. I think that's wrong. You have to be at peace with yourself and your past.'
'I am happy and I believe that is the reason why I am successful.'
'Money does not mean power but it's a plus.'
'Value judgements. People don't realize how
lucky they are. But people with disabilities question themselves to
become aware of a great many things. A person who can't see appreciates
the value of walking or being able to see beautiful things.'
'I don't want a life without success and love.' - Sercan Badur
'The outcomes we observe in life - explanations that seem obvious once we know the answer - are less useful than they seem.'
'The application of common sense to business,
markets, politics or international relations rarely works. This is
relevant because a lot of big decisions are made on the basis of
assumed common sense.'
'Politicians think they know how to deal with
poverty - and prepare policies accordingly. Advertising agencies base
their marketing plans on assumptions about what the consumer wants...'
'The paradox of common sense...is that even as
it helps to make sense of the world, it can actively undermine our
abilities to understand it..'
'This is the problem. We look at something
retrospectively and believe that we have an answer for the future, that
we know how it is all going to work the next time around. This is where
I think we go wrong. The world is complex. Every problem is different,
the solutions must vary..in our daily lives it is absolutely fine to
try to find common sense answers to simple questions. But when it comes
to more complex questions, common sense is often an impediment to a
Questioning your own beliefs is not easy, but
it is a good start to finding an answer. The worst type of politician
is the one who thinks that he knows it all. And then when something
goes wrong he says that it came as no surprise...' - Alexander Stubb