"No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our lives are made. Destiny is made known silently."
— Agnes De Mille
“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life”
“Not everything that’s hard is good of course, but almost everything good is hard..”
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from”
“Tutte le macchine hanno efficienza infinita, se sono spente”
"We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are"
"Do not believe everything you think"
"The things you think about, determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes the colour of your thoughts"
“Not all readers are leaders. But all leaders are readers.”
-Harry S. Truman
"We must all wear out or rust out, each one of us. My choice is to wear out"
“The most important thing is to keep the most important thing, the most important thing.”
"Good enough equals shit"
- Brian grazer
"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man"
"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance"
"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken"
"Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble"
"Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others"
"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity"
"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome"
"It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time"
"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair"
On second marriages: "The triumph of hope over experience.”
Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Feedback, is the breakfast of champions.
User interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it is not that good.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses
Everything is figureoutable.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
If things seem under control, you are not going fast enough.
Peter [Drucker] said to me, ‘You spend too much time thinking about if you’ll be successful. It’s the wrong question. The question is how to be useful.’
I can't give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.
-Herbert Bayard Swope
“Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.”
We do not rise to the level of our hopes. We fall down to the level of our training.
If people aren't laughing at your dreams, your dreams aren't big enough
If you torture numbers long enough, they'll always confess.
-Ronald H. Coase
Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.
-W. H. Auden
Una mente infetta è molto più pericolosa di qualsiasi pestilenza. Una minaccia solamente la tua vita, l'altra distruggere il tuo carattere.
Just because you love doing something, it doesn't mean you can't suck at it.
If you have more than three priorities, you don't have any.
When someone tells you something is wrong, they’re almost always right. When someone tells you how to fix it, they’re almost always wrong.
An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.
The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.
Il miglioramento personale non è una cosa che fai, è una cosa che sei. Si riflette e lo ricerchi in tutte le azioni che fai, non solo quando leggi un libro.
Se sali sulla cima di una montagna con un paio di sci, senza aver preso nessuna lezione prima, il rischio di rompersi il collo è alto. Con il business è lo stesso.
You wouldn't worry so much about what other people think about you, if you realized how seldom they do.
The truth is generally seen, seldom heard.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return.
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
How to thrive in an unknowable future? Choose the plan with the most options. The best plan is the one that lets you change your plans.
I don't trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: ‘Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.’
He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.
It is a more inspiring battle cry to scream 'Die, vicious scum!', instead of 'Die, people who could have been exactly like me but grew up in a different environment'
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.
Whatever scares you go do it. So it won't scare you anymore.
Questa xe casa lasagna. Chi che lavora, magna.
At the working man's house hunger looks in but dares not enter.
Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it.
In God we trust. All others must bring data.
The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone. The ordinary man is always doing things, yet many more are left to be done.
-Tao Te Ching
You are more powerful thank you think. Act accordingly.
If you don't believe it or don't get it, I don't have the time to try to convince you, sorry.
Satoshi Nakamoto, ideatore del bitcoin
A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.
We are what we pretend to be. So, what are you pretending to be?
The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.
I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
I realized that becoming a master of Karate was not about learning 4.000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4.000 times.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.
It is better to be optimistic and wrong than to be pessimistic and right.
Do not believe everything you think.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
These individuals have riches just as we say that we ‘have a fever,’ when really the fever has us.
I never allow myself to hold an opinion on anything that I don't know the other side's argument better than they do.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Tell me how I am measured and I'll tell you how I behave. If you measure me in an irrational manner... do not complain about my irrational behaviour.
Happiness, love and passion ... aren't things you find. They are choice you make.
— Naval Ravikant
"I tell my kids, what is the difference between a hero and a coward? What is the difference between being [cowardly] and being brave? No difference. Only what you do. They both feel the same. They both fear dying and getting hurt. The man who is [cowardly] refuses to face up to what he’s got to face. The hero is more disciplined and he fights those feelings off and he does what he has to do. But they both feel the same, the hero and the coward. People who watch you judge you on what you do, not how you feel.”