Quotes, September 2013

“Viewing the web as a platform for generosity is very different than seeing an opportunity to turn it into an ATM machine.”
-Seth Godin

“As force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and the most military governments as well as to the most free and popular.”
-David Hume

“We confuse equal opportunity and equal outcome. Equal opportunity is a noble goal. Free people make different choices and have unequal outcomes.”
-Naval Ravikant

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
-Stephen Hawking

“No sheep wants to be first through the gate, but every sheep will be second.”
-Tucker Max

“Businesses want to think in terms of categories. Consumers want us to think in terms of their needs.”
-Clayton Christensen

“This is what I think isn’t obvious to professors: the more you help students learn what they want to learn, the easier and more satisfying it is for you.”
-Seth Roberts

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”
-Edwin Schlossberg

“Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”
-Margaret Thatcher

“Envy is the religion of the mediocre. It comforts them, it soothes their worries, and finally it rots their souls, allowing them to justify their meanness and their greed until they believe these to be virtues. Such people are convinced that the doors of heaven will be opened only to poor wretches like themselves who go through life without leaving any trace but their threadbare attempts to belittle others and to exclude—and destroy if possible—those who, by the simple fact of their existence, show up their own poorness of spirit, mind, and guts.”
-Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”
-Ben Casanocha

“Out of these inefficient tinkerings will come the future.”
-Kevin Kelly

“This is how you discover–you fail your way to an answer.”
-Anissa Ramirez

“If every trace of any single religion died out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.”
-Penn Jillette

“Never let the guy with the broom decide how many elephants can be in the parade.”
-Merlin Mann