Saturday, January 23, 2010

Quotes from 2009 to inspire

Last year during mid may, i began collection quotes, snippets of writings that i liked. here is the complete quotes that i collected.

Hope they inspire you as they do to me when i read them. That tie, since i was collecting them for myself so i didn’t bother collecting the sources, so most of them are unacknowledged here.

But most of them are online on some blogs and articles which i visited last year.


  • Learn the methodology and the process than the tools... so don't Lose the wood for the tree!!!
  • Focus is the key. The big lesson I took from Outliers  was that consistent practice over a long period pays off. It takes a lot of practice to become great at something - but if you want to leave your mark and truly become an outlier, you need to start cracking. Three hours a day for ten years should do the trick.
  • People are far more likely to embrace a smaller goal that feels likely than they are to devote themselves day and night to the amorphous jackpot.
  • Murakami remarks:
    If I am asked what the next most important quality is for a novelist, that 's easy too: focus - the ability to concentrate all your limited talents on whatever's critical at the moment. Without that you can't accomplish anything of value.
  • Will Wright said he's learned the most from games that seemed appealing on paper, but were failures in the marketplace. "I actually ask people when hiring how many failures they've worked on," he said, "and I'm actually more likely to hire someone based on how many failures they've experienced. I think it's the best learning system."
  • I strongly suggest your first game is not a very hard game. You should not spend a lot of time on it and you should not plan on making a lot of money from it. Your first game should be a learning experience. It should be a lesson you start, and finish, and move on from. Try to do the best you can, but don't try to make Doom your first game. >
  • Impressiveness, on the other hand, comes from doing things very well in a way that defies expectation
  • The relationship between reward and skill level is not linear, but, instead, exponential
  • One does not discover new lands without losing sight of the shore.  ~unknown
  • You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust your sail ~unknown
  • The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. - Michelangelo
  • Giving in early makes it easier to keep the important stuff in later
  • You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.
  • Doubt is the father of invention.
  • Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so
  • I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations.
  • If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.
  • I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night
  • To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. -Marilyn vos Savant
  • I think the reason so many people lose isn't because they weren't swinging hard enough. It's because they quit too early after striking out.
  • Make the gross adjustments first, and then work on the finer adjustments.
  • whether you have the best plan constantly, it's more important that you simply stick to a plan
  • If you want to change what your boss believes, or the strategy your company is following, the first step is to figure out how to be the best informed person in the room
  • Basically, he said he starts with the first scene in mind, and the last. Then he just starts. Sometimes he gets stuck (which is why he brought back a character from 15 years ago). But he said he wants to spend his time working on his book, not " working" on outlines and plans.
  • William L. McKnight, then CEO of 3M, said in 1924: If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need."
  • Many years ago during a televised interview, the actor Rod Steiger was asked if young people ever asked him for advice. "Oh yeah, sure, all the time, and I always ask them the same question: Do you want to be an actor...or do you HAVE TO BE AN ACTOR? The longer it takes them to answer, the less chance they'll ever make it."
  • It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau
  • "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • People who actively look for the "best" parking place in a parking lot outside a mall, say, inevitably spend more total time than people who just take the first open spot they see.

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