My Favorite Quotes

Normally towards the end of each week I change the subtitle of my page to one of my favorite quotes.  I collect them and keep them as I journey along.  I find that some have a special meaning, some describe me or how I feel of course there are the funny ones too.  What I do know is that most of them were said in the course of other context but these are the bytes that stand out.  I do not always look for the source or research the quoted individual; I just know these make me think and smile.  So instead of adding just one, this week I decided to post some off of my list of favorites, if you look closely you may even see one or two that have been coined by yours truly. So without further ado…THE LIST!

Thomas Jefferson – “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower – “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – “There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.”

Putt’s Law – Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

Howard Brenner – “I feel like an island of right on an ocean of wrong”

Abraham Maslow – “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

William J. H. Boetcker – “That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”

Aristotle – “All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.”

Krishnamurti – “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Steven Wright – “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

Plato – “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”

Mark Twain – “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”

Howard Brenner – “Professional helplessness is a disease that should be treated with shock therapy…”

Abraham Lincoln – “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Dan Rather – “An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.”

Edgar Allen Poe – “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

H.H. Williams – “Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.”

Peter Drucker – “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

James Thurber – “Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?”

Richard Bach – “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”

Robert Frost – “The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.”

Barry LePatner – “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”

Howard Brenner – “Great quotes are now limited to thoughts containing less than 140 characters!  Lest you cannot propagate your musings on Twitter…” (09/30/09)

Sir Francis Bacon – “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”

Mark Twain – “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

Kevin Rose – “I don’t care what it is, when it has an LCD screen, it makes it better.”

Albert Einstein – “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

G.H. Hardy – “It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.”

Thomas A. Edison – “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

Paul Fix – “The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory.”

John H. Patterson – “An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides.”

Napoleon Bonaparte – “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

Chinese Proverb – “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

Alec Bourne – “It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”

Anonymous – “Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn’t seem to be working.”

Terry Prachett – “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”

Albert Einstein – “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

William Wrigley Jr. – “When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.”

Robert Frost – “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”

Isaac Asimov – “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …'”

Howard Brenner – Sometimes the sign of a good leader is to know when to follow.

Unknown – “Talk is cheap, especially when supply exceeds demand.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower – Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Alexandre Ledru-Rollin – There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader.

Confucius – The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

E. V. Lucas – “I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.”

Henry Stimson – “The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.”

Ronald Reagan – “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”

Malcolm Forbes – “It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.”

Dr. Seuss – Be who you are and say how you feel because those who don’t matter mind, and those who matter don’t mind

Mahatma Gandhi – 7 blunders of the world * Wealth without work* * Pleasure without conscience* * Knowledge without character* * Commerce without morality* * Science without humanity* * Worship without sacrifice* * Politics without principle*

Publilius Syrus – Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Flannery O’Connor – “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

Howard Brenner – “Solution oriented shouldn’t contain steps on passing the buck”


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