American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.
—Pico Iyer (British-born Essayist)
Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form.
—Watts Humphrey (American Software Engineer)
And when a man injures and oppresses you and deals unjustly with you, you should deal kindly with him and forgive him. This you will strike at the root of hatred and enmity and he who is your enemy will become your friend.
—The Holy Quran (Sacred Scripture of Islam)
Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, see to the worthy of being known.
—Confucius (Chinese Philosopher)
Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.
—George Bernard Shaw (Irish Playwright)
Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child’s play.
—Thomas Hardy (English Novelist, Poet)
I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest and living close to nature.
—Laura Ingalls Wilder (American Children’s Novelist)
We do not consider our principles as dogmas contained in books that are said to come from heaven. We derive our inspiration, not from heaven, or from an unseen world, but directly from life.
—Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Founder of the Turkish Republic)
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
—Vladimir Nabokov (Russian-born American Novelist)
The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gas mask handy, it is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
—Virginia Woolf (English Novelist)
Macro worries are like sports talk radio. Everyone has a good opinion, which probably means that none of them are good.
—Seth Klarman (American Investor)
The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the bad luck that follows boasting.
—Gertrude Stein (American Writer)
It seems to me that the advice of the Buddha was not to change how you think about things so that you’re happy and content with them as they are, but rather to see things as they are.
—Richard K. Payne (American Buddhist Theologian, Author)
There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
—Sophocles (Ancient Greek Dramatist)
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
—B. R. Ambedkar (Indian Jurist, Social Reformer)
We’re all just guessing, but some of us have fancier math.
—Josh Brown (American Financial Advisor)