Whoever admits that he is too busy to improve his methods, has acknowledged himself to be at the end of his rope. And that is always the saddest predicament which anyone can get into.
—J. Ogden Armour (American Businessperson)
As time is the most valuable thing that we have, because it is the most irrevocable, the thought of any lost time troubles us whenever we look back. Time lost is time in which we have failed to live a full human life, gain experience, learn, create, enjoy, and suffer; it is time that has not been filled up, but left empty.
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German Lutheran Pastor)
Surely the world we live in is but the world that lives in us.
—Daisy Bates (American Civil Rights Activist)
Remove advertising, disable a person or firm from proclaiming its wares and their merits, and the whole of society and of the economy is transformed. The enemies of advertising are the enemies of freedom.
—Enoch Powell (British Politician)
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
—Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Buddhist Religious Leader)
It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away.
—Harold S. Geneen (American Businessman)
If the world despises hypocrites, what must be the estimate of them in heaven?
—Jean-Marie Roland de la Platiere (French Statesman)
The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.
—Douglas Engelbart (American Inventor)
We cannot possibly reconcile the principle of democracy, which means co-operation, with the principle of governmental omniscience under which everyone waits for an order before doing anything. That way lies loss of freedom, and dictatorship.
—Lewis H. Brown (American Businessperson)
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
—William C. Durant (American Industrialist)
Scholars, who pride themselves on speaking their minds, often engage in a form of self-censorship which is called “realism.” To be “realistic” in dealing with a problem is to work only among the alternatives which the most powerful in society put forth.
—Howard Zinn (American Historian, Activist)