"You become what you think"
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
"I have learned to be less confident in the conclusions of human reason, and give more credit to the honesty of contrary opinions"
"Every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Levitt is the first to say that some of his topics—a study of discrimination on The Weakest Link?—border on the trivial. But he has shown other economists just how well their tools can make sense of the real world. “Levitt is considered a demigod, one of the most creative people in economics and maybe in all social science,” says Colin F. Camerer, an economist at the California Institute of Technology. “He represents something that everyone thinks they will be when they go to grad school in econ but usually the have the creative spark bored out of them by endless math—namely a kind of intellectual detective trying to figure stuff out." -On Steve Levitt, author of Freakonomics
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-Goering at the Nuremberg Trials
"Thank God they created the word 'muffin' or I'd be eating a cupcake for breakfast."
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible."
"All inventory is bad" -Japanese Business Maxim
"Not all who wander are lost".
"Make no small plans: they have no magic to stir men's blood"
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
"Talk to Strangers – Quite simply, this is how you will meet great people."
"I'm a good guy. I know I'm the villian in your story. But I'm a good guy."
"I believe that we can be extraordinary together rather than ordinary apart."
"You ask me that? You who know me the best of all?
You be my friend now and do not dissuade me. Seize the freedom you have earned and live it for the both of us. I cannot follow you, Lancelot. I know now that all the blood I have shed, all the lives I have taken have led me to this moment." -King Arthur
"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." -Nietzsche
"If God made it yummy, put it in my mouth"
"Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies" -- Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.
"Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they're doing." -Warren Buffett
"The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don't have to swing at everything--you can wait for your pitch. The problem when you're a money manager is that your fans keep yelling, 'Swing, you bum!'" -Warren Buffett
It's estimated that a week's worth of New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
"My boyfriend's charged particle beam is more elliptical than yours"
"Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not."
"A chronic restlessness, an inability to appreciate, no matter how well things were going, those blessings that were right there in front of me." -Barack Obama
"The only remedy to love is to love more."
"Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. Living with someone you really share things with is not only wonderful, it’s actually better than all the love songs, all the silly movies say it is. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more." - Erica Jong
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” -Charles Darwin
"It's safe, just eat it!" -FDA on food via Maya Joseph
"So...where's my ring"
"I want to wake up next to you and hear you, still groggy, mutter outloud, for my sole consumption, the strangely brilliant thoughts you don't say outloud when alone."
"When she's in trouble, I want her to call me, not batman"
"James, you ought to discover some day that words have an exact meaning" -Moiz's most quoted line from Atlas Shrugged
"I sweat in the shape of a heart" -Moiz
"I think I said one time that, you know, you only find out who's been swimming naked when the tide goes out. Well, we found out that Wall Street has been kind of a nudist beach." -Warren Buffett
When a Marine sergeant said to Lyndon B. Johnson, "Sir, your helicopter is right over there," Johnson replied, "Son, they're all mine."
JFK talking to a businessman about the state of the economy and said, "It's great. If I wasn't president, I'd be buying a lot of stocks." The businessman replied, "If you weren't president, I'd be buying at lot, too."
"His enthusiasm for deal making seemed to exceed his tolerance for due diligence."
- "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."
- "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."
- "To me, I wish I wasn’t 70 years old. I wish I was her age and could be in on this. Because this is going to be a long, exciting, fascinating, exhilarating ride."
- -Channing Robertson in This CEO is out for blood.