This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value too us.
- Western Union internal memo 1876
A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure.
- Theodore Adorno
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
- Woody Allen
There is no failure, except in no longer trying; no defeat, except from within; no insurmountable barrier, except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
- Anonymous
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
- Anonymous
There is nothing so wasteful as doing with great efficiency that which doesn't have to be done at all.
- Anonymous
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through persistence.
- Anonymous
'Come to the edge', he said.
They said,'We are afraid'.
'Come to the edge', he said.
They came,
He pushed.
He pushed them ....
And they flew.

- Guillaume Apollinaire
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle
To ask the hard question is simple.
- W. H. Auden
Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.
- Charles Babbage
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
- Francis Bacon
I'm not young enough to know everything.
- J. M. Barrie
When you're through changing, you're through.
- Bruce Barton
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
- Basho
Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open.
- Alexander Graham Bell
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
- Bill Bernbach
You can observe a lot by watching.
- Yogi Berra
Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
- Claudia Black
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
- William Blake
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare; My business is to create.
- William Blake
Imagination rules the world
- Napoleon Bonaparte
The analysis of data will not by itself produce new ideas
- Edward de Bono
The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.
- Nadia Boulanger
Life is "trying things to see if they work"
- Ray Bradbury
How many of you do your best thinking and get your most creative ideas at work? When we ask people in our groups this question, no one ever raises their hand. (from "Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers")
- Robert Kriegel and David Brandt
We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye... The hand is the cutting edge of the mind
- Jacob Bronowski
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
- Eileen Caddy
The only truly happy people are children and the creative minority.
- Jean Caldwell
Leap and the net will appear.
- Julia Cameron

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