While surfing the web I’m always running across quotes I like from successful, famous, and sometimes not so famous people. Here of some of them.

  1. “The only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.” – Elon Musk
  2. “The single best piece of advice: Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk
  3. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
  4. “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
  5. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs
  6. “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffett
  7. “Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.” – Warren Buffett
  8. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos
  9. “Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.” – Jeff Bezoz
  10. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -Bill Gates
  11. “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” -Henry Ford
  12. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J.K. Rowling
  13. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk … In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  14. “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D Rockefeller 
  15. “You can educate yourself right out of a relationship with G**.” – Tammy Faye Bakker
    (the irony of this quote is palpably perfect)
  16. “For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” – Carl Sagan
  17. “The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.” – Nikola Tesla
  18. “I believe in Spinozas G**, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a G** Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.” – Albert Einstein
  19. “I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.” – Albert Einstien
  20. “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  21. “Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?” – Abraham Lincoln
  22. “Knowing that religion does not furnish grosser bigots than law, I expect little from old judges.” – Thomas Jefferson
  23. “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.” – Thomas Jefferson
  24. “Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.” – Thomas Jefferson
  25. “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” – Thomas Jefferson
  26. “Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul, and never forget to have a penny, when all thy expenses are enumerated and paid: then shalt thou reach the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.” – Benjamin Franklin
  27. “Remember that time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin
  28. “Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.” – Benjamin Franklin
  29. “The Way to see by Faith, is to shut the Eye of Reason.” – Benjamin Franklin
  30. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  31. “We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  32. “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” – Richard Feynman
  33. “We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress, we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt.” – Richard Feynman
  34. “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  35. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  36. “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” – John F Kennedy
  37. “Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.” – John F Kennedy
  38. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F Kennedy
  39. “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” – Charles Darwin
  40. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin
  41. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell
  42. “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” – Winston Churchill
  43. “There’s real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality. – Richard Dawkins
  44. “Don’t you believe in anything? – Yes, I said. I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. Ill believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.” – Isaac Asimov
  45. “Mingling religion with politics may be disavowed and reprobated by every inhabitant of America.” – Thomas Paine
  46. “The a****** who affects to reason, and the fanatic who rejects reason, plunge themselves alike into inextricable difficulties.” – Thomas Paine
  47. “My thesis is that morality exists outside the human mind in the sense of being not just a trait of individual humans, but a human trait; that is, a human universal.” – Michael Shermer
  48. “I haven’t a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.” – Mark Twain
  49. “Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” – Mark Twain
  50. “Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.” – Hellen Keller
  51. “It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good.” – Hellen Keller
  52. “He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” – Artistotle
  53. “Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.” – Artistotle
  54. “If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.” – Artistotle
  55. “Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” – Plato
  56. “You cannot conceive the many without the one.” – Plato
  57. “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.” – Socrates
  58. “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” – Socrates
  59. “In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge.” – Friedich Nietzsche
  60. “There is much complaining about my eccentricities. But since it is not known where my center is, it wont be easy to find out where or when I have thus far been eccentric.” – Friedich Nietzsche
  61. “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” – A. J. Liebling
  62. “We think we have got freedom of the press. When one millionaire has ten newspapers and ten million people have no newspapers—that is not freedom of the press.” – Anastas MikoyanAnd last (for now) but not least, quotes from your’s truly.
  63. “If you need a book to dictate and define your morality, you’re not moral.”
  64. “A book does not make one moral.”
  65. “If one believes morality comes only from sources outside oneself, perhaps one should look within.”
  66. “I don’t believe in black, or white. Gray is the color of choice. The shade and tone of which is based on fact.”
  67. “Reality is conceived by dreamers.”

– Eric Wichman

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