Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Words of Wisdom - "I" - Part 4

It ain’t done right until it’s done twice.

It ain’t gonna help.  “Vil gurnisht helfin”

It ain't over 'til it's over.

It ain’t right, but it’s so.

It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility.

It ain’t so much the things you don’t know that get you in trouble.  It’s the things you know that just ain’t so.

It ain’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that matters.

It always seems impossible until it gets done.

It can be helpful to keep going no matter what.

It costs ten times the cost of an application to implement it.

It didn't kill me.  It just killed the kid in me.  Not that I could let on or let anyone see.

It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. Tolkien

It doesn't depend on size, or a cow would catch a rabbit.

It doesn’t do a boy much good to be shot.

It doesn’t make them bad people; it just makes them bad for your company.

It doesn’t mean we will be successful, but we will hopefully be prepared.

It doesn't pay to come to play, it pays to come to win.

It from bit.

It gets late early out there.

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.  (Da Vinci)

It happens when it happens.

It has struck me that all men's misfortunes spring from the single cause that they are unable to stay quietly in one room.  (Pascal)

It has the air not of something that you reach, like your top speed, but of something that you give in to, like baldness or old age.

It irritates me to be told how things have always been done... I defy the tyranny of precedent.

It is a dream of ourselves as better than we are.

It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done before.

It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

It is lost labor to play a jig to an old cat.

It is a long time since I have asked heaven for anything, but still my arms will not come down.

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.  Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

It is a true miracle when a man finally sees himself as his only opposition.

It is always the thousands of little things that add up to the unassailable advantage.

It is as hard to tell the truth as to hide it.

It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.

It is better to know than to worry.

It is better to live one day as a lion than a month as a sheep.

It is blind rage, the nastiness of others, and their deplorable mediocrity that drive the
genius to his greatest creations.

It is brilliant, it is swift, it soars.  Of course, to see it, you must lift your eyes.  But he showed us how to do that.

It is by losing ourselves in inquiry, creation and craft that we become something.

It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.

It is difficult to keep quiet if you have nothing to do.

It is doubtless easier to give up something one has known than something one imagines.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

It is easier to mold a child than to reform an adult.

It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

It is far better to cannibalize yourself than to have someone else do it to you.

It is far more important to be right than quick.

It is forbidden to give oneself permission to lose.

It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.

It is harder to be kind than it is to be clever

It is important not to mistake the edge of the rut for the horizon.

It is important to have data; it is infinitely more important to know how to interpret data.

It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.

It is in our thirties that we want friends.  In our forties, we know that they won’t save us anymore than love did.

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

It is lost labor to play a jig to an old cat.
It is man's fate to outsmart himself.

It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

It is not enough that I win, all others must lose.

It is not enough to be good if you have the ability to be better.  It is not enough to be very good if you have the ability to be great.

It is not impractical to consider seriously changing the rules of the game when the game is clearly killing you.

It is not necessary to enter the black box to understand the nature of the function it performs.

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

It’s not power that corrupts, it’s fear of losing power.

It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else.

It is not what I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.

It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control.

It is pardonable to be defeated, but never to be surprised.

It is part of the wise..not even to venture all his eggs in one basket.
It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backward.  But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forward.  (Kierkegaard)

It is personalities, not principles that move the age.

It is possible for a man in my generation to live and die a coward and not know it.

It is possible to own too much.  A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.

It is quiet now, save for the rustle of intimation and the white hiss of menace.

It is said that marriages are made in heaven, but the Lord above is not always as wise as we would hope him to be, which is why second marriages are made on earth.

It is simple, not easy.

It is the blood of the soldier that makes the general great.

It is the duty of every author of children’s books to conspire with children against adults.

It is the time you have devoted to your rose that makes your rose so important.

It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us.

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.  (Occam’s Razor)

It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.

It is what it is. “Zeh Mah Yesh”

It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written.  (Gide)

It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time on acrimony and division.

It isn't common ground that bonds people together, it's higher ground.

It isn't given to us to know those rare moments when people are wide open and the lightest touch can wither or heal.

It isn’t possible to love and to part... true love is eternal.

It isn’t the employees you fire that make your life miserable.  It’s the ones you don’t.

It isn’t writing at all – it’s typing.

It made her famous, but she’d rather be known for something else.

It made him lose his belief in beliefs.

It makes you feel virtuous for having sat through it rather than happy that you saw it.

It may be that those who do most, dream most.

It may be that trying to be happier is as futile as trying to be taller.

It means a shabby compromise.
It never feels real from the inside.

It pays to be good-but it don't pay much.

It requires more than wings to be an eagle.

It seems like God has no jurisdiction.

It seems that talented people must always be in great pain.  Their sensitivity is what makes them great artists, but what a price to pay.

It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means no

It seems to me that you live your life like a candle in the wind never knowing who to cling to when the rain sets in.

It takes a great deal of courage and confidence for people anxious to take the world by storm to slow down, think, explore all the possible options, and be ready to pull the plug if the information points away from success.

It takes a long time to become the person you want to be.

It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place.  If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.

It takes an awfully good wife to be better than no wife.

It takes away from your soul when you do what you don't believe in.

It takes more talent, and more energy, to grow or change a company than to run one.

It takes more than a sharp stick and earnestness to make a garden produce food.

It takes years to build up trust, and it only takes suspicion, not proof, to destroy it.

It taught me a lesson, but I’m not sure what it is.

It was a body capable of great leverage.

It was a horrible relief.

It was a supportive kind of thing then, you know, sharing idealism.  What could be.

It was like a rock group making their second album, all fear and no instinct.

It was like being F.D.R.’s tap-dancing teacher.

It was like being trampled to death by cheerleaders.

It was like cheap wood that burns too fast.

It was like ink on a shirt. It just stayed put and spread.

It was like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.

It was like you offered them syphilis.

It was not an industry where experience necessarily paid off.

It was the beauty of banal details that was inspirational.

It was the beginning and the end of imagination, all at the same time.

It was the loneliest job in journalism, like being picture editor of the Talmud.

It wasn’t because I didn’t know enough; I knew too much.

It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

It will always have enormous potential.

It will be like a beacon on the road towards better things.
It works O.K. if you don’t think about it.

It would have been like trying to staple a leaf back to a tree.

It would take as long to read his mind as it would to read the side of a pencil.

It’s a form of homeopathic medicine, where the vital ingredient has been diluted to a point of functional insignificance – while still remaining somehow potent.

It's a long, hard ride to the finish line.  But it's a longer walk.

It’s a lot easier to slow down a stallion than kick a mule and make him move.

It's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

It's a Jones worse than China White.

It’s a precipice: you either step over it or you step back.

It’s a sin to go to bed on the same day you get up.

It’s a stark, brilliant moment of implicit prophesy, a shivery reminder that men are trapped in a game where the rules and the outcome are predetermined.

It's a strange ship that leaks from the top.

It's a strange thing about growth companies-when they hit the wall, there are never any skid marks.

It’s not a weapon, it’s a tool.

It’s a world of secrets; now you have yours.

It's about bringing a relationship mind set to everything we do.

It's all about concentrating on the right thing.

It's all about joy that comes out of sorrow.

It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.

It's all true, except for the facts.

It’s always easier to be the suitor than the spouse.

It’s always something.

It’s always too early until it’s too late.

It's always too soon to quit.

It’s always too soon until it’s too late.

It’s always wrong before it’s right.

It’s amazing how difficult it is for a man to understand something if he’s paid a small fortune to not understand it.

It’s an auction where the winner loses.

It's an enormous job.  A methodical, painstaking process.  Pure nuts and bolts work.  Not to mention plain old professionalism.  No excuses, no complaints.  Just get it done and get it right.  Every single time.

It's been an experience of mine that quite often talent and character don't reside in the same place.  The talent is of more interest to me.

It’s been too late for a very long time.

It’s best to be bought, not sold.

It’s better to act too quickly than to wait too long.

It’s better to be naïve than jaded.

It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.

It's better to be competent than well liked.

It's better to burn out than it is to rust.

It's better to eat your own lunch than to have someone else eat it for you.

It's better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.

It's better to hire people who can get you to where you want to go than to hire people who claim to have been there before.

It’s better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

It's better to seek forgiveness than beg permission.

It's déjà vu all over again.

It’s douche as a tactic, not a strategy.

It's dumb to be too smart.

It's easier not to write than to write. Except if you are a writer.  Then you have no choice. (Elie Wiesel)

It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.

It’s easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

It’s easier to move a cemetery than to change a curriculum.

It’s easier to move a problem around than it is to solve it.

It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

It’s easy in music to tell what’s good.  It’s hard to tell what’s bad.

It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.

It’s easy to predict what the future will look like; it’s just hard to determine when it will be here.

It's far better to be feared than to be loved.  In the end, love fades.

It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.

It's hard for a large man to fully exercise his wits.

It's hard for someone to hit you when you've got your fist in their face.

It's hard-that’s the deal.

It’s hard to be a disruptor and not be an asshole.

It’s hard to be a Jew.  “S’iz shver tsu zany a yid.”

It’s hard to be consistent when you’re making it up every day.

It’s hard to grow an organization unless its people are growing.

It’s hard to look smart with bad numbers.

It’s hard to love someone who doesn’t love you back.

It's hard to play slow.

It's hard to predict, especially the future.

It’s hard to run straight and true when you’re on tiptoes.

It's harder to keep a business great than it is to build it.

It’s better to come from a broken home than to live in one.

It’s harder to be kind than clever.

It’s heroic to try to stop time.

It’s important in life to have a through line.

It's important to create a life that we can look forward to looking back on.

It's important to know what you think, but not always to say it.

It’s just change management. It’s not complicated. It’s just hard.

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

It's like a bird sitting on a rhino.  The rhino moves, but no one believes the bird is controlling it.

It's like a nail in the eye.  The pain goes away, but the wound stays forever.

It’s like a priest trying to teach sex education.

It’s like being a virgin.  You can’t be sort of a virgin.

It's like being bitten to death by ducks.

It's like being in church every day for 4 days.

It's like being the piano player in a whorehouse. You don’t have any control over the action going on upstairs.

It’s like calligraphy or samurai. Cricket cages. That’s it for me. Solitude and precision, refining a tiny thing for the sake of it. (Jerry Seinfeld)

It’s like carrying your dick through an airport. (carrying a guitar case)

It's like childbirth.  It's uncomfortable, painful, sometimes bloody, but you're always being stretched.

It’s like complaining about the wallpaper in a whore house.

It’s like cutting roast beef with a screwdriver. When you’re finally done, it’s ugly and you’ve lost your appetite.

It's like eating caviar and dirt.

It’s like feeding an alligator, hoping it eats you last.

It’s like giving a glass of ice water to a person in Hell.

It's like having people sit on tacks.  It's hard for them to think of anything else while they're doing it.

It’s like having Ronald McDonald criticize your taste in clothes.

It’s like inviting a busload of fat people to an all-you-can-eat buffet.

It’s like making love through a blanket. (reading literature in translation)

It's like pissing in a wind tunnel-what you put into it comes back to you.

It’s like playing right field in little league.  There’s a position for you, and you can make it fun, but you know deep inside it was the last one available.

It’s like prediction of earthquakes:  you know it’s statistically certain to occur, but it’s still kind of rattling when it happens.

It’s like roaches for RAID.

It's like setting your hair on fire and putting it out with a hammer.

It's like sincerity.  Once you can fake that, you've got it made.

It's like someone just came up and told me there aren't going to be any more cheeseburgers in the world.

It's like standing in the rain without an umbrella and trying not to get wet.

It’s like talking back to the radio. It makes you feel a little better, but it doesn’t make a difference.

It's like teaching an elephant to tap dance.  You find the sensitive spots and you keep poking.

It’s like the fat girl at the end of the bar.  As the night wears on, she starts to look really good.

It’s like throwing away your umbrella in the midst of a thunderstorm because you’re not getting wet.

It’s like trying to open a can with a sponge.

It’s like writing – exhilarating when you get it right and torture the rest of the time.

It's lonely at the top, but at least it's not crowded.

It’s lonely at the top, but you eat better.

It’s man’s fate to outsmart himself.

It's more important to be a good man than a good manager.

It's much easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

It’s never a burden to take care of those we love.

It’s never as bad as it looks or as good as it seems.

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

It’s never about reality; it’s always about the dream about reality.

It’s never really about the other person, it’s always about you.

It’s news when we lose.

It’s nice to smell the roses, but how long can you smell them for?

It’s no longer a question of staying healthy.  It’s a question of finding a sickness you like.

It’s not a bubble until it bursts.

It’s not a “digital” strategy anymore – digital is everywhere – it’s your business strategy.

It’s not a matter of life and death—it’s more important than that.

It’s not a small world.  It’s just too crowded.

It’s not a secret, but it is private.

It’s NOT about Comfort or Luxury, It’s Always about Enthusiasm

It’s not about fighting wars; it’s about winning battles. (Cuban about Uber)

It’s not about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance.

It's not about how good I am, but how good I can be.

It’s not about income; it’s about outcomes.

It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about dancing in the rain.

It’s not against the law to be stupid.

It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work.

It's not easy to say what no one wants to hear.

It's not enough just to aim, you gotta hit.

It's not enough that I succeed, my friends must fail.

It’s not enough to envision a better world; we need to create it as well.

It’s not good to operate on credit.

It’s not enough to show “why”; today you have to show “why now”.

It's not how brightly you shine, it's how long.

It's not how far you fall, but how well you bounce.

It’s not how you handle the hills, it’s how you handle the valleys.  (Count Basie)

It's not how you start the race, it's how you finish it.

It’s not mandatory to change, but then again, survival is also optional.

It’s not my fault, but it’s my problem. (Disney)

It's not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.

It’s not that I wasn’t cut out for it. It’s just that I wasn’t sewed up right.

It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer. (Einstein)

It’s not the big who eat the small, it’s the fast who eat the slow.

It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled 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.

It's not the end of the earth, but you can see it from here.

It's not the goal that's important-it’s the fight to get there.

It’s not the light that’s needed, but the fire.

It’s not the same to talk of the bulls as to be in the bull ring.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

It’s not the stuff that counts…it’s what you do with the stuff.

It's not what they're selling, it's what you're buying.

It's not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts.

It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.

It’s not what you do, but how you do it.

It’s not what you put in, but how much you take away.

It's not what you tell them that's important.  It's what they hear.

It’s not where you get it from, it’s where you take it.

It’s not who you are, it’s what you do.

It's not who you know, it's who knows you.

It's okay to hurt.  You just can't let them see you hurting.

It's okay to sleep with a hypothesis, but you should never marry one.

It’s one of those moments in history - a watershed.  It’s not coming back and you can’t sleep through it.  If you’re in, you’re in.  You can’t be half in.  That’s it.  We’re the birthers of something being born on the planet.  It will be born regardless.  Our job is to still be standing once it’s here.

It’s only a “no” for now.

It’s only news when we lose.

It’s only real when it’s dark.

It’s only technology if it happened after you were born.

It's only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.

It’s pretty far, but it doesn’t seem like it.

It's so crowded that nobody goes there anymore.

It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.  You may never know what results come from your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.

It’s the dose that makes the poison.

It’s the height of bad manners to sleep with someone less than 3 times.

It’s the most fulfilling experience in their lives. People love it which is different than saying they have fun. Fun comes and goes.

It’s the worst possible system, except for all the others.

It’s today (every day) or never. And that’s forever.

It’s too late to try anything else.  I’m too old and too incompetent to figure out another vocation, whether it wants me or not.

It’s very bad when grandma marries a crook, but it is even worse when she divorces the crook.

It's very dangerous to try to leap a chasm in two bounds.

It's what a company lives for, not what it dies with, that counts.

It’s what sometimes keeps you up all night, but it’s also what gets you fired up every morning

It's what you do-not when you do it-that counts.

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

I've always felt that it is necessary, when trying to reach a particular end, to be emphatic about the means that are to be used to reach that end.

I’ve always worked out of a hole and, if there wasn’t one, I’d dig it.

I've been married to the same man for thirty-five years.  If he's been married for thirty-five years, he's not the same man.

I’ve been pure and lost.  I’ve been tough and won.  I’d like to go back to winning.

I've been too fucking busy and vice versa.

I've come to understand that it's more important to be respected by your peers and have a core audience for what you do.

I’ve fallen for you like a blind roofer.

I’ve got ideas but I choose not to carry them out.

I've had better conversations with cheese.

I’ve learned that we are responsible for what we do, unless we are celebrities.

I’ve never fired a manager too soon.

I've never found anything in the middle of the road but a yellow line and a dead skunk.

I’ve not conducted my life in the service of smallness. (B. Diller)

I’ve taken an alarmingly short attention span and turned it into a series of careers.

I've wrestled with reality for thirty-three years, and I'm happy.  I finally won out over it.

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