The fear of becoming old is born of the recognition that one is not living now the life that one wishes. It is equivalent to a sense of abusing the present.
The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
The fear that instead of being doomed to failure, he might just fail without being doomed.
The final password was password.
The first casualty of technology is ritual.
The first draft of anything is shit.
The first duty is to remember.
The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.
The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents. The second half by our children.
The first law of holes: if you're in one, stop digging.
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell. (Carnegie)
The first mistake
of art is t o assume that it’s seri ous.
The first rule is n
ot t o
The second rule is not to forget the first rule.
The first rule of business: once you make a sale, leave. Don’t be greedy and don’t try to gild the lily.
The first thirty seconds in a person’s presence are the most important.
The flip side of conflict is contact.
The flow of truth: it’s just as likely that fiction will become true as it is that the truth will turn out to have been fiction all along. (Baudrillard)
The fox knows many things and scurries after them all. The hedgehog knows one big thing and stays focused like a laser.
The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.
The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.
The futility of intolerance.
The future ain't what it used to be.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The future can't be predicted, but it can be invented.
The future comes one day at a time.
The future has arrived, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.
The future is a wonderful place. They do things differently there.
The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed. (William Gibson)
The future is not a gift-it is an achievement.
The future is not Google-able.
The future of learning is not in the classroom alone.
The future won’t be incremental.
The game is not worth the candle.
The game will survive in spite of all of the people in it.
The gap between what you want and what you need.
The generic allure of excess.
The genuineness of a couple's affection for each other is inversely proportional to the cuteness of their pet names for each other.
The gifts of conception and of execution do not commonly reside in the same personality.
The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.
The glitzy, fleeting imitation of highlife and good luck for the habitually, congenitally luckless.
The glut has made us into gluttons who gorge and do not digest.
The goal is to be both irresistible and invisible.
The goal of life is to die young—as late as possible.
The goal of physical fitness is not to feel better, but to endure more.
The Gods are not altogether unkind.
The gods thought otherwise.
The golden prison.
The good old days are good and gone now / That's why they're good, because they're gone.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
The grace that they live together under the worst of circumstances.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie…but the myth.
The great entrepreneur accomplishes his act of conception at the price of his own extinction.
The great have no friends. They merely know a lot of people.
The great poet moves quickly away from objective or external themes and ends up drawing a portrait of himself. (“stellt sich selber dar”)
The great tragedy of the artistic temperament is that it cannot produce any art.
The greater our knowledge increases, the more our ignorance unfolds.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by mean of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
The greatest generals are the victors.
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. (Saroyan)
The greatest leader is the one who inspires his people, after the battle has been won, to say they did it all themselves.
The greatest loves in a person’s life are the ones that have a transformative effect. You can’t really change; you can only emerge.
The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.
The greedy murmur of little men.
The grotesquely premature death of friends.
The growing gap between expectation and reward.
The guy who invented gambling was smart, but the guy who invented chips was a genius.
The hard things are what we do.
The harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
The hardest battle you fight every day is to be yourself in a world trying to make you like everybody else.
The hardest part isn’t inventing the solution, but figuring out how to get people to adopt it.
The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
The hardest thing to cope with is not selfishness or vanity or deceitfulness, but sheer stupidity.
The hardest thing to do is to listen.
The hardest time is always now. It's never been harder. It never gets easier.
The hardest work is to do nothing.
The heart can make anything important. (Stendahl)
The heart has its reasons that reason doesn’t know.
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good; and thanks to this artifice, we manage to endure the burden of the past.
The heaviest object in the world is the body of someone you have ceased to love.
The hights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
The higher a monkey climbs up a tree, the more you see of his ass.
The highest genius is willingness and ability to do hard work. Any other conception of genius makes it a doubtful, if not a dangerous, possession.
The highest level of creativity unfolds through play. (Einstein)
The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but rather what he becomes by it.
The heights by great men reached were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions were toiling upward in the night. (Longfellow)
The hotter the fire, the tougher the metal.
The hounds don’t shun the fox for being mangy.
The house is burning and the clock is ticking.
The House of Representatives is like a hot cup of coffee and the Senate is the saucer that cools it.
The hurried pace of life erodes our capacity to read.
The hurt that losing brings lasts forever.
The idea of escape is a fiction. You travel with yourself wherever you are.
The idea that we should be open to all ideas is very different from the supposition that all ideas are equally valid.
The ideal life: doing only things which are indispensable.
The idiot had discovered Evan’s strength, which was implacable hatred, but he had shared, and therefore missed altogether, his weakness, which was a lack of sufficient imagination.
The idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along.
The idolatry of data
The images I willingly surrender creep forth dangerously sweet. Beautiful and vibrant. Delicately raging.
ortant thing is this: t o be able at any time t o
sacrifice what we are f or what we c ould bec ome.
The ingenious human capacity for maneuver and compromise may make acceptable tomorrow what seems outrageous or impossible today. Never say never.
The innocent never insist upon the guilt of others.
The instant a situation involves more than one person, it is political.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
The intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not.
The Internet can make you smarter, but it can’t make you smart.
The Internet is a kind of small town. Everybody will go to www.something and they won’t go anywhere else, at least not often.
The Internet is like flying. It's not inherently dangerous. It's just terribly unforgiving.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. (Einstein)
The IQ of the management team is the lowest common denominator of the intelligence of the people around the table.
The island of broken toys.
The itch to make dark marks on white paper is shared by writers and artists.
The journey is 1 percent finished. (MZ)
The joy of writing, when you’re writing from your subconscious, is beautiful—it’s thrilling. And when you’re editing, which is your conscious mind, it’s like torture.
The joys of life bed down on broken glass.
The key to mistakes is knowing which ones to keep.
The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.
The kind of coach that doesn’t want your love, just your respect.
The kingdom may be shrinking but it still has its throne.
The kingdom of the human heart is large.
The last freedom is attitude.
The last of human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.
The last we saw of them was when they kissed/then beautifully naked walked as if into a sea of bright blue water/leaving their bodies like old clothes upon the shore.
The last woman I was inside was the Statue of Liberty.
The law of accumulation: the sum total of a lot of little things isn't little.
The leader’s job is to be right at the end of the meeting, not at the beginning.
The leopard does not change his spots.
The less you bet, the more you lose when you win.
The level of intensity with which you approach life never varies from activity to activity unless you cease to care about what you are doing.
The liar’s punishment is not that he is not believed, but that he can believe no one else.
The lie is the basic building block of good manners.
The life f
orce is best represented by the
livid twitching of one t ortured
nerve or even a full-scale anxiety
of the law has n ot
been l ogic; it has been experience.
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you’ll have.
The light from the oncoming train focuses the mind.
The lights dancing on dark water, as in the old prints, the sound of voices, laughter, music, all faint, alluring, far off.
The line between dreaming and writing was nothing more than a thin, translucent line.
The links of the chain are forged not with cruelties but with luxuries.
The list is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.
The locus of power struggles conducted through farce, comedy, irony, transcendence, and, of course, commerce.
The loftier your goals, the higher your risk, the greater your glory.
The long term is really just a bunch of short terms stick together.
The longer one lives, the less importance one attaches to importance.
The look of a woman who will always veer away from happiness before the thought of losing it becomes unbearable.
The lure of quantity is the most dangerous of all.
The machine is neither a god nor a devil.
The maggot genius of American culture.
The magic's the magic within you.
The mailed fist wielded with justice gets more respect than the velvet glove deployed with compassion.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
The man ain't really evil, he jes' ain't got no sense.
The man carrying the cat gets 10 times as much experience as the one watching the man carrying the cat.
The man I miss most is the man I could have been.
The man of genius is constantly angry and sometimes even belligerent.
The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.
The man was a hero under fire and a coward when he wasn't.
The man who has done right does not feel compelled to explain why.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
The man who never made an enemy never made anything.
The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. (Keynes)
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."
The mathematical consequence of paranoid assumptions (cryptography).
The memory of things gone is important. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight or something said long ago.
The metric for success evolves as you progress.
The milk of sacred cows has a way of turning sour.
The mind is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.
The minute you establish an organization, it starts to decay.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
The minute that you think you understand a work of art, it’s dead to you.
The moaning at the bar.
The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
The moment may be temporary, but the memory is forever.
The money is always there, but the pockets change.
The monkey jumps into the water.
The moon could not go on shining if it paid attention to the little dogs that bark at it.
The more advanced the mind, the greater the need for recreation.
The more choices people have, the less likely they are to choose anything.
The more dogmatic the leader, the faster the culture develops either through conformity or attrition.
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. (Priestley)
The more I like me, the less I want to pretend
The more I know, the less I understand.
The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.
The more it tells you, the less you know.
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.
The more perfect the artist, the greater the separation between the individual who suffers and the mind that creates.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
The more things change, the more they remain insane.
The more trivial the defect, the more anger it inspires.
The more you get, the more you want.
The more you leave out, the more we see ourselves in the picture, the more we project our own thoughts onto it.
The more you reason, the less you create.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
The most common form of human stupidity is forgetting what one is trying to do.
The most common human act that writing a novel resembles is lying.
The most complex relationship anyone has is not with any other person, but with time.
The most destructive criticism is indifference.
The most difficult way is in the long run, the easiest.
The most effective way to cope with change is to create it.
The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.
The most expensive thing you’ll ever buy is money.
The most important attribute of a college president is the capacity to inflict pain.
The most important job of a leader is to create more leaders.
The most important thing is to begin.
The Most Valuable Real Estate Today is Your Smartphone Screen
The most important things in life you cannot see – civility, justice, courage, peace.
The most often overlooked variable in decision-making is the cost of not acting.
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.