Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Words of Wisdom - B

Baby steps are just that – baby steps. They aren’t going to take you too far.

Bacteria are the only culture some people have.

Bad art is art that looks the same to you every time you see it.

Bad decisions make good stories.

Bad decisions make you feel good in the short run.

Bad drama reinforces our prejudices.  Good drama appeals to the problems both universal and eternal which are insoluble.

Bad intentions can yield good results.

Bad is stronger than good.

Bad numbers will get you every time.

Bad spirit is more contagious than good spirit.

Bag of wishes.

Bald from both ends – “kereah mikan umikan” – Talmud (pursuing two goals – accomplishing neither)

Banking may well be a career from which no man really recovers.

Banner blindness (heat map)

Baseball is built on failure. The best hitters miss 7 out of 10.

Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated.

Be ashamed  to die until you have won some victory for humanity

Be better than average.

Be careful not to impart your wisdom to a guest whose background you don't know.

Be careful of the toes you step on today; they may be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.

Be careful what you pretend to be because it’s what you will become.

Be careful who you step on the way up, because you may have to lean on them on the way down.

Be confident, not certain. (Madeleine Albright)

Be fearful when the world is greedy and be greedy when the world is fearful.

Be here now.

Be light, stinging, insolent and melancholy.

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.   (Sh.12th night, 11, v)

Be quick, but don’t rush (Wooden)

Be reasonable: do it my way.

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Be sure that, the next time you hear a ringing declaration, no one is beating on your head.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. (Ghandi)

Be There. Be Useful. Be Quick. Be Easy.

Be very careful what you put into his head.  You'll never get it out.  [Talking about Henry VIII]

Be very careful what you wish for, you might get it.

Be wary.  Do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadows.

Be wary of a man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

Be your own caffeine !

Be yourself, everyone else is taken.

Beaten paths are for beaten men.

Beating the competition is relatively easy.  Beating yourself is a never-ending commitment.

Beauty creates its own rules of conduct.

Beauty has always paid better than any other commodity and always will.

Beauty is not a passport, it’s a visa.

Beauty will not season soup.

Because he knows, he can’t understand

Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one.

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. (Henry Ford)

Before they made me, they broke the mold.

Before you borrow money from a friend, decide which you need more.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

Beg forgiveness, not permission.

Beggars can't be choosers.

Begin doing what you want to do now.  We are not living in eternity.  We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake.

Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.

Beginning a war is like opening the door of a dark room.  One never knows what is hidden in the darkness.

Behind an able man, there are always other able men.

Behind every successful entrepreneur stands a surprised mother-in-law.

Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
            (I Corinthians 15:51)

Being a critic is like being a meter maid.  All you do is bring pain into people’s lives.

Being a leader of one isn’t very comfortable. (Create followers)

Being a producer doesn’t necessarily mean that your arm is laced up to your elbow in Crisco.

Being alone is not the same thing as loneliness.

Being alone with yourself is increasingly unpopular.

Being an editor is a mouse training to become a rat.

Being an intellectual creates lots of questions and no answers.  You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely.  All you really have that really matters are feelings.

Being courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place and circumstance.  It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all.

Being current versus being timeless

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.  (Warhol)

Being in bed with a whore is like being a press secretary to a president. You believe his story even when you know it’s not true and you believe in his right to lie.  (that hooker loved me)

Being kind is more important than being right.

Being King is great.  There's pressure, but no peer group pressure.

Being obsessive is okay.  The first time you say "it," there's no impact.  The fifth time, they're skeptical.  The twenty-fifth time, they begin to listen a little bit.  The sixty-fifth time, they take you seriously.

Being on the tightrope is living.  Everything else is waiting.

Being president is like running a cemetery-you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening.

Being rich and famous is hard, but being poor and famous is hell.

Being rich is having money.  Being wealthy is having time.

Being self-involved and having the arrogance to think that you have something to say and somebody else should pay attention is a necessary component of an artist’s life.

Being smart doesn’t mean you make all good decisions.  It means you learn from your bad ones, and make the best of all of them.

Being surrounded by people on the same path as you makes you up your game.

Being unreasonable is good.  It’s how things change.

Belching is not a constitutional right.

Believe and succeed.

Believe in better. Everything can always get better.

Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams.

Bend but never break.

Best sales technique: show them that the competition is doing it.

Better a “fast second” than a “slow fifth”.

Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling promise.

Better a terrible end than terror without end.

Better beans and bacon in peace than cake and ale in fear.
Better by far you should forget and smile.
Better counsel comes overnight.
Better face a danger once, than always be in fear.

Better far that you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.

Better has no endpoint only pauses along the way
Better is always better. Bigger is sometimes better.
Better is better than more.
Better late than never, but better never late.
Better not to leave here than to have to come back.

Better Nouveau than never.

Better to be good than to be original.

Better to be strong and wrong than weak and right. (Bill Clinton)

Better to lose with a wise man than win with a fool.

Between friends there are no debts.

Between kissing and severe biting, there is a whole continuum of inhibited biting, mock biting, playful gnawing and love bites.

Between lovers a little confession is a dangerous thing.

Between will and what will be.

Beware an old man in a hurry.

Beware the fury of a patient man.

Beware the lollipop of mediocrity.  Lick it once and you suck forever.

Beware the anger of a patient man.

Beyond the “fuck it” (BTFI) – Benjamin Zander

Beyond the mountains, more mountains. (Deye morne ginyin morne.)

Big hat, no cattle.

Bigger is not better, but it’s better than small.

Bigger isn’t a proxy for better, but quantity not quality is how too many people today keep score.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Birds of prey never weep.

Bite off more than you can chew.  Then chew it.

Bitterness and cynicism are the unprincipled despair which arises out of thwarted love.
Anyone worth anything wrestles with them and wins because he does not want to be limited to intelligence when a situation requires compassion.

Blame is a way to discharge pain and discomfort.

Blame nobody / Expect nothing / Do something

Blessed is the mind with something to occupy it other than its own dissatisfaction.

Blind men in a black alley.

Blinded by their own habits.

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven. (Wordsworth)

Blockchain – A distributed trust engine methodology that requires no third party

Block-and-tackle grunt work.

Blood is thicker than water.

Blood will tell.

Bloom where you are planted

Boldness becomes rarer, the higher the rank.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it.

Boredom is the awareness of time passing. (Heidegger)

Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad.

Born with two brains

Born with two helpings of brain and a half-helping of heart.

Boxing: train hard; fight easy

Boxing is just show business with blood.

Boxing is the only jungle where the lions are afraid of the rats.


Brain plasticity diminishes over time.

Brand identity is what people say about you when you leave the room.

Brand loyalty is how we escape decision fatigue.

Branding is the process of attaching an idea to a product.

Brands are like quick-drying cement.  When they’re young, they’re stretchable and pliant, but over time they become more and more associated with a particular thing and harder to stretch.

Brands need to be authentic, trustworthy and generous.

Bravery means finding something more important than fear.

Break some glasses learning to load the dishwasher

Brothers from different mothers.

Brightness falls from the air
Queens have died young and fair.

Broad comedy is not necessarily dumb comedy.

Broken promises tend to rub on you after the adrenaline subsides, especially on nights alone with nothing to think of but regrets.

Build consensus but never slow progress.

Build on resolve and not upon regret.

Build on your strengths; don’t shore up your weaknesses.

Build one business at a time.

Build Your Business to Be Bought by a Big Guy

Bunny Boiler.

Bureaucrats have a problem for every solution.

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.

Burger bars and fist food.

Business and anarchy don’t mix.

Business is as much fun as fist fighting.

Business is not a sport.  It's a war.

Business is war without bullets

Business isn’t beanbag.

Business model complexity is directly proportional to business model risk.

Businesses are not paid to reform their customers.  They are paid to satisfy them.

Businesses become the behaviors they tolerate.

Businesses planned for service are apt to succeed; businesses planned for profit are apt to fail.

BUSY-NESS, not Business.
But I did not die in my fiftieth year.  There are few who know me now who do not regard that as a tragedy.

But it was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody's ear, and somehow we all dreamed it.

But none of them entirely knew what they were doing. If they had, they might never have succeeded.

But that is the way people are.  They want talent, which is in itself something out of the ordinary. But when it comes to the other oddities that are always associated with it, and perhaps are essential to it, they will have none of them and refuse them all understanding.  (Thomas Mann)

But these promises we make at night, oh that’s all they are, unless we fill them with faith and love, they’re as empty as the howlin’ wind.

But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp, deeming it kindness.

Butthole surfers.

Buy the ticket, take the ride. (Hunter Thompson)

Buying a house and buying a house on fire are two different things.

Buying Treasuries is like picking up pennies in front of a steamroller.

By and by.

By seeing the seed of failure in every success, we remain humble;
By seeing the seed of success in every failure, we remain hopeful.

By the inch, it’s a cinch; by the yard, it’s so hard

By the time you make ends meet, they move the ends.

By this time, his breath was undoing my tie.

By your own soul learn to live,
And if man thwart you pay no heed /
If man hate you have no care /
Sing your song / Dream your dream,
Pray your prayer / By your own soul
Learn to live

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