Friday, November 23, 2018

Words of Wisdom - I

I accept all of the responsibility, but none of the blame.

I ain't got a dog in that fight.

I always advise people never to give advice.

I always ask for the best seat in a restaurant.  Someone’s going to sit in it.  It’s ok if it’s not me, but it’s not ok for me not to try to get it.

I always expected that you would see me through.
I never believed in much, but I believed in you.

I always feel it’s great when you can be by yourself.

I always think there’s a band, kid.

I always want to know the things one shouldn’t do…so as to choose.

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.

I always wanted to sell out-I just couldn't find anyone to buy me.

I always worry about what I might have missed which is why I work so many hours and get so little sleep.

I am adamant, but not certain.

I am always doing things that I can't do-that's how I get to do them.

I am an artist and should be exempt from shit.

I am enough.

I am everyone's advisor and no one's boss -- not even my own.

I am human, and anything that is human is very much of concern to me.

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. (Eartha Kitt)

I am much better with strangers.

I am not a pliable man.

I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

I am part of all that I have met.

I am the zoom.

I apologize for what was said, even though I didn’t say that.

I believe every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

I believe if you wear enough pretty lipstick, sparkly jewelry, and great shoes, no one will even notice the size of your ass.

I believe in doing what I can, in crying when I must, in laughing when I choose.

I believe my kids are secretly proud of me.

I believe that what doesn’t kill us makes us bitter.

I believe you don't motivate people.  What you do is hire motivated people, then make sure you don't demotivate them.

I call them “forwards”, who wants to retreat?

I can hear the voice inside my head saying you should be with me instead.

I can think of few important movements for reform in which success was won by any method other than an energetic minority presenting the indifferent majority with a fait accompli, which was then accepted.

I can’t tell my courage from my desperation.

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be "happy."  I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate.  It is, above all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

I care, but not that much.

I could carve a better man out of a banana.

I could have shaved the wrong way all my life and never have known it.

I could never make a sentence that means half as much to me as you.

I could never tolerate not knowing why.

I couldn’t wait for success…so I went ahead without it.

I cry inside.

I defy the tyranny of precedent.

I did not pan out.

I didn’t believe it, but I liked thinking it anyway.

I didn't come down with yesterday's rain.

I didn’t enjoy things that I couldn’t envision myself being the best at.

I didn’t happen by accident.

I didn’t invent sugar or flour but I bake a mean apple pie.

I didn’t think I was in the garbage business.  I’m in the money-making business.

I do everything for a reason.  Most of the time the reason is money.

I do hate myself but it has nothing to do with being Jewish.

I do not sit down to work because I am inspired; I become inspired because I sit down to work.

I do not think that you can write anything of value or understanding about the present.  You can only write about life if it is far enough in the past.  The present is too mixed up with superficial values; you can’t know which thing is important and which is not.

I do perceive here a divided duty.
I do the very best I know how-the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until
the end.  If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to
anything.  If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would
make no difference.

I don’t argue with my enemies.  I explain to their children.

I don't ask for too much.  I don't ask for anything impossible.

I don't believe in a single big project or silver bullet; you have to build on a series of wins.  It's like building blocks.

I don’t believe in democracy except as an extreme measure.

I don't believe in happiness that isn't based on effort, pain and work.

I don’t care if you screw the elephants, just don’t cover the circus.

I don’t deserve this award, but then I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.

I don't do favors.  I accumulate debts.

I don’t do Litmus tests.

I don't even remember what her lips felt like on mine-most of the time.

I don't get problems.  I give problems.

I don’t get tired and I think it’s basically because I’m not afraid.

I don’t have a lot of time for noble failures.

I don’t have faith.  I have experience.

I don’t have time means it’s not a priority.

I don’t know a lot about medicine, but I know what I like.

I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.  (Sandburg)

I don't like hunches, but if you only use real data, your conclusions will be uninspired.

I don’t like to argue to be right. I like to argue because that’s how I get to the truth. I think dialectically.

I don’t like to speak. I like to listen. (Elie W.)

I don’t make art.  If I want art, I’ll buy it.

I don't make the mistake of assuming that because people like cheap art (popular songs), their feelings are cheap, too.

I don't play my best 11.  I play my 11 best.

I don’t think a shark thinks too much about what it eats.  It just eats.

I don’t think of leadership as a popularity contest.

I don’t think there’s any point in being Irish if you don’t know that the world is going to break your heart eventually.

I don’t think we’re put down here to be nice.  Not exclusively.

I don't want people who want to dance.  I want people who have to dance.

I don't want to be saved.  I want to be spent.

I don’t want to meet someone who shares my interests.  I hate my interests.

I don’t want your apology. I want you to be sorry.

I dread success.  I like a state of constant becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.

I eat myself.

I feared you too much to become your enemy, so I became your friend.

I feel like a mosquito at a nudist colony.  I don’t know where to begin.

I feel so bad since you’re gone.  It’s almost like having you here.

I find “speaking one’s mind” pretty overrated, in that it usually turns out to be a way of aggrandizing the speaker at the expense of the helpless listener.

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction are we moving:  To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.  (Holmes)

I forgive you for whatever you did yesterday.

I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.

I got over the idea that it wasn’t my idea. (Sal Khan)

I guess a collector starts to grow up when he finally learns to appreciate paintings he can't own.

I guess my anger pulled me through.

I had always loved her very much, but not always very well.

I had reservations about making art a business, but I got over it.

I hate quotation. Tell me what you know. (Emerson)

I have a rendezvous with death/ at some disputed barricade... and I to my pledged word am true/
I shall not fail that rendezvous.  (Alan Seeger)

I have already paid for all future sins.

I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.

I have an exit strategy like everyone else – someday I’ll die.

I have everything she wants but nothing that she needs.

I have exactly the same personality as my cat.. I am cold, furtive, callous, snobbish, selfish, and playful, but with a streak of cruelty.

I have felt the wind of the wing of madness.

I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use.  Right up front, tell people what you’re trying to accomplish and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.

I have never accepted a bad check from anyone I did not trust.

I have no interest in dying gracefully.

I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

I have of late-but wherefore I know not-lost all my mirth.

I have reached an age where my main purpose is not to receive messages.

I have to deal with the “now”, now.

I have tried to be a trusting person.  Now it’s me that I don’t trust.

I have tried to write as if I was composing my sentences to be read posthumously.

I have trouble with the word “fun” and I never liked the word “enjoy”.

I haven't been rich long enough to be casual about it.

I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.

I hear words, I hear voices, I guess I was born with too many choices.

I hope in life that there’s a certain amount of magic. Unfortunately, there’s not enough.  (Woody Allen)

I hope that IBM can become the company that it really is. (Rand)

I just can’t crack your code.

I knew a Phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.

I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.

I know exactly what to do, but I’m not sure I know how to make it interesting.  (Liz Taylor’s 7th husband)

I know something you don’t know.

I know who you are and it does me no good at all.

I learned color theory from zip-lock bags.  You know, yellow and blue make green.

I learned early on if I didn’t take care of things myself, they wouldn’t happen.

I like a certain kind of terseness into which the occasional image will shine brightly.

I like myths with a little promise in them.

I like songs that should only be sung at night – when your heart is breaking.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. (Jefferson)

I like the early days, when love is given freely.

I like the sense of history because it holds us to a standard. (Bezos)

I like to feel dumb. That’s how I know there’s more in the world than me.

I like you.  You remind me of when I was young and stupid.

I like young girls.  Their stories are shorter.

I like your ass.  Could I wear it as a hat?

I lived by luck and fate.

I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

I love how nothing in my life is complete until I share it with you.

I love two things-you and the rose.  The rose for one moment, you forever.

I love you more today than yesterday.  Yesterday you really got on my nerves.

I love you not because of who you are but because of who I am when I am with you.

I made a lot of people reach beyond what they thought their capacities would be, to find themselves, to do more.

I made all my money by selling too soon.

I may be conquered, but I will never capitulate.

I may be getting older, but I refuse to grow up.

I may not always be right, but I'm never wrong.

I may not always play my best…but I always play my hardest.

I may not be innocent, but I’m not guilty.

I meant to bring it with me that their faces might sustain me in my darker moments.

I miss the circus; I don’t miss the clowns.

I need him like the ax needs a turkey.

I need this like a fish needs a bicycle.

I never ask a man to work harder than I work.

I never blame failure-there are too many complicated situations in life-but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.

I never get the same exhilaration from success as I do depression from failure.

I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.

I never hold grudges.  I share them with as many people as possible.

I never let my schooling interfere with my education.

I never said I was a victim of circumstance.

I never said it would be easy, I said it would be worth it.

I never saw anyone hit with his face.

I never thought I’d have to pay so dearly for what was already mine.

I never worry about the future – it comes soon enough.

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the wisdom of complacency.

I prefer revolutions to war; at least in a revolution only those go who want to.

I prefer to live without hope to protect myself from disappointment.

I prefer young doctors, but old politicians.

I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.

I pretended to be someone that I wanted to be and I finally became that person – or he became me.

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.

I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life.  It never crossed my mind that person could be me.

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.

I see through him like cellophane

I sell bullshit and I never run out of inventory.

I smell you on my clothes.

I start slow, but I finish strong and I always finish what I started.

I started out with nothing.  I still have most of it.

I stick my neck out for nobody.

I sucked until I sucked the air right out of my life.

I suppose, from force of habit, that the level of intensity with which you approach any competitive activity carries over, if you're lucky, right into what you do to earn a living.

I suppose it’s nice to be worried about. It’s almost like being cared about.

I swear by this song/and by all that I have done wrong/I will make it all up to thee

I talk about myself behind my back.

I tell the players there are only two times when I'm going to stop criticizing them-when they become perfect or when I've given up on them.

I think it is very critical that you don’t answer a tuba with a piccolo.  If he’s hit, and he will be, he needs to stand up and fight.

I think of religions as franchise operations.

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. if we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.

I tried very hard to die, but I seemed to bear an enchanted life.

I try to be a peacemaker.  But sometimes you have to kick the shit out of people to be an effective peacemaker.

I try to imagine someone smarter than I am, and then do what he would do.

I try to tell the truth whenever I can.

I try to use unconditional love in small amounts so people really appreciate it. The rest of the time I just try not to yell.

I understand how you feel.
I've felt that way, too.
I've found that the best way to deal with this is...

I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.

I used to rob banks and the trick is – it’s not important that everybody in the car likes each other.  It’s just important that we all know how to do our jobs.

I used to think that art was about not compromising, but I finally realized that compromising is an art in itself.

I usually give people more chances than they deserve, but once I’m done, I’m done.

I usually work in a direction until I know how to do it, then I stop.  At the time that I am bored or understand, another appetite has formed.

I’ve never fired a manager too soon.

I wanna sell but not be bought.

I want Coke to be within arm’s length of desire.

I want everyone to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself.

I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know what you ache for.

I want to live like a pilot who survives because he neglects no detail, takes nothing for granted, and expects even then that something may go wrong.

I want to make my own mistakes, not yours.

I want to see how big we can get before we get bad.

I want to thank everybody who made this day necessary.

I want to thank my parents for raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate to my looks and abilities.

I want what I have.

I wanted to protect him from that which no one can protect any of us.

I warn you against shedding blood, indulging in it and making a habit of it, for blood never sleeps. (Saladin)

I was a free man in Paris.
I felt unfettered and alive.
There was nobody calling me up for favors
And no one’s future to decide. 
                        ---  Joni for Geffen

I was a teenaged gefilte fish.

I was born at night, but it definitely wasn't last night.

I was born too soon and I started too late.

I was extremely popular among people who didn’t want to be bothered.

I was misled by the quality of your writing.

I was not the lion but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar.

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.

I was Snow White, but I drifted.

I wasn’t indexing myself against the people around me.

I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

I will go down with this ship. (Dido)

I will not let my absence of direct experience reduce the intensity of my opinion.

I will not trade underwear.

I will out-prepare all others.

"I will tell you the beginning, and if it pleases your ladyships, you shall see the end, for the best is yet to do."

I wonder what it would be like with you around.

I wonder what you mean.  I wonder if you wonder.

I work. “Happy” is like a value judgment. Good, bad, happy. I wouldn’t know how to evaluate.

I would be sitting my head in a moose.

I would die for the safety of the people I love.

I would rather be able to love things I cannot have than have things I cannot love.

I would sum up those values as:  excellence, unstinting effort, craft, courage, loyalty and love.

I wouldn’t have a career if I’d taken a lot of advice.

I wouldn’t know a Calvin Klein from a load of coal. (Halston)

I wouldn’t piss on him if he were on fire.

I wouldn’t want to be me.

I’d buy him a drink, but I don’t know if I’d loan him any money.

I’d come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind.

I’d like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.  (Elon Musk)

I'd rather be pissed off than pissed on.

I’d rather drink bleach.

I'd rather eat dirt.

I'd rather have him inside the tent pissing out than outside pissing in.

I’d rather know all the questions than have all the answers

I’d rather work for a tyrant than a committee.

I’d rather work with tree stumps.

I'd say we have a mature, responsible attitude toward our major competitors.
We'd like to see them dead.

I'd sooner walk on my lips than speak ill of someone.

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.

Ideals are like stars; you can't touch them with your hands, but if you choose them as your guides, you will reach your destiny..

Ideals are peaceful; history is violent.

Ideals are replaced by conventional goals at a certain age.

Ideas are a commodity, execution of them is not.

Ideas are active even when men are asleep.

Ideas are like assholes.  Everyone has one.  But even assholes can have good ideas.

Ideas bring people together, but ideals hold them together.
Ideas come easier than execution.  And execution is the difference between winning and losing.

Ideas, in contrast to things, have an influence that is way out of proportion to their apparent size or power.

Ideas last longer than people or things.  Your ideas will go further if you don't insist on going with them.

Ideas that everyone thinks are great have probably already passed their expiration date.

Ideas without implementation (or a great team) are like assholes and opinions – everyone’s got one.

IDEO: Conceive. Design. Implement. Operate.

If a fool throws a key in the ocean, a hundred wise men cannot retrieve it.

If a frog had wings, it wouldn’t bump its tail on the ground.

If a Jew forgets he is a Jew, a gentile will remind him.

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.

If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact, not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.

If a product differs too much from previous technology, it can be an enormous deterrent to adoption.

If a thing has enough style, substance takes care of itself.

If all else fails, lower your standards.

If all else fails, one must scream.

If all this was easy, we'd be making $12,500 a year.

If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.

If an institution is going to be responsive, it must be insecure.

If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.

If at first you don't succeed, deny you were trying.

If change were easy, it would happen of its own accord.

If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him.  No one would have remembered him either.

If constant change is the only given, then focusing on avoidance of major blunders yields better results than the single-minded pursuit of the big win.

If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.  (W.H. Auden)

If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.

If everything in a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

If everything is important, then nothing is.

If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.

If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.

If horses could vote, there would have never been cars.

If I advance, follow me. If I hesitate, urge me on. If I retreat, kill me.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

If I could control my enthusiasms, I’d be a lot easier to live with.

If I could tell you, I wouldn’t have to paint it.  (E. Hopper)

If I don’t remove the pebble from my shoe, who shall I blame for the bruise on my heel?

If  I don't rouse my soul to higher things, who will rouse it?

If I had more time, I would be briefer.

If I had some idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it by now.

If I had something to fall back on, I probably would have fallen back on it.  If you have nowhere to go but forward, you move forward. 

If I knew how great grandchildren were, I would have had them first.

If I rest, I rust.

If I skip trying to improve my work for even one day, I notice it.  Two days and the critics know. Three days and the audience can tell.

If I tell people that chickens can pull trains, it’s their job to hook ‘em up.

If I’d followed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere. (Marilyn Monroe)

If I'm going to be there for the crash, please invite me to the takeoff.

If I’m awake, I’m working.

If I’m not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? If in doubt, don’t.

If I’m speaking, you should be taking notes.

If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage.

If it ain't on the screen, it don't mean a thing.

If it begins in fear, it will end in folly.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

If it doesn't make you crazy, it will make you humble.

If it don't kill you, it just makes you stronger.

If it is to be, it is up to me.  (sentence of 10 words where each word is two letters)

If it is measurable, measure it. If it is controllable, control it. If it’s both, record it.

If it makes you happy to be unhappy, then be unhappy.

If it takes all the future, we’ll live through the past.

If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t.
If it works, copy it.

If it works, use it; if not, take no prisoners.

If it's almost right, it's wrong.

If it’s not true, it’s still well founded.

If it’s worth trying, it’s worth failing at.

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?  Lily Tomlin

If nerds could fly.

If Nestle only knew what Nestle knows.

If nobody pays attention, people stop caring.

If not for our excessive vanity and our over-active imaginations, novelists might be unusually difficult to deceive. The most common human act that writing a novel resembles is lying.

If not now, when?  Si non nunc quando

If not this, then what?
If not now, then when?
If not you, then who?

If not now, when?   Si Non Nunc Quandro

If mind-boggling change is the only constant, focusing on avoidance of major blunders yields better results than the single-minded pursuit of the big win.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unimagined in common hours.

If one outcome seems overwhelmingly preferable, take it – even if it is not certain.

If one sits on the bank of the river for a sufficient period of time, one will see the bodies of one’s enemies float by.

If only Nestle knew what Nestle knew.

If our service doesn’t meet your standards, lower your standards.

If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough.

If people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's going to stop them.

If people know real happiness anywhere, they must never expect to find it there again.

If people want to fuck with me, I’m up to the task.

If something doesn’t feel right, you’re not feeling the right thing.

If someone is kicking my ass, I want to know what kind of shoes they're wearing.

If the answer is no, save your breath.

If the best in the business is that bad, there’s hope for all of us.

If the bird ain’t happy, the bird don’t sing.

If the chicken had lips, he’d whistle.

If the dream is big enough, the facts don't matter.

If the media builds you up, the media’s going to bring you down.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you treat everything like a nail.

If the perception is necessarily partial, it is not for that reason false.

If the primary aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

If the rascals understood the advantages of virtue, they'd be virtuous for the sheer rascality of it.

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.

If the road isn’t getting steeper every minute, watch out, because you’ve already started to head downhill.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

If there are things you don’t like about a job candidate, you’ll like them even less after you hire him.

If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.

If there’s a well-worn path, it’s not yours.

If there’s anything more depressing than having a 10 year old tell you that school is the most boring place he or she goes every day, I don’t know what it would be. Education is a business that’s too important and too valuable to be left in the hands of educators.

If there’s no conflict, why the interest?

If there was a finish line, don’t you think we would have passed it by now?

If they pay; they say.

If three people tell you you're drunk, lie down.

If we could find God's phone number, we would call him too.

If we didn't come here to be this, then who did we intend to be?

If we don't change, we don't grow.

If we don’t turn around now, we just may get where we’re going.

If we look for something, we never find it.  But if it finds us, we immediately know when it feels right.

If we manage our growth, we'll be a lot happier with what we grow into.

If we think of genius as something magical, we are not obliged to compare ourselves and find ourselves lacking. (Neitzsche)

If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

If we're going to be gods, we might as well get good at it.

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

If wishes were Porsches, poor boys would drive.

If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.

If you allow me my friends, I'll accept my enemies.

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.

If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold to somebody.

If you are planning for one year, grow rice.  If you are planning for 20 years, grow trees.  If you are planning for centuries, grow men.

If you are what you eat, then I’m fast, cheap and easy.

If you aren’t taking anti-aircraft fire, you are not over the target.

If you build it . . . he will come.

If you can bear to hear the honest words you’ve spoken, twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools. (Kipling)

If you can do it, it ain't braggin'.

If you can do something, just say “yes”, don’t say “yes, but”

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same, if you can do that, you will have class.

If you can only be good at one thing, be good at lying…because, if you’re good at lying, then you’re good at everything else.

If you can walk, you can dance.  If you can talk, you can sing.

If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

If you can't be alone, you cannot be yourself.

If you can't be first, be best.
If you can't be best, be first.
If you can't be good, be fast.

If you can't be kind, at least be vague.

If you can't change your mind, are you sure you still have one?

If you can’t commit to something big, commit to something small.

If you can’t blind them with brilliance, dazzle them with bullshit.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

If you can’t fix it, you’ve got to stand it.

If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.

If you can’t join them, beat them.

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. (Drucker)

If You Can’t Outsmart Them, You Can Always Outwork Them

If you can't run with the big dogs, stay up on the porch.

If you can't see your business, it won't be your business for long.

If you can’t understand it, don’t do it

If you can't write your idea on the back of a business card you don't have a business.

If you clearly define the goal, you are halfway to achieving it.

If you could have won, you should have won.

If you deliberately set out to be less than you are capable, you'll be unhappy for the
rest of your life.

If you do it once, it’s a lesson. If you do it twice, it’s a mistake. If you do it three times, it’s a problem.

If you do it once, it’s a mistake. If you do it twice, it’s a tradition.

If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

If you don’t believe in it, why should anyone else?

If you don’t believe in sampling theory, the next time you see your doctor for a blood test, tell him to take it all.

If you don't come in on Saturday, don't bother coming in on Sunday.

If you don't got the ball, you can't shoot the ball.

If you don’t have good content, your technology is just a brick. You need content to make the device sing.

If you don't inherit it, you have to borrow it.

If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not exciting.

If you don’t know it’s impossible, it’s easier to do.

If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.

If you don't know where you are going, when you get there, you'll be lost.

If you don't know where you are going, you'll probably end up somewhere else.

If you don't know where you you’ve come from, it’s hard to know where you’re headed.

If you don’t learn to be alone, you’ll always be lonely.

If you don’t love it; you will fail.

If you don't make dust, you eat dust.

If you don’t own the masters, the master owns you.

If you don’t put the work into something, you don’t know the worth of it.

If you don’t respect us, don’t expect us.

If you don’t say it in the meeting, don’t say it after the meeting.

If you don't seize the opportunity, you've set the table for someone else to eat your lunch.

If you don’t sell it, it’s not a script, it’s a stack of paper.

If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them. (Yogi Berra)

If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they aren’t values. They’re hobbies.

If you don’t visit a bad neighborhood, it will visit you.

If you don’t want to believe something; there is no body of evidence that cannot be ignored.

If you drown in the middle of the lake, or three feet from shore, it doesn’t really matter.

If you ever think you’re finished, you’re finished.

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

If you find yourself in a fair fight, you’ve probably done something wrong.

If you focus on results, you will never get change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

If you get a group that wants to win, you gotta let 'em.

If you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.

If you get the objectives right, a lieutenant can write the strategy.

If you give a consumer a choice between free with ads or subscription, they always pick free.

If you go alone, you can go fast. If you go with others, you can go far.

If you go into a battle, it’s better to win the first time.

If you got a frog to swallow, don't look at it too long.

If you had the real thing, how could you tell?

If you have a dream and it becomes a reality, find another dream fast.

If you have a rendezvous with destiny, you better come on time.

If you have anything of importance to tell me, begin at the end.

If you have built castles in the air,
Your work need not be lost;
That is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.  (Thoreau)

If you have money, people doubt your talent.

If you have potential, it means you haven’t done it yet. (Yogi)

If you have something you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. (Eric Schmidt)

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.

If you have to eat a lot of shit, take big bites.

If you have to have enemies, let them be weak ones.

If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had
tried to do nothing and succeeded.

If you haven’t got a hernia yet, you ain’t pulling your share.

If you haven't got a hit, you ain't got shit.

If you haven't made any mistakes lately, you must be doing something wrong.

If you know the pieces going in, you’re much more likely to walk out with at least part of the pie.

If you know what I mean.

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.

If you expect people to be in on the landing, include them for the takeoff.

If you had his stuff, you’d never throw the ball either. (Bud Selig – pitcher delays)

If you leave a small problem alone, it becomes a big problem.

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled.  If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself.

If you make a mistake, make it your own.

If you make one or two ridiculous assumptions, you'll find everything I say or do totally justified.

If you only give your customers what they want, your business will die. The fact is that they don’t know what they want.

If you pay enough attention to the top line, the bottom line will take care of itself.

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.  This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

If you piss on a boulder for a thousand years, you'll be surprised at the mark you'll make.

If you plan everything, you can’t get lucky.

If you predict an event, don’t make the mistake of predicting the time as well.

If you pretend you're making a film long enough, eventually you will make that film.

If you put a wig on a pig, it’s still a pig.

If you really want to be moved, don't read a book-take an enema.

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way; if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

If you see a band wagon, it’s too late.

If you see a snake, kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.

If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.

If you see everything with innocent eyes, everything is divine.

If you live to seek revenge, dig a grave for two.

If you sleep on the floor, you never have to worry about falling out of bed.

If you speak the truth, I will stand with you and so will the world.

If you stand by the river long enough, all your enemies will float by.

If you start to take Vienna, take Vienna.

If you stop pedaling, you fall down.

If you study something close enough and long enough, you’re going to find out more than you ever bargained for.

If you teach a bear to dance, you'd better be prepared to keep dancing till the bear
wants to stop.

If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

If you think you can be replaced by a computer, then you probably can be.  Tech doesn’t replace teachers, it amplifies and repurposes them.

If you think you have things under control, you’re not going fast enough.

If you think you're boring your audience, go slower, not faster.

If you torture the numbers long enough, they'll confess to anything.

If you try to please everybody, somebody’s not going to like it.

If you walk, just walk; if you sit, just sit; but whatever you do, don't wobble.

If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters. (Dear Abbie)

If you want attention, don’t build your campfire next to a forest fire.

If you want people to believe your promises tomorrow, it helps if you kept them yesterday

If you want people to think you are wise, agree with them.

If you want something badly enough, you will get it.

If you want the future to be different from the past, study the past.

If you want them to follow, show them the way.

If you want to be engaged, you have to buy a ring.

If you want to be in the fast lane, be prepared to run like hell.

If you want to be happy for a moment, seek revenge. If you want to be happy forever, forgive.

If you want to build a ship, don’t gather people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. (De Saint-Exupery)

If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.

If you want to have a lot of friends...lose.

If you want to have short meetings, don’t provide chairs.

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

If you want to lead, you have to be effective in creating a compelling vision with a beginning, a middle and an end.

If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.

If you want to play with the big boys, you gotta learn to play in the tall grass.

If you want to reach more people, aim lower.

If you want to send a message, use Western Union.

If you want to solve an interesting problem, find a problem that interests you.

If you want to take the island, burn the boats.

If you want to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh or they’ll kill you.

If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.

If you want to win the uncommitted, you got to stay uncommitted.

If you want traction, you must first have friction.

If you want your dreams to come true, don’t sleep.

If you wear the mask long enough, it becomes the face.

If you will it, it is no dream; and if you do not will it, a dream it will remain.

If you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you have to fight with all the odds against you.  You may even have to fight when there is no hope of victory.

If you wish for peace, prepare for war. (si vis pacem para bellum)

If you won’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.

If your enemy surrenders, it's only because he couldn't kill you.

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

If you're all fired up, you're harder to extinguish.

If you're angry, people will focus on your anger.

If you're going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.

If you’re going to innovate, you have to be willing to be misunderstood because you’re doing something that’s never been done before.

If you’re going to rebel against high-heeled shoes, it is best to do it in a smart hat.

If you're going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.

If you’re going thru hell, keep going.

If you’re going to nail yourself to a cross, you might as well know what it’s made of.

If you’re gonna do a job; do it right.

If you're hungry, sing; if you're hurt, laugh.

If you're in a hurry, you're in the right place.

If you’re gonna be in the paper, be on Page One.

If you’re losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm.  You can always buy a new rope.

If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.

If you’re not criticized, you’re probably not doing much.

If you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it.

If you’re not failing, you’re failing yourself.

If you’re not going all the way, why go at all?

If you’re not good, Jeff will chew you up and spit you out. If you’re good, he will jump on your back and ride you into the ground.

If you’re not having a bad week, you’re not in a good start-up.

If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

If you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

If you’re not the customer, you’re the product. But you can also be both.

If you’re not the hardest working person on any team you’re on, you’re not going anywhere.

If you’re resting on your laurels, you’re wearing them in the wrong place.

If you’re the top guy, every problem is your problem.

If you’re waiting for a schedule, you’ll be too late.

If your mother didn’t give it to you, we can’t (enthusiasm)

If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.

If you’ve got a bug that you can’t get rid of, call it a feature.

If you've got more than one frog to swallow, swallow the biggest one first.

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

Ignorance acting in the name of initiative

Ignorance doesn't kill you, but it makes you sweat a lot.

Ignorance is curable; stupidity is forever.

Ignorance is not bliss-it is oblivion.

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

Ignoranus – a person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

Ignore it if you want to, but learn it first

Il connaissait les risques.  (He knew the risks.)

Illiteracy will not be defined by those who cannot read and write, but by those who cannot learn and relearn. (Toffler)

Illness opens doors to a reality which is closed to a healthy point of view.

Illusion affects us only when it is incomplete.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

I'll love you more when you're gone.

I’ll try to be nicer if you’ll try to be smarter.

I’m a gambler, sweetheart, not a fan.

I'm an editor.  I'm paid to make choices.  My work still has meaning-but does it have value?

I’m feeling like butter, scraped over too much bread.

I'm from the I.G. School (Instant Gratification).

I'm gonna love you 'til I don't.

I’m impatient (contemptuous) of people who don’t know how to protect themselves, stand up for themselves.

I’m inclined to think that if you’re going to cock it, you throw it and you don’t talk about it a lot.

I’m Jewish in the same way that the Olive Garden is Italian.

I'm just tryin’ to matter.

I’m learning who ya been ain’t who ya gotta be.

I'm like the grass.  I get trampled down one day and spring right back up the next.

I'm not a fatalist, but even if I were a fatalist, what could I do about it?

I'm not deaf.  I'm ignoring you.

I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

I’m not going to tell the story the way it happened.  I’m going to tell it the way I remember it.

I'm not ignorant enough to start over from scratch.  It's not just a question of time and money.  It's a question of being able to fool yourself.  If you can fool yourself long enough and work hard enough, you may have a shot at becoming what you were pretending to be.

I’m in the tribe building business.

I’m not looking at the calendar, I’m looking at my watch.

I’m not so good at taking my own advice, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s right.

I’m so productive, I never get anything done.

I’m sure Hitler was great with his family.

I'm the boss, that's why.

I’m tired of the fantasy.  It never delivers.

I’m too tired not to be with you.

I'm very scared . . . it could go on forever.  Not knowing what is yours until you've
thrown it away.

Imagination bodies forth, the forms of things unknown.

Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.

Imagination is better than knowledge

Imagination is imitative—the real innovation lies in criticism.

Imagination is our strongest tool – basically, the ability to see ordinary things in new ways.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.  (Einstein)

Imagination is the force that brings his work as a painter into being and the fuel that sustains the process.

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

Imagination lies in wait as the most powerful enemy.  Naturally raw, and enamored of absurdity, it breaks out against all civilizing restraints like a savage who takes delight in grimacing idols.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

Imagination without skill gives us contemporary art.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Imperfect standards always yield unmemorable results.

Implementations: No longer one and done….continuous service model

Improv is like the Hokey Pokey: You put your whole self in and you shake it all about.

In a campaign, you need help from your friends; in Washington, you need it from your enemies.

In a culture of spectacle, genuine feeling drains away, replaced by a rat like craving for new sensations.

In a fast-growing market, what matters is your share of new machines, not existing ones, because new machines quickly come to dominate the market.

In a fight between you and the world, bet on the world.

In a full heart, there is room for everything.

In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.

In a war of attrition, victory goes to the side most able to bear casualties and replace losses.

In a world of change, successful management cannot react to change-it must
anticipate change.

In a world of destruction, one must hold fast to whatever fragments of love are left.

In a world of machines, we still work with our hands and our hearts.

In an age that is utterly corrupt, the best policy is to do as others do.

In an ambitious start-up, it is tremendously valuable to hire adults and to hold out for the very best.

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.  The worst thing you can do is nothing.

In any recollection, much is reduced to ruin.

In art, the trick is not to tell everything at once.

In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.

In business, paranoia is not a psychosis, it's reality; it's probably survival.

In business, you can’t have a memory. All that matters is what comes next.

In chess, only the good players are lucky

In defeat, indomitable; in victory, insufferable.

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past.

In dreams begin responsibilities.

In every cliché, there's an element of truth.

In every laugh, a tear.

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.  (Albert Schweitzer)

In good times people want to advertise; in bad times they have to.
In her first passion woman loves her lover; in all the others, all she loves is love.

In Hollywood no one likes to tell you bad news.  If they don't like your script, they won't tell you at.  You'll just never hear from them.  If they don't like your movie, they'll tell you they haven't seen it yet.

In Hollywood, you could die of encouragement. 

In innovation as in any other endeavor, there is talent, there is ingenuity, and there is knowledge.  But when all is said and done, what innovation requires is hard, focused, purposeful work.  If diligence, persistence, and commit­ment are lacking, talent, ingenuity, and knowledge are of no avail.

In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.

In judging character, too often we mistake rigidity for morality.

In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.

In media, money is just expendable ammunition. Data is power.

In most businesses, inefficiency is a problem; in education, it is a sin.

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are only consequences.

In order to have a friend, you have to be a friend.

In our hearts there's a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.

In our hearts, we never get old.

In quiet places, reason abounds; in quiet people, there is vision and purpose; many
things are revealed to the humble that are hidden from the great.

In places like universities, where everyone talks too rationally, it is necessary for a kind of enchanter to appear.

In politics if you want to win, you have to be good to your friends and bad to your enemies.

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

In politics, you’re either pitching or catching.

In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it is perched.

In racing, as in life, you learn very quickly that they don’t wait for you.

In short, we should like, at the same time, to cease being guilty and yet not make the effort of cleansing ourselves.

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.

In some instances, it’s better to die than to continue.

In talking about the past, we lie with every breath we draw.

In tech, we ask why not? In politics, they ask why?

In the absence of a direct "no," managers used their best judgment.

In the best institutions, promises are kept no matter what the cost in agony and overtime.

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through perseverance.

In the course of fighting the present fire, we must not abandon our efforts to create fire-resistant structures of the future.

In the end, all you will have left is what you’ve given away.

In the end, arithmetic is decisive.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

In the end, we are our choices.

In the entertainment business, you’ve got to be smart enough to understand the game and stupid enough to think it’s important.

In the factory, we make cosmetics.  In the stores, we sell hope.

In the final analysis, freedom is a purely negative goal.  It simply says something is
bad.  It offers no alternatives.

In the final analysis, it's not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.

In the history of art, late works are the catastrophes.

In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rental car.

In the knowledge sector, the key issues are rate of innovation and depth of penetration.  You must anticipate change.

In the last resort, everything invariably turns upon a trifle.

In the long run men hit only what they aim at.  Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.

In the media business, it’s always better to promote than to inhibit.

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.

In the midst of Winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible Summer.  (Camus)

In the minors, with decent skills and by exploiting another's weaknesses, you can win.  In the pros, strengths are more important than weaknesses.

In the misfortune of our best friends we often find something that is not displeasing.

In the quiet of your solitude, close your eyes, bow your head, grit your teeth, clutch your fists, ache in your heart, vow and dedicate yourself to achieve, to achieve.

In the real world, management is an art, not a science.

In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance.

In the revelation of any truth, there are three stages. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is resisted. In the third, it is considered self-evident.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

In the short term, the stock market is a voting machine. In the long run, it’s a weighing machine that measures a company’s true value. (Benjamin Graham)

In the Soviet Union, the future is known, it’s the past that’s always changing.

In the storm of crisis, complete sanity can steer us astray, while some insanity brings us to port.

In the venture world, your bad stuff dies first.

In those years we lived our best, and what has come after and what there is to come can never carry us to those heights again.

In time of war, the truth is so precious that it must always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

In times of change, experience is your worst enemy.

In today’s knowledge-based economy, what you earn depends on what you learn.

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.

In war, you don't have to be nice-you only have to be right.

In well-established fields like desktop applications, small steps are better than big ones.

In your wildest dreams, did you ever imagine…you’re not in my wildest dreams.

Inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning.

Inauthentic people are obsessed with authenticity.

Income derived from habit and hype may be a safer bet, since love is a risky and volatile commodity.

Incumbents don’t create change.

Indecision is the key to flexibility.

Independent films unsettle us -- Hollywood films reassure us with truths we already know or a falsehood we want to believe in.

Indifference is not part of the process-it’s the end of it.

Indifferent sex, great companionship.

Individuality should not be the first casualty of a relationship.

Individuals can improve themselves only in the direction of their natural bent, and not against the grain.

Information deteriorates as it moves upward through an organization.

Information has no value unless it's communicated.

Information levels: filter, find, learn, graze, enjoy.

Information wants to be free.

Innovation happens at the edges and the intersections.

Innovation has nothing to do with invention.

Innovation is as precise a science and a process as engineering.

Innovation is change that creates a new level of performance.

Innovation or irrelevance.

Innovation is the ability to turn ideas into invoices.

Insanity-doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different result.

Inspiration is highly overrated.  If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it’s not liable to ever happen.  More often than not, work is salvation.

Instant gratification takes too long.

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.

Instinct is partly learned, but experience must come one day at a time.

Integrity has no need of rules.

Intelligence combined with integrity.

Intelligence –vs- athleticism (measuring to determine which)

Intelligence which is warm, but with a touch of cruelty to keep you alert.

Intensity covers up a lot of frailty in the taste and preparation. (HJ formula for consistency)

Intensity is so much more becoming in the young.

Interaction is more valuable than exposure.

Internet is like pre-revolutionary France:  five rich guys, no middle class, and a lot of peasants.



Introducing purposeful selective disruption into existing systems.

Introspection is a form of self-indulgence.

Intuition: a finely-tuned machine for jumping to conclusions.

Inventors have a low threshold of pain. Things bother them.

Investors do not fear losing money as much as they fear solitude.

Investors don’t want you to diversify into new products. Their portfolios are already diversified. They want you to be great at one thing.

IP Flywheel

IPA – Immediacy  Personalization  Authenticity

Irony – awareness of self.

Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true – or is it something worse?

Is it?  What is it?  What is it like?  Why is it?

Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?

Is there any way to win?  There’s a way to lose more slowly.

Is there anything in life so disenchanting as achievement?

Is what I'm doing or about to do getting us closer to our objectives?

Israel – moving from oranges to software – from Jaffa to Java

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 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 what it is, but it will be what you make it

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 pays to have big dreams and low overhead.

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 sounds like a good corned beef sandwich tastes.

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 for your work to catch up with your taste.

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 giving glasses to a blind man.

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 teaching an Amazonian tribesman how to set a clock radio

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 nothing burger.

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 about what people do with their freedom and what they don’t.

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 controversial for the right reasons, than to be popular for the wrong reasons.

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 difficult to see the picture when you’re inside the frame

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 get a piece of an existing market than to create a new one.

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 easier to tame a stallion than to get a donkey to move.

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 good to be king; but it’s not easy.

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 impossible to get someone to try something new if they have to admit they were wrong yesterday.

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 meter maid. All you do is bring people misery.

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 breaking into jail.

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 watching two monkeys throw their shit at each other.

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 much worse to be irrelevant than to be exploited.  Useless class.

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 the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand

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

It’s not about width; it’s about depth

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 enough to think it, you’ve got to feel it in your bones.

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 pay for an acquisition; it’s what it costs you in the long run. (Tech debt – crap code)

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 trade-offs between mercenaries and missionaries.

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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