Here is a collection of quotes I love that I have found some cool videos. Enjoy.
“Technology alone doesn’t solve problems. Social media does not create revolutions. Its a tool. Nothing more or less. Real revolutions are born out of righteous anger and courage and vision. [...] The issue is not how accurate a bomb is. The issue is what to do the bombs you have. And more importantly, whether to use bombs at all. Technological problems are not the hardest part of the future. They are the easiest part. The hard part are the human problems that accompany the rise of technology.” - Malcolm Gladwell at University of Toronto: Malcolm Gladwell, Convocation 2011 Honorary Degree speech video
“To me young has no meaning, it is something you can do nothing about. Nothing at all. But youth is a quality, and if you have it you never lose it.” — a comment made by Frank Lloyd Wright in an interview with Mike Wallace
“Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you. Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t bet against yourself. And take risk.
NASA has this phrase that they like, “Failure is not an option.” But failure has to be an option.
In art and exploration, failure has to be an option. Because it is a leap of faith. And no important endeavour that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. […]
Three following English quotes were embedded in the first synthetic cell.
“To life, to err, to fail, to triumph, and to recreate life out of life.” – by James Joyce
“See things, not as they are, but as they might be.” – from “American Prometheus“
“What I cannot build, I cannot understand.” by Richard Feynman
“Q: Do you ever examine yourself to say, why is that you are so fearless compared to other people?
Ai WeiWei Answer: I was so fearful, that’s not fearless. I am more fearful than other people, may be, then I act more brave because I know the danger is really there. If you don’t act, the dangers become stronger.” – Ai WeiWei in PBS Frontline video “Who is afraid of Ai Weiwei?” (time code: ~17:25)
“Ben Hogan said, ‘Golf is a game of luck, the more I practice, the luckier I get.’ The harder you work, the luckier you are. I was 33 years old before I ever went to Washington and New York, 42 before I won my first campaign. [...] You’ve been part of something special in my life. I’ll never forget what you’ve done. ” - James Carville in The War Room (1993) Here is a clip from the movie with the above quote.
“As human beings who are finite creatures that can think and feel, our function from this time onward is to create islands of meaning in the flood of information.” - Freeman Dyson quoting James Gleick‘s “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood” at the end of the speech video “Big Ideas: Freeman Dyson on Living Through Four Revolutions“.
“… make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” - Neil Gaiman‘s (author of Stardust (love the film) and Coraline (love the film also)) University of the Arts Class of 2012 Commencement speech.
“I know women look at me and just say, why is she … why doesn’t she do anything to her face. I know people say that. And I know they think that. And I understand that they do that. But I have made that choice, my eyes are my soul. The other day I saw a flower, a faded rose. It was very faded. And it was very brown. And very rogue (?) and all of that. But I thought and you know what, it’s still beautiful.” - Diane Von Furstenberg (via The Conversation)
“If there is any real advice I can give you, it is this. College is something you complete. Life is something you experience. So don’t worry about your grade. Or the results. Or success. Success is defined in myriad ways. And you will find it. And people will no longer be grading you but it will come from your own internal sense of decency.“ - Jon Stewart (via 2004 College of W&M)
“Everything is copy. Everything is material. Some day this will be a funny story. Doesn’t seem funny now, but trust me, someday it will be funny.” - Nora Ephron via Conversations at KCTS 9 (YouTube video)
Kathi Goertzen (1958-2012) ““I don’t take anything for granted,” she said. “Last night I watched the moon set, and this morning I saw the mountains, clear with snow, and I don’t ever take that for granted. Not for one moment.” [...] “Oddly enough, this whole catastrophe with this brain tumor business has been a wonderful experience in many ways,” she said. “It’s changed my life and a lot of people I love. And we’ve learned what’s really important.”“
“War is the the kind of thing where we know how it starts, but not how it will end” – Meir Dagan (watch “Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon Google+ Hangout at Fox LA“)
Last Update: 5th April, 2013