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If we want to preserve the foundation of our democracy, it's vital that we find common ground that allows us to work for the greater good of this nation. This does not mean giving up our values. This does not mean swallowing a bitter compromise.
Love is a game that two can play and both win.
Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase likemaybe we should be just friendsturns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
The salary of the chief executive of the large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
I'm a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America above all and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia.
Love is among the most pernicious and contagious of diseases. We who are afflicted with it can be detected by anyone. Dark circles under our eyes show that we never sleep, kept awake night after night by embraces or by their absence. We suffer from devastating fevers and have an irresistible urge to say stupid things.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.
Change is inevitable, but it is in us to control its content and directions.
I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die today every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation.
If I die a violent death as some fear and a few are plotting, I know the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassin, not in my dying.
It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Opportunities are not offered; they must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance and tenacity, determination and courage.
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
You should be the change that you want to see in the world.
Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
I remember some stories had a very big impact on me, likeThe Little Train That Could,which is about the importance of not giving up, andLittle Toot,about a playful tugboat in the New York harbor.
I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my everloving ass, because I'm innocent.
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.
A little blindness is necessary when you undertake risk.
I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
I'm not an educator ... I'm a learner.
If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about reengineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity.
Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.
Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft would become an unimportant company.
The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration.
We rely on skilled foreign workers for their math, science, and creative abilities as well as their cultural knowledge, which helps when localizing products for world markets.
Mother, I'm going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me and I'm never coming back.
Today, I consider myself, the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationships of the men and women in the organization.
In a good meeting there is a momentum that comes from the spontaneous exchange of fresh ideas and produces extraordinary results. That momentum depends on the freedom permitted the participants.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
It is practically impossible for a top management man, or even middle management, to be doing the degree and level of work that he should be doing and, at the same time, have a clean desk.
Leadership is practiced, not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps ... If the president of a company has a clean desk ... then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
For, you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.
Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.
Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.
There is a misconception that small is always more beautiful than big.
I buy when other people are selling.
I think a man is a business failure who lets his family life interfere with his business record ... business is no place for him.
If businessmen always made the right decisions, business wouldn't be business.
If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.
If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.
Praise should always be given in public, criticism should always be given in private.
The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.
It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
Yesterday's success formula is often today's obsolete dogma ... We must continually challenge the past so that we can renew ourselves each day.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
When you love you should not say,God is in my heart,but rather,I am in the heart of God.And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
I often think it's comical
How Nature always does contrive
That every boy and every gal
That's born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!
If you wish in this world to advance
Your merits you're bound to enhance;
You must stir it and stump it,
And blow your own trumpet,
Or trust me, you haven't a chance.
Let's do it!
There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth.
[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
You can't fight against the future. Time is on our side.
One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
I'd rather be fishing.
There is still no cure for the common birthday.
Age does not make us childish, as they say. It only finds us true children still.
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Come my little one, and give me your hand.
Everything which is properly business we must keep separate from life. Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freer handling.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
I believe people who think love prevents one from thinking clearly are wrong; for then one thinks very clearly and is more active than before. And love is something eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
It is extremely important that you show some insensitivity to your past in order to show the proper respect for the future.
The world is first a Coke world, then an orange world, then a lemon-lime world.
You can only stumble if you're moving.
Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Self-deception operates both at the level of the individual mind, and in the collective awareness of the group. To belong to a group of any sort, the tacit price of membership is to agree not to notice one's own feelings of uneasiness and misgiving, and certainly not to question anything that challenges the group's way of doing things.
That rugged individualism that is the personification of our American sense of freedom, and which we celebrate on the Fourth of July and in our popular myths and heroes, also contributes to the breakdown of the social fabric that has always provided a secure context for our freedoms. Freedomfromhas not yet yielded to an appropriate freedomfor.
The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
The planet is in distress and all of the attention is on Paris Hilton. We have to ask ourselves what is going on here?
When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.
Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.
Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Think with the few and speak with the many.
You can judge the height of someone's talent by what he aspires to. Only a great thing can satisfy a great talent.
Good people are always so sure they're right.
Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Has anyone ever noticed that we live in the only country in the world where all the poor people are fat?
We have sort of become a nation of whiners.
Money talks, they say. All it ever said to me wasgoodbye.
To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent. She can't wait to disprove it.
I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.
Alas, regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
Nor care beyond to-day.
Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.
Let's do it, man. Lock and load. Ain't life a [mother fucker]?
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Everything is always impossible before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about - doing what people have told them is impossible.
The grab for a quick killing is the mark of the worst kind of leadership, for it places immediate profit above the long-term interest of the organization and can lead ultimately only to disaster.
A leader is one who ventures and takes the risks of going out ahead to show the way and whom others follow, voluntarily, because they are persuaded that the leader's path is the right one - for them, probably better than they could devise for themselves.
Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.
I don't like giving up hits and stuff, but I try not to show it. I don't want the hitter to see that something bothers me.
Columbus didn't have a business plan when he discovered America.
I believe in the value of paranoia. Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.
Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
The essence of a company like Intel is execution and strategy. Intel, looked at in another way, is a three-legged stool. One leg is technology - design and silicon technology - another leg is manufacturing, and the third leg is marketing. Whenever Intel did well it was because the three legs were equal. Whenever one of those legs was shorter than the others, we wobbled.
The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
You can't treat your people like an expense item.
Without an appropriate vision, a transformation effort can easily dissolve into a list of confusing, incompatible and time-consuming projects that go in the wrong direction or nowhere at all.
You have to penetrate a woman's defenses. Getting into her head is a prerequisite to getting into her body.
Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him,
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.
I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.
An illness in stages, a very long flight of steps that led assuredly to death, but whose every step represented a unique apprenticeship. It was a disease that gave death time to live and its victims time to die, time to discover time, and in the end to discover life.
Life is very insistent; and it always seems to be so when friends sadly leave us.
The best number for a dinner party is two: myself and a damn good head waiter.