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Anyone can build market share and, if you set your prices low enough, you can get the whole damn market.
We have a technique at Hewlett-Packard for helping managers and supervisors know their people and understand the work their people are doing ... Management by Walking About.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
In 1969 I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.
All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.
Don't retreat! Reload!
Free speech is an endangered species. Thoseintolerantshatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama'sdeath panel.
The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.
For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
Hurry it up you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you're screwing around.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.
Guns aren't lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
Tell him I've been too fucking busy - or vice versa.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Get the advice of everybody whose advice is worth having - they are very few - and then do what you think best yourself.
I don't pretend that I had not moments of trial and of temptation, but I do claim that never in thought, word, or deed, have I been false to the trust which Irishmen have confided in me.
No man shall have the right to fix the boundary to the march of a Nation.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the other sinners who believe themselves righteous.
What a difficult thing it is to ask someone's advice on a matter without coloring his judgment by the way in which we present our problem.
I wore a padded bra every single day and night from the age of 14 until I was 31. Giving up padding was my New Year's resolution. I had known for ages that wearing a stuffed bra was a form of hiding my real body.
People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation, as though she were abandoned, alone.
Good-bye ... why am I hemorrhaging?
What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
We strive to be Number One ... But win or lose, it is the competition which gives us pleasure.
I love the idea of giving up the vengeful nature that so many of us have.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
In youth the days are short and the years are long. In old age the years are short and day's long.
I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.
Get my swan costume ready.
Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.
Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.
Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Not drunk is he who from the floor
Can rise alone and still drink more;
But drunk is he who prostrate lies,
Without the power to drink or rise.
There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it.
Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
Live your life and forget your age.
Misquotation is ... the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
Short of genius, a rich man cannot imagine poverty.
We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it.
Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.
I wouldn't be human if I didn't feel pride and something that transcends pride ... humility.
Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it is the triumphant twang of a bedspring.
Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to the same thing. Deny your responsibility.
For the whole Earth is the Sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on Stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At General Motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a consultant on snakes.
The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she's there, but nobody wants to talk about her.
I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at becoming incompetent.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence ... in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing ... layout, processes, and procedures.
The common wisdom is that ... managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.
Winners are people who have fun - and produce results as a result of their zest.
If you didn't like Darfur, you're going to hate Baghdad.
You have a responsibility to shape the vision of a company, and you know whatever process you choose will determine ultimately the well-being of the organization.
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
The child's first year of life is unfortunately still an abyss of mysteries for the psychologist.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Drink to me!
Drink to me. Drink to my health. You know I can't drink any more.
It takes a long time to become young.
People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.
When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.
Chief executives, who themselves own few shares of their companies, have no more feeling for the average stockholder than they do for baboons in Africa.
I mourn in grey, grey as the sleeted wind the bled shades of twilight, gunmetal, battleships, industrial paint.
My idea of hell is to be young again.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
We Bishops, in our proper dress, originated the mini-skirt. But we allowed Mary Quant to steal the thunder and make three million quid out of it last year.
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
Quality is not a thing. It is an event.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
What I say is thatjustorrightmeans nothing but what is in the interest of the stronger party.
Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same income.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
Physicians acquire their knowledge from our dangers, making experiments at the cost of our lives.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.
God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Lord help my poor soul.
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
We loved with a love that was more than love.
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream ...
All that you see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I used to anticipate my childhood birthday parties as if each were an annual coronation. Like most kids, I loved sitting at the head of the table with a crown on my head. In recent years, however, birthdays have been more like medical check-ups - no fun at all but necessary if one intends to stay alive from year to year.
I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.
Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.
Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Coffee, (which makes the politician wise, and see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes).
Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never Is, but always To be blest.
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
Some praise at morning what they blame at night; But always think the last opinion right.
To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
I'm not afraid of life and I'm not afraid of death: Dying's the bore.
The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own-even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of values.
Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea.
I remember, I remember
How my childhood fleeted by, -
The mirth of its December
And the warmth of its July.
Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.
I hope I haven't bored you.
Okay, I won't.
fall asleep in there.
We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Cured yesterday of my disease. I died last night of the physician.
A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts.
A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
Company policymeans there's no understandable reason for this action.
The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work.
I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!
You know it takes a year, a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing somebody. That's a true saying.
Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliberations and on the basis of particular qualities or advantages.
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
I doubt if there is any occupation which is more consistently and unfairly demeaned, degraded, denounced, and deplored than banking.
Oppan Gangnam style.
Acting isn't always about the amount of talent you have, or your ability to cry on command. The point is, how well can you take direction? How well can you put aside your own ideas or ego and listen to the ideas of the director and the people above you, while not giving up the passion and drive of that character?
How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself. Everybody should try it.
Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.