Quotes

Those that know me well, know I’m an avid reader.

Over the years I’ve managed to capture quite a few lines of text that I found thought-provoking, profound, encouraging…or often, a better articulation of my own thoughts on a particular issue.

This is an ongoing collection of those quotes.

Politics | Startup | Business | Science | Proverbs | Poetry | Lyrics

Politics

An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.

Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis D. Brandeis

Startup

Our biggest regrets turn out to be acts of omission. It’s paths not taken and they haunt us.

Jeff Bezos

The most impressive people I know spent their time with their heads down getting shit done for a long, long time.

Sam Altman

Hire character. Train skill.

Peter Schutz

If you are not replaceable, then you are a liability to your company.

Ari Meisel

Business

Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.

Mark Cuban

Monopoly is the condition of every successful business.

Peter Thiel

Science

The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.

Richard Feynman

We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star that is one of 400 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy, which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering.

Carl Sagan

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

Carl Sagan

Proverbs

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Chinese proverb

Poetry

There is a pleasure in the pathless wood;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man less, but Nature more…

Lord Byron

Lyrics

No, I don’t go to church, can’t quote a bible verse,
Couldn’t sing a psalm that don’t mean that I don’t talk to Jesus.
Girls say I push them off, that I can’t open up,
But I ain’t afraid of love, when I say it I just want to mean it.

Devin Dawson, Dark Horse