May 28, 2007

Curt Rosengren

"Audacious and achievable goals"

What are yours? I'm trying to up the audacity-level on mine.


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May 07, 2007

A Green Shell?

"Don't throw anything away, there is no away."

I was surprised to come across such a succinct and thought-provoking quote about green issues from an oil company, but I suppose they're all busy trying to find the next way to make lots of money when the oil runs out.

According to my search on google it isn't clear who first coined the phrase, but I'll give Shell the link as they're the ones currently daubing it across half-page spreads of newspapers.


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April 22, 2007

Great Speeches of the 20th Century

They started yesterday, and for the next two weeks the Guardian is featuring a great 20th Century speech each day.

It's a great opportunity to listen to some important moments in history, as they're posting mp3s of each one.

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August 15, 2005

Danny Wallace

"I don't have ambition like a ruthless thing. But I do want to do good things. I suppose it's a polite ambition. Nobody's going to get hurt. - Danny Wallace.

Polite ambition. I like that description, given that I'm politely ambitious myself.

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October 14, 2004

June 02, 2004


Halley Suitt must be ODing on happiness today, my favourite is:

"The best things in life aren't things" - Buchwald.

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May 22, 2004

April 20, 2004

Thomas Jefferson

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson.

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March 24, 2004

February 28, 2004

Peter Rees

"The only constant in a healthy city is change. When there is no change the city will be dead. And cities mark change on their skyline." - Peter Rees, chief planning officer for the Corporation of London.

This quote comes from an article in the Financial Times Magazine today, about the new architecture of skyscrapers gracing London's skyline

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February 07, 2004

Steve Jobs

"Real Artists Ship" - Steve Jobs

This is probably my favourite quote regarding product development. It is said that Steve Jobs wrote it on the wall to urge the developers of the first Mac to complete the project.

It highlights how important it is to actually ship product! The world has far more to gain from the imperfect tool in the hands of many than it has from the perfect tool in the hands of one.

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January 06, 2004


"The best is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire

Now we just have to agree on the correct level for "good"...

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November 06, 2003

Mario Andretti

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough" - Mario Andretti.

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September 03, 2003

Martin Luther King, Jr.

American Rhetoric: Martin Luther King, Jr. - "I Have a Dream"

Includes mp3 audio of entire speech.

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John F. Kennedy

Remarks in the rudolph wilde Platz, 6/26/63 speech by John F. Kennedy.

Even has an audio recording of it.

And also available on American Rhetoric in mp3 format.

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A few speeches on the way

I'm currently reading "Working the Room" by Nick Morgan, which seems to be a very good text on public speaking (I don't know if it is, seeing as I've not done any public speaking since starting it :-). Anyway, it refers to a few memorable speeches, such as JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner", or Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream", so I figured I'd look them out...

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August 11, 2003

Alexander The Great

"I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb. I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion." - Alexander the Great.

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July 26, 2003

Sir Winston Churchill

"Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." - Sir Winston Churchill.

(From Sir Winston Churchill Quotes - The Quotations Page)

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July 25, 2003

Hillary Johnson

"The scariest thing about the future is that the future isn't necessary" - Hillary Johnson.

(From | If At First You Don't Succeed)

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July 09, 2003

Bjarne Stroustrup

"There's an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone." - Bjarne Stroustrup

(I think I first saw this in "The design of everyday things" by Donald Norman, but I found it through Google at j b o x . d k - Quotations on simplicity in software design)

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Edward V. Berard

"Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen." - Edward V. Berard

(From j b o x . d k  -  Quotations on simplicity in software design)

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June 04, 2003

Jon Udell

The quotes category runneth over today (I'm sure it's an initial rush :-)

"normal humans don't use emacs" - Jon Udell.

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Tom Wilson

"Are you really finding fault with not motivating employees to work more than 40 hours a week? Unless you're motivating them with time-and-a-half, you can forget it. You sign a contract with an employee for 40 hours, and you don't complain when a contractee fails to deliver more than was agreed. Nor do you expect it, nor hinge your profit margin upon it. That's just bad business." - Tom Wilson in a comment on The Rise and Fall of ArsDigita.

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Theodore Roosevelt

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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 in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

(via Heidi Wright's comment on The Rise and Fall of ArsDigita)

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New category

Just added a new category to hold quotes - things I find funny/interesting/insightful/whatever....

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