The speed of change is accelerating. It took radio twenty years to attract ten million users; it took television half that time, Netscape only twenty-eight months, Hotmail eighteen and Napster twelve.
– J. Harris in Blindsided
Here’s a nice quote, related to a previous posting.
The seed that is to grow must lose itself as seed.
And they that creep may graduate through chrysalis to wings.
Wilt thou then, O mortal, cling to husks which falsely seem to you the self.
– Wu Wei
Imagine a company that practices total, uncompromising honesty in their advertising. If they have a great product they’ll say so. And if they’re trying to sell you something mediocre, they’ll tell you that too. They might actively warn you along the lines of “Don’t expect good service from these people” or “The product here is nothing to write home about”, or even “If you have any complaints talk to Benny. If he breaks down crying, ignore it, it’s just a trick he uses.”
Do you think a company like that could possibly survive?
Please understand. We don’t want no trouble.
We just want the right to be different.
– Pulp (from the cover of “Different Class”).
People don’t burn out because they’re trying to solve problems. People burn out because they’ve been trying to solve the same problem over and over and over.
– Susan Scott
My name is closely associated with Open Space, which might lead people to assume that I designed it with infinite patience and great care. This would be an error. As I see it, Open Space has always existed, or it has recently emerged by itself. My privilege has been simply to stumble upon it.
– Harrison Owen about the discovery of Open Space Technology
How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.
– Niels Bohr
A leader is best when the people are hardly aware of his existence,
not so good when people stand in fear,
worse, when people are contemptuous.
Fail to honour people, and they will fail to honur you.
But a good leader who speaks little,
when his task is accomplished, his work done,
the people say “We did it ourselves.”
– Lao Tzu
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I don’t know whether my life has been a success or a failure. But not having any anxiety about becoming one instead of the other, and just taking things as they come along, I’ve had a lot of extra time to enjoy life.
– Harpo Marx