Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotations:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Think different.” ~ Apple

“I’ve learned that terror doesn’t happen because some group of people somewhere like Pakistan or Afghanistan simply decide to hate us.  It happens because children aren’t being offered a bright enough future that they have reason to choose life over death.” ~ Greg Mortenson

“You have to attack your enemy’s strength. In America’s case, that’s not Osama or Saddam or anyone else. The enemy is ignorance. The only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever.” ~ Pakistani Brigadir General Bashir Baz

“The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.”   ~ Sir William Francis Butler

“Too many rules get in the way of leadership. They just put you in a box . . . . People set rules to keep from making decisions.” ~ Mike Krzyzewski

“But there is another statistic, much harder to measure, that I think is even more important and revealing: Does your society have more memories than dreams or more dreams than memories?” ~ Thomas Friedman

“So there was his wallet – Yasser Arafat on one page, who he was ready to die for, and his girlfriend on the other, whom he wanted to live for.” ~ Thomas Friedman

“If you want to thrive in Baltistan, you must respect our ways.  The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger.  The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest.  The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die.” ~ Haji Ali

“We Americans think you have to accomplish everything quickly.  Haji Ali taught me to share three cups of tea, to slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects.  He taught me that I had more to learn from the people I work with  than I could ever hope to teach them.” ~ Greg Mortenson

“Don’t confuse drive and passion. Drive pushes you forward. It’s a duty, an obligation. Passion pulls you. It’s the sense of connection you feel when the work you do expresses who you are. Only passion will get you through the tough times.”  ~ Randy Komisar

“Management is a methodical process; its purpose is to produce the desired results on time and on budget.  It complements and supports but cannot do without leadership, in which character and vision combine to empower someone to venture into uncertainty.” ~ Randy Komisar

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“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 better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt

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