Quotes are collective wisdom

It means someone said something smart and I wish it had been me. Here’s my take of the collective wisdom.

Last updated 27.05.2012

Part 1, Elmo Ensio

Sometimes I get lucky with my wording and someone quotes my brainfarts.

“I want to travel, because I have not seen everything yet” – Elmo Ensio

“Your mind is the single most powerful tool you will ever possess” – Elmo Ensio

Life is short, enjoyable and sometimes complicated. But in the end that’s all we’ve got.” – Elmo Ensio

Part 2, Other great people in history

How I admire these great men and women.

“Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.” – Jimmy Carter, July 15, 1979

“Yesterday’s love has been spent, tomorrow’s love is not yet here, and today’s love must be earned” – Dr. Robert Anthony

“Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable to go on living.” – Carl Jung

“Ideas in secret die. They need light and air or they starve to death.” – Seth Godin

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian” – Dennis Wholey

“It far easier to find a reason not to love someone, than otherwise. Rejection requires only one reason. Love requires complete acceptance.” – Adrian Tan

“It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be accommodating and hold no strong convictions.” – Adrian Tan

I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – Benjamin Button

“Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.” — Stephen Colbert

Success is empty if you arrive at the finish line alone” – Howard Schultz

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat” -Lily Tomlin

Part 3, Random and/or unknown

Original soothsayer is either not known or not known to me.

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet”

“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

“The way of lion is full of danger, temptation and a constant risk of losing what is already achieved.”

“Luck is nothing but when being prepared meets opportunity”

“I am responsible for what I say, not for what You understand.”

“You have to make mistakes in order to grow, don’t let perfectionism paralyze you. If you’re not failing, chances are you’re not trying hard enough.”

 “Build a man a fire he’s warm for a day, set him on fire and he’s warm the rest of his life.”

“Success is like pregnancy. Everybody congratulates you, but nobody knows how many times you got fucked to achieve it.”