Words To Live By

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."  The Buddha

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."  Lao Tzu

"We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training."  Archilochus

"Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psycopath who knows where you live."  John Woods

“Wisdom isn’t correlated with knowledge, it’s correlated with being in touch with reality”  Tim Urban

"As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts."  The Buddha

"Every boundary is a conceptual boundary in consciousness."  Deepak Chopra

“We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts, we make our world.”  The Buddha

"Consistency and repetition breeds habit and belief." - ?

"Even people who aren't geniuses can outthink the rest of the mankind if they develop certain thinking habits." - Charles Darwin

“God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man.” - Ibn Arabi

"The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry, lifetime after lifetime."  Unknown

"You can't love your country if you don't love your countrymen."  Cory Booker

"So much of of everything we do is taken up by the past or the future, and so little of our success is there..."  Ricardo Semler 

Practice mindful disobedience.

"I'll tell you what hermits realize.  If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything."  Alan Watts

"Masculine power is rooted in the dynamic blend of soft and hard attributes showing up as a potent alignment of head, heart and guts.  When head (thinking, rationality, analysis), heart (caring, compassion, love), and guts (resolve, resilience, bravery) all inform each other and work together a truly healthy manhood cannot but arise." - Robert Augustus Masters

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" - Albert Einstein

"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." - Voltaire

"I design, therefore I become." - Jason Silva

"Discipline is freedom." - Jacko Willink

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition."  W. H. Auden

"Beautify all things in your life.  Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people."  - Chief Tecumseh

"A nation is born stoic and dies epicurean." - ?

"All points in time and space are connected."

“And they say in truth a man is made of desire.  As his desire is, so is his faith.  As his faith is, so are his works.  As his works are, so he becomes.”  Upanishads

"Play is the highest form of research."  Albert Einstein

“Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle.  If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.  You may see at one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.”  Napoleon Hill

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"  Robert H. Shuller

"It used to be that designers made an object and walked away.  Today the emphasis must shift to designing the entire life cycle."  Paul Saffo

"As to their studies, it would be well if they could be taught every thing that is useful and every thing that is ornamental."  Benjamin Franklin

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer , cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects."  Robert A. Heinlein

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."  Pablo Picasso

"Evolution is not a competition between ideas, but between humans and systems based on such ideas.  An idea does not survive because it is better than the competition, but rather because the person who holds it has survived!  Accordingly, wisdom you learn from your grandmother should be vastly superior (empirically, hence scientifically) to what you get from a class in business school (and, of course, considerably cheaper)."  Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder)

"No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken."  Ralph Waldo Emerson


"As iron sharpens iron, people sharpen people."  Proverbs 27:17

"There is no knowledge that is not power."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."  Buddha

"It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head."  Dally Kempton

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."  Albert Einstein

"There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself."  Miyamoto Musashi

"A family that eats together, stays together."  Don B. Amahit

"It's the little things... there's nothing bigger."  Sophia Vanilla Sky

"Everyday think as you wake up...
'Today I am fortunate to have woken up.  I am alive.
I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,
To expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the
benefit of all beings.  I am going to have kind thoughts towards others.
I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others as much as I can.'"  Dalai Lama 

"You yourself are the eternal energy which appears as this universe.
You didn't come into this world;
you came out of it.
Like a wave from the ocean."  Alan Watts 

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion;
respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled
with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep
and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."  Chief Tecumseh

"There's a common core and source of light that calls each of us towards Spirit.  It manifests differently in different world cultures, but the mystical experience of unity with transcendental reality is common to all cultures."  Alex Grey

"If you can't fail, it doesn't count."  Seth Godin

"Matters of great concern should be taken lightly." *  Tsunetomo Yamamoto

"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."  Confucius

"We literally live in condensations of our imagination."  Terance McKenna

"Only suckers write or send business plans. Real founders send URLs, mockups and apps."  Jason Calacanis

"You are the imagination of yourself." Bill Hicks

"In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."  George Orwell

"Business is the most powerful vehicle of change in the world." Abraham Maslow

"Don't follow the leader - Marketers (and all human beings) are well trained to follow the leader. The natural instinct is to figure out what's working for the competition and then try to outdo it — to be cheaper than your competitor who competes on price, or faster than the competitor who competes on speed. The problem is that once a consumer has bought someone else's story and believes that lie, persuading the consumer to switch is the same as persuading him to admit he was wrong. And people hate admitting that they're wrong.
Instead, you must tell a different story and persuade listeners that your story is more important than the story they currently believe. If your competition is faster, you must be cheaper. If they sell the story of health, you must sell the story of convenience. Not just the positioning x/y axis sort of 'We are cheaper' claim, but a real story that is completely different from the story that's already being told." Seth Godin

"No one is as smart as all of us." Seth Godin

"The things you own, end up owning you." Fight Club

"Fearlessness, detachment and humor are all considered to be the attributes of an enlightened human being, one engendering the other in an endless cycle."  William Scott Wilson, The Lone  Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

"Courage. To tell the story of who you are with your whole heart."  Brene Brown's TED Talk The Power of Vulnerability

"A samurai does not work for the sake of a meal.  He is not a slave to food.  He lives for his calling, for duty and service.  Food is something extra, a blessing from heaven.  Don't become the kind of man who, in pursuit of his next meal, spends his life in confusion." Eiji Yoshikawa Taiko

"A great man is not made simply by innate ability.  Circumstances must give him the opportunity.  These circumstances are often the malevolent conditions that surround a man and work on his character, almost as if they were trying to torture him.  When his enemies have taken every form possible, both seen and unseen, and allly themselves to confront him with every hardship imaginable, he encounters the real test of greatness." Eiji Yoshikawa Taiko

"Fast as the wind,
Quiet as a forest,
Ardent as fire,
Still as a mountain." Sun Tzu

"I don't fantasize, I mastermind.  And then I go after mine." Lil' Wayne

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."  Mark Twain

"On a certain level, the nature of our nature is to not be particularly constrained by our nature."  ?

"Your focus determines your reality."  Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

"Don't let school get in the way of your education."  Mark Twain

"If you want to always improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid."  Epictetus

"The boundaries of your life are merely the creations of the self."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"Happiness cannot be pursued.  It must ensue."  Viktor Frankl

"Time-mastery is life-mastery."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"Humans have at least about 60,000 thoughts a day.  95% of which are the same as the previous day."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"Let only the very best thoughts enter into the lush garden of your mind."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"When you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"Lack of will power is a mental disease.  A sign of a less actualized person."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others.  Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"Words are the verbal embodiment of power."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"80% of the results you achieve in life come from only 20% of the activities that occupy your time."  Robin S. Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

"When the heart-mind is correct, the brush will also be."  Japanese Proverb

"You are always creating and recreating your value."  ?

"The body follows the mind, the mind follows the body."  ?

"Leave her better than you found her."  PUA Credo

"We really need to be our own heroes nowadays."  ?

"Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away."  Maya Angelou

"Begin each day as if it were on purpose." Hitch Hitch

"Study the science of Art and the art of Science." Leonardo Da'Vinci

"The five senses are the ministers of the soul,  train your five sense like an Olympic athlete trains for competition." Leonardo Da'Vinci

"If you want to say that you have really thought something through, you must look at it from at least three perspectives." Leonardo Da'Vinci

"Become a student of beauty." Leonardo Da'Vinci

"A leader doesn't just get the message across, a leader IS the message."  Warren Bennis

"Every passing moment is yet another chance to turn it all around." Sophia Vanilla Sky

"Define the moment before the moment defines you."  Walt Whitman

"Your mind and your environment are not two."  Zen Wisdom

"I am a human being.  Not a human thinking, not a human doing.  A human BE-ing."  Deepak Chopra

"The greatest revenge is massive success."  Anthony Robbins

"But how can we ever have time... if we don't take time..."  Merovingian The Matrix Reloaded

"Energy flows where attention goes."  Huna Principles

"Enjoy the journey, enjoy the process."  ?

"God sleeps in stone, breaths in plants, dreams in animals and awakens in Man."  Vedic quote

"Personal transformation equals planetary transformation."  ?

"A great change in the heart of one human being... will move the world."  ?

"You are what you eat."  Proverb

"You are what you eat." (It's worth repeating because it's rarely understood)

”You must become more than just a man in the mind of your opponent."  Henri Ducard Batman

"I can see the beauty because I'm in it."  ?

"'How do you know if your developing?'  'You laugh more every day and you cry more every day.'"  Ken Wilber

"The best surfer is the one who is having the most fun."  Surfer Wisdom

"If the why is strong enough, the how will figure itself out."  ?

"Even the Gods and Buddha decided on vows before they initiated their pursuits."  Tsunetomo Yamamoto Hagakure

"Never lag behind in the practice of Bushido."  Tsunetomo Yamamoto Bushido: The Way of the Samurai

"Stir up compassion for all sentient beings in order to devote yourself to the service of others... and you will be able to double your power and energy."  Tsunetomo Yamamoto Bushido: The Way of the Samurai

"Self improvement is masturbation, but self destruction..." Fight Club

"He is like an island sitting alone in the middle of a lake.  Occasional ferry boats and commuters go back and forth between the shore and the island, but all that activity only expresses the further loneliness, or the aloneness, of the island.  Although the warrior's life is dedicated to helping others, he realizes that he will never be able to completely share his experience with others.  The fullness of his experience is his own, and he must live with his own truth.  Yet he is more and more in love with the world.  That combination of love affair and loneliness is what enables the warrior to constantly reach out to help others." Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

"If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."  African Proverb

"Whatever a person frequently thinks and reflects on, that will be come the inclination of the mind."  The Buddha

"I am only so beautiful as the character of my relationships, only so rich as I enrich those around me, only so alive as I enliven those I greet."  Derrick Jensen A Language Older Than Words

"There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment.  A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment.  If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue."  Tsunetomo Yamamoto Hagakure

"Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness.  Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, 'Form is emptiness.'  That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, 'Emptiness is form.'  One should not think that these are two separate things."  Tsunetomo Yamamoto Hagakure

"In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths."  Tsunetomo Yamamoto Hagakure

* "Matters of small concern should be taken seriously."  Tsunetomo Yamamoto