By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
~ Confucius (wikipedia).
“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, in elevating them by art instead of handing the performance of them over to unregarded drudges, and ignoring them …”
~ William Morris, from Signs of Change (1888). The Aims of Art (1877).
“You could not afford to let the opposition know when you were hurt. They’d stand up and look you in the eye. I’d look back and we’d have this little staring match for a while. You know you’ve got the better of them by the time they turn around, get past the umpire and get back to their mark – they will take a little look around to see if you’re still looking, I’d be still looking. That’s when they know that you’re serious.”
Viv Richards, on facing the Australian fast bowling and intimidation in the 1979 West Indies tour of Australia. Quotes and pictures taken from Fire in Babylon.
“The purpose of today’s training is to defeat yesterday’s understanding” ~ Miyamoto Mushashi.
“We are willing to plant seeds that take five to seven years to grow into reasonable things,” he said in an interview. “You can’t do big, clean-sheet invention unless you are willing to invest for long periods of time.”
- Jeff Bezos, “Amid the gloom an e-commerce war“, New York Times.