"Culture eats Strategy for breakfast"

Attributed to Peter Drucker

"Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON."

Albert Schweitzer

"... Copernicus changed the world. After him, Man was not center of all things, You, you are still in world before Copernicus. You think the sun revolves around you. No? No. You revolve around sun. She is the sun; you are not the only one who orbits her. You have married all of her. Whole solar system, not just sunshine." And the tall man's eyes narrowed with pleasure, because he saw that he had won.

Vardanov to Menelaus Montrose.
John C. Wright,
Count to a Trillion ("Count to the Eschaton Sequence) 

"If you're important, people will wait."

Chilli Palmer to Martin Weir.
Be Cool, 2005 

"Three is the number of those who do holy work;
Two is the number of those who do lover's work;
One is the number of those who do perfect evil
                                             Or perfect good."

Clive Barker, Abarat

Wish it well. Wish it gone.

Out of twinkling stardust all came; into dark matter all will fall. Death mocks us as we laugh defiance at entropy, yet ignorance-birthed mortals sail forth upon time's cruel sea.

The splendor of death, once known, loved beyond reason. Evolution's eternal shore, free at last to wash up what you will.

Yet in the end, entropy will always emerge victorious, snuffing out the very last glimmer of heat and light. After that there is only darkness. When that state is reached, even eternity will cease to exist, for one moment will be like every other, and nothingness will claim the universe.

Aaron, The Temporal Void (Commonwealth: The Void Trilogy) by Peter F. Hamilton

"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."

Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love (1973) by Robert Heinlein

Steve Rogers: Doctor Banner, now might be a perfect time for you to get angry.
Bruce Banner: Oh, well, that's my secret, Captain. I'm always angry.

Avengers, 2012

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson in Return to Love

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.

E. B. White

It's not the idea that matters - it's the execution.

Joel Spolsky

It pays to be a fool, but this thought is very unattractive.

Bulat Okudzhava

Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing.

Jubal Harshaw
Robert A. Heinlein, "To Sail Beyond Sunset"

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.

Christopher Morley

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

Henry Miller, "The Wisdom of the Heart"

And a vessel is always a 'she,' never 'it.' Boats and ships are female because they are beautiful, lovable, expensive – and unpredictable.

Jacob Salomon to Joan Eunice Smith
Robert A. Heinlein, I will fear no evil

You held out your hand, and I took it without stopping to make sense of what I was doing. For the first time in almost a century, I felt hope.

Jasper Hale to Alice Cullen
Stephanie Meyer, Eclipse

Sue O'Malley: What are you majoring in?
Joel: Russian literature and Slavic languages.
Sue O'Malley: Oh wow, that's pretty interesting. What career track is that?
Joel: Cabby, hot dog vendor, marijuana delivery guy. The world is my oyster.

Adventureland, 2009

Einstein's relatives are relatively positive his universal theory was first espoused by his cousin Oz

King Crimson, "Einstein's Relatives"

Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.

George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman".

The consumer isn't a moron; she is your wife. You insult her intelligence if you assume that a mere slogan and a few vapid adjectives will persuade her to buy anything. She wants all the information you can give her.

David Ogilvy

The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying.

David Ogilvy

We are not in business of hosting customer's content
We are in business of hosting content customers

Ed Letifov
2008, in an email to a customer

Big program for a small company.
Companies grow.
We won't stop at anything less than world domination

Ed Letifov
2008, pun at the strategy of using EnterpriseWizard for small one-man shops ("Every business has customers, everyone needs a CRM")

We are not after the money.
We are after the lifestyle.

Ed Letifov,
2007, idea from Work equals Lifestyle

If you don't talk to the world, the world has little reason to believe you exist.

Trying to quash the addiction to watching movies, opting for blogging instead

Life! Bite more than you can chew, then chew on it.

A billboard with one of those crazy yag terriers holding onto a towel, flying through the air, obviously being spun by someone not in the frame of the shot, presumably the owner of the towel.

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