Money is the McMansion that falls apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.
Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), House of Cards 2012
Knowledge is information that changes something or somebody—either by becoming grounds for actions, or by making an individual (or an institution) capable of different or more effective action.
- Peter F. Drucker
Knowledge is the perception of the agreement or disagreement of two ideas
John Locke (1689)
Enthusiasm is the element of success in every thing. It is the light that leads, and the strength that lifts men on and up in the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of professional labor. It robs endurance of difficulty, and makes a pleasure of duty.
Bishop Doane (via swissmiss)
What magical trick makes us intelligent? The trick is that there is no trick. The power of intelligence stems from our vast diversity, not from any single perfect principle.
Marvin Minsky, Society of Mind
Make it simple but significant!
Don Draper, Mad Men
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, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It (via Lifehacker)
A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who instead of aiming a single stone at an object takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.
Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
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