Tag Archives: Quotes

If you go…

If you go [with a break], you can either win or not win. If you don’t go for it, you definitely won’t win.

– Jens Voigt, cyclist

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Michael Jordan is a failure

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

~ Michael Jordan

Choices vs. Abilities

I’m rereading Harry Potter (makes me feel like Christmas!), and this was a great line:

It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Taking risks

In the last 12 months:

  • 3x new jobs (2x for me, 1x for my wife)
  • 3x house moves
  • 2x countries
  • 1x baby

Mad, fortunate, and fun. We took some risks…

Clint Eastwood, The Rookie:

If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster

I never sleep, cos sleep is the cousin of death

As I crossed the finish line of my practice marathon, this song kicked in and I shouted out to the bemused shoppers on Ealing High Street:

I never sleep, cos sleep is the cousin of death!

– Nas, NY State Of Mind

I love this line because this is how I used to think. Then I had a kid, and I learnt the true value of sleep…

Little Big Bangs

Richard Ashcroft on recording The Verve’s second album, A Northern Soul, in Guitar Magazine from July 1995:

If we don’t reach that level of inspiration then we don’t play… This record was a story of three days working up to that level and three days to come down from it. 

I know a lot of bands that can bash out an album in a few days, but that’s cutting out, like, 90 per cent of human emotion. That’s machine-like. 

If you take a photograph of four people, the chances that all four are going to look good at that single moment in time are a million to one. And it’s the same when four people pick up instruments at the same time.

I love this because it encapsulates that amazing feeling of creating something really incredible together with a team.

In my last company, we made the first ever online video gameshow, the first ever Facebook game+show combo, and one of the first ever TV shows you could play along with using a native app. And now I get to create new stuff every day with an electrifying team on Candy Crush Saga.

Those moments of creation – those little Big Bangs – are the absolute greatest. 

The rest is bullshit and you know it

Opening lines to Mean Streets (1973), read by the film’s director, Martin Scorsese:

You don’t make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.

 

Fear and death

On Robben Island, the prisoners had a contraband copy of Shakespeare’s Collected Works. Nelson Mandela marked this as his favourite passage:

Cowards die many times before their deaths:

The valiant never taste of death but once.

Of all the wonders that I have yet heard,

It seems to me most strange that men should fear,

Seeing that death, a necessary end,

Will come when it will come.

 

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Looking to the future for salvation

The more the antagonisms of the present must be suffered, the more the future is drawn upon as a source of pseudo-unity and synthetic morale.

— C. Wright Mills, quoted in David Hesmondhalgh’s The Cultural Industries (2007, Sage: London)

 

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The best way to predict the future

The best way to predict the future is to invent it

— Alan Kay, Wired 06.12

I think this applies both the grand, world-changing things, and personally too.

Also – Alan Kay has the greatest tech CV of all time. He worked for Xerox PARC, Stanford, Atari, Apple, Disney, UCLA, MIT and HP.

 

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