A collection of quotes that inspire me.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

― George Bernard Shaw Playwright, founder of London School of Economics

Sophisticated behavior doesn’t necessarily indicate a mind. It might indicate just a memory. As Dalí so famously put it, “The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”

Brian Christian, non-fiction author, poet, programmer and researcher On AI. Mind vs. Machine. The Atlantic.

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

― Mae West, actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter

The essence of being human involves asking questions, not answering them.

― John Seely Brown On AI. A Fight to Win the Future: Computers vs. Humans.
The New York Times.

Make sure you have operating experience, do your homework, try to be humble at all times, think about each opportunity from the entrepreneur’s standpoint, and be gracious to all of them, because they are the future of this country.

― Bill Draper Bill Draper Takes Stock Of A Venture Industry He Helped Create.
The Wall Street Journal.

There is no shortage of capital; there is only a shortage of management talent.

― Michael Milken

In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.

― Matt Taibbi Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

The world is like a fertile field that’s waiting to be harvested, the seeds have been planted, and what I do is go out and help plant more seeds and harvest them.

― Dr. Edwin Land Polaroid inventor

Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

― Sir Winston Churchill Harrow School Class of 1941 Commencement Speech

The line most people say they won't cross - it's usually something they've already done when they thought no one was watching.

― Jim Profit, Profit (TV series)

When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It's because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances.

― Malcolm Gladwell On Outliers: The Story of Success

It turns out that there is something that can compete with free: easy.

― Lev Grossman The Men Who Stole the World. Time.

It wasn’t justice that gave the twins $65 million; it was the fear of a random and inefficient system of law. That system is a tax on innovation and creativity. That tax is the real villain here, not the innovator it burdened.

― Lawrence Lessig Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg. The New Republic.


― Studio Ghibli Conditions for employees to resign, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The new Goldman Sachs doesn’t have clients—it has counterparties.

― Bethany McLean The Bank Job. Vanity Fair.

We want the best and only the best, we are never satisfied, we regret that every class, no matter how able and promising, still has a bottom third... It is also deeply connected with the highest virtues of academic man—the impulse toward perfection.

― Alden Thresher Director of Admissions at MIT, in College Admissions and the Public Interest.

He has the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist.

― Larry Ellison Man in the News: Steve Jobs

Law practice is gratifying at its highest levels not only because of the status, intellectual challenge, or sometimes exorbitant financial rewards, but because there's something profoundly pleasing to all of us about being able to provide direct aid to someone who is eager for our assistance.

― Scott Turow

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

― Theodore Roosevelt

Accounting = Economic Truth + Measurement Error + Bias

― George A. Riedel Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Experience is really the only backward-looking metric worth trusting. The rest are the products of idle mathematical minds.

― Philip Delves Broughton Ahead of the Curve

Every value proposition of an internet startup is based on one of the 7 deadly sins.

― Keith Rabois, venture capitalist, startup operator, lawyer

On Photography

Humans are conditioned to see strong shapes and patterns, and it’s light, combined with capturing that human moment, that can stop people in their tracks.

― Richard Koci Hernandez Assistant professor of new media at UC Berkeley’s journalism school, on what makes one picture better than the other. The Guardian

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.

― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography always transforms what it describes. That's the art of photography - is to control that transformation.

The Genius Of Photography, BBC

This thing which captures a moment in time and fixes in place is an answer to this romantic struggle.

― Geoffrey Batchen Photo-historian, The Genius Of Photography, BBC