You can choose your actions, but you can not choose the consequences.
Dr. Dan Fountain
(Regarding our ability to choose to sin.)
Be certain your feet are planted in the right place before you decide to stand firm.
No amount of success anywhere makes up for failure at the home.
Wife of Dr. Richard Swinson
Just because someone is not in a hospital does not make them healthy. Perhaps they disguise or simply ignore their sickness while they are on the outside. While in a hospital the sickness is brought into the light so that it may be healed. So it is with the church and sin.
Chuck Swindoll (paraphrased)
Insight for Living
No business can survive using failed methods, yet the church still tries. Any business that had lost as many customers as the church has would have changed their ways years ago. But the church tends to resent all that is new.
William Barclay (paraphrased)
Are you on Satan's hit list? Does he even care that you woke up today?
(Regarding the complacency of Christians.)
Mark Cahill Ministries
To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.
November 1st, 1998
(On the fourth day as the first senior citizen in space.)
I had not thought about my occult involvement for years and considered it experiences of a child. Now I know that both God and Satan took my involvement seriously. It really made no difference if I took it seriously or not.
You reap what you sow. You reap more than you sow. You reap in a different season than you sow.
Christian Working Woman
[What are] the marks of [Christian] maturity? Self-sustaining in spiritual devotions. Wise in human relationships. Humble and serving. Comfortable and functional in the everyday world where people of faith can be in short supply. Substantial in conversation; prudent in acquisition; respectful in conflict; faithful in commitments.
I never get enough sleep. I stay up late at night, cause I'm Night Guy. Night Guy wants to stay up late. 'What about getting up after five hours sleep?', oh that's Morning Guy's problem. That's not my problem, I'm Night Guy. I stay up as late as I want. So you get up in the morning, you're ... (?), you're exhausted, groggy, oooh I hate that Night Guy! See, Night Guy always screws Morning Guy. There's nothing Morning Guy can do. The only thing Morning Guy can do is try and oversleep often enough so that Day Guy looses his job and Night Guy has no money to go out anymore.
Ep 67: The Glasses
We do not just say what we believe, we end up believing what we say. That's why I propose that we should consciously correct our vocabulary so it conforms to revealed biblical truth. [This is also good reason to think before we speak!]
Heaven (pg 130-131)
Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.
Gravity and Grace
All sun and no rain makes a desert
Old Arab proverb
Well me and B, we hate supermodels, it's not that we know anyone personally, it's just that I'm tired of being compared.
You can not look me in the eye and tell me that one day you came before God and said show me the truth and read this book for yourself. And when you were done reading it before the presence of the Lord you thought to yourself I got it, Jesus is Michael the Archangel! There is no way you can tell me you came up with that, that was fed to you by someone else. And I don't want to sit here and feed you a different theology. I'm asking you would you just please come before God and read this book [the Bible]. Come before Him and say Lord, Holy Spirit, show me truth. And then see what you come up with. Be in search of truth and don't let other people tell you what the truth is.
Cornerstone Community Church
[One of the great disappointments of Modernity (a cultural paradigm resulting from the European enlightenment which touted myths of progress, enlightenment and objectivity) was] everybody's liberation turns out to be somebody else's slavery. Everybody's economic boom turns out to be at somebody else's expense. So all our great stories, all our controlling meta-narratives are broken down into little stories. We've just got to get on and do our own thing. If that's how we feel, well that's how we've got to be. That's the moral imperative, almost the only moral imperative within much Post Modernity: if it feels good, do it. Now that's fine if you live in cyberspace where you can create your own virtual realities accessed from your own suburban sitting room. It makes no sense at all where there are real lines drawn on real pieces of ground and where human beings get shot if they cross them or happen to be born on the wrong side... [But] we shouldn't ultimately be frightened of the Post Modern critique. It had to come. I believe it is a necessary judgment on the arrogance of Modernity. A judg ment from within. Our task [since neither paradigm is fully accurate] is to reflect Biblically and Christianly on this moment of despair, to see our way through the despair and out the other side.
Christian Hope in a Postmodern World
Many Christians want to win the war without fighting a battle
Worker for Billy Graham
The central conservative truth is that it is culture not politics that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Senator (D) New York
We are weary of the superficial and eager for the supernatural
God's will is too important to be easy
A local pastor
If you take (give yourself) the name [then] play the game. [Deuteronomy 29:29]
Love is a magnet
People say all the time 'It must be tough for you and your Muslim family to have come to Jesus...' And I always say 'Not half as tough as it is for the American church that are lost, who close their eyes and pray more to a black void than a Christ that they know intimately, and yet agree with everything that I say from the pulpit.' Honestly for me and my family it was very black and white. But so many of the people that I preach to in church, for them it is not black and white, it is shades of gray right in between. My wife was that way, my wife grew up in the church. Her story couldn't be more different than mine... For her, it wasn't about repenting from unrighteousness as much as it was about repenting from self-righteousness.
A Call To Grace (book)
The Bible is a true account of things that really happened to explain a God that is really there.
There are 3 parts of obedience: do it all, do it now, do it wholeheartedly.
Don't worry about how things look, think about how things are.
Don't eat from the tree that's in the middle of the garden. That was the second thing God said. The first thing God said was, listen to this: "eat from any tree in the garden." That's the first thing. See God's good! He's a good God. Out of all, eat, enjoy. But from the tree that's in the middle [Genesis 2:9] God says, don't eat from that, because the day you eat that you will surely die. [Genesis 2:15-17] You see the serpent is wanting to distort the thinking of Eve before he starts sharing the lies, and the distortion is first to question the word of God and the second is to question the goodness of God. When we question the word of God and when we question the goodness of God and we make it ourselves to sit down as judge of God we are in trouble. Then the next thing that happens is we start to believe lies.
God doesn't get everything He desires (that everyone would repent 2 Peter 3:9). Everything He decrees happens because He is sovereign. Even all His decrees are not his desires. We shouldn't expect to achieve all our goals either.
People say 'I don't believe in the prosperity gospel, God is not like that.' Yes he is, he blesses everything. But if all you preach is prosperity you're not preaching the whole entire council of God because God also breaks things too... See blessing and brokenness always go together... so that other people see in our brokenness who it is that we are trusting [Mark 6:41-44]
One Heartbeat Ministries
What's liberating about Islam is that one is spared from having to think... There are rules for everything. I'm spared from having to think. I just have to learn the rules, and then act. So I know that I'm doing the right thing. It's liberating.
It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
You can't slander human nature, it is worse than words can paint it.
When it comes to rearing children, every society is only 20 years away from barbarism. Twenty years is all we have to accomplish the task of civilizing the infants who are born into our midst each year. These savages know nothing of our language, our culture, our religion, our values, or our customs of interpersonal relations. The infant is totally ignorant about communism, fascism, democracy, civil liberties... respect, decency, honesty, customs, conventions, and manners. The barbarian must be tamed if civilization is to survive.
Dr. Albert Siegel
The Stanford Observer (newspaper)
October 1973, p.4 (quoted)
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
Kent M. Keith
paradoxical commandments .com
[Our Founders clearly believed that] government's limited purpose is to protect the exercise of natural rights that pre-exist government, rights that human reason can ascertain in unchanging principles of conduct and that are essential to the pursuit of happiness. [Woodrow] Wilsonian progressives believe that History is a proper noun, an autonomous thing. It, rather than nature, defines government's ever-evolving and unlimited purposes. Government exists to dispense an ever-expanding menu of rights -- entitlements that serve an open-ended understanding of material and even spiritual well-being. The name "progressivism" implies criticism of the Founding, which we leave behind as we make progress. And the name is tautological: History is progressive because progress is defined as whatever History produces. History guarantees what the Supreme Court has called "evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society." The cheerful assumption is that "evolving" must mean "improving." Progressivism's promise is a program for every problem, and progressivism's premise is that every unfulfilled desire is a problem.
George F. Will
The danger of a government with unlimited power
We don't serve victory. We don't serve results. We serve God. And if, years from now, that means we're the last people left on earth standing for Truth--so be it.
Rev. Ren Broekhuizen
If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.
Charles H. Spurgeon
I think the most interesting result that we found in the Gallup survey is a number, which we absolutely did not expect to find. We found that with respect to the happiness of the experiencing self. When we looked at how feelings vary with income. And it turns out that, below an income of 60,000 dollars a year, for Americans... people are unhappy, and they get progressively unhappier the poorer they get. Above that, we get an absolutely flat line. I mean I've rarely seen lines so flat. Clearly, what is happening is money does not buy you experiential happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery, and we can measure that misery very, very clearly. In terms of the other self, the remembering self, you get a different story. The more money you earn the more satisfied you are. That does not hold for emotions.
The riddle of experience vs. memory
The goal of parenting is to train our kids to be independently dependent on God. That their relationsip with God isn't all about us. But somehow we release them and go 'you know you need to depend on God, you understand [and] don't need me anymore; you've got His word, you've got Him, you've got His spirit. Now go.' That's the same thing Peter was saying to this church. [2 Peter 1:15]
Do you do this: pray and tell God 'I want to know the truth of this book, I want to know what it says. God I know I have all these desires and all these things I want to be true but I got to get rid of that. Show me the truth, even if I don't like it. Even if it goes against everything I've ever been taught just please tell me the truth. I just want your truth even if it makes it harder for me I gotta know what's true.' Pray that then open up this book and try to interpret. And say 'God put aside all what I want.' Because there are a lot of things I wish were true that aren't in here. There's things I wish weren't true and they are in there... I want to stand with those who hold up the truth. Because if you do that then God will give you the interpretation of His word, He'll give you the truth of His word... This is not a matter of interpretation, the problem we have is it's an issue of respect. Respecting this as true and knowing those prophets couldn't have known this unless they were really carried by the Holy Spirit of God therefore I should respect this book. [2 Peter 1:20]
Cornerstone Community Church
The most important lesson I could ever teach
[God] is telling Israelis and Palestinians his message very clear: 'I didn't come to take sides. I came to take over.'
Mosab Hassan Yousef
Son of Hamas
When you listen to the voice of God in your life, when you respond to God's speaking and nudging you to do things, most of the time it's not for you. Other people benefit. When you listen to God it can create the most beautiful moments in your life.
Heroes and Villans (wk2) Elijah
[1 Samuel 8:4-22] God seems to be obsessed with freewill. God is obsessed with sometimes giving us what we ask for or allowing the thing we want to happen even though it's not the thing that's good for us... God allows you to make decisions that may not be the best decisions but also you have to live with those decisions.
Heroes and Villans (wk3) Saul
Jesus was never defined by what he was against... I think the church (Christianity) has fallen into the trap of being defined by what it's against...
If we knew anything about 'the lost' surely we'd know enough not to call them 'lost'.
North Point Church
[Government's purpose is] an institution which prevents injustice other than such as it commits itself.
14th century Arab scholar
God grant us the wisdom to discover the right, the will to choose it and the strength to make it endure, amen.
There are laws that enslave men and laws that set them free. Either what we hold to be right and good and true is right and good and true for all mankind under God or we're just another robber tribe.
There's a peace that's only to be found on the other side of war.
We're not simply asking you to bless our efforts, we're asking you to make sure that we're doing what you're blessing.
[Exodus 3] Moses, because he asked good questions got more information about God's character and provision, it was only when Moses said 'Let somebody else do it.' That's when God got hot.
[Isaiah 54:13] I realized that God wanted my kids to learn the truth of His word more than I did. He's on my team... Just get together, I'll teach you. Just open the book, I wrote it, I know what it means and how to apply it to your life.
Teach the Word of God at Home
Admiral David Faragut, the first admiral of US Navy, went to sea as a midshipman when he was 9 years old. Years later when he was involved in a battle in the war of 1812 with a British ship, the Americans won that battle and Faragut was given command of the captured British ship with the British captain and his crew in the hold now manned by an American crew from the American ship. He was given command of that ship and told to sail it from the coast of Peru all the way down under [Cape Horn] and all the way back up to Boston. Probably 4,000 miles I would guess. He was 12 year old when he was given that command. Benjamin Franklin was educating himself in a way that would scare a Harvard senior to death when he was 14 and 15. Thomas Edison was running a business printing a newspaper on a railroad train up to a thousand miles from home when he was 12 years old.
What's the key to winning elections? It's loosing elections and going back. One of the problems with Christians is we campaign for something... if we win we go home, if we loose we go home. No more folks.
Take Back the Land
Opposites might attract when it comes to personality but never when it comes to character... You have to be what you want, and that's how you'll get it.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
What we really see is that God is omnipotent and when He creates something He doesn't create something halfway and then wait for some imaginary process to take place and do this... He creates things complete.
Creation, Dinosaurs & the Ark
Ideas have consequences.
The problem is not the [vocal atheists] of the world, the problem is the [Christians] of this world who are more comfortable in our padded pews than we are out there engaging the culture in conversation. We're the problem.
Christians should be excellent in everything. We have retreated from every aspect of culture, have we not? Name me one aspect of culture we haven't abandoned, one discipline? Law, medicine, politics, government, economics? What do we got? We still have the pulpits, maybe. We have created our own little ghettos.
For most, not all, but for most Americans the financial pressure we feel is a pressure that makes us feel like we actually have less than we need when the truth is we just have less extra than we used to have. And if you've ever traveled to any 3rd world country, been any other place, maybe even in this country, and seen people with less than you have you understand that to be the case. But we feel this pressure because our extra is being shoved down... Jesus came around 2,000 years ago and he addressed our extra... Jesus said [to paraphrase] that 'greed is defined by what you do with your extra.' He says that 'greed is the assumption that the extra is for my consumption'... Now we don't define greed that way. In fact we don't define greed at all. Every once in a while we think we spot it in somebody else... It's almost impossible to see greed in the mirror. We can see anger, or fear in the mirror, but not greed, and that's because greed is such a subtle thing. So Jesus in His characteristic way says let me define it for you in such a way that you can't possibly miss it. [Luke 12:13-21]
In God We Trust
Jesus, save me from your followers!
Everyone wants economic growth, but nobody wants change.
Economist Paul Romer
In the United States, we tell students the same thing a hundred times. On the 101st time, we ask them if they remember what we told them the first hundred times. However, in the 21st century, the true test of rigor is for students to be able to look at material they've never seen before and know what to do with it.
Professor of education and psychology at the University of Washington
The Church is the Church only when it exists for others. To make a start, it should give away all its property to those in need. The clergy must live solely on the free-will offerings of their congregations, or possibly engage in some secular calling. The Church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.
There are truths in one country which are falsehoods in another.
[Note I do not agree with Ms. Sanger but I think these quotes are worthy of preserving so we realize how evil her motives were and her legacy still is.]
The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.
The most serious charge that can be brought against modern 'benevolence' is that it encourages the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents and dependents. These are the most dangerous elements in the world community, the most devastating curse on human progress and expression.
It now remains for the U.S. government to set a sensible example to the world by offering a bonus or yearly pension to all obviously unfit parents who allow themselves to be sterilized by harmless and scientific means. In this way the moron and the diseased would have no posterity to inherit their unhappy condition. The number of the feeble-minded would decrease and a heavy burden would be lifted from the shoulders of the fit.
We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.
[Joshua 10:11] People say 'the Bible is boring.' The Bible isn't boring, you're boring, read it... God can do more in a moment through favor than you can do in a lifetime of trying to do it your own way.
[Joshua 10:12-13] The greatest humility you can demonstrate is to put yourself in a situation where if God doesn't come through you're going to look stupid. That's the humblest thing you can do is to say 'God, only You can do it.'
If the size of your vision for your life isn't intimidating to you then there's a good chance it's insulting to God... Because what you ask God for is a direct reflection of what you believe about His capabilities, His capacities, His character and His nature.
[Joshua 10:9] If you're going to pray that God would make the Sun stand still then you'd better be ready to march all night... God always involves your faith and your works before He supernaturally brings His grace into your situation. It's the way He's chosen to do it.
If it's never been done before maybe that's because God was saving it for you.
[Mark 5:35-43] The smartest thing Jairus did in this situation was just keep his mouth shut and do what Jesus said. That's a great strategy for when you find yourself in a situation when it looks like everything is against what God has promised you in your life.
Sun Stand Still (wk 2)
We sin and something dies.
North Point Church
Religidiculous (wk 1)
I define creativity as 'the process of having original ideas that have value.'
Sir Ken Robinson
Divergent thinking is not the same thing as creativity, but it is a good example of it. It's the capacity to think non-logically: to think analogically and associatively. They gave a series of tests to 1,600 three- to five year- olds. If they achieved above a particular score they would be considered geniuses divergent thinking. Of the 1,600 children, 98% scored at the genius level or higher for divergent thinking. They gave the same tests to the same children five years later at the ages of 8 to 10. Then 32% scored at the genius level in divergent thinking. They gave the same test to the same children at the ages of 14 to 15 and the result was 10%. Interestingly, they gave the same test to over 200,000 adults and the figure was 2%. [Matthew 18:3]
George Land & Beth Jarman
Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future Today
Quoted by Sir Ken Robinson
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who says there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views. (The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton University, page 214)
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
The more I study science, the more I believe in God. (The Wall Street Journal, Dec 24, 1997, article by Jim Holt, "Science Resurrects God.")
[John 5:1-15] Religious teachers and leaders often make one fatal mistake. They [fail to] distinguish between principles and methods... Principles - God tells us... "love your neighbor, read your Bible, pray." Very clear. Methods - a lot of fredeem on how we do that. What religious leaders do if they are legalistic in nature, they take principles and methods and they elevate their methods as equal with God's principles... God's principles come from scripture. [The pharasees] methods did not. They made them up. So they say, "Well it is written in the law." It's not written in the law that you can't carry your mat. I mean the guy's just been healed, and he's walking home, and they're ticked off because God works in his own way to accomplish his own purposes. His methods may violate your religiosity. If you were raised in church, you have certain expectations for method that maybe work fine for you and are not a problem. But to impose those upon people is legalism. And what tends to happen is people who have a liberal theology, they take the methods and the principles and they chuck them both. The people who are legalistic, they take the methods and the principles and they enforce them both. A good solid Christian takes the principles and enforces them strongly, and takes the methods and leaves a lot of flexibility.
You know who bothers you the most? People just like you. Beause each of us is so weird, there's only room for one.
Healing at Bethesda
In all these countries [Russia, China, Lybia, Iran] loyalty to the leader or the ruling party is of primary importance. The ruler or the ruling party makes the law, and the law's first aim is the perservance of the privileges... In West, the law has authority, not the rulers. Their political power is temporary, and the law does not serve the ruling party.
The Montreal Review
The Freedom Genome in Ancient Rome
Saudi culture itself and the fact that the majority of us do not accept other lifestyles and impose our own on other people is another. And the fact that from fourth to 12th grade we do not teach our children that there are other civilizations in the world and that we are part of the global community and only stress the Islamic empires over and over is also worth re-evaluating.
How Long Before the First Step?
Are we trying to be godly or are we trying to be God?
Let It Go
None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience.
No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong.
(need better citation)
Let's say that-for the same amount of money it takes to build the most powerful computer in the world-you could make 1,000 computers with one-thousandth the power and put them in the hands of 1,000 creative people. You'll get more out of doing that than out of having one person use the most powerful computer in the world. Because people are inherently creative. They will use tools in ways the toolmakers never thought possible. And once a person figures out how to do something with that tool, he or she can share it with the other 999.
Sometimes the technology just doesn't want to show you what it can do. You have to keep pushing on it and asking the engineers over and over again to explain why we can't do this or that-until you truly understand it. A lot of times, something you ask for will add too much cost to the final product. Then an engineer might say casually, 'Well, it's too bad you want A, which costs $1,000, instead of B, which is kind of related to A. Because I can do B for just 50¢.' And B is just as good as A. It takes time to work through that process-to find breakthroughs but not wind up with a computer no one can afford.
Inc. Entrepreneur of the Decade (1989)
to design the division of tasks so that the customers are positively challenged and emotionally rewarded and [even] proud about their achievements, their competence, or their learning progress... However, there is a delicate balance, as a futile attempt to master certain tasks... may not only cause a high level of frustration but may also draw (justified or not) the customer's anger toward the service provider.
E-Commerce and the Digital Economy
Faith is not believing in Jesus, but believing Him.
Part of maturity is understanding that what you want isn't always what you get or need.
Prayer is not to inform God what we want, but to invite him into what's important in our life.
Always we hear the cry from teenagers 'What can we do, where can we go?' My answer is, 'Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do now owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy, and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty, or sick and lonely again.' In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!
Judge Phillip B. Gilliam of Denver, Colorado, published on December 17, 1959, republished by Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene in his school newsletter April 2010 (Herald)
My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:
If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.
But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.
This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.
Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat, Jr, 1952 Wikipedia
Bruce Jones, a former Amazon supply chain vice president, describes leading a five-engineer team figuring out ways to make the movement of workers in fulfillment centers more efficient. The group spent nine months on the task, then presented their work to [Jeff] Bezos [founder and CEO of Amazon.com]. "We had beautiful documents, and everyone was really prepared," Jones says. Bezos read the paper, said, "You're all wrong," stood up, and started writing on the whiteboard. "He had no background in control theory, no background in operating systems," Jones says. "He only had minimum experience in the distribution centers and never spent weeks and months out on the line." But Bezos laid out his argument on the whiteboard, and "every stinking thing he put down was correct and true," Jones says. "It would be easier to stomach if we could prove he was wrong, but we couldn't. That was a typical interaction with Jeff. He had this unbelievable ability to be incredibly intelligent about things he had nothing to do with, and he was totally ruthless about communicating it.
The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store from Bloomberg Businessweek October 10, 2013
I very frequently get the question: 'What's going to change in the next 10 years?' And that is a very interesting question; it's a very common one. I almost never get the question: 'What's not going to change in the next 10 years?' And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two -- because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time. ... [I]n our retail business, we know that customers want low prices, and I know that's going to be true 10 years from now. They want fast delivery; they want vast selection. It's impossible to imagine a future 10 years from now where a customer comes up and says, 'Jeff I love Amazon; I just wish the prices were a little higher,' [or] 'I love Amazon; I just wish you'd deliver a little more slowly.' Impossible. And so the effort we put into those things, spinning those things up, we know the energy we put into it today will still be paying off dividends for our customers 10 years from now. When you have something that you know is true, even over the long term, you can afford to put a lot of energy into it.
If we have data, let's look at data. If all we have are opinions, let's go with mine.
Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO (11 Best Data Quotes)
Because cybertechnology is logically malleable, its uses often generate policy vacuums an conceptual muddles.
(Paraphrase of James H. Moor in Ethics and Technology)
We are seduced into thinking that the right to choose from a menu is the essence of liberty, but with respect to relevant outcomes the real power, and hence the real freedom, is in the determination of what is on the menu. The powerful are those who set the agenda, not those who choose from the alternatives it offers.
Benjamin Barber, Consumed
(Quoted in Story of Stuff)
Students with an information-age mindset expect education to emphasize the learning process more than a canon of knowledge. They want to be part of learning communities, with hubs and spokes of learners, rejecting the broadcast paradigm of television (or the note-taker in the lecture hall.)
(Quoted in Global Achievement Gap)
Don't let your studies interfere with your education.
(Quoted in Global Achievement Gap)
Innovation: Making changes to something established by introducing something new.
Invention: Creating something new that has never existed before.
The New Oxford Dictionary of English, 1998
(Quoted in Applying Innovation)
Here's the thing about innovation: I'm not sure any of us needs a definition. We don't need a journalist to tell us what it is. Or who really gets it. Innovation is like obscenity: We know it when we see it. It's hard to miss when paradigms shift. So no one is fooling anyone with all the press releases and internal memos. All we're doing is sending another cool word to the literary junk pile.
Innovation is Executive Porn
When you approach your customer and learn the answer to these two questions you will know what you need to do:
- What are you doing that you wish you didn't have to?
- What can't you do that you wish you could?
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
(See sample1 or sample2 of his work.)
In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The idea that good will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the scriptures and to common sense.
A. W. Tozer
There are about four reasons why we have crime to begin with. One of them is, of course, that we live in an extremely unethical society. We live in a society that doesnt teach ethics at home, a society that doesnt teach ethics in school because the teacher would be accused of teaching morality. We live in a society where you cant find a four-year college course on ethics. ... So today you have a lot of young people who have no character, no ethics, and they find no problem in defrauding somebody or stealing from somebody or cheating somebody. Until we change that, crime is just going to get easier, faster, more global, harder to detect... Until that changes, crime is always going to be with us... how we can bring about that change[?]... You need to bring character and ethics back into schools... You need to bring it back into colleges and universities as part of a curriculum.
The Real Ethics Guru
If you're not mad at your church then you're not involved. (Note this is not a criticism of the church but rather a reminder of perspective.)
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.
What you put in your stomach or head can't be taken away.
Chinese proverb (paraphrase)
Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world's greatest need.
The best speakers know enough to be scared... the only difference between the pros and the novices is that the pros have trained the butterflies to fly in formation.
Edward R. Murrow
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
President Dwight David Eisenhower
'In the old world,' Frederick F. Reichheld said, 'you can have medium loyalty and still make a buck,' protected by a convenient location or the customer's lack of information. In the Internet world, there will be no place to hide, no substitute for earning high loyalty. 'The economics are going to be obvious,' he predicted. 'People are going to be forced to do the right thing or get out of business.'
Fred Andrews A Man of Words Is Still Partial to One: Loyalty
It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.
Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
Money is a great servant but a bad master.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
Ipsa scientia potestas est. - Knowledge itself is power.
If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted.
Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed.
A little science estranges a man from God. A lot of science brings him back. (haven't confirmed attribution yet)
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Educated, eyes-open optimism pays; pessimism can only offer the empty consolation of being right.
It's not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It's the customer who pays the wages.
Having money's not everything, not having it is.
The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.
Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.
People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete - the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.
There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer. Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, 1973
The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well [that] the product or service fits him [or her] and sells itself. (source)
My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
The demands on the skill, knowledge, performance, responsibility, and integrity of the manager have doubled in every generation during the past half century. source)
Peter F Drucker
Anybody who thinks having money will make you happy, hasn't got any money.
Wealth isn't about having a lot of money, it's about having a lot of options.
The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
In school, we're rewarded for having the answer, not for asking a good question.
Richard Saul Wurman
In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
It's less important to answer questions than to question answers.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?
First inaugural address
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to his kids. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing God said to them was: "Don't"
"Don't what?" Adam asked.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit," said God.
"Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?" Adam and Eve asked, jumping up and down excitedly.
"It's over there," said God, wondering why he hadn't stopped after making the elephants. A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and he was very angry. "Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" The First Parent asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you do it?" God asked exasperatedly.
"I dunno, " Adam answered.
God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
But there is a reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give your children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be so hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling his children, what makes you think it should be a piece of cake for you?
The First Parent
Your title makes you a manager, your people will decide if you're a leader.
Forbes Thought of the Day
If you study science deep enough and long enough, it will force you to believe in God.
Lord William Kelvin
it's all very well for atheists to want Christian values, but if people are told they can't believe Christianity's Bible, those values, as we see all around us, are simply not sustainable in society. It's as if the post-Christian West is still living off of the last gasps of Christianity's cultural capital, which is being rapidly exhausted.
Atheists credit the Gospel
[Tom] had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, at the very end of chapter 2. James 4:2-3.)
Most people use statistics the way a drunkard uses a lamp post, more for support than illumination.
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all."
Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
I'm not interested in politics, I'm interested in governance. Customer service is public service.
Why Craig's List Is Such a Mess
[Some companies are] obsessed with their competition, [others are] obsessed with why they do what they do [and,] where they're going. The reason Apple frustrates their competition is because secretly, they're not even competing against them, they're competing against themselves.
The bookshop has an entire section called 'self help' and it has no section called 'help others'.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.
Common sense is not so common.
Love truth, but pardon error.
I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
A pervasive emphasis on the expectations market has reduced shareholder value, created misplaced and ill-advised incentives, generated inauthenticity in our executives, and introduced parasitic market players. The moral authority of business diminishes with each passing year, as customers, employees, and average citizens grow increasingly appalled by the behavior of business and the seeming greed of its leaders.
Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
Book: Fixing the Game
Quoted in artcile: The Dumbest Idea In The World: Maximizing Shareholder Value
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