Quotes For Entrepreneurs–June 2012

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

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Quotes For Entrepreneurs June 2012

Details as they snatched like pebbles carefully selected from riverbeds of conversations all over the Web and arrayed as semi-precious gems on a white linen tablecloth. But first an endorsement from an unusually discerning entrepreneur:

“I usually don’t follow people who just tweet quotes, but @skmurphy is exceptionally good.”
Hrishi Mittal (@hrishio) in a June 8, 2012 tweet

Proof there is merit in curating the brief brilliance of others.

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“You can sink so fast that you think you are flying.”
Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

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“The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.”
Earl of Chesterfield

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“Where there’s no way there’s still a goal.”
Hans Kudszus

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“A drop of mercy weighs more than a barrel of knowledge.”
Friedrich Georg Junger

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“To be satisfied with little is hard, to be satisfied with a lot is impossible.”
Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

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“To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man’s lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times?”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“You are all that is left of your childhood.”
Richard Krause

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“This is the precept by which I have lived: prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.”
Hannah Arendt

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“Innovation for holders of conventional wisdom is not novelty but annihilation.”
Marshall McLuhan

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“Nothing is so often and so irrevocably missed as the opportunity that crops up daily.”
Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

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“The only way to know how a complex system will behave—after you modify it—is to modify it and see how it behaves.”
George Box

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“Failure is life’s magnifying glass.”
Simon May

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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho

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“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”
Vincent Van Gogh

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“A stout heart breaks bad luck.”
Miguel de Cervantes “Don Quixote”

more context:

“…cheer up that little heart of yours, master mine, for at the present moment you seem to have got one no bigger than a hazel nut; remember what they say, that a stout heart breaks bad luck…”

Sancho Panza advises Don Quixote to cheer up in Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote (emphasis added). Used as the opening quote in “The Heart That Holds On

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“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”
Arie du Geus

h/t The Managers Diary (@ManagersDiary) via Esther Derby (@EstherDerby)

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“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.”
Joe Girard

h/t Johnnie Moore “L’esprit d’escalier” with a great visual from a poster from The Hub, Melbourne. Dharmesh Shah also blogged about this quote in “The Elevator to Success Is Out of Order.“ See also Notes from Tue-Jul-19 Breakfast in Sunnyvale.

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