Feature Friday: Quotes
I am into quotes. Always have been. And one of my favorite things about Tumblr is they have a specific post type for quotes:
I find quotes around the web (and mobile) and post them to Tumblr (often with Tumblr's awesome share bookmarklet) all the time. And then they get reblogged. And I reblog quotes I find on Tumblr too.
I don't think there is a better place on the web to share quotes than Tumblr. It's one of the many things I love about it.
Here's a quote I reblogged from yesterday's comment thread onto Tumblr.
Continuing yesterdays meme:”We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde
Do not fear mistakes, you will know failure. Continue to reach out.-Ben Franklin
Penn’s Ben Franklin Walk is kind of neat. “Little Strokes, Fell Great Oaks,” is my favorite.http://www.upenn.edu/almana…
I really liked walking where Franklin lived.
What a great way to think about this. They had to actually carve it into stone and put it on the sidewalk to get me to think about Ben. I was there just last week…
Prove me wrong.Thread will end with:# of quotes by author in descending order:#1 – Churchill#2 – MLK#3 – Peter Drucker#4 – Gandhi#5 – Dr Seuss#6 – Lincoln#7 – Homer (Simpson)
I will stuff the ballot box with Winnie The Pooh 😉
“When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.”The Tao of Pooh http://www.goodreads.com/wo…
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
Mike Tyson, Chuck Close, Henry Ford will add some attitude to that list.
You forgot Andy Swan
SOMETHING MISSING FROM LIST.
needs more awesome
SO DOES EVERYTHING.
Mark Twain, Hemingway, FG.
haha .. i was just about to post: “<ANYTHING IN CAPS> + AWESOME | FIRE | EAT” – fake grimlock
what about “BEER | BACON”?
Something or SOMEONE?
Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
Dr. Seuss! *Oh, the Places You’ll Go* — required reading!
Warren will be up there.
Just remember, that a person’s a person no matter how small ….
“Beer: the solution to and cause of all of life’s problems.” – Homer (Simpson)
“Beer is good food.” – Anne’s brother.
Those are all great and generally probably right. But I think we are feeling a little unpredictable today.
I saw that you had a cool Charlie Chaplin quote about Albert Einstein on your tumblelog. I absolutely love quotes about or from Einstein. Here are a couple that I really like:”Play is the highest form of research.””If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?””One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike—and yet it is the most precious thing we have.”I also like Richard Feynman quotes a lot, there are so many good ones. Here are a couple I found pretty quickly. I love his Feynman’s Lectures on Physics, the lectures he gave on QED, and all the popular books. If you like Physics and interesting points of view, its definitely worth reading more about him.”There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you ‘play’ with them!””Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?””I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.”
that last quote is the reason we don’t invest in areas we know nothing about
Quote I saw a few weeks back that I really like: “If you’re going through hell, keep going” Winston Churchill.
“The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.” -Phil WoosnamThis feels like StartUp life to me 🙂
Common sense is not so common. – Voltaire
omg i use that every day. sadly.
What circumstances are you in daily to expose you to that ?
I work in marketing/advertising 🙂
Oh, well, okay – creativity linked with desired results… fair enough. 😛
“A little nonsense now and then, Is relished by the wisest men.”
Hence, Fun Fridays …although not always nonsensical. BTW notice how Feature Friday turned into Fun Friday?
yes. plus it’s a holiday Good Friday.
I started reading this and thought you loved the actual quote symbol –> “Doh!It happens to be the most troublesome key on the mobile keyboard… Always auto-displaying a space off. #nitpick
I was inspired by the greatest startup movie of all time. The Social Network? Meh…RAYPersonally, I like the University. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything. You’ve never been out of college. You don’t know what it’s like out there. I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.PETERFor whatever reasons, Ray, call it fate. Call it luck. Call it karma. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that we were destined to get thrown out of this dump.RAYFor what purpose?PETERTo go into business for ourselves. –Dr. Raymond Stantz & Dr. Peter Venckman, Ghostbusters
Back off man. I’m a scientist!
“Get her?” That was your whole plan? It was scientific. http://www.hark.com/clips/x…
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas Edison
“Mmmmmmmmmmm” – Frankenstein
“arrrr” – pirates
Great one…shared as my quote of the day.For you @disqus. Twitter share of comments rocks. Did so, do so often. Facebook share of comments doesn’t show the comment only the post, likewise no share.Easy fix. Do consider.
Thanks. Sharing with the team.
Nice to have an AVC regular on the inside.
and when you get to where you’re going, there you are — buckaroo banzai
A recent favorite: “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.” Twyla TharpI also love Yogi Berra quotes. “90% of the game is half mental.”(And goodreads.com has a solid quote search function.)
mmmm boxes http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Heh heh. Kitty FTW.
maru is still awesome. henri, le chat noir, is a friskies spokescat now; makes me wonder if henri was a long viral play by an agency or if the cat food really did find the viral sensation http://www.henrilechatnoir….
twyla tharp is a smart woman
I recommend *The Creative Habit* whenever I can. (It may be time for me to re-read it!) (On another note, @Disqus is kinda funky today?)
I keep meaning to finish my copy….Also a really good about art as practice is “seeing is forgetting the name of the thing ones sees”
How do you like that acquisition of goodreads.com by Amazon ? If ever there was an “acquisition waiting to happen”… A great venture into social by AMZN!
“Discovery engine? Please meet business model.”
Pretty much summed it up, though they weren’t the only option – just the one that would have the most synergy.
Hey Shana I was talking to someone recently who said that your friendliness and welcoming was one of the things that initially drew him to AVC.I’ll let him identify himself if he wants to.
I tried to signal you in the above comment as the culprit has come clean.
Guilty as charged, though I need to adjust that. The content is what initially drew me in, and Shana’s friendliness and welcoming (and yours Donna) is what got me over the hump to return and engage.I don’t always participate in on-line discussion forums, but when I do, I prefer AVC.
Thanks for the clarification (and validation) Monty. Hey, we covered a lot of ground in that convo. cc @shanac:disqus
Thanks. I feel honored.
On paper, perfect.Bolting community onto a catalogue has a poor track record of success. I want to be hopeful but there is no data that gives this odds of success.Big fan of Amazon but they…and Apple…are community wise, clueless.
Like Google and social.One of the things that makes me a little more hopeful for Amazon is the seamless excellence demonstrated in various aspects of the business — at least as far as I know. Makes me wonder if they have the ability to replicate success in different arenas. And if Zappos is any example, perhaps Amazon knows when to leave well enough alone.Will make for very interesting observation.
Amazon in many ways pioneered giving customers a voice, a soapbox for their opinions and platformed the power of the customer voice.Social is another beast in its own though.Think of Facebook. They got one thing really right and understood the behavior of cruising. Honestly, not much else!Yup we shall see.I don’t think either Amazon or Apple is going to get this right as I”m just not clear that this function naturally belongs within their catalog pov, just as transactions don’t (and won’t) fit within Facebooks.
I agree, they bought Shelfari a while back, and that didn’t too much.
“If we’re going to turn down the likes of Fitzgerald, I will lose all interest in publishing books.”—Maxwell Perkins, threatening to resign his position at Charles Scribner’s Sons, in protest of his colleagues’ unanimous decision not to publish F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise.It was a risky move, but the heads of Scribner decided they would rather publish Fitzgerald’s unconventional tale than lose Perkins. The rest is history. Not only did Fitzgerald go on to write The Great Gatsby under the Perkins-Scribner masthead, but he also introduced Perkins to his friend and mentee, Ernest Hemingway. Their relationship blossomed and found Perkins editing and publishing everything from The Sun also Rises to The Old Man and the Sea.Maxwell Perkins is now considered one of the greatest literary editors of all time. His lifelong employer, Charles Scribner’s Sons, one of the greatest publishing houses of all time.
.Well played by you and them.JLM.
What a great story! I am sure there are many such stories about VC/entrepreneur relationships. Any examples that come to your mind, Fred? I think Genentech is one such story between Bob Swanson (a junior VC partner at that time) and Herb Hoyer.
if someone wants it bad enough, we will support it. you don’t need to threaten to quit to get something done at USV
Corporations only work when they’re staffed by brave people.
Glad this made it to the top Max. Great story. And Fitzgerald — especially due to Gatsby– is a favorite.
I’m glad people like it. We need to catch up soon!
Yes! DM or email me to plan.
One of my favorite quotes comes from a mentor of mine, who is one of the best sales experts I know. One of his sales reps had a particularly sticky deal that just wouldn’t close with a Japanese businessman who would just stoically sit in silence when the rep tried to close the deal.This friend of mine decided to go on the final meeting with the rep, and after exchanging pleasantries, the Japanese executive fell silent yet again when the rep asked him a question. So my friend interrupted.”Sir, let me just say this. If you’re prepared to move forward today with this deal, I’m going to make you an offer that I’ve never made to anybody else.”He shut up and silence filled the room for six seconds that felt like an eternity. Finally, the executive said “What is it?””I’m prepared to completely forgive you for Pearl Harbor.”The Japanese executive burst out laughing and signed the contract.
“Conciliation is the master of the law.” Old proverb
speech writers give politicians their qoutes.
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”- Groucho Marx
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.”
Love it 🙂
on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog http://en.wikipedia.org/wik…
Have you seen the 2 dogs doing the mambo?http://www.wimp.com/mambodogs/
aaaaaaaaw squeeeeeeeee teh cutenesses
“How did you go bankrupt?” Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
“how did you become so rich?””by selling too early”Bernard Baruch
3 All Time Favs (and what does this say about me now that i’m looking at them i’m not sure :)A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding (Marshall mcluhan)An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional (F Scott Fitzgerald)Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (Albert Einstein)
It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. – Yoggi Berra
When you dance with your customer, let him lead – DadWell done is better than well said – Ben FranklinDon’t wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it – UnknownThe greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about. – UnknownThe intelligent understands by a hint – Ancient proverb
three of my favorites:”the only thing new is the history you don’t know.” — harry truman”the things you own, end up owning you.” — tyler durden”the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” — james garfield
that tyler durden quote is so true of venture capital investments
.”Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”Michael Gerard TysonIn life, too many times we forget to fight after we have been punched in the mouth. Fight on.JLM.
Corollary: “Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”
In life, too many times we forget to fight after we have been punched in the mouth. Fight on.NICE!
Is it strange I’m looking forward to getting punched so then I have to react / respond / challenge / fight back to win?
.I boxed in college. I am not looking forward to getting punched. Again. It hurts. A lot. Particularly if you get your nose broken in the bargain.I cannot imagine what it might feel like to get punched by someone like Mike Tyson. Who really knows how to punch.Thought I can attest that getting knocked out is quite refreshing until the headache arrives.JLM.
Fair enough – you can’t know how hard of a punch it will be until it happens, and getting the wind knocked out of you isn’t the most fun..
pugil stick fighting will do that to you as well.
Albert Einstein – “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.”
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.”Yes, Piglet?””Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”*I’m also a fan of the A.A. Milne quotes…*
Me too.“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
that’s a good one.
If you can just avoid dying, you get rich – Paul Graham
“You got dusted. Get over it.”
one of my favorites. fucking awesome.
“History is a-made at night. Character is what-a you are in the dark. We must work while the clock she’s a-ticking!” – Dr. Emilio Lizardohttp://www.youtube.com/watc…
“Just when you think you know the answers I change the questions!” Rowdy Roddy PiperSums up being an entrepreneur
“Build a dream and the dream will build you.” – Unknown
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed.” – Einstein.Also, pretty much anything in the Devil’s Dictionary
Ah, a nice one. (And can I get a vote for “Crescat Scientia, Vita Excolatur”?)
Of course. I should also mention that this quote was the opener to my application essay question for the u of c, which is how I found it in the first place
three u of c alums … what are the odds?
make it four!
i think there are some more people as well (hi u of c alumns – if you are in NY, I’m sitting on the alumni board that a/b tests your emails!!!)
It works in practice, but how does it work in theory. (U of C)Or, There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch TANSTAFFL
it’s a movement
a postage stamp, “learning never ends,” came out while i was in grad school there http://www.amazon.com/Learn…
Here’s a happy quote for the Easter week-end.
“Future is already here, but it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson
“Don’t trade what you want most for what you want now.” — unknown
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” – Gandhi
“i’ve got a bad feeling about this” – several star wars characters
“There is nothing like first-hand evidence” – Sherlock Homes
Do not fear mistakes, you will know failure. Continue to reach out.-Ben Franklin. Come on!!!
“All things are ready if our minds be so” Shakespeare
Also, I have yet to meet someone in startup land who didn’t have an opinion on my email quote:I never look back darling, it distracts from the now – Edna “E” Mode, The Incredibleshttp://www.youtube.com/watc…Also “no capes!”
No capes! (keps) I find (or make up) a reason to say this regularly.
Don’t forget, follow Edna lover, “Luck favors the prepared.” Or, for the visual among us …..”Yes, words are useless! Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble. Too much of it, darling! Too much! That is why I show you my work! That is why you are here!”
hehehe, true that
Three I’ve used in the last week and faves:-Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face (Tyson)-Inspiration is for amateurs (Chuck Close)-If I asked the customer what they wanted they would have said a faster horse (Henry Ford maybe)
.A faster “horse”JLM.
good mix arnold
If life gives you lemons take a bite. Lemonade is for wimps. –meAnyone who is really in the game messes up at some point. You are not playing hard enough if you don’t! –Jack and Suzy WelchYou can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. –Winnie-the-Pooh”What day is it?””It’s today.” squeaked Piglet.”My favorite day.” –Winnie-the-Pooh”Anyways, you need people of intelligence on this sort of…mission…quest…thing.” –Pippin (Tolkien, LOTR)
Good ones. I like the lemonade one.
“My friend Andre said to me, ‘You know, Marissa, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to pick the right choice, and I’ve gotta be honest: That’s not what I see here. I see a bunch of good choices, and there’s the one that you pick and make great. I think that’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten.”- Marissa Mayer
A new kid on the block in the world of business quotedom. Marissa Mayer
the sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channelhttp://www.williamgibsonboo…
Wait! Did we turn a post about quotes as a *feature* into a comments thread about quotes?This is such a herd of cats. And you are welcome to quote me!
yes, that was inevitable.
I’ve always liked “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog!”A great one for start-ups.
“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” — Douglas Adams(Seems to stand for pretty much any political position)
Let’s see if anyone gets this one. One of my favorites:”It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”
Easy. Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web. E.B. White (no relation)Good one. One of my favorites!
Well done!Just reread this a few weeks ago.Wasn’t available in Kindle so read it in paperback on and no less than a dozen people on the subway had to stop and tell me how much they loved the book.
So impressed that you were reading *Charlotte’s Web* Waldstein.What brought this on?
E. B. White is the mentor to all who believe in the craft of writing.I’ve been a student of it and all of his work for awhile.I’ve purchased well over a hundred copies of Elements of Style and given them out to my teams. I never adopted it’s rules verbatim. But I never accepted a style guide for any of my teams or products until they read his to understand that indeed, writing can be more but at its core, it is a noble craft.
“at its core, it is a noble craft”Indeed.
The Tao of Pooh http://www.amazon.com/Tao-P…
On more of a meta level — clipping quotes in tumblr was the thing that made it possible for me to blog. Highlighting a quote, clicking the tumblr bookmarklet, maybe adding a line of commentary — it’s the gateway drug to writing more and more.
great way to think about it Nick.
ME LIKE QUOTE FROM KENNY ROGERS.”YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN TO HOLD EM.KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM.KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY.AND WHEN TO KILL EVERYONE.”IT ADVICE ME USE EVERY DAY.
Per comments below, the cool thing about being a parent or otherwise hanging out with kids is you re-read kids books and discover how wise they can be. Here’s my favorite from The Velveteen Rabbit: “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. . . . It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.”
I use quotes to create mnemonics for my computer password. They become like my little mantras as I have to keep unlocking my computer through the day. Recent ones included “You can’t steal second base and keep one foot on first.” and “Be like the turtle, at ease in your own shell.”
“Don’t get too excited on the upside or too depressed on the downside. Just keep plugging away. As you keep plugging away eventually good things will happen.”- Albert Wagner (from Rohan’s interview)
smart guy that Albert
At the service academies you have to memorize quotes your freshman year (Doolie, Plebe, Fourth class). At USAFA, it’s Contrails. At USMA, Bugle Notes, at USNA Reef Points. Most deal with leadership, or service to your country-or your fellow soldier.Here are some of my favs from USAFA”I don’t mind being called tough, it’s the tough that lead the survivors”-Col. Lemay”If I can’t go back with my self respect, I won’t go back at all”-Capt. Theodore Harris, POW after months of solitary confinement in North KoreaThe most famous at USMA and USAFA is Major Gen. John M. Schofield’s address to the graduating class of 1879 at West Point which every cadet calls the “discipline quote”. Way too long to type, but it is a great quote on how to motivate people. “The discipline which makes soldiers of a free country more reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment……”
big fan of the military education. i did not avail myself of it but i had a front row seat to it growing up at West Point.
“All a woman needs is a black sweater, black pants, and a man to love her.” Yves Saint LaurentI love that this comes from the one of the last century’s great fashion designers.
It took him years to become an overnight success..
“Be festive, be cheerful, be gracious, be kind, then maybe ya might free ya mind”
I’ve been using the Photolettering app to jazz up the quotes on my Tumblr: http://bombtune.com/post/46…
Here is a Micheal Jordan quote.”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.”
Winnie the Pooh !!!! Wonderful.Here’s my favorite.”“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”Supposing it didn’t,’ said Pooh after careful thought.” ― A.A. Milne
Pooh for the win!
Here’s one for you, Fred. This seems like an apt quote for a VC: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Thoreau
or “it’s not what they say, it’s what they do”
if you understand nassim haramein you will be some 10 000 years ahead: http://esayas.com/post/4563…
Completely agree, I hate that WordPress doesn’t have the functionality. It’s the best way to share quotes on the web.
“There are 2 types of pain in this world.Pain that hurts you.Pain that changes you.”
Hey Fred… have a look on http://www.quoterie.com... to make visual quotes easily!
I like that site, this one from Bill Gates is so good:”Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”