Be twice as productive and twice as nice!!

James Q Wilson

1) All advice is true


All Advice is true,
Let's go!

All Sayings are true,
Let's go!

All Truisms are true,
Let's go!

Let's go,
and Do!!!

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,"

Steve Jobs - While delivering a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University

Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?

- Shakespeare, Sonnet IV

Little else need be said

"Great design does not come from great processes; it comes from great designers"

- Fred Brooks on process responding to an interview in Aug 2010, Wired.

In the same interview he speaks of Edwin Land, inventor of Polaroid, having quoted

"Start with a vision of what you want and then, one by one, remove the technical obstacles until you have it."

More advice from Fred Brooks

"Design, design, design; and seek knowledgable criticism."

6) To Try


Goal Insufficient,
Courage seem to waver.
Sweep and gather heart,
For To Try is the Goal.

To make memories, step out of your comfort zone

-John Sexton, President, NYU

in a conversation with Bill Moyers

Reference to the program

Difference between success and failure may just be enthusiasm

9) Ice Climibing - Ybarra


As much as I enjoy ice climbing it's one of those activities that I often wish were over while I'm actually doing it

10) Place of Pride


Grace, wisdom and beauty you may enjoy, but beware pride, which alone can tarnish all the rest

- A latin inscription at "Crac des Chevaliers" of Western Syria

Freedom in daily choices is essential for practical reasons....

People accomplish things by focusing on the goal, and letting their instincts, mainly subconscious, try to get them there....

The overlay of law on daily choices destroys the human instinct needed to get things done. Accomplishment is personal.

- Philip K Howard

Most things happen through the usual process of trial and error by which we feel our way to success

- Michael Polanyi

We all declare for liberty but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.

- Abraham Lincoln

within which men should be inviolable.

- Isaiah Berlin

People do not object to artists deserving success - only to their getting it

- Max Harrison

13) Staring at Death


No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. ...Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool i've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life."

- 2005, Steve Jobs


I give back to the earth what the earth gave
All to the furrow, nothing to the grave.

Bern Williams

In darkest shades if she appear, 
My dawning is begun; 
She is my soul's bright morning star, 
And she my rising sun. 

George Eliot

In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God


Not sure who said it or what the origin is