Great Quotes

I thought I would try something new – asking you to send me any great quotes you have. My father in law, Kurt Derrer, sent me this one which prompted this idea. He was going through some old papers and came across this one…

“ Man Who Says….. ‘It cannot be done’

should not interrupt  ‘ Woman who is doing it’”

There’s this one from Gavin Buckett, Australian Food Safety Specialist and Gourmet Guardian

“Thinking that you can only get paid while working is like thinking

you can only listen to music while someone is playing an instrument.”

-   Steve Pavlina


I have a collection of my favorite quotes called Exponential Words Of Wisdom, that are business related. I am looking for comments posted to this post to create a stream of miscellaneous quotes – just for fun! In a previous post I started a list of truisms. Either one is a good place to submit your contribution!


3 Responses to “Great Quotes”

  • Hi Marc,

    Hope you and Monica are going well.

    Here are a few of my favourite quotes.

    “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.” ~ Buddha

    “You will never find peace of mind by allowing other people to live your life for you.” ~ Napoleon Hill

    “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

    “You don’t have to be great to get started . . . but you do have to get started to become great!” – Les Brown

    Warm Regards,

    John Cusworth

    PS. You can find more quotes at my site and there is also a free WordPress plugin which automatically inserts random quotes at the end of each of your blog posts –

  • “If you don’t know that it is impossible, you just might end up doing it”, Ray Keefe

    I found this out at University while studying Electrical Engineering. There was a particular second year laboratory practical session that had never been successfuly completed in the history of the course. The other students were in the habit of getting the notes from the third year students to try and short cut the work load. So they all knew no-one had done it. I didn’t do this although my partner had. I also ignored his pessimism. The result was that we got it mostly working. It was a digital clocking design task to build a 2 digit seconds counter from discrete logic and the design and execution had to happen in 2 hours. The only flaw in the design was that one of the clocks was inverted so the second digit rolled over half a second later than it should have. We got an A.

    The laboratory sessions were done on a roster system so we didn’t all need the same equipment at the same time so we were the only ones doing this session that week. Interestingly, every subsequent group who did that session got at least somewhere with it. Now it was no longer the impossible assignment.

    I learnt an important lesson that week. One that has stayed with me.

    It also fits nicely with what I now know as the ‘Think Differently’ priciple. To get differnet results, you have to either think or do something different.

    Ray Keefe
    Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd
    Award Winning Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development

  • Ten Thoughts to Ponder

    Number 10
    Life is sexually transmitted.

    Number 9
    Good health is merely the slowest possible rate
    at which one can die.

    Number 8
    Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny.
    If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich ..

    Number 7
    Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day,
    teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.

    Number 6
    Some people are like a Slinky …
    not really good for anything, but you
    still can’t help but smile when
    you shove them down the stairs.

    Number 5
    Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday,
    lying in hospitals, dying of nothing.

    Number 4
    All of us could take a lesson from the weather.
    It pays no attention to criticism.

    Number 3
    Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200.00,
    and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00?

    Number 2
    In the 60′s, people took acid to make the world weird.
    Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

    And The Number 1 Thought
    Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers;
    what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.

    - – - and as someone recently said to me: “Don’t worry about old age;
    it doesn’t last long.”

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