10 Quotes that work for me.

It’s Friday and my brain is toast.  I’ve been working like a fiend on workshops, speeches and a book outline.  Not to mention burning a full day reviewing pitch decks.  So as a break, here’s another list in lieu of a regular entry.

I don’t claim to carry these quotes around in my head.  I’m not that smart. But I do have a list on my desk.

1.  When I’m feeling like crap…

Re: Earth as represented by a tiny pixel when photographed from a kazillion miles away:

Carl Sagan does indeed rule the universe

“…and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.”  – Carl Sagan                                                                                                                                               

2.  When I wonder if I should just give up…

“Pain is temporary.  Quitting lasts forever” – Lance Armstrong

3.  When I wonder if I should stay mad at some dude…

“The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.”                   – Richard Dawkins

4.  When I think about what’s right for my son…

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Tony Robbins

5.  When I wonder if I’m doing the right work…

“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

6.  When I wonder if I should take a chance…

“Throw it out there.  Let the universe decide.” – Me

7.  When I wonder if I’ve done enough…

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

8.  When I wonder if I should believe the crap I hear…

“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.” – Christopher Hitchens

9.  When I need something else other than science to make me feel good…

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

10.  When I wonder if I should start something…

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi

But when I just want to make myself laugh…

Upon being cut-off by another driver:

That guy is a dutch-bag!”  – my son Brandon, 5 years old

“What’s a dutch-bag?” – Me

“You know, bad people.” – Brandon

 

See you on Monday after I’ve recharged!

 

M