A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

-Sir Winston Churchill


“Do something. Do something to that, and then do something to that. Pretty soon you’ve got something.”

-Jasper Johns


“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

-Henry David Thoreau


“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

-Albert Einstein


“It’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time.”

-Bruce Springsteen


“The reasonable man adapts to the world, the unreasonable on persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

-George Bernard Shaw


“I think you have to decide whether achievement is the route to self-esteem or whether self-esteem is the route to achievement. I think you guys think self-esteem is the route to achievement, and I think you’re wrong.”

-Larry Summers, to Harvard faculty


“The problem with having a new idea is that most people are dead set against your success. But a good idea backed up with an unwavering sense of purpose can overcome the naysayers.”

-James Dyson


“Remember that love without action is meaningless, and action without love is irrelevant.”

-Deepak Chopra


“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.”

-Franklin Roosevelt


“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”

-William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2


“I’d be a bum on the street with a tin cup if the markets were always efficient.”

-Warren Buffett


“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”

-Colin Powell

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”



“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

-Albert Einstein


“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

-Sir Ken Robinson

“My biggest advantage is that I was born with no advantage.”

-Harold Hamm

“Lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn’t mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you’re just never the same.”

-David Foster Wallace


“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.”

-Yoda (from Empire Strikes Back)


“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

-Warren Zevon


“Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.”

-Albert Giacometti


“Keynes essentially said don’t try and figure out what the market is doing. Figure out a business you understand, and concentrate.”

-Warren Buffett

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

-Albert Einstein


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook

-William James


“There are two kinds of people on earth today, Just two kinds of people, no more, I say … No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean Are the people who lift, and the people who lean..”

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox


“It’s a difficult thing to address, to try to step outside oneself. But I have been a guest professor at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium and if I ever encounter a young artist who has any doubs about investing the next ten years of his or her life in his or her work, my advice is always to quit. If you have any capacity to quit whatsoever, most certainly do yourself an enormous favor and quit. If you have no capacity whatsoever to quit, and you’ve tried a million times, in a million different ways, and you still can’t quit, then you know it’s right for you. Look at examples, historically, when art has been forbidden, when people have been incarcerated and had limited capacity – they still found a way. It’s in us and it is of us. You can’t extinguish it. The buoyant aspect of who we are is large and insistent.”

-Ran Ortner