Early Presidio MBA grad Maryline Daviaud Lewett recently invited students and faculty to share their favorite quotes. She kicked us off with:
“For in the end,
we will conserve only that which we love;
we will love only that which we understand;
and we will understand only that which we have been taught.”
– Senegalese environmentalist, Baba Dioum
Here are the ones I submitted.
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill
“There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
– GK Chesterton
“When the storytelling goes bad in a culture, the result is decadence.”
– Aristotle
“Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”
– Thomas A. Edison
“There is a knack to flying. You must throw yourself at the ground and miss.” –
-e.e. cummings
“Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.”
– Howard Aiken
“The human mind, so frail, so perishable, so full of inexhaustible dreams and hungers, burns by the power of a leaf.”
– Loren Eisley
“That all authority in the last analysis rests on opinion is never more forcefully demonstrated than when, suddenly and unexpectedly, a universal refusal to obey initiates what then turns into a revolution.”
– Hannah Arendt
PS: “I am always doing things I can’t do—that’s how I get to do them.”
– Pablo Picasso
Oh, heck, just a few more:
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”
– Albert Einstein
“By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“Why doesn’t anyone ever try softer?”
– Lily Tomlin


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