Dangerous Ideas Intro Quotes

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These slides were playing as people were seating for the Dangerous Ideas presentation at the 2008 PLA. They were accompanied by \"Revolution #9\" by The Beatles (White Album).

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  • Great set of quotes ... a feast for the mind. Like lots, particularly like slide 40 -- Never say 'oops.' Always say, 'Ah, interesting.' Unknown
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Dangerous Ideas Intro Quotes

  1. 1. There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function. Georges Clemenceau
  2. 2. From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way. Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
  3. 3. For those who want a quick summary of a few of the things that we anticipate will become extinct in coming years: 2009: Mending things 2014: Getting lost 2016: Retirement 2019: Libraries 2020: Copyright 2030: Keys 2033: Coins 2036: Petrol engined vehicles 2037: Glaciers Ross Dawson Blog
  4. 4. If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake. F. Wikzek
  5. 5. You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix
  6. 6. Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. E. F. Schumacher
  7. 7. Modern man is a prisoner who thinks he is free because he refrains from touching the walls of his dungeon. Nicolás Gómez Dávila
  8. 8. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
  9. 9. Only dead fish swim with the stream. Malcolm Muggeridge
  10. 10. Your father lost his job to a robot, right? ... You probably would have banned the Internet to keep the libraries open. Lance Robertson to Detective Del Spooner in I Robot
  11. 11. Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? Frank Scully
  12. 12. What is a collection in an age of abundance ? Rivkah Sass
  13. 13. Our mission is to organize the world’s information. Susan Wojcicki, Google’s Director of Product Management
  14. 14. The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. Henry Kissinger
  15. 15. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Nelson Mandela
  16. 16. Your future depends upon many things, but mostly on you. Frank Tyger
  17. 17. A coupla months in the laboratory can save a coupla hours in the library Westheimer’s Discovery
  18. 18. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information resources that might consume it. Herbert Alexander Simon
  19. 19. Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
  20. 20. Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have. Emile Chartier
  21. 21. Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Franklin P. Jones
  22. 22. If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
  23. 23. Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. 24. Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers. Mignon McLaughlin
  25. 25. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein
  26. 26. Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug. Jon Lithgow
  27. 27. If you are not criticized, you are not doing much. Donald Rumsfeld
  28. 28. One dog barks at something, and a hundred bark at the bark. Chinese Proverb
  29. 29. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs
  30. 30. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. Unknown
  31. 31. The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. John Kenneth Galbraith
  32. 32. Even if the voices are not real, they have some good ideas. Unknown
  33. 33. Beaten paths are for beaten people and it's not that life is too short it's just that we're dead for such a long time. Unknown
  34. 34. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Les Brown
  35. 35. A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry S Truman
  36. 36. Before you can break out of prison, you must first realize you're locked up. Unknown
  37. 37. A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip, and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow. Unknown
  38. 38. One who says it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it. Chinese Proverb
  39. 39. Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. Mary Lou Cook
  40. 40. Never say, "oops." Always say, "Ah, interesting." Unknown
  41. 41. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Rosa Luxemburg
  42. 42. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Rosa Luxemburg
  43. 43. Don't think you're on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path. Unknown
  44. 44. Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed. Walter Russell
  45. 45. When one doors closes, another door opens. Helen Keller
  46. 46. The most damaging phrase in the language is: "It's always been done that way." Grace Hopper
  47. 47. Whether you think you can, or think you cannot, you are right. Henry Ford
  48. 48. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas Edison
  49. 49. When you lose, don't lose the lesson. Dalai Lama
  50. 50. If we don’t take care of the customer, maybe they’ll stop bugging us. Despair.com poster
  51. 51. If we don’t change the direction we’re going, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed. Chinese proverb
  52. 52. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln
  53. 53. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. Edward De Bono
  54. 54. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw
  55. 55. Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions. Unknown
  56. 56. Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was. Margaret Mitchell
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