Monday, December 31, 2012

Victor Hugo Quotes

1. Adversity makes men, and propserity makes monsters.

2. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

3. People do not lack strength, they lack will.

4. The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.

5. Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.

6. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

7. Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.

8. Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one wounds himself with the other.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Hobbit

"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Song in Chapter 1 "An Unexpected Party"

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hallow halls beneath the fells.

For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.

Far over the misty mountain cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.

The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale
And men look up with faces pale,
Then dragon's ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

The mountain smoke beneath the moon;
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
The fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.

Far over the misty mountain grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Blink - The Power of Thinking without Thinking

"Blink - The Power of Thinking without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell

Extract from Introduction:

1. You may have done the same thing, whether you realized it or not, when you first picked up this book. How long did you first hold it in your hands? Two seconds? And yet in that short space of time, the design of the cover, whatever associations you may have with my name, and the first few sentences about the kouros all generated an impression - a flurry of thoughts and images and preconceptions - that has fundamentally shaped the way you have this introduction so far. Aren't you curious about what happened in those 2 seconds?

2. I think we are innately suspicious of this kind of rapid cognition. We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it. When doctors are faced with a difficult diagnosis, they order more tests, and when we are uncertain about what we hear, we ask for a second opinion. And what do we tell our children? Haste makes waste. Look before you leap. Stop and think. Don't judge a book by its cover. We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible and spending as much time as possible in deliberation. We really only trust conscious decision making. But there are moments, particularly in times of stress, when haste does not make waste, when our snap judgements and first impressions can offer a much better means of making sense of the world. The first task of Blink is to convince you of a simple fact: decision made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately. 

3. Blink is not just a celebration of the power of the glance, however, I'm also interested in those moments when our instincts betray us.

4. The third and most important task of this book is to convince you that snap judgements and first impressions can be educated and controlled. I know that's hard to believe. Harrison and Hoving and the other arts experts who looked at the Getty kouros had powerful and sophisticated reactions to the statue, but didn't they bubble up unbidden from their unconscious? Can that kind of mysterious reaction be controlled? The truth is that it can. Just as we can teach ourselves to think logically and deliberately, we can also teach ourselves to make better snap judgements.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zig Ziglar Quotes

1. Attitude, not Aptitude, determines Altitude.

2. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

3. You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have impact on a life.

4. The more you are grateful for what you have the more you will have to be grateful for.

5. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

6. You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

7. Failure is a de-tour, not a dead-end street.

8. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

9. Every choice you make has an end result.

10. If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Albert Einstein Quotes

1. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

2. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

3. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

4. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

5. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

6. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

7. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

8. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

9. Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

10. It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

11. Any man who reads too much and uses his brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

三國謀略 - 三十六計 (2)

19. 笑裡藏刀
曹操不但對敵人用此計,就連對己方人也用此計,楊修一事何見, 只要曹操,給點暗示,楊修又怎會不知自己有殺生之禍呢?

20. 反間計

21. 擒賊擒王

22. 反客為主

23. 激將計

24. 虛張聲勢

25. 暗渡陳倉

26. 欲擒故縱

27. 調虎離山

28. 先發制人

29. 空城計

30. 瞞天過海

31. 圍魏救趙

32. 拋磚引玉

33. 借屍還魂

34. 扮豬吃虎

35. 聲東擊西

36. 走為上策


Saturday, September 29, 2012

三國謀略 - 三十六計 (1)

1. 假途伐

2. 連環計

3. 美人計

4. 借刀殺人

5. 落井下石

6. 金蟬脫殼

7. 招降納叛

8. 上屋抽梯

9. 以逸代勞

10. 隔岸觀火

11. 偷樑換柱

12. 製造輿論

13. 利用天時

14. 明知故眜

15. 混水摸魚

16. 苦肉計

17. 趁火打劫

18. 過河拆橋


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

William Shakespeare Quotes

1. Listen to many, speak to a few.

2. Speak low, if you speak love.

3. Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

4. Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

5. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

6. Expectation is the root of all heartache.

7. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

8. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

9. There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

10. To be, or not to be: that is the question.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bill Gates Quotes

1. Life is not fair, get used to it.

2. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

3. Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.

4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

5. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

6. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

7. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

8. It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

富人不說, 卻默默在做的33件事

<富人不說, 卻默默在做的33件事>
作者: 延埈赫

  1. 比期限早兩天完成
  2. 不喜歡的事, 再多做3分鐘
  3. 和家人一起吃早餐
  4. 坐第一排的位子
  5. 隨身帶着筆
  6. 在手機背景畫面寫上自己的目標
  7. 比約定的時間提早15分鐘到達
  8. 先訂好玩樂的計劃
  9. 先大聲向別人問好
  10. 在一週內寄email給初見面的人
  11. 正確喊出對方的姓名及職稱
  12. 剪掉信用卡
  13. 興趣是你一輩子的同伴
  14. 三秒之後再回答
  15. 一邊聆聽一邊附和
  16. 別按關門鍵
  17. 少吃一口飯
  18. 每天和別人共進午餐
  19. 吃飯時不要掉落食物
  20. 每天走路或跑步30分鐘
  21. 送客要送到電梯門口
  22. 所有的回答都是從"是"開始
  23. 睡前5分鐘向自己提出問題
  24. 5分鐘內記錄夢的日記
  25. 仔細閱讀報紙
  26. 隨身帶着一本書
  27. 每週一次, 從不同的路線上下班
  28. 靜靜坐着觀察周遭的人
  29. 電腦關機再下班
  30. 裝做不知道
  31. 壞消息別用電子郵件告知
  32. 讚美不在場的人
  33. 向自己道謝

Monday, July 30, 2012

Quotes - 諸葛亮名句

  1. 淡泊以明志, 寧靜而致遠
  2. 大事起於難, 小事起於易
  3. 勢利之交, 難以經遠
  4. 將不可驕, 驕則失禮, 失禮則人離, 人離則眾叛
  5. 貴而不驕, 勝而不悖, 賢而能下, 剛而能忍
  6. 鞠躬盡瘁, 死而後已
  7. 靜以修身, 儉而養德
  8. 奉命於危難之際, 受任於存亡之秋

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ray Dalio Quotes

  1. Don't worry about looking good, worry about achieving your goals.
  2. Life is like a game where you seek to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your goals. You get better at this game through practice. The game consists of a series of choices that have consequences. You can't stop the problems and choices from coming at you, so it's better to learn how to deal with them.
  3. More than anything else, what differentiates people who live up to their potential from those who don't is a willingess to look at themselves and others objectively.
  4. There is an excellent correlation between giving society what it wants and making money, and almost no correlation between the desire to make money and how much money one makes.
  5. Never say anything about a person you wouldn't say to them directly, and don't try people without accusing them to their face. Badmouthing people behind their backs shows a serious lack of integrity and is counterproductive. It doesn't yield any beneficial change, and it subverts both the people you are badmouthing and the environment as a whole.
  6. For every mistake that you learn from, you will save thousands of similar mistakes in the future, so if you treat mistakes as learning opportunities that yield rapid improvements you should be excited by them. But if you treat them as bad things, you will make yourself and others miserable, and you won't grow.
  7.  It is a law of nature that you must do difficult things to gain strength and power. As with working out, after a while you make the connection between doing difficult things and the benefits you get from doing them, and you come to look forward to doing these difficult things.
  8. People with good work habits have to-do lists that are reasonably prioritized, and they make themselves do what needs to be done. By contrast, people with poor work habits almost randomly react to the stuff that comes at them, or they can't bring themselves to do the things they need to do but don't like to do (or unable to do).

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Helen Keller Quotes

1. Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content.

2. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.

3. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.

4. Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.

5. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

6. Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

7. We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.

8. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

有錢人的口頭禪 貧窮人的口頭禪

<<有錢人的口頭禪 貧窮人的口頭禪>>
作者: 齋藤一人

1. 這個世界其實很簡單,不要想得太復雜。只要兼顧金錢,健康的身體與善良而富足的心,就能達成所有願望。
2. 沒有錢就得向自已討厭的人低頭。如果沒有錢,就要時時帶着笑容,驘得別人的喜愛。笑容可以讓你遠離討人厭的傢伙。
3. 提高別人的自我重要感,可以讓自己的人生更美好。提升別人自我重要感的方法, 就是稱讚,再稱讚,拚命稱讚。
4. 人心不過一個杯子大,裡面裝的水是心的精華。不斷滴入乾淨清澈的水, 人生一定會幸福無比。
5. “我真幸福呀!” “我真富裕呀!” “只要肯做, 就沒有做不到的事。如果不做,就不可能做得到!”
把這些好話當成口頭禪, 根據“千遍法則”, 你的心就會變得清澈。
6. 勉強自己努力也不能成為有錢人。越是拚命努力,越容易變得不幸。
7. 接近走運的人, 吸收“好運的波動”。
8. 稍微提高說話的聲量,成功就會突然靠近你。

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

1. If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.
2. I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
3. I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.
4. If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
5. I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.
6. I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quotes - Chicken Soup for the Soul

Quotes Extracted from
"A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul" by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen 

1. I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.  (Edward E. Hale)

2. Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. (Dr. Karl Menninger)

3. The soul is healed by being with children. (Fyodor Dostoyevski)

4. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our heart and we are never, ever the same. (Source Unknown)

5. For everything you have missed, you have gained something else. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

6. Things don't change. You change your way of looking, that's all. (Carlos Castaneda)

7. To every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage. (W. Clement Stone)

8. Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures. (Joseph Addison)

9. The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them. (Antoine de Saint Exupery)

10. I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there. (Michael Jordan)

11. Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve. (Leonardo da Vinci)

12. They can because they think they can. (Virgil)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Robert T. Kiyosaki Quotes

  1. You're only poor if you give up. The most important thing is that you did something. Most people only talk and dream of getting rich. You've done something.
  2. Intelligence solves problems and produces more money. Money, without financial intelligence is money soon gone.
  3. What do you think about me is not my business, the important thing is what I think about myself...
  4. Workers work hard enough to not be fired, and owners pay just enough so that workers won't quit.
  5. We all have tremendous potential, and we all are blessed with gifts. Yet the one thing that holds all of us back is some degree of self-doubt. It is not so much the lack of technical information that holds us back, but more the lack of self-confidence.
  6. Just know that it's fear that keeps most people working at a job. The fear of not paying their bills, the fear of being fired, the fear of not having enough money, the fear of starting over. That's the price of studying to learn a profession or trade, and then working for money. Most people become a slave to money... and then get angry at their boss.
  7. It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Outliers - The Story of Success (2)

"Outliers - The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell 

Extract relating to "The 10,000-Hour Rule"

  • A study done by the psychologist K. Anders Ericsson at Berlin's Academy of Music, had divided the school's violinists into 3 groups. In the first group were the stars, the students with the potential to become world-class soloists. In the second were those judged to be merely "good". In the third were the students who were unlikely to ever play  professionally and who intended to be music teachers in the public school system. 
  • Everyone from all 3 groups started playing at roughly the same age, around 5 years old. In those first few years, everyone practiced roughly the same amount, about 2 - 3 hours a week. But when the students were around the age of 8, real differences started to emerge. The students who would end up the best in their class began to practice more than everyone else: 6 hours a week by age 9, 8 hours a week by age 12, 16 hours a week by age 14, and up and up, until by the age of 20 they were practicing - well over 30 hours a week. In fact, by the age of 20, the elite performers had each totaled 10,000 hours of practice. By contrast, the merely good students had totaled 8,000 hours, and the future music teachers had totaled just over 4,000 hours.
  • The striking thing about Ericsson's study is that he and his colleagues couldn't find any "naturals", musicians who floated effortlessly to the top while practicing a fraction of the time their peers did. Nor they could find any "grinds", people who worked harder than everyone else, yet just didn't have what it takes to break the top ranks. Their research suggests that once a musician has enough ability to get into the top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from the another is how hard he or she works. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nelson Mandela Quotes

  1. After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
  2. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers the fear.
  3. It always seems impossible until it's done.
  4. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
  5. There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
  6. One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
  7. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
  8. A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
  9. You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.
  10. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Outliers - The Story of Success (1)

"Outliers - The Story of Success" 
by Malcolm Gladwell

Part I Opportunity - Quotes

  1. People don't rise from nothing. We do owe something to parentage and patronage. The people who stand before kings may look like they did it all by themselves. But in fact they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.
  2. It makes a difference when and where we grew up. The culture we belong to and the legacies passed down by our forebears shape the patterns of our achievement in ways we cannot begin to imagine. It's not enough to ask what successful people are like. It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn't.
  3. The "Matthew Effect" - It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

57 Famous Alibis by Old Man IF

57 Famous Alibis by Old Man IF
- Extract from "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill

IF I didn't have a wife and a family ...
IF I had enough "pull" ...
IF I had money ...
IF I had a good education ...
IF I could get a job ...
IF I had good health ...
IF I only had time ...
IF times were better ...
IF other people understood me ...
IF conditions around me were only different ...
IF I could live my life over again ...
IF I did not fear what "THEY" would say ...
IF I had been given a chance ...
IF I now had a chance ...
IF other people didn't "have it in for me" ...
IF nothing happens to stop me ...
IF I were only younger ...
IF I could only do what I want ...
IF I had been born rich ...
IF I could meet "the right people" ...
IF I had the talent that some people have ...
IF I dared assert myself ...
IF I only had embraced past opportunities ...
IF people didn't get on my nerves ...
IF I didn't have to keep house and look after the children ...
IF I could save some money ...
IF the boss only appreciated me ...
IF I only had somebody to help me ...
IF my family understood me ...
IF I lived in a big city ...
IF I could just get started ...
IF I were only free ...
IF I had the personality of some people ...
IF I were not so fat ...
IF my talents were known ...
IF I could just get a "break" ...
IF I could only get out of debt ...
IF I hadn't failed ...
IF I only knew how ...
IF everybody didn't oppose me ...
IF I didn't have so many worries ...
IF I could marry the right person ...
IF people weren't so dumb ...
IF my family were not so extravagant ...
IF I were sure of myself ...
IF luck were not against me ...
IF I had not been born under the wrong star ...
IF it were not true that "what is to be will be" ...
IF I did not have to work so hard ...
IF I hadn't lost my money ...
IF I lived in a different neighborhood ...
IF I didn't have a "past" ...
IF I only had a business of my own ...
IF other people would only listen to me ...
IF I had the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me, and correct it, then I might have a chance to profit by my mistakes and learn something from the experience of others, for I know that there is something WRONG with me, or I would now be where I WOULD HAVE BEEN IF I had spent more time analyzing my weaknesses, and less time building alibis to cover them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Welch Way - 24 Lessons from the World's Greatest CEO

"The Welch Way - 24 Lessons from the World's Greatest CEO"
by Jeffrey A. Krames

1. Lead
"What we are looking for... are leaders at every level who can energize, excite and inspire rather than enervate, depress, and control"

2. Get less formal
"You must realize how important it is to maintain the kind of corporate informality that encourages a... training class to comfortably challenge the boss' pet ideas."

3. Blow up bureaucracy
"The way to harness the power of these people is not to protect them... but to turn them loose, and get the management layers off their backs, the bureaucratic shackles off their feet and the functional barriers out of their way."

4. Face reality
"How do you bring people into the change process? Start with reality... When everybody gets the same facts, they'll generally come to the same conclusion."

5. Simplify
"You can't believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple... Clear tough0minded people are the most simple."

6. See Change as an Opportunity
"The game is going to change, and change drastically."

7. Lead by energizing others
"We now know where productivity - real and limitless productivity - comes from. It comes from challenged, empowered, excited, rewarded teams of people."

8. Defy tradition
"Shun the incremental and go for the leap."

9. Make intellect rule
"... the desire, and the ability, of an organization to continously learn from any source, anywhere - and to rapidly convert this learning into action - is its ultimate competitive advantage."

10. Pounce every day
"Don't sit still. Anybody sitting still, you can guarantee they're going to get their legs knocked out from under them."

11. Put values first
"Early in my career... there was way too much focus on the numbers... and a lot less on the softer values of building a team, sharing ideas, exciting others."

12. Manage less
"You can't mange self-confidence into people."

13. Involve everyone
"Business is "all about capturing intellect from every person... the more people you can capture it from, the better the intellect."

14. Rewrite your agenda
"We want to be a company that is constantly rewriting itself, shedding the past, adapting to change."

15. Live speed
"Speed is everything. It is the indispensable ingredient in competitiveness."

16. Instill confidence
"Just as surely as speed flows from simplicity, simplicity is grounded in self-confidence."

17. Set stretch goals
"... self-confident people know that it is the quality of their effort toward achieving the "impossible" that is the ultimate measure."

18. Eliminate boundaries
"Boundaryless behavior evaluates ideas based on their merit, not on the rank of the person who came up with them."

19. Articulate a vision
"Leaders - and you take anyone from Roosevelt to Churchill to Reagan - inspire people with clear versions of how things cam be done better."

20. Get good ideas from everywhere
"It is a badge of honor to learn something here, no matter where it comes from."

21. Spark other to perform
"Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do."

22. Quality is your job
"Six Sigma is the most important training thing we've ever had. It's better than going to Harvard Business School."

23. Change never ends
"The wisdom may lie in changing the institution while it is still winning - reinvogarating a business, in fact, while it's making more money than anyone ever dreamed it could make."

24. Have Fun
"Leading a big company... means never allowing a company to take itself too seriously, and reminding itself constantly... that yesterday's press clippings often wrap today's fish."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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