Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quotes - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quotes extracted from 
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain

  1. I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork... for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding. (Albert Einstein)
  2. Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again. (Anais Nin)
  3. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed. (Carl Jung)
  4. A shy man no doubt dreads the notice of strangers, but can hardly be said to be afraid of them. He may be as bold as a hero in battle, and yet have no self-confidence about trifles in the presence of strangers. (Charles Darwin)
  5. The wind howls, but the mountain remains still. (Japanese Proverb)
  6. Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. (Lao Zi)
  7. In a gentle way, you can shake the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)
  8. Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting. (Maxims of Ptahhotep)
  9. Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person's capacity to act. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) 
  10. With anything young and tender the most important part of the task is the beginning of it; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression more readily taken. (Plato)
  11. Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything. (Robert Rubin)
  12. A man has as many social selves as there are distinct groups of persons about whose opinion he cares. He generally shows a different side of himself to each of these different groups. (William James)
  13. Society is itself an education in the extrovert values, and rarely has there been a society that has preached them so hard. No man is an island, but how John Donne would writhe to hear how often, and for what reasons, the thought is so tiresomely repeated.  (William Whyte)