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Collections of Quotes

  • From Remez Sasson - [1]

Antifragility (Or Failure-Loving)

  • “I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again inmy life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan


  • "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear. – Franklin D. Roosevelt [2]. Later copied by Ambrose Redmoon in more words of slightly less precision, while adding more explanatory observation - see last paragraph at [3]

Competitive Waste

  • George Bernard Shaw - Was quoted saying- “Every profession is a conspiracy against the layman”

Decisions, Decisionmaking

  • By Bezos - [4] - “Some decisions are consequential and irreversible or nearly irreversible – one-way doors – and these decisions must be made methodically, carefully, slowly, with great deliberation and consultation. If you walk through and don’t like what you see on the other side, you can’t get back to where you were before. We can call these Type 1 decisions. But most decisions aren’t like that – they are changeable, reversible – they’re two-way doors. If you’ve made a suboptimal Type 2 decision, you don’t have to live with the consequences for that long. You can reopen the door and go back through. Type 2 decisions can and should be made quickly by high judgment individuals or small groups.”

Democracy and Liberty

  • John Dewey; “Democracy is when people are in charge of the culture that is creating them.”
  • The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson, slaveholder, freed 10 of his 600 slaves [5].
  • Freedom must be better armed than tyranny - Zielensky. [6]


  • “Competence is how good you are when there is something to gain. Character is how good you are when there is nothing to gain. People will reward you for competence. But people will only love you for your character.” — Mark Manson



  • The price you pay for doing what everyone else does is getting what everyone else gets.


  • Jerry Seinfeld talking with Howard Stern on finding the pain you're comfortable with: - "Seinfeld: I'm never not working on material. Every second of my existence, I'm thinking, could I do something with that? Howard Stern: That, to me, sounds torturous. Seinfeld: Your blessing in life is when you find the torture you're comfortable with." Source - [7]

Obstacles, Solving Problems

  • James Dyson - “You are just as likely to solve a problem by being unconventional and determined as by being brilliant.”
  • The biggest obstacles are internal. - tiny thoughts from Farnam Street


  • “I was waiting for something extraordinary to happen, but as the years wasted on, nothing ever did unless I caused it.”— Charles Bukowski

Applied Moral Philosophy

  • For the heart of Rome to be the marble of the senate - not the blood-stained sand of the coliseum, we must master distributive production - MJ


  • On non-ambitious goals: "Why should we settle for so little when so much is at stake for so many?" Churchill edited.


  • Active Optimism - Optimism is seeing problems as challenges that are solvable; it’s having the confidence that there are things that we can do to make a difference. “Urgent optimism,” “pragmatic optimism,” “realistic optimism,” “impatient optimism” — I’ve heard many terms for this concept. To make my case for why optimism is so essential for progress, we need to understand the positions of optimists versus pessimists. The definition of pessimism is “a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.” Optimism, on the other hand, is the “hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.” People mistakenly see optimism as an excuse for inaction. They think that it’s pessimism that drives change, and optimism that keeps us where we are. The opposite is true."</p>


  • "If they say it’s impossible, it’s impossible for them - not for you." Bruce Lee.

Determination , Perseverance

  • One sign that determination matters more than talent: there are lots of talented people who never achieve anything, but not that many determined people who don't. — Paul Graham
  • Pessimism is a Barrier to Progress.
  • From Farnam Street -
    • In the long term, you can't get better results than your consistency.
    • Not all progress is visible. Not all victories are celebrated.
    • Just because others can't see the results doesn't mean you're not getting better. Just because someone is ahead of you doesn't mean you are on the wrong trajectory. Just because no one notices doesn't mean it doesn't matter. Just because there is no applause doesn't mean you didn't score.


  • ”Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.” – Guillermo Maldonado. (Note purpose can come from various sources, probably internal sources in Radical Man personal and political transformation.



  • Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics - Gen. Omar Bradley. Amateurs talk vision. Professionals talk execution. - MJ
  • Seneca is attributed with saying, “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”


  • “Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius." Edward Gibbon

OSE Transformation

  • We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. -Confucius
  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. -Confucius
  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. - Confucius
  • Freedom isn't free.
  • If money is your hope for Independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge experience and ability. -Henry Ford
  • I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want. -Mark Twain
  • 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. -Albert Einstein

Political Warfare

  • Political warfare works through you or it does not work. So if you are not willing to think about yourself, you are not thinking about political warfare. - Tim Snyder


From Ramez Sasson -

Famous quote on respect: “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” — Lao Tzu

Respect Quotes A collection of quotes about respect teaches you to honor yourself and others. If you treat others with respect, kindness, and honor, people will treat you respectfully.

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“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.” — Richard Branson

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” — Albert Einstein

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” — Laurence Sterne

“Treat people with respect and do it with sincerity.” — Adrienne C. Moore

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“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Respect means honoring other people’s boundaries and recognizing their right to make their own decisions and choices.” – Dorina Sasson

“Men are respectable only as they respect.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.” — Herbert H. Lehman

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” — Bryant H. McGill

“Respect for the rights of others means peace.” — Benito Juarez

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“To earn respect, you must show respect.” — Anonymous

Motivating Quotes About Respect “Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.” — R.G. Risch

“Respect should be the first thing you give.” — Anonymous

“He who does not have the courage to speak up for his rights cannot earn the respect of others.” — Rene G. Torres

“When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.” — Thomas S. Monson

“Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.” — Dalai Lama

“The respect you show to others (or lack thereof) is an immediate reflection of your own self-respect.” — Alex Elle

“We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful.” — Taylor Swift

“Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.” — Tecumseh

“Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.” — Don Miguel Ruiz

“Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected – that is essential.” — Anna Gould

“Respect comes in two unchangeable steps: giving it and receiving it.” — Edmond Mbiaka

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Inspirational Quotes About Respect “Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.” — Eldridge Cleaver

“I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.” — Philip James Bailey

“If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” — Maya Angelou

“You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect.” — Lawrence Goldstone

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” — Bruce Lee

“Respect is love in plain clothes.” — Frankie Byrne

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” — Dr. Seuss

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” — Bono

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.” — Henri Frederic Amiel

“Respect the beliefs of others even if you don’t accept them.” – Remez Sasson

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” — Jackie Robinson

“Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.” — Baltasar Gracian

Quotes About Respecting Others Tolerance, kindness and feeling of respect improve relations and can bring harmony into the world.

“Don’t demand to be honored. Instead, give respect and recognize other people’s rights.” — Remez Sasson

“Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.” — Ray Davis

“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” — Confucius

“If we are not free, no one will respect us.” — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Respect is not ever assigned; it’s earned.” — Laurence Sterne

“Value others’ opinions but value your own more.” — Anonymous

“Respect at the cost of others is disrespect in effect.” — Muhammad Tariq Majeed

“A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect.” — Anonymous

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” — Paulo Coelho

“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” — U. Thant

Willpower and Self-Discipline Guidance and Exercises for Willpower and Self-Discipline

Quotes About Respecting and Honoring People “Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” — Thomas Paine

“It is the way one treats his inferiors more than the way he treats his equals which reveals one’s real character.” — Charles Bayard Mitchell

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“To respect a person is not possible without knowing him; care and responsibility would be blind if they were not guided by knowledge.” — Erich Fromm

“Respect is a mirror, the more you show it to other people, the more they will reflect it back.” — Anonymous

“We must express ourselves in ways that demonstrate our respect for others.” — Stephen Carter

“Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them.” — Albert Schweitzer

“Civility is simply demonstrating respect for the dignity of our fellow humans—even those humans we strongly dislike.” — Bo Bennett

“Respect begins with this attitude: I acknowledge that you are a creature of extreme worth.” — Gary Chapman

“Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality.” — Mohammad Rishad Sakhi

Quotes to Boost Self-Respect “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” — Confucius

“Take very little notice of those people who choose to treat you poorly. It is how they are defining their story, not yours.” — Lei Wah

“Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?” — Abdul Kalam

“Others will respect you only if you respect yourself.” — Aldo Gucci

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” — Lao Tzu

“If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

“We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same.” — C. JoyBell C.

“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.” — Les Brown

“Respect is earned, honesty is appreciated, trust is gained, loyalty is returned.” — Anonymous

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.” — Albert Camus

“Treating others as you want to be treated is the most effective means of developing respect.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

“The highest respect should be earned, not given.” — Kyrie Irving

“Respect is for those who deserve not for those who demand it.” — Paulo Coelho

Concluding Thoughts on Respect Quotes Respect is more than a virtue; it is the glue that binds the fabric of society, enabling diverse individuals to coexist harmoniously. The wisdom included in these quotes remind us of the profound and important power of respect.

It not only shapes our relationships but also defines the core of our human dignity.

Remember, when you give resect, you receive respect.


  • "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw

Inspiration Quotes

Uplifting and encouraging things to help everyone. Feel free to add.

  • The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.
  • Our perspective shapes our reality.
  • The map is not the territory. General Semantics.
  • "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Pablo Picasso
  • "80 percent of success is showing up" - woody allen
  • http://www.sunnyskyz.com/inspirational-quotes

Quotes About OSE

  • Noam Chomsky - see Reviews of Our Work
  • There is a bunch of quotes from supporters from around 2009 at In the News page
  • ozlem yalım - comment from TED Talk at the TED site -"Jul 6 2013: proud to exhibit this tractor by downloading it from the internet, and producing here together with interns at the first istanbul design biennial@adhocracy exhibition curated by joseph grima.'
  • "Open Source Ecology is one of the most visionary and intelligent efforts I've yet come across. It's a logical and comprehensive approach to thoroughgoing social and economic transformation. I find their whole approach very exciting." - Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College, author of Plenitude: the new economics of true wealth.
  • "Resilient Community Construction Set," an advanced industrial economy in a box that can be deployed inexpensively anywhere in the world.- Permakent
  • "The mind-blowing thing about this project is that anybody who wants to start a similar community can do so virtually for free on the outskirts of many cities in the United States... I say to all those who are actually taking up this opportunity, all the power to you. The idea is, if you can generate the money to create the system, you will reap the benefits forever." - Arthur Magazine

Famous Quotes

  • “There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things,” Niccolo Macchiavelli
  • "Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs


  • The cripping of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparationn for his future career. - Albert Einstein
  • Cyberpunk - near-future post-industrial dystopias, but tend to be marked by extraordinary cultural ferment and the use of technology in ways never anticipated by its creators ("the street finds its own uses for things").


A list of EcoSalon’s favorite quotes on thinking outside the box - http://ecosalon.com/40-best-quotes-on-innovation/ :

There has been opposition to every innovation in the history of man, with the possible exception of the sword. -Benjamin Dana

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. -Steve Jobs

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. -John Cage

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman. -David Ogilvy

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. -John Steinbeck

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. -George Bernard Shaw

Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time. -Bill Gates

All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery, and openness to change and flexibility and it hinders innovation and invention. -Joline Godfrey

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. -Lee Iacocca

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. -Alan Kay

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. -William Pollard

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. -Wayne Gretzky

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. -Albert Einstein

Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. -Harvey Firestone

The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites. -Carl Jung

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. -Woody Allen

Never innovate to compete, innovate to change the rules of the game. -David O. Adeife

It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date. -Roger von Oech

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -General George Patton

Stay hungry, stay foolish. -Whole Earth Catalog, via Steve Jobs

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas Edison

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. -Erica Jong

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. -Dr. Linus Pauling

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. -Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. -George Bernard Shaw

Held in the palms of thousands of disgruntled people over the centuries have been ideas worth millions – if they only had taken the first step and then followed through. -Robert M. Hayes

Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport. -Robert Wieder

The only thing all successful people have in common is that they’re successful, so don’t waste your time copying “the successful strategies” of others. -Seth Godin

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. -Howard Aiken

Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not? -Robert Kennedy

Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them. -Alfred North Whitehead

Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress. -Ted Levitt

If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. -Michelangelo

The practice of R&D involves making mistakes, realizations, corrections, and more mistakes. Trial and error is a fundamental part of the process. Too many managers in corporate America learn to avoid invention and new thinking because they have been convinced that their careers depend upon not making mistakes. -Tom Huff

The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams. -W. Arthur Porter

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. -Steve Jobs

It’s not about breaking the rules. It is about abandoning the concept of rules altogether. -Paul Lemberg

Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -Thomas Edison

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world! -Joel Arthur Barker

What Not to Do

  • "He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, for that is what he will know." — Annie Dillard. Does that mean one should not read Mein Kampf or Fundamentals of Geopolitics, by two genocidal authors?

Work and Life

  • “Whichever route you take, expect a struggle. Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it's rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you'll be more likely to arrive at it. If you know you can love work, you're in the home stretch, and if you know what work you love, you're practically there.” - Paul Graham

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