Category Archives: Quotes

Quotes- August 2014

If you say you believe authority seeks anything other than its own continuance, you’re lying or stupid or eight years old.

-Erin Tyler

Everybody wonders if they’re fat and nobody wonders if they’re boring.

-Alex Baze

Getting offended is a great way to avoid answering questions that make you sound dumb.

-Tucker Max

To become better, to improve our skills, and to master a trade brings incredible fulfillment to the human condition.

-Dale Partridge

The next 20 years are going to see an explosion of people explaining, simplifying and curating very complex subjects for the average person. Do that well, and you’ll be rich and famous.

-Tucker Max


Quotes- July 2014

The stronger the identity, the more it imprisons, the more it resists expansion, interpretation, renewal, contradiction.

-Rem Koolhaas

Hearing the faraway sounds of children at recess makes me understand that I am no longer life’s main character.

-Alec Sulkin

When Bill Clinton assembled the top minds of the nation to discuss the economy in 1992, no one mentioned the Internet.

-David Leonhardt

Oh, how blessed young men are who have to struggle for a foundation and beginning in life. I shall never cease to be grateful for the three and half years of apprenticeship and the difficulties to be overcome, all along the way.

-John D. Rockefeller

Use your travels to try new things, to face fears, do things you wouldn’t otherwise do, and to push yourself, extend yourself. You shouldn’t come home a new man, just a better one.

-Chad Howse

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.

-Proverbs 13:22

Quotes- June2014

Studying history helps you predict the future by teaching you which things are old enough to be permanent.

-Paul Graham

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.

 -C.S. Lewis

Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain, the lazy one never.

-Benjamin Franklin

The perfect opportunity is one that exists, that gives you any kind of experience, the one that allows you to put anything you’ve learned into practice. The perfect opportunity you keep picturing in your head? That’s your ego protecting you from change — the feeling of pain and failure that is deliberate practice and experimentation.

-Ryan Holiday

To me, an artist sells out when what he does is not motivated by internal forces, but by external ones.

-Tucker Max

Quotes- May 2014

Rehearse them in your mind: exile, torture, war, shipwreck. All the terms of our human lot should be before our eyes.

Money‬ is a physical symbol of your creative energy. By holding on to it, you tell your mind that you are afraid of running out, and this blocks the flow of your energy. By sharing your money, you tell your mind that your creativity is boundless, and that you will always have enough money.
-Ilya Alexi

Body strength is something we have or we don’t; strength of spirit is something we decide to have. Why wouldn’t we decide to have it? Because we somehow enjoy being pitiful and incapable — great excuses to not do hard, important things.
-Steve Moore

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
-Ira Glass

There are times when we feel helpless, as if there is nothing we can do for ourselves because of the obstacles we face, like the world is against us. That may be true, but when we choose to focus on others—by providing assistance or being a good example—our own personal fears and troubles inevitably diminish. -Ryan Holiday

Madness does not come by breaking out, but by giving in; by settling down in some dirty, little, self-repeating circle of ideas; by being tamed.
―G.K. Chesterton

Quotes- April 2014

Dance like no one is watching. Run like no one is watching. Eat like no one is watching. Welcome to being a human. No one cares about you.
-Jamie Woodham

A lot of life is based on uncertainty. The quality of life is the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.
-Anthony Robbins

Failing, even failing miserably over and over, does not make you a failure. It just means that you have failed.
-Tucker Max

The future is the only thing we can improve.
-Kevin Kelly

The difference between a scholar and a fundamentalist: a scholar asks questions, while a fundamentalist gives answers.
-Gary Marx

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Quotes- March 2014

There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride; disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortifying it as much as one pleases, it is still alive and will every now and then peep out and show itself.

-Ben Franklin

Whenever someone talks about something that has nothing to do with them (like offering an opinion on a book), they are talking about themselves not that thing.

-Tucker Max

Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding.

-Miyamoto Musashi

Self-reflection encourages great bravery. Rationalization is your greatest enemy.

-Awa Kenzo

Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter.

-Stephen King

The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.

-Linus Pauling

Explaining things that matter: Be simple. Then simpler than that. Just say what happens. The part of reality that any given person needs to know is naturally riveting to them.

-Anne Herbert

In media, it doesn’t matter if you’re right. It matters if you’re understood.

-Tucker Max

No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow.

-Charles Spurgeon

But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief. Power cannot accrue to those who squander their treasure of words.

-Robert Greene

The truth is generally seen, rarely heard.

-Baltasar Gracian

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.

-HL Mencken


Quotes- February 2014

The institutions we have built to prop us up seem mostly to hold creative and forward thinking people back. College is great, but it is slow and routine. Corporations can do great things, but fulfilling individuals is not one of them. Money is important but it can also be an addiction. Accomplishments like a degree or a job are not an end, they are means to an end. I’m so glad I learned that.

-Ryan Holiday

Most of us won’t be written up in history books. Most of us only make three or four momentous decisions in our lives, and several decades after we die, the people we leave behind will struggle to remember the events of our lives. You and I live in little moments, and if God doesn’t rule our little moments and doesn’t work to re-create us in the middle of them, then there’s no hope for us, because that’s where you and I live.

-Paul Tripp

On the entrepreneurial path, few people come into your life without a reason.

-Ken Blanchard

When you expose yourself there are many many ways for people to attack you. People will stab you and hurt you. But you can’t create art unless you show how unique you are while being inclusive with others who share your problems.

-James Altucher

A leader of men must make decisions quickly, be independent; act and stand firm; be a fighter; speak openly, plainly, frankly; make defeats his lessons; cooperate; coordinate; use the best of any alliances or allies; walk with active faith courageously toward danger or the unknown; create a staff; know, love and represent the best interests of his followers; be loyal, true, frank and faithful; reward loyalty; have a high, intelligent, and worthy purpose and ideal. Do justice; love mercy; fear no man but fear only God.

—John W Dodge

No one ever got rich checking their email more often.

-Noah Kagan

Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.

-Philip Yancey

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

-Salvador Dali

That’s what makes death so hard- unsatisfied curiosity.

-Beryl Markham

When you have disciplined people, you don’t need hierarchy. When you have disciplined thought you don’t need bureaucracy. When you have disciplined action, you don’t need excessive controls.

-Jim Collins

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end- which you can never afford to lose- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality whatever they might be.

-Admiral James Stockdale

Most men would rather die, than think. Many do.

-Bertrand Russell

Truth is like a lizard; it leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.

-Ivan Turgenev