Some Favorite Quotes

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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.
Charles Robert Darwin
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Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein, Physicist (1879 - 1955)
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift, "Thoughts on Various Subjects" 1711
(Chapter XVI of "The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces")
If nobody thinks what you are doing is dangerous, you are doing something with no power to change the world.
Bruce Sterling, SciFi Author, 06 March 2006
From his keynote speech at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Mainstream customers can never use a disruptive technology at its outset.
Clayton Christensen (1997), page 244 in
The Innovator's Dilemma Collins Business Essentials Edition
If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.
Attributed to Henry Ford in commenting about his first car.
Cited in remarks by Bill Ford, Chairman and CEO, Ford Motor Company, at the Ford Motor Company Business Review on January 23, 2006.
Innovate or Die.
Slogan of the Specialized Bicycle Components company (Morgan Hill, CA) as cited in Tom Kelly's "The Art of Innovation" (2001) page 239.
(link to the company)
Edelson's Law says, "The number of important insights that are not being made is increasing exponentially with time."
as cited in Vernor Vinge's talk "What if the Singularity Does Not Happen?" to the Long Now Foundation
Link to Talk
Experts are often the guardians of conventional wisdom.
Tom Kelly in "The Ten Faces of Innovation" (2005) page 111.
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I'm always ready to learn, though I don't always like being taught.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Statesman, as cited in
Tom Kelly in "The Ten Faces of Innovation" (2005) page 222.
(link to the book)
The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) Author, as cited in
Tom Kelly in "The Ten Faces of Innovation" (2005) page 16.
(link to the book)
I dream for a living.
Steven Spielberg (1946-*) Film Director, as cited in
Tom Kelly in "The Ten Faces of Innovation" (2005) page 142.
(link to the book)
If there is no counter-reaction, it means that there has been no action; no change of substance can have occurred.
Bruce Sterling in "Shaping Things" (2005) page 63
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What cannot be overcome with reason, can be subverted with glamour.
Bruce Sterling in "Shaping Things" (2005) page 65
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He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
Thomas Jefferson as quoted by the University of Virginia website.
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
John Cage (1912-1992) American Experimental Music Composer
Do search engines help humans search computers, or do search engines help computers search humans?
George Dyson, Historian
At the 2006 O'Reilly eTech Conference, 8 March 2006

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