Some Thoughts About Mistakes From Anonymous

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“The greatest mistake you can make in this life is to be constantly fearful you will make one.”

“He who makes the same mistake over and over again learns to do at least one thing well.”

“When a friend makes a mistake, don’t rub it in. Rub it out.”

“Some people never make a mistake, nor do they ever make anything else.”

“Most people make the mistake of looking too far ahead for things close by.”


Some Thoughts On Patience From Anonymous

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“Patience, forbearance, and understanding are companions to contentment.”

“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.”

“Patience is the ability to throttle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”

“Nothing worthwhile is achieved without patience, labor, and disappointment.”

“Like farmers we need to learn that we can’t sow and reap the same day.”


Some Thoughts On Ideas From Anonymous

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“Too many speakers have diarrhea of words and constipation of ideas.”

“A man without a single idea is less of a bore than a man with only one idea.”

“New ideas hurt some minds the same as new shoes hurt some feet.”

“The real test of a good idea is whether or not it’s your own.”

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be terribly distorted by a quip; or it can be crushed by a frown.”

Currently Reading: The Nature Of Technology By W. Brian Arthur

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Everything I have read in the past that Brian Arthur has written has always made me ask more questions than I had when I first started reading. I had seen that he had written this and it made me think of numerous other technology books that I had read such as Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants and Steven Johnson’s  How We Got To Now. I know there are numerous others but these are the ones that came to mind.

I love the preface and the first chapter which is entitled Questions. He makes it a point for his argument that he is making it very clear on what questions about technology he is answering and how he is going about doing it. The questions that he states that he is answering in the book are as follows:

(1) Why is technology of such importance?

(2) What is technology in its nature, in its deepest essence?

(3) Where does it come from and how does it evolve?

Some of the statements in chapter one that I would like to bring to your attention are:

From page 18: “Novel technologies must somehow arise by combination of existing technologies.”

From page 20: “An invention is a ‘new combination of prior art.'”

From page 21: ” The more there is to invent with, the greater will be the number of inventions.” This explained why more ‘primitive’ societies could not invent our modern technologies; they did not possess the necessary ingredients and knowledge of how to work with them.”

From page 22: Technology builds out not just from combination of what exists already but from the constant capturing and harnessing of natural phenomena.”

And finally from page 25: “Technology, once a means of production, is becoming a chemistry.”

As you can see from these five statements there is much to explore in the reading of this book and I look very much to seeing if the author answers these questions to my understanding.

Some Thoughts About Fame From Anonymous

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“If you think you are important, just remember that a lot of famous men of a century ago have weeds growing over their graves today.”

“One can always tell a great man by the fact that at least ten thousand persons went to school with him in the small town where he grew up.”

“The fame of great men ought always to be estimated by the means used to acquire it.”

“Money, achievement, fame and success are important, but they are bought too dearly when acquired at the cost of health.”

“An expert is a man, from another city, the farther away the city, the greater the expert.”

Some Thoughts On Perspective From Anonymous

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“If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.”

“Knowing what’s none of your business is just as important as knowing what is.”

“If a man can see both sides of a problem, you know that none of his money is tied up in it.”

“Many people believe in law and order as long as they can lay down the law and give the orders.

“The man who is able to distinguish between tiredness and laziness in himself will go far.”

Some Thoughts About Patience From Anonymous

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“Patience is the ability to remain silent and hungry while everybody else in the restaurant gets served.”

“You can accomplish almost anything if you have patience. You can even carry water in a sieve if you wait until it freezes.”

“Patience strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, subdues pride, and bridles the tongue.”

“Patience may be simply the inability to make decisions.”

‘The trouble with patience is the more a fellow has, the more folks want to use it.”