Some Thoughts On Goals And Dreams From Various Authors

“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

Erica Jong

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Helen Keller

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”

Albert Einstein

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
I don’t believe in circumstances.
The people who get on in this world
are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want.
And if they can’t, make them.”

George Bernard Shaw

“People who say it cannot be done
should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

Author Unknown

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Some Thoughts On Excellence From Various Authors

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”

Charles Dickens

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”

John Wooden

Some Thoughts On Victory From Various Authors

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”

Brandon Sanderson

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

Horace Mann

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”

Sun Tzu

“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.”

John Steinbeck

Some Thoughts On Contentment From Various Authors


“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

Immanuel Kant

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

John Stuart Mill

“We need much less than we think we need.”

Maya Angelou

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”

Henry Fielding

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

Dale Carnegie

Currently Analytically Rereading: Latticework: The New Investing By Robert G. Hagstrom

Latticework: The New Investing by Robert G. Hagstrom is not only a book about investing but how to become a much better thinker in acquiring worldly wisdom. He brings together such diverse subjects as biology, physics, sociology, psychology and even literature in showing the reader how they can be put together and used in our decision-making process. This is not an in-depth work but a summary of all these subjects which whets the appetite of those of us who wish to pursue this further.

Even though he speaks primarily on investing, the reader can use these same principles in other fields as well.

Some interesting quotes from the book include:

“Investment decisions are more likely to be correct when ideas from other disciplines lead to the same conclusions.”

“Those who strive to understand connections are well on the way to worldly wisdom.”

“How does one achieve worldly wisdom? The first is a matter of educating yourself; the second is a matter of learning to think and see differently.”

“We do not learn new subjects because we have somehow become better learners, but because we have become better at recognizing patterns.”

I am really excited about rereading this book and taking some extensive notes in which to share with you. Here is a video from the author about the book. Even though this book was written in 2000, I believe that it contains pearls that we need to be patient and harvest.

Some Thoughts On Being A Visionary From Various Authors

“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!”

Pablo Picasso

“Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience.”

Anthon St. Maarten

“He who looks through an open window sees fewer things than he who looks through a closed window.”

Charles Baudelaire

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

Alan Turing

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.”

Helen Keller

Some Thoughts On Simplicity From Various Authors

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Our life is frittered away by detail.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“I am learning…that a man can live profoundly without masses of things.”

Richard E. Byrd

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

Lao Tzu