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If you wait for opportunities to occur,
by Edward de Bono

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
- Edward de Bono

A memory is what is left when something happens and
does not completely unhappen.
- Edward de Bono

People should realize we're jerks just like them.
- Edward de Bono

 

If you never change your mind, why have one?
- Edward de Bono

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of
perception rather than mistakes of logic.
- Edward de Bono

To be successful you have to be lucky,
or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field.
- Edward de Bono

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An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions
and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay
attention to and what to ignore.
- Edward de Bono

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between
our talents and our expectations.
- Edward de Bono

Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach,
but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.
- Edward de Bono

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns
in order to look at things in a different way.
- Edward de Bono

The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe
but to make useful models of the world.
A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it.
- Edward de Bono

I must say, I don't feel very qualified to be a pop star.
I feel very awkward at times in the role.
- Edward de Bono

The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas.
- Edward de Bono

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers.
Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers.
The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
- Edward de Bono

Opportunity ideas do not lie around waiting to be discovered.
Such ideas need to be produced.
- Edward de Bono

Argument is meant to reveal the truth,
not to create it.
- Edward de Bono

We need creativity in order to break free from the
temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience.
- Edward de Bono

It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor,
since it is a more significant process of mind than reason.
Reason can only sort out perceptions,
but the humor process is involved in changing them.
- Edward de Bono

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people
interested in what they are doing.
Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea.
Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone.
Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.
- Edward de Bono

Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business
school graduates believe that if you analyze data,
this will give you new ideas.
Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong.
The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.
- Edward de Bono

In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because
they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and
then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions
when we should be doing better.
- Edward de Bono

In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost,
it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost.
If you cannot accurately predict the future then you
must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
- Edward de Bono

Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time,
attention and mental energy.
There is never any justification for things being complex
when they could be simple.
- Edward de Bono

Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it
is looked at in a certain way.
Looked at in another way, the right course of action
may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.
- Edward de Bono

One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness
to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at.
This simple process of focusing on things that are
normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.
- Edward de Bono

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

You Create Your Own Reality.
- Anonymous

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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