"I think the Buddha said it right: If you want to draw water you do not dig six one foot wells. You dig one six foot well. Islam is my six foot well. I like the symbols and metaphors it uses to describe the relationship between God and humanity. But I recognize that the water I am drawing is the same water that every other well around me is drawing. And no matter the well, the water is just as sweet!"
— Reza Aslan on his Reddit AMA.
"It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings."
— by Wendell Berry
A short summary of the book:
Happiness results in success. It has a surprising ripple effect. Start small, and it will lead to big effects. Don’t underestimate mind over matter. Focus on the positive and it will result in you being more positive. Casting adversity in a positive point-of-view will help you bounce back faster. Humans are surprisingly resilient. If you start with what you can control, it will lead to larger effects. Humans are lazy. Make hard things as easy as possible. Make bad habits a little more irritating. A social network is a key buffer.
"You and your listeners want different things from your speech – you want to be flawless; they want to learn and enjoy a little entertainment."
— Not sure where I read it, but it’s something I remind myself when giving presentations.
"Children live in the spaces of others, men make that space for themselves."
— This is a great quote from a reddit comment.
"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else. — Henry Ward Beecher"
This was from a page of a quote-of-the-day calendar, given to me by one of my first managers in Microsoft — Vince Curley.