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12 Quotes You Will Use in 2015

I like collecting quotes. Many of you do, too.
I like quotations that stimulate, provoke, inspire and motivate me.
I like to write… and to be read.
I like to measure results.
So, the second half of this post is a challenge. 

In 2015, there are no paved roads. 
“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” Hopefully these quotations will help you to navigate the ever-changing 2015 business environment.

12 Quotes for 2015 on Marketing, Innovation and Inspiration

  1. “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” ― Peter Drucker
  2. "You do not merely want to be considered the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.” ― Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead
  3. “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” ― Albert Einstein
  4. “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” ― Charles Darwin
  5. “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago: the second best time is today.” ― Proverb
  6. “I failed my way to success.” — Thomas Edison
  7. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde
  8. "And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom..." ― Anais Nin
  9. "Never confuse movement with action..."― Ernest Hemingway
  10. "Traveler there is no path. Paths are made by walking.” ― Antonio Machado
  11. Altruism, n. ― ''the tendency to believe everything you hear''. (Think about it...)
  12. “Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.” ― L. Duncan

Here’s the quotation “challenge”. 

Identify two, or more, of the following recent quotations, AND add one of your own:

  1. “It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.”
  2. “I was Patient Zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.”
  3. “We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.”
  4. “If this relationship is going to work out between us I need to feel free to party with a bunch of strangers whenever I feel like it. I will text you.”
  5. “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like, yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.”
  6. “When a typhoon hits the Philippines or schoolgirls are kidnapped in Nigeria or masked men occupy a building in Ukraine, it is America that the world looks to for help. The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come.”
  7. “There's absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined.”
  8. “I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, this accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody's nobody. I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing. Walk hand in hand into extinction. One last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.
    Response: I got an idea, let's make [this] a place of silent reflection from now on. Okay?”
  9. “Adele Dazeem”
Challenge rules:
“Rules? There are no rules in a knife fight.” However, there are rules for this challenge.
  1. You need to "comment" on this post; include the correct identification of, no fewer than two (2), of the quotes above; AND,
  2. add a quotation of your own, of any kind, in your comment.
  • Everyone is eligible.
  • There are no losers. Participating is fun and stimulating, and your response becomes a data point.
  • Yes, I realize that once the first respondent comments with correct answers they become available for everyone to see. Try not to cheat. Try to add something to your comment that is uniquely you. It’s YOUR quote that is most important.

(c) David J. Katz - New York City - January 2, 2014
Image Attribution:
The Matrix (1999)
Warner Bros. & Village Roadshow
Written & Directed by The Wachowskis

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