Life quotes 51 to 100

  1. “Optimistic bias can be both a blessing and a risk, you should be both happy and wary if you are temperamentally optimistic… Of course the blessings of optimism are offered only to individuals who are mildly biased and who are able to ‘accentuate the positive’ without losing track of reality.” Daniel Kahneman
  2. ‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.’ Upton Sinclair
  3. ‘Tom Sawyer had discovered a great law of human action, namely, that in order to make a man covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.’ Mark Twain
  4. ‘In the DRM studies, there was no overall difference in experienced well-being between women who lived with a mate and women who did not…Women who have a mate spend less time alone, but also much less times with friends. They spend more time making love, which is wonderful, but also more time doing housework, preparing food, and caring for children, all relatively unpopular tasks… Experienced well-being is on average unaffected by marriage, not because marriage makes no difference to happiness but because it changes some aspects of life for the better and others for the worse.’ Daniel Kahneman
  5. ‘It is only a slight exaggeration to say that happiness is the experience of spending time with people you love and who love you.’ Daniel Kahneman
  6. ‘Rewards and punishments, promises and threats, are all in our heads…They shape our preferences and motivate our actions, like the incentives provided in the social environment. As a result, we refuse to cut losses that could lead to regret, and we draw an illusory but sharp distinction between omission and commission, not doing and doing, because the sense of responsibility is greater for one than for the other.’ Daniel Kahneman
  7. 把重但卸下,一切顺其自然就好~ 心情放开了,人间何处不逍遥啊!
  8. 鱼总是最后一个看到水
  9. ‘你无法掌控别人的行动,但你能掌控自己的想法。你无法掌控每天的气候,但你能掌控周围的气氛。你无法掌控自己的长相,但你能掌控自己的表情。你无法掌控生命的长度,但你能掌控生命的宽度。’ 何权峰
  10. ‘每次你想他有多讨厌时,他就掌控了你的念头;每当你跟朋友报怨这个人时,他就掌控了你的交谈;每次你听到他的名字或与他相关的事情,他就掌控了你的心情;当你改变计划避开他时,他甚至掌控了你的行动。’ 何权峰
  11. “慈母手中线, 游子身上衣,临行密密缝, 意恐迟迟归,谁言寸草心 , 报得三春晖。” 孟郊
  12. ‘To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.’ Soren Kierkegaard
  13. ‘Poker is the only casino game where you’re playing against other players instead of the house, so as long as you’re better than the average player at your table, you can actually win in the long run.’ Tony Hsieh
  14. ‘Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.’ – George Bernard Shaw
  15. ‘Basically, we are not human. We are not normal guys. We are from outer space.’ Yohan Blake, a Jamaican sprinter.
  16. “I am a living legend; bask in my glory”. – Usain Bolt
  17. 吃得苦中苦 方为人上人
  18. ‘When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.’ Bane to Batman
  19. ‘First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’ Gandhi
  20. ‘There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.’ Morpheus, The Matrix
  21. It is said that the pupil of the eye is the window to the soul. It will dilate whenever one engages in a difficult task, meets someone attractive etc.
  22. “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” Winston Churchill
  23. Unconscious Incompetence (blissful ignorance) –> Conscious Incompetence (time to buck up) –> Conscious Competence (learning phase) –> Unconscious Competence (ability to perform the skill with little effort)
  24. ‘You cannot prejudge people in this business. Prejudging is the kiss of death. You have to give everyone your best shot. A green salesperson looks at a customer and says, “This person looks like he can’t afford a car,” which is the worst thing you can do, because sometimes the most unlikely person is flush (with cash).’ Bob Golomb, an outstanding car salesman.
  25. “Loneliness is the difference between your desired contact with people and the contact with people you actually have,” says Prof Vanessa Burholt, from the Centre of Innovative Ageing at Swansea University.” This explains why some people with lots of friends still feel lonely. It’s a subjective thing.”
  26. ‘For a marriage to survive, the ratio of positive to negative emotion in a given encounter has to be at least five to one’ John Gottman
  27. It takes a while to decide whether you like something or not.
  28. It is a quirk of human behavior that the more difficult something is to see, the more some people want to see it.
  29. ‘No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion.’ David Hume
  30. ‘In any event, it is good for every individual to remember. You will occasionally do more than your share, but it is useful to know that you are likely to have that feeling even when each member of the team feels the same way’ Daniel Kahneman
  31. ‘The tendency to collect information before making up one’s mind, the tendency to seek various points of view before coming to a conclusion, the disposition to think extensively about a problem before responding, the tendency to calibrate the degree of strength of one’s opinions to the degree of evidence available, the tendency to think about future consequences before taking action, the tendency to explicitly weight pluses and minuses of a situation before making a decision, and the tendency to seek nuance and avoid absolutism’ Keith E. Stanovich on sound decision making
  32. ‘Laughing is not an instinctive physical response to humor, the way a flinch responds to pain or a shiver to cold. It’s an instinctive form of social bonding that humor is crafted to exploit.’ Steven Johnson
  33. Fact of life. ‘Whether someone has a network of good relationships or is alone in the world is a much stronger predictor of happiness than any other objective predictor.’ Roy Baumeister
  34. ‘Above all the other necessities of human nature, above the satisfaction of any other need, above hunger, love, pleasure, fame – even life itself – what a man most needs is the conviction that he is contained within the discipline of an ordered existence’ Walter Lippmann
  35. Love is like a fart. If you have to force it, it’s probably shit.
  36. ‘Birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards’
  37. Richest man in Japan, Tadashi Yanai, on the need for companies to innovate. ‘Change or Die’
  38. “The analogy I use is, if a man takes a woman out 85 times and then she’s not your girlfriend at the end of it, you’ve wasted a lot of time. You measure success by achieving things.” ex Man U defender Gary Neville. Hard truths.
  39. “In the beginning, I was afraid all the time but what I love above all (about the lifestyle) is not knowing what will happen tomorrow.”
  40. ‘There was something about the man, something that all great leaders have. It is a quality you can’t put your finger on. Not only is a great, great manager, he is a great man and that is maybe the part people don’t realise. It is an honour to know him.’ Tony Fitzpatrick, on Sir Alex Ferguson
  41. ‘He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.’ Sir Alex Ferguson, when he first saw Ryan Giggs play. 26 years later, Giggs is the most decorated and capped Man U player with 939 appearances. Lol.
  42. ‘My greatest challenge is not what is happening right at this moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their perch. And you can print that.’ Sir Alex Ferguson (1993). 20 years later, in 2013, his club surpassed Liverpool. Wow.
  43. ‘Sometimes you look in a field and see a cow. You think it is a better cow than the one you see in your field. It never really works out that way. Some players like to think the world is better somewhere else. It never really works.’ Sir Alex Ferguson, on Wayne Rooney’s transfer request in 2010
  44. ‘If they cannot find jobs, what is the point? You own a degree, but so what? That you can’t eat it. If that cannot give you a good life, a good job, it is meaningless.’ Khaw Boon Wan (on advice to ITE and poly grads)
  45. ‘One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil.’ Friedrich Nietzsche
  46. ‘We don’t live to work, I think we work to live. It’s part of the process. Work is not an end in itself. So if I were to ask all of you now and I would suggest not just the students, all of you here, what is your purpose in life? Being clear about what we want out of life will help us to think about the type of jobs that we may be able to do.’ Tan Chuan Jin, addressing polytechnic students
  47. ‘A false path in life is generally something we are attracted to for the wrong reasons – money, fame, attention, and so on. If it is attention we need, we often experience a kind of emptiness inside that we are hoping to fill with the false love of public approval.’ Robert Greene
  48. ‘Don’t think about why you question, simply don’t stop questioning. Don’t worry about what you can’t answer, and don’t try to explain what you can’t know. Curiosity is its own reason. Aren’t you in awe when you contemplate the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure behind reality? And this is the miracle of the human mind – to use its constructions, concepts, and formulas as tools to explain what man sees, feels and touches. Try to comprehend a little more each day. Have holy curiosity.’ Albert Einstein
  49. ‘It is a great folly to hope that other men will harmonize with us; I have never hoped for this. I have always regarded each man as an independent individual, whom I endeavored to understand with all his peculiarities, but from whom I desired no further sympathy. In this way have I been enabled to converse with every man, and thus alone is produced the knowledge of various characters and the dexterity necessary for the conduct of life.’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  50. ‘No eggs, no omelette. And it depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket, you have eggs class one, class two, class three. Some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.’ Jose Mourinho (on the state of his Chelsea squad, shortly before his departure from the club)

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