It's still my favourite book in all the world. And more than ever, I wish I had written it.
This is my favourite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
Miracles. Giants. True love.
Eyes like the sea before a storm.
We are but poor circus performers.
Absolutely, totally, and, in all other ways, inconceivable
Then one morning, Inigo was gone. In his place were three words: "I must learn" on a note pinned to his pillow.
I am not left-handed.
What you do not smell is called iocane powder.
Don't you rush me, sonny, you rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.
I AM THE DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS AND THERE WILL BE NO SURVIVORS.
Daddy, do you remember before my fifth birthday? From when I was three until when I was five, I was a whiner. I whined every day. On my fifth birthday, I decided I wasn't going to whine any more. That was the hardest thing I've ever done. And if I can stop whining, you can stop being such a grouch.
All emotions about the past are completely driven by thinking and interpretation.
There are, however, no known ways to enhance forgetting and suppressing of memory directly. Indeed explicit attempts to suppress thoughts will backfire and increase the likelihood of imagining the forbidden object.
If you think about bad things in terms of "always" and "never" and abiding traits, you have a permanent, pessimistic style.
Learned optimism… is about accuracy.
Almost nothing that happens to you has just one cause.
Mindful attention to the present occurs much more readily in a slow state of mind.
Total immersion, in fact, blocks consciousness, and emotions are completely absent.
The mood state Americans are in, on average, when watching television is mildly depressed.
The overarching principle of good listening is validation.
By encouraging cheap success, it produced a generation of very expensive failures.
Every drug that breaks up depression also blocks dreaming.
One of the things I do a lot when visiting software groups is simply sit with individuals as they work. Sometimes the person I'm sitting next to is a really superb developer. They finish their work fast and to a high standard and hand the work on to the next person downstream. This next person may also be really skilled but their work might just inherently take longer. If the amount of work passed on exceeds the capacity of the next person then a growing batch of work-waiting-to-be-started-by-the-next-person will naturally form and grow.
This batch of work-waiting-to-be-started-by-the-next-person is waste. That's well known and well written about. What's not so obvious and not so well written about is how it encourages silos to form. It literally forms a barrier between the increasingly separated silos that form on either side of it.
Think of each waiting-work-item as a brick in a wall. But not a long, low, queue-shaped wall that's easy to see over. Rather, a short, high wall. One that you can't see over. One that hinders communication.
The amount of waiting-work between two silos is inversely proportional to the lack of communication between the two silos. The more waiting-work, the less the communication. The less communication the more waiting-work. Round and round it goes.
So, if you have some really superb developers then beware. They might be creating a downstream wall of waiting-work around which silos are forming.
At least empty your cup and try.
Those who are patient in the trivial things in life and control themselves will one day have the same mastery in great and important things.
The martial artist develops through practice until it becomes mechanical and then spontaneous.
When you lose your temper, you lose yourself - on the mat as well as in life.
The proper system is to think twice more. Patience is part of it. To avoid being intimidated - think more and react less.
Try softer. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way.
To know and to act are one and the same.
Relaxation and concentration go hand in hand. But too much concentration defeats itself.
Most of the time we generate our own fears, and this is especially true when we confront an unfamiliar situation that shatters confidence.
Years ago I thought too much about what I had to do, laboured over it, put off difficult chores, waited for the mood to be right or the creative juices to flow. Now I just do it without conscious effort. It flows because the work and I are one, and not in conflict with each other.
The only reason men fight is because they are insecure; one man needs to prove that he is better or stronger than another. The man who is secure within himself has no need to prove anything with force, so he can walk away from a fight with dignity and pride.