Quotes

I like quotes. They capture the essence of thoughts, things and life and compress it poetically. So much wisdom, beauty and wit in just a few words. It is our job to conserve the best ones – here is my part:

Quotes on Ideas & Entrepreneurship

The best way to predict the future is to create it. -Peter Drucker

Everything you can imagine is real. -Pablo Picasso

Winners never quit and quitters never win.  -Vince Lombardi

Assholes get rich because they’re not afraid to ask for what they want. -Kevin O’Leary

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. –Dale Carnegie

Don’t let Starting stop you. -anonymous

Hoffnung verkauft sich besser als Wirklichkeit. – Leo Kirch

The value of an idea lies in the using of it. – Thomas Alva Edison

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. –Scott Belsky

Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.  –Guy Kawasaki

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people cant. – Warren G. Tracy’s student

Being an entrepreneur is the only time in my career that I’ve lost sleep (and I was on Wall Street during the financial crisis). -Sallie Krawcheck

Quotes on Tech & Innovation

Computers aren’t the thing. They are the thing to get you to the thing. -anonymous. From Halt and Catch Fire

Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people. -Bruce Schneier

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. – Freeman Dyson

Quotes on Skills & Motivation

Making mistakes is the privilege of the active. It is mediocre people who spend their time proving that they were not wrong. -Ingvar Kamprad

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  –Calvin Coolidge

Promises. They break before they are made. -Julian Casablancas

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. –Donald Trump

It’s more fun to be a Pirate than to join the Navy. -Steve Jobs

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. -Maya Angelou

Vermögen ist das, was man vermag. -Duden

If you’re going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill

If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wer den Hafen nicht kennt, für den weht kein Wind günstig. –Seneca

The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal  –Max Levchin

If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business. -Ray Kroc

Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let the bastards get you down. –Michael Bloomberg

Keine Zeit gehabt heißt, es war mir nicht wichtig genug. –Michael Grupp

A “fast no” can trump a “slow yes.” -Michael Grupp

The truth is that being an entrepreneur is harder than running Merrill Lynch. And I’m not just saying that; I actually ran Merrill Lynch. -Sallie Krawcheck

Something I never thought about in my big-company job: cash flow. -Sallie Krawcheck

You know those days at the office when you used to come in and didn’t really do that much? You don’t have those days as entrepreneur. If you don’t do much, then not much happens. And remember what I said about cash flow? Yeah….that. -Sallie Krawcheck

Als Gründer braucht man den Hang zur maßlosen Selbstüberschätzung. -Franziska von Hardenberg

If you’re not being told ‘no’ constantly, you’re not pushing hard enough. -Shafqat Islam

If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room. -Michael Dell

Quotes on Launching and Product Development

Don’t worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test… Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap – but it was a revolutionary piece of crap. -Guy Kawasaki

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you have launched too late. –Reid Hoffman

A successful product is never done or perfect. -Geoff Teehan,

Quotes on Hiring and HR

The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.  –Marc Benioff

The law of crappy people: A-people hire A-people. B-people hire C-people. Marc Andreessen

Think of culture as a cofounder as what is present when you are not. –Anonymous

Quotes on Traits

The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances. –Alex Oriakhi

Wer an den Spiegel tritt, um sich zu ändern, der hat sich bereits geändert. –Seneca

Ein Esel, den du mit hundert Engelsflügeln ausstattest, fliegt doch nur wieder zum Stall. -Rumi

Schaut nicht auf die Dummheit anderer, schaut auf die eigene. –Mira Alfassa

Du hast mehr Kräfte als du dir vorstellen kannst, die Frage ist nur, beherrschst du auch diese Kräfte oder beherrschen sie dich? –Azmuto

Es kam der Tag da das Risiko, in der Knospe zu verharren, schmerzlicher wurde, als das Risiko zu blühen. –Azmuto

Im Wald zwei Wege boten sich mir dar, ich ging den, der weniger betreten war. Dies veränderte mein Leben! –Robert Lee Frost

Das Negative denken heißt es zu ermöglichen. Denke positiv und ermögliche das Positive. -Azmuto

Die Fischer werden das Wasser wohl als letztes entdecken –Albert Einstein

Kein Durst nach Gewinn, keine Furcht vor Verlust – siehe, der Frieden ist dein. –Sri Chinmoy

Don’t believe the hype. -Tod Sacerdoti,

Making mistakes is the privilege of the active. It is always the mediocre people who are negative, who spend their time proving that they were not wrong. -Ingvar Kamprad

Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity. -Will Smith

Founder = someone jumping off a cliff and building a plane on the way down. –Anonymous

Geld verstärkt nur, wer du schon bist. Bist du ein Arschloch, wirst du zu einem noch größeren Arschloch. -Spanx

Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career. –Ryan Freitas

Quotes on Love & Life

Jugend ist dann am schönsten, wenn man alte genug ist, sie zu genießen. –Porsche Werbung 2005

Frauen verlieben sich in Worte, Männer in Bilder. Deshalb schminken sich Frauen und deshalb Lügen Männer.

Be someones Sunday. Not Saturday night. –Anonymous

Wer im Alkohol Vergüngen findet, findet im Kuss die Liebe –Puccini, la Boheme

Wenn es ein Gesicht hat, kann man es grillen. -Anonym

Things I found online and considered worth keeping

„Rifkin neigte schon immer zu den ganz großen Entwürfen, er ist eher der Mann für die Szenarien von übermorgen, was tendenziell zur Folge hat, dass man ihn immer erst nach Jahrzenten widerlegen kann, dann also, wenn es dummerweis zu spät ist, dann den Entwicklungen etwas zu ändern.“  Harald Staun, „Ökonom Jeremy Rifkin, Das Ende des Kapitalismus“, FAZ Feuilleton 13.09.2014

 

 

 

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