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Instead of writing lengthy, learned, long paragraphs about our concepts and philosophies, we thought it would be better to present the wise words of others that share our view of the world.

People cannot learn by having information pressed into their brains.
Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed in.
First, one must create a state of mind that craves knowledge, interest and wonder.
You can only teach by creating an urge to learn.

Victor Weisskopf

Our way of managing and leading, rewarding and judging people is
totally out of tune with the fact that we are all individuals.

Howard Gartner

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.
The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

There is nothing as useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
Leonardo da Vinci

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin

In times of change, learners inherit the earth,
while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped
to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer

Knowledge is like money: To be of value it must circulate,
and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.

Louis L'Amour

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

Naguib Mahfouz

How well you communicate is determined not by how well you say things
but by how well you are understood.

Andrew S. Grove

Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
George Shinn

People do not manage knowledge; knowledge manages people.
Alvin Toffler

The training is forgotten, but the binder will last forever,
a living monument to temporary knowledge.


There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success,
nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.
For the reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order.
This luke-warmness arises partly from fear of their adversaries,
who have the law in their favor; and partly from the incredulity of mankind,
who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.

Machiavelli “The Prince”

Ignorant people are sure of the causes of everything.
James Thorpe

Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.

Insanity is doing things the way they have always been done and expecting the results to be different.
Theodore Eischeid

When one teaches, two learn.
Robert Half

Before you attempt to set things right, make sure you see things right.
Blaine Lee

Always listen to the experts. They will tell you what can't be done, and why.
Then do it.

Robert A. Heinlein

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons, which they have discovered,
than by those which have come from the mind of others.


If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Isaac Asimov

It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization,
it is those who have achieved something and
want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.

Charles Sorenson

A knowledge worker needs one thing only: to learn how to learn.
Peter F. Drucker

Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18

To create better health in a living system, connect it to more of itself.
Meg Wheatley

Just as the largest library, badly arranged, is not so useful as a very moderate one that is well arranged,
so the greatest amount of knowledge, if not elaborated by our own thoughts,
is worth much less than a far smaller volume that has been abundantly and repeatedly thought over.

Arthur Shopenhauer

Everyone hears only what he understands.

The most important thing that a commander can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew.
Commander D. Michael Abrashoff

In the end we can never be given knowledge by others; we can only be stimulated.
We must develop our own knowledge.

Charles T. Tart

Learning occurs in the mind, independent of time and place.

Go to the people, learn from them
Start with what they know, build on what they have
But the best of leaders, when their task is accomplished, when their work is done.
The people will remark: "We have done it ourselves."

2,000-Year-Old Chinese Poem

Most of the important experiences that truly educate
cannot be arranged ahead of time with any precision.

Harold Taylor

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent;
it is the one that is most adaptable to change.

Charles Darwin

A great difference between winners and losers is their attitude to what they need to know.
Losers feel it's someone else's job to teach them everything they need to know.
Winners are determined to learn, and will seek out the best possible training, completely on their own.

John Lawhon

We have met the enemy and he is us.

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.
African Proverb

All of life is learning; therefore education can never end.
Eduard Lindemann

People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
James Allen

What lies beyond us and what lies before us are tiny matters
when compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it,
or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Alexander Hamilton

As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich,
so knowledge which he cannot apply will make no man wise.

Samuel Johnson

All big things in this world are done by people who are naive
and have an idea that is obviously impossible.
Dr. Frank Richards

One of the difficulties in bringing about change in an organization
is that you must do so through the persons who have been most successful in that organization,
no matter how faulty the system or organization is.
To such persons, you see, it is the best of all possible organizations,
because look who was selected by it and look who succeeded most in it.
Yet these are the very people through whom we must bring about improvements.

George Washington

Tell me and I will forget;
Show me and I may remember;
Involve me and I will understand.

Chinese Proverb

Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.
Claude Bernard

We can't make people better by trying to eliminate their weaknesses,
but we can help then perform better by building on their strengths.
Peter Drucker

When you know a thing to recognize that you know it; and when you do not,
to know that you do not know, - that is knowledge.


There can be no knowledge without emotion.
We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours.
To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.

Arnold Bennett

Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.

If you want to know your past - look into your present conditions.
If you want to know your future - look into your present actions.

Buddhist Saying

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.
And the tigers are getting hungry.
Winston Churchill

We trained hard - but it seemed that every time
we were beginning to form up into teams, we were reorganized.
I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing,
and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress
while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.

Petronius Arbiter, 210 BC. Or Petronius Satyricon, First Century AD

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him.
An investment of knowledge always pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Sir Winston Churchill

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.


The assets of most businesses walk out of the door at the end of each day.
The challenge to management is to create an environment
which will motivate them to want to return the next day.

Lynn Yates

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Sir Benjamin Disraeli

Of all the decisions an executive makes, none is as important as the decisions about people,
because they determine the performance capacity of the organization.

Peter F. Drucker

What I hear, I forget.   What I see, I remember.   What I do, I understand.
Confucius, 451 BC

I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures, those who make it or those who don't. I divide the world into learners and non-learners.
Benjamin Barber

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.

Anthony Jay

Knowledge itself is power.
Francis Bacon

He who keeps on reviewing his old knowledge and
acquiring new knowledge may become a teacher of others.


No man can reveal to you aught
but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers,
gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom,
but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
Kahil Gibron

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is a very simple and effective one:
be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.

Elbert Hubbard

A painting is never finished; it simply stops in interesting places.
Paul Gardner

A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

All wish to know, but none want to pay the price.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.
The only real security that a man will have in this world
is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
Henry Ford

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein

One must learn by doing the thing.
For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
Sophocles (BC 495-406)

The more time you spend in reporting on what you are doing,
the less time you have to do anything.
Stability is achieved when you spend all of your time reporting
on the nothing you are doing.

Cheshire-Puss, would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?
That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, said the Cat.
I don't much care where, said Alice.
Then it doesn't matter which way you go, said the Cat.
Alice in Wonderland

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.
Helen Keller

The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
Daniel W. Davenport

There is nothing which rots morale more quickly and more completely
than poor communication and indecisiveness
the feeling that those in authority do not know their own minds.

Lyndall F. Urwick, 1956 Harvard Business Review

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke

Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

Far better it is to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much,
because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.