The Monday Morning Quote #690

“The attain knowledge, add things every day.”

“To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”

Lao Tse – Tao Te Ching – Chapter 48


The Monday Morning Quote #688

There are a few times in life when you leap up and the past that you’d been standing on falls away behind you, and the future you mean to land on is not yet in place, and for a moment you’re suspended knowing nothing and no one, not even yourself.

Ann Patchett Via wordsmith.org

The Monday Morning Quote #676

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.

Madeleine L’Engle, writer (1918-2007) 

This will come to great relief to my wife – I hope….


The Monday Morning Quote #672

Until one is committed…” not by Goethe but W.H. Murray

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

The source of this quote is often attributed to Goethe, but I gather it is from W.H.Murray’s book “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition”.

I also like the briefer form where Murray stated “Nothing happens until you decide.” 


The Monday Morning Quote #618

“The Purpose of getting power is to give it away.”

Aneurin “Nye” Bevan

The Monday Morning Quote #699

“I believe people are smart and some people want to share more data than other people do.

Ask them. Ask them every time. Make them tell you to stop asking them if they get tired of your asking them.

Let them know precisely what you’re going to do with their data.”

Steve Jobs 2010

The Monday Morning Quote #698

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”


(Like these raw stones, we need a little friction to become our best. Don’t look at the trials before you as obstacles, consider them as a training ground, and improve.)

The Monday Morning Quote #697

From the Letters Page of the FT.com/Weekend Magazine, April 30th/May 1st 2022. The one sentence comment on the article in the previous magazine, “The evolution of Marine Le Pen” says a great deal and sums up a much of what is happening.

“The willingness of people to believe that someone or something will make their lives better without the need for evidence is extraordinary.”


The Monday Morning Quote #696

“Art belongs to everybody and to nobody. Art belongs to all time and to no time. Art belongs to those who create it and those who savour it. Art no more belongs to the People and the Party than it once belonged to the aristocracy and the patron. Art is the whisper of history, heard above the noise of time. Art does not exist for art’s sake: it exists for people’s sake.”

Julian Barnes in his novel, “The Noise of Time” via the FT 23rd April 2022, thanks to Mark Eisinger.

The Monday Morning Quote #695

Two quotes this week, from a piece in the Weekend Financial Times’ Fashion Supplement from the 9th/10th April 2022 in an article titled “Sage and the Scholar” featuring Paul Smith and Priya Ahluwalia.

“The industry has changed enormously and it’s a much more crowded and competitive place. To anyone starting out (as a creative) today, “Be brave enough to ask yourself why should anyone buy what I’m doing, what is my point of view and if you can start answering that even in a very small way then you will be on your way.”

Paul Smith

“I have taken Paul’s advice to, ‘Keep your feet on the ground and never think you have made it.’ “I don’t want to become a moment….then fall off.”

Priya Ahluwali

The Monday Morning Quote #694

Conscience is a man’s compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities when directing one’s course by it, one must still try to follow its direction.

Vincent van Gogh

The Monday Morning Quote #693

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


One of my favourite quotes, sayings or whatever you want to call them. Probably posted in this series before but well worth repeating. Bob Desautels has a good discussion on it here.

The Monday Morning Quote #692

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

from Words of the Year

The Monday Morning Quote #691

Three for the price of one from a great of both rugby codes, Sean Edwards, who helped France to a Grand Slam this weekend.

I need to keep honing my skills as a coach otherwise I’ll go off the boil.

Believe it or not we actually practice putting the ball down properly. It is a bugbear of mine

The sign of a great (player) is that players around him become better. Lawrence has that and it’s a rare commodity…..Others may be more physically talented … but … can’t match the competitive edge. It means so much to them they go through pain to get there.

Sean Edwards
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