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

Price yourself like Apple?

The way successful businesses price products and services always interests me, this is from the Wall Street Journal via Charles Arthur’s Overspill

Why $19 is Apple’s favourite price for accessories • WSJ

Analysts say $19 is also a sweet spot for well-to-do consumers willing to pay extra for basic tech products and services. “When you go below $20, those people don’t think twice about it, even if [the item] could be competitively priced at $1,” said Gene Munster, managing partner at venture-capital firm Loup Ventures.

The cost is also low enough to be an aspirational purchase for shoppers seeking products that make them feel special.

“Apple wants to make sure that their consumers constantly feel nice,” said Abir Syed, partner at e-commerce consulting firm UpCounting. Even if shoppers aren’t getting a good deal, he said, “they just feel fancy.”

But there’s a catch. Selling cables, adapters and polishing cloths far below $20 might put them in “cheap” territory. A lot of Apple’s success is based on its products’ positioning as an attainable luxury, something that costs a bit more but is justifiably worth it.

“At $19, you get the charm-pricing benefits [of a price ending in ‘9’], but it also sends the signal that this is a premium product,” Mr. Syed said.

Much of this pricing depends on where shoppers are doing their shopping. If you’re on Apple’s website or in an Apple store, you’re not bargain hunting the way you might be if you were shopping for a specific item on Amazon or at Walmart.

“A vast majority of people would say $20 is absurd for a dust cloth on Amazon,” Mr. Syed said. “At Apple, there’s a bit less of a comparison happening.”

In the case of Apple’s polishing cloth, selling it at $19 creates more demand than pricing it at $9, experts say. The $19 cloth became an internet meme shortly after Apple introduced it, which might help explain its hard-to-get status. And you likely won’t be paying less for it soon.

…and politicians wonder why the professions don’t rate them…

or “The Moral of the Roller-Skating Christmas Pudding”

From David Allen Green’s “The Law and Policy” blog.

According to a National Audit Office report, the Crown court backlog increased by 23% in the year leading up to the pandemic, increasing from 33,290 on 31 March 2019 to 41,045 on 31 March 2020. 

“The backlog increased a further 48% since the onset of the pandemic, to 60,692 cases on 30 June 2021.”

Last weekend there was the Bar conference, where the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab was invited to address those barristers who are (somehow) keeping the criminal justice system going, along with court officials, solicitors and others.

The Lord Chancellor did not turn up.

His civil servants sent a video recording instead….

It was an extraordinary exercise in political absenteeism.

And where was the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary instead of engaging with legal professionals?

The Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary was with a roller-skating Christmas pudding: where he tweeted, “Great to open the Christmas festival in Walton today – wonderful to see the community out enjoying the festive fun, including the roller-skating Christmas pudding!”

“And, in a way, this a direct outcome of the change in the Lord Chancellorship in 2005, where the office ceased to be exclusive to a senior and experienced lawyer in the House of Lords (and usually their last job) and became just another political job for a politician in a hurry….”


The Monday Morning Quote #675

“We think too much and feel too little.

More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.

Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”

Sir Charles Spencer (Charlie) Chaplin Jr. KB

The Monday Morning Quote #674

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

Charles Bukowski

The Monday Morning Quote #673

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.


I saw him on one of his farewell tours at the NEC Birmingham in April 2006, a great night with a legend and fine showman; but not quite as intimate as this gig.

The Monday Morning Quote #671

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life.

The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life…”


Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot

When you think you’re significant take a few minutes to watch & listen…

Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

The Monday Morning Quote #670

“The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door.”

Martin Luther King Jr

Climate & Cars

A couple of links on climate change and the rise of electric cars.

The solutions are never straightforward.

From the always readable and challenging “Imagine (the planet with climate action)”, the weekly journal from The Conversation comes a few questions:

Electric Cars are the answer to all our problems. Really? An excellent graphic from the FT (for once not behind a paywall). It asks the question, “How Green is Your Electric Vehicle. Do take a look HERE

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