Posted by: zyxo | February 22, 2010

My favorite quotes

Do you also find some quotes inspiring, humorous, surprising ?
Last year, when I read or heard something worth wile, I wrote it down.

I know there exist numerous lists of all sorts of quotes scattered all over the internet.
The difference with this one is that it only contains quotes that I personally find interesting.

Oh, yes : some of them I tweaked a bit myself.

So enjoy them.

Take your ad, replace your name by your competitor’s. Is the ad still mostly valid? If so, Try again.

The surest way to success is trying to fail.

I forget what I was taught, I only remember what I’ve learnt.

To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.

We don’t see customers as they are, we see them as we are.

There is no road to happiness, happiness IS the road.

A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for

We are drowning in Information and starving for Knowledge

if you look for patterns in more places than your data amount can support, you are bound to find crap

As long as the Marketing knows the thruth, it does not matter what you tell the customers.

Efficiency = intelligent laziness (You write a few lines and let the computer do all the work)

The great tragedy of Science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact

Fools rush in where fools have been before

The good stuff sticks for a lifetime, the bad is gone by lunchtime!

Among the most intelligent people there are more men than women, but also among the most stupid !

Humans: smart enough to have ideas; foolish enough to believe them

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that only one of them is doing the thinking

If you cannot convince them, confuse them

The wackiest ideas are sometimes the ones that result in the biggest results

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.

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

Only fools are honest enough to tell the whole truth

Good ideas can stunt innovation by distracting others from pursuing even better ideas

All of us are smarter than any of us

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

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

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Simplicity — the ultimate sophistication

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

Knowledge management = thinking outside the inbox

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

if you pay peanuts you’ll get monkeys

If you put fences around people, you get sheep

There’s no data like more data

A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

100% of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in

To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done

You will be stuck in Excel hell unless you can use technology better.

Paradox : Marketers are bad at analytics, statisticians are bad at marketing

The most exciting phrase to hear in analytics is not “Eureka” but “That’s funny…”

It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence

How do you build a $100 million company? First, you start with a billion dollar company, then run it on intuition

Growth comes from leaders who create change and engage their organisations, instead of from managers who push their employees to do more for less.

In every organisation everyone rises to the level at which they become paralysed with fear.

Great leaders are able to reflect the light onto their teams, their tribes. Great leaders don’t want the attention, but they use it.

If you’re not comfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.

Change is made by asking forgiveness, later.

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.

If you insist on playing today’s games by yesterday’s rules, you’re stuck with a stupid strategy.

People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said, but they will allways remember how you made them feel.

The final goal of your business is to deliver happiness to your clients

The greatest gift the web gives you is the ability to fail faster, cheaply

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

Most of our assumptions have outlived their usefulness.

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity

If you have data to prove it, it’s knowledge, otherwise it’s only opinion.

If we have data, lets look at data. If all we have are opinions, lets go with mine !

It’s not your opinion that counts, it’s you knowledge !

It is not the strong, nor the intelligent who survive, but those who are quickest to adapt

Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon

Be a Analysis Ninja, not a Reporting Squirrel.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Stop guessing, start knowing !

Our intuition is poor, especially on novel ideas.

The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.

Knowledge is the only thing which increases when shared !

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.

Statistics are like bikinis; they show a lot, but not everything

Datamining is a game, a very serious game !

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Tradition is what you choose when you don’t have the time or the money to do it right.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it looks like work

Through statistics we prove, through datamining we discover

Giving the right answers is good, asking the right questions is better

“Don’t know” is a useful model output state

There are 10 types of people in the world : those who understand binary and those who don’t.

When God created men, She made a mistake.

A good forecaster is not smarter than everyone else, he merely has his ignorance better organized

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”

Computers have promised us a fountain of wisdom but delivered a flood of data

People commonly use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post — for support rather than illumination

Data miners never finish a model, they just stop working on it

Data Mining is torturing the data until it confesses, and if you torture it enough, you can get it to confess to anything.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

A good decision executed quickly beats a brilliant decision implemented slowly

Of course machines can think ! After all, humans are only machines made of meat.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Absence of information is not the same as information about absence.

Low-dimension intuition is useless in high-dimension space

The most exiting phrase in datamining isn’t “AHA !” but “that’s odd …”

Revolutionary Ideas Come from Ridiculous Questions

Artificial Intelligence never compensates for natural stupidity

Business Intelligence never compensates for Marketing stupidity

Minds are like parachutes. They work best when open.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

All data mining models are wrong, some are useful

In God we trust. All others must have data

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Disclaimer: Any error in spelling, tact or fact is a transmission error…

Do work, not run software.

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  1. Awesome. I’ve been swamped with work and stressed…this made my month so much more enjoyable!

  2. @TimManns : …swamped with work and stressed… I know the feeling.
    Glad you enjoyed it !

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