American culture does not take well to the idea of difficulty. Our penchant is for one-step, one-stop solutions to problems, and we expect and demand in all areas of life, including reading, an ease of achievement that is antithetical to thought itself. —Helen Regueiro Elam
Source: “The Difficulty of Reading” in The Idea of Difficulty in Literature.
Entrepreneurship is not cool, it’s not sexy and it’s totally uncomfortable. It’s boring and grueling, and that part is never part of the movie. —Eric Ries
Source: The Danger of Celebritizing Entrepreneurship
The scientific study of man is the most difficult of all branches of knowledge. —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Source: The Poet at the Breakfast Table, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Chapter XI
“From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend to read it.” —Groucho Marx
Source: The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, February 1, 2012
“I can love you because I want to feel less alone, or I can love you because I want you to feel less alone. But only the latter requires me to imagine a consciousness independent of my own, and equally real.” —Garth Risk Hallberg
Source: ‘Why Write Novels at All?’, The New York Times
“It was while I was at interview that I finally noticed that subjecting myself to the judgement of an institution which I fundamentally disagreed with was bizarre.” —Elly Nowell, commenting on the rejection letter she sent the University of Oxford
Source: Magdalen Oxford gets rejection letter from student, BBC News
“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” —Howard Stevenson
Source: What’s an entrepreneur? The best answer ever
If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold. —blue_beetle
Source: Comment on the thread “User-driven discontent” on MetaFilter
[T]hinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box.
Source: de Manzano Ö, Cervenka S, Karabanov A, Farde L, Ullén F (2010) Thinking Outside a Less Intact Box: Thalamic Dopamine D2 Receptor Densities Are Negatively Related to Psychometric Creativity in Healthy Individuals. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10670. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010670
When there’s no experimenting, there’s no progress. Stop experimenting and you go backward. —Thomas Edison
Source: “$5 million to encourage innovation in digital journalism“, Official Google Blog, October 26, 2010.