Innovative Interaction

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.

Margaret Heffernan – American entrepreneur, author and speaker (b. 1955)

False estimation

Most people ignore probabilities and exaggerate risk.

Ralf Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934), from “A Zebra in Lion Country” (1999)

Elections in times of a rebellion

The present rebellion brought our republic to a severe test; and a presidential election occurring in regular course during the rebellion added not a little to the strain. If the loyal people, united, were put to the utmost of their strength by the rebellion, must they not fail when divided, and partially paralyzed, by a political war among themselves? But the election was a necessity. We can not have free government without elections.

Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863, speech as Response to a serenade after his re-election, 10th November 1864


I will put out the fire of anger with the water of patience.


Tibetan proverb


The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

L.-P. Jacks – British pastor and university professor (1860-1955), Quotations book 2004

Humility instead of arrogance

Wealth is not the problem, but the arrogance that often accompanies it
and conversely, poverty is not a blessing, but the humility which often accompanies it is.

following Johan Chrysostom – born Johan of Antioch, Greek Doctor of Church, 398-407 Archbishof of Constantinopel (344 or 349-407), Quotations book 2017

The right perspective

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The realist adjusts the sails.

American proverb – Quotations book 2017


Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.

Douglas Malloch – American writer, known as “Lumberman’s poet” (1877-1938), from his poem “Good Timber” (1926), Quotations book 2015

Problem solving

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

attributed to Charles Franklin Kettering – American inventor and head of research at General Motors (1876-1958)


Ingenium res adversae nudare solent, celare secundae.

Adversity often reveals genius, success conceals it.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horaz) – Roman writer (65-8 B.C.), from “Sermones” 2,8,74 f (c. 40 B.C.), Quotations book 2016

Courage and perseverance

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into the air.

John Quincy Adams – American politician, 1825-29 6th president (1767-1848), from his adress speech in Plymouth on December 22nd, 1802


There are only two ways to handle tense situations: you can change them, or you can change the way you look at them. There is enlightenment to be had in changing the way you look at things.

Paul Wilson – Australian author and expert on stress management (b. 1949), Quotations book 2013


Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

Henry Ward Beecher – American clergyman, opposed slavery (1813-1887), Quotations book 2012

Good Shepherd

A good shepherd shears his sheep, he doesn’t flay them.

Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar – known as Tiberius Iulius Caesar Augustus, Roman politician, 14-37 emperor (42 B.C. – 37 A.C.), quoted in “The Twelve Caesars” by Suetonius (70-140 A.C.), Quotations book 2012


There is enough for everybody’s need, but not for everybody’s greed. If everybody shares enough, everybody has enough.

Dr. Frank Buchman – American theologian, founder of the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) (1878-1961), Quotations book 2011


Keep things simple and take them seriously – simplicity is the end result of long hard work, not the starting point.

realization – Quotations book 2010

Making mistakes

A businessman once gave me some good advice. “You will always make mistakes, but it is possible to go through life making mistakes and they will do your business little or no harm. This is because the trick is to spot the mistake early and deal with it.”

Lord Ashcroft (*1946) – British entrepreneur and politician of the “Conservative Party”


Difficulties exist to be surmounted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), frrom a speech at Cambridge, July 18th, 1867


The word crisis in Chinese is composed of two characters: the first is the symbol of danger… the second of opportunity.

from the dictionary


I would as soon leave to my son a curse as the almighty Dollar.

Andrew Carnegie – Scottish-born American steel industrialist (1835-1919), from “The Gospel of Wealth” (1889)


The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.

attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969)

Stay with a problem

It’s not that I am smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Wisdom – often falsely attributed to Albert Einstein, Quotations book 2009

Prevent problems

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

often falsely attributed to Albert Einstein – Quotations book 2008


The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)


Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.

Nelson A. Rockefeller – American politician and philanthropist,1974-77 vicepresident (1908-1997)

Minimize Risk

The way to minimize risk is to think..

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)


When was the last time, you were looking for a better solution?

Question to motivate

Resist the commencements

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for me— and there was no one left to speak out.

Martin Niemöller – German theologian and resistance fighter against Nationalsocialism (1892-1984), Quotations book 2007


When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — Think of it, ALWAYS!

Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948)

False security

You have acquired a false security, and it is this false security on which you live that causes your feelings of inferiority.

One lives wrapped in cotton, protected from the cold and heat. It is not good never to be cold or hot.

Dr. Carl Gustav Jung – Swiss psychologist (1875-1961)


All life is problem solving.

Sir Karl Raimund Popper – Austrian-born English philosopher and sociologist (1902-1994)


Don’t take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales – Spanish philosopher and writer (1601-1658), Quotations book 2005

Search for faults

Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2006


Forgive someone and set a person free and you will discover, that this person is you.

Proverb – Quotations book 2004