It is better to point out your own mistakes than have somebody else do it.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in an interview with “The Telegraph” (“My elephant gun is loaded”, 22.9.2002), Quotations book 2020


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)

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

Work together

If you want to make peace with an enemy, one must work with that enemy and that enemy becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), froms his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” (1994)

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)

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

False estimation

Most people ignore probabilities and exaggerate risk.

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

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


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


Tibetan proverb

Good societies

Good societies can survive people doing immoral things. But a good society cannot survive if it calls immoral things moral.

Dennis M. Prager – American radio talk show host and writer, founder and president of “PragerU” (b. 1948)


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

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)


You must force yourself to consider opposing arguments. Especially when they challenge your best loved ideas.

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


Difficulties exist to be surmounted.

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

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


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

Proverb – Quotations book 2004


That there is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience.

Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948), from his disputed newspaper article “The Puzzle and Its Solution” (“Young India”, 15 December 1921), Quotations book 2022


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)


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)

Innovative Interaction

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

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


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

Minimize Risk

The way to minimize risk is to think..

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


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


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Pudd’nhead Wilson” (Chapter XII, 1894)

Search for faults

Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.

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


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

The crisis

Do not pretend that things will change if we always do the same.
The crisis is the best blessing that can happen to people and countries, because the crisis brings progress.
Creativity is born from the distress, as the day is born from the dark night.
It is in crisis that invention, discovery and large strategies are born.
Who ever overcomes crisis, outdoes himself without being overcome.
Who attributes their failures to the crisis and neglects, violent his own talent and gives most respect to the problems rather than solutions.
The real crisis is the crisis of incompetence.
The drawback of people and countries is laziness to find solutions to their problems.
Without crisis there are no challenges, without challenges life is a routine, a slow agony.
Without crisis there is no merit.
It is in the crisis where the best of each other rise up, without crises any wind is caress.
Talk of crisis is to promote it, and silent in the crisis is to exalt conformity.
Instead of that, work hard.
Get it over with the only crises threatening, that is the tragedy of not wanting to fight for it.

attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955)


Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies and debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honours, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people […] (There is also an) inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and … degeneracy of manners and of morals […] No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison – American politician, 1809-1817 fourth president (1751-1836), from “Political Observations” (20 April 1795)


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

Who looks for wind, has to stand for storms

Is there any ocean upon which a ship can sail in which it shall be quite sure that no storms will arise?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from his sermon #2098 “Where Are You Going?” (August 4th, 1889), Quotations book 2020

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.”

Michael Anthony Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft – British entrepreneur and politician of the “Conservative Party” (*1946), from his autobiography “Dirty Politics, Dirty Times” (2005)


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

from the dictionary

Work partition

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1963-1947), quoted in “Reader’s Digest” (March 1934)


It’s much easier to stay out of trouble now than to get out of trouble later.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), quoted in “The Winning Investment Habits of Warren Buffett & George Soros” (2013)

Constructive debate

Dispute supports insight and that is worth a lot.

Daniel Libeskind – American architect, artist and designer (b. 1946), from the interview “Der gebaute Horror” with Susanne von Beyer (“Der Spiegel”, 18. January 1999), Quotations book 2021


When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

slogan by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer – American psychologist, speaker and author on self-development (1940-2015), often attributed to Max Planck (German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1918, 1858-1947), but could not be verified by the Archives of the Max Planck Society in Berlin


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

Negative people

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.

wisdom, falsely attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Urgent or important

‘I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.

wisdom of a former college president, quoted by Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), in his address to the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Evanston, Illinois (Augsut 19, 1954)


For the optimist life is not the problem but already the solution.

attributed to Marcel Pagnol – French writer, playwrigt and director (1895-1974)

Pour l’optimiste, la vie n’est pas un problème, mais une solution.

attribué à Marcel Pagnol – écrivain, dramaturge et cinéaste français (895-1974)

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

Gauge risks

The probability of being struck by lightning is tiny, but many people are excessively terrified when they hear thunder.

Peter L. Bernstein – American financial historian, economist and educator (1919-2009), from “Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk” (1996), inspired by “Logic, Or, the Art of Thinking: Being the Port-Royal Logic” (“La logique, ou l’art de penser”, 1662), Quotations book 2021

Loving silence

A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD – American author (b. 1938), from “Kitchen Table Wisdom” (1996), Quotations book 2021

Prevent problems

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

often falsely attributed to Albert Einstein – Quotations book 2008

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

Keep it simple

One of the greatest ways to avoid trouble is to keep it simple.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the “Wesco Financial” Annual meeting (2008)


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

Problems as a power source

Every problem you master helps you on in future – and gives you fresh strength.

Stefanie Graf – German former tennis player (b. 1969), Quotations book 2022


Especially whenever our affairs seem to be in crisis, we are almost compelled to give our first attention to the urgent present rather than to the important future.

Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), in his address to the Century Association (December 7, 1961)


Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.

wisdom, often attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)


All life is problem solving.

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


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)

Result extenuation

If you call a dog’s tail a “leg”, how many legs does it have?
Four, because calling a tail a “leg” doesn’t make it one.

proverd, used by Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863;
the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield (Illinois) called his authorship most unlikely


An optimist always finds a way – A pessimist always finds a dead end.

Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)


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

Question to motivate


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

realization – Quotations book 2010


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)

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