Thursday, 25 August 2011

List of Quotes from TED Singapore

I read through these while checking out the TED Singapore site and wanted to repost them all here:


An idea that is 
developed and put into action is more important 
than an idea that exists only as an idea. 
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, 
founder of Buddhism, c500 B.C.


The value of an idea 
lies in the using of it. 
Thomas Edison


If you can dream it,
you can do it. 
Walt Disney.




Dream different dreams 
while on the same bed. 
Chinese proverb



Live out your imagination, 
not your history
George S. Patton



Think left and think right 
and think low and think high. 
Oh, the things you can think up if only you try.
Dr. Seuss



We must become the change 
we wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Ghandi



A journey of a thousand miles 
must begin with a single step.
Chinese proverb



You must act as if
it is impossible to fail.
Ashanti proverb



The person who says it cannot be done 
should not interrupt the person doing it. 
Chinese proverb



I like nonsense, 
it wakes up the brain cells.
Dr. Suess



New ideas pass through three periods: 
1. It can't be done. 
2. It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 
3. I knew it was a good idea all along! 
Arthur C. Clarke



First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, 
then you win.
Mahatma Ghandi



I can't understand 
why people are frightened of new ideas. 
I'm frightened of the old ones. 
John Cage



Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. 
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.



Vision without action is a daydream. 
Action without vision is a nightmare.
Japanese proverb



Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. 
Art is knowing which ones to keep. 
Scott Adams



If at first, the idea is not absurd, 
there is no hope for it. 
Albert Einstein



The best way to have a good idea 
is to have lots of ideas.
Frank Lloyd Wright



Every child is an artist. 
The problem is how to remain an artist 
once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso



Observe Everything.
Communicate Well.
Draw, Draw, Draw.
Frank Thomas, Disney Animator



Add legs to the snake 
when you have finished drawing it.
Chinese proverb



All difficult things 
have their origin in that which is easy, 
and great things in that which is small.
Lao Tzu



Great souls have will, 
feeble ones have wishes. 
Chinese proverb



You see things, you say 'Why?' 
But I dream things that never are, and say 'Why not? 
George Bernard Shaw



Discovery consists of looking at the same thing 
as everyone else and thinking something different. 
Albert Szent Gyorgi



Every truth in this world 
has an opposite somewhere. 
U Nu



The reverse side 
also has a reverse side.
Japanese proverb



If you're not failing every now and again, 
it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. 
Woody Allen



Everyone is a genius at least once a year. 
The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. 
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg



Do something. 
If it doesn't work, do something else.
No idea is too crazy.
Jim Hightower



Ideas are like rabbits. 
You get a couple and learn how to handle them, 
and pretty soon you have a dozen. 
John Steinbeck



Lack of money is no obstacle. 
Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
Ken Hakuta



A person with a new idea is a crank 
until the idea succeeds. 
Mark Twain



Life is so short, 
we must move very slowly.
Thai saying



There is more to life 
than increasing its speed.
Mahatma Ghandi



There is a better way, 
find it.
Thomas Edison



Dig a well 
before you are thirsty.
Chinese proverb




It is the mark of an educated mind 
to be able to entertain a thought 
without accepting it. 
Aristotle



An inventor is simply a fellow 
who doesn't take his education too seriously.
Charles Kettering



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



Imagination is more important 
than knowledge.
Albert Einstein



Imagination is the beginning of creation: 
You imagine what you desire,
you will what you imagine
and at last, you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw



You cannot depend on your eyes 
when your imagination is out of focus. 
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court



Don't confuse the art of the possible
with the art of the profitable.
David Tansley



If you don't risk anything, 
you risk even more. 
Erica Jong



The more you know,
the less you understand.
Lao-Tzu



You may be disappointed if you fail,
but doomed if you do not try.
Beverly Stills



The most successful people are those 
who are good at Plan B.
James Yorke



Great ideas often receive 
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein



A bamboo that bends is stronger 
than the oak that resists.
Japanese proverb



If you have an apple and I have an apple 
and we exchange these apples 
then you and I will still each have one apple. 
But if you have an idea and I have an idea 
and we exchange these ideas, 
then each of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw



When eating fruit, 
think of the person who planted the tree
Vietnamese proverb




Nothing is more dangerous than an idea,
when it is the only idea we have. 
Henri Fourier



Ask youself constantly.
'What is the right thing to do?' 
Confucius



A great person is one 
who has not lost the heart of a child.
Lao Tzu



There is nothing more powerful 
than an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo



Change your thoughts
and you change your world.
Norman Pool



All that we are 
is the result of what we have thought.
Buddha



The beginning of wisdom 
is to call things by their right names.
Chinese proverb



I dreamt of a thousand new paths. 
I woke and walked my old one.
Chinese proverb



There are many paths to enlightenment. 
Be sure to take the one with a heart. 
Lao Tzu



They always say time changes things, 
But you actually have to change them yourself. 
Andy Warhol



No wind, no waves.
Chinese proverb



Do not wait for leaders. 
Do it alone, person to person. 
Mother Teresa
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