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Dan Rockwell.

Alan Alda:

“Real listening is a willingness to let the other person change you.” Alan Alda

  1. I will enter conversations open to learning and willing to adapt (if it suit my behavior?).
  2. The way I see things is ONE way of seeing them (A single way, with option to retract in the other direction?).
  3. I’m willing to change my perspective (Not matching the Silent Majority “common sense”?).
  4. My need to be right makes me stupid (As long as you are doing the right thing?).

Daniel Kahneman:

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it” Daniel Kahneman (For how long to think about it to make it Not that important?)

  1. I will overcome the distraction of urgencies by reconnecting with the big picture (Beyond the Big Bang?).
  2. I will maintain curiosity with calmness when stress increases. (Curiosity is the key to feel alive, calmly or angrily)
  3. I will rest, enjoy family and friends, and take time for self-development, even during a pandemic (Because of Covid-19).
  4. I won’t belittle the important concerns of others. And I won’t try to solve everyone’s concerns. (As if we ever cared to resolving other people concerns)

Peter Drucker:

“It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem – which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday.” Peter Drucker (An opportunity that does Not require solving anything?)

  1. I see a negativity bias in myself that requires adjusting (How much effort to recognize the various kinds of biases?).
  2. I will view situations and interactions through the lens of opportunity. (How about the lens of experimental minded designs?)
  3. I will maintain a positive attitude. (Not in the face of injustices and unfair practices and elite laws)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

“When we take people merely as they are, we make them worse; when we treat them as if they were what they should be, we improve them as far as they can be improved.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Review the practices of all those missionaries who ruined ethnic civilizations and culture)

  1. I will view people through the lens of who they might become. (But Not try to intervene)
  2. I will maintain optimism while working to develop myself and others. (As if we can achieve anything when depressed)
  3. I will acknowledge the limitations of myself and others. (Just focus on your limitations and spare us judging others)

Warren Bennis:

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” Warren Bennis (Too convoluted to make sense of this quote)

  1. I will spend time in self-reflection today. (And tomorrow?)
  2. I have the capacity for self-deception. I will seek feedback. (Feedback from whom?)
  3. I will bring my best self in service to others. (what if the others consider your “best self” as one of your limitations?)

What quote might you add to the list of most important leadership quotes of all time? (Forget about this horrendous leadership mind-fix. Learn to confront injustices)

A few quotes from Grandmoms

شوية امثال من ستي

1 – يلي مالو بنات ماحدا بيعرف إمتى مات
3 – يلي حظها قوي بتجيب البنت قبل الصبي
4 – البنت هدية والصبي بلية😊

5 – الحياة بدون أخت متل الطريق بلا زفت
7 – عشر أصهرة ع باب داري ولا كنة تكشف أسراري
8 – خود المعجعجة وضمها وخلي السنكوحة لامها

12 – يلي بدها يسعدها زمانها تجيب بناتها قبل صبيانها
14 – لو ما كان الطول مهیوب ما اخترعو للقصيرة كعوب
15 – دللي كنتك واكسبي ودها لانو إذا نوت عالشر ما حدا بردها

17 – سودة والخدم حواليها وبيضا وكل الشغل عليها
18 – قصي من لسانك وزيدي ع التنورة منو بتدفي سيقانك ومنو بتضلي مستورة👗👚
19 – سودا زرقا وقاعدة عالتخت وبيضا شقرا مالها بخت

20 – خود التخينة وأوعى تخاف منها مخدة ومنها لحاف
21 – ابن الأصل لو طعميتوا خبز حاف بيصون وقليل الأصل لو طعميتوا لحم الكتاف بيخون
22 – فكرناهن رخصوا طلعو ببلاش

23 – بنت الأصل بتخلي كوخها قصر
24 – دنيا ما عليها عتب فيها المصدي وفيها الذهب

A few quotes on politicians

مهندس بسام حسين
*أجرأ الأقوال السياسية ..*

1- *لا يمكنك أن تغتني عن طريق السياسة إلا إذا كنت فاسدًا*
. “هاري تروماس”

2- *هذا البلد لو أقيم فيه ميزان عدل كما ينبغي، لامتلأت السجون ،و خلت القصور*
. “نجيب محفوظ”

3- *غالبًا مايكون حديث سائق التكسي عن واقع بلد، أكثر مصداقية من رئيس الدولة نفسها*
. “شريفة بن عيسى”

4- *نحن لانعاني من نقص في الأموال؛ بل من زيادة في اللصوص*
. “إدوارد غالباتو”

5- *السياسيون مثل حفاضات الأطفال، يجب تغييرهم دائمًا ولنفس الأسباب*
. “مارك توين ”

6- *العدالة الغربية تقف دائمًا إلى جانب الدول الضعيفة بشرط أن يكون لديها مايكفي من النفط*
. “أحمد مطر”

7- *إن الديمقراطية لاتصلح لمجتمع جاهل؛ لأن أغلبية من الحمير ستحدد مصيرك*
. “برناردشو”

8- *السياسيون في العالم كالقرود في الغابة، إذا تشاجروا أفسدوا الزرع، وإذا تصالحوا أكلو المحصول*
.”جورج أورويل ”

9- *في دول القمع الفكري يكون أرخص الأجور أجر المعلم*
. “محمود العراقي”

10- *إذا أردت أن تضيع شعبًا، أشغله بنقص أنبوبة الغاز، وغياب البنزين، ثم غيِّب عقله، واخلط السياسة بالإقتصاد بالدين بالرياضة*
. “جلال عامر”

11- *درجة الصعوبة والخطورة في محاولتك تحرير شعب راض بعبوديته، هي نفسها عند محاولتك استعباد شعب حر*

*،، هل تراها صادقة أم لا ـ ـ!!؟*??!

The Guy Quote – Bertrand Russell

Posted on June 21, 2011 in Dysonology

“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872 – 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. He was born in Wales, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain.

His work has had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy, especially philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.

At various points in his life, he imagined himself: he turned a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these things, in any profound sense.

Russell led the British “revolt against idealism” in the early 1900s. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege and his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein, and is widely held to be one of the 20th century’s premier logicians.

He co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic.

His philosophical essay “On Denoting” has been considered a “paradigm of philosophy.”

Russell was a prominent anti-war activist; he championed free trade and anti-imperialism.

Russell went to prison for his pacifism during World War I. Later, he campaigned against Adolf Hitler, then criticised Stalinist totalitarianism, attacked the United States of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, and was an outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament.

One of his last acts was to issue a statement which condemned Israeli aggression in the Middle East.

In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.” (this edited from and more on him at Wikipedia – there’s also a good bio of him and foray into some of his thought in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy)

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it.

If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence.

The origin of myths is explained in this way. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

War doesn’t decide who is right, war decides who is left. (Mostly crippled, physically, emotionally and mentally)

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.

It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you. (These extended hands are hardly found without some kind of chemistry?)

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. (No evidence will ever be forthcoming: we are governed by emotions)

It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.

Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid.

Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.

If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes.

But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.

If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness

Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man.

Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.

Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one can prove that there is Not a God.

On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think that I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because, when I say that I cannot prove that there is Not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods.

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. (Meaning of a good reflective mind?)

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy – I mean that if you are happy you will be good.

The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.

Waterboarding? Not useful. A few silly quotes of Gen. James Mattis

Waterboarding? ‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.’

Here’s a sampling of Mattis’ quotes:

1. ‘It’s quite fun to shoot them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people.’

In 2005, he offered this commentary on war: “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”

He continued: “Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

At the time, after the remarks made some waves, Marine commandant Gen. Michael Hagee noted that Mattis “often speaks with a great deal of candor.”

2. ‘There are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.’

Speaking to some 200 Marines, Mattis had this advice, according to longtime reporter Thomas Ricks: “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

Mattis elaborated, “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim. It’s really a hell of a lot of fun. You’re gonna have a blast out here!”

And: “I feel sorry for every son of a bitch that doesn’t get to serve with you.”

3. ‘I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.’

Mattis remembered offering this message to Iraqi leaders following the invasion, Ricks reported.

4. ‘Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.’

According to the same report, Mattis advised his Marines in Iraq to stay vigilant. In that vein, he also once said, “There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists.”

5. ‘There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I don’t think you do.’

“It’s just business,” Mattis said.

6. ‘In a country with millions of people and cars going everywhere, the enemy is going to get a car bomb out there once in awhile.’

Matt was characteristically blunt in a 2007 interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. “There are going to be good days and bad days. Bottom line,” he concluded.

7. ‘PowerPoint makes us stupid.’

Mattis gets a third of his briefings on the presentation platform, though, The New York Times has reported.

8. ‘I get a lot of credit these days for things I never did.’

For all his proverbial outspokenness, in a 2004 speech at the Naval Academy, Mattis was reportedly modest about his accomplishments.

9. “Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

Mattis, a student of counterinsurgency tactics and strategy, sent this advice to his Marine unit only a few hours before they helped kick off the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam’s oppression,” he wrote.

9 unforgettable quotes by James Mattis


James Mattis, the retired Marine Corps general who has been tapped to be Donald Trump’s secretary of defense, is known for his earthy aphorisms — eminently quotable, often controversial observations on everything from the romanticism of war to the secret of personal success (“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word,” he once said.)

Reporters who have followed the arc of the four-star general’s 44-year military career from the sands of Iraq to the halls of the Pentagon have dubbed his many pithy statements “Mattisisms”; his legion of admirers call him either “the Warrior Monk” or “Mad Dog.” One Mattisism — “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet” — even made it into a popular video game.

It turns out that Mattis, whose gruff exterior masks a finely honed intellect, may have influenced the president-elect’s view on waterboarding with something of a Mattisism.

Trump told The New York Times that he was “surprised” when Mattis told him he does not favor the practice.

“He said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful,’” Trump relayed. “He said, ‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.’ And I was very impressed by that answer.”

Quotes from “The Woman who resisted”

1. We can judge the character of a person by his enterprises… Voltaire

2. There are people whose only mission is to serve as intermediaries. We pass them as bridges and we keep advancing… Gustave Flaubert

3. The real greatness consists of becoming master of ourselves… Daniel Defoe

4. As long as bishops have the courage of girls, girls must acquire the courage of bishops… Jacqueline Pascal

5. Zeus renders crazy the person He wants to lose… Euripides

6. They didn’t know the mission was impossible, and they did it… Mark Twain

7. According to enlightened people, only mediocrity is not exposed to envy… Boccaccio

8. The friend for interest is a swallow on the rooftop… Cervantes

9. Who has no objectives does not risk to fail attaining them… Sun Tzu

10. The anonymous despotism of an oligarchy is more frightening and far harder to overcome than a personal power in the hands of a bandit… Arthur Arnould

Note: From the autobiography of Anne Lauvergeon who lead Areva, the foremost nuclear power plant exporter company in the world, for 10 years and considered more powerful than the French President…




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