“If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.”

George S. Patton, General U. S. Army

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

Mark Twain

"The ancestor of every action is thought."

Emerson

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

Buddha

"When you are not told what to do you begin to think what to do."

Roger Cohen, Op-Ed Columnist New York Times

"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking."

Voltaire

"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."

Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

"You and I are not what we eat; we are what we think."

Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course

"Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"

Winnie the Pooh

"Time to think matters ─ at least if we’re interested in getting the answers right."

Stephen L. Carter

"Thinking is always out of order, interrupts all ordinary activities and is interrupted by them."

Hannah Arendt, Life of the Mind

"Too often we…enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."

John F. Kennedy

"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds."

Will Durant

"Thinking is like living and dying. Each of us must do it for himself."

Josiah Royce

"Some people get lost in thought because it's such unfamiliar territory."

G. Behn

"The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking."

Albert Einstein

"Pursuing our thoughts in silent contemplation takes an investment in time that few can spare."

Stephen L. Carter

"A moment’s thinking is an hour in words."

Thomas Hood

"Sometimes I think and other times I am."

Paul, Variete: Cantiques spirituels 192

"To think is to differ."

Darrow

"To think is to live."

Cicero

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

William Jones

"What we think, we become."

Buddha

"Our job is not to make up anybody’s mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision-making so intense you can escape only by thinking."

Anonymous

"The person who thinks before he speaks is silent most of the time."

Anonymous

"Think ─ and you will be very lonely."

Anonymous

"Thought is action in rehearsal."

Anonymous

"We live in a world that leaves very little time to contemplate."

Anonymous

"Don’t worry too much about what people think because they seldom do."

Anonymous

"Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest."

Anonymous

"One cannot think crooked and walk straight."

Anonymous

"Think Differently + Do Things Differently = Better Results"

Anonymous

July 22, 2014

All Circuits Are Down (Thankfully)

While reading a review of a small, quiet new film called Ida, I stumbled across an intriguing quote from the Polish writer and director, Pawel Pawlikowski. He said, “I find myself escaping more and more in life, away from noise and fake energy and from too much information.” Too bad Pawel won’t be checking out this blog. I totally get where he’s coming from.

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June 10, 2014

Innovate or Die

I wish I could take credit for this title, but I can’t. I borrowed it from a presentation I attended last week by Innovation expert, Susan Cullen, President of Quantum Learning Solutions. She had some terrific things to say about breathing new life into your business (“Innovation is oxygen”), and some surprising things to boot. Like Rule #1: Never ask your customers what you should do.

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Tags: Business, Branding,

February 04, 2014

It’s a Numbers Game

Note to self: Find someone who can introduce you to the marketing chief at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and/or start charging more for your logo designs. Everything I read or hear about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has a dollar sign attached to it. The cost of hosting the Games and local infrastructure projects are coming in at some $50 billion and I just learned that the London 2012 Olympic logo (unveiled in 2007), cost $800,000 to create. In 2007! Clearly I am not charging enough for my work.

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Tags: Branding,

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