Quotes can be trite oversimplifications or they can encapsulate an idea perfectly. Here’s a non-comprehensive list of some of my favorites:

On Writing:

“If it doesn’t bleed it doesn’t read.” – James Altucher (aka write from your heart)

For some reason, I’ve turned myself inside out and all my guts have spilled onto my blog. One day I’ll run out of stuff but not yet.” – James Altucher

“If your readers don’t get it, that means YOU didn’t get it.” – Sebastian Marshall (aka there’s no excuse for obtuse writing)

“When writing, don’t hesitate to include something; when editing, don’t hesitate to throw it out. Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” – Stephen King

“A good editor makes you feel like you’ve been beaten with a hammer, only to realize afterward you look better with bruises and fewer teeth.” – Colin Wright

 On Productivity/Time Management:

“Your goals don’t care that you’re tired.” – Chris Brogan

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

“What gets measured gets managed.” – Peter Drucker. (so measure things you want to change!)

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn (so be conscious of the company you keep)

“Be ruthless with time and generous with people.” – Anonymous

“Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Expury

“There is no reason ever to have the same thought twice, unless you like having that thought.” – David Allen

“The formal definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting a different outcome.”  -Anonymous

“If you do it more than 3 times, automate that process.” – Anonymous


‘“Fair” is a lie that the vanquished tell one another while licking their wounds.’ – Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”  – Niccoló Machiavelli

“The past and future don’t exist. They are memories and speculation, neither of which you have any control over.” James Altucher

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” — Gandhi

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” -Steve Jobs

On Play:

“We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!” – Benjamin Franklin

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein


“The most powerful predictor of what spreads online is anger.” – Ryan Holiday

“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” – Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies

“Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no’. “ – Betteridges Law of Headlines


“Helping someone with their health, wealth, or children affects them in ways other acts of kindness do not.” Kenneth Skodje

“In order to be motivated with your work, you must feel in control, competent, and connected” – Cal Newport

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“People don’t buy quarter-inch drill bits. They buy quarter-inch holes.” – Theodore Levitt


“The more I travel, the more I realize that what I know to be ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ is completely relative.” Colin Wright

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – GK Chesterton

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” – GK Chesterton