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Catalyzing economic development in Pittsburgh through collaborative discussion and emergent thought.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Quotes for Friends

You ever have one of those weeks? Well, this week was most certainly one for your friendly neighborhood Hoo. Well, to all my friends out there who are daring to be bold in the face of adversity, be strong. Here are some fun quotes for you. In the coming posts, I will dive into some fun economic development issues. Good night fan-boys. Back to work for this cat. Enjoy!

"A big wave carries a lot of surfboards"
Californian venture capital adage

"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats."
--Howard Aiken

"There's no idea that an MBA cannot analyse to the point where it's not worth pursuing."
General Doriot, America's first VC

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates form college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. It he succeeds once then he's in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work."
-- Charles F. Kettering

"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."
-- Prefontaine

"We will either find a way, or make one. "
-- Hannibal

"God is with those who persevere"
--The Holy Koran


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