Date: May 27th, 2009
Cate: Uncategorized

Quotes

quotes

On nature

“The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created it.”

Albert Einstein

On systems

“Instead of the animistic, mechanistic, or the mathematical universe, we see the genetic, organic, holistic universe.”

Jan Christiaan Smuts

“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”

Thomas Mann

“What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.”

W Eduards Deming

“Instead of trying to specify a system in full detail, specify it only somewhat. You can then ride on the dynamics of the system in the direction you want to go.”

Anthony Stafford Beer

“In systems thinking, increases in understanding are believed to be obtainable by expanding the systems to be understood, not by reducing them to their elements. Understanding proceeds from the whole to its parts, not from the parts to the whole as knowledge does.”

Russell L. Ackoff

On organic architecture

“For America today organic architecture interprets (will eventually build) this local embodiment of human freedom. This natural architecture seeks spaciousness, grace and openness; lightness and strength so completely balanced and logical that it is a new integrity…”

Frank Lloyd Wright

“Organic architecture strives to connect the parts of the building which are nearest to the earth - the foundations of the walls in particular - closely to the earth. It also strives to construct them from materials which have been extracted from the earth itself. The upper structures should be light, as if heaven were descending upon the earth.”

Imre Makowecz

“Organic architecture is rooted in a passion for life, nature, and natural forms, and is full of the vitality of the natural world with its biological forms and processes. Emphasizing beauty and harmony, its free-flowing curves and expressive forms are sympathetic to the human body, mind, and spirit.”

David Pearson

“To create an architecture of meaning and beauty we need to return to the source - nature. We should make use of materials and innovation provided by the natural world and put them to good use according to their true nature, not merely to imitate the appearances of the past … But if we … use nature as a basis of design we can create a new, evolutionary architecture.

Eugene Tsui



On knowledge

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

Epictetus

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply!”

Goethe

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

Immanuel Kant

“These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.”

Vernon Cooper

“Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.”

Samuel Johnson

“Tell me and I`ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I`ll understand.”

Chinese Proverb

On performance

“All good strategy eventually degenerates into work.”

Peter Drucker

“Leadership is not magnetic personality - that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’ - that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

Peter F. Drucker

“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things.”

Nicolo Machiavelli

“It is no use saying “we are doing our best.” You have to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

Winston Churchill

On measurement

“Accuracy and clarity of statement are mutually exclusive.”

Niels Bohr

“Man is the measure of all things.”

Protagoras of Abdera ( c. 480-410 B.C.)

On excellence

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Vince Lombardi

“We strive for perfection, but settle for excellence.”

Walt Disney

On happiness

“The value of achievement lies in the achieving.”

Albert Einstein


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