Quotes to Remember

I’ve been Facebooking quotes from Stanford classes I wanted to remember, but realized I don’t have a convenient way to search for them. So I’ll post them on this blog instead, and maybe that’s better for everyone:

From “Managing Growing Enterprises” (MGE) case with Graham Weaver, quote from W.H. Murray (explorer):

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

From the courtyard of the New GSB campus, Phil Knight:

There comes a time in every life when the past recedes and the future opens. It’s that moment when you turn to face the unknown. Some will turn back to what they already know. Some will walk straight ahead into uncertainty. I can’t tell you which one is right. But I can tell you which one is more fun.

Many thanks to Claudine for below quotes. We have three missing, so if anyone has them handy, please mail me and I’m happy to post them here for perpetuity…

From MGE Spring 2011 with Professor Irv Grousbeck

March 31


April 05


April 07

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade of life, but in its sunshine. – Thomas Jefferson

April 12

The errors of the great are venerable because they are more fruitful than the truths of little people. – Nietzsche

April 14

On such a full sea are we now afloat that we must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures. – Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

April 19

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber. – Churchill

April 21

It is better to suffer wrong than do it, and, happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. – Samuel Johnson

April 26

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Teddy Roosevelt

April 28

It is not the critic who counts nor the one who points out how the strong have stumbled, or where the doers of good deeds could have done better. – Teddy Roosevelt

May 03

People might remember what you said, they may remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. – Anonymous

May 05

Advice is like snow: the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper its sinks into, the mind. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

May 10

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. And, dance like nobody’s watching. – Bo Jangles Robinson

May 12

When you make a commitment you build hope. When you keep it you build trust. Trust brings out the best in people. – Stephen Covey

May 17

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

May 19


May 24

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

May 26

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

May 31

At every crossing that leads to the future each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand guards appointed to preserve the post. – Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet

Here’s an extra one from my time at Cornell, of which I was particularly fond (at the entrance of the School of Hotel Management):

Life is service – the one who progresses is the one who gives his fellow men a little more – a little better service. – E. M. Statler