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posted Jun 28, 2014, 11:20 AM by Taylor Peterson   [ updated Feb 21, 2015, 5:26 PM ]

Over the years, I've made a lot of lists of quotes. Looking back at each set, I can see what was going on in my head at the time. It's amazing just how much insight you can gain by looking at a list of quotes. I wonder what this list will tell you about me. 

In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Education is what, when, and why to do things. Training is how to do it. In science, if you know what you are doing, you should not be doing it. In engineering, if you do not know what you are doing, you should not be doing it.
Richard Hamming: The Art of Doing Science and Engineering (1997)

Never give up, never back down!
Never Back Down

It's on you. It always has been. 
Never Back Down

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Lour Holtz

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
Art Turock

We humans are not always-on, efficient machines that can run 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Burning the candle at both ends results in, well, burnout. Humans need rest, relaxation, and recreation. We need time to think about things, to clear the mind, and to have fun.
Christopher Richards

Having drive is a self-actualizing positive attribute, but being driven, being compelled to work long hours, is self destroying.
Christopher Richards

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. 

Moderation in all things, especially moderation
Oscar Wilde

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

If you don't like how things are, change them!

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you 
Jim Rohn

Murphy's Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. 

Parkinson's law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Hofstadter's law: it always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
Steve Young

When you come across information you've already read or seen, the temptation is to say, “I already know this.” Okay, you know it – but are you living what you know? If not, you might want to keep studying and practicing on that topic, even if you feel like you “know” it. 
Sebastian Marshall

You need to continuously ask yourself: is this the most important thing for me to be doing right now?
Steve Pavlina

The difference between medicine and poison is the dose. 
Circa Survive