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-A quote at the right time is inspirational. These are some of my favorites -- which seem appropriate for 43folders, but have not found a home...+A quote at the right time is inspirational. These are some of my favorites -- which seem appropriate for 43folders, but have not found a home.
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 +Just what is the purpose of life hacks? In a subtle sense, these quotes are indirect pointers... some are null pointers, but curiously amusing.
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A quote at the right time is inspirational. These are some of my favorites -- which seem appropriate for 43folders, but have not found a home.

Just what is the purpose of life hacks? In a subtle sense, these quotes are indirect pointers... some are null pointers, but curiously amusing.

[edit] People conversing across time...

  • Confucius: "Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses."
  • Henry Miller: "One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."


[edit] Talking heads in an Enlightment chat room...

  • Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. -Ludwig Börne
  • Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. -Henry David Thoreau
  • Knock on the sky and listen to the sound. -Zen proverb
  • The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him? -Chuang Tzu
  • The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing. -Eric Berne
  • No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. -Zen proverb
  • The map is not the territory. -Alfred Korzybski
  • The obstacle is the path. -Zen proverb
  • One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem. -Alexander Jodorowsky
  • The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -Niels Bohr
  • I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning. -Aleister Crowley, Book of Lies
  • The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. -Aldous Huxley
  • Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights. -Georg Hegel
  • The future influences the present just as much as the past. -Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. -Andre Gide
  • Before enlightenment -- chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment -- chop wood, carry water. -Zen proverb

[edit] Regarding regimens...

  • Marcel Proust: "The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others."
  • Henry Miller: "Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, ..."

[edit] Poet answers to an attorney

  • Roy M. Cohn: "Go after a man's weakness, and never, ever, threaten unless you're going to follow through, because if you don't, the next time you won't be taken seriously."
  • Rainer Maria Rilke: "If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches."

[edit] What is Success?

  • "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself without the slightest thought of return; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a rescued soul, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played with enthusiasm and sung with exaltation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived -- this is to have succeeded."

This is often attributed to Ralph Waldo EMERSON. (Google comes up with about 15,000 specific hits and many books in print.)


  • The quote has been traced to a 1905 publication by a Bessie Stanley, containing a collection of quotations on "success," in which her poem appeared facing a Emerson quotation. But apparently she won a $250 prize in November 30, 1905 through the Lincoln Sentinel:

"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction."


  • Then there was an another Transcendentalist named William Henry Channing (1810-1884) who supposedly wrote earlier:

"To live content with small means;
To seek elegance rather than luxury,
To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;
To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with an open heart;
To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the commonplace.
This to be my symphony."


  • Whatever the source, it's all beautiful and wise, so it's worth fully looking again at each component:
    • To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with an open heart;
    • To appreciate beauty;
    • To seek elegance rather than luxury;
    • To live content with small means;
    • To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
    • To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
    • To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
    • To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, never in a hurry;
    • To find the best in others;
    • To give of oneself without the slightest thought of return;
    • To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a rescued soul, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
    • To play with enthusiasm and sing with exaltation;
    • To laugh often and much;
    • To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
      • This is to have succeeded...
        • to have filled my niche and accomplished all my tasks;
        • leaving this world better than I found it.


  • Any GTD system must presuppose some values. It must ask what is to be ultimately achieved. What does the tab on the main folder containing all project folders say? What constitutes success for you?


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