There are thousands of superb quotes doled out every day in varying forms on the internet, in glossy magazines, newspapers and dropped into our favourite TV shows or movies.
I frequently glance through these light and entertaining snippets of both entertainment and wisdom to discover that I can relate to so so many of these and in the majority of cases gain something from them. As a short exercise, I have selected a number of quotes which marry up fairly well with my life, thoughts and feelings. Regardless of whether you know me you can see how I have interpreted the quotes and perhaps see if they line up with your own personal experiences.
The quotes are quite diverse and so when you discover they are all from one person you might just be surprised…..read them and try to determine the author….who is revealed at the base of the post below.
- Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
I continually make mistakes and accept the consequences and then often repeat the process rather than learn frommy mistake…yes it is complete madness
- A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new
I have made many mistakes, we all have, but one huge one was when I undertook investments overseas in the USA buying 5 properties which I hadn’t even seenand based only on marketing blurb. So incredibly foolish and an out of character risky strategy which ultimately turned me into a “Slum Landlord” and lost me a significant amount of money… incredibly I dont really regret my actions because I had tried something different and have now learnt a massive lesson as a consequence
- We cannot solve our problems with the self same thinking we used to create the problem in the first place
This is heavily linked to the first quote above but I have learn’t from harsh experience and try to adapt my thinking as a key to problem solving
- If you cant explain it simply you don’t understand it well enough
This so very much applied to me when I was teaching in the Royal Air Force…always JUST keeping one step ahead of my students!! The key being to present lessons as if EVERY student were the slowest in the group. Good teachers make even complex things seem simple.
- Imagination is more important than knowledge
The great inventors and entrepreneurs of our time had vision…knowledge helps of course but creativity comes from the vision….how does this apply to me? I have always been head in the clouds thinking how to invent a square wheel….I still am.
- No invention has been born out of knowledge alone…imagination is the catalyst
A simple Quote by me
- Logic will take you from A to B imagination will take you everywhere
So pertinent to travellers, like myself, who don’t just wish to do ticks in boxes but really have an unquantifiable experience along the way
- Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding
I have had 30 years of military service but ironically I did not agree with force unless in FULL self defence
- it has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity
This was written before cell phone and digital flat screens or skype and iphones … how wise…when we all seek the alternative to our own society through travel to less well “developed” countries it becomes increasingly difficult to find a society unaffected by this change. To trek in Nepal without phone, ipad or netbook is a liberating feeling.
- Information is not knowledge
Oh how true in times of IT (information Technology) it sometime puts blinkers on rational people…I like to think that my “experiences” provide my knowledge (albeit limited)
- Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For that reason mastery demands all of a person
I believe only certain focused people can become masters. I think , as an example, of Seb Coe the British athlete who devoted ALL his time to becoming Olympic champion…but did he have much diversity in his life besides…I don’t believe so. As for me I have too much curiosity in so many things that I can only ever be a “jack of all trades and master of none” because I HAVE NEVER SETTLED UPON one cause….but I am content
- He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed
So pertinent to travellers like myself….ticks in boxes don’t work; it’s about what surrounds us whether in a city or in the countryside…mindfulness is important
Take a brief moment to consider whether any of these quotes struck a chord with you; do you think there are things you can change about yourself to become more in tune with these thoughts…not mine of course…the author
And so who was this author….??
None other than the great man himself who died in the same year I was born…..