When people say to me 34how do

When people say to me:  "How do you do so many things?"  I often answer them, without meaning to be cruel:  "How do you do so little?"  It seems to me that people have vast potential.  Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.  Yet most people don’t.  They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.  ~Philip Adams

Hell there aint no rules around here

I approached him in a humble spirit: “Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe.” And right then and there I got my first surprise. He spat in the middle of the floor and yelled out, “Hell! there ain’t no rules around here!  We are tryin’ to accomplish somep’n!” And he walked off, leaving me flabbergasted.  ~Albert Einstein, c. 1903, quoted by Martin André Rosanoff in "Edison in His Laboratory," Harper’s Magazine, September 1932Variant: Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something. http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/04/19/edison-no-rules  (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

The rung of a ladder was never

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  ~Thomas Henry Huxley, An Address to the Students of the Faculty of Medicine in University College, London, May 18, 1870, On the Occasion of the Distribution of Prizes for the Session  (Thanks, Paul)

When i was a boy scout we

When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop.  We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver.  The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began.  But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs.  I think life is like this game.  Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds.  We’re afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman – whatever it is that we would really like to do but don’t because of personal obstacles.  Don’t avoid any chairs until you run smack into one.  And if you do, at least you’ll have a place to sit down.  ~Pierce Vincent Eckhart