‘We don’t have 50 years to reevaluate our infrastructure, address climate change, or deal with other ‘impossible’ problems,’ Robertson asserts. ‘Getting 2% improvement is no longer acceptable as the right answer. We all need to start really questioning the state that we’re in and how to move beyond it at a much more rapid pace than ever before, and this approach of removing artificial or unnecessary constraints is one way to do that. We knew nothing about helicopters, but we were able to do the impossible. Everybody can become better problem solvers and global citizens by inhabiting that state of mind.’

(Via “How An ‘Impossible’ Aviation Challenge Led To An Innovation Breakthrough” | Co.Design.)

July 23, 2013 July 23, 2013 quotations by Scott No Comments

Seinfeld will nurse a single joke for years, amending, abridging and reworking it incrementally, to get the thing just so. “It’s similar to calligraphy or samurai,” he says. “I want to make cricket cages. You know those Japanese cricket cages? Tiny, with the doors? That’s it for me: solitude and precision, refining a tiny thing for the sake of it.” Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up,” nytimes.com

December 20, 2012 December 20, 2012 quotations by Scott No Comments

In 1757, George Washington ran for the Fairfax County seat in the House of Burgesses. His campaign expenses included twenty-eight gallons of rum and fifty gallons of rum punch. There was also wine, beer, and cider. This may seem modest compared to today’s campaign spending, but in 1757 Fairfax County, Virginia, had only 391 voters. Mark Kurlansky, from Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

October 14, 2008 October 14, 2008 quotations by Scott 2 Comments

From my quotations file, a gem from two years ago:

Mr. Newman makes his own salad dressing at home, too, though he occasionally reaches for the stuff that started the Newman’s Own empire. To date, the food company has generated $220 million in charitable donations and has expanded to include popcorn and a line of fruit drinks and salsas, which he sometimes buys in jars at the grocery store. While the stunned checker grapples with the fact that Paul Newman is buying Newman’s Own salsa, he gets a kick out of saying, “It must be really good if I’m paying retail for it.”He’s got the salad covered. Can he serve you dinner?,” The New York Times, September 27, 2006

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