stolen words


Because i like to think i’m great. That and i have a thing for pithy quotes. Updated as i see fit.

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
C.S. Lewis

I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see.
Giorgio Morandi

Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something.
Walker Evans

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Dr. Spock

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You can observe a lot by watching.
Yogi Berra

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have.
Emil’e Chartier

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
E. Jefferey Conklin & William Weil

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein

The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost

When you get to the fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

…It’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.
Jonathan Ive

Knowledge is the antidote to fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but not so open that your brains fall out.
James Oberg

Chance favors the prepared mind.
Louis Pasteur

Planning is everything; plans are nothing.
Helmuth von Moltke

You can either get something done or get the credit for it, but not both.
(Reuben) Smeed’s Rule

Computers are worthless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso

Maps are useful but never neutral.
Lucy Fellowes

Letters are things, not pictures of things.
Eric Gill

Objects do not have meaning. But if an object is thoughtful we project meaning onto it in daily life.
Karim Rashid

Ease of use and ease of learning are not the same.
Katherine Haramundanis

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas

Action will remove the doubt that theory cannot solve.
Tehyi Hsieh

We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.
Carl Sagan

It’s not rocket science. It’s social science—the science of understanding people’s needs and their unique relationship with art, literature, history, music, work, philosophy, community, technology, and psychology.
The act of design is structuring and creating that balance.
Clement Mok

Design is intelligence made visible.
Don Newgren

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.
Victor Papanek

Everyone is a lot of people to design for.
Joshua Rose

In most agencies, account executives outnumber the copywriters two to one. If you were a dairy farmer, would you employ twice as many milkers as you had cows?
David Ogilvy

If you begin to think you’re changing the culture of the world,
just ask your mom what she thinks you do for a living.
Jurgen Stringenz