Colten – Imitation

Colton“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”

– Charles Caleb Colton, 1820

 

 

Note:  Similar versions of this quote can be found as far back as 1708:

  • “You should consider that Imitation is the most acceptable part of Worship, and that the Gods had much rather Mankind should Resemble, than Flatter them.” (in a 1708 biography of Marcus Aurelius by Jeremy Collier and André Dacier)
  • “Imitation is a kind of artless Flattery” (English writer Eustace Budgell, 1714)

Shakespeare – Cowards, Valiants & Death

Shakespeare quote from Julius Caesar“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.  Of all the wonders that I yet have heard it seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

– William Shakespeare
(from Julius Caesar – Act 2, Scene 2)

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Unknown – Story About an Opportunist

Many years ago, a large American shoe manufacturer sent two sales reps out to different parts of the Australian outback to see if they could drum up some business among the aborigines.  Some time later, the company received telegrams from both sales reps.  The first one said, “No business here…natives don’t wear shoes.”  The second one said, “Great opportunity here…none of the natives have shoes!”

Steve Jobs – Focus

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on.  But that’s not what it means at all.  It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.  You have to pick carefully.  I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.  Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”

— Steve Jobs (Apple WW Developer’s Conference, 1997)