Quotes

Life in the Fast Lane

21 March 2019

My Job Is Not to Frighten Children

19 March 2019

My job is not to frighten children, but sometimes addressing fears and concerns within the safe boundaries of a picture book can fill me with an awesome responsibility to be as truthful and transparent as possible.

~ Debi Gliori

The More People Rationalize Cheating

12 March 2019

The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.

~ Stephen Covey

The Whole Thing About Perfectionism

8 March 2019

You know, the whole thing about perfectionism. The perfectionism is very dangerous. Because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in…it’s actually kind of tragic because you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is. And there were a couple of years where I really struggled with that.

§ David Foster Wallace

Whoever Is Born in New York

4 March 2019

Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.

~ James Baldwin

Action

3 March 2019
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Action expresses priorities.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

I Never Had a Plan

2 March 2019
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I never had a plan to be a fiction writer. It’s something that happened to me. Sometimes I think maybe it was my spectacular mid-life crisis. Some people buy expensive cars, and I wrote a novel.

~ Deborah Harkness

One of the Things We Don’t Do Very Well at Amazon

1 March 2019

One of the things we don’t do very well at Amazon is a me-too product offering. So when I look at physical retail stores, it’s very well served, the people who operate physical retail stores are very good at it…the question we would always have before we would embark on such a thing is: What’s the idea? What would we do that would be different? How would it be better? We don’t want to just do things because we can do them…we don’t want to be redundant.

~ Jeff Bezos

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