Brian Laung Aoaeh’s Thought-Catalogue

I am learning. Therefore, I write.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
– St. Francis of Assisi
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
– Socrates
Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair . . . To have faith means to dare, to think the unthinkable, yet to act within the limits of the realistically possible.
– Erich Fromm
The principal means of ascertaining truth are based on probabilities. 
– Pierre Simon de Laplace
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
– Jacob Riis, The Stonecutter Credo
He who would build a path to the heavens must walk alone.
– Source Unknown
You have to learn not be discouraged by experts.
– Gary Flandro
Amateurs call it genius. Masters call it practice.
– Thierry Henry
If you know how to learn, you know enough.
– Charlie Munger
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so that you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
– Maya Angelou
I see, and I forget. I hear, and sometimes I remember. I do, and it becomes a part of me.
– Confucius
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt
We always need to remember that behind almost every great moment in history, there are heroic people doing really boring and frustrating things for a prolonged period of time.
– Gail Collins, My Favorite August (NY Times OpEd, Aug 13, 2010)
The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.
– Pythagoras
Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
– Andrew Grove
If you want to climb Mount Everest, you ought to have a base camp first.
– Norman Winarsky
Out in the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things – the people on the edge see them first. 
– Kurt Vonnegut
The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
– Sherlock Holmes (The Hound of the Baskervilles, Chapter 3: “The Problem”)
Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.
– Albert Einstein
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
– Robert Hughes
The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are bits of the literal future right here, right now, if you know how to look for them. Although I can’t tell you how; it’s a non-rational process.
– William Gibson, August 1999
Thought is the source.
Thought is the medium.
Thought is the technology.
Thought is the product, not yet manifested.
Thought is reality, as a work in progress.
Thought is everything.

Thanks for passing through . . . .

I have three reasons for setting up this blog:

  1. To enable me to sort through things I am learning, and
  2. To enable me to document and consolidate things I have learned.
  3. To help me identify gaps in my knowledge base, so that I can take steps to fill in those gaps.

Everything here is a work in progress.

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Brian & His Books (Image Credit: Tasha S. K. Aoaeh)

Brian & His Books (Image Credit: Tasha S. K. Aoaeh)

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