Schmidt Quotes

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Mr. Powell raised an eyebrow. 'I'm a librarian,' he said. 'I always know what I'm talking about.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.
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Eric Schmidt
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Books can ignite fires in your mind, because they carry ideas for kindling, and art for matches.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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Vengeance is sweet. Vengeance taken when the vengee isn't sure who the venger is, is sweeter still.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Whatever it means to be a friend, taking a black eye for someone has to be in it.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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She came over and looked at the picture. Then she took my hand. You know what that feels like? Like what the astronauts will feel when they step onto the moon for the very first time.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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You know, when someone has been crying, something gets left in the air. It's not something you can see or smell, or feel. Or draw. But it's there.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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If Romeo had never met Juliet, maybe they both would have still been alive, but what they would have been alive for is the question Shakespeare wants us to answer.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Wie Annie Schmidt altijd als lief en aardig heeft ervaren, zal zijn mening grondig moeten herzien.
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Annejet van der Zijl (Anna: het leven van Annie M.G. Schmidt)
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You know how teachers are. If they get you to take out a book they love too, they're yours for life.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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A mind set in its ways is wasted. Don't do it.
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Eric Schmidt
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OKAY. So I was going to the library every Saturday. So what? So what? It's not like I was reading books or anything.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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It means, Doug Swieteck, that in this class, you are not your brother.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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When gods die, they die hard. It's not like they fade away, or grow old, or fall asleep. They die in fire and pain, and when they come out of you, they leave your guts burned. It hurts more than anything you can talk about. And maybe worst of all is, you're not sure if there will ever be another god to fill their place. Or if you'd ever want another god to fill their place. You don't want the fire to go out inside you twice.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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A decent human being is ashamed at being somebody's boss!
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Arno Schmidt (Scenes from the Life of a Faun)
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You know, there are good reasons to learn how to read. Poetry isn't one of them. I mean, so what if two roads go two ways in a wood? So what? Who cares if it made all that big a difference? What difference? And why should I have to guess what the difference is? Isn't that what he's supposed to say? Why can't poets just say what they want to say and then shut up?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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The light made the snowballs look yellow. Or at least I hoped that was the cause.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Van wat een kind leest, onthoudt het maar een deel. Maar dat onthoudt hij ook zo goed, dat het zijn verdere leven met hem meereist, in zijn hart en in zijn bloed, het wordt een stuk van hemzelf.
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Annie M.G. Schmidt
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Nur die phantasielosen flΓΌchten sich in die RealitΓ€t.
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Arno Schmidt
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It's not the solution, Mr. Canton. It's the path to the solution that's fascinating.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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Innovative people do not need to be told to do it, they need to be allowed to do it.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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If you focus on your competition, you will never deliver anything truly innovative.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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There's no pleasure in getting to be an old coot unless you have some fun along the way.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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The world is Trouble...and Grace. That is all there is.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Trouble)
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The many pro-surveillance advocates I have debated since Snowden blew the whistle have been quick to echo Eric Schmidt’s view that privacy is for people who have something to hide. But none of them would willingly give me the passwords to their email accounts, or allow video cameras in their homes.
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Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State)
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Think of the sound you make when you let go after holding your breath for a very, very long time. Think of the gladdest sound you know: the sound of dawn on the first day of spring break, the sound of a bottle of Coke opening, the sound of a crowd cheering in your ears because you're coming down to the last part of a race--and you're ahead. Think of the sound of water over stones in a cold stream, and the sound of wind through green trees on a late May afternoon in Central Park. Think of the sound of a bus coming into the station carrying someone you love. Then put all those together.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Mrs. Daugherty was keeping my bowl of cream of wheat hot, and she had a special treat with it, she said. It was bananas. In the whole story of the world, bananas have never once been a special treat.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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You can't just skip the boring parts." "Of course I can skip the boring parts." "How do you know they're boring if you don't read them?" "I can tell." "Then you can't say you've read the whole play." "I think I can live a happy life, Meryl Lee, even if I don't read the boring parts of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." "Who knows?" she said. "Maybe you can't.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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The world turns and the world spins, the tide runs in and the tide runs out, and there is nothing in the world more beautiful and more wonderful in all its evolved forms than two souls who look at each other straight on. And there is nothing more woeful and soul-saddening than when they are parted...everything in the world rejoices in the touch, and everything in the world laments in the losing.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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Did you find yourself?" "What?" said my sister. "Did you find yourself?" "She found me," I said.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Maybe this happens to you every day, but I think it was the first time I could hardly wait to show something that I'd done to someone who would care besides my mother. You know how that feels?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Sometimes it's like that. You know something good is coming, and even though it's not even close yet, still, just knowing it's coming is enough to make you snort and nicker. Sort of." -Jack
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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Reader, I kissed her. A quiet walk we had, she and I.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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A comedy isn't about being funny," said Mrs. Baker. "We talked about this before." "A comedy is about character who dare to know that they may choose a happy ending after all. That's how I know." "Suppose you can't see it?" "That's the daring part," said Mrs. Baker.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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I know most people have given up on a happy ending. But I can’t. I have to hope.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (Five Enchanted Roses)
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Google dress code was: "You must wear something".
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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We were both chumps. But you know what? It's not so bad when you're chumps together.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Maybe the first time that you know you really care about something is when you think about it not being there,and when you know-you really know-that the emptinessis as much as inside you as outside you.For it falls out,that what we have we prize not to the worth whiles we enjoy it;but being lacked and lost,why,then we rack the value,then we find the virtue that possesion would not show us while it was ours.That's when I knew for the first time that I really did love my sister.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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You see, for me [art]'s not one of life's ornaments, rococo relaxation to be greeted affably after a day of hard work; I'm inverted on this : for me it's my very breath, the one thing necessary, and all else is excretion and a latrine.
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Arno Schmidt (Nobodaddy's Children: Scenes from the Life of a Faun, Brand's Heath, Dark Mirrors)
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Learn everything you can - everything. And then use all that you have learned to grow up too be a wise and good man.
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Gary D. Schmidt
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How come when you're feeling good like this, something always happens to wreck it all? How come?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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So you want to tell me what a sixth grader was doing in the eighth-grade side of the locker room, in a eighth-grade fight?" he said. "Winning," I said.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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So you just went in and told him to give you two Cokes and he gave them to you?" "No, I didn't just go in and tell him to give me two Cokes. I asked for a Coke for me and a Coke for the skinny thug sitting on the library steps.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Why can't poets just say what they want to say and then shut up?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Maybe the Snowy Heron is going to come off pretty badly when the planes come together. Maybe. But he's still proud and beautiful. His head is high, and he's got this sharp beak that's facing out to the world. He's okay for now.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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I almost cried. But I didn't, because if you're in seventh grade and you cry while wearing a blue floral cape and yellow tights with white feathers on the butt, you just have to curl up and die somewhere in a dark alley.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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When you find something that's whole, you do what you can to keep it that way. And when you fins something that isn't, then maybe it's not a bad idea to try to make it whole again. Maybe.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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No one ever comes back from Vietnam. Not really.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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You know how that feels?
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Make sure you would work for yourself.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Find your passion and run with it. Anything is possible.
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Kendall Schmidt
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Lizzie Bright Griffin, do you ever wish the world would just go ahead and swallow you whole?" "Sometimes I do," she said, and then smiled. "but sometimes I figure I should just go ahead and swallow it.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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A picture is worth a thousand words, but the way I paint I'm going to need to contact an editor. Even if I were to abstractly paint the phrase "I love you," it would be the visual equivalent of Joyce's Ulysses. -James Lee Schmidt and Jarod Kintz
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James Lee Schmidt (liQUID PROse QUOtes)
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In English, we were still on the Introduction to Poetry Unit, and I'm not lying, if I ever meet Percy Bysshe Shelley walking down the streets of Marysville, I'm going to punch him right in the face.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Nice is for people we forget.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise)
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By the way, in case you weren't paying attention or something, did you catch what Mr. Powell called me? "Young artist." I bet you missed that.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Maybe loneliness is an acquired taste, or maybe it's like plunging your hand in ice water--it hurts like hell in the beginning, and then you go numb.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise)
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Joseph just listened. It was like he was dragging every word about Jupiter into himself so he could remember it and treasure it in his heart.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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Β« Around and around, and the sharp stars watched. And the low moon. And Jupiter over the mountains. Β»
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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...and she ran out of the diesel combustion and right to me and we held each other and we were not empty at all. "Holling," she said. "I was so afraid I wouldn't find you." "I was standing right here, Heather." I said. "I'll always be standing right here.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it's a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.
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Eric Schmidt
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You've got to pick your battles, Pen, but then fight to the death for the ones that matter.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1))
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You can tell all you need to know about someone from the way cows are around him.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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You don't have to say ridiculous things twice, Holling. Once is more than enough.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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If a girl thinks she isn't beautiful, I'm here to prove her wrong.
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Kendall Schmidt
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Kid's, Life's too short to be organized. Follow your dreams first, then organize later.
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Kendall Schmidt
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It's what we think of ourselves that matter
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Kendall Schmidt
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(The raindrops) played across the coast all through the night, until the soft new day shrugged itself awake, tried on amethyst and lavender for a while, and finally decided on pale yellow.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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Sometimes--and I know it doesn't last for anything more than a second--sometimes there can be perfect understanding between two people who can't stand each other. He smiled, and I smiled, and we put the Timex watches on, and we watched the seconds flit by.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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He who would speak of unknown authors, buried beneath the rubble of centuries, inevitably lays himself open, at least to begin with, to the suspicion of being a crotchety sort with very queer tastes.
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Arno Schmidt (Radio Dialogs I: Evening Programs)
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We carry our childhood with us.
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Gary D. Schmidt
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You need to have confidence in your people, and enough self-confidence to let them identify a better way.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Freiheit und Frechheit : ein Buchstabe Unterschied.
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Arno Schmidt (Brand's Haide)
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When a girl holds a rose up to you, you run better, let me tell you.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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To innovate, you must learn to fail well. Learn from your mistakes:
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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And it really doesn't matter if we're under our desks with our hands over our heads or not, does it? No, said Mrs. Baker. It doesn't really matter. So, why are we practicing? She thought for a minute. Because it gives comfort, she said. People like to think that if they're prepared then nothing bad can really happen. And perhaps we practice because we feel as if there's nothing else we can do because sometimes it feels as if life is governed by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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As Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, says: β€œIn the old world, you devoted 30 percent of your time to building a great service and 70 percent of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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We tried to act familiar, which meant we couldn't ask the kind of questions that might have helped us figure each other out and year after year the distance grew.
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Heidi Jon Schmidt (The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002)
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You should hire the best engineer you can find, regardless of her coding preference, because if she’s the best she can down enough Java to C how to make the Python Go.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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The most valuable result of 20 percent time isn’t the products and features that get created, it’s the things that people learn when they try something new.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Treat me as I am, and that I shall remain. Treat me as I wish to be, and that I shall become.
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Karl Schmidt (Tiny Thoughts for Personal Transformation: change your thoughts change your life)
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Okay, so maybe sometimes the real world is smiles and miracles.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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You don't wait for your dreams to happen, you MAKE them happen.
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Kendall Schmidt
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Stop trying to be what society's shoving down your throat.
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Kendall Schmidt
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He's wrong--high school isn't a pyramid with all the power clustered in a chosen few at the top--it's more of a movie theater with twenty-two screens showing simultaneously. The love story in theater three doesn't care what happens on the football field in theater twelve. Actors and audiences overlap on the screen in the hallways, but there's a place for everyone.
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Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise)
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Ein Rezensent kommt mir manchmal vor wie der Mann, der eine Wolke beobachtet und ihr übelnimmt, daß sie nicht die Gestalt des Kamels angenommen hat, das er jeden Tag im Spiegel sieht.
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Arno Schmidt
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A southwest blow on ye and blister you all o'er!' 'The red plague rid you!' 'Toads, beetles, bats, light on you!' 'As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed with raven's feather from unwholesome fen drop on you.' 'Strange stuff' 'Thou jesting monkey thou' 'Apes with foreheads villainous low' 'Pied ninny' 'Blind mole...' -The Caliban Curses
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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I handed the test in five minutes before the end of the day. Mrs. Baker took it calmly, then reached into her bottom drawer for an enormous red pen with a wide felt tip. "Stand here and we'll see how you've done," she said, which is sort of like a dentist handing you a mirror and saying, "Sit here and watch while I drill a hole in your tooth.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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I love the sound of a brand-new bottle of coke when you pry the lid off and it starts to fizz. Whenever I hear that sound, I think of roses, and of sitting together with someone you care about and of Romeo and Juliet waking up somewhere and saying to each other, weren't we jerks? And then having all that be over. That's what I think of when I hear the sound of a brand-new bottle of Coke being opened
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Oh how nice!" the lady said. But not corny. She was just nice & all. "I must tell Ernest we met," she said. "May I ask your name, dear?" "Rudolf Schmidt," I told her. I didn't feel like giving her my whole life history. Rudolf Schmidt was the name of the janitor of our dorm.
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J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)
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I'm a librarian. I always know what I'm talking about
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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A heart that has lost knows every other heart that has lost. Late and soon, loss is all the same.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Trouble)
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Talk is only silence that ain't workin' well.
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Gary D. Schmidt (First Boy)
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I'm not lying.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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If you want something done, give it to a busy person.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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It is beautiful, beautiful to give; one of the very most beautiful things in life.
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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It helps to see failure as a road and not a wall.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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ego creates blind spots.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Weet je... misschien... nee, niet misschien, ik weet het wel heel zeker: een mens redt het alleen maar als er een andere mens is die van hem houdt.
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Annejet van der Zijl (Anna: het leven van Annie M.G. Schmidt)
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Toads, beetles, bats.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Spring break! Were there any two words ever put together that make a more beautiful sound?
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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If I give you a penny, then you’re a penny richer and I’m a penny poorer, but if I give you an idea, then you will have a new idea but I’ll have it too.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime!
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Kendall Schmidt
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It's what we think of ourselves that matter!
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Kendall Schmidt
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This brings me back to my question about my karma,” Wilson said. β€œYou probably set kittens on fire,” Schmidt said. β€œAnd the rest of us were probably there with you, with skewers.
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John Scalzi (The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5))
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On Saturday mornings during deliveries, I'd practice picking out new words in Jane Eyre, sounding out the ones that needed sounding outβ€”and I'm not lying, there were plenty. "'A new servitude! There is something in that,' I soliloquized." I mean, who talks like that? Do you know how long it takes to sound out a word like soliloquized? And even after you do, you have no idea what the stupid word means except that it probably just means "said," which is what stupid Charlotte BrontΓ« should have said in the first place. When I delivered Mrs. Mason's groceries, she saw that I had Jane Eyre stuck under my arm. "Oh," she said, "that was my favorite novel in school." "It was?" I soliloquized.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Do you ever wonder what it's like to be so angry that you...And then something happens, and after that, everyone figures that's what you're like, and that's what you're always going to be, and so you just decide to be it? But the whole time you're thinking, Am I going to be like him? Or am I already like him? And then you get angrier, because maybe you are, and you want... He stopped. He wiped at his eyes. I'm not lying. My brother wiped at his eyes.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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I wonder why Holling had the fastest time," said Danny after the announcements - a whole lot louder than he had to. "Could it be because he was running away from two rats who were trying to eat him?" "That might have a little to do with it," I said.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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1-12, twice a day, this is how we measure our lives, and yet nobody notices the redundancy, and yet nobody notices the redundancy. Time flies while you're having fun - But what happens if you're not having fun, does time have to call Uber? -Jarod Kintz and James Lee Schmidt
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Jarod Kintz (liQUID PROse QUOtes)
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Misstraue jedem Politiker, jedem Regierungs- oder Staatschef, der seine Religion zum Instrument macht. Halte Abstand von solchen Politikern, die ihre auf das Jenseits orientierte Religion und ihre diesseitige Politik miteinander vermischen.
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Helmut Schmidt (Sechs Reden)
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Love is not a thing you can pick up and throw into the gutter and pick up again as the fancy takes you. I am a person, very unfortunately for you, with a quite peculiar dread of thrusting myself or my affections on any one, of in any way outstaying my welcome. The man I would love would be the man I could trust to love me for ever. I do not trust you. I did outstay my welcome once. I did get thrown into the gutter, and came near drowning in that sordid place.
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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Just swell.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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The business should always be outrunning the processes, so chaos is right where you want to be.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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I'm a librarian," he said. "I always know what I'm talking about.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Terrific.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
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Eric Schmidt
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if the past is any indicator of our future, today’s big bets won’t seem so wild in a few years’ time.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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John Dewey, an American philosopher and writer, said that β€œa problem well put is half solved.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Give me a book. There is no present I care about but that.
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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The world turns and the world spins, the tide runs in and the tide runs out, and there is nothing in the world more beautiful and more wonderful in all its evolved forms than two souls who look at each other straight on.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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Rows of roses rose up to smell my nose, and what could I do but sit back and appreciate my flower-nature. A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet- But if it changed its name to SKUNK, I'd Sincerely Doubt That Belief. -Jarod Kintz and James Lee Schmidt
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Jarod Kintz (liQUID PROse QUOtes)
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No storm is forever.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Trouble)
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How far a woman could travel if she really put her mind to it. And I put my mind to it.
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Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done)
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A comedy is about characters who dare to know that they may choose a happy ending after all.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Die Welt der Kunst & Fantasie ist die wahre, the rest is a nightmare.
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Arno Schmidt
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The life I'd had was disappearing. Every adult who had ever held me as a baby was dead and no one would ever carry me again.
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Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done)
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Make good decisions and remember who you are." "Make good decisions and remember who loves you.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Pay Attention, Carter Jones)
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No matter what happens, there is always the business of the world to attend to.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Trouble)
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I knelt down, and Jupiter put out both her hands and pulled my ears. β€œJackie,” said Jupiter. β€œThat’s right,” I said. β€œJackie.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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Over time I’ve learned, surprisingly, that it’s tremendously hard to get teams to be super ambitious. It turns out most people haven’t been educated in this kind of moonshot thinking. They tend to assume that things are impossible, rather than starting from real-world physics and figuring out what’s actually possible. It’s why we’ve put so much energy into hiring independent thinkers at Google, and setting big goals. Because if you hire the right people and have big enough dreams, you’ll usually get there. And even if you fail, you’ll probably learn something important. It’s also true that many companies get comfortable doing what they have always done, with a few incremental changes. This kind of incrementalism leads to irrelevance over time, especially in technology, because change tends to be revolutionary not evolutionary. So you need to force yourself to place big bets on the future.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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I saw my town as if I had just arrived. It was as if I was waking up. You see houses and buildings every day, and you walk by them on your way to something else, and you hardly see. You hardly notice they're even there, mostly because there's something else going on right in front of your face, But when the town itself becomes the thing that is going on right in front of your face, it all changes, and you're not just looking at a house, but at what's happened in that house before you were born.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Sometimes it’s like that. You know something good is coming, and even though it’s not even close yet, still, just knowing it’s coming is enough to make you snort and nicker. Sort of.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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When 1:45 came, half the class left, and Danny Hupfer whispered, "If she gives you a cream puff after we leave, I'm going to kill you" - which was not something that someone headed off to prepare for his bar mitzvah should be thinking. When 1:55 came and the other half of the class left, Meryl Lee whispered, "If she gives you one after we leave, I'm going to do Number 408 to you." I didn't remember what Number 408 was, but it was probably pretty close to what Danny Hupfer had promised. Even Mai Thi looked at me with narrowed eyes and said, "I know your home." Which sounded pretty ominous.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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My step-mother looked at me at least once on each of these miserable days, and said: 'Rose-Marie, you look very odd. I hope you are not going to have anything expensive. Measles are in Jena, and also the whooping-cough.' 'Which of them is the cheapest?' I inquired. 'Both are beyond our means,' said my step-mother severely.
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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Ton bonheur ne sera pas accru grΓ’ce Γ  la quantitΓ© de biens que tu pourras Γͺtre amenΓ© Γ  possΓ©der, mais par le nombre des Γͺtres qui se rΓ©jouiront en mΓͺme temps que toi du rΓ©sultat atteint.
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K.O. Schmidt (Le Hasard n'existe pas)
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If opportunity knocks, let it in. But with the way things are nowadays-I'd rather meet opportunity somewhere that's more public. I could meet opportunity in a coffee shop, but what if it works there? Well, I could suggest my grandma's basement. -James Lee Schmidt and Jarod Kintz
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James Lee Schmidt (liQUID PROse QUOtes)
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The business world traditionally rewards people for being closer to the top (case in point: outrageous CEO salaries) or for being closer to the transactions (investment bankers, salespeople).
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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I think he became a man who brought peace and wisdom to hi world, because he knew about war and folly. I think that he loved greatly, because he had seen what lost love is. And I think he came to know, too, that he was loved greatly." She looked at the strawberry in her hands. "But I thought you didn't want me to tell you your future.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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I will warn you now; adventures rarely, if ever, end. Once you step out on one you can never leave it behind; it follows you forever. Even if you make it home unharmed, you will never make it home unchanged.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
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My tutors all said that the greatest of the wizards died many years ago and that their like would never be again seen in our lands.” β€œHistorians can be a pessimistic lot. I have never met one that did not believe that the world’s best years had already passed.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (Minstrel's Call (The Minstrel's Song, #4))
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I think something must happen to you when you get into eight grade. Like the Doug Swieteck's Brother Gene switches on and you become a jerk. Which may have been Hamlet, Prince of Denmark's problem, who, besides having a name that makes him sound like a breakfast special at Sunnyside Morning Restaurant--something between a ham slice and a three-egg omelet--didn't have the smarts to figure out that when someone takes the trouble to come back from beyond the grave to tell you that he's been murdered, it's probably behooveful to pay attention--which is the adjectival form.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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-when he thinks of the starry-eyed puerility and narcissism of these fantasies now, a rough decade later, Schmidt experiences a kind of full-framed internal wince, that type of embarrassment-before-self that makes our most mortifying memories objects of fascination and repulsion at once, though in Terry Schmidt's case a certain amount of introspection and psychotherapy had enabled him to understand that his professional fantasies were not in the main all that unique, that a large percentage I bright young men and women locate the impetus behind their career choice in the belief that they are fundamentally different from the common run of man, unique and in certain crucial ways superior, more as it were central, meaningful--what else could explain the fact that they can and will make a difference in their chosen field simply by the fact that thy themselves have been at the exact center of all they've experienced for the whole 20 years of their conscious lives?
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David Foster Wallace (Oblivion: Stories)
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[Eric Schmidt] explained that only one criterion that mattered when picking a job- fat growth. When companies grow quickly, there are more things to do than there are people to do them. When companies grow more slowly or stop growing, there is less to do and too many people to not be doing them. Politics and stagnation set in, and everyone falters, He told me, "If you're offered a seat on a rocket sip, you don't ask what seat. You just get on.
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Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead)
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We were just about the last ones to leave. Reverend Ballou took Joseph’s hand to shake it, and Joseph said, β€œHow much of that story is true?” Reverend Ballou considered this. β€œI think it all has to be true, or none of it,” he said. β€œThe angels?” said Joseph. β€œReally?” β€œWhy not?” said Reverend Ballou. β€œBecause bad things happen,” said Joseph. β€œIf there were angels, then bad things wouldn’t happen.” β€œMaybe angels aren’t always meant to stop bad things.” β€œSo what good are they?” β€œTo be with us when bad things happen.” Joseph looked at him. β€œThen where the hell were they?” he said. I thought Reverend Ballou was going to start bawling.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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One day we ran all the way to Jones Beach, and if Mrs. Sidman hadn't sent a bus after us, I think we would have collapsed on the boardwalk and died.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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You know one thing that Mr. Powell taught me? He taught me that sometimes, art can make you forget everything else all around you. That's what are can do.
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Gary D. Schmidt
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There are times when she makes me feel as stupid as asphalt.
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Gary D. Schmidt
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If Mrs. Baker Hates your guts, why don't get some.
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Gary D. Schmidt
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But promises are not clocks. You cannot tell time by a promise.
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Anna Schmidt (A Convenient Wife)
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I shall give you lovely food; and Papa says that lovely food is the one thing that ever really makes a man give himself the trouble to rise up and call his wife blessed.
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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Maybe that was the dragon part of me coming out, but the thought of being homeless didn’t scare me as much as losing one of my books.
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Jamie K. Schmidt (The Queen's Wings (The Emerging Queens, #1))
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How many years does it take to grow into someone?
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Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done)
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Mrs. Windemere always had a cup of hot coffee waiting for me. Black, which, she said, was the only way to drink it if you wanted to be awake to serve the god of Creativity
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Spell < tear=dropps > with a dubble < p > at the end, and use a < = > to join the words -- I find it looks much more melancholy; ergo, more correct -:
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Arno Schmidt (KAFF auch Mare Crisium)
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Don’t tell me, show me.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Who dares disturb a sleeping dragon?
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (Minstrel's Call (The Minstrel's Song, #4))
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A sleep-deprived wizard is a truly dangerous thing.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (Minstrel's Call (The Minstrel's Song, #4))
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The cartographers will not be pleased.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (Minstrel's Call (The Minstrel's Song, #4))
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what does it take to just be kind? They could see she was melting away like a snowman in front of their faces, but they couldn’t do it. It was brutal.
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Randy L. Schmidt (Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter)
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No one talked because we all wanted to scream.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Ich bin ein fleißiger Mosaikarbeiter, kein Dichter.
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Arno Schmidt
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The Internet is the largest experiment involving anarchy in history.
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Eric Schmidt (The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business)
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I DON’T WANT YOUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!” I yelled to the figure behind the door.
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Mike Schmidt (Five Nights at Freddy's: Diary of Mike Schmidt 3: Attack of Foxy)
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Creativty is a god who comes around only when he pleases, and it isn't very often. But when he does come around, he sits at my desk and folds his wings and I offer him whatever he wants.
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Gary D. Schmidt
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The almost-35-year-old Terry Schmidt had very nearly nothing left anymore of the delusion that he differed from the great herd of the common run of men, not even in his despair at not making a difference or in the great hunger to have an impact that in his late twenties he'd clung to as evidence that even though he was emerging as sort of a failure the grand ambitions against which he judged himself a failure were somehow exceptional and superior to the common run's - not anymore, since now even the phrase Make A Difference had become a platitude so familiar that it was used as the mnemonic tag in low-budget Ad Council PSAs for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the United Way, which used Make a Difference in a Child's Life and Making a Difference in Your Community respectively, with B.B./B.S. even acquiring the telephonic equivalent of DIF-FER-ENCE to serve as their Volunteer Hotline number in the metro area.
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David Foster Wallace (Oblivion: Stories)
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When an important writer recommends a work to you -- whether by openly naming the title; or by shy=covert use of it (which perhaps is the greater praise) then go right ahead and follow his [sic!, etc] momentous hint ! A man with expertise and taste has done trusty spade-work for you : {pre=reading} and winnowing 1000 volumes of antiquated chaff for you. Not to make grateful use of such a hint would mean my thoughtless=arrogant shoving aside all the precious, irreplaceable hours that a venerable predecessor spent reading for me.
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Arno Schmidt (Radio Dialogs II)
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Voltaire wrote, β€œThe perfect is the enemy of the good.”188 Steve Jobs told the Macintosh team that β€œreal artists ship.”189 New ideas are never perfect right out of the chute, and you don’t have time to wait until they get there. Create a product, ship it, see how it does, design and implement improvements, and push it back out. Ship and iterate. The companies that are the fastest at this process will win.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Should I get wind of another such rumor, I shall ruthlessly proceed against the person in question - not in a court of law, that is not my way. But I shall dedicate my next book to him ! : the economic and social consequences will teach him a lesson for the rest of his life !
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Arno Schmidt
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Doug Swieteck,' Mr. Ferris said, 'do you know the basic principle of physical science?' A trick? 'No,' I said, sort of slow. 'The basic principle of physical science is this: no two bodies can occupy the same space at the same time. Do you understand that?' 'I think so,' I said. 'Do you understand what the principle means?' I shook my head. 'It means, Doug Swieteck, that in this class, you are not your brother.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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the very beginning of time until the year 2003,” says Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, β€œhumankind created five exabytes of digital information. An exabyte is one billion gigabytesβ€”or a 1 with eighteen zeroes after it. Right now, in the year 2010, the human race is generating five exabytes of information every two days. By the year 2013, the number will be five exabytes produced every ten minutes … It’s no wonder we’re exhausted.
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Peter H. Diamandis (Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think)
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It should go without sayingβ€”but it usually doesn’t, so we’ll say itβ€”that data is best understood by those closest to the issue, which is often not management. As a leader, it is best not to get lost in details you don’t understand, but rather trust the smart people who work for you to understand them.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Christmas is the season for miracles, you know. Sometimes they come big and loud, I guessβ€”but I’ve never seen one of those. I think probably most miracles are a lot smaller, and sort of still, and so quiet, you could miss them.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Orbiting Jupiter)
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I do not lack fear. Don't you understand? Courage is not found in lacking fear, courage is found in not allowing your fear to rule you. Think, young knight, would there bea ny courage required to face that which you do not fear?
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (King's Warrior (The Minstrel's Song, #1))
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It's quite clear : an outsider can, on principle, only value foreign literature that translates well; the truly great artists of language and the fecund experimenters are inaccessible to him; are usually unknown to him in fact !
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Arno Schmidt (Two Novels: The Stony Heart and B/Moondocks)
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It was a Saturday that you somehow knew was going to be one of the last beautiful days of fall. The sun was shining hot, like it thought it was still July, and November drizzles were a whole season away. The sky was blue and a few white clouds were easing themselves along like they didn't care. The grass was warm and sweet, like April, but the trees hadn't forgotten it was October. They were all on fire, and behind their leaves, the birds were singing their last songs.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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DIE KARTOFFELSORTIERMASCHINE rΓΌttelte im Bogen=Lampen=Licht: Nichts Niemand Nirgends Nie! / Umdient von 4 Lemuren in fahler Tracht: die Schatten flohen manchmal entsetzt vor ihren eigenen Herren davon. (Zaunzu hΓΌlfesuchend? – Bei uns iss ooch keene.)
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Arno Schmidt (KAFF auch Mare Crisium)
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At the happy ending of the Tempest, Prospero brings the kind back togeter with his son, and finds Miranda's true love and punishes the bad duke and frees Ariel and becomes a duke himself again. Everyone - except Caliban - is happy, and everyone is forgiven, and everyone is fine, and they all sail away on calm seas. Happy endings. That's how it is in Shakespeare. But Shakespeare was wrong. Sometimes there isn't a Prospero to make everything fine again. And sometimes the quality of mercy is strained.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy)
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The steeper the climb, the more incentive to reach the top. Even in the midst of the darkness, there is always a shard of light if we will but search for it hard enough and believe in it strongly enough. A name portrays the nature of its wearer. The meaning of a name, however, portrays the trueness of its wearer in depths that very few ever come to comprehend. May God bless you and keep you and give you peace in all that you do, and may we rest assured of this: that though we travel far apart and in many different directions and for long periods of time, we will meet again, if not in this lifetime, then in eternity, and there we will never have to say β€˜good-bye’ again. Courage is not found in lacking fear, courage is found in not allowing your fear to rule you. Courage is really just facing fear. Do not put too much stock in the stars my boy, they are fickle and distant and do not affect the lives of men by very great a margin.
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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
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To begin with, there is an almost compulsive promiscuity associated with homosexual behavior. 75% of homosexual men have more than 100 sexual partners during their lifetime. More than half of these partners are strangers. Only 8% of homosexual men and 7% of homosexual women ever have relationships lasting more than three years. Nobody knows the reason for this strange, obsessive promiscuity. It may be that homosexuals are trying to satisfy a deep psychological need by sexual encounters, and it just is not fulfilling. Male homosexuals average over 20 partners a year. According to Dr. Schmidt, The number of homosexual men who experience anything like lifelong fidelity becomes, statistically speaking, almost meaningless. Promiscuity among homosexual men is not a mere stereotype, and it is not merely the majority experienceβ€”it is virtually the only experience. Lifelong faithfulness is almost non-existent in the homosexual experience. Associated with this compulsive promiscuity is widespread drug use by homosexuals to heighten their sexual experiences. Homosexuals in general are three times as likely to be problem drinkers as the general population. Studies show that 47% of male homosexuals have a history of alcohol abuse and 51% have a history of drug abuse. There is a direct correlation between the number of partners and the amount of drugs consumed. Moreover, according to Schmidt, β€œThere is overwhelming evidence that certain mental disorders occur with much higher frequency among homosexuals.” For example, 40% of homosexual men have a history of major depression. That compares with only 3% for men in general. Similarly 37% of female homosexuals have a history of depression. This leads in turn to heightened suicide rates. Homosexuals are three times as likely to contemplate suicide as the general population. In fact homosexual men have an attempted suicide rate six times that of heterosexual men, and homosexual women attempt suicide twice as often as heterosexual women. Nor are depression and suicide the only problems. Studies show that homosexuals are much more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexual men. Whatever the causes of these disorders, the fact remains that anyone contemplating a homosexual lifestyle should have no illusions about what he is getting into. Another well-kept secret is how physically dangerous homosexual behavior is.
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William Lane Craig
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Work-life balance. This is another touchstone of supposedly β€œenlightened” management practices that can be insulting to smart, dedicated employees. The phrase itself is part of the problem: For many people, work is an important part of life, not something to be separated. The best cultures invite and enable people to be overworked in a good way, with too many interesting things to do both at work and at home.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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But of what use is it to be whitewashed and trim outside, to have pleasant creepers and tidy shutters, when inside one's soul wanders through empty rooms, mournfully shivers in damp and darkness, is hungry and no one brings it food, is cold and no one lights a fire, is miserable and tired and there's no chair to sit on?
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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Companies come up with elaborate, often passive-aggressive ways to say no: processes to follow, approvals to get, meetings to attend. No is like a tiny death to smart creatives. No is a signal that the company has lost its start-up verve, that it’s too corporate. Enough no’s, and smart creatives stop asking and start heading to the exits.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Isn't it a mercy that we never get cured of being expectant? It makes life so bearable. However regularly we are disappointed and nothing whatever happens, after the first blow has fallen, after the first catch of the breath, the first gulp of misery, we turn our eyes with all their old eagerness to a point a little further along the road.
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Elizabeth von Arnim (Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther)
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That night, [Black Dog] lay beside Henry, and he stroked her sharp shoulder blades and scratched behind her ears. He did this late into the night as he listened to the low and terrible moans that swept through the hallways of the house and that were not from the lonely wind but from his lonely mother, who had lost her oldest child and would never have him back again.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Trouble)
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So you think Don Pedro ended up all right,” I said. β€œI think he became a man who brought peace and wisdom to his world, because he knew about war and folly. I think that he loved greatly, because he had seen what lost love is. And I think he came to know, too, that he was loved greatly.” She looked at the strawberry in her hands. β€œBut I thought you didn’t want me to tell you your future.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Compare the air to a forest. When forest fires occur regularly, there is less fuel for any one fire, so the burns don't become conflagrations. If you prevent forest fires and build up a huge mass of living and dead wood in the forest, when a burn at last occurs, it is likely to be serious and large. When increased atmospheric carbon warms the air and when more vapor is available, conflagrational storms become more likely. [...] Will the pattern of storms be seen in the future as an anomaly? Or with so much more water vapor in the air, is it now normal? 'Everyone talks about global warming,' said Gavin Schmidt, head of the NASA climate models at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 'but changes in rainfall often have a bigger impact. We're forcing the climate into a state we have not seen for millions of years
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William Bryant Logan (Air: The Restless Shaper of the World)
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I never knew a building could hold so much inside. . . . I saw my town as if I had just arrived. It was as if I was waking up. You see houses and buildings every day, and you walk by them on your way to something else, and you hardly see. You hardly notice they're even there, mostly because there's something else going on right in front of your face. But when the town itself becomes the thing that is going on right in front of your face, it all changes, and you're not just looking at a house but at what's happened in that house before you were born.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Some family,' I said. 'No one's paying attention to the mother. Who could blame her if she took off? Look at them.' A minute or so went by, and then Mrs. Windermere said, in a voice as soft as summer blue air, 'Skinny Delivery Boy, you have it all wrong. Look how she's standing close to her little one. She's looking around to watch for the next spectacular thing that's going to come into his life.' And I'm not lying, she was right.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Here are some simple steps to creating a plan: Think about your ideal job, not today but five years from now. Where do you want to be? What do you want to do? How much do you want to make? Write down the job description: If you saw this job on a website, what would the posting look like? Now fast forward four or five years and assume you are in that job. What does your five-years-from-now rΓ©sumΓ© look like? What’s the path you took from now to then to get to your best
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Here’s how you practice shrieking like an insane woman who has been locked in an attic for a great many years: You stand in the middle of the field. You look around to be sure that no one is going to hear you. You breathe in a couple of times to get as much air in your chest as you can. You stretch your neck up like the Great Esquimaux Curlew. You imagine that it’s Game Seven of the World Series and it’s the bottom of the ninth and Joe Pepitone is rounding third base and the throw is coming in and the catcher has his glove up waiting for the ball and Joe Pepitone is probably going to be out and the game will be over and the Yankees will lose. Then you let out your shriek, because that’s how everyone in Yankee Stadium would be shrieking right then. That’s how you practice shrieking like an insane woman who has been locked in an attic for a great many years. And you keep doing it over and over again until all the birds in Marysville have flown away.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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Favoring specialization over intelligence is exactly wrong, especially in high tech. The world is changing so fast across every industry and endeavor that it's a given the role for which you're hiring is going to change. Yesterday's widget will be obsolete tomorrow, and hiring a specialist in such a dynamic environment can backfire. A specialist brings an inherent bias to solving problems that spawns from the very expertise that is his putative advantage, and may be threatened by a new type of solution that requires new expertise. A smart generalist doesn't have bias, so is free to survey the wide range of solutions and gravitate to the best one.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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Meetings should have a single decision-maker/owner. There must be a clear decision-maker at every point in the process, someone whose butt is on the line. A meeting between two groups of equals often doesn’t result in a good outcome, because you end up compromising rather than making the best tough decisions. Include someone more senior as the decision-maker. The decision-maker should be hands on. He or she should call the meeting, ensure that the content is good, set the objectives, determine the participants, and share the agenda (if possible) at least twenty-four hours in advance. After the meeting, the decision-maker (and no one else) should summarize decisions taken and action items by email to at least every participantβ€”as well as any others who need to knowβ€”within forty-eight hours.
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Eric Schmidt (How Google Works)
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I lit a candle in a Catholic church for the first time that afternoon. Me, a Presbyterian. I lit a candle in the warm, dark, waxy-smelling air of Saint Adelbert’s. I put it beside the one that Mrs. Baker lit. I don’t know what she prayed for, but I prayed that no atomic bomb would ever drop on Camillo Junior High or the Quaker meetinghouse or the old jail or Temple Emmanuel or Hicks Park or Saint Paul’s Episcopal School or Saint Adelbert’s. I prayed for Lieutenant Baker, missing in action somewhere in the jungles of Vietnam near Khesanh. I prayed for Danny Hupfer, sweating it out in Hebrew school right then. I prayed for my sister, driving in a yellow bug toward Californiaβ€”or maybe she was there already, trying to find herself. And I hoped that it was okay to pray for a bunch of things with one candle.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Im Verlaufe nicht nur der ΓΆkonomischen, sondern auch der politischen Globalisierung kann das kardinale vΓΆlkerrechtliche Prinzip der Nichteinmischung in Gefahr geraten. Besonders gilt dies fΓΌr dasVerhΓ€ltnis des Westens zur islamischen Kultur. Vornehmlich von meinem toten muslimischen Freunde Anwar as-Sadat habe ich den Respekt gegenΓΌber anderen Religionen gelernt. Ich habe von ihm gelernt die gleichen Wurzeln von Judentum und Christentum und Islam. Und inzwischen habe ich ausserdem gelernt, dass Konfuzius, Sokrates oder Lao Tse und ebenso Zarathustra und Gautama Buddha ein halbes Jahrtausend, Moses oder Echnaton ein ganzes Jahrtausend vor Jesus von Nazareth gelebt haben - und dass sie wahrscheinlich deswegen doch nicht unglΓΌcklicher gewesen sind als wir Heutigen. Unter den globalisierten UmstΓ€nden der heutigen Menschheit geziemt jedermann Respekt und Toleranz gegenΓΌber den Kulturen der anderen.
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Helmut Schmidt (Sechs Reden)
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If only humankind would soon succeed in destroying itself; true, I'm afraid : it will take a long time yet, but they'll manage it for sure. They'll have to learn to fly too, so that it will be easier to toss firebrands into cities (a pretty sight : a portly, bronze boat perhaps, from which a couple of mail-clad warriors contemptuously hurl a few flaming armored logs, while from below they shoot at the scaly beasts with howling arrows. They could also easily pour burning oil out of steel pitchers. Or poison. In the wells. By night). Well, they'll manage it all right (if I can come up with that much !). For they pervert all things to evil. The alphabet : it was intended to record timeless poetry or wisdom or memories - but they scrawl myriads of trashy novels and inflammatory pamphlets. What do they deftly make of metals ? Swords and arrow tips. - Fire ? Cities are already smoldering. And in the agora throng the pickpockets and swashbucklers, cutpurses, bawds, quacks and whores. And at best, the rest are simpletons, dandies, and brainless yowlers. And every one of them self-complacent, pretending respectability, bows politely, puffs out coarse cheeks, waves his hands, ogles, jabbers, crows. (They have many words : Experienced : someone who knows plenty of the little underhanded tricks. - Mature : has finally unlearned every ideal. Sophisticated : impertinent and ought to have been hanged long ago.) Those are the small fry; and the : every statesman, politician, orator; prince, general, officer should be throttled on the spot before he has time or opportunity to earn the title at humankind's expense. - Who alone can be great ? Artists and scientists ! And no one else ! And the least of them, if an honest man, is a thousand times greater than the great Xerxes. - If the gods would grant me 3 wishes, one of them would be immediately to free the earth of humankind. And of animals, too (they're too wicked for me as well). Plants are better (except for the insectavores) - The wind has picked up.
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Arno Schmidt
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Mrs. Russell made us both sit down with a glass of milk. "And I have a special treat for you," she said. I'm not lying. She really said that. I held my breath because of the last special treat at the Daughertys', but it didn't help, because when Mrs. Russell came back, she came back with a loaf of banana bread. Banana bread! And James said, "How about we have some jam with that?" and Mrs. Russell said, "Jam? Then you wouldn't be able to taste the bananas," and James said, "Ma, I hate bananas," and she said, "But I'm sure that Doug enjoys them," and I said, "I think I'm still full from lunch, so the milk's fine," and then Mrs. Russell picked up the plate with the banana bread on it, and you might not believe this, but she started to laugh and laugh a d laugh, until Mr. Russell came out to the kitchen to see what was so funny and she showed him the banana bread and he said, "I hate bananas," and we all started to laugh until Mrs. Russell said, "I hate bananas too," and you can imagine us all laughing until we were crying and finally Mrs. Russell took the banana bread outside to break it up for the birds-"Let's hope they like bananas"-and then I showed Mr. Russell Aaron Copland's Autobiography: Manuscript Edition, and he stopped laughing.
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Gary D. Schmidt (Okay for Now)
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The Heiligenstadt Testament" Oh! ye who think or declare me to be hostile, morose, and misanthropical, how unjust you are, and how little you know the secret cause of what appears thus to you! My heart and mind were ever from childhood prone to the most tender feelings of affection, and I was always disposed to accomplish something great. But you must remember that six years ago I was attacked by an incurable malady, aggravated by unskillful physicians, deluded from year to year, too, by the hope of relief, and at length forced to the conviction of a lasting affliction (the cure of which may go on for years, and perhaps after all prove impracticable). Born with a passionate and excitable temperament, keenly susceptible to the pleasures of society, I was yet obliged early in life to isolate myself, and to pass my existence in solitude. If I at any time resolved to surmount all this, oh! how cruelly was I again repelled by the experience, sadder than ever, of my defective hearing! β€” and yet I found it impossible to say to others: Speak louder; shout! for I am deaf! Alas! how could I proclaim the deficiency of a sense which ought to have been more perfect with me than with other men, β€” a sense which I once possessed in the highest perfection, to an extent, indeed, that few of my profession ever enjoyed! Alas, I cannot do this! Forgive me therefore when you see me withdraw from you with whom I would so gladly mingle. My misfortune is doubly severe from causing me to be misunderstood. No longer can I enjoy recreation in social intercourse, refined conversation, or mutual outpourings of thought. Completely isolated, I only enter society when compelled to do so. I must live like art exile. In company I am assailed by the most painful apprehensions, from the dread of being exposed to the risk of my condition being observed. It was the same during the last six months I spent in the country. My intelligent physician recommended me to spare my hearing as much as possible, which was quite in accordance with my present disposition, though sometimes, tempted by my natural inclination for society, I allowed myself to be beguiled into it. But what humiliation when any one beside me heard a flute in the far distance, while I heard nothing, or when others heard a shepherd singing, and I still heard nothing! Such things brought me to the verge of desperation, and well-nigh caused me to put an end to my life. Art! art alone deterred me. Ah! how could I possibly quit the world before bringing forth all that I felt it was my vocation to produce? And thus I spared this miserable life β€” so utterly miserable that any sudden change may reduce me at any moment from my best condition into the worst. It is decreed that I must now choose Patience for my guide! This I have done. I hope the resolve will not fail me, steadfastly to persevere till it may please the inexorable Fates to cut the thread of my life. Perhaps I may get better, perhaps not. I am prepared for either. Constrained to become a philosopher in my twenty-eighth year! This is no slight trial, and more severe on an artist than on any one else. God looks into my heart, He searches it, and knows that love for man and feelings of benevolence have their abode there! Oh! ye who may one day read this, think that you have done me injustice, and let any one similarly afflicted be consoled, by finding one like himself, who, in defiance of all the obstacles of Nature, has done all in his power to be included in the ranks of estimable artists and men. My brothers Carl and [Johann], as soon as I am no more, if Professor Schmidt be still alive, beg him in my name to describe my malady, and to add these pages to the analysis of my disease, that at least, so far as possible, the world may be reconciled to me after my death. I also hereby declare you both heirs of my small fortune (if so it may be called). Share it fairly, agree together and assist each other. You know that any
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Ludwig van Beethoven