On learning from others

“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”

― Dalai Lama

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

― Isaac Newton

On knowing

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

― Stephen Hawking

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”

― Socrates

On being wrong

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

– Oscar Wilde

On being right about the future

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

― Alan Kay

On building for the future

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

  • Steve Jobs

On what matters

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

― Steve Jobs

“There’s lots of ways to be, as a person. And some people express their deep appreciation in different ways. But one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there. And you never meet the people. You never shake their hands. You never hear their story or tell yours. But somehow, in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love, something’s transmitted there. And it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation. So we need to be true to who we are and remember what’s really important to US.”

  • Steve Jobs