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Wayne Busby


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What is your favourite quote and why?

I would like to begin here a compendium of those bits of wisdom humanity perceives to be most true or without exception.

It is not necessary to name who might be credited with saying your selection, as no such person can honestly claim to have been without some outside inspiration, which catalyzed their creativity and moved them to express their insight.
Much like what you are called here to do.

If you yourself have distilled some wisdom through reflection, please allow me to present you this moment to pass it on here for consideration or perhaps start your own string.

The purpose of all this is to provide a most efficient tool for correlating the most valid ideas about morality and what we perceive to be real or important across culture or socialization. I would then like to work with you to turn this soil and see what new things (ideas) might grow. Food for the soul.

You are encouraged to emulate the creative process here so: COPY, COMBINE and TRANSFORM! Help me correlate.

Please comment in a constructive way if you agree or not with anything posted here and explain why.

Topics: education quotes

Closing Statement from Wayne Busby

Herein you will find over 700 quotes and comments full of inspiration and wisdom, from Tedsters motivated by positivity and the betterment of mankind.
I am blessed and humbled to have consorted with them.
Get yourself your favourite comfort drink and stay a while, this is one of 'Ted Conversations' longest strings ever.

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  • Mar 30 2012: Every wise saying has an opposite one
    A text out of context is a pretext
    Even a broken clock is right twice a day
    All models are wrong but some are useful
    You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough
    Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite.
    Uncertainty is the silence under the chatter of our time
    Happiness: a way of travel, not a destination
    The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not.
    Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
    In youth we learn; in age we understand
    Pay attention. You can't learn from what you choose to forget or decide to ignore
    The plural of anecdote is data
    Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened
    To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
    something else is the greatest accomplishment
    Fall seven times, stand up eight
    Strive for progress, not perfection
    If you only judge yourself by success, you are setting yourself up for failure
    Pride is a close relative of narcissism
    Privilege yields opportunity, and opportunity confers responsibilities
    Great wisdom looks like stupidity
    Study extensively, inquire carefully, ponder thoroughly, sift clearly, practice earnestly
    Practice discipline to stop the onslaught of illusion
    Indulged doubt becomes denial
    At the moment you choose to stop growing, your world will begin to shrink
    The immediate trumps the important
    Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
    Criticize me, and I may not like you.
    Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
    Encourage me, and I will not forget you

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