“I don’t need time …”

A great quote from Duke Ellington, courtesy of The Execupundit:

I don’t need time. I need a deadline.

That’s so horribly true for me. Without a deadline time drags and tasks bloat to fill the day.

I understand Douglas Adam’s delicious quote …

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

…but I can never quite subscribe. Deadlines will be met, but sometimes you need a hit of adrenaline,cortisol and caffeine to get you there.

 

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Echoes through time: the quality of the men he has around him

“The first opinion that is formed of a ruler’s intelligence is based on the quality of the men he has around him.  When they are competent and loyal he can always be considered wise, because he has been able to recognise their competence and to keep them loyal.”

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince

Echoes through time: enter into the mind of the speaker

“Accustom yourself to give careful attention to what others are saying, and try your best to enter into the mind of the speaker.”

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations

 

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Echoes through time: the empires of the future

“Let us go forward as with other matters and other measures similar in aim and effect – let us go forward in malice to none and good will to all. Such plans offer far better prizes than taking away other people’s provinces or lands or grinding them down in exploitation. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

Winston Churchill (1943), Speech on receiving an honorary degree from Harvard