Nuggets of knowledge

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post entitled Knowledge in little packages in which I shared some of my favourite aphorisms and quotes.  I keep a collection of these little nuggets to inspire myself, to share with others via micro-blog posts in Twitter or LinkedIn and to underscore a key idea in a presentation or writing.  Sometimes I value such nuggets for triggering a thought that generates new knowledge; sometimes they just make me feel good – and if I’m feeling good, I’m probably more likely to have energy to be generative with knowledge.

Here’s a few more that have made it into my collection recently:

When you write things down, they sometimes take you places you hadn’t planned.
~ Melanie Benjamin

You’ll increase your creative potential once you begin to value your own thoughts.
~ Doug Hall

Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind
comes we can catch it.
~ E. F. Schumacher

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult
~ E. B. White

When forced to work within a strict framework the imagination is taxed to its utmost – and will produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom the work is likely to sprawl.
~ T.S. Eliot

An engineer is one who can do with a dollar what any bungler can do with two.
~ Economic Theory of Railway Location (1887)

To be a designer is to be an agent of change.
~ Barbara Chandler Allen

Designers are the alchemists of the future.
~ Richard Koshalek

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
~ VISA founder Dee Hock

What quotes have been inspiring you or stimulating new knowledge lately?

Knowledge in little packages

Knowledge, from experience and of insight, can be powerfully distilled into a few words.  There is a large published knowledge-base of sage words in the form of aphorisms available to humanity. With famous and unknown composers, these pithy phrases are a handy package for disseminating memorable thought.

Some favourite aphorisms

I curate a personal collection of aphorisms and quotes. Here is a small selection of favourites from historical figures.

It is insufficiently considered how much of human life passes in little incidents.
~ Samuel Johnson

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. All progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
~ George Bernard Shaw

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.
~ Mark Twain

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
~ Abraham Maslow

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Tweeting

Tweeting, with a maximum of 140 characters, is a publishing medium that lends itself to cultivating and disseminating the common person’s insights. I choose to follow a small group of Tweeters, as I am interested in insightful and stimulating content rather than the mundane. Here’s some of my favourite recent tweets.

@CreatvEmergence Michelle James
Be vigilant with your mission. Be exuberant with your passion. Be gentle with yourself.

@CreatvEmergence Michelle James
Resonance: a time-saving way to make decisions, connections and purposeful choices

@CDEgger Christine Egger
Time to build this into every day: putting the laptop aside for a 15-min #deepdive

As a new Tweeter, I decided to focus on composing Tweets that aim to be insightful and stimulating. Here’s some of my recent compositions (@helenrhx).

For many ‘truths’, there is a true ‘opposite’: Paralysis by analysis. Fools rush in.

Einstein said: “Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.” Was he wrong?

Don’t stand there, do something. Don’t do something, stand there. Same words. Different meaning. Order matters. Semantics!

Wondering: If we had to pay postage for each email, would we write/receive better quality email messages?

Written by Helen Palmer, Principal Consultant at RHX Group.