Source: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
— Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012
— Edwin H. Land American scientist and inventor 1909 - 1991
Comment after a 1977 Polaroid shareholder's meeting, as quoted in The Icarus Paradox : How Exceptional Companies Bring About Their Own Downfall; New Lessons in the Dynamics of Corporate Success, Decline, and Renewal (1990) by Danny Miller, p. 126
— Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
— Arthur Leonard Schawlow American physicist 1921 - 1999
as quoted by [Steven Chu and Charles H. Townes, Biographical Memoirs V.83, National Academies Press, 2003, 0-309-08699-X, 201]
— Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Folly and Female Education
What's Wrong With The World (1910)
— Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773
The French attribute this to the painter Nicolas Poussin (born 15 June 1594) "Ce qui vaut la peine d'être fait vaut la peine d'être bien fait"
„You must master the vices. You know that if a thing is worth doing it's worth doing well. If, however, a thing is not worth doing then it's worth doing fabulously, amazingly, with grace, style and panache.“
— Isla Dewar Scottish novelist who died in 2021 1946 - 2021
Women Talking Dirty
— Gypsy Rose Lee American burlesque performer, actress, author 1911 - 1970
As quoted in Great Hollywood Wit: A Glorious Cavalcade of Hollywood Wisecracks, Zingers, Japes, Quips, Slings, Jests, Snappers, & Sass from the Stars (2003) by Gene Shalit, p. 46
Variant: Take big bites. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Source: Time Enough for Love
Source: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
— Cormac McCarthy American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter 1933
The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2009, "Hollywood's Favorite Cowboy" http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704576204574529703577274572.html by John Jurgensen <!--accessed: November 17, 2009-->
Variant: I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
Context: I'm not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Playboy interview (1996)
Context: If NASA's budgeters could be convinced that there are riches on Mars, we would explode overnight to stand on the rim of the Martian abyss. We need space for reasons we have not as yet discovered, and I don't mean Tupperware. … NASA feels it has to justify everything it does in practical terms.
And Tupperware was one of the many practical products that came out of space travel. NASA feels it has got to flimflam you to get you to spend money on space. That's B. S. We don't need that. Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever.