- "When we focus on the past for solutions rather than the future, we're in trouble," http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-27/new-paris-tech-school-to-combat-hollande-s-focus-on-past.html
- "We don't have a God-given right to prosperity," she said. "Northern Europe's future lies in services and innovation, not in big factories, but we need governments and banks behind us. If we can't reform, why should our businesses even exist?"
- Harry Mitchell: [voice over] Most people live life on the path we set for them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift, you'll never know how to use until you fight for it. I think that's The Chairman's real plan. And maybe, one day, we won't write the plan. You will.
- "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."
- "The theory goes that the ideological warriors have to go the brink before sanity prevails."
- "The slow death was self-inficted in Japan and the austerity that is now prevailing in Europe is also self-inflicted. The task of macroeconomics is to avoid avoidable mistakes and there are so many of them that it is very important to udnerstand it. The consequences for people's lives are very far-reaching."
- The Chinese have a saying about the difficulty of passing inherited business empires to two generations beyond the founder: ''Wealth does not pass beyond three generations.'' It's a common syndrome in business families everywhere. The vision fades, the drive is lost, a privileged upbringing dulls the competitive spirit. And rivals close in.
- The skeptical mood was underlined by one member who quoted former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt as saying: "The problem is that you Americans think every problem has a solution." Well, not anymore -- not after Iraq and Afghanistan.
- "You don't really know how much you can do until you, stand up and decide to try."
- "In a world where clowns wield nuclear weapons, the laugh-track rings hollow."
- "The more power a country has, the more criticism it has to accept. This is the case for the United States on the global stage, and Germany in Europe," he wrote.
"It's the price of greater stature. He who has the power also gets the responsibility and, when things go wrong, also the blame, whether as a lightning rod or scapegoat."
- "To paraphrase Karl Marx on religion, the demand to abolish banking is a demand to abolish the state of affairs that needs banking."
- "Trust, in a family, in a country, is what takes the longest to build up and is the easiest to lose."
- "The real reason, the effective reason that causes men to lose political power is that they have become unworthy to retain it."
- "One in 10 members of the Italian Parliament has had a run-in with the law. One in 10 has a criminal record! In the Bronx, New York, the number of people with a criminal record is estimated at one in 15. The Bronx would fear our Parliament."
- "If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."
- "That belief that tomorrow is more exciting than today, you just have to have it permeate the organization," he said. "The world does not belong to the pessimist. Believe me."
- "Our nation honors our sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met"
- The most important lesson of World War II lies in the fact that states with different ideologies could unite in the face of a common threat. "Today, when the world faces the rise of extremism and terrorism, such an experience of unity is especially valuable."
- "So for me, Europe was always hope, always a common future, always an ideal," he said. "And if Europe is no more to be any of that, but just common rules that lead to pain, then how can people love Europe? That's why we need to regain that part of the idea. If we don't, then we're in serious trouble."
- "The barbarous gold barons do not find the gold, they do not mine the gold, they do not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy all the gold belongs to them."
- Economists have been taught in graduate school that advances in their discipline make it possible to stabilize and, within broad boundaries, control economic activity. But what if that's not so? The ferocious debates among economists indicate that the consensus has broken down. Inevitably, there are better and worse policies; but in real time, it's not always clear which is which. Business cycles endure. Market forces still dominate; the ability to subdue and reshape them remains limited. Time, as much as policy, may promote recovery.
- "You have to think more about every decision and every move. Every wrong move you make has an influence on the future. You need to work more closely with the board in the financial area, you have to have a different perspective and a different look at the players on loan and youth football. It's more global. Instead of just focusing on your team, and your targets and ambitions, it's an overall view. It's a different profile of job and I'm happy, I'm enjoying that."
- "You must be the change you want to see in the world."
- "We cannot be left behind," Merkel warned, stressing her maxim: "Build on successes and go after what has yet to be accomplished."
- In his treatise "Vom Krieg (On War)," Karl von Clausewitz demonstrated that wars are lost by the adversary whose "trinity" first collapses. By trinity, Clausewitz meant the harmonious belief in the value of the war by the military, government and the people of the belligerent.
- "Throughout history, capital has always followed the ideas that have shaped the era - and those who come up with the ideas. Whether it was Michelangelo or Christopher Columbus, the financiers of the day knew that it was the adventurers, artists, and creators who were building the future - not themselves."
- "The management literature, in trying to figure out how to bottle charisma to boost productivity, has stripped away its mystical aura in bloodless style. Apparently charisma is found in managers in varying degrees throughout the hierarchy. It's a quality that can be learnt. Circulate the office memos and cue the magazine articles: five ways to boost your charisma.
Less mercantile thinkers have come up with five elements seen to be crucial to building charisma: you need an extraordinarily gifted person, a social crisis or desperate situation, a set of ideas offering a radical solution, a set of followers attracted to the exceptional person who come to believe he or she is directly linked to transcendent powers, and repeated successes that seem to validate the extraordinary person's transcendence."
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/charismatic-leadership-is-a-hitandmiss-affair-20130615-2oarf.html - "The perplexing truth is that governments do not understand, and cannot motivate, the iconoclastic researchers of the world. They walk to a different beat. The great scholars do their work because it is burning inside them and because it is simply those individuals' destiny, beyond even their own power to control. You may as well tell Picasso not to paint or Einstein to stop scribbling and get on with his clerical duties. A REF cannot stop these people. Or start them."