Inciteful Quotes & Terms

Call for More Quotes: I like to think of the Comment section as the one place where Inciter Trading is not only legal but encouraged.  If you have an inciteful quote, and everyone does, please share it with a suggested category.


Indaba: a traditional Zulu forum for sharing ideas


“You cannot be a prophet in your own home.” ~ James McIntosh, Chief Nonsense Officer at Nonsense at Work


“When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The smart left a long time ago.” ~ Unknown

Decision Making

“If your facts are wrong but your logic is perfect, then your conclusions are inevitably false. Therefore, by making mistakes in your logic, you have at least a random chance of coming to a correct conclusion.’  Known as the Christie Davies Theorem by John Christopher Davies (Emeritus Professor University of Reading, UK)

Innovation (also see Open-Mindedness)

“Great innovations, powerful interactions and real art are often produced by someone in a state of wonder. Looking around with stars in your eyes and amazement at the tools that are available to you can inspire generosity and creativity and connection.” ~ Seth Godin

innovation (n): the process of improving, adapting, or developing a product, system, or service to deliver better results and create more value for people. ~ PPS/IDEO Report, 2011


“I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.”    ~ Steven Wright (comedian)

“People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.”  ~ Charles F. Kettering (American engineer, inventor of the electric starter, 1876-1958)

The most learned are often the most narrow minded.  ~William Hazlitt (English writer, 1778-1830)

Risk Taking

“You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go.” ~ Originally from T.S. Eliot, repeated by Jim Rohn (American inspirational speaker)


“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”  ~ Voltaire

“If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask?” ~ Scott Adams (Dilbert cartoonist)

Moroccan Proverb

Trust & Respect

People don’t give you their trust and respect.  They only loan it to you. ”  ~ Bill Terrell, vice president Preston Trucking


“If you’ve come to tell the truth, you better have a good horse outside the door.” ~ Moroccan proverb

Mokita:  “a truth everybody knows but nobody speaks” ~ a word from the Papua New Guinean, Kilivila language

  1. Paul L says:

    My favorite piece, of course, is the ‘inciter trading’ — both because of the words and the thinking behind them.

    Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. –Bernard Berenson

    If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience. —George Bernard Shaw

  2. Ray Capek says:

    Work – What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it …The work that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man’s work and cannot lose it.
    Mark Twain – “A Humorist’s Confession,” The New York Times, 11/26/1905

    I say “Let the games begin”

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