Archive for the ‘Wisdom’ Category

Ifs and Buts

July 28, 2006

Apocalypse Now

“‘If’ is the middle word in ‘Life'” said the renegade Colonel Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando) in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic ‘Apocalypse Now’

And once at a presentation at the VCU Adcenter I heard the ad legend Bill Westbrook say: “Anything that comes before a ‘But’ is all bullshit”


Wisdom of the Heart & Mind

July 26, 2006

I’m ever grateful to Dan Wieden for imparting this genuine piece of wisdom at my VCU Adcenter graduation commencement (where Dan was kind enough to be the graduation speaker) in 2002:

“Make big decisions with your heart, small ones with your brain.”

Quantity v/s Quality

July 25, 2006

“It is not the quantity of time you spent on a project that counts, it is the quality and your state of mind.”Prasoon Joshi (Regional Creative Director for South and South East Asia – McCann Erickson)
Source: [Elle magazine, February 2006]

More than quantity or quality, the thing that matters most is ‘state of mind’.

The ‘Idiot Box’ also inspires…

July 24, 2006

Movies Inspire

“This instrument can teach. It can illuminate, and, yes, it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.”Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn) in the movie ‘Good Night, And Good Luck’

Good Night, And Good Luck

Quote for the Day

July 21, 2006


“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”Mohammad Ali (Boxer)

[Source: The Hindu MetroPlus, Chennai-edition, July 6, 2006]

Quote of the Day

July 12, 2006

Journey is the Destination

“The Journey is the Destination.”  – Title of Dan Eldon’s journals

Borrowed Wisdom of the Day

July 9, 2006

CP+B on BusinessWeek

“Inspiring your own culture is Job One before you do anything for a client.” – Jeff Hicks (President of hot-shot US ad agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky)

[Source: BusinessWeek cover story, May 22, 2006]

Borrowed Wisdom of the Day

July 8, 2006

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”Steve Jobs (Co-founder & CEO of Apple Computers)

[Source: The closing lines of his commencement speech for the Stanford University graduating class of 2005]

Triple Quote of the Day

July 7, 2006

Paul Theroux Travels

“The more you write, the more you are capable of writing. Only amateurs wait for inspiration, the rest of us go to work, writing is work.”

“Nothing is more truthful than the fiction of a place.”

“Photographs appear not to be revealing of the person taking it, but in reality, says everything about the photographer.”

Paul Theroux (Novel & Travel Writer)

[Source: The Hindu Literary Review, July 2, 2006]

Borrowed Thinking of the Day

July 5, 2006

From today I’ve decided to rename the ‘Quote of the Day’ entry. It’s more appropriately named as “Borrowed Thinking”. And here’s the first one.

Wieden Quote

[Source: From Russell Davies’s blog]