Others’ thoughts on running: Columbia students

This is a very nice article about the benefits and challenges of running. Written from the perspective of eager students that make their way in a big city’s university.

…In nature, we watch the seasons change; they see grey, and we see green become yellow, become brown, become nothing. The cracks of our shoes are filled with dried up mud, the windy river air crashes imposingly against our chapped faces…

A very nice picture you paint there, Ms. Jacobovitz!

Read the full article here: Just run it: Jogging Columbia students

The get-away-with-it quote

A little less poetic, but nonetheless an absolutely foolproof backup line, if someone tries to nail you down to an unpleasant decision. Also one of my favorites:

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.

What is thought is not yet said…

There is one quote that I think of almost daily. It is attributed to the Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz (1903 – 1989) who, based on these great lines, might have made a pretty good project manager as well…

What is thought is not yet said,
what is said is not properly heard,
what is heard is not properly understood,
what is understood is not always accepted,
what is accepted is not always applied,
what is applied is not always kept.

Wise (and borrowed) words

When I was younger (Oh my god, am I really typing this?), I disliked people who spend their time reciting the words of other more or less known people. After all, repeating the words of Albert Einstein does not automatically make you any more intelligent. So what sense is there in acting like a parrot?

Make up your own great words!

However, now I am slowly beginning to realize that – given the right circumstances – there might be some sense in citing great minds after all.

Firstly, citing a great person gives your argument more weight. Over the years, I have witnessed quite a few shallow presentations being fired up with a crisp “Let us join in the spirit of…”. In the end, (and if you’re lucky) people tend to remember that saying more than the gaps in your argument.
Secondly, reuse is your friend. Why bother with making up something new when there is plenty of pretty good stuff around already?
And finally, let us be honest: How many really good and catchy sayings did you produce over the years? Maybe one and a half? Yeah, that really pays off to fill all the presentations you wanted to end with an inspiring line during that time.

So, to make it short: I am going to put in here some words I have come across. Cheers!