TED 2007 – quotable quotes

“If you don’t go – you don’t know.”

Creative commons licenses ” so that the more free can compete with the less free” Laurence Lessig

The dream of the nanotechnologist “building imperfectly with molecules” Jonathan Widom

“Great mentors, by their good example, humanise us” John Maeda

“We see things not as they are but as we are” Alan Kay quoting the Talmud

“Children are the messages we send to the future” Marshall McLuhan

“Children are the future” Alan Kay

“Things should be as simple as possible, but not simpler” Einstein

“Good things come out of incomprehension” Maira Kalman

“Dutch is not a language, it’s a throat disease” Edward de Bono

“We don’t take the opportunity to help others because we don’t feel that we have the time” Daniel Goleman

“The moment someone you’re talking to whips out their blackberry and you completely disappear” Daniel Goleman

“Nobody knows nothing about nothing” Hollywood saying quoted by Jeff Skoll

“Creativity is when you cut a zero from your budget” Another Hollywood saying quoted by Will Wright

“God is the answer when you don’t have the answer” Phillipe Starke

“An immersive exercise in de-emphasis” Elizabeth Diller on the Blur Building in Switzerland

“Beyond the age of information is the age of choices” Charles Eames

“Humans are living forgetting machines” Jan Chipchase

“What is truer than truth? The story” old Jewish saying

“Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters – they only make footwarmer spouses.” Isabel Allende

“Live every day as if it were your last and study every day as if you will live for ever” Mahatma Ghandi

Thank you TED!


5 responses to “TED 2007 – quotable quotes

  1. You have a mistake in your quotes. Neil Postman said “Children are the messages we send to a time we will not see.”

    -Bob Blechman

  2. I really think you should have tried to write the Philippe Starck quote phonetically … ‘föw-nertik-ellee’

  3. Thanks for the correction Robert, actually I was quoting Alan Kay ( sometimes known as the Father of the PC) who was speaking at TED this year and who I thought attributed this to Marshall Mcluhan but maybe was paraphrasing him or maybe he was misquoting Neil Postman.


  4. Yes, Philippe Starck did say in fact “God eeze the ans-swear when der eeze no ans-swear”


  5. The quote came via Marshall McLuhan, who said: “Children are the messages we send to the future”. My reply was: “Children are the Future we send to the Future”. I wasn’t misquoting my sadly departed friend Neil Postman, but have been greatly influenced by him over the years.

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