TED 2008 – Quotes from speakers

“The cave drawings at Lascaux are postcards of nostalgia”

“All peoples are cultural options – simply differing visions of life”

“Western life is a major response to minor needs”

“Tibetan monks say: we don’t believe that you went to the moon, but you did. You don’t believe we can achieve enlightenment in one lifetime – but we do”

– Wade Davis

“The first thing we do in life is breathe and then cry. The last thing we do in life is breathe and make other people cry.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“I follow people because they look interesting. Once I was accused of cruising someone, but I was just following him because he was wearing great shoes.”

“Style is great because it takes your mind off the fact that you’re going to die.”

“Do many things in order not to feel bad about just one thing.” – Isaac Mizrahi

“Advertising is the price companies pay for being unoriginal” – Yves Behar

“All science is either physics or stamp collecting” – Ernest Rutherford (quoted by Brian Cox of CERN)

“50% of the US lies beneath the sea and we have better maps of Mars than of that 50%” – Bob Ballard

“Children have a great delight and skill at climbing trees and they don’t seem to share the same fear of heights that humans do.” – Richard Preston

“What’s a surprise for the turkey is not a surprise for the butcher – so don’t be a turkey.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“The future isn’t what it used to be” – Paul Valery (quoted by Peter Schwartz)
“Getting in touch with … the reptillian core of the brain” – Helen Fisher

“Anything a man can do – I can fix.” – Chris Abani’s mother

“In Rwanda, before the genocide, the words for marriage and rape were the same.” – Chris Abani

“There’s an old African proverb: If you want to go quickly – go alone. If you want to go far – go together. We have to go far quickly.” – Al Gore

“Go to the place of the person that you are becoming – not just what you have become.” – John Francis

“Sport is to war as pornography is to sex.” – Jonathan Haidt


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