THOUGHT PROVOKING MATERIAL
This section currently consists of two headings, famous quotes and audio / video. To make it easier for those re-visiting this section, newly added content will be placed at the top of each category.
In this life there are obstacles, and forces who overcome obstacles. You can be either one or the other. If you refuse to even try to clear an obstacle, you become the obstacle.
- Joel Shepherd
Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
- Richard M. Nixon
Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out.
- Anton Chekhov
If you think that you can think about a thing, inextricably attached to something else, without thinking of the thing it is attached to, then you have a legal mind.
- Thomas Reed Powell
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
- Oscar Wilde
It Is No Measure of Health to be Well-Adjusted to a Profoundly Sick Society.
A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes.
- Mark Twain
That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
No tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves
- American Indian saying
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
- Douglas Adams
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? / Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
- T.S. Eliot [The Rock]
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
- C.G. Jung
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favour.
- Robert Frost, The Black Cottage (1914)
The color of truth is grey.
- André Gide
What Got You Here Won't Get You There
- Marshall Goldsmith
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- Saul Bellow
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.
- Frank A. Clark, writer (1911-1991)
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St Francis of Assisi
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field
- Niels Bohr, physicist (1885-1962)
The only person you should ever compete with is yourself. You can't hope for a fairer match.
- Todd Ruthman
A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.
- Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
- Elie Wiesel
When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.
- Hélder Pessoa Câmara
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. But a good leader who talks little; when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all say "we did it ourselves."
- Chinese philosopher Lao-Tse, 2,500 years ago.
If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you into your purpose
- Bishop T
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas A. Edison
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
- Chinese Proverb
To find yourself, think for yourself.
If you seek authenticity for authenticity’s sake you are no longer authentic.
- Jean Paul Sartre
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas A. Edison
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
- Isaac Newton
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
- Helen Keller
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci
If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.
- Thomas J. Watson
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.
- St. Jerome
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible!
- Audrey Hepburn
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
- Alice Walker
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
- Henry Ford
The best revenge is massive success.
- Frank Sinatra
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin
Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
- Ayn Rand
If you have a harem of 40 women, you never get to know any of them very well.
- Warren Buffett
We're in a world where there's famine and hunger and people are dodging bullets and having their nails pulled out in dungeons so it's very hard for me to place any high value on the work that I do to write a song. Yeah, I work hard but compared to what?
- Leonard Cohen
I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
- Oscar Wilde
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
- Albert Einstein
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
- Bernard M. Baruch
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
- Mark Twain
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde
AUDIO / VIDEO
Some screen readers do not correctly translate embedded audio / video containers introduced by HTML 5. Should you find that your screen reader of choice falls in this category, NVDA developed by NvAccess is strongly recommended.
Get your copy of NVDA today. (opens external link)
"We need to figure out how we go into conversations not looking for the victory, but the progress," says world debate champion Julia Dhar. In this practical talk, she shares three essential features of productive disagreements grounded in curiosity and purpose. The end result? Constructive conversations that sharpen your argument and strengthen your relationships.
This talk was presented at a TED Salon event given in partnership with DWEN. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.
Press the play button on this Julia Dhar page on TedTalk to stream this video.
How do the world's best leaders and visionaries earn trust? They don't just present data -- they also tell great stories. Leadership consultant Karen Eber demystifies what makes for effective storytelling and explains how anyone can harness it to create empathy and inspire action. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxPurdueU, an independent event. TED's editors chose to feature it for you.
Press the play button on this Karen Eber page on TedTalk to stream this video.
Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to deafness and how we can shift our cultural understanding of ability to build a more inclusive world. "Technology has come so far," Knill says. "Our mindset just needs to catch up.
Press the play button on this Rebecca Knill page on TedTalk to stream this video.
Have you ever doubted your abilities, feared you were going to be discovered as a "fraud"? That's called "impostor syndrome," and you're definitely not alone in feeling it, says entrepreneur and CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. In this funny, relatable talk, he shares how his own experiences of impostor syndrome helped pave the way to his success, and shows how you can use it to your advantage, too.
Press the play button on this Mike Cannon-Brookes page on TedTalk to stream this video.
When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn't just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your "adaptability quotient" -- and shows why your ability to respond to change really matters.
Press the play button on this Natalie Fratto page on TedTalk to stream this video.
Web accessibility perspective
open this Web accessibility perspective page on YouTube to stream this video.
Access to information in the workplace
open this Access to information in the workplace page on YouTube to stream this video.
What employers want to know about hiring persons with a visual impairment
open this What employers want to know about hiring persons with a visual impairment page on YouTube to stream this video.
As the popularity of remote working continues to spread, workers today can collaborate across cities, countries and even multiple time zones. How does this change office dynamics? And how can we make sure that all employees, both at headquarters and at home, feel connected? Matt Mullenweg, cofounder of Wordpress and CEO of Automattic (which has a 100 percent distributed workforce), shares his secrets.
Press the play button on this Matt Mullenweg TedTalk page to stream this video.
At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients' vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or bulky, beeping devices. Bonus: it can see through walls. In a mind-blowing talk and demo, Katabi previews a system that captures the reflections of signals like Wi-Fi as they bounce off people, creating a reliable record of vitals for healthcare workers and patients. And in a brief Q&A with TED curator Helen Walters, Katabi discusses safeguards being put in place to prevent people from using this tech to monitor somebody without their consent.
Press the play button on this Dina Katabi TedTalk page to stream this video.
Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest -- and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do.
Press the play button on this Judith Heumann TedTalk page to stream this video.
The internet can be an ugly place, but you won't find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan's Minecraft server, AutCraft. Designed for children with autism and their families, AutCraft creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for kids who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere). Learn more about one of the best places on the internet with this heart-warming talk.
Press the play button on this Steward Duncan's TedTalk page to stream this video.
Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect. For Jon Bowers, who runs a training facility for professional delivery drivers, the stakes are high -- 100 people in the US die every day in car accidents -- and it's perfection, or "a willingness to do what is difficult to achieve what is right," that he looks to achieve. He explains why we should all be equally diligent about striving toward perfection in everything we do, even if it means failing along the way.
Press the play button on this Jon Bowers TedTalk page to stream this video.
Reality isn't something you perceive; it's something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.
Press the play button on this Isaac Lidsky TedTalk page to stream this video.
Born with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Susan Robinson is legally blind (or partially sighted, as she prefers it) and entitled to a label she hates: "disabled." In this funny and personal talk, she digs at our hidden biases by explaining five ways she flips expectations of disability upside down.
Press the play button on this Susan Robinson TedTalk page to stream this video.
Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for herself. Here she tells us what it's like to navigate the world as a little person and asks: "Who are we not designing for?"
Press the play button on this Sinéad Burke TedTalk page to stream this video.
Accessibility training given to Microsoft employees
open this Microsoft on YouTube page to stream this video.
Stephen Hawking - Questioning the universe
Derek Paravicini - musical savant
New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.
Press the play button on this Grady Booch TedTalk page to stream this video.
Steve Jobs - 2005 Stanford Univercity commencement address
open this Steve Jobs on YouTube page to stream this video.
Regina Hartley - Why the best hire might not have the perfect resumé
Press the play button on this Regina Hartley TedTalk page to stream this video.