wise words from the greatest minds

 When you truly and deeply want something, all of the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

 It’s always good to work with people who make you feel insecure about yourself. That way, you will constantly keep pushing your limits. 

Sundar Pichai

 To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. 

Jordan Belfort

 Most people quit because they look how far they have to go, not how far they have come. 

Ziad K. Abdelnour

 Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth. 

Gautama Buddha

 A person who is happy is not because everything is right in his life, he is happy because his attitude towards everything in his life is right. 

Sundar Pichai

 Everything around you that you call life was made up by people, and you can change it. 

Steve Jobs

 Most people settle for what they think they are capable of. But if you don’t overestimate yourself, you will never uncover what you are really capable of. 

Harish V (myself)

 If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. 

Nora Roberts

 Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine. 

Alan Turing

 Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. 

Albus Dumbledore

 Sometimes there are battles that we have to keep fighting alone. 

Harry Potter

 It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. 

Dumbledore to Harry

 If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. 

Harry Potter

 Working hard is important, but there’s something that matters even more. Believing in yourself. 

Harry Potter

 Time is the only real currency 


 In the jargon of the computer programmer, a hacker is someone who strives to solve problems in elegant and ingenious ways. 

NUS Hackers

 Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. 

John Lennon


Someone on Quora

 Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe. 

Harry Potter

 Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. 

Muhammad Ali

 I do not fear for I am treading on the path laid by my Lord. 

Myself (Harish V)

 If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. 

Dwight Eisenhower

 You have to figure out what your own aptitudes are. If you play games where other people have the aptitudes and you don’t, you’re going to lose. And that’s as close to certain as any prediction that you can make. You have to figure out where you’ve got an edge. And you’ve got to play within your own circle of competence. 

Warren Buffett

 On the street I saw a naked child, hungry and shivering in the cold. I became angry and said to God, “Why do you permit this? Why don’t you do something?” For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly, “I certainly did something. I made you. 


 Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. 

Malcom Forbes

 People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it 

Simon Sinek

 Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world. 

Malala Yousafzai

 If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you will keep getting what you’ve always gotten. 


 The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. 

Steve Jobs

 Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. 

Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement, 2005

 Jugaad (a Hindi word that means an improvised fix) - a clever solution born in adversity. 

From Hindi

 Happiness is a choice, not just a result. 

Myself (Harish V)

 A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. 

William Shakespeare

 Fake it ’til you become it 


 I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. 

Life of Pi

 In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels. 

Daniel Goleman

 Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. 


 A goal without a plan is only a wish. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 I have late night conversations with the moon, he tells me about the sun and I tell him about you. 

S.L. Gray

 Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 

Martin Luther King Jr.

 See challenges as opportunities 

Harish V (myself)

 Do one thing every day that scares you. 

Mary Schmich

 Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for. 

Immanuel Kant

 Choose your battles and fight them. 

Harish V (myself)

 You are where you are due to your action. You are where you are also due to your inaction. 

Harish V (myself)