What Shiz Said

What Shiz Said is a personal account of home-hitting quotes. From pioneers of history, to the proverbial bloke next door; it doesn’t matter where you take it from, it only matters where you take it to…


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“Creativity is not a talent. Creativity is a drive.”

• “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

• “Never get jealous when you see your ex with someone else, because our parents taught us to give our used toys to the less fortunate.”

• “Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.”

• “If you’re not stuck in traffic, you are traffic.”

• “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only a page.”

• “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”

• “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time, more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford

• “To find out where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.”

• “Not all those who wander are lost.”

• “Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.”

• “Work hard and be nice to people.”

• “Life moves fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

• “Speak the truth. Even if your voice shakes.”

• “Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching.”

• “The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long.”

• “A dream you can dream alone is only a dream. A dream you can dream together is reality.”
– John Lennon

• “The enemy of happiness is adaptation.”

• ” Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. ”

• “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. ”

• “Stress is a motivator, and there’s no such thing as being over-motivated.”

• “If content is king, context is his queen.”

• “Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.”

• “We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of the dreams.”
– Willy Wonka.

• “And if a double-decker bus, crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die. And if a ten ton truck kills the both of us, the pleasure, the privilege, is mine.”
– Morrissey.

• After being challenged to use the word horticulture in a sentence: “You can lead a whore to culture but you can’t make her think.”
– Dorothy Parker.

• “There’s just this for consolation: an hour, here or there, when our lives seem against all expectations to burst open and give us everything we’ve ever imagined… Still, we hope, more than anything, for more.”
– Michael Cunningham.

• “It looked like a great big coconut was inside it. I knew straight away that it had eaten Bindi.”
– BBC news article on woman whose dog was swallowed by a python.

• “They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed.”
– Troy.

• “Are imprefections is which make we grate”
– Craig Benzine.

• “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
– Douglas Adams.

• “The dead know only one thing: it is better to be alive.”
– Private Joker, from the film Full Metal Jacket.

• “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.”
– Albert Einstein.

• “Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it.”
– T. Alan Armstrong.

• “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

• “The only problem with motivational speaking is, if you motivate an idiot, you have a motivated idiot.”

• “British youths! Good luck with your A-levels, but don’t take it too seriously. I’ve got none and still married a pop star.”
– Russell Brand on results day, 2011.

• “Pay attention to how a person thinks. Listen to how he or she develops an argument. Look for someone who has clarity, whose thoughts have edges.”
– Barry Lubetkin on Intelligence.

• “People don’t read ads. They read what interests them. And sometimes it’s an ad.”

• “Ideas are like farts. Everyone thinks theirs is best. Market testing rules.”

• “Three people can’t change their mind.”

• “We’re all individuals!” ‘I’m not.’

• “Nobody notices what i do, until i don’t do it.”

• “Everybody’s got a strategy until they get hit.”
– Mike Tyson.

• “The maxim ‘Nothing but perfection‘ may be spelled ‘Paralysis’.”
– Winston Churchill.

• “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
– Winston Churchill.

• “Hit hard, hit first, keep on hitting.”
– The strategy of one of Nelson’s admirals (it may have been Coddrington)

• “Penny-wise, pound-foolish.”

• “Analysis is paralysis.”

• “Creativity cannnot be measured in time.”

• “No one wants a nail. They want a picture hung on the wall.”

• “Fortune always and ONLY favours the brave.”

• “Anything worthwhile should stand up to scrutiny by common sense. And common sense is available to everyone. Whatever their job title.”
– Dave Trott.

• “A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is just a statistic.”
– Josef Stalin.

• “We must remember, not everything that counts can be measured, and not everything that can be measured counts.”
– Albert Einstein.

• “It is impossible to live without failing at something. Unless you live so cautiously, that you might as well not lived at all. In which case, you fail by deafult.”
– JK Rowling.

• “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
– Oscar Wilde.

• “Time enjoyed wasting is not time wasted.”

• “Originality is dead – authenticity is key. It doesn’t matter where you take it from, it only matters where you take it to.”

• “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”

• “Psychologists will teach you how to drive a car. Psychiatrists will show you why the car works.”

• “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”
– Albert Einstein.

• “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”
– Douglas Adams.

• “Do not go gentle into the good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
– Dylan Thomas.


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