Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.


1)      If you dispense your own wisdom, others often dismiss it; if you offer wisdom from a third party, it seems less arrogant and more acceptable.

2)      When you are screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.

3)      No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.

4)      Time Management:

1-      Time must be explicitly managed, like money

2-      You can always change your plan, but only if you have one

3-      Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things?

4-      Develop a good filing system

5-      Rethink the telephone

6-      Delegate

7-      Take a time out

5)      Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things? You may have caused, goals, interests. Are they even worth pursuing?

6)      Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.

7)      Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve believed that if you took one-tenth the energy you put in complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.

8)      Treat the Disease, Not the Symptoms

9)      If at First You Don’t Succeed… Try, Try a cliché.

10)   Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

11)   It’s not how hard you hit. It’s how hard you get hit… and keep moving forward.

12)   Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

13)   A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.

14)   One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.

15)   Halfhearted or insincere apologies are often worse than not apologizing at all because recipients find them insulting.

16)   Proper apologies have three parts:

1-      What I did was wrong.

2-      I feel badly that I hurt you.

3-      How do I make this better?

17)   Rights have to come from somewhere, and they come from the community. In return, all of us have a responsibility to the community. Some people call this the “communitarian” movement, but I call it common sense.

18)   When we are connected to others, we become better people.

19)   I’d always thought father/daughter thing was overstated. But I can tell you, it’s real. Sometimes, she looks at me and I just become a puddle.

20)   A parent’s job is to encourage kids to develop a joy for life and a great urge to follow their own dreams.

21)   As we held each other, Jai whispered something in my ear.

“Please don’t die.”

It sounds like Hollywood dialogue. But that’s what she said. I just hugged her more tightly.


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