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Five quotations that represent my values

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 September 2011



Five quotations that represent my values
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Posted DateMonday 26 September 2011 18:49 GDT
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I love quotations. I tend to remember them and they help me focus on what is important to me and inspire and motivate me. Some people try to identify their core values. I try to identify the quotations that most represent who I am or wish to be. Here are probably my top five. They change slightly every time I draw up the list :-)

We must become the change we want to see in the world.

To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction.

I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue.

Credit: Martin Buber

Children do not need to be made to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world then anyone else could make for them.

Credit: John Holt

Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture.

Credit: David Bohm

You will find over 900 quotations on my website. I have selected them carefully over the last 20 years or so and each means something to me. I hope you enjoy them too.

What quotations best represent who you are or what you would like to be?

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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