„Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.“

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Stephen R. Covey11
US-amerikanischer Bestseller-Autor 1932 - 2012

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„I keep vaguely wondering what Macs are like, but the ones I've seen spend too much time being friendly.“

—  Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015

alt.fan.pratchett (5 July 1992) http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.pratchett/browse_frm/thread/6d66f88060364dbb
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„To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humor of a scholar.“

—  Francis Bacon, buch Essays

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Essays (1625)
Kontext: To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humor of a scholar. They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience: for natural abilities are like natural plants, that need proyning, by study; and studies themselves, do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

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—  Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973

Quelle: Striking Thoughts (2000), p. 43

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„Time is what we want most, but what, alas! we use worst; and for which God will certainly most strictly reckon with us, when Time shall be no more.“

—  William Penn English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania 1644 - 1718

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Fruits of Solitude (1682)
Kontext: There is nothing of which we are apt to be so lavish as of Time, and about which we ought to be more solicitous; since without it we can do nothing in this World. Time is what we want most, but what, alas! we use worst; and for which God will certainly most strictly reckon with us, when Time shall be no more.

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„The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high — to permit the customary passions of political debate. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

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Kontext: But I think the American people expect more from us than cries of indignation and attack. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high — to permit the customary passions of political debate. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do. [... ] It is a time, in short, for a new generation of leadership — new men to cope with new problems and new opportunities.

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„Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.“

—  Theophrastus ancient greek philosopher -371 - -287 v.Chr

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„This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: 'At the time, no one knew what was coming.“

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Variante: This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: At the time, no one knew what was coming.
Quelle: 1Q84

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—  Russell L. Ackoff Scientist 1919 - 2009

Quelle: 2000s, A little book of f-laws: 13 common sins of management, 2006, p. 16, bold text cited in: Gerald Haigh (2008) Inspirational, and Cautionary Tales for Would-be School Leaders. p. 142.
Kontext: The less important an issue is, the more time managers spend discussing it. More time is spent on small talk than is spent on large talk. Most talk is about what matters least. What matters least is what most of us know most about.

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