Some recent highlights from our profiles on Twitter and FriendFeed:

“Morons! I know there’s nothing out there. That’s why I want to build the railroad!” – Dean Kamen, channeling J.P. Morgan

“Balance is a bad word. Work-life balance: what does that mean? Don’t balance work and life — integrate them.” – Me

“The truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources — it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient — especially when it’s inconvenient.” – Obama [Also applies to intellectual honesty in startups.]

“Apple doesn’t make four billion semiconductors. Apple is only its ideas — which is only its people.” – Steve Jobs

“I would like to make the case for the ‘magic’ of management theory. Imagine a world where some scientists know Maxwell’s equations and others don’t. The scientists who know Maxwell’s equations can predict the future. Those who don’t are lost in the wilderness. That’s the world we live in today when it comes to the ‘equations’ of management and organizations. People who understand Peter Drucker and lean manufacturing are magicians compared to those who don’t. Or, at least, they have the potential to be magicians — unfortunately, you still have to wake up in the morning and do the work.” – Me

“The most prevalent loss to the economy doesn’t come from the planned crime, it comes from the little fudging that good people do just by a little bit.” – Dan Ariely

“One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” – Einstein

“Valuations are down because investors want them to be down. Because, really, what else could it possibly be?” – Me

You can find many more of these quotes on Twitter and FriendFeed.

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