Quote – Systems Thinking Complexity

Systems thinking teaches us that there are two types of ComplexitySystems thinking teaches us that there are two types of Complexity – The ”detail complexity” of many variables and “dynamic complexity” when “cause and effect” are not close in time and space, and obvious interventions do not produce expected outcomes. Systems thinking teaches us that there are two types of Complexity

— Peter M. Senge

Quote – Approaching Life As A Creative Work

[Personal mastery] means approaching one’s life as creative work, living life from a creative as opposed to a reactive viewpoint.

— Peter M. Senge

Quote – Talk Of Great People

A great thing is a great book, but greater than all is the talk of a great [people].

–Benjamin Disraeli

Quote – A Good Book

A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. Milton.

— John Milton

Quote – A Book May Be

A book may be as great a thing as a battle.

–Benjamin Disraeli

Poetry – TO A.V.S. WITH A BOOK

Books are the quiet monitors of mind,
They prompt its motions, shape its ways, they find
A road through mazes to the higher ground,
Whence to explore the sky-bound marches. Round
About us lie the open downs. Our days
Still ask a guide and goad. Wherefore always
We meditate wise thoughts and passionate lays;
Wherefore I send a book.

Books are the mind’s last symbol. They express
Its visions and its subtleties—a dress
Material for the immaterial things
That soar to immortality on wings
Of words, and live, by magic of the pen,
Where dead minds live, upon the lips of men
And deep in hearts that stir. Wherefore do I,
Drawing a little near, prophetically,
Send you a book.

Books are the heart’s memorial. They shall measure,
In after days, our undiscovered treasure,—
Thrilling self-knowledge, half-divined untold
Yearnings, and tongueless agonies, shall unfold
Or half unfold to half-illumined eyes.
The cypress shadows creeping gnomonwise
Still stretch their purple fingers down the hill
That hangs above Fiesole; and still
Your English fireside glows. Do you most dear—
Sometimes just guessed at, sometimes very near—
Yet always dear and fairest friend, do you
Recall the sunlight and the firelight too?
Recall the pregnant hours, the gay delights,
The pain, the tears maybe, the ravished heights,
The golden moments my cold lines commend,
The days, in memory or which I send
A book?

— Clive Bell

Quote – books worth reading once are worth reading twice

You will find that most books worth reading once are worth reading twice.

John Morley

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