Measurement Quotes

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Sigmund Freud
“It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

Christopher Hitchens
“Even if it were possible to cast my horoscope in this one life, and to make an accurate prediction about my future, it would not be possible to 'show' it to me because as soon as I saw it my future would change by definition. This is why Werner Heisenberg's adaptation of the Hays Office—the so-called principle of uncertainty whereby the act of measuring something has the effect of altering the measurement—is of such importance. In my case the difference is often made by publicity. For example, and to boast of one of my few virtues, I used to derive pleasure from giving my time to bright young people who showed promise as writers and who asked for my help. Then some profile of me quoted someone who disclosed that I liked to do this. Then it became something widely said of me, whereupon it became almost impossible for me to go on doing it, because I started to receive far more requests than I could respond to, let alone satisfy. Perception modifies reality: when I abandoned the smoking habit of more than three decades I was given a supposedly helpful pill called Wellbutrin. But as soon as I discovered that this was the brand name for an antidepressant, I tossed the bottle away. There may be successful methods for overcoming the blues but for me they cannot include a capsule that says: 'Fool yourself into happiness, while pretending not to do so.' I should actually want my mind to be strong enough to circumvent such a trick.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Johannes Kepler
“I used to measure the skies, now I measure the shadows of Earth.
Although my mind was sky-bound, the shadow of my body lies here.

[Epitaph he composed for himself a few months before he died]”
Johannes Kepler

Toba Beta
“Judging others is just wasting your time,
giving your advice to men who don't pay.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Toba Beta
“Judgmental heart has lack of introspection.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Every line is the perfect length if you don't measure it.”
Marty Rubin

Roger Lowenstein
“Buffett found it 'extraordinary' that academics studied such things. They studied what was measurable, rather than what was meaningful. 'As a friend [Charlie Munger] said, to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”
Roger Lowenstein, Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

Alan W. Watts
“Thought and science are therefore raising problems which their terms of study can never answer, many of which are doubtless problems only for thought. The trisection of an angle is similarly an insoluble problem only for compass and straight-edge construction, and Achilles cannot overtake the tortoise so long as their progress is considered piecemeal, endlessly having the distance between them. However, as it is not Achilles but the method of measurement which fails to catch up with the tortoise, so it is not man but his method of thought which fails to find fulfillment in experience.”
Alan Wilson Watts, Nature, Man and Woman

Vera Nazarian
“Science uses the Red Shift to measure deep cosmic distances. But how to measure deep historic time? How about—the Saffron Shift.

If history itself had a color, it is . . . like wood or bark, or living forest floor.

Assigning hues to time periods, the sum total of history is saffron-brown—but the chromatic arc starts from blinding white (prehistory) to sun-yellow (Ancient Greece), then deepening to pale wood tones (Dark Ages) and finally exploding like an infinite chord into a full brown palette that includes mahoganies, siennas (Middle Ages), oak, sandalwood (the Renaissance), cherry, maple (Age of Reason), and near-black old woods (Industrial Revolution) for which there may not be names.

As time approaches our own, the wood-brown palette fades to a weird glassy colorlessness, goes black-and-white for a brief span as you think of photographs of your grandparents, and then again fades until we get a clear medium that is the color of the world.

And the present moment is perfectly transparent.

It's only as you start looking into the future, that the colors start returning. The glass is turning silvery with a murky haze, and there is blue somewhere in the distance . . .”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Pearl Zhu
“What gets measured gets managed.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital Maturity: Take a Journey of a Thousand Miles from Functioning to Delight

Pearl Zhu
“Whatever the measurement system is, it needs to be consistent, repeatable, and as unbiased as possible.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital Maturity: Take a Journey of a Thousand Miles from Functioning to Delight

Toba Beta
“For millenia, scientists always try to measure
the size of this vast universe. One way to know
that is first to find the smallest single thing that
constructs this universe. When they get it, the
real measurement of universe can be understood for sure.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Pearl Zhu
“Performance Management is a holistic management discipline which needs to connect many relevant dots to involve development, enablement, and enhancement.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital Maturity: Take a Journey of a Thousand Miles from Functioning to Delight

Pearl Zhu
“Define clearly how you will measure success in meeting the business purpose and vision.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital Maturity: Take a Journey of a Thousand Miles from Functioning to Delight

Pearl Zhu
“It is difficult to have a highly competitive organization without highly competitive talent.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

Pearl Zhu
“The overall organizational health needs to be measured via employee engagement, culture readiness, business agility, and customer-centricity, etc.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

Pearl Zhu
“The “self-driven” talent performance management is pursuing the digital way to run a purpose-driven organization.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

Pearl Zhu
“Performance metrics are numbers in context, results are related to your strategic goals.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

“If you don’t want to regret your life late, then begin to invest your time, begin to measure your life.”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

“Measure your life by the value you have added.”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

“Measure your life by how much of your time you have converted.”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

“If you don’t monitor your life, you will regret it. If you don’t measure your life you will regret it. If you don’t convert your time into products you will regret it. If you don’t multiply your life you will soon find out that your life is almost finished with nothing to show for it.”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

“If you don’t want to regret your life later, then begin to invest your time, begin to measure your life. Measure your life by the products and by the results you produce!”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

Joseph Rain
“All conflict in the world is essentially about our differences in measurement.”
Joseph Rain, The Unfinished Book About Who We Are

Siddhartha Mukherjee
“The measurement of illness, Breslow was arguing, is an inherently subjective activity: it inevitably ends up being a measure of ourselves. Objective decisions come to rest on normative ones.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Pearl Zhu
“Every measure selected should be part of a link of cause-and-effect relationships, and ultimately affect the growth and long-term perspectives of the organization.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

Pearl Zhu
“Don’t just play the number game, but connect the contextual dots and focus on the overall business objectives.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

Pearl Zhu
“The innovation indicators vary depending on who is doing the measuring, and how they are measuring. It’s contextual.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

Pearl Zhu
“Keep strategy management and performance management synchronized to accelerate digital transformation.”
Pearl Zhu, Performance Master: Take a Holistic Approach to Unlock Digital Performance

“What the clock reads is the measure you set”
For-you-she-writes

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