Meetings Quotes

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Dave Barry
“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.”
Dave Barry

William Shakespeare
“Journeys end in lovers meeting.”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Amit Kalantri
“A photograph shouldn't be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

A.A. Milne
“His dress told her nothing, but his face told her things which she was glad to know.”
A.A. Milne, Once on a Time

Anna Akhmatova
“We learned not to meet anymore,
We don't raise our eyes to one another,
But we ourselves won't guarantee
What could happen to us in an hour.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Nadia Scrieva
“Each meeting occurs at the precise moment for which it was meant. Usually, when it will have the greatest impact on our lives.”
Nadia Scrieva, Fathoms of Forgiveness

Anna Akhmatova
“How the miracle of our meeting
Shone there and sang,
I didn't want to return
From there to anywhere.
Happiness instead of duty
Was bitter delight to me.
Not obliged to speak to anyone,
I spoke for a long while.
Let passions stifle lovers,
Demanding answers,
We, my dear, are only souls
At the limits of the world.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova
“You invented me. There is no such earthly being,
Such an earthly being there could never be.
A doctor cannot cure, a poet cannot comfort—
A shadowy apparition haunts you night and day.
We met in an unbelievable year,
When the world's strength was at an ebb,
Everything withered by adversity,
And only the graves were fresh.
Without streetlights, the Neva's waves were black as pitch,
Thick night enclosed me like a wall ...
That's when my voice called out to you!
Why it did—I still don't understand.
And you came to me, as if guided by a star
That tragic autumn, stepping
Into that irrevocably ruined house,
From whence had flown a flock of burnt verse.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Steve Blank
“My advice was to start a policy of making reversible decisions before anyone left the meeting or the office. In a startup, it doesn’t matter if you’re 100 percent right 100 percent of the time. What matters is having forward momentum and a tight fact-based data/metrics feedback loop to help you quickly recognize and reverse any incorrect decisions. That’s why startups are agile. By the time a big company gets the committee to organize the subcommittee to pick a meeting date, your startup could have made 20 decisions, reversed five of them and implemented the fifteen that worked.”
Steven Gary Blank, The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Startups That Win

Thomas Sowell
“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”
Thomas Sowell, Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays

Peter F. Hamilton
“How many twenty-second-century bureaucrats did it take to change a light panel?
We'll have a sub-committee meeting and get back to you with an estimate.”
Peter F. Hamilton, Great North Road

Anna Akhmatova
“The celebrations
Of secret nonmeetings are empty,
Unspoken conversations,
Unuttered words.
Glances that don't intersect
Don't know where to come to rest.
And only the tears rejoice
Because they can flow and flow.
Sweetbrier around Moscow,
Alas! Somehow it is here ...
And all this they will call
Love eternal.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Jonah Goldberg
“I think there needs to be a meeting to set an agenda for more meetings about meetings.”
Jonah Goldberg

Jason Medina
“Whatever happens, I’m glad we met. You’ve made the past few days more bearable for me. Thank you.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

“Stone's Rule #28
Never hold a meeting unless you know what result you want out of the meeting.

In both politics and business, the amount of labor and time wasted in meetings is huge.

It never ceases to shock me when I attend a meeting out to find out halfway into it that the organizers have no agenda and, by the end of it, have reached resolution on absolutely nothing.

A strong leader meticulously plans and methodically orchestrates meetings in order to achieve a desired result, or he doesn't hold them.”
Roger Stone, Stone's Rules: Machiavellian Tactics for Politics, Business, Style, and All Other Battles

Annie Proulx
“Always hated the sight of five, six grown men sitting around a table, doing nothing but work their jaw.”
Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

Fran Hauser
“When you put yourself in the other person's shoes, you can see that the person critiquing you is merely trying to help.”
Fran Hauser, The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate

Frances Hardinge
“One little superstition of mine I hope you will indulge. I never meet with perfect strangers in desolate bastle houses or alarmingly named alleyways at twilight. This trifling quirk I developed shortly after acquiring a large number of enemies.”
Frances Hardinge, Fly Trap

Mick Herron
“all the work’s done low on the food chain. Everyone else just has meetings.”
Mick Herron, Dead Lions

Lisa Bodell
“Once, several years ago, [GM] tried to stamp out bureaucracy--and ended up appointing a committee to oversee how many committee meetings should be held. (Quoting Sharon Terlep, The Wall Street Journal, "GM's Plodding Culture Vexes Its Impatient CEO," April 7, 2010)”
Lisa Bodell, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution

Beau Brown
“Other than we’re complete strangers,” I said softly.
“Everyone is, until they aren’t.”
Beau Brown, A Husband for Christmas

Aidan Chambers
“... the perfect example of Robinson's law. This states that human idiocy multiplies in compound ratio to the number of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose.”
Aidan Chambers, Dance on My Grave

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Let us meet each other with a smile, smile is the be of the soul.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“You need long meetings only when you don't trust your team, or are less experienced than your players and want to learn from them”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

J.S. Mason
“But then the room became sullen, like a community member meeting for sheep that are hearing a ruling about to be declared and are asked to speak now or forever hold their fleece.”
J.S. Mason, The Satyrist...And Other Scintillating Treats

“You need long meetings only when you don't trust your team, or are less experienced than your players and want to learn from them.”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

Bruce Reyes-Chow
“if we honor and value the complex ways in which people engage in organizational work, we are honoring the person and showing them kindness. At the end of the day, kindness in a meeting environment is about valuing the human before us: their time, their perspectives, and their personalities.”
Bruce Reyes-Chow, In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World

Karl Kristian Flores
“These are icebreakers. You’re not supposed to break the ice, you’re just supposed to coat your voice with as many layers of confidence as possible so that they don’t hear your voice shake when it’s your turn to speak. Idiot.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

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