Tools Quotes

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Abraham H. Maslow
“To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”
Abraham Maslow

Steve Maraboli
“Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Marshall McLuhan
“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”
Marshall McLuhan

Gavin de Becker
“I encourage people to remember that "no" is a complete sentence.”
Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

Steve Maraboli
“Once you start recognizing the truth of your story, finish the story. It happened but you're still here, you're still capable, powerful, you're not your circumstance. It happened and you made it through. You're still fully equipped with every single tool you need to fulfill your purpose.”
Steve Maraboli

Philip Pullman
“The intentions of a tool are what it does. A hammer intends to strike, a vise intends to hold fast, a lever intends to lift. They are what it is made for. But sometimes a tool may have other uses that you don't know. Sometimes in doing what you intend, you also do what the knife intends, without knowing.”
Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials Trilogy: The Golden Compass/The Subtle Knife/The Amber Spyglass

Stephen King
“It's best to have your tools with you. If you don't, you're apt to find something you didn't expect and get discouraged.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Calvin Coolidge
“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.”
Calvin Coolidge

Steve Maraboli
“Today, you have the opportunity to transcend from a disempowered mindset of existence to an empowered reality of purpose-driven living. Today is a new day that has been handed to you for shaping. You have the tools, now get out there and create a masterpiece.”
Steve Maraboli, The Power of One

“Supplying correct information and providing adequate tools to restructure the eroded parts in the minds of the people should be a primary condition for a well-oiled society. Fine-tuning the factuality and accuracy of issues is a paramount civic duty of each responsible individual. ("Labyrinth of the mind")”
Erik Pevernagie

Richard Dawkins
“Human suffering has been caused because too many of us cannot grasp that words are only tools for our use.

The mere presence in the dictionary of a word like 'living' does not mean it necessarily has to refer to something definite in the real world.”
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Adriana Trigiani
“There's nothing an artist needs more - even more than excellent tools and stamina - than a deadline.”
Adriana Trigiani, Viola in Reel Life

John Varley
“When I started writing I wanted the best tools. I skipped right over chisels on rocks, stylus on wet clay plates, quills and fountain pens, even mechanical pencils, and went straight to one of the first popular spin-offs of the aerospace program: the ballpoint pen. They were developed for comber navigators in the war because fountain pens would squirt all over your leather bomber jacket at altitude. (I have a cherished example of the next generation ballpoint, a pressurized Space Pen cleverly designed to work in weightlessness, given to me by Spider Robinson. At least, I cherish it when I can find it. It is also cleverly designed to seek out the lowest point of your desk, roll off, then find the lowest point on the floor, under a heavy piece of furniture. That's because it is cylindrical and lacks a pocket clip to keep it from rolling. In space, I presume it would float out of your pocket and find a forgotten corner of your spacecraft to hide in. NASA spent $3 million developing it. Good job, guys. I'm sure it's around here somewhere.)”
John Varley, The John Varley Reader

Criss Jami
“The skeptic says that the believer has lost his own mind under God. On the contrary, it is the people who follow God who are most like his children, who willingly and consciously walk in his will; but those who oppose him oppose him vainly and at their own expense, and, figuratively, seem to be more like his tools. They don't diminish his glory, but instead he still manages to use them in ways of unconsciously carrying out his will.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Don DeLillo
“These were the things that built the world. Not to know or care about them was a betrayal of fundamental principles, a betrayal of gender, of species. What could be more useless than a man who couldn't fix a dripping faucet—fundamentally useless, dead to history, to the messages in his genes? I wasn't sure I disagreed.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise

Margaret Atwood
“Human tool-makers always make tools that will help us get what we want, and what we want hasn't changed for thousands of years because as far as we can tell the human template hasn't changed either. We still want the purse that will always be filled with gold, and the Fountain of Youth. We want the table that will cover itself with delicious food whenever we say the word, and that will be cleaned up afterwards by invisible servants. We want the Seven-League Boots so we can travel very quickly, and the Hat of Darkness so we can snoop on other people without being seen. We want the weapon that will never miss, and the castle that will keep us safe. We want excitement and adventure; we want routine and security. We want to have a large number of sexually attractive partners, and we also want those we love to love us in return, and be utterly faithful to us. We want cute, smart children who will treat us with the respect we deserve. We want to be surrounded by music, and by ravishing scents and attractive visual objects. We don't want to be too hot or too cold. We want to dance. We want to speak with the animals. We want to be envied. We want to be immortal. We want to be gods.
But in addition, we want wisdom and justice. We want hope. We want to be good.”
Margaret Atwood, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don't trust children with edge tools. Don't trust man, great God, with more power than he has until he has learned to use that little better. What a hell we should make of the world if we could do what we would!”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Steven Magee
“Guns are the tools of the poorly educated.”
Steven Magee

Harken Headers
“A man has his tools
to fix things, I have
my spices to do the
same. Though
adding turmeric to a
vehicle or ginger to
fix a broken door probably wouldn’t be a good idea, so don’t do that.”
Harken Headers, Health & Not Screwing It Up

Douglas Wilson
“If you have a smartphone, you have more wealth in your pocket than Nebuchadnezzar accumulated over the course of his lifetime. We have a responsibility to turn a profit on these astounding resources.”
Douglas Wilson

Ehsan Sehgal
“You cannot get, buy or win love, with your wealth, status, wisdom, beauty, and even sex. Love needs the truth of the heart and mind. If you use the tools to have, love of someone, you possibly lose that.”
Ehsan Sehgal
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“I now see the intellectual as something of a functionary. There are so many different types of intellectuals today. Some university intellectuals collaborate with business types, and there are other kind of intellectuals who sit on committees dealing with community problems. The intellectual is a toolmaker, and he cannot dictate or even foreknow how the tools he creates will be used by the people. Even in this respect the intellectual is not a prophet.'
'So you reject the whole Leninist-Lukács notion of the avant-garde, the party intellectuals who perceive the truth the masses can't see,' Call concluded.'
'Absolutely.”
Simeon Wade, Foucault in California [A True Story—Wherein the Great French Philosopher Drops Acid in the Valley of Death]

Laini Taylor
“Tools?" scoffed Kalisti, "Tools are for people who have nothing better to do than think things through and make sensible plans.”
Laini Taylor, Muse of Nightmares

Dean F. Wilson
“If the Regime had a factory producing Hope, the Resistance had a factory producing the tools of despair.”
Dean F. Wilson, Hopebreaker

“People are what make companies agile, not approaches, methodologies or tools.”
Pedro Gaspar Fernandes

Kathy Reichs
“A man's nothing without his tools.”
Kathy Reichs, Fatal Voyage
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Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It may not be the problem that's the problem. Rather, the problem might be the tool that I'm using to try and solve the problem.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Christopher Dunn
“What we have been taught is that the ancient Egyptians were in posession of only simple hand tools, and that the only metals available to the Egyptians of the fourth dynasty, when the Giza Pyramids were built, were copper, gold, and silver. What is inferred, therefore, is that absent the tools made from these materials, the simple abrasive experiments actually demonstrate the stone-working methods of ancient Egypt. We are told that the ancient Egyptians had not yet developed the knowledge to extract the raw materials necessary to produce iron and steel. It has been suggested that they may have used meteoric iron, because they found it lying on the ground, but they did not mine the ore and smelt it in a foundry. Support for this view is the lack of evidence that they used tools made of any material other than copper, stone, and wood. Yet absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Although sophisticated tools made of iron or steel may not yet have been discovered in the archaeological record, what has been found is not adequate enough to explain how the artifacts were created.”
Christopher Dunn, Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Man's trials may become is tools.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Eddie Mumford
“Money is a tool, so I don't have to be.”
Eddie Mumford

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