Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quote for the day

If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery



Blogger TomS said...

It's a poetic quote...maybe more applicable to artistic rather than practical endeavors...

Speaking tongue-in cheek from my own day-to-day experience:

Sounds like Msr. Saint-Exupery may have been a college administrator, serving on endless committees with other dreamers, putting forth grand ideas, discussing long-range plans and longing for lofty outcomes, but finding no one to get down to task and complete the work ...

Longing can be a good motivator....yet I wonder whether the author, in fact, ever directed the construction of a ship.

It would be really interesting to learn how this quote has operated in your own experience. --Thanks!

7:56 PM  

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