Super Quotes #35 — Smart Scientists
On the shoulders of giants (Newton), 1 success > 1000 failures (Ramsay), and sometimes comfort is all you need (Hippocrates).
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
— Isaac Newton, English Mathematician, Physicist
When you see someone who’s achieved a big goal, they most certainly had help.
Direct help — Assistance from someone they know personally
Indirect help — Learning from the ideas of others (often books, videos, and other publicly shared knowledge)
If you want to accomplish great things, you should also look to get help from wherever you can.
Reach out to your professional network, friends, family (direct help) and study the publicly shared ideas of wise people (indirect help).
Help gives you a big boost from the giants who came before you. It’s a head start on your road to success.
“Progress is made by trial and failure; the failures are generally a hundred times more numerous than the successes ; yet they are usually left unchronicled.”
— William Ramsay, Scottish Chemist
When you’re on the grind trying and trying, remember this quote for motivation.
You can fail 10, 100, 1000 times or even more.
But if what you’re doing is truly great, then the accomplishment will be well worth it. One big success easily erases the memory and pain of all those past failures. You only have to be right one time.
“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”
— Hippocrates, Greek Physician
Full solutions to problems are great… but not always necessary. Sometimes a temporary fix is good enough.
Sometimes temporary fixes aren’t feasible either, especially when you’re dealing with human emotions. In such cases, simple comforts are the perfect remedy.
Remember, a little improvement is better than no improvement at all.