#Life

Reflect credit but embrace blame.

Seth Godin

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Voice is about what you say. It’s content.
Style is about what you’re wearing. It’s aesthetics.
The prior informs the latter, not the other way around.
Clothes don’t make the man.
They don’t make your work either.

Frank Chimero

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The sun makes us modest.

Koert van Mensvoort

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Google tourist traveling without moving.

Liam Young

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It's entirely appropriate to go on a radical information diet.

Seth Godin

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The myth of the overnight success is just that, a myth.

Seth Godin

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Art as a political act has to transcend politics and be a message to people.

Keith Haring

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The most worrisome smart-technology projects start from the assumption that designers know precisely how we should behave.

Evgeny Morozov

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Human design has made nature more natural than natural: it is now hypernatural.

Koert van Mensvoort

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Cloned babies, rainbow tulips, transgenic mice afflicted with chronic cancer to serve medical science: are they natural or cultural?

Koert van Mensvoort

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Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.

Stefan Sagmeister

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Rushing into the unknown is exhilarating.

Tobias van Schneider

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So, yes. Be scared. Be very worried.
Software is eating the world, and it sucks.

Zeynep Tufekci

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Design, when everybody designs.

Ezio Manzini

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Creativity is transforming reality.

Massimo Vignelli

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Technology is now a key driver in evolutionary change.

Liam Young

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Necessity has been known to be the mother of innovation, but for the 21st century we can say for sure it’s laziness.

Tobias van Schneider

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I’m not a big fan of random ideas.
Ideas are cheap, because everyone has them.
Getting shit done is what counts in the end.

Tobias van Schneider

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I find perfection in art and music off-putting.

Moby

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The more the speed the less the time.

John Thackara

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

Pablo Picasso

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Language is an interface.

Frank Chimero

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The fiction of commodity prices, the infrastructure of the digital world and the algorithmic world have extraordinary physical implications.

Liam Young

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In order to create good work, you spend your time on 1% Inspiration, 9% Perspiration and 90% Justification.

George Lois

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The language of design is the genetic code of our society.

Alexandra Daisy

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The systems and mechanisms of cities now regulate wildlife, cities are becoming contemporary jungles.

Liam Young

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Bureaucracy is spelled Bureaucrazy.

Snask

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Thrilling is fine.
Mattering is more important.

Seth Godin

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Greed is the religion of vulgarity.

Massimo Vignelli

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Jack of all trades and master of some.

Tobias van Schneider

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Design’s golden calf is simplicity.

Frank Chimero

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What if the font in which that sentence is expressed influenced our perception of that truth somehow?

Errol Morris

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Complacency is the enemy of great work.

Erik Spiekermann

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Good is the mortal enemy of great.

Jim Collins

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Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.

Chuck Close

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We are both our physical self and our digital self.

Liam Young

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Social skills are as important as being good at setting type.

Snask

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We need people who live and work well in their places. Folks who commit, and realize they need to build the home they want rather than hoping to find it.

Frank Chimero

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Those who live by disruption, die by disruption.

Bruce Sterling

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The only other people I know who call their customers users are drug dealers.

Jesse Weaver

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Revolution doesn’t exist.
It’s you.

James Victore

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Like every designer you have a twin brother called ego.

Massimo Vignelli

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We are all auto-colonialized.

Bruce Sterling

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Sometimes the question is more important than the answer.

Frank Chimero

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We are on the verge of a new dark age in culture.

Andrew Keen

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Life’s too short to build something nobody wants.

Nikkel Blaase

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Super computers becoming the new oracles, they attempt to calculate variables, they inform policies and long term strategies.

Liam Young

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We don’t give answers.
Unless we can explore your question.

Erik Spiekermann

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Trying to look good limits my life.

Stefan Sagmeister

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It's free to be wrong.

Seth Godin

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We are building skyscraper favelas in code — in earthquake zones.

Zeynep Tufekci

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Design should not be judge by the problem it solves but by the problems it creates

Anab Jain

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Limitations are the mother of invention.

Brendan Dawes

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Nothing is making you “busy” other than yourself.

Intercom

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As much as we talk about disruption, we don’t really want to disrupt things too much.

Mike Monteiro

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The GPS landscape is a prosthetic earth.

Liam Young

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Aesthetics are by their nature metaphysical.

Bruce Sterling

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I didn’t want an art that was so subjective, I wanted to get away from the cult of the personality.

Ellsworth Kelly

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A mythology of speed is one of willful ignorance to the small details.

Frank Chimero

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Work hard.
Don't be an asshole.
Share what you know.

Brad Frost

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Bad kissing is like working with developers.

Matteo Bologna

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Generic culture hypnotises us all into generic patterns, were control is visibly invisible.

Neville Brody

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Slowness is fundamental to quality.

Ezio Manzini

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What does it take to be a better ancestor?

John Thackara

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Nature is just another human construct, intensified by design.

Alexandra Daisy

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As you surge forward,
don’t forget to look back.

Billy Ray

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We are living in an age where millions of colours became 256.

Neville Brody

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In the Brave New Now we look out over the gold price etched in an unofficial grand canyon, while a cat rides a robot vacuum cleaner and we take a shit on a toilet that asks us how our day is.

Liam Young

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One of the most interesting aspects of the digital revolution is how it separated knowledge of craft and creativity.

Moby

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Don’t be cool.
Cool is conservative fear dressed in black.

Bruce Mau

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What we create is who we are, and who we are is what we create.

Tobias van Schneider

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Style can't be mass-produced.

The Inoue Brothers

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There is no fundamental difference between an artist and a craftsman.

Walter Gropius

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A big ego is one of the greatest handicaps that a designer can acquire.
Stay humble.

Austin knight

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You don't need to be big to be great.

Jim Collins

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The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question.

Bruce Mau

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Designers are the biggest synthesizers in the world.

Paola Antonelli

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The climate change model of the MET office consumes the same energy as a small town, making the MET office the most polluting building in the whole Europe. The virtual climate simulation model is becoming input in their own calculations.

Liam Young

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If you fear you will fail, you most definitely will.

Francisc Aknai

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The fact that we always have a plan B already gives enough evidence that plans don’t work.

Tobias van Schneider

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You're either full of shit, full of ideas or full of shit ideas.

Ollie Kristian

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It is wrong to confuse democratization in cultural and political terms, with the creation of art which is by definition an elitist business.

Andrew Keen

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Everything is designed, one way or another.

Paola Antonelli

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For as long as our lives change, design will too.

Meng To

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Think in products, not in features.

Nikkel Blaase

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Measure twice, cut once.

Rick Klau

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Our idealism has gotten so desperate that we equally applaude efforts to combat malaria in Africa with a 1500$ smart oven that preview to you a dinner to save you a little extra time to cross fit or maybe Netflix and shop.

Jennifer Daniel

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The only variable you will ever have any control over is your willingness to work hard.

Billy Ray

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Good design is as close as we would ever get to touching the fucking face of god.

Mike Monteiro

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As long as you are making rich guys richer you are not disrupting the austerity, you are one of its top facilitators.

Bruce Sterling

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As super computers models the complexity of nature, they become increasingly indistinguishable from the landscape they are modeling.

Liam Young

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Technology isn’t exciting—ideas are.

Héctor Ayuso

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You can have an easy life or an awesome one. Choose wisely.

James Victore

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We live in a world where kids know more logos than animals.

Koert van Mensvoort

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Complaining is silly.
Either act or forget.

Stefan Sagmeister

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Ignore everybody while working on a new idea.

Tobias van Schneider

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I’m passionately opposed to the presumption that designers have the right to change other people’s behavior.

John Thackara

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Everything is about curiosity.

Zach Lieberman

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The Anthropocene eats itself.

Liam Young

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Nature has no design, but neither does need designs or designers.

Pablo Schyfter

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BC is before the computer,
AC is after the computer.

Massimo Vignelli

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Design feels like a very precise cover for liberal white guilt.

Jennifer Daniel

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We cannot change society, but we can make it better.

Massimo Vignelli

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The future exists in the present tense in a whole lot of different landscapes.

Liam Young

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Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind.
On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

John Perry Barlow

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I think you should sell your ignorance and your ability to figure things out.

Frank Chimero

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Creativity isn't really a creative act, is an act of discovery.

George Lois

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The future arrives in mysterious and abrupt ways, and in the present, is often a messy and rambunctious guest.

Chris Messina

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What's next,
is what's now.

Seth Godin

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Everybody thinks they are right.

Stefan Sagmeister

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Laziness in itself is a great driver for innovation.

Tobias van Schneider

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As we look up in wonder, our face is bright in the rolling glow of WiFi aurora.

Liam Young

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Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life.

Paola Antonelli

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People are rational creatures, and they don't make decisions based on data and research. They make their decisions based on good story telling.

Mike Monteiro

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Having enemies is a good thing.
It proves that you stood up for something sometime in your life.

Snask

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We used to live in a world of things, now we live in a world of information.

Koert van Mensvoort

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We are facing decreasing biodiversity and increasing technodiversity.

Koert van Mensvoort

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On the internet no one knows you're a dog.

Peter Steiner

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The life of a designer is a life of fight,
fight against ugliness.

Massimo Vignelli

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Sanity first.
Work second.
Money last.

Crew

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When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore.

Billy Ray

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Good ideas aren't always obvious.

Mike Monteiro

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I think an artist is anybody who does something well, like if you cook well.

Andy Warhol

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Attention is the currency of the age.

Chris Messina

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Being busy is lazy.

Intercom

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The comfort of old and the illusion of new.

Claudio Guglieri

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Contemporary digital culture has co-opted the language of revolution and magic without the muscle, ethics, conviction, or imagination of either.

Frank Chimero

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The more we learn to control trees, animals, atoms and the climate, the more they lose their natural character and enter into the realms of culture.

Koert van Mensvoort

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Say what you are going to say,
say it,
say it again.

Stephen Bayley

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Beauty is very subjective, there is no way to describe it.

Ren Hang

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Without memory, innovation is merely novelty.

Bruce Mau

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My world is laden with bad tools, because my culture is simultaneously obsessed with productivity and novelty.

Frank Chimero

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A data geology, an icon of the anthropocenic period, a period where the dominant processes that shape our planet are mechanical rather than geological, where explosive diggers and drills have replaced the slow erosion of rivers and earthquakes.

Liam Young

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The idea is your baby, it’s fragile and it needs you to protect it until it’s strong enough to survive other people attacks.

Tobias van Schneider

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All children are born artists.

Pablo Picasso

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Human design of living nature based on human values and desires.

Pablo Schyfter

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Great ideas alter the power balance in relationships. That’s why great ideas are initially resisted.

Tobias van Schneider

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Analogue culture is now the exotic.

Neville Brody

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Art made money stupid, and money made us fools.

Neville Brody

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Time is not your obstacle — you are.

Intercom

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The digital natives are starting to hunger for life beyond the screen.

Chris Anderson

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Personal data is anything but personal.

James Bridle

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Talent is only part of the equation.
The rest is network.

Jeff Goins

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Questions are key.
Questions lead to conversation, conversation leads to learning.

Zach Lieberman

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We live in societies suffocating in waste.

Gustav Metzger

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Your boss is a choice.

Mike Monteiro

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Our lizard brain equates pleasing people with safety.

Mike Monteiro

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Sometimes data is the way to go, sometimes it's your gut.

Tobias van Schneider

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