A Quote by Mary Catherine Bateson on adaptability and self-accountability

Improvisation and new learning are not private processes; they are shared with others at every age. We are called to join in a dance whose steps must be learned along the way, so it is important to attend and respond. Even in uncertainty, we are responsible for our steps.

Mary Catherine Bateson

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on adaptability, colors, men, success, and talent

A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. There is no adaptation or universal applicability in men, but each has his special Talent, and the mastery of Successful men consists in adroitly keeping themselves where and when that turn shall be oftenest to be practiced.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on adaptability, change, departure, familiarity, survival, and value

During periods of discontinuous, abrupt change, the essence of adaptation involves a keen sensitivity to what should be abandoned - not what should be changed or introduced. A willingness to depart from the familiar has distinct survival value.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: Age of Discontinuity

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on adaptability, divinity, humility, obstacles, perseverance, sincerity, understanding, and universe

Gently eliminating all obstacles to his own understanding, he constantly maintains his unconditional sincerity. His humility, perseverance, and adaptability evoke the response of the universe and fill him with divine light.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (18)

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A Quote by J. W. A. Young on adaptability, beauty, emotion, mathematics, and ugliness

Mathematics has beauties of its own - a symmetry and proportion in its results, a lack of superfluity, an exact adaptation of means to ends, which is exceedingly remarkable and to be found only in the works of the greatest beauty. When this subject is properly . . . presented, the mental emotion should be that of enjoyment of beauty, not that of repulsion from the ugly and the unpleasant.

J. W. A. Young

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on adaptability, imitation, and power

Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by Ernst Mach on adaptability, circumstances, and life

Archimedes constructing his circle pays with his life for his defective biological adaptation to immediate circumstances.

Ernst Mach (1838 - 1916)

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A Quote by Dave Barry on achievement, adaptability, america, company, day, design, electricity, inventions, simplicity, and time

Edison's greatest achievement came in 1879, when he invented the electric company. Edison's design was a brilliant adaptation of the simple electrical circuit: the electric company sends electricity through a wire to a customer, then immediately gets the electricity back through another wire, then (this is the brilliant part) sends it right back to the customer again. This means that an electric company can sell a customer the same batch of electricity thousands of times a day and never get caught...the last year any new electricity was generated in the United States was 1937; the electric companies have been merely re-selling it ever since, which is why they have so much free time to apply for rate increases.

Dave Barry (1947 -)

Source: “What is Electricity?”

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on adaptability, god, justice, purpose, present, time, and war

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party - and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Meditation on the Divine Will, September 2, 1862

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