John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley quotes

  • Giving up the illusion that you can predict the future is a very liberating moment. All you can do is give yourself the capacity to respond... the creation of that capacity is the purpose of strategy.
    -- John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley

    #Giving Up #Humor #Purpose

  • We want to see...the efficient production and use of energy, so that the products we produce and the way we produce them pose no threat to the world's natural environment...economic that more and more of the world's population can enjoy...the things which the energy industry supplies...(and) a society in which ideas and knowledge move freely.
    -- John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley

    #Moving #Ideas #World

  • I am accountable for all the actions at my laboratory. I am accountable for all of the policies and procedures of security systems, and I am accountable for the training of the individuals working in the lab. We can't excuse them if they ignore these policies, if they are negligent, we have to hold them accountable as well.
    -- John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley

    #Training #Labs #Action

  • Paradoxically, life is worth living for those who have something for which they will gladly give up life.

  • But when we find that one person who completes us, we don't give up. No matter how bad we screw up. We make it right.

  • Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Giving up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.

  • Don't ever give up. Believe in yourself or no one else will. My personal saying is: 'I'd rather die knowing that I tried to do what I love.'

  • Don't just give up, Hachiko. Life is about getting knocked down over and over, but still getting up each time. If you keep getting up, you win.

  • Avoid popularity if you would have peace.

  • Humor, in one form or another, is characteristic of every nation; and reflecting the salient points of social and national life, it illuminates those crowded corners which history leaves obscure.

  • An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.

  • I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."

  • Some people wait constructively; they read or knit. I have watched some truly appalling pieces of needlework take form. Others - I am one of them - abandon all thought and purpose to an uneasy vegetative states.

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