“America was a great force in the world, with immense prestige, long before we became a great military power. That power has come to us and we cannot renounce it, but neither can we afford to forget that the real constructive force in the world comes not from bombs, but from imaginative ideas, warm sympathies, and a generous spirit. These are qualities that cannot be manufactured by specialists in public relations. They are the natural qualities of a people pursuing decency and human dignity in its own undertakings without arrogance of hostility or delusions of superiority towards others; a people whose ideals for others are firmly rooted in the realities of the society we have built for ourselves.”—Robert F. Kennedy, April 24, 1968 (via prettayprettaygood)
“It’s this weird national paranoia about being seen as needy, or labeled a parasite who needs government aid, that leads to lunacies like the idea that having a strong disaster-relief agency qualifies as a “big government” concept, when in fact it’s just sensible. If everyone could just admit that government is a fact of life, we could probably do a much better job of fixing it and managing its costs. Instead, we have to play this silly game where millions of us pretend we’re above it all, that we don’t walk on regularly-cleaned streets or fly in protected skies. It shouldn’t take a once-in-a-generation hurricane for Americans to admit they need the government occasionally, but that’s apparently where we are.”—Matt Taibbi (via prettayprettaygood)
“The most successful founders tend to work on ideas that few beside them realize are good. Which is not that far from a description of insanity, till you reach the point where you see results.”—PG (via brycedotvc)
Jay Z seems to be everywhere these days. I am a fan of his but this Jay Z being cool fad is lasting longer than I expected. Most rappers usually fade away as they age but this guy keeps getting cooler. He was sort of fading during the whole Kingdom Come/ retirement phase. I remember one time at school during PE, a couple of kids were making fun of their friend for listening to Jay. That whole phase didn’t last long.This man completely reinvented everything starting with the Blueprint 3. I am following his every move trying to learn how to keep your brand relevant year after year. Maybe one day I can write a case study about him.