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Great Randy Pausch Quotes

By John | July 27, 2008

I have been a huge fan of the remarkable Randy Pausch for a while now. I held off reading his book because I thought I knew the whole story already. Friday as sort of a tribute to his family I purchased the book and read it on my plane ride back from BWI to Atlanta. I decided to put together a collage of best quotes from both the video and the book. Here goes:

We can’t change the cards we’re dealt, just how we play the hand.

Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop people who don’t want it badly enough.

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

No one is pure evil. Find the best in everybody. Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you.

It’s very important to know when you are in a pissing match and it’s very important to get out of it as quickly as possible.

The best gift an educator can give is to get somebody to become self reflective.

The best way to teach somebody something is to have them think they are learning something else.

If your kids want to paint their bedrooms, as a favor to me, let ‘em do it.

Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day because there’s no other way to play it.

It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.

I like Mosses get to see the promise land but won’t get to set foot in it. Millions of kids having fun while learning something hard. I can deal with that as a legacy. To the extent that you can live on in something, I will live on in Alice.

If you are going to do anything that is pioneering you will get those arrows in your back.

I now believe that Wikipedia is a perfectly fine source for your information, because I know what the quality control is for real encyclopedias.

It’s really cool to meet your boyhood idol, But it’s even cooler when he comes to you to see what cool stuff you’re doing. (Speaking of meeting William Shatner)


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9 Responses to “Great Randy Pausch Quotes”

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  2. Mike K Says:
    July 31st, 2008 at 1:20 am


    Professor Pausch was a remarkeable human being. I say “was” because tragically he passed away only two (2) days before your post provided above.

    It’s great to see he had a great impact on so many people. His legacy lives on forever with works like yours.



  3. John Says:
    July 31st, 2008 at 8:08 am

    He is the kind of guy you wish you could have met in person.

    Thanks for reading my blog.

  4. daily dwayne Says:
    August 8th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    you forgot one:

    “I love the movie Rocky. I even love the theme music. And what I liked most about the original Rocky movie was that Rocky didn’t care if he won the fight that ends the film. He just didn’t want to get knocked out. That was his goal. During the most painful times of my treatment, Rocky was an inspiration because he reminded me: It’s not how hard you hit. It’s how hard you get hit…and keep moving forward.”

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  6. Samir George Azair Says:
    October 26th, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Randy has changed my way of thinking and has made me a better person towards others.
    Randy is one of a kind unique.
    A big loss to humanity
    God Bless his family.

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  8. Sarah Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Randy was a great man, I just wish I could be as great as him one day.

  9. John Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 7:57 am

    You are…