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Thinking about the late great Randy Pausch this Christmas Eve

By John | December 24, 2008

Thinking a little bit about the late great Randy Pausch on this Christmas eve.  I thought I might re-post my sort of tribute to him…

Great Randy Pausch Quotes

Sunday, July 27th, 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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